Urban Prairie Waldorf School

2015 Summer Camps

Urban Prairie Waldorf School is pleased to offer a wide variety of week-long summer camps open to children entering grades 1 through 7 both inside and outside the Urban Prairie community. Camps will be held at the school which is located at 1220 W. Lexington St., and children will play outside each afternoon in neighborhood parks.  All camps will begin at 8:45 am and we request that children arrive by 8:30 am.  Before-care is available at 8 am.  You may either choose a half or full day option.  You may also sign up for single drop-in days on a space available basis starting in May.  Half day pick-up will be at 12:15.  Full day pick-up is at 3 pm; there is after-care available until 5:30pm.


  • One week whole days: $300
  • One week half days: $200
  • Drop in half day: $50 (available for sign up beginning in May)
  • Drop in full day: $75 (additional $20 on Thursdays for BKB Rock Climbing,  available for sign up beginning in May)
  • Before and aftercare: $10/hour
  • A 10% discount will be applied when enrolling in more than one week of camp.


Camp Schedule:

8am- 8:45 – Before care
8:45- 10:15 Weekly themed camp 
10:15- 10:45 Snack outside
10:45- 12 pm Week themed camp 
12pm- 1pm- Lunch, pick up for half day, story time
1-3pm- Daily afternoon activities
3:15-5:30pm – Aftercare

Daily Afternoon Activities

Mondays:  Walk to Skinner Park and Sprinklers after lunch until 3pm
Tuesdays: Walk to The Roosevelt Branch Chicago Public Library (1101 W Taylor Street) and Sheridan Park
Wednesdays: Walk to Fosco Park and Indoor Pool(1312 S Racine)  until 3pm
Thursdays: Walk to Brooklyn Boulders for rock climbing (100 South Morgan Street)
Fridays:  Walk to Carm’s Italian Ice (1068 W Taylor St.) and Miller Park

Whole Day and Whole Week Campers

All campers staying for the whole day are required to bring a sack lunch including a water bottle, morning and afternoon snack; as well as proper attire for each afternoon activity. Please bring a change of clothes, sunscreen, towel and water play clothing Monday to leave at school all week.


UPWS Allergy Policy

The following food items are not permitted school wide, so that we can minimize the risk of life threatening allergic reactions. Please note that the list below is based on the latest information regarding dangerous allergens in our student body:
1) Eggs, in pure form (e.g., boiled, scrambled, raw)
2) Peanuts in any form including oil and flour forms.
3) Tree nuts, in any form. (Includes almonds, cashews, pecans, pistachios, walnuts, hazelnuts, brazil nuts, macadamia, pralines, pesto, nut butters, marzipan, gianduja, Nutella)

Please note also, that the following ingredients ARE ALLOWED at school and in all classrooms: Sesame, Coconuts, and baked goods with egg in the batter.


Week 1:  June 15 – 19 ~ Circus-FULL

Circus Camp is led by the talented Ms. Simone Lazar and assisted by Urban Prairie faculty. Ms. Lazar is one of the top contortionists in the state and has led the after school and mid-winter break circus programs at UPWS. The camp will consist of activities like tumbling, juggling, and balancing. Children will have an opportunity to try out the unicycle and learn to perform as a circus entertainer. The circus camp skills improve core strength, posture, bravery, confidence, and movement.


Week 2:  June 22 – 26 ~ Mandarin-FULL

Join in celebrating the Dragon Boat Festival, the most important Chinese festival of the summer. Our Mandarin instructor, Ms. Ding, offers a fully immersive Mandarin camp with Chinese culture, songs, games, and creative activities related to the festival, such as wax modeling, cooking, story-telling and performing.  No previous language experience is necessary.


Week 3:  June 29 – July 2nd (Friday Off) ~ Spanish and Weaving

The UPWS Spanish and Handwork teacher, Ms. Gomez , will lead the students in a fun, immersive exploration of the Spanish language as well as weaving on various types of looms and their hands. Campers will practice speaking, writing, singing, and games in spanish. No previous experience is necessary.


Week 4:  July 6 – 10 ~ Music and Strings Camp


Music camp will be taught by chorus and orchestra teacher, Miguel Garcia, and will feature a fun variety of singing, rhythm exercises, instrument making, and an introduction to percussion. Students will have many opportunities to learn, play, sing, and perform music of all types for each other. At the end of the week, children will have the opportunity to perform what they have learned in a concert. All ages are welcome.


Strings camp will take place the second half of the camp day, from noon (pack a lunch) until 3pm, and will be led by Mr. Garcia and cellist Allegra Montonari.  Students that come in the morning will be in music camp.

Strings Camp will feature an exciting variety of composition, performance, and chamber music. We will work on technique, sound production, and the art of playing together. At the end of the week, there will be an orchestra performance at lunchtime. Students with a minimum of one year of experience with violin, viola, or cello are welcome to attend.


Week 5:  July 13 – 17 ~ Handwork and Felting

UPWS handwork and woodwork teacher, Ms. Leidy, will lead an introductory felting and handwork camp. Campers will learn how to arm knit, crochet, and felt small treasures that they will bring home.  All experience levels are welcome.


Week 6:  July 20 – 24 ~ Sports and Movement

This is an interactive camp led by Urban Prairie’s movement teacher, Ms. Adriana Kondrat. Different sports are played each day such as soccer, basketball, and flag football. Basic skills will be taught through exercises, drills, and games. Scrimmages with all students will be played at the end of each day. Students should bring a white shirt and colored shirt each day for team separation. This camp is recommended for children entering 3rd grade and above. Any 1st and 2nd grade students who attend will learn other games that are more age appropriate during this week.

Week 7:  July 27 – 31 ~Cooking

Did you know that some of your favorite out-of-the-box snacks are even tastier made from scratch? Come and learn to make your favorites–crackers, cucumber dill pickles, pretzel rods and more! They will be the perfect treats for your lunch boxes. Each student will work on their very own keepsake recipe book to take home. Cooking camp will be led City Garden’s assistant teacher, Hannah Dallman.


Week 8: August 3-7 ~ Puppets  (rising 1st – 3rd graders)

Puppet camp will be taught by City Garden Teacher, Paula Franzese. Come experience the fun and enjoyment of creating a puppet play. We will explore different puppetry and stories from many cultures. Each child will create their own puppet and perform a puppet play on the last day of camp.

Film (rising 4th – 7th graders)

Film camp will be led by filmmaker, producer, screen writer, and City Garden Assistant Teacher, Hannah Dallman. Come and make a thaumatrope to trick your friend’s eye with! Learn how a movie is made and all the jobs involved in production. This week will introduce children to the building blocks of visual literacy through hands-on experience. 

Week 9:  August 10 – 14 ~ Painting and Collage

Led by painter and Urban Prairie assistant, Ashley Ingold, students will recreate famous artworks and learn new painting techniques while experimenting with different media. Campers will also learn to collage with various types of paper on different surfaces to create their own take-home pieces. Please dress your student in clothing that can get messy as materials will include oil paint.