Camp Classes – For Student Entering Grades 2nd to 4th

Choice is an essential ingredient in our approach, which is why we provide a wide variety of classes and programs to choose from. Our innovative offerings include art, STEM, MakerSpace, world languages, academics enrichment, outdoor and urban adventures, cooking, sports, and many more specialty offerings.

Programs reflect our focus on innovative and immersive experiences. Our outstanding team of teachers and counselors help provide an environment where every camper feels free to be themselves, where creativity is allowed to flourish, and where the focus is on friendships and play. Most of all, Summer at MPA is a welcoming place where campers feel known.

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Session 1

June 28th to July 9th
Students have a choice of four (4) activities per time block. During registrations, you will be asked to select one per block. Classes are Monday through Friday. Descriptions are below.

Block 1: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

The Young Video Maker: The Art of iMovie

Students will develop story ideas with small production teams, practice shooting and editing techniques to create a cohesive narrative, and apply the design thinking process: from iterating on their projects to offering peer critiques. What Students Learn: the three stages of film production; Storytelling techniques; On-camera acting; techniques; Camera/iPad shooting techniques; Editing in iMovie

What Students Create: Silent Film; Super Hero Film; Fairy Tale Film; Fable Story. From pre-production storyboarding and scriptwriting to filming, all the way through post-production editing, the students are sure to make great friendships and great films all while sharpening their skills!

Spanish Immersion

Our hands-on Spanish Immersion program focuses on conversation and verbal communication with culturally relevant experiences. Campers will be taken into a unique traveling experience around different Hispanic countries where they will embark on a memorable cultural adventure while learning/practicing the Spanish language. Children will explore and learn about geography, society, and arts. The program includes hands-on activities, Spanish class time, dancing and movement, art projects, science projects, and cultural activities.

Clay Art Creations

Clay is one of the most primitive art forms. Get your hands dirty and have fun learning about the massive creative potential clay holds. In this class, students will become familiar with several clay techniques which will include, pinch, coil and slab and mold techniques. Students will create various clay pieces, from hanging tiles to mugs, the creative ideas are limitless. Make sure to wear casual clothes that can get a little muddy! There is a $25 additional material cost. 

Academic Camp: Mathematics Enrichment

Mathematics focuses on a new skill each week, building upon the basics for each grade level, including word problems, math games, and skill-building activities. Our individualized approach helps students reinforce areas that need improvements while sharpening and looking ahead at the next skill to learn. Small class size will foster a close relationship between student and teacher. At the end of the session, a written evaluation of each child’s progress will be e-mailed to parents. We strongly encourage families to register for all six weeks of Academic Camp to truly cover all aspects of the curriculum. 

Block 2: 10:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Minecraft Modding

If your child enjoys using Minecraft, then have them go to the next level with this fun Modding utilizing various tools such as Blocky and MCreator. In this course, students will be introduced to mods, understand how they work and how they can be installed. Students will modify blocks, items, weapons, biomes, dimensions, and mobs with new textures, models, and attributes. Through this course, students will identify file extensions and move created files into digital game folders. Students will make judgments about reasonable attribute values and carry out a step-by-step process to create Minecraft mods.

Cooking in Spanish!

¡Tengo hambre! For children who love to be in the kitchen, this class will have them cooking foods from many Spanish speaking regions and enjoy these fabulous dishes! Students will also learn kitchen basics and standard techniques, using a variety of cooking methods to explore various cuisines while reinforcing their Spanish language skills and vocabulary. There is a $25 additional material cost. 

Hogwarts School of Witchcraft

Attend a summer term at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry! On the first day, students will be sorted into houses before making their own wands and wizard hats. Students will investigate mysterious powers in the academic areas of Potions, Care of Magical Creatures and Astronomy. Last but not least, each student will be introduced to Quidditch and will play for the Quidditch trophy and the honor of being named the Hogwarts champions.

Academic Camp: Language Arts Enrichment

Our Language Arts Academic camp covers reading and writing and focuses on reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and written expression. Our individualized approach helps students reinforce areas that need improvements while sharpening and looking ahead at the next skill to learn. Small class size will foster a close relationship between student and teacher. At the end of the session, a written evaluation of each child’s progress will be e-mailed to parents. We strongly encourage families to register for all six weeks of Academic Camp to truly cover all aspects of the curriculum. 

