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We are considering sending our son to one of the Kaleidoscope
summer camps at the Julia Morgan Center. I'd appreciate hearing
feedback from people who have experience with
them..particularly the camps for PreK and K kids.
My son did a kaleidescope camp over Christmas break. I thought
the staff was exceptional, and he absolutely loved it.
Both my 7- and 5-year-old have attended Kaleidoscope camps (the
pre-k/k camp is actually called Rainbow Camp). They've gone to
the week-long camps in December and during spring break, and
loved them. The teachers are excellent, the kids participate in
a nice range of activities, including visual arts, creative
dance, and developing a short story to act out, based on a
children's book (the big kids develop the story themselves).
They have outside playtime, and there's an opportunity to come
see them ''show the work'' on the last day. It's very stimulating
and the kids very much feel able to work from their strengths,
at the same time that they are learning new things about theater
and performance. We really like it.
happy julia morgan experience
My kids have really enjoyed classes and camps at Julia Morgan.
I think what I like best is that there is a lot of freedom for
them to express themselves. The teachers and counselors all
seem caring and enthusiastic. Plus there's a show at the end of
each session, which is really fun.
I am looking for feed back on Fairyland, Kaleidoscope and
Mocha Summer Camps. This would be for a 5 year old girl.
All the usual questions; care and nurturing of the children,
is it safe and fun, did the kids like it, the pros and cons of the
camp. I did check the archives, but the posts are either
outdated or nonexistent. Getting some real feed back
certainly will help in the decision making process. Thanks
for your information and help.
a first time summer camp mom
My daughter tried Kaleidoscope during spring break at age 4 (two years
ago), and didn't seem to like it very much -- many of the kids
were already friends with each other from the preschool and the
teachers didn't seem to do much to help integrate her with the
group. The projects they made were interesting but the choices
were limited (I believe each day they could only work with one
or two colors). The perfomance was well done. I don't know if
the staff is still the same, but I might talk to them about how
they work with kids who don't attend other programs at
Re: Spring break camp for 10-year-old boy
The Julia Morgan Center for the Arts
(2640 College Ave. in Berkeley) offers two fun and imaginative
Kaleidoscope Spring Break Performing Arts Camps. The 1-week
sessions are offered April 7-11 and April 14-18. Each camp
offers challenging classes in acting, movement, voice and
physical theater followed by an afternoon Performing Arts
Workshop where students create their own play. The final
hour of each day is devoted to a Special Guest Artist
workshop where students deeply explore a single theatrical
focus. Camp 1 Artist Workshop: Improvisational Theater,
Camp 2: Stage Combat. Each camp runs Monday-Friday 9am-
4:30pm, pick up until 5pm. Call Melissa @ (510) 845-8542
x301 for information and to register. O.K. I work there, but I
think this would be a great experience for your child!
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