Phone: 847.859.2312

Gather Summer Camp 2016

weekly June 20th – August 19th, 3:45-5 pm

Thank you to everyone who made Summer Camp such a success! We had an awesome summer with all kinds of creative fun. Please consider joining us next year!

We have established an amazing line-up for our afternoon summer camp series targeting children 2.5-6 years old. Gather camps survey the creative modalities of movement/ yoga, music, dramatic play, art making, storytelling & the culinary arts; engage diverse learning styles and expose your children to multicultural studies.

Gather’s Summer camp begins at 3:45 with a healthy, organic snack. A structured activity time runs from 4-4:30/40 with a Gather teaching artist, followed by self-directed play in our imaginative play space, and a closing ritual that begins at 4:55. Each of our professional teaching artists has extensive early childhood experience and a rich background as an artist/teacher in their area of expertise. As our weeks have a special focus and theme, each session will build upon the next and will incorporate new and sequential learning.

We know there are lots of fun things to do in the summer, but also know that the afternoons (whether your little ones are napping or not) can be a challenging time. We have designed our daily camp to offer some fun and structure as you wind down into the evening. So go to the beach in the morning, take a big nap and join us at Gather for meaningful, engaged, creative play (& a snack)!

Register now by calling 847-859-2312 or click the link below. One week $75 (add a sibling for $50); Three weeks $200 (add a sibling for $100); Eight week Summer Camp & Play Space Pass $425 (add a sibling for $200) includes daily admission to Gather for creative play everyday of camp! (Minimum weekly sign-up of 4 children, max of 12 children).

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Music Makers (June 20th-24th)

with Jocelyn Su & Angela Lyonsmith
In this fun fusion of art making and music, Jocelyn & Angela will lead you and your child in making artful instruments and then creating incredible music together. Experiment with a range of musical styles and rhythms on your very own creations.

Jocelyn Su (BA, Music) is Gather’s manager and blogger. She brings experience as a preschool teacher, environmental organizer/educator, and piano/voice instructor for children.

Angela Lyonsmith, (MAAT, Art Therapy) ATR-BC, LCPC is an artist, art therapist, owner of Gather, part time faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and mother of three.

Brazilian Celebration! (June 27th-July 1st)

with Yoli Maya Yeh
Join us for a fun trip into the culture and tradition of Brazil, this summer’s host of the Olympics!  Get ready to dance, sing, and create wearable art to cover ourselves in the color and flavor of one of the most amazing places in the world!

Yoli Maya Yeh (MA, Yoga Therapist) is a life-long seeker who dedicated over twenty years of her life to the study of yoga, meditation, healing arts, language and religious studies. Yoli innovates experiential education programs and leads yoga therapy for adults and children.

Summer Break Week (July 4th-8th)

Kitchen Garden (July 11th-15th)

with Mamata Reddy
Come cook your way through summer’s bounty! Learn how to put summer’s harvest to use in your kitchen. We’ll work with everything from herbs to berries. Be ready to learn how to make eating your vegetables FUN!

Mamata Reddy is a trained pastry chef, culinary instructor, and cake and cookie artist. She taught children’s culinary classes at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago. Her original recipes, perfected over the years, encourage little ones how to eat better and enjoy their food!

Ninja Camp (July 18th- 22nd)

with Yoli Maya Yeh
Get ready to train like the ninjas of old in this fun-filled week of physical feats and very silly fun.  In addition to physical training we will also explore some of the sights and sounds of ancient Japan and it’s beautiful art forms.  Be prepared for high kicks and meditative challenges in this engaging and active immersion!

Yoli Maya Yeh (MA, Yoga Therapist) is a life-long seeker who dedicated over twenty years of her life to the study of yoga, meditation, healing arts, language and religious studies. Yoli innovates experiential education programs and leads yoga therapy for adults and children.

Flour Power!  (July 25th-29th)

with Mamata Reddy
There’s nothing like knowing how to make your own bread. Making dough from scratch is therapeutic and delicious! Come learn how to roll your own crescents and twist your own pretzels. We’ll even dig into the different roles yeast, butter, sugar, and eggs play in bread making. It’ll change the way you think about store-bought bread!

Mamata Reddy is a trained pastry chef, culinary instructor, and cake and cookie artist. She taught children’s culinary classes at the Gary Comer Youth Center in Chicago. Her original recipes, perfected over the years, encourage little ones how to eat better and enjoy their food!

Festivals of India (August 1st-5th)

with Yoli Maya Yeh
As India gets ready for the start of the annual festival season, we too will get ready to sing, dance and cover ourselves in the sights and colors of celebration in India.  We will explore the many art forms of India through stories, art making, movement and dance as we celebrate the bounty of summer!

Yoli Maya Yeh (MA, Yoga Therapist) is a life-long seeker who dedicated over twenty years of her life to the study of yoga, meditation, healing arts, language and religious studies. Yoli innovates experiential education programs and leads yoga therapy for adults and children.

I Heart Art: Be Green, Be Creative (August 8th-15th)

with Angela Lyonsmith
An amazing quality of artists is to see the potential in things. Join us on this week long art adventure and make one of a kind creatures, wearable art, and more with a variety of repurposed and fine art materials. The class will focus on learning basic construction techniques while encouraging creative problem solving and an introduction to environmental responsibility. Reduce, reuse, recycle & re-create!

Angela Lyonsmith, (MAAT, Art Therapy) ATR-BC, LCPC is an artist, art therapist, owner of Gather, part time faculty member at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and mother of three.

Zookeepers: Tales, Teamwork & Tactile Art  (August 15th-August 19th)

with Allison Amado
Come along with us on an adventure as a zookeeper! We will learn about diverse animals, their natural habitats and discuss how we would care for each animal in our zoo. Through interactive story times,  group games, art making and dramatic play we will be inspired to care for animals who share our planet. Be ready to let your imagination roar!

Allison Amado is a former Pre-Kindergarten Teacher and Early Childhood Center Director. She has created and implemented early childhood curriculums at various schools in the Chicagoland area. Allison is passionate about helping young children learn about the world around them through sensory play and active exploration.