Urban Prairie Waldorf School

2014 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 6 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.  Half day pick-up will be at 12:30.  Full day pick-up is at 3pm, and there is after-care available until 6pm.



  • One week whole days: $300
  • One week half days: $200
  • Drop in half day: $50
  • Drop in full day: $75
  • 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 – 9:30am 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 – 2:30pm Daily Afternoon Activities
2:30 – 3:00pm Story Time and Pickup
3:00 – 6:00pm After care


Daily Afternoon Activities

Mondays: Tie Dye and water play in the park. Popsicle making.
Tuesdays: Walk to The Roosevelt Branch Chicago Public Library (1101 W Taylor Street)
Wednesdays: Walk to Fosco Kids Water Park (1312 S Racine) after lunch until 3pm
Thursdays: Walk to Carm’s Italian Ice (1068 W Taylor Street) after lunch
Fridays: Skinner Park and Sprinklers after lunch until 3pm

Whole Day Campers

All campers staying for the whole day are required to bring a sack lunch including a morning and afternoon snack; as well as proper attire for each afternoon activity. Please bring tie dye items from home, sunscreen, 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 9 – 13 ~ MandarinFULL

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 2:  June 16 – 20 ~ Spanish

Ms. Gomez will lead the students in a fun, immersive exploration of the Spanish language.  Campers will practice speaking and writing skills and learn songs and games.  No previous language experience is necessary.


Week 3:  June 23 – 27 ~ Bookmaking and Handwork

This camp alternates handwork and bookmaking activities throughout the week for each morning lesson. Each camper will cut, paste and sew their own book,  Students will make their own book covers and pick out the types of pages to fill their book. When they are finished assembling, they can fill it with their own new creations and stories!


Week 4:  June 30 – July 2 (Thursday & Friday off) ~ Celebrate America

Celebrate our nation’s birthday with American-inspired crafts and music. We will be tie-dying UPWS shirts and items students bring from home. Students will be making bubble art and homemade popsicles of all kinds.


Week 5:  July 7 – 11 ~ Music or Sports

Students have the opportunity to do both music and sports throughout the week during morning lesson. We recommend the music camp for campers second grade and under and sports camp for entering third graders and above.


The first summer 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.


Interactive camp, different sports played each day. 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.


Week 6:  July 14 – 18 ~ Theater

Inspire your young actor with a week of Theater Camp!   Students in grades 3 – 6 will learn about improv and how to portray emotions with Ms. Leidy through dramatic play and skits.  Younger campers will make puppets based on fairy tales. All students will give performances the last day of camp.  All ages welcome.


Week 7:  July 21 – 25 ~ Strings or Art


The second summer music camp will focus on composing music, singing in parts, and learning string instruments. Students do need to bring their violins, violas or cellos, but no prior experience with those instruments is necessary. This camp is designed to be a preview of orchestra class across the grades. An orchestra concert will be given at the end of the week. All ages are welcome (violin, viola, or cello required).


Students that do not have a string instrument will participate in the art class each morning. We will be using various materials such as watercolor paint, tissue and contact paper, crayons and paper mache to make 2-D and 3-D projects to bring home.  All ages are welcome.


Week 8:  July 28 – August 1 ~ CircusFULL
Week 9:  August 4 – 8 ~ Circus

Students learn tumbling, juggling and other basic circus arts in what is usually our most popular camp of the summer.  Of course it wouldn’t be complete without a camper circus finale!