Block 3: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Robotics with LEGO® WeDo

It’s never too early for kids to learn programming and building skills! Our WeDo Robotics will give campers the opportunity to make simple robots perform complicated tasks in a fun and challenging way.  The session will focus on learning to program by using block-based coding languages to get their robots to complete a variety of missions. By the end, campers will be creating their own challenges. This program promotes investigation, experimentation, develops computing skills, and incorporates activities across science, engineering, and technology. 

Sports Camp: Baseball

The MPA Baseball Camp is a great place for any young baseball player who is looking to improve his/her skills, work hard, make new friends, and have fun. Campers will be placed into age-appropriate groups and will work on all facets of the game including hitting, fielding, base-running, and pitching.  Detailed instruction will be provided in all aspects of the game. The Academy offers players a well-maintained field and two indoor hitting cages.

Cooking: The Kids Table

Do you love the aroma of baked goods? Do you enjoy sampling the cakes, pies, and cookies that your family makes? Have you ever wanted to learn how to make your favorite sweet treats? If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, then this is the class for you this summer. Join fellow bakers and cooks in MPA’s new MakerSpace classroom kitchen. There is a $25 additional material cost. 

Amazing Machines: Intro to Engineering

For the tinkerers and explorers, get ready to put things together! Dive into the wonderful world of engineering with this fun hands-on class. Campers will design, build and test various simple machines, and learn how to incorporate them together into complex, interwoven devices. Campers will also learn about simple machines such as pulleys, levers, and inclined planes and how to incorporate them into their machines. 

Block 4: 1:35 p.m. to 3 p.m

Games and Video Games

In MPA’s Games and Video Games Day class, Campers rotate between playing fun age-appropriate video games and playing fun active outside games. Video games include Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, Mario Karts, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon Sword, Super Mario Maker 2, and more! Outdoor games include badminton, volleyball, tag, soccer, kickball, and more. The idea is to blend fun cooperative gaming with fun team-oriented outdoor games.

Sports Camp: Baseball

The MPA Baseball Camp is a great place for any young baseball player who is looking to improve his/her skills, work hard, make new friends, and have fun. Campers will be placed into age-appropriate groups and will work on all facets of the game including hitting, fielding, base-running, and pitching.  Detailed instruction will be provided in all aspects of the game. The Academy offers players a well-maintained field and two indoor hitting cages.

Nature Walks and Urban Farming

It’s time to feed the chicken, explore the greenhouse, and cultivate our garden. Or let’s take a walk and discover nature in our own neighborhood. Campers will learn how to observe closely what they see in nature and write/draw their observations. They will explore the various breeds of chickens, and the differences between them. They will collect their eggs and cook a beautiful meal with their harvest. They will ask questions and learn how to find answers. Students will learn about the amazing monarch butterfly and the necessary conservation efforts required to make sure the beautiful species remains in the hearts of children forever. They will learn how to look for milkweed, find eggs, and raise monarchs safely. Students will learn about the necessary plants monarchs need and plant them! The natural world is an opportunity for children to explore what they love and what they find interesting, so it is important to follow their interests too. 

Melty Beads, Jewelry, and Sword Making

For the tinkerers who love to create wonderful objects! Making a bracelet or necklace simple beads and embroidery floss is the first step, but it doesn’t take long to expand their bead choice to include letters, specialty shape beads, or even a special pendant to use as a centerpiece for the necklace. Or experiment with Melty Beads and create beautiful patterns and art pieces. Get more complex patterns or create a melty beads basket. The creative possibilities are infinite!  Or create magic wands or swords using the various tools available in the Thrall Family MakerSpace. 

SESSION 2

July 12th to July 23rd
Students have a choice of four (4) activities per time block. During registrations, you will be asked to select one per block. Classes are Monday through Friday. Descriptions are below.

Block 1: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Hardware Coding with Micro:bit

This camp involves using mini-robotics kits designed to develop and improve: Critical thinking, Creativity & Imagination, Engineering skills, and Decision making. We will include coding into the curriculum and several unplugged exercises to strengthen their logical and analytical thinking. The integration of hardware and software will enable kids to visualize better what they code.

