Why Play Makers?
An approach to teaching in which students build and demonstrate understanding through an art form. Students engage in a creative process which connects and 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 engages
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 at the end of the Parent Handbook 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!
*Check-in will begin at 8:30 a.m. Remember to bring a hard copy of your release forms on the first day of camp.*
Before & After Care
Extended care is available mornings, afternoons, or both with your Houston 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 5:00 p.m., you will be charged $5 per 10 minutes, and your camper will not be able to attend until that balance is paid.
If you think you will be arriving after 5:00 p.m., please call or text the Camp Administrator.This number will be sent to you in a future email
*There is NO after care following the Open Workshop on the final Friday of your camp session.*
What To Wear
Shoes: Campers 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.
Hygiene: It is important that everyone takes care of their personal hygiene. We work closely with our ensemble, and proper hygiene is imperative. Please ensure that your older kids have properly deodorized and recently bathed. Please ensure that your younger kids have clean, food-free faces before sending them into camp. A clean camper is a happy camper!
Please pack an extra change of clothes and underwear for your younger (K-1) campers. Accidents sometimes happen 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 2-week session.
Alley Theatre will not be responsible for any lost items or clothing.
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 their medication themselves. Parents can also arrange for someone to come to the camp site to administer the medication.
The only exception to this 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 last 24 hours: vomiting, diarrhea, sore throat, eye infection or pink eye, ear ache fever, persistant cough, runny nose, head lice, or any other contagious illness not mentioned.
CAMP STAFF ARE FIRST AID/CPR/AED CERTIFIED
•Appropriate Shoes & Clothing
•Extra Change of Clothes
•Information and Pick Up/Drop Off Forms
•Emergency Contact Form
•Emergency Course of Action Form
•Consent and Minor Release Form
•Notification of Absences
Our Tax ID number is 74-1143076
Receipts: please be prepared to wait up to 10 business days to receive your receipt once you request it.
If you would like updates from camp via email, please include your best email address. Please use an email address that you check as we will be sending information to that email address. Please add anyone else who would be interested in knowing what’s going on at camp.
Bad Weather Policy
Alley Theatre Play Makers Camp will close for a full day or part of 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 necassary to open late or release students early, you will receive an email notification.
Please do not bring your children in if you feel it is unsafe to get to camp.
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.
Campers create a devised piece based on the STEM topic of the session
Advanced Play Makers
Campers dive deep into one theatrical topic during this 2-week intensive for our older Play Makers
Arts & Crafts
Campers work to create artistic pieces that represent the STEM topic of the session. You will see a gallery of art on the day of the Open Workshop, and you might even see some of their work as props and set pieces on stage.
Daily Drop-Off & Pick-Up Procedure
If you are signed up for extended care, drop off begins at 8:00am, not a minute earlier. Please wait with your camper until a staff member opens the door and checks them in.
Remove info about escorting your child to and from the building
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 3:15 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 charged $10.
We lock the doors at 9:00am. If you arrive after 9:00am, you may have to wait with your camper until someone can let you in. This may take up to 15 minutes since we are all together for the beginning of the day.
*Parents are to remain in their vehicles*
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 with your child's lunch.
No PEANUTS or TREE NUTS
Blankets & Books: We schedule item for our K-1 campers 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. These items can stay at the camp for the 2-week session.
DO NOT send tablets or electronic devices
*It is imperative that you inform us of any food allergies on the emergency contact form*
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 14th
Session B: June 28th
Session C: July 19th
Session D: August 2nd
Our campers are grouped together by age and grade. it is important that they are registered for the correct group. Our groups are arranged by the rising grade levels. if you have signed your camper up for the wrong age group are arranged by the rising grade levels. If you have signed your camper up for the wrong age group we will have to switch them to the proper age group, that may require yours camper to be put onto a wait list,which does not guarantee a spot.
PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOUR CAMPER IS REGISTERED FOR THEIR RISING GRADE LEVEL.
Kids joining our K-1 group need to be least 5 years old AND have regularly attended a half- or full- day, long-term, age appropriate social group such as pre-school, learning-focused day care, or something similar for at least 6 months. We may request proof if we suspect otherwise. If this is not the case, your child will not be able to continue camp and no refund will be issued.
All of our campers need to demonstrate that they want to be there and to participate in the activities. Those campers who repeatedly show that they are not interested will be asked to leave, and no refund will be given.
We love our campers almost as much as you do, and we want to make sure that all of our campers feel safe, have fun, and get the most out of our program. Sometimes there’s a mix of personalities that clash, sometimes a camper is having a bad day, or something else, and they might do something or react to something in a way that makes others uneasy. We want to give them an opportunity to learn and grow from their mistakes. Teaching Artists will work with the camper to
to redirect their energy into something more positive. If that doesn’t work, the camper may work with the Administrators to help them refocus. Please note that some behaviors may warrant a one or more day suspension or dismissal from camp.
In addition to the policies, each Teacher introduces the class to his/her own classroom rules. A system of warnings and quiet times will be used with minor discipline problems. Further action will be determined in consultation with the Site Director and Education Department Administrative office. Alley Theatre enforces a zero-tolerance policy for some behavior and/or items. Weapons, controlled substances, substances illegal for minors, theft, and behavior interpreted by the Education Department staff as violent, disruptive, destructive, inappropriate, harassing, bullying or aggressive will not be tolerated and may result in removal from the program without a refund. This includes taking pictures or recording videos, or pulling up inappropriate material from the Internet on mobile smart devices. (These items are best left at home.)