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Program Dates: Monday, July 10 to Friday, August 4, 2023
Register by the week, mix and match, or join us all summer!
Sliding Scale Tiered Tuition & Scholarships Available

Registration opens February 1, 2023

About the Summer Arts Program

At BAX, we foster creativity and encourage playful exploration in a positive and nurturing environment. Our Summer Arts Program (SAP) draws from our year-round education programs to provide young artists with opportunities to explore different forms of mixed media art and performance around a specific themed week thoughtfully designed for active and fun engagement. Arts Specialists teach daily workshops, while a well-trained, creative staff supports a healthy balance of fun indoor (at the BAX Building in spacious, well ventilated studios) and outdoor (at the Old Stone House in Washington Park/JJ Byrne Playground) play, performance, and art-making activities. At the end of each week, families are sent a unique web page that features photos and videos of each day’s activities.

Program Groups & Ages

Children entering Kindergarten through 5th grade participate in two different groups, organized by age: NanoBAXers (rising K to 2nd graders) and MegaBAXers (rising 3rd to 5th graders).

About the NanoBAXers (K-2nd)

NanoBAXers (rising K to 2nd graders) explore a variety of performing arts disciplines, with a different discipline workshop each day, and engage in dynamic visual art workshops that build over the course of the week. The Nano staff members are selected for their understanding of the unique needs of our youngest artists, and special attention is paid to community building and collaboration in the daily schedule of activities, games, and time for small group play. On Thursdays, the Nano’s host the Megas and their families for a celebration of that week’s exploratory theme and Gallery sharing of their visual art.

About the MegaBAXers (3rd-5th)

MegaBAXers (rising 2rd to 5th graders) focus on one performing arts discipline each week, while engaging in a diverse span of creative activities, community centered games, and visual art practices throughout the day. On Fridays, the Mega experience culminates in a performance that showcases their skills built over the week, with a special emphasis placed on their unique creative choices and voice as individual artists.

Program Hours & Extended Day

  • 8:30-9:00am Drop Off
  • 9:00am-3:00pm Main Program
  • 3:00-5:30pm Optional Extended Day Add-On 

BAX Extended Day is available for an additional fee for families who need additional caretaking coverage until 5:30pm. In Extended Day, children have time for free play, small group activities, visual arts, and snack. For those enrolled in Extended Day, pick up can happen anytime between 3:00-5:30pm.

Sample SAP Day - NanoBAXers (K-2nd)

NanoBAXer Sample Day

8:30am – Drop Off
9:00am – Morning Meeting
9:30am – Leave for Park
10:00am – Snack
10:15am – Outdoor Games
10:45am – Performing Arts Workshop
11:30am – Water Play Time
12:00pm – Lunch
12:30pm – Transition back to BAX
1:00pm – Indoor Activities
1:30pm – Visual Arts Workshop
2:30pm – End of Day Sharing with Megas
3:00pm  – Dismissal

Sample SAP Day - MegaBAXers (3rd-5th)

MegaBAXer Sample Day 

8:30am – Drop Off
9:00am – Morning Meeting
9:30am – Performing Arts Workshop 
10:30am – Snack
10:45am – Leave for Park 
11:15am – Outdoor Activities 
11:45am – Water Play Time & Games
12:30pm – Lunch
1:00pm – Transition back to BAX 
1:30pm – Visual Arts Workshop
2:30pm – End of Day Sharing with Nanos
3:00pm  – Dismissal