French Immersion

Bonjour! Dive into the French language like never before! Through fun and engaging activities, campers will learn and practice their French language skills while learning about the amazing French culture. For beginners and intermediate students, our instructors will instill a love for the French language and culture through hands-on activities.  

The Art of Drawing

This is the perfect introductory class for any new artist! The Art of Drawing class focuses on building fundamental drawing skills such as shading, controlling tones, and composition. Students will also work on some classic exercises to see shape and form. During each class, students will receive step by step instruction on how to draw, color, and apply brushstrokes. 

Academic Camp: Mathematics Enrichment

Mathematics focuses on a new skill each week, building upon the basics for each grade level, including word problems, math games, and skill-building activities. Our individualized approach helps students reinforce areas that need improvements while sharpening and looking ahead at the next skill to learn. Small class size will foster a close relationship between student and teacher. At the end of the session, a written evaluation of each child’s progress will be e-mailed to parents. We strongly encourage families to register for all six weeks of Academic Camp to truly cover all aspects of the curriculum. 

Block 2: 10:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

3D Modeling and Printing

Literacy in basic 3D modeling and manufacturing is an essential skill for future STEM success in the world we live in today. In this course, students will learn how to make and print actual physical objects that they have designed and modeled themselves. Students will use various types of 3D modeling software and imaging equipment. This course is an excellent choice for anyone who wants to prototype an invention, create a work of art, or just make something cool!

Cooking in French

J’ai faim! For children who love to be in the kitchen, this class will have them cooking foods from many French-speaking regions and enjoy these fabulous dishes! Students will also learn kitchen basics and standard techniques, using a variety of cooking methods to explore various cuisines while reinforcing their French language skills and vocabulary. There is a $25 additional material cost. 

Introduction to Dungeons & Dragons

Whether you watched the Stranger Things kids fight a Demogorgon, are interested in sci-fi, magic, board games or have a bunch of creative friends, this is a great chance to learn to play this iconic fantasy role-playing game.  We provide the Dungeon Master and the dice that will help players learn about character creation,  the nature of magic in the worlds of D&D, the rules for spellcasting, and a selection of typical spells available to magic-using characters (and monsters) in the game. Join our elves, barbarians, and wizards on a fun quest to defeat the evil. 

Academic Camp: Language Arts Enrichment

Our Language Arts Academic camp covers reading and writing and focuses on reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and written expression. Our individualized approach helps students reinforce areas that need improvements while sharpening and looking ahead at the next skill to learn. Small class size will foster a close relationship between student and teacher. At the end of the session, a written evaluation of each child’s progress will be e-mailed to parents. We strongly encourage families to register for all six weeks of Academic Camp to truly cover all aspects of the curriculum. 

Block 3: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Coding and Game Design with Scratch

Calling all aspiring innovators! Dive into programming logic with Scratch, the drag-and-drop creative learning environment developed by MIT Media Lab. You’ll use code blocks and characters to gain a foundation in computational thinking, creating animated stories and games. Bright visuals and engaging design enhance the learning process, making it easy for you to develop essential STEM skills for our tech-driven world.

Sports Camp: Basketball

Want to really excel at basketball?  We have just the basketball camp or program to help you transform your game. We strive to cover basketball fundamentals and team-oriented play while creating a positive atmosphere where boys and girls will learn and have fun. Our skilled coaches work with each athlete to develop the skills of passing, posting, and scoring in the paint, offensive and defensive rebounding, blocking-out, fast-break outlet passing, using screens, and shooting. In addition, players will work on how to get open, footwork, triple-threat position, one-on-one moves, ball-handling, and passing skills. Athletes who attend this camp will leave the camp with a better understanding of the game and the individual requirements of each position on the court.

Cardboard Challenge

Everyone enjoys carnival games. Everyone loves piñatas! You can make them all right here at the Cardboard Challenge. The Cardboard Challenge is a fun, playful, and inspiring way to foster creativity in children through a simple process called creative play. Through creative play, kids engage their imaginations and open up their minds to what’s possible – and then they turn their ideas into something real. In this process, children learn to develop and test their own ideas, take chances, solve problems, get input from others and become better creative thinkers. Kids are challenged to create and build using cardboard, recycled materials, and imagination. 

