Who are the instructors?
Every program has a lead instructor and each camp location is monitored by a camp manager. All staff go through training before becoming instructors and receive fingerprint background checks before teaching or managing to ensure the safest environment possible.
Our camp instructors are almost entirely professional educators from local schools. The remaining few are seasoned educators with experience such as long-term substitution or student-teaching. All of our camp instructors have an educational background or degree in teaching. They are also knowledgeable and interested in STEM, experienced with educating kids, and strongly believe in our mission to empower every child to find their own passions and purpose. Our camp managers are veteran Classrooom Antics teachers and are available to step in to help teach camp.
Our after-school instructors are also experienced educators from many types of educational settings including after-school programs, graduate courses, camps, tutoring, and homeschooling. Just like our summer camp instructors, our after-school instructors are experienced in and enjoy working with kids, hold a background or interest in STEM, and are passionate about inspiring children to find their purpose.
How long is a program?
Our summer camp programs are offered for one week Monday – Friday in different locations from early June until Mid-August. Summer camps are offered in a half-day format, either from 9 am – 12 pm or 1 pm – 4 pm. There is an option to attend for a full-day, 9 am – 4 pm. You would just need to register your child for both a morning and an afternoon program and provide them with a take-along lunch each day. Instructors stay on-site with the children, and there is no additional charge for that hour, it is just a convenience we offer to our full-day campers.
Our after-school programs meet for 1.5 hours one day a week for multiple weeks after school.
My child’s age is close, can they enroll?
When a child’s age is close to the age requirements for a program, we then look to grade. For programs that have an age requirement of 7 years old, we require the participant has graduated 1st grade. For programs with a minimum age of 9 years old, we require the participant has graduated 3rd grade. And for programs with a minimum age of 10 years old, they must have graduated 4th grade by the start date.
If your 10-year old would like to enroll in a program for 7-9-year-olds, because they want to be with a friend or family member, that would be acceptable.
Do students bring their own computer to summer camp?
No, Classroom Antics provides all computer and technology equipment for the entire class. Students do not need to bring their own computer, as each child will have equipment provided to them for use during the program.
Is food provided for children during the program?
For students who are taking both a morning and afternoon session, parents are responsible for providing a take-along lunch for their children to eat each day. It is also recommended to pack a snack for morning and afternoon, as we often take a 10-15 minute break half-way through each morning and afternoon session.
Will my child be able to bring home equipment they use during camp?
Children are permitted to take home the video games and stop motion animations they create, but they will not be able to take home the computers, webcams or robotics equipment. Instructors take pictures of campers and classroom projects to share with parents at the end of summer camp. Look for an email with a link to the pictures 3 days after the last day of camp.
How early/late can I drop-off/pick-up and is extended care available?
Students can be can dropped-off up to 15 minutes before a summer program and picked-up up to 15 minutes after a summer program. For school-year after-school programs, the limit is 5 minutes.
We understand that working parents may need additional child care before or after a program. College Nannies+Tutors is an organization that will drop your children off at our program and pick them up when the program is over. This company is not directly associated with Classroom Antics but has provided before and after care to a number of families that attend our programs with favorable feedback.
What do I do if someone else will be dropping off/picking up?
We have a sign in/sign out procedure for parents each day. As long as the same person who’s dropping off the student is the same person picking them up, there is nothing you need to do. However, if there is a different person dropping off vs. picking up, then please let the instructor know when the student arrives.
My child has special needs. Are these programs appropriate for him/her?
Special needs cases are evaluated on an