Samantha and her daughters. Constraints and challenges can lead to unexpected creativity, and we are hopeful about what CJ can accomplish. We are not all in the same boat, but we are definitely in the same storm. We wish you and your family the very best.
updates and changes due to covid
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 22
Having designed and packed over 1000 kits for CA/MP, virtual after-school sessions and birthday parties, we have launched a stand-alone channel of Curious Jane Project Kits – available in three different sizes, including Supersized for Pods!
We have printed our Fall issue of the magazine – Kitchen Chemistry – and we are opening safe, in-person classes and parties in our Brooklyn workspace.
At the core – we are keeping our focus on the health of our communities, our ears tuned to the needs of our families, and our eyes on the opportunities for Summer 2021.
UPDATE: SEPTEMBER 1
Thank you for seeing us through our 12th summer of Curious Jane! A quick, by-the-numbers glance: we generally run 2000 weeks of in-person camp, in a typical summer. This year, we reconfigured all of our operations in a single month – shutting down in May and popping back up in June with CA/MP – our virtual, kit-based programming: Create Art / Make Projects. Thanks to families new and old to the CJ community – we ran almost 1000 weeks of virtual CA/MP. We opened these programs to *all* children, trained a super-skilled staff of instructors, packed and shipped projects kits among social-distance conditions, and carved a completely new pathway for Curious Jane.
CA/MP was a success and I am very proud of our core team. Thank you to them, and thank you to all of you who joined us and stood by us!
Our work, of course, is far from done. Like many small (and not small) businesses deeply impacted by COVID, Curious Jane is still fighting hard. We are continuing our virtual programming in the after-school space, launching project kit sales, and constantly re-envisioning how we can work better towards, and specifically tuned into, what lies in the months ahead.
All the best to all of you, navigating these new seas, and finding the silver linings. And in challenging times, busy hands can ease the mind. Be happy making!
UPDATE: JUNE 15 [CJ Magazine]
Dear Families –
If you have subscribed between the dates of May 1, 2019 and April 30, 2020 your June 1 issue will be arriving digitally and free of charge. It will not count towards the 4 print issues in your annual subscription, and your current subscription will be credited for an additional print issue.
Due to the significant impact of COVID19 – including temporary bookstore newsstand closures as well as disruptions in the chain for printing and distribution – we were unable to print our Summer / June 1st issue. But we have one for you, and it’s a great one!
On June 15th, we will be sending all subscribers a link and password to access the issue online – it is our Spa Science Super Summer Issue – and it is *filled* with spa science recipes to make, soothe and relax all summer long. The Spa Science class is a favorite at camp, and in our summer issue, we are sending our most popular projects to you.
Thank you for subscribing! Thank you for supporting! And thank you for understanding!
UPDATE: JUNE 3
Curious Jane is a Brooklyn-based organization, and while we reach children in other cities and states via our magazine and smaller programs – our largest audience (and certainly for summer camp) is in NYC.
Today, Govorner Cuomo announced that NY will allow summer day camps to open at the end of the month. This is a reversal of city and state decisions made earlier in May to close summer day programs, due to a strong improvement in the health of our communities.
This is a relief in many ways, and signals a tremendous amount of progress in the control of COVID19. For so many reasons – thank goodness!
Curious Jane is keeping close watch on the situation. When Cuomo announces the guidelines around summer day camps, and re-opening, we can assess whether those will be a fit for us and our program. If we are able to run programs, they will be limited in class themes and locations and these would not open until the week of July 27th. (More on that below, and we will notify families here, and via email.)
For the June and July weeks, Curious Jane is not opening in-person programs. We remain committed to – and excited about – what we are offering this summer.
To shed transparency on a situation stamped with a great, big question-mark –– there are a few main reasons that Curious Jane camps will not run in-person in June and July.
First, logistically, host venues are not open to us to run as originally planned.
Second, we aren’t comfortable, at this time, bringing people together in close, and closed, spaces –– and CJ is very definitely a hands-on, classroom-based program.
And the third, and most sensitive reason, is overall business impact and considerable amount of time to prepare logistically, safely and staffing-wise.
In mid-May, we had to make a hard decision, and we made the one we felt was the best for the CJ community, our communities as a whole, and what we could expect in the coming months.
We shifted gears and designed a new experience that would bring CJ into families’ homes anywhere. We reduced the cost, re-set our systems, and created CA/MP.
And we are still very excited to run CA/MP! We see families are signing up from afar, children joining “cabins” with friends who live in completely different states, and families who are excited for Curious Jane to be delivered to their doors.
Ultimately, while an important opportunity is on the horizon – the opening of in-person camps – we just don’t know the details yet.
Some summer camps may open and serve a much needed void. Each family’s situation is different – and likely different from the way it was before. Some have moved for the summer; some are not yet comfortable with or able to have wide community contact; and all families – in some way or another – are tapping into new ways of being, configuring, and connecting.
Curious Jane remaims here to offer creativity, color and community and to build confidence through making things.
CA/MP will run, as planned and outlined here, for the 10 weeks of June 15 through August 21st.
We will continue to make updates here. For our NYC families –– if we are able to open registration for in-person programs, these programs will be held for the 4 weeks of July 27th – August 21st, at a single Brooklyn location (due to limited access to school classrooms) and following the same themes offered at CA/MP. We, of course, will only open if we can ensure that we meet and follow all guidelines to keep our community safe.
Again, we are a core team of 3, working hard for our families.
Thank you for understanding amidst chaotic times. Thank you for standing by us!
UPDATE: MAY 15
Curious Jane will not be running in-person programs this summer. While it is a hard decision, it is also a very simple one –– the health and safety of our communities come first. Our host venues are also aligned, and have closed for the summer. We are committed to our families and have been working hard to re-design a CJ Experience for you.
We *are* launching CA/MP. Create Art / Make Projects.
Of course CA/MP is not the same as the camps we have known and loved – truly, nothing is the same these days. And at the same time, we are ready to deliver this *new* Curious Jane to your home – or wherever you may be – with three key components, and at a much lower price:
1// Kits – a big box of supplies shipped to your door, plus all the how-to’s printed out in one package.
2// Online Programming – specially designed Zoom-based programming with story-lines, scavenger hunts, show-and-tells, and of course, lots of project making.
3// DIY Videos – a little library of DIYs so your children can reference them any time.
You can find a full overview of CA/MP here, along with answers to questions about class themes, previous deposits and current pricing.
At the bottom of the FAQs page is also a longer letter from our founder.
UPDATE: MAY 5
What will happen this summer? We hope and plan to bring CJ to you through the camp experience we know and love. But the only thing we know now is that summer is currently unknown. The top priority is the safety of our communities. We have our eyes on the health and regulatory guidelines daily, and are confident we will make the best decision with the information at hand.
As such, we are preparing for a variety of outcomes. We will deliver Curious Jane camps in-person if allowed, and we will adapt to other situations if required. Health and safety are first, always. Next order of business? Making Fun Things and Making Things Fun!
No matter where or how it takes place – the CJ Experience will remain creative, clever, colorful, engaging, and project-packed. We are committed to you.
Please know: we will not process any charges or balances until the options firm up, and you have had a chance to respond with your decisions.
Please also know: the camp industry has been deeply impacted, and we certainly feel it in our small group too. I’m proud of my team for their flexibility and for what they are creating amidst the uncertainty.
While we don’t have a specific answer as to *camp* right now, we *definitely* have plans. Closer to the summer weeks, the environment at-hand will be the arbiter, and we will be here to provide a super cool CJ experience that suits the scenario best.
UPDATE: APRIL 22
First and foremost (and always), we hope that you and your family are well.
We hope to run camp this summer, as we know it and love it, but cannot count on it today.
Though we have no idea what the summer months will bring, we have enough information to share that – in the event that in-person camp is not possible – Curious Jane will be delivering our camp modules online. We will also offer stand-alone project packs and video DIYs for making cool stuff at home.
As a small business, Curious Jane is deeply impacted by COVID-19. We are working diligently to design the right CJ experience for your children. And, in many ways, we are excited about this new challenge! Significant constraints can lead to significant creativity.
We are actively preparing for *both* the opportunity of in-person camp *and* online modules (with shipped supplies) that bring our projects to you, in your home.
what this means right now
If you are currently registered with us:
1// Your registration will be applied to either in-person (if possible) or online camp. Digital modules will include supplies, videos and real-time participation and will have a lower price point.
2// You also have the option to take a credit for a future summer if you prefer; however, we cannot extend refunds on deposits, as we are prepared to deliver the CJ experience in whatever way the summer environment requires.
3// You do not have to make a decision right now. You have until June 1st (or longer) and we will keep you updated.
Whether you are already registered with us, or not:
4// We will be announcing our online class line-up, as well as stand-alone project packs, in early May. The stand-alone packs are great for after-school projects and self-paced project-making,
5// We will be re-opening camp registration for families in NYC, or anywhere, who have not yet registered, as the project-packs and online modules are a chance for anyone, anywhere, to participate.
We are committed to designing a Curious Jane experience for your child – if even in a new shape – and will continue to be in touch about the details and options for the June, July and August months. We will post updates here, as well as email registered families.
Thank you very much for being part of the Curious Jane Community.
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