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create art / make projects

Virtual Programming + Project-Packed Kits… for any one, any where, any time!

Like all Curious Jane programs, our virtual CA/MP is clever, colorful, engaging, and project-packed. Our curriculum builds confidence through making things!

We provide all the fun supplies, creative how-tos, and engaging instructors – you bring the cool ideas and personality! 

See the bullet-point basics, the 2021 summer schedule, and our FAQs below. And, of course, reach out any time. We are committed to being flexible with families, and we are here to help.

Together we will Make Fun Things and Make Things Fun!

the basics

1. CA/MP is *open to all* young makers ages 5 to 11, and classes are offered by grade.
2. Each class runs for the full week, with hands-on project-making revolving around weekly themes.
3. Daily online sessions take place 10am-11:30am and 2pm-3pm EST.
4. All supplies are shipped via UPS, and the kit has everything you need for a project-packed week.
5. $350/week (includes supplies + shipping) and 15% Sibling Discount auto-applied at check-out.

We have specifically chosen our themes to be hands-on and story-driven for the young makers, and hands-off for the parents. Be happy making!

the schedule

June 14-18

4th-6th grades: Kitchen Chemistry
2nd-3rd grades: Kitchen Chemistry
K-1st grades: Magic & Mystery

June 21-25

4th-6th grades: Design Studio
2nd-3rd grades: Design Studio
K-1st grades: Creative Creatures

June 28 – July 2

4th-6th grades: Toy Design
2nd-3rd grades: Toy Design
K-1st grades: Game Time

July 6-9*

4th-6th grades: Mini to the Max
2nd-3rd grades: Mini to the Max
K-1st grades: Miniature World

July 12-16

4th-6th grades: Spy Science
2nd-3rd grades: Spy Science
K-1st grades: Magic & Mystery

July 19-23

4th-6th grades: Room Makeover
2nd-3rd grades: Room Makeover
K-1st grades: Creative Creatures

July 26-30

4th-6th grades: DIY Mini Magazines
2nd-3rd grades: DIY Mini Magazines
K-1st grades: Game Time

Agust 2-6

4th-6th grades: Kitchen Chemistry
2nd-3rd grades: Kitchen Chemistry
K-1st grades: Miniature World

frequently asked questions

what is CA/MP?

CA/MP is our virtual summer programming. It represents a new version of CAMP and stands for Create Art / Make Projects.

CA/MP is our way of bringing the signature CJ Experience to you. Like any other summer, our Virtual CA/MP Programming remains creative, clever, colorful, engaging, and project-packed. The difference is that our curriculum has been thoughtfully re-designed to encourage independence, confidence and success from home.

That’s right – we’re still providing all the fun supplies, project how-tos, and an engaging and supportive instructor – and you still bring the cool ideas and creativity! Together we will Make Fun Things and Make Things Fun!

what will CA/MP include?

3 Main Things!

1. Super Cool Supply Kits + Printed Project Guides – shipped right to you
We’ll send you a colorful supply box packed with everything you need for a week’s worth of projects. The box is your treasure kit! It’s also where you’ll store your supplies and projects over the course of the week. If you’re signed up for multiple weeks, you’ll get a new box for each week. 

(Yes, there are a few things you may need from home, like scissors, a bit of tape, or specific groceries for Kitchen Chemistry.)

2. A Little Set of DIY Video How-Tos to Make Stuff *Any* Time
A library of short (2-minutes!) how-to videos to accompany each theme so that young makers can reference them any time they want, or any time they need a little extra explanation or inspiration! 

We know you might not be “at home” this summer, or that sunny summer days are times to be outside (if possible), and rainy spells or dinner-prep-hour is a better time for your children to be engaged and doing things. They can pull out their CJ Treasure Box, visit a short video, and work on projects any time. 

3. Live / Real-Time Engagement in Small Groups
This is the stunner! Our online programming has been hand designed by Alia – she’s translated the best of CJ into zoom-based curriculum to engage, delight and connect. Classes will be taught by some of our top instructors. In addition to plenty of project-making, the week includes story-lines, scavenger hunts, tinker time, show-and-tells (Museum Tours) and of course, pop-in visits from some CJ favorites. 

what does this mean for parents?

Engagement for your children, during the times you need it. Our goal is to provide as much support and engagement as possible so that there is little hands-on time required from parents. 

Any Time…
We make the recorded Zoom tutorials and pre-recorded Video How-Tos available to you at any time, so you don’t have to restrict your family schedule to CA/MP hours. 

Any Where…
It also means you can take us on the road! Not home this summer? Take us with you! 

Any One!
The opportunity for multiple children in the household to do the project together, and for any child to join. We’ve been expanding the CJ community to all children, and this let’s us do it full-force!

what is the daily schedule?

Each day will include 2.5 hours of live instruction and engagement, spread across 2 sessions. In between daily live sessions, CA/MPers will be able to work on their project-of-the-day independently using the supplies shipped to your home.

Additionally –– all DIY videos *and* online sessions will be recorded and available for reference at any time, so you can access them whenever needed or desired, beyond your week of CA/MP.

