Summery Directory

Camps, Classes, Programs and Workshops

Date April 30, 2009 at 10:00 PM

Author Editor

Categories Family


Summer Camps: Residential

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions
Backpack up a mountain, live in a canyon, survey with an archaeologist, go rock climbing, restore burrowing owl habitat, silversmith your own jewelry and become best friends with someone you won’t meet anywhere else—all in one summer. Exploring the Four Corners area since 1926. Expeditions for ages 10 to19 range from two to six weeks. Call 505-248-0563 or go to

Glorieta Summer Camps for Boys and Girls
A residential summer camp with a Christian emphasis. Our philosophy is founded on growth: physical, social, mental and spiritual. We train our staff to promote a fun Christ-like environment with a personal focus on each camper, with a wide range of activities and great staff. Programs are for campers who have completed grades 1 to 10. Call 505-757-4213 or go to

Day Programs

Another Bird of Song Music Day Camp
Three one-week sessions for kids ages 8 to 12. Learn basic music theory; activities include rhythm, singing, ensemble playing, song writing, instrument making, music games and more. Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., $200 per session. Sessions: June 8-12, June 22-26, July 6-10. Space limited to 10 kids per session. For more information about camp and/or private summer piano, voice, or composition lessons, call Angela at 505-310-3699, or e-mail: or visit:

Art and Movement for Children
Are you looking for a unique and memorable way to make your next event special? I specialize in one- of-a-kind art & movement programs for kids, at your house or a rental space, for birthday parties, summer camps, weddings, openings, resorts and schools. Expose children to fun, creative and interactive activities using high quality art supplies and props. No event is too large or too small. Call Anabella St. Peter at 992-3261.

Babysitters Extraordinaire
Nannies and sitters on call providing occasional child care, full- or part-time nanny placement, parties, weddings, overnight care, travel, special nature and museum outings, etc., since 1994. Call 820-6366.

Belisama Irish Dance
Offering ongoing classes in Irish Dance, for ages 5 to adult, in Santa Fe and Los Alamos. In addition to our children and teen classes, our adult program will keep you fit with traditional ceili (social dance) and sean-nos (old-style step dance) classes. Come experience the joy of dance and the spirit of Irish music in a relaxed, fun and healthy atmosphere. Performance, choreography and competition opportunities available. Contact Adrienne at 670-2152, e-mail, or go to

Big Sky Build It!
Do you have an inventor or artist in your house? Big Sky Build It! is Santa Fe’s summer science and art university for kids. Design and build a remote controlled robot, solder together an iPod docking station, get off the grid with a solar bedroom system, mod your skate board, learn game design and build a working solar powered Rail Runner. Full-day camps for children ages 6 to 15, June through August. Affordable extended care and scholarships available. Teaching internships available for teens and adults. Call 428-7575 or go to

Camp Shalom 2009
Nine-week program held on the grounds of Temple Beth Shalom for ages 2 to 6, June 8 to August 7. Full-time and part-time options. Enriched indoor and outdoor activities on a spacious playground, led by experienced staff. Low student-teacher ratios. Open to children of all faiths. For brochure and information, call 982-6888.

Casa Solana Pool
Old-fashioned, all-family fun! Open every day from Memorial Day through Labor Day. Swimming lessons available at all levels (two-week sessions begin June 1). Kids Kraft classes, Wednesdays from 3-5 p.m. Kayak Pool sessions, Sundays from 9-11 a.m. Family membership for the whole summer, $495. Call Diane, 471-8526, for more information, or go to

Children’s Writing Workshops
One week of morning sessions, beginning June 8. Come write stories and have fun with words! For information, call Sarah Stark Doyle at 470-3210 or e-mail

Climbing Adventure Camp
Indoor/outdoor rock climbing, adventure hikes and other outdoor adventure based activities for ages 5-12. Campers will learn leadership skills, problem-solving skills, team work and respect for our natural environment, and gain lots of confidence. Weekly, 8 a.m.-4 p.m. Ages 5-8: June 1-5, 8-12; July 6-10, 13-17. Ages 9-13: June 15-19, 22-26; July 20-24, 27-31; August 10-14. Ages 12-16: August 10-14. Ages 5-12: August 17-21, 24-28. Cost: $299/week. Santa Fe Climbing Center. Call 505-986-8944 or go to

Desert Montessori Preschool Summer Camp
Ages 2 to 5. June 29 to August 21. Offered all summer for either four or five full days per week. A Montessori-based preschool camp featuring summer play, lots of outdoor time and meaningful, fun activities. This is an exciting opportunity to check out our new building, meet our new director and discover excellence in Montessori education. All are welcome. Call Missy at 983-8212 or go to