Cooking Up the World

Come savor a “full course” of experiential learning as we “travel” our way around the globe learning about cultures—Asia to Africa, Europe to the ancient Americas, and more! Every day we will work together to slice, dice, blend, and bake as we explore some of the culinary traditions of various cultures both past and present. But that is not all! We will immerse ourselves in the literature, arts, music, games, and traditions of these faraway places incorporating reading, writing, and math as they naturally arise as part of our travel adventures. Weekly field trips will allow us to experience these cultures beyond what is possible in the classroom. Guest speakers will share their first-hand knowledge of a culture and country helping to deepen our understanding. Travel journals will help students document their thoughts and experiences. As students tantalize their taste buds and explore various cultures, they will engage in thoughtful discussions to discern the similarities and differences between the people with whom we share the earth. So, pack your apron and enjoy a trip around the world in our own backyard. Each summer we engage in different cultural experiences, so join us even if your child has been on the journey before. There is a $25 additional material cost. 

Block 4: 1:35 p.m. to 3 p.m

Games and Video Games

In MPA’s Games and Video Games Day class, Campers rotate between playing fun age-appropriate video games and playing fun active outside games. Video games include Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, Mario Karts, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon Sword, Super Mario Maker 2, and more! Outdoor games include badminton, volleyball, tag, soccer, kickball, and more. The idea is to blend fun cooperative gaming with fun team-oriented outdoor games.

Sports Camp: Basketball

Want to really excel at basketball?  We have just the basketball camp or program to help you transform your game. We strive to cover basketball fundamentals and team-oriented play while creating a positive atmosphere where boys and girls will learn and have fun. Our skilled coaches work with each athlete to develop the skills of passing, posting, and scoring in the paint, offensive and defensive rebounding, blocking-out, fast-break outlet passing, using screens, and shooting. In addition, players will work on how to get open, footwork, triple-threat position, one-on-one moves, ball-handling, and passing skills. Athletes who attend this camp will leave the camp with a better understanding of the game and the individual requirements of each position on the court.

Social Justice: Amplify Your Voice

Campers will learn about social justice in a safe and encouraging space. They will explore topics of diversity, inclusion, equity, and justice and will learn to express themselves, and engage critically with the issues they encounter. Through the exploration of social justice topics, students will analyze topics by gathering and evaluating sources,  develop claims and using evidence, communicate conclusions, and propose actionable solutions. The goal of this class is to amplify the voice of the youth and equip them with the skills to be productive citizens engaged in building community.

Chess: Introduction and Strategy

Learning to play chess is a great way to improve your child’s confidence and develop his or her problem-solving skills. Chess not only improves concentration and memory but can also foster critical thinking and creativity. During this class, students will learn the fundamentals of chess, learn new strategies and play styles.  Students will be divided into groups based on knowledge and experience so everyone can join the class, learn and have fun! 

SESSION 3

July 26th to August 6th
Students have a choice of four (4) activities per time block. During registrations, you will be asked to select one per block. Classes are Monday through Friday. Descriptions are below.

Block 1: 8:30 a.m. to 10 a.m.

Mobile Game App Design

Ever aspire to join the ranks of mobile game designers? In this game design camp, you will learn to create a mobile video game that will work on your phone or tablet – whether it’s an iPhone, iPad, or Android! After a quick introduction to using the touch screen interface, you will dive into creating games. You will create and edit the game’s code and game logic, create and develop tiles and levels for your game, and have your characters interact with their setting, including behaviors and physics. At the end of the week, you will take home your files on a flash drive, along with your completed games on your phone or tablet.

Mandarin Immersion

Our hands-on Mandarin Immersion program focuses on conversation and verbal communication with culturally relevant experiences. Campers will be taken into a unique traveling experience around China where they will embark on a memorable cultural adventure while learning/practicing Mandarin. Children will explore and learn about geography, society, and arts. The program includes hands-on activities, Mandarin class time, dancing and movement, art projects, science projects, and cultural activities.

Art: Learn from the Masters

Travel the world and learn about the most accomplished masters while fine-tuning your artistic skills. From Picasso to Van Gogh, students will discover the magic of art, its influence, and evolution. We will recreate famous works of art like Van Gogh’s Sunflowers, da Vinci’s Mona Lisa, Degas’ ballerinas and many others all while using a variety of different art materials and techniques.

