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Parent Handbook

"I could witness some transformations even in the short 2 weeks such as

them being less inhibited when on stage." 

What We Do



Acting/ Story telling


Advanced Play Makers

What to Bring/Wear

Camper Check List


  • Pre-filled reusable water bottle

  • 2 snacks and lunch

  • Appropriate clothes and shoes

  • Any necessary medication

  • For K-1s: an extra change of clothes and blanket, clearly labeled with your child's name 

  • A great attitude!



  • Complete all camper forms by deadline and prior to Day 1

  • Review Parent Handbook

  • Drop off and Pick up arrangements

  • Plan to attend Open Workshop

Please make sure ALL your child's belongings are clearly labeled with their name. 

Food: Please pack two snacks and a well-balanced lunch for your child. Great snacks for camp include granola bars, fruit, yogurt, crackers, and cheese. Please include any necessary plastic utensils. Microwaves and refrigerators are not available, be sure to pack their meals in a thermos or include an ice pack. 

NEW - Simply Fresh Kitchen Lunch Service: We are so happy to announce that for the first time for camp, we are partnering with Simply Fresh Kitchen, a hot lunch service program. Simply Fresh Kitchen currently partners with schools across Houston, delivering fresh, nutritious lunches, and we are so excited to offer their options to our campers this Spring Break.

Ordering for your Camper:

  • This program is completely optional.

  • Lunches would be ordered from the Simply Fresh Kitchen website. Alley Theatre is only facilitating the delivery. All costs, inquiries and orders are through Simply Fresh Kitchen.

  • If you order lunch for your camper, you will still need to send 2 snacks with them.

  • Download your welcome packet explaining how to create an account and place orders for your camper. 

Pre-filled Reusable water bottle: Make sure it is labeled with the campers' name.

Clothes: 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. 

Shoes: Campers should wear closed-toe shoes. No flip-flops, sandals, or Crocs.

Blankets: We schedule time for our K-1 group to enjoy listening to a story or quietly read to themselves. Many find that a blanket keeps them cozy and comfortable in the chilly air conditioning during this time. 

Tablets or other electronic device
s are allowed during scheduled lunch time and at parents' discretion. We have plenty of activities to keep your campers engaged throughout the day. 




Drop-off and Pick-up will take place in the alley way of Alley Theatre off of Texas Ave. in between Smith St. and Louisiana St.  (download or see map below).

Parents or Guardians agree to: 

  • transporting the camper to and from the assigned camper drop-off and pick-up location according to the scheduled program start and end times. 

  • accompany and remain with the camper if the camper arrives prior to the scheduled program start time. 

  • pick up the camper within 15 minutes of the scheduled program end time.

  • accompany the camper into the building to check-in with the Teaching Artists if the camper arrives 10 minutes or more after the scheduled program start time. 

AM Extended Care drop-off begins at 8:00 AM

Regular drop-off begins at 8:45 AM


On Day 1 we will confirm that we have all completed online forms. Click the button below to fill out a form for each camper. 

A Play Makers Associate will escort your child from your vehicle. Parents are to remain in their vehicles.

Regular pick-up begins at 3:00 PM

PM Extended Care pick-up ends at 5:00 PM

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 PM you will need to text 530-710-8375 or the number posted on the door. We strongly encourage picking up your child on time. If you know you are running late, you have the option of adding à la carte extended care at $10 per shift.

Drop-off & Pick-Up

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 à 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.

AM Extended Care takes place from 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM 
PM Extended Care takes place from 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM

Extended Care
Attendance & Early Dismissal

Late Arrivals: For safety reasons, we lock our doors at 9:00 a.m. and being late may cause your child to miss our important group warm up time. Due to limited staffing and COVID safety protocols, a parent or guardian will need to wait with the camper until a Play Makers Associate can let them in. If you arrive late, please text 
530-710-8375 or the number posted on the door and a Camp Administrator will be with you ASAP.

Attendance and Early Dismissal: We understand that emergencies happen and when they do, we strongly encourage parents to report all absences and early dismissal notifications to the Camp Coordinator prior to 9:00 AM. You can call, text, or notify us when you drop off your camper. A Play Makers Associate will escort your child to the pick up area at the appropriate time. 

Medication may be kept at camp. Campers must be able to administer any type of medication unless it is an emergency such as an allergic reaction. Parents can also arrange for someone to come to the camp site to administer the medication. Any necessary medication must be listed on your camper forms.

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.

Emergencies & Medical Needs

Alley Theatre Play Makers Camp generally follows HISD's determinations for closing due to weather. In the event that we need to close for a full day or part of the day because of bad weather or emergency conditions, the Camp Administrator will make the official decision concerning the closing of the facilities and notify parents immediately. If it becomes necessary to release campers early, you will receive an email and/or text notification.

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

Bad Weather Policy
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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 day at Play Makers.
Please Note: Schedule and map below are samples. Check back for updated information.

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Each Alley Theatre Play Makers session culminates in a joyous, celebratory performance that demonstrates our campers' learning for parents and friends. Logistics for a creative, fun, and safe OW are still being determined. Stay tuned for more information about what to expect on the last day of camp coming soon to this handbook and your email inbox.

Event Information: All performances begin at 1:30 p.m. and  doors open at 1:00 p.m. There will be a celebration with refreshments following the performance. Keep in mind that PM Extended Care will not be offered after the Open Workshop.

Parking: Parents and family members can park at the Alley Theatre Garage or any available Downtown Parking. 

Open Workshop Dates:
Session A: June 14
Session B: June 28
Session C: July 19
Session D: August 2
Session E: August 9

Open Workshop
Contact Information

We have set up a Google Voice number to answer all of your camp related questions. Feel free to call or text us during the camp session. 

Monica Marcha
ECE Administrative Coordinator


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Instagram: @AlleyTheatre

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