Cultural Arts Camps

Register online or in person at any Palm Beach Gardens Recreation front desk.

All of our Cultural Arts Camps take place at Burns Road Recreation Center. Many of the full-day camps are for 6-13 year olds and take place from 7:30 am - 6 pm, with organized activities starting at 9 am and ending at 5 pm. However, there is such a variety of camps that ages and times vary. Specialized contractual instructors are hired to lead campers in specific cultural arts projects and activities. 

Many of the Cultural Arts Camps include swimming days at the PBG Aquatic Complex. 
Please refer to each camp's weekly schedule, when available, to see which days will be swimming days and what your child needs to bring. Cultural Arts campers do not go on field trips, except for the Cultural Arts Caravan camp. Campers must bring or buy a lunch and snacks daily.

If a camp is full, please consider putting your child on a waiting list. Many times we have cancellations before the camp begins.

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New! ReAct & ReCycle: Drama & Mini Junk Camp 

 
Introduce your child to the world of theatre. We build their self-esteem through drama games and improvisation. 
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Campers then spend the afternoon exploring the possibilities within all the discarded materials in the world around them, learning new ways of transforming everyday objects into extraordinary works of art, developing their imaginations, problem solving skills, and love for the environment in a fun, hands-on way that is unique to Resource Depot! Every day includes a fun mix of staff-led projects and age-appropriate free play and experimentation in a variety of themes including collage/assemblage, sculpture, jewelry, drawing/printmaking, and science/engineering. Reduce, Reuse and Recreate with Resource Depot in Palm Beach Gardens. Organized activities start at 9am.
  • Instructors: Melissa Jacobson/Chelsea Odum
  • Campers must bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen on Tuesday and Thursday. 
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-1A  8-13  Week 1 June 5-9  7:30am-6pm  $220/$275
221504-9A  6-10  Week 9  July 31-August 4  7:30am-6pm  $220/$275 

Stop Motion Animation - New Extended Day!


Unleash your inner Spielberg this summer at The Director's Cut Lego workshop. Film making crews will work together with a REAL film maker to create a stop-motion animation film that is sure to rival the works of Hollywood's most talented. Small crews will storyboard, script, build, design, capture and add sound effects, titles, voices and music, culminating in your own action packed, dramatically inspired comedy (or whatever you choose your movie to be about!) Participants will also learn how to market their films by creating a website, social media posts and movie posters. Family and friends will enjoy a red carpet film festival on Friday afternoon from 3-4pm and participants will receive a chaptered USB key with their film on it. All materials are included. Daily organized activities start at 9am. Director’s Cut Programming ends at 3pm and activities from 3-6pm will be provided by PBG City Staff.
  • Instructor: The Director's Cut Staff
  • Campers will swim one afternoon (day/time to be announced)
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-1B 6-12  Week 1  June 5-9 7:30am-6pm  $315/$394
221504-6A  6-12  Week 6  July 10-14  7:30am-6pm  $315/$394 

Adventures in Art


Come along with us on a colorful adventure as we explore sculpting, painting, collage and much more! We will undertake a variety of unique art projects. Campers learn how to express their creativity while making new friends. We will also practice advanced drawing skills and learn advanced techniques with paint and oil pastels. Organized activities start at 9am.
  • Instructor: Jennifer Jenkins
  • Campers must bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen on Tuesday and Thursday. 
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily. 
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-2A  8-13 Week 2  June 12-16  7:30am-6pm  $220/$275 

New! ImagiNATION – ‘Movers & Makers’


Movers (A.M.)


From pirates and mermaids to superheroes and princesses, campers will use their imagination in combination with the arts and creative play all day. Mornings are dedicated to movement through various styles of dance, song, drama, yoga and more. Children are encouraged to play ‘side by side’ while expressing their individuality. Daily organized activities start at 9am. 
  • Instructor: Chelsea Rager
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME R/NR FEE 
221504-2B 6-10  Week 2 June 12-16  7:30am-12:30pm $130/$163

Makers (P.M.)


With young creative ‘juices’ flowing, afternoons are filled with ‘hands-on fun’ including colorful set design, mask-making, costuming and arts & crafts galore! Each day brings a new theme with entertaining ‘improv’ and amusing activities! ImagiNATION programming ends at 5pm. Activities from 5-6pm will be provided by PBG City Staff.
  • Instructor: Chelsea Rager
  • Please bring snacks daily.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-2C  6-10  Week 2  June 12-16  1-6pm  $130/$163 

