Parent Handbook - Summer 2021

Why Play Makers?

Arts Integration

An approach to teaching in which students build and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects an art form to another subject and meets evolving objectives. 

Using Theatre Skills to Learn STEM Concepts: Each session has a STEM theme to keep our campers academically engaged. 

What Do We Do?



Campers learn basics of theatre and improvisation, vocal, projection, and making specific choices.


Campers learn about spacial awareness, making creative choices with their bodies, and communicating without words.

Play Making

Campers create a devised piece based on the STEM topic of the session.

Advances Play Makers

Campers dive deep into one theatrical topic during this one-week intensive for our older Play Makers. 

Arts & Crafts

Campers work to create artistic pieces that represent the STEM topic of the session. 

What to Bring


Snack & Lunch Food: Please pack 2 snacks and a well-balanced lunch for your child, along with a bottle of water. Microwaves and refrigerators are not available. Please limit the amount of sugary items in your child's lunch. Remember to pack cutlery.

DO NOT send tablets or electronic devices. 

What to Wear


Shoes: Camper should wear closed-toe shoes. NO flip-flops or sandals!

Clothing: Campers should wear clothes that will let them move easily and comfortably. Skirts are welcome as long as leggings or bike shorts are worn underneath. 

Please pack an extra change of clothes and underwear for your younger (K-1) campers. Accidents happen sometimes and when they do, we want kids to be clean and comfortable to continue all activities. These clothes can be kept at the campsite for the 1-week session. 



The First Day


Campers registered for before-care may arrive at 8:00 a.m. A parent or guardian will need to accompany each camper into camp on the first day so we can ensure that we have all forms and emergency information.

Check-in will be located near the daily drop off area in the entry way of the Play Makers wing. Please refer to the map for specific campsite directions.

Once campers are signed in, you are free to go! Campers will be escorted to the warm-up room where their Play Makers journey will begin!

Camp Checklist


Camper Items

  • Pre-filled Water Bottles

  • Snacks

  • Lunch

  • Appropriate Shoes & Clothing

  • Medication

  • Extra Change of Clothes

Parent Items

  • Information and Forms

  • Emergency Contact Form

  • Medical Form

  • Participation Agreement

  • Consent and Minor Release Form

  • Notification of Absences

Daily Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedure


You may drop off your camper as early as 8:45 a.m. and pick up your camper at 3:00 p.m. unless you have signed up for extended care. A Play Makers associate will escort your child to and from your vehicle. 

At the end of the regular day, a Play Makers associate will come to your car to check you in for pick-up. We will be asking for identification from you, so please have that ready. Campers will be escorted to your car. If you arrive after 3:25 p.m. you will need to come inside to pick up your camper. Your camper will be sent to after-care and you will be charge $10. 

Parents are to remain in their vehicles.


Extended Care


Extended care is available mornings, afternoons, or both with your camp registration. If you only need occasional care, before or after care can be purchased "a-la-carte" at $10 per shift. If you would like to purchase an extended care package or single sessions a-la-carte, please contact the Camp Administrator.

Before-care takes place from 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. Parents who arrive before 8:00 a.m. will need to wait with their child.

After-care takes place from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m.

All students must be picked up by 5 p.m. Parents need to enter the building to pick up their child. If you arrive after 5 p.m., you will be charged $5 per 10 minutes, and your camper will not be able to attend until the balance is paid. If you think you will be arriving after 5 p.m. please call or text the Camp Administrator in the Contact Us page. 


Attendance & Early Dismissal


Please report all absences to the Camp Administrator prior to 9:00 a.m.

For safety reasons, we lock the doors at 9 a.m. and being late may cause your child to miss our important group warm-up time. Children who arrive late will need to wait with their parent or guardian until a staff member lets them in. 

Early dismissal notifications must be submitted to the Camp Administrator no later than 9 a.m. on the day of early pick-up. This can be emailed or told to the Camp Administrator when you drop off your camper. A staff member will escort your child to the pick up area at the appropriate time. 

We cannot accommodate early dismissal after 2:30 p.m.


Emergencies & Medical Needs


Medication may be kept at camp, however Play Makers staff members are unable to administer any type of medication. Campers must be able to administer any type of medication. Campers must be able to administer their medication themselves. Parents can also arrange for someone to come to the camp site to administer the medication. The only exception is in the case of an emergency allergic reaction. 

Illness: We want your child to have fun with us every day, but please keep your child home and notify the Camp Administrator if your child has been sick with any of the following within the las 24 hours: vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, eye infection or pink eye, ear ache, fever, persistent cough, runny nose, head lice, or any other contagious illness not mentioned. 

Camp Staff are FIRST AID/CPR/AED Certified


Bad Weather Policy


Alley Theatre Play Makers Camp will close for a full day or part of the day because of bad weather or emergency conditions. When such conditions exist, the Camp Administrator will make the official decision concerning the closing of the facilities. When it becomes necessary to open late or release campers early, you will receive an email notification.

Please do not bring your children in if you feel it is unsafe to get to camp.


Camp Schedule & Map

Please review the camp map for specific campsite drop-off and pick-up procedures and take a look at the sample schedule to get an idea of your camper's Play Makers journey. 

Levitating Books
Levitating Books

Open Workshop

The Open Workshop is an opportunity for campers to share all of the skills they have gained. This is an informal presentation of plays, dances, and games that campers have put together with their groups. Our focus is on process rather than product. 

All Open workshops begin promptly at 1:30 p.m. There is no extended care after the open workshop. 

  • Session A: June 18th

  • Session B: June 25th

  • Session C: July 2nd 


"I could witness some transformations even in the short 2 weeks such as them being less inhibited when on stage."