Calling all kids and creators, ages 5 to 15!
Join CinemaKidz this summer and become a Filmmaker, Animator, Actor, Game or Costume Designer, and so much more! Children explore media and technology as they learn the fundamentals of storytelling, cinematography, editing, and other media arts in a hands-on creative environment. Projects are completely kid-made from start to finish; we encourage experimentation, risk taking, and collaboration. Film an adventure tale with your friends at exciting locations throughout the city, produce and direct a cooking show, or create a Mandolorian costume and star in the next great space saga
With 14 week-long, age-appropriate themes to choose from, your maker is sure to have an unforgettable time at summer camp. Children are broken up by age, interest, and ability. The teacher to camper ratio is 1:5.
Convenient locations throughout NYC, with a focus on outdoor activities for a safe, fun experience.
For theme descriptions, scroll down to the Summer Camp Offerings Section below!
Prospect Park West & 4th Street
9am – 3pm
June 26th – September 1st
44 east 2nd Street @ Nord Anglia School
9am – 4pm (or 5:30pm)
June 19th – August 25th
BKI Independent – 38 Lafayette Ave
9am – 4pm (or 5:30pm)
June 19th – August 25th
BASIS Independent – 795 Columbus Ave
9am – 4pm (or 5:30pm)
June 26th – August 25th
Promo Code: earlybird-23
Enter Promo Code at registration: 2-weeks-23
Enter Promo Code at registration: 3-weeks-23
Enter Promo Code at registration: 4-weeks-23
Enter Promo Code at registration: multi-week-23
The CK Summer Camp Team is made up of true artists, filmmakers, and caring, experienced educators. Teachers can teach the basics in a fun playful environment to younger campers, as well as more advanced techniques to the more mature kids. We staff at a small ratio to ensure campers have the attention they need. The team is 18+, background checked, and thoroughly trained to ensure your child has the best summer yet!
We teach campers the tools to express themselves creatively, guiding children through the entire process of filmmaking and/or animation. Kids to take the reigns and are involved in every stop of production. Unlike many filmmaking camps where adults direct, edit, and take over the set, we make sure kids create their own work, and are proud of what they do!
Children are broken up by age and ability at camp. Teachers are experienced and able to teach to all levels, from the novice filmmaker to the experienced expert. Children use accessible equipment and software that teaches the fundamentals of filmmaking and animation, with programs ranging from iMovie to Adobe Suite!
CinemaKidz is dedicated to providing the most safe, trustworthy, and fun in-person summer camp in 2023. We are working hard to develop and implement strict safety measures and protocol to keep our campers, staff, and community safe in this new time. CinemaKidz has successfully and safely resumed in-person camps, after school classes and more since March of 2021. Camps focus on outdoor activities: lunch is held outdoors, and many of the camps enjoy filming and creative work outside in fresh air. We will continue to follow guidelines from state, local, and health officials and keep our policies up to date.
See what happens at Camp CinemaKidz
A day at Camp Cinemakidz is jam-packed with activities and fun! Kids start the week off working in small groups, and collaborating with one another to make projects and get familiar with the technology and equipment. As the week progresses so do the complexity of projects, kids build valuable skills and learn by doing. Each week concludes with a film festival for friends and family to showcase all the amazing kid-made work.
For camps that stay on site, kids participate in engaging and hands-on projects every day from building sets and costumes to directing scenes and editing. In 2022, camps will head outside whenever possible to film and work in the sunshine! Projects focus on collaboration, working together, and the sharing of ideas. Kids are broken up by age and ability in each theme, and we staff at 1:5 so everyone gets the attention they need.
At CinemaKidz, campers are active all day long. We ask that families pack their children with 2 snacks and a hearty lunch to keep the energy up all day long! We take outdoors lunch at noon, and have games and activities on site for some fun downtime.
Everyday the camps get some fresh air at a nearby park or field. We will eat lunch and enjoy some free time outside, playing structured games like soccer or freeze tag. Kids can also just run around and play together. Sometimes campers may spend the time capturing footage for their projects.
Camp CinemaKidz offers a flexible program that helps kids find their creative passion and lets it thrive. Kids are involved in every step of filmmaking and animation, and have the opportunity to take their interests far. Interested in editing? We can tailor the week to focus more on that for your child, showing them how to use professional software include Adobe Premiere. With computers, cameras, and a variety of equipment available, we bring your child's ideas to life!
At the end of every day, all the camps come together to share what they worked on and learned that day. Each week ends in a Friday Film Festival where parents and friends can come see all the hard work and amazing projects from the week. We offer Late Bird until 5:30pm.
Great! We love to learn about what kids are passionate about. Because the CK staff are so experienced, and have a diverse set of skills and background, we can work closely with your child and help them learn more about what they’re passionate about! Want to learn all about editing, or focus on cinematography for the week? Sounds great, we will teach you all about it!
Nope! When you register for camp, you will have the option to select which badge you are earning, and what your child will focus on that week. Take the same theme multiple times and specialize in different elements of the topic! Every week is completely different, because the story ideas and projects vary greatly with the creative minds of the group. You can sign up for Creative Filmmaking for all 8 weeks and never do the same thing!
Yes! We have campers of all ages, ranging from 5 to 15 years old. Children are grouped with children of the same age and ability.
We do not. We ask the you provide lunch and two snacks for your child for the day.vised and are safely traveling.
The CK team has scouted out NYC, and found some really special and cinematic locations for kids to choose from when planning their production. Email us and we will send you the full list of locations!
Yes, every theme spends a minimum of 2 hours outside each day! We make sure to go outside each day for lunch to enjoy the sun and burn off some energy. Outdoor time consists of both structured games, as well as free time to run around.
In Summer 2022, we will bring project work outside as much as we can, a minimum of 40% of the camp experience will be outdoors in open air. Children will plan, build, gather natural materials, film, edit, and more all outdoors in the local parks.
Some of our camps spend the majority of the day outside, including NYC Movie Adventurers, Creative Filmmaking, Skateboard Filmmaking camp, Survivor Kids, and Gameshow Camp.
We also have the all-outdoors camps offered in Prospect Park.
Children are grouped by age and ability. This ensures our teachers are focusing on relevant, age-appropriate filmmaking and animation techniques. Kids also have time to come together with the other camps, and interact with both older and younger kids at times.
We staff at a 1:5 ratio for teacher to student. Sections are capped at 10 students with 2 staff working in a pod. We keep each theme small and intimate so that kids have a lot of creative input, get the attention they need from the teachers, and they don’t get lost in the crowd. It ensures a safe and successful week. Some camps are extremely limited due to how much attention the content needs from the teachers.
We send out a helpful list of what to bring closer to camp time, but generally we ask parents to bring the following items:
We try to make summer camp accessible to all students regardless of financials. We do offer financial aid on a case-by-case basis, shoot us an email or give us a call to discuss your financial needs.
We also offer various promotions and discounts to make coming to camp a little easier.
Due to a changing world, we have updated our refund policy to be more accommodating for an uncertain time. Please refer to the following:
In the event that in-person summer camp does not run for any reason, you will be provided with a full refund or a credit, depending on what you choose.
**At any time, you may switch your camp experience to virtual camp and for any week it is offered, as long as there is space in the virtual options.
We aim to create a safe environment for children and their families, the staff, and the community at large. While the policies are constantly evolving to mirror best practices created by DOH, DOE, and other institutions, here are the most commonly asked protocols:
For any questions, or for a full list of COVID protocols, please email or call!