Film Making


It’s going to be a blockbuster summer at The Director’s Cut with our NEWLY designed film workshop.  Use GO PRO ACTION cameras, HD cameras and the latest digital equipment and hardware to film and edit your next big blockbuster.  Participants will storyboard, write a script, learn all about camera angles and cinematography, before filming and editing their movies. Participants will also design web pages, social media feeds, posters and trailers to advertise their upcoming movies.  Family and friends will enjoy a red carpet film festival on Friday afternoon from 3-4pm and participants will receive a chaptered USB key with their film on it. Director’s Cut programming ends at 3pm. Daily organized activities from 7:30-9am and 3-6pm will be provided by PBG City Staff.
  • Instructor: The Director's Cut Staff
  • All materials are included.
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
  • Campers will swim one afternoon, day/time to be announced.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE   TIME R/NR FEE 
221504-3A  8-13 Week 3  June 19-23 7:30am-6pm  $315/$394

New! Mini Mozart: Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County 


This string camp is specifically designed for younger students with limited or no experience. We boast a low student-to-teacher ratio with certified music instructors and a short recital on the final day of camp. On-site "FUN" activities, such as our splash water park, playground time and much more. Instrument rental is included! Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily. Spaces are limited, so don’t delay your registration for this specialty camp. Daily organized activities start at 9am.
  • Instructor: Youth Orchestra of Palm Beach County, certified & degreed music instructors (www.yopbc.org)
  • Campers will swim one morning, day/time to be announced.
  •  Contact YOPBC directly with specific questions @ 561-281-8600 or email yomail@yopbc.org.
CODE  AGE WEEK DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-3B  6-8  Week 3 June 19-23  9am-2pm  $200/$250 
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“Fizz”ical Science


What’s the mystery all about? Find out in this camp all about cool chemistry. We’ll explore the basics of chemistry with some radical reactions and slippery slime! Want to know who stole the ice cream? Become a detective and use evidence and clues to catch the crook. 

After we’ve fingerprinted the felon with our own Personal Profiler, we’ll celebrate by making and eating our own ice cream!  Crack codes, get crazy with chemistry, and even make your own chocolate candy! 
Mad Science programming ends at 3pm. Daily organized activities from 7:30-9am and 3-6pm will be provided by PBG City Staff.
  • Instructor: Mad Science Staff
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
  • Campers will swim one afternoon, day/time to be announced.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-4B 6-12 Week 4  June 26-30  7:30am-6pm  $335/$419

Mind, Body & Dance


Campers begin the day with a dance warm-up, stretching and learning a variety of dance styles such as ballet, jazz and lyrical. Afternoons continue with dance improvisations and simple choreography. Campers will also be introduced to yoga. They’ll learn awareness of mind, body and breath. Instructors reinforce positive body image, good self-esteem & share nutrition tips for healthy eating. Yoga mats will be provided. Ballet or jazz shoes are recommended; tap shoes are optional. Organized activities start at 9am.
  • Instructor: Noelle Cotler/Rosalynn Garey
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily. 
  • Campers must bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen on Tuesday and Thursday.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-4A  8-13 Week 4  June 26-30 7:30am-6pm  $220/$275 
221504-7A  8-13 Week 7  July 17-21  7:30am-6pm  $220/$275 

Cultural Arts Caravan 


Join us and receive your daily dose of art & culture. Our traveling camp for art lovers will take us to various local art galleries, museums and theatre venues. Campers will experience engaging hands-on art projects while working with professional artists in the community. Campers will be encouraged to approach each off-site opportunity with a greater concentration on arts education. Our group of campers will have the benefit of greater individual attention. Trips will include Uptown Art in Jupiter and a live performance at the Delray Beach Playhouse to name a few. Click here for the complete list of trips. All transportation will be provided. Campers will be off-site 9:30am-4:30pm daily. Before and aftercare is included.
  • Instructors: Jennifer Jenkins/Amy Stepper
  • Please bring lunch, snacks and drinks daily.
  • No camp Tuesday, July 4*
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-5D  9-14 Week 5  July 3-7* 7:30am-6pm  $225/$282 

Vocal Vibrations


For the budding young pop or rock star! Kids will learn to sing with impact while building performance skills. The Sing Out method will build self-confidence, vocal and musical skills and star quality! Students will learn proper singing techniques that apply specifically to performance and audition singing, all while having fun. Come join the fun as we ‘Sing Out!’ to music's greatest hits. A mini ‘concert’ tops off the week. Organized activities start at 9am.       
  • Instructor: Sandi Russell
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
  • Campers must bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen on Tuesday and Thursday.
  • No Camp Tuesday, July 4*         
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-5A  7-13  Week 5  July 3-7 7:30am-6pm  $176/$220 