Desert Montessori Summer Fun and Education
Math is Art; Art is Math: ages 8 to 12, June 29 to July 10. Strengthen math skills through art, music and games and apply math in creative and practical ways. Activities include creating tessellations, mobiles, origami, percussion, models and games. $500 for two-week session. Fun in Nature: ages 6 to 11. July 13 to August 21. Let’s go outside to discover and learn about the rivers, animals, plants, flowers and insects of New Mexico. We’ll focus on fun ecology and nature studies through art, science, research, field trips and more. $195 per week. All are welcome. Call 983-8212 or go to

Dragonfly Art Studio Summer Camp
Six one-week sessions for ages 6 to 15. Classes stimulate imagination and creativity while kids experiment with a range of art mediums and materials. Projects determined by students’ interests and creativity within a theme: Painting/Sketching, Folk Art, Textile, Printmaking and Sculpture. Different projects for each session; kids can enroll in more than one. Monday-Friday, 8:45a.m.-4 p.m., maximum 14 students. For information about camp, after-school art classes or art birthday parties, call Oceanna at 670-5019 or go to

Family Nia and Children’s Yoga
Family Nia every Thursday from 3:15-4:00 p.m., for expressive, playful movement for adults and children. All ages welcome; children under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Children’s Yoga, ages 4 to 9, Wednesdays, from 4:15- 5:15 p.m. A structured hour of asanas, breath work, storytelling and playtime. Children are supported in creating a safe space based on team building and noncompetitive cooperation. $11 adults , $5 children under 12, children under 2 are free. BODY of Santa Fe. Call 986-1111, extension 112.

Fine Arts for Children & Teens (FACT)
Enroll now for summer fun! Children explore the magic of art and create twoand three- dimensional works. Exciting new projects each week. Ages 5 to 7 meet from 8:30 a.m. to noon: June 8-12, June 29-July 3 and July 20-24. Ages 8 to 10 meet 1:30-5 p.m.: June 15-19, July 6-10 and July 27-31. Ages 11 to 14 meet 1:30- 5 p.m.: June 22-26, July 13-17 and August 3-7. $225 per session. 1516 Pacheco Street. Call 992-2787 or go to www.factsanta

Galisteo Summer Camp
A small, nature-based camp for ages 4 to 9. Hikes, crafts (willow bows and arrows, fabric flowers, sand paintings and more), exploratory learning about plants, animals and ecosystems, and hang out in the tipi, splash in the tank, play in Galisteo Creek and feed the chickens. Two days per week on-site, two days on field trips to mountains, wetlands, zoo, youth concerts and pools. Pick-up and drop-off in Eldorado. Tuesday through Friday, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., June 8-August 15. $35 per day; $60 for siblings, includes materials and entrance fees. Kathleen Murphy, 466-2659.

Garcia Street Club Preschool and Kindergarten
A year-round tradition for Santa Fe children since 1946. Special summertime activities include picnics, water play and historic neighborhood walks. Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Sliding fee scale. NAEYC accredited. Garcia Street Club, 569 Garcia Street, 983-9512.

Golden Acorns Summer Camp
A camp of living arts and culture. Each day begins with yoga and ends with tai chi or qigong. Four week-long sessions feature sustainable practices, healing arts and culture, with a guest teacher specializing in Chinese medicine; Indian Ayuvedic medicine; Hopi traditional healing; and Guinean dance, drumming and stories. Spacious Santa Fe location. Ages: 6-11. Dates: July 13-August 7. The way to a peaceful future is through our children. Call Helen, 795-9079 or 424-1494.

Incite to Write!
Fun, active and motivating! Improve narrative and expository writing, paragraph structure, grammar, organization and descriptive details with storytelling, improvisation and critical thinking games. Weekly sessions, half-day. In Santa Fe: June 8-12, July 13-17, July 27-31, August 10-14. In El Dorado: June 15-19, August 3-7. Session fee: sliding scale: $130-100. Incite to Write! is certified by the NM Dept. of Education for use as a Supplemental Education program. Call Carol, 505 216-0750.

Little Earth School Summer Day Camp
Memorable summer experiences for children ages 4 to 9. Three sessions: June 8 to 26; June 29 to July 24; and July 27 to August 14, 8 a.m.-5:30 p.m. Minimum enrollment: one session. Three, four or five days per week. Art, cooking, music, weekly nature field trips, games, gardening, storytelling and swimming. Low student-teacher ratio. Enrollment limited. For more information or to request a registration form, call 988-1968.

