Arts and Music Summer Camps in New Haven County

12/25/16 - By Sherry Pardy

Do you have a a budding Picasso or Mozart in the family? How about a young actor or a  daughter who loves to dance? There are many opportunities for your kids to deepen their interests and spend time with others who enjoy the same things.  Check out these offerings for art and music camps in and around the New Haven county area and our Summer Camp Guide for more options in CT!


The Giggling Pig - Shelton and Bethel
This little studio with an adorable name offers camps for kids ages 4-16.  The Pig has published their 2017 summer camp schedule and will be hosting an extensive schedule of arts and crafts camp activities all summer from June tthrough August.  Themes include: "Mystical Mermaids," "Famous Faces and Places," and "Whismsical Wonderland."

478 River Road, Shelton, CT 06484 203-919-1153
178 Greenwood Avenue, Bethel, CT 06801 203-919-1153

Yale Peabody Museum - New Haven
Everyone's favorite spot to see the dinosaurs offers a dozen different summer camp tracks, all in the spirit of exploration and discovery of nature through the museum's art and exhibits.  These are full day camps but before/after care is available as well.  

170 Whitney Avenue, New Haven, CT 06520 203.432.5050

Creative Arts Workshop - New Haven
Eight weeks of summer camp programming, focusing on art mediums from pottery to cartooning to painting, with offerings for ages 2 through adult!  Extended day option available for Grade 2 and up.  

80 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510 203.562.4927

The Foote School Summer Theatre - For incoming sixth graders through high school students, The Foote Summer Theatre program takes campers on a journey from fun performance exercises to the exhilarating technical aspects of running a show.  Runs June 26 - August 4.

50 Loomis Place, New Haven, CT 06511 203.777.3464

New Haven Ballet - New Haven
Choose from the children's division camp for ages 3-7, student division summer intensive program for ages 8 and up, or switch gears for Musical Theatre camp also ages 8 and up. Sessions are available June through the beginning of August.  Whichever you choose, spend your summer filled with rhythm, music and dance!  

70 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510 203.702.9038

Guilford Art Center - Guilford
A truly unique art camp experience!  From teen blacksmithing, sewing, drawing and sculpting, the Guilford Art Center's summer programs stand out from  the crowd!  Ages 3 1/2 and up. 

411 Church Street, Guilford, CT 06437 203.453.5947

Art at Murray Pond - Killingworth
Professional Joan Levy Hepburn hosts a 4-day kids art camp on the grounds of Murray Pond, a private nature preserve in Killingworth.  Open to ages 7 and up, attendees learn printmaking, drawing, painting, and photography from a working artist!  There's also a rock music camp taught by rock star Joe Bouchard for ages 10 - 14 by audition only.

59 Route 148, Killingworth, CT 06419 860.669.6901 (Clinton Parks and Rec)

Shubert Theater and Arts Camp - New Haven
Open to students entering grades 5-8, the Shubert Summer Theater and Arts Camp has two sessions available. Students will have three arts classes a day as well as take field trips. The camp takes place at the the Cooperative Arts and Humanities High School. Themes for 2017 include Shrek, Cinderella, and ages 5/6 or 7/8 Theater Arts Class.

247 College Street, New Haven, CT 06510 203-624-1825

New Haven Academy of Performing Arts - East Haven
NHAPA offers a summer musical theater program for kids interested in both acting and singing! Kids ages 7-17 are invited to come and participate in one of the two sessions offered through the summer. During the summer of 2017, they will be learning and performing the musical "Golly Gee Whiz" which has 10 songs. Campers will have daily dance, acting, singing, and theater games.

597 Main Street, East Haven, CT 06512 475-238-8119

Ashurst Academy of Irish Dance - multiple locations
Classes are offered during the summer for kids ages 3.5 and up looking to learn or expand their knowledge of Irish dance. Dancers will begin basic movements in steps or they will drill solo materials and they will perform for their family and friends. 

Newtown Studio, 3 Simm Lane 3L1, Newtown, CT  06470 203-928-0689

Neighborhood Music School - New Haven
There are many offerings at NMS, but if you have a little musician, he or she will love the Project Discovery group.  Ages 5 and up will be introduced to the piano, guitar or drums.  Youth vocal classes are available as well.

100 Audubon Street, New Haven, CT 06510  203-624-5189


Originally published on 2/25/14.

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