Lil’ Chefs


This camp will introduce your young chefs to the culinary world in a unique, wholesome and age- appropriate way. We will cook and use healthy ingredients while creating fun, delicious and nutritious recipes. Camper’s will make a kitchen craft and create their own cookbook with recipes! The morning session will include your camper’s lunch. Campers may bring water bottle and favorite snack as well. Due to common food allergies, parents will be required to sign a waiver in order to register for this camp.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-5C  4-6  Week 5  July 3-7*  10am-1pm  $128/$160 
221504-7C  6-8  Week 7  July 17-21  10am-1pm  $160/$200 

Krafty Kidz


If your kids’ love of crayons has moved past the sketchpad and onto the walls, maybe it’s time to foster their budding creativity at art camp. We have lots to offer your pint-sized Picassos, from drawing, painting, clay, fabric creation and much more! We love glitter & glue, but sometimes it’s nice to think outside the ‘Crayola box’ and find further inspiration - where clean-up is not part of the equation! 
  • Instructor: Joella Gilmond
  • Please bring a drink and daily snack.
  • No camp Tuesday, July 4*
CODE   AGE WEEK   DATE TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-5B  4-6  Week 5  July 3-7*  1:15-4:15pm  $92/$115 
221504-7B  6-8  Week 7  July 17-21 1:15-4:15pm  $115/$144 

Almost Famous


Learn all about acting with theatre games, improvisations, music and scene work. As the afternoon rolls around, let’s all ‘Sing Out’ while we learn proper vocal techniques, stage presence and how to develop your best voice! A mini talent’ showcase’ tops off the week. Organized activities start at 9am.
  • Instructor: Sandi Russell
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
  • Campers must bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen on Tuesday and Thursday.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-6B  7-13  Week 6  July 10-14  7:30am-6pm  $220/$275 

Spy Academy


Ever dream of becoming a secret agent? We'll start with the basics: From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision. Campers will have the opportunity to check out spy tech equipment and take home lots of gadgets like spy glasses! Step into the shoes of a detective as you uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis. Figure out the science of forensics in a hands-on look at crime scenes. 
Spy Camp

Become a super spy and learn clever ways of performing tasks as we take a journey into the world of investigation that spies use! Mad Science programming ends at 3pm. Daily organized activities from 7:30-9am and 3-6pm will be provided by PBG City Staff.
  • Instructor: Mad Science Staff
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily.
  • Campers will swim one afternoon, day/time to be announced.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-8A  6-12  Week 8  July 24-28  7:30am-6pm  $335/$419

Make A Masterpiece (2-week session)


Learn hand building with clay. Create pieces using coils, slabs, pinch pots and extrusions. Learn decorative techniques using textures and colorful glazes. You may also ‘try your hands’ on the pottery wheel. Let’s explore all of the art mediums including painting, sketching and collage. Organized activities start at 9am.
  • Instructor: Jennifer Jenkins/Walford Campbell
  • Please buy or bring lunch and snacks daily. 
  • Campers must bring swimsuit, towel and sunscreen on Tuesday and Thursday.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-8B  8-13  Week 8 & 9  July 24-August 4  7:30am-6pm  $440/$550 

Chopped, Jr. (A.M.)  

                                                                                                                          Calling all chefs! Camp Gardens is hosting its first ever ‘Chopped, Jr.” cooking camp! Every day we will have a delicious cooking lesson and then all ‘chefs’ will be given a mystery basket to explore and create fun and exciting recipes. Food will be provided. Daily organized activities start at 9am. Due to common food allergies, parents will be required to sign a waiver in order to register for this camp.  

  • Instructor: Stacey Stolman
  • Please bring a water bottle or drink.
CODE  AGE   WEEK DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-A  8-13  Week 10  August 7-11 8:30am-Noon $160/$200 

Wired! (P.M.)


Work with wire, beads and other elements to make crafty creations. Many projects will be inspired by ‘Streetwires’, an organization of artisans in Cape Town, South Africa, that create and design unique beaded sculpture. 
  • Instructor: Martine Lipnitzky
  • Please bring a drink and daily snack.
CODE AGE   WEEK DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-B  8-13 Week 10  August 7-11  12:15-3pm  $100/$125
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Advanced Robotics


Learn all about the use of robotics in our world today and how technology will continue to affect our future. Campers will check out sound sensing robots, line tracking robots, amphibious robots, and even robots that play soccer! 

They will also learn about the mechanical aspects of robots with gears, gear ratios, torque, hydraulics, and pneumatics. Hands-on activities include building gear sets and operating a robotic arm to retrieve their snack! They will delve into the science of circuits and sensors. Over the course of the camp, the children will build their very own working circuit robot to take home. Supply fees are included. Daily organized activities start at 9am. Aftercare is not available for this camp. 
  •  Instructor: Mad Science Staff
  • Please bring a drink, lunch and daily snack.
CODE  AGE  WEEK  DATE  TIME  R/NR FEE 
221504-C  9-12  Week 10  August 7-11  8:30am-3pm  $345/$423