Movement Arts for Every Body
Barefoot Ballet for Beginners provides an opportunity to imagine our dancing bodies in many different environments. We play as fairies, princesses and sprites as we learn introductory ballet technique. Ages 5 to 7. Classes cost $10 and are ongoing; drop-ins are welcome. Offered every Saturday, 9:30-10:30 a.m. at the Railyard Performance Center, 1611 Paseo de Peralta, next door to the Farmer’s Market. Call Kathryn Mark at 699-3464 or e-mail

Moving People Dance Centre
Classes in all levels for kids ages 3 to 8 in Creative Movement, pre-Ballet and Tumbling. Kids, teens and adult classes in Ballet, Jazz, Modern, Tap and Twistand-Tone ongoing. Summer Session runs July 6 to August 15. New Studio at 1583 Pacheco Street. Call 438-9180 or visit the school page at for a detailed schedule.

Music Camp for Children
This fun-filled, skill-building camp is designed for children who have completed grades K-6. Classes offered: Orff Instruments, Movement, Drama and Choral. All instructors are Orff Schulwerk certified, with a combined 70 years experience. June 8-12, 8:30 a.m. to noon. Final concert June 12, 7 p.m. Registration: $75. Early bird special: $60 by May 15. St. John’s United Methodist Church, 1200 Old Pecos Trail. Download registration forms at Call Wendy Russel, Director of Music Ministries, 982-5397, or

Pandemonium Productions’ Musical Theatre Summer Camp
The company that presented “The Little Mermaid” last summer offers its musical theatre summer camp for ages 8 to 16, June 15 to July 26. Students study acting, singing and dancing and perform in the timeless musical Peter Pan at the James A. Little Theatre. Rehearsals at the Santa Fe High School theatre, Mondays through Fridays, 9 a.m.-1 p.m. For those wanting a full-day program, extended hours are available with special guest artists in the afternoons. Space is limited; scholarships available. Call 920-0704.

Riding Lessons at Arrowhead Ranch
Riding Horses = FUN! Kids ages 5 and up and adults, beginners welcome. Lessons on safe, gentle horses in a supportive atmosphere. After-school and weekends. Private/small group lessons on grooming, care, arena/trail course riding and games on horseback. Ride-with-a-friend discounts. Rates start at $25 per hour. Special week-long morning sessions. Arrowhead Ranch is 2.5 miles west of St. Francis Drive, on W. Alameda Road. Call Sandy at 424-7592 or e-mail

Rio Grande School Summer Programs
Rio Grande School offers two recreational day camp programs for students entering kindergarten through sixth grade. Summer Solutions runs for five weeks, June 15-July 17, Monday through Friday. Weekly themes include Safari Africa, Gooey Sticky Yummy, Sensational Santa Fe, Summer Olympics II and July Jamboree. Adventures in Art runs July 20-August 14, Monday through Friday. Campers explore popular artists and a wide variety of materials and techniques. Call 505-983-1621 or visit for more information.

Santa Fe Academy Summer Camp
Good old-fashioned summer day camp for ages 5-12. Art, crafts, swimming, field trips, movies, games, music and more. Weekly sessions from June 29 to August 14, 8:45 a.m. to 5:15 p.m. Santa Fe Academy, 4008 Rodeo Road, across from Sam’s Club. For information or reservations call 424-4705.

Santa Fe Family YMCA Summer Day Camp
For ages 5 to 12, with a CIT program for ages 13 to 15. Camp runs from June 10 to August 14, 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. $41/child one-year membership fee, one week = $100/child, four weeks = $370/child, daily = $30/child each day. Financial aid and sibling discounts are available. Location to be announced; for more information call 424-8077.

Santa Fe Isshinryu Karate Summer Camp
Karate Summer Camp includes fitness, self-defense and confidence-building. Students will learn basic Japanese phrases and etiquette along with traditional karate. The program also includes art projects, games and field trips. Low student/teacher ratio. Camp size limited. Four-week minimum commitment required. Students will earn karate rank. Hours: 8 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday, $100 per week. Ages 5 and up. Santa Fe Isshinryu Karate and Fitness 3213 Calle Marie. Call 670-7044 or 660-9123;

Santa Fe Performing Arts Summer Programs
Two-week Mini-Courses, June 8-19: Classes in acting, singing and stage movement for children 7 to 12 and teens. Summer Intensives June 22- August 2: Teen Ensemble presents “Rent” (school edition). Directing and Tech courses also available through the production of “Rent.” City Different Players (ages 7-12) presents “Robin Hood.” Call 982-7992 for information. Voted “Best of Santa Fe” eight years running!

