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Summer Camp: Know Before You Go

It never hurts to be prepared. To help you get ready for summer camps at Crystal Bridges, we’ve assembled a guide to what you need to know before you arrive.

Registration and Ticketing

  • All ticket sales are final and non-refundable. We may be able to exchange your ticket for another camp of comparable price. Please contact the Public Programs Assistant at (479) 657-2311 or at Education@CrystalBridges.org. (Please note that we are unable to prorate camp fees on a daily basis.)
  • Camper forms and waivers will be signed as part of the registration process. Please email Education@CrystalBridges.org or call (479) 657-2311 if any information changes or needs to be updated before you arrive.
  • Once registered, you’ll receive an email from Crystal Bridges confirming your online registration. A follow-up email will be sent about one week before camp to all registrants.
  • When you register, please list all allergies or disability-related accommodations for your camper. Please be aware that we cannot guarantee a 100% nut-free zone. Once registered, please contact Education@CrystalBridges.org about your child’s allergies and disability-related accommodations.

Scholarships

  • A limited number of need-based scholarships are available for all Crystal Bridges Summer Camps, covering 100% of registration costs. Scholarships are awarded through a lottery system and cannot be awarded for any camps that the camper has already been registered for through the regular camp registration process.
  • Transportation funds may also be awarded if the camper’s participation is dependent on travel assistance.
  • Application Deadline: Applications must be submitted by May 27. Parents/guardians will be informed of the scholarship award by June 3.
  • To Apply: Fill out an online application for each child and select one camp within their age group.

What to Expect at Camp

  • Campers will spend time indoors in the galleries and studios and outdoors on our grounds and trails. Campers will experiment and create with a wide range of art materials to express their artistic style while meeting new friends along the way.
  • Each camp lasts for the entire week (Monday – Friday), including Tuesdays when we are closed to the public.
  • We have a max capacity of 15 campers per camp.
  • Please keep in mind that campers will go outdoors each day of camp, weather permitting.
  • Linked here is a social narrative for the museum. This resource is for anyone who would benefit from knowing what to expect in advance of their museum visit.

What to Send with Your Camper

  • Have your camper wear comfortable, breathable clothes that they can get messy in. Smocks are provided but do not cover their entire outfit. Keep in mind that campers will be working with both washable and permanent materials.
  • We will go outdoors each day, so please apply sunscreen and bug spray before arriving, and be sure your camper is wearing appropriate shoes for outdoor walking. (Please note that aerosol sprays are not allowed inside or outside the studios.)
  • You may send a water bottle and snacks with your camper. Please do not include nuts of any kind for snacks.

Camp Drop-Off and Pick-Up

  • For your convenience, campers can be dropped off at the museum’s lower parking garage. Wayfinding signs will be available to lead you there from the museum’s main entrance roundabout. Once inside the garage, please pull up to the Summer Camp Drop-Off sign. An intern or staff member will hand you a sign-in sheet.
  • Please arrive no earlier than 10 minutes before camp begins and pick up your camper no later than 15 minutes after camp ends.
  • If you arrive more than 10 minutes late for camp drop-off, you will need to park and escort your child to the studios located off Walker Landing. After camp, if you are more than 15 minutes late, you will need to come to the studios to pick up your camper.
  • An adult must sign their camper in and out each day. Only those who have been designated to sign out the camper may do so. Make sure to add the names of anyone picking up your camper to the registration form. Campers may not leave the museum until a designated adult signs them out and shows ID.
  • When arriving for drop-off, you will be given a pick-up dashboard sign. Please place this sign on your vehicle’s dashboard at pick-up.
  • Guardians of campers attending morning sessions or on Tuesdays may wait in the museum library, located on the third floor, until the museum galleries open at 10 a.m. Twenty-four hours advanced notice is required if staying in the library. Please contact the Public Programs Assistant at (479) 657-2311 or Education@CrystalBridges.org.