Arts in Action

Session I - FULL
Tuesday - Friday
June 20 - June 30

Session II
Tuesday - Friday
July 3 - July 14 (no class July 4)

Fee: $650
9:00am - 3:00pm

Extended care available

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Tuesday, June 20 - Friday, June 30
9:00am - 12:00pm

Fee: $350

Before care only

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Hoop Zone

NEW: This camp is also available for rising 6th graders.

Monday, July 10 - Friday, July 14
9:00am - 3:00pm

Fee: $375

Extended care available

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Minecraft Challenge
3rd - 7th graders
July 3-7 (no camp on July 4)
9:00am - 4:00pm

Fee: $380

Xtreme Minecraft
5th - 9th graders
July 10-14

Fee: $450

Extended care available

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Tuesday - Friday
June 20 - June 30
9:00am - 3:00pm

Fee: $650

Extended care available

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So You Want to Be a Writer?

Session I
June 19 - June 23

Session II
June 26 - June 30

Grades 5-8

12:30 - 3:00pm

Fee: $195

Extended care available

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Tinkering School

Camp Dates and Hours

July 3-11 (including the 4th)

  • Summer Day Camps run from 9:30am until 3:15pm.
  • Drop off starts at 9:00am.
  • Pick up time runs from 3:15-3:30pm.

Extended Hours

  • Before care starts at 8:30am
  • After care goes from 3:30pm until 5:00pm

What to Bring

  • A nutritious and delicious lunch.
  • A snack for snack time.
  • A refillable water bottle.
  • Closed-toe shoes (we work with heavy and messy things).
  • Comfortable clothes that can get dirty. (Seriously, whatever they wear may get dirty or even torn).
  • Sunscreen already applied for the day (send extra if your child has sensitive skin). We go outside every day.


  • Camp costs $575/week
  • Before care costs $55/week
  • After care costs $85/week

About the Camp

Each week of summer runs from Monday through Friday. Each week is different, each project is unique. Monday morning is tool safety training, the project isn't revealed until after lunch! Every day we play games, move our bodies, and take a break from hard thinking. We eat lunch in the fresh air and then return to our projects ready for an afternoon of focus and tinkering.

On Friday, the kids finish up building a little early, so that their families can come and experience the project in whatever state of completion the kids have attained. We all appreciate each other's hard work and what we've created together, then as a group we disassemble the physical evidence of our week of teamwork, problem solving, power tool operation, and fun!

About the Tinkering School / Mark Day School Partnership

In his 2009 TED Talk titled "Life Lessons Through Tinkering," Tinkering School founder Gever Tulley said that at Tinkering School, "Success is in the doing, and failures are celebrated and analyzed. Problems become puzzles and obstacles disappear." This idea, along with so much more about Tinkering School, resonated with me as we began to shape the design and tinkering program at Mark Day School. At Mark Day, we, too, believe that students learn through making and building and that often the lessons learned from a tinkering project are not evident at the outset. While tinkering, students not only learn academic concepts and develop skills in working with tools and materials, they also begin to see the world and their role in it from a new perspective, through a lens of curiosity and confidence and possibility. This shared value, above all else, is at the heart of the partnership between Mark Day School and Tinkering School.

Tinkering School's mission is "to create excellent hands-on learning opportunities for children everywhere," and Mark Day School aims to develop meaningful connections with the broader community and be a resource in the neighborhood. The hope is that all of these goals will be served by bringing Tinkering School to Mark Day School. Another shared core value of both Mark Day School and Tinkering School is our commitment to making our educational programs accessible to as many families as possible. During the school year, Mark Day School's Indexed Tuition program helps make the cost of tuition more affordable. Financial assistance will also be available for the Tinkering School camps at Mark Day School--as it is for all Tinkering School programs--supported jointly by Mark Day School and Tinkering School.

How to Register

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