Arts

Children naturally love art – painting, drawing, making music, and theatre. The arts help children think creatively, learn observation, collaboration, and problem-solving techniques, all while building confidence and self-esteem. REGISTER ONLINE.

STEAM CAMP
July 5-26
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ges 6-12  |  $75M/$113NM  |  Central  |  Fridays  |  4-6:00pm
STEAM is Science, Technology, Engineering, the Arts and Mathematics  Join in some hands-on summer fun as we experience STEAM with things like the ocean, space, slime, robotics, rainbows, tye dye, legos, music, instruments, art and more. *participants must register by 6/28


THEATRE CAMPS
Ages 5-11 | $75M/$113NM  |  Central  |  Mon-Thurs  |  12:30-2pm

Musical Theatre
June 10-13

Give them the old Razzle Dazzle! A fun set of classes that let children explore the music, stories and movement of classic and modern musicals.

Improv
June 24-27
Think FAST!! Time to learn games and techniques to be a fast thinker and to always be on your toes! Learn to react to anything that happens and spin it into a fun time for everyone!

Shakespeare
July 8-11
Brush up on your Shakespeare! Learn the basic history of the Bard and his most popular plays! We will also learn modern and different takes on some of his classic stories.

Fairy Tales
July 22-25

Once upon a time in a YMCA far far away..This class will focus on classic tales and fairy stories (not just for girls!)  Learn new and exciting ways to make fairy tales fun on stage!

Masks & Movements
July 29-August 1
Sometimes you do not need to say a word to tell a story!  We will learn how masks and movements can tell a story to the audience.

Working Together
August 5-8
Let's learn how to work together on stage! Sometimes it's hard to know how to work with people and it can be hard to share the stage. This class will teach unified storytelling and theatre!

Theatre "FUN"damentals
July 15-18
Ages 5-11 | $75M/$113NM  |  West  |  Mon-Thurs  |  12:30-2pm
A whole lot of DRAMA at West!! Come learn the fundamentals of staging, theatricals and some of the different styles of Theatre.


MUSIC CAMPS

Aloha Ukulele Workshop
Ages 7+  |  $45M/$68NM

June 12 - July 3  |  Wednesdays  |  5:30-6:30pm  |  Central
Give them the old Razzle Dazzle! A fun set of classes that let children explore the music, stories and movement of classic and modern musicals.

Bitty Beethoven's
Ages 0-3  |  $35M/$53NM

June 26 - July 17  |  Wednesdays  |  10:30-11am  |  Central
For babies to age 3 accompanied by an adult. We will have action rhymes, songs, movement activities, a story, the kids will get to use simple musical instruments and more. Active adult participation is an important part of this program.

Mini Musicians
Ages 3-5  |  $35M/$53NM

July 2-23  |  Wednesdays  |  10:30-11am  |  Central
For kids age 3 to 5 accompanied by an adult. We will have action rhymes, songs, movement activities, a story, the kids will get to use musical instruments and more. Active adult participation is an important part of this program.


COOKING CAMPS
Ages 6-12  |  $75M/$113NM

Kids Can Cook
June 10-13  |  Mon-Thurs  |  1-3pm  |  Central
The kids are making dinner tonight!  Kids will learn to cook with a  hands-on cooking class.  We will learn basic cooking techniques and recipes.  Each day is themed with a craft and activity to go along.

Cooking Around the World
July 8-11  |  1-3pm  |  Central

We are going on a cooking adventure!  Kids will learn to cook with a  hands-on cooking class.  We will learn basic cooking techniques and recipes.  Each day we “travel” to a different country that we will learn about with recipes, a craft and an activity.

Culinary Road Trip
August 5-8  |  1-3pm  |  Central
This road trip is about more than just snacks.  Kids will learn to cook with a hands-on cooking class.  We will learn basic cooking techniques and recipes.  Each day we “travel” to a part of the US that we will learn about with recipes, a craft and an activity.

JUNE 10 - AUGUST 9 (9 WEEKS)
30-minute class $61M/$94NM
45-minute class $73M/$110NM
60-minute class $84M/$124NM


THEATRE TYKES
Ages 5-6  | Thursdays 4:30-5:15pm
Curtain up on your child’s introduction to the theatre! In this class, we will start the youngest stars out with simple games and learning how to be on stage. We will spend time getting comfortable sharing the stage and interacting with other performers. We will also learn theatre basics and etiquette. All skill levels welcome! Register here.


THEATRE I
Ages 7-11  | Thursdays 5:15-6:15pm
Want to learn about theatre? Want to try acting? Ever heard of improv? Think you have the chops to experience life on the stage? Join us for this class that will let you explore all the aspects of theater from drama to comedy to musicals to classics with some improv mixed in! This class will be a combination games and scene and monologue work- as well as a look into the audition process. See how theatre can help you live your best life! All skill levels welcome! Register here.


THEATRE II
Ages 12-15  | Thursdays 6:30-7:30pm
Ever feel like you belong on stage? Maybe you want to be a leading lady or a Prince Charming? Maybe think you would be the perfect villain? Now is your chance to find out what it is like to try theatre! In this class, we will use games and scene study to find characters and bring them to life. We will experiment with monologues and audition pieces that can be used in any audition setting! All skill levels welcome! Register here.

Welcome Annette Smith to our Arts Department

Annette Smith is excited to start sharing her love and knowledge of theatre and all things dramatic with the Fox Valley Family YMCA community. She started acting at age 5 and found her passion on stage, spending every summer performing at theatre camps. When she reached high school she focused on theatre - beginning to teach at the same summer camp she attended growing up. When she started her time at Illinois State University she focused on acting and theatre education, wanting to help future generations find a home either on stage or backstage like she did. She also began her study of Shakespeare at the Illinois Shakespeare Festival. Annette moved to the Fox Valley Area from Chicago with her husband and son to be closer to their family.  She brings her passion for theatre in all its forms, especially Shakespeare and musicals, with her to the YMCA and looks forward to helping build a strong arts department for everyone!

View featured THEATRE WORKSHOPS, including Intro to Theatre and Improv, here.