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 day in neighborhood parks.  All camps will begin at 8:30am.  Before-care is available at 8am.  You may either choose a half or full day option; single day or full week option.  Half day pick-up will be at 12:10.  Full day pick-up is at 3pm; there is after-care available until 5pm.


  • One week whole days: $320
  • One week half days: $200
  • Drop in half day: $50
  • Drop in full day: $75 (additional $20 on Thursdays for BKB Rock Climbing)
  • Before and aftercare: $10/hour
  • A 10% discount will be applied when enrolling in more than one week of camp.


Camp Schedule:

8:00 – 8:30am Before care
8:30 – 9:00am Welcome Circle Time
9:00am – 12:00pm Special Weekly Subject with a half hour snack recess (End Half Day)
12:00 – 1:00pm Lunch and Recess
1:00 – 2:45pm Daily Afternoon Activities
2:45 – 3:00pm Story Time and Pickup
3:00 – 5:00pm After care

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)
Wednesdays: Walk to Fosco Kids Water Park and indoor pool(1312 S Racine)  until 3pm
Thursdays: Walk to Brookyln 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

Circus Camp 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 led the after school and mid-winter break circus programs at UPWS. The camp will consist of activities including tumbling, juggling, balancing. Children will have an opportunity to try to unicycle and to learn to perform as a circus entertainer. The circus camp skills improve posture, confidence, core strength, bravery and movement as well as collaboration and clowning expressions as they work through various stations with their peers according to skill and age.


Week 2:  June 22 – 26 ~ Mandarin

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, fun and creative activities related to the festival, such as modeling, cooking, story telling and performing.  No previous language experience is necessary.


Week 3:  June 29 – July 2nd (Thursday 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 and learning songs and games in spanish. No previous experience is necessary.


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


Music camp will be for the first half of the day beginning at 9am until 12pm; taught by the chorus and orchestra teacher at UPWS, Mr. Miguel Garcia.

Music camp will feature a fun variety of singing, rhythm exercises, instrument making, an introduction to percussion and other enjoyable music activities. Students will have many opportunities to learn, play, sing, and perform joyful music of all types for each other. At the end of each week, the 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 1pm until 3pm. Students that come in the morning will be apart of 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 will be leading a introductory felting and handwork camp. Campers will be learning how to arm knit, practice crocheting, and felting small treasures that they will bring home to share. All types of experience in handwork welcome.


Week 6:  July 20 – 24 ~ Movement

Movement 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. Recommended for children entering 3rd grade and above.

1st and 2nd grade students will be learning other physical games that are more age appropriate 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 over the course of the week. Cooking camp will be led City Garden’s assistant teacher, Ms. Hannah Dallman.


Week 8: August 3-7 ~ Puppets  and Film Camp

Puppet camp will be taught by City Garden’s Kindergarten Teacher, Ms. Paula Franzese. Come experience the fun and enjoyment of creating a puppet play. We will explore different puppetry and stories through out the world. Each child will create their own puppet, and perform a puppet play on the last day of camp.

Film camp will be led by Ms. Hannah Dallman, teacher at City Garden. 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 Camp

Painting Camp lead by Ms. Ashley Ingold. Students will be reconstructing famous artworks and learning new types of painting techniques while experimenting with different mediums. Campers will also learn to collage with various types of paper on different surfaces to create their take-home pieces. Please dress you student in clothing that can get messy.