The Best Creative Camps in Quincy This Summer
This summer is an opportunity for kids of all ages to discover and develop their own interests while having fun! Summer STEAM Camps are a great option to keep your child's brain and body active throughout their summer vacation. Here is a short guide to help you pick which summer camp is the best fit for your child's, unique personality, interests and needs.
Quincy Art Center
Classes at Quincy Art Center is a great way to learn, express yourself, get messy while creating, and meeting new friends with the same interests! Art classes are available for every age group. Classes include Pint-Sized Picassos, Lego World, Organic Printing, ceramics, drawing, painting, photography, and more! Each class gives the student an opportunity to create beautiful pieces that will be cherished for years to come. Scholarships are awarded to students based on need. Please contact the Art Center for more information. View and register for classes at quincyartcenter.org/education. Classes begin June 10.
The Quincy Museum offers tours and programs for visitors and groups of all ages and sizes. Educational classes are taught by a certified instructor and include hands on activities. Classes include Growing up in the 1890s, Backyard and Ocean Animals, Dinosaurs, Fossils, Magnetism and Electricity, Native Americans, Rocks and Minerals, Weather and Wildlife. Call 217-224-7669 for more information.
Quincy Public Library
Kids, teens and adults can participate in free programming at Quincy Public Library throughout the year. Programs this summer coincide with the summer reading program, Reading Takes You Everywhere. Educational learning activities include: Magnificent Mondays, Story Time, All Aboard Art Crafts, Buckle Up Fridays and more. Quincy Transit Lines will give free rides to kids under 18 that are going to the library (10 and under must be accompanied by an adult). For more information and to reserve your seat, please visit quincylibrary.org.
Quincy Community Theatre
Quincy Community Theatre’s Summer Theatre Classes are designed to mold the next generation of theatre professionals in a guided, dynamic, studio-style program that is tailored to the needs of each individual student. This summer, nine professional instructors are joining QCT’s Education Department to teach a selection of 18 new courses for adults and students. Featuring returning artists and fresh faces, QCT’s expanded teaching staff will use proven methods to offer different perspectives and professional insight for performers of all ages and experience levels. QCT’s popular Triple Threat Boot Camp will also feature the instructors with talent and experience in education, acting and music. Courses are designed to give all students a safe space to explore different topics, refine their acting training and technique, enhance their interpersonal and public speaking skills, gain confidence, meet other creative individuals and try something new! See classes and register online at 1qct.org/education/scholarships or in the QCT Box Office.
JDub Academy provides an opportunity for area children to explore how their hobbies, interests and strengths might connect with a future career. A variety of classes that might include graphic design, healthcare, engineering and photography provide students with a fun experience focused on interactive learning. John Wood Community College has been providing learning opportunities for area youth for more than 25 years. This unique program offers children hands-on academic and enrichment workshops on a college campus. All courses are designed to teach new and meaningful skills, excite students about learning and discover ways to explore future careers every summer. Register now by calling 217-641-4941! Classes begin June 11. See the full schedule at https://www.jwcc.edu/community/jdub-academy/.
Percussion Ensemble Camp
This year's 7th annual Quincy University's Percussion Ensemble Camp will take place from June 19-21. Students in grades 7-12 will work with Quincy University's Director of Bands, Bill Machold, and Quincy Notre Dame High School's Band Director, Jill Steinkamp, during their overnight visit. Registration ends June 12 and the cost is $100 (2 nights and meals). For more information and to sign up for the camp, contact us by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at (217) 228-5432 x3163.
Quincy Family YMCA
Kids attending a YMCA Summer Camp will have an action-packed summer full of friends, fulfillment and fun! Summer Camp provides an exciting, safe experience for kids to learn new skills, be creative, build self-confidence, gain independence and make lasting friendships. The 10-week-long camps start June 5 for ages 5-14 and can be on a part-time or full-time basis. A new teen cap for ages 14-17 is three weeks of non-stop adventure, team building, personal growth, learning and discovering new things. Financial assistance is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. The Quincy Family YMCA’s programs and services are focused on youth development, healthy living and social responsibility. Y facilities provide outlying communities including Mt. Sterling, Barry and Ursa a gathering place and recreational areas, fitness centers, sports programming and more. Learn more and register for camps and classes at quincyymca.net.
The Salvation Army Ray & Joan Kroc Corps Community Center of Quincy
Quincy’s Kroc Center has a wide variety of fitness and wellness activities and classes for all ages. In addition to the indoor aquatic center, game room, sports, recreation and fitness opportunities, kids can participate in various fine arts and education classes. These include book folding, bucket drumming, ukulele and guitar classes, painting, creating a comic book and more. Camp Kroc is a week-long day camp held June through July. The center also offers numerous special events. The facility offers day passes, summer student memberships, 3-month membership, military rates, and regular memberships. For a complete listing of everything the Kroc Center offers go online to krocquincy.org.
Create Your Own Day Camp
If these options aren't the right fit for your child or family, Quincy offers many opportunities to take in art and culture. Plan a day to visit the local museums, galleries, historical sites and districts, play at the parks and attend free music events and festivals. There is always something to do that is free or low-cost!
See a complete list of summer camp offerings from our partner organizations and to check the calendar of events, please visit https://www.artsquincy.org/Calendar-of-Events.