Santa Fe School for the Arts & Sciences Summer Camp
Nine-week program, 9 a.m.-3 p.m. with after-camp hours. Unicorn Camp, ages 3-5: creative play, multicultural arts, water play, animal fun, Legos, trains. Stargazer Camps for students entering first and second grades; Centaur (third and fourth grades); and Badger (fifth and sixth grades): Magical Mystery Tour, Japan, Ooey Gooey, Potions & Lotions, Treasure Hunt, Private Eye, ASL, Cooking, Games, French and more. Exploration Camps for students entering seventh through eleventh grades: Movie Making, Digital Photography & Art, Fashion Design, Japanese Anime. Scholarships available. Call 438-8585 or go to

Santa Fe Treehouse Camp
Campers ages 6-11 spend their days among 160 acres of beautiful mountain wilderness. We will explore, play and investigate our natural world through hands-on, minds-on activities that encourage an understanding, appreciation and love of nature. Four one-week camps include Junior Naturalists, Wilderness Explorers, Geologic Explorers, and Nature and Art week. June 8-July 3, Monday-Friday 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Join us for one week or all four! $250/week. Contact camp director Amy Roberts, 505-795-0109 or, for more information or a brochure.

Santa Fe Waldorf Summer Camps
Activities for children ages 4 to 12, in June, July and August. Fees vary. Santa Fe Waldorf School, 26 Puesta del Sol. Call 983-9727, ext. 18.

Sizzlin’ Summer Sensational
Kids who have completed grades 3 through 9 write their own play, create their own characters and costumes, and write lyrics to the songs. Southwest Children’s Theatre. June 23 to July 25, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. at the Santa Fe Playhouse. Sliding scale starts with “pay what you can” to help out in these turbulent times. For enrollment packet, call 984-3055.

Summer Camp at Girls Inc.
Open to girls ages 5 to 15, Monday to Friday, 7:30 a.m.-6 p.m., June 15 to August 14. Two staff to every 13 girls. Safe, fun, positive, girl-centered environment that inspires self-confidence. Swimming, art, science, computers, sports, fun and new friends. Sliding-scale tuition, sign up for one week or all nine. Inspiring all girls to be strong, smart and bold. Located at 301 Hillside Avenue. Call 982- 2042, e-mail, or go to

Summer Skateboard Camps
For ages 9 and up. Long board camps: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 8-June 10; June 29-July 1; July 13-July 15 and July 27-July 29. $160. Ramps and Bowls Camps: 9 a.m.-4 p.m., June 15-June 19; July 6-July 10 and August 3-August 7. $180. Skateboard School, 825 Early Street, # H. Call 474-0074 or go to

Talking Hands Talking Feet
Kaleidoscope Summer Camp for ages 8-12 is a kaleidoscope of creativity and fun! Rhythm Camp, music, movement, song composition, skits, juggling, and indoor and outdoor games: capture the flag, volleyball, basketball and special activities. Two full-week programs : July 6 to July 10 and August 10 to August 14. Arrive between 7:30 and 9 a.m. and pick up between 3 and 5:30 p.m. at Humming Grove Learning Center, a five-acre wooded facility one mile from the I-25 Eldorado exit #290 in Santa Fe. $225 per week. 505-982-2120.

Tara Summer Camp
Fill your child’s heart and mind with wonder and joy at Tara Summer Camp. June 1 to August 28. Ages 5-11. 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. daily. Fully-supervised explorations and free-play activities before and after program hours. Program hours are 9:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. Themes include Model Rockets, Outdoor Exploration, Cooking, Art, Time Traveler and Wizard School. Oneweek sessions, $230 per session includes all fees and costs. Harmonious, safe and fun. Tara School, 1320 Agua Fria. Call 986-3410 or go to

Wise Fool New Mexico Summer Kids’ Circus Camps
Two exciting weeks filled to the gills with trapeze, stiltwalking, puppetmaking, acrobatics and clowning, all in a safe, fun and supportive environment. Camps culminate in spectacular shows. Intermediate Camp: July 6 to 17, ages 8 and up. Beginners Camp: July 20 to 31, ages 6 and up. Camps fill up fast; scholarships available. Registration begins March 1. Call 992-2588 or go to