Kids Club Camp

Calling all young campers with big imaginations!

Kids Club Camp is back in-person with Day Camp and Public Drop-Ins with FREE Arts-Based Workshops July 25th-31th.

Did you love the online Kids Club Camp activities last summer? Kids Club Camp will be running in-person with day camp and public drop-in activities at the 2022 Hamilton Fringe Festival.

Join us for an action-packed week of day camp filled with drama, dance, music, and most importantly… fun! Featuring local guest artists each day, opportunities to catch all the performances at Family Fringe, and a final talent show presented by the Kids Club campers, you won’t want to miss out on all the ways creative, young Fringers can dream this summer.

Kids Club Camp runs from July 25th-29th from 8:45am – 4:00pm at the Family Fringe Hub (Bridgeworks Event Space) and is open to ages 5-12 years of age. Registration to Kids Club Camp opens in May. The cost is $225 + HST with an option for before and aftercare (starting at 8:15am, ending at 5pm) for an additional $25 in total.

With only 20 spots available per group, sign up for our pre-registration to hold your spot at Kids Club Camp today! Four (4) subsidized spots are available on a first come first serve basis when registration opens. Pre-register and save your spot ($50 non-refundable deposit required) or sign up for more info at the links below!

FREE Family Activities at Bridgeworks

We are keeping the Kids Club Camp family fun accessible by opening up FREE daily arts-based workshops!

Pop by and stay with your kids to enjoy exciting guest appearances and performance-based activities outdoors WEEKDAYS at 12pm at the Family Fringe Hub for FREE. 

WEEKENDS from 10:30am to 2:30pm are for play! Join us under the big tent on Saturday, July 30th for our Family Fringe Carnival Day and Sunday, July 31st for kids crafts and more.

Click on Public Drop-In Schedule below the Kids Club Camp video to search listings of our FREE Family Activities at Bridgeworks.

Special Guest Lineup

July 25: Improv Yourself!

Carly Anna Billings

Carly is a Hamilton-based Indigenous and Italian theatre-maker, risk-taker and candlestick maker. Ok that last one’s not that true, she’s only made candles in her mom’s basement once… but she’s definitely a risk-taker because she loves IMPROV. A local actor, comedian, podcaster and host she is most passionate about everyone having a big ole LAUGH.

July 26: Poetry Prompts

Fareh Malik

Fareh Malik is a BIPOC spoken word poet, author, and dancer. He was co-founder of McMaster University’s hip-hop dance team “VIE Division” and is currently working on the intersection between dance and poetry. He has been a hip-hop and choreography teacher for varying age groups for several years with organizations such as: VIE Division, Defining Movement Dance, and many others. He is excited to share his craft with you all in a relaxed and accessible way.

July 27: Create Your Own Puppet

Jet Coghlan

Jet Coghlan started to perform at an early age for Teatro Nena Delgado in Monterrey, Mexico. It wasn’t until their late teenage years training with Teatro Arlequin when Jet found a fountain of inspiration while doing street art and pantomime. Currently, Jet creates immersive performances based on speculative fiction stories. Part of Jet’s research is to find methods and technologies that apply accessibility principles in the development of theatre and art projects.

July 28: Animal Move Play Workshop

Clairandean Humphrey

Clairandean is a Black Queer Multidisciplinary Artist, Movement Instructor, and Tarot Reader based in Hamilton. They completed their embodiment program at GOODBODYFEEL and currently remain an instructor. They have completed their training with New Leaf Foundation Program: Reaching In, Reaching Out program. Deepening their understanding in trauma informed, gender inclusive and anti-oppressive frameworks. Their various practices explore movement as ritual, mindful movement, and play.

July 29: Hip-Hop & Robot: Moves that Rock!

Josh Taylor

Josh Taylor is a dancer, choreographer, storyteller and an artist-educator/mentor. Exploring themes in Hip-Hop culture, Pop culture, sociopolitical and social justice issues, Josh aims to entertain, educate and express. Performing and creating for events and recording artists across Ontario, Josh was the 2020 recipient of the Hamilton Arts Award for Dance and Performing Arts. Through his work as Owner and Artistic Director of Defining Movement Dance Studio, Josh is passionate about helping movement artists of all ages find their voice.

8:45am Camp Welcome, Warm Up Games
9:15am Snack
9:45am Music, Drama and Dance
10:30am Choose Your Adventure
11:30am Lunch
12:00pm Special Guest Activity (Public Drop In)
1:30pm Family Fringe Show
2:30pm Snack
3:00pm Camp-Wide Game
3:50pm Campfire
4:00pm See You Tomorrow!

Frequently Asked Questions

Kids Club Camp is open to children at any experience level. We are excited to meet campers in their artistic journey and build new skills this summer together. 

In the event you have to cancel camp, a full refund will be provided up until one week prior to the camp (July 15, 2022). After this we are unable to provide refunds.

Our Kids Club Camp staff members are well-equipped to navigate a variety of barriers campers may experience. We are dedicated to building connections and empowering brave spaces. If you have specific concerns, or want to share helpful strategies we encourage you to get in touch with the Kids Club Camp Coordinators for a one-on-one phone call.

We believe that camp is about putting away our screens, getting outside, and making meaningful relationships with campers and staff. Kids Club Camp activities will be focused on hands on arts-based learning and we encourage campers to leave any personal devices at home or with their belongings.

A number of subsidized spots are available each summer at zero cost. Although Hamilton Fringe staff will not be asking for further questions to prove a need for a subsidized spot if requested, these spots are reserved for those who are in high financial need (i.e. reserved for children who would not be able to access this camp without this type of support). All subsidized spots have been filled for the 2022 summer.

Yes! There will be a final performance by the Kids Club Camp campers on the Bridgeworks stage on Friday, July 29th from 4:00pm-4:30pm on the last day of camp. The performance is available for all parents and guardians to attend. 

We do our best to be aware of all camper allergies prior to camp start through registration, and ensure that the snacks provided by the Hamilton Fringe comply with all dietary restrictions. We cannot guarantee that our site will be free of your camper’s specific allergy, as campers and guests bring their own products. If this happens, we ask guests and campers to put this product back into their bag. If it is opened, we also ask them to wash their hands while staff santize surfaces.

We are proud to have such qualified and experienced Kids Club Camp staff and guest artists on our team with over a decade of experience working with children and youth. All staff and volunteers go through an interview process complete with reference and vulnerable sector screenings. Additionally, all staff take part in a training week that includes conflict resolution, leading with care, health and safety, creative counselling, and certified Plan to Protect training. Senior Kids Camp staff are also certified in Standard First Aid.

Festival Program Pick-up Locations

Grab a physical copy of this year’s Festival Program at any one of these locations:

The Cannon | 179 Ottawa St. N.
Coach & Lantern | 384 Wilson St. E., Ancaster
Democracy Coffee House | 202 Locke St. S.
Detour Cafe | 41 King St. W., Dundas
Emerald Coffee Co. | 340 Barton St. E.
Mulberry Coffeehouse | 193 James St. N.
Paisley Coffeehouse & Eatery | 1020 King St. W.
Playhouse Cinema | 177 Sherman Ave. N.
Redchurch Cafe + Gallery | 68 King St. E.
Relay Coffee | 27 King William St & 27 Dundurn St N
Vintage Coffee Roasters | 977 King St. E.
The Zoetic | 526 Concession St.

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