Academic Camp: Mathematics Enrichment

Mathematics focuses on a new skill each week, building upon the basics for each grade level, including word problems, math games, and skill-building activities. Our individualized approach helps students reinforce areas that need improvements while sharpening and looking ahead at the next skill to learn. Small class size will foster a close relationship between student and teacher. At the end of the session, a written evaluation of each child’s progress will be e-mailed to parents. We strongly encourage families to register for all six weeks of Academic Camp to truly cover all aspects of the curriculum. 

Block 2: 10:05 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Cartoon Animation – Imagine and Create Your Own Animated Movie

Learn how to produce animated cartoons and movies using the same processes as animators at Pixar, Cartoon Network, and Disney do. Create drawings and bring them to life, using production techniques such as timelines and keyframes in Toon Boom Harmony™- the same software used to create Spongebob and many more popular cartoons. Work as part of a team and make friends who share your interests as you explore other animation techniques like claymation and “humanimation”.

Cooking in Mandarin!

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For children who love to be in the kitchen, this class will have them cooking foods from China and enjoy these fabulous dishes! Students will also learn kitchen basics and standard techniques, using a variety of cooking methods to explore various cuisines while reinforcing their Mandarin language skills and vocabulary. There is a $25 additional material cost. 

The Art Lab

From pyro art to clay molding and painting, the Art Lab Camp will allow campers to explore their favorite artistic medium. The environment is stimulating, and relaxed, and ensures that children of all ages and abilities are totally free to express themselves in a wide variety of mediums. Through small group lessons and personalized mentoring, campers will create using various techniques and mediums so that their imagination comes to life!

Academic Camp: Language Arts Enrichment

Our Language Arts Academic camp covers reading and writing and focuses on reading comprehension, vocabulary, grammar, and written expression. Our individualized approach helps students reinforce areas that need improvements while sharpening and looking ahead at the next skill to learn. Small class size will foster a close relationship between student and teacher. At the end of the session, a written evaluation of each child’s progress will be e-mailed to parents. We strongly encourage families to register for all six weeks of Academic Camp to truly cover all aspects of the curriculum. 

Block 3: 12 p.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Minecraft Architecture

Delve into the world of Architecture and learn what it means to think like an architect while you explore the principles of building design. During this course, you’ll learn how to combine different materials, colors, and shapes to create stunning buildings; use floor plans and blueprints to map the interior and exterior of your structures; create your own Minecraft architecture firm to show off your personal flair; design projects based on clients’ needs and make changes until they are happy with your work.

Sports Camp: Flag Football

Get ready for two weeks of Flag Football and fun! At our Flag Football Camp, we focus on building skills and gaining confidence with basic and advanced techniques. Players also benefit from technical and tactical training with age-appropriate activities such as tactics under pressure of an opponent and game conditions. We keep it fun and lively!

Slime, Slime, Slime
Chances are you have made slime but what about crunchy slime, bendable slime, fluffy slime, or blowing bubbles with slime? If you want to explore all the different kinds of slime this summer, then you will enjoy this class where the crazier the slime, the better! Campers will look at the science of slime and how to alter its makeup. Share what you know and learn from fellow slimers.

Block 4: 1:35 p.m. to 3 p.m

Games and Video Games
In MPA’s Games and Video Games Day class, Campers rotate between playing fun age-appropriate video games and playing fun active outside games. Video games include Super Smash Bros, Splatoon, Mario Karts, Super Mario Odyssey, Pokemon Sword, Super Mario Maker 2, and more! Outdoor games include badminton, volleyball, tag, soccer, kickball, and more. The idea is to blend fun cooperative gaming with fun team-oriented outdoor games.

Sports Camp: Flag Football

Get ready for two weeks of Flag Football and fun! At our Flag Football Camp, we focus on building skills and gaining confidence with basic and advanced techniques. Players also benefit from technical and tactical training with age-appropriate activities such as tactics under the pressure of an opponent and game conditions. We keep it fun and lively!

Baking Cakes and Cookies

Do you have a budding baker in the house? In this hands-on class, the students will learn the art of baking from the basics of kitchen safety to proper measurement in baking to preparing items for baking such as using cookie cutters, making pie crusts, and rolling homemade dough. Students will have fun making, baking, and decorating a different sweet treat each class! There is a $25 additional material cost.