The specific times (per time zone) are ––

For East Coast and Central Families
10am – 11:30am (EST) : Morning Session LIVE
2pm – 3pm (EST) : Afternoon Session LIVE

For Mountain and West Coast Families
10am – 11:30am (MT) : Morning Session LIVE
2pm – 3pm (MT) : Afternoon Session LIVE

The session descriptions are –– 

Morning Get-Started LIVE Session for 1.5 hours 
The first live session of the day will be used for project introduction, fun and engaging group bonding activities, and project how-tos!


Independent Work Time
CA/MPers can continue to create and make on their own, with the supplies shipped to your home. Independence is key!

Afternoon Tinkering Time LIVE Session for 1 hour
Come back online for the second daily live session to show your projects, ask questions, and tinker together!
 

Small class sizes grouped by age
Individual instructors will lead each small group of up to 10 CA/MPers.

Who is designing this? Who is leading it?

We’re a small, strong team. And we’re super excited to bring this to you! Elissa, our Creative Director, is overseeing all video and content. Samantha, our Founder, is coordinating content with kits to make sure that your children are excited and engaged, from the minute the box arrives. And the super star of the show – Alia, our Director of Camps and Programming – is translating our curriculum into an online experience with story-lines, scavenger hunts, tutorials (for trickier projects), small group sessions, tinkering time, and connected show-and-tells. Alia has her background in International Education, is a new member of Stanford’s MeD program, and – even at her young age! – has spent 14 years with Curious Jane. She will also be coordinating some of our top instructors (and current educators with online experience) to lead the programs. 

what about online safety?

We will be implementing necessary precautions and rules for safe Zoom conduct. By utilizing Zoom features such as “waiting rooms” and password protected meetings, we will do everything in our power to give our CJ community safe and fun online time together.

what is the cost?

$350 / week (includes everything: supply kits + shipping, videos, online instruction and if you have already paid a deposit for camp, this will be applied fully, of course!) 

15% sibling discount for each additional child in the household.

what if i have a credit from summer 2020?

First and foremost, thank you for staying with us. Your support has allowed us to be here, to offer programs for 2021. We are deeply appreciative.

Now the logistics… let’s get you your credit!

We have switched registration systems to offer a smoother experience for our families, and we have your credit on file. 

Email us (that’s camp@curiousjane.fun) and let us know you’re ready for us to transfer your credit to our Sawyer registration system. We’ll get you all set up and send the credit notification as a gift card, via email.

When you sign up for camp, the credit will apply automatically at check out. Any un-used credit will remain on your account, and you can use it any time, for any CJ offering. 

who can sign up? (spoiler alert: anyone!)

YES + YAY! Curious Jane is coming to *everyone* this summer, courtesy of CA/MP!

Any child, grades K to 6, can join us. And any child, anywhere can join us.

Yes, we started 12 years ago as an all-girls program; it was important to create a gender-affirming space. And the exact reason we started that way is being accomplished day by day. Culture is changing, society is changing. There is work yet to do, but we are loving it!

We also find that all children (not just girls) enjoy our projects and what we do. It’s about interests and personality, not gender.

While we have (and will) keep some of our in-person programming as an all-girls space – creating an environment that is pro-girl, and never (ever!) anti-boy – we have a chance to extend our core mission in a greater way this summer.

And what is our core mission?  To build confidence through making things.

And we welcome everyone who would like to join us!

how do i sign up? (new and easy!)

We’ve moved to a simpler system to allow you to sign-up and check-out directly from our site. 

Head over to our camp registration page… set the location filter to CJ Online, and add the weeks you want. You can also add in-person weeks at the same time.

can i sign up with a friend and be in the same group?

Absolutely! You can sign up with a friend next-door or in a different state, and spend the CJ project-week with them. 

When you check-out, list your friend (and the week you are attending together) in the friend request field, and we’ll make sure you’re “cabin mates”!

what is the registration deadline?

It’s best to register at least three weeks before you’d like to get started, so we can prepare amd deliver your project-packed supply kit to you in time!

However, as long as there is space available in the class, we can accept registrations up to one week before the start date.

i signed up! ... now what?

Thank you for joining us this summer! We are super excited about CA/MP. 

First  – you will receive a confirmation email with the details of your registration.

Next – we will be preparing your supply boxes and shipping those out via UPS.

Then – before your CA/MP start date, we will send a welcome email, with all the details of your zoom class, schedule and links; plus access to our DIY videos.

We can be best reached at camp@curiousjane.fun.

what if my schedule changes?

This entire year has proved life to be a series of curves and swerves. And Curious Jane is always committed to working with families in the best way we can.

If you need to switch weeks, change from online to in-person (or vice versa) or have an issue of greater impact… please be in touch. We can help and make changes on our end, to lessen the scheduling strain. As long as their is availability, we can be nimble.

Email us with your child’s name, and any details about scheduling conflict or changes – we’ll make the switch and / or send you options.

how can i reach you?

The best way to reach us is via email. That’s camp@curiousjane.fun

There are two of us, Alia and Samantha, working on an individual basis with each family, so please do be patient, and thank you in advance!

Email also allows us to have an incredibly useful path of communication, so that as each of us replies, we can access your camp account for details, and have a clear picture of everything we need to know for your family, specifically.

We are good spirited, optimistic, and excited about what we have designed. And we are also deeply impacted by COVID 19. We are receiveing a lot of undertstanding and support from our families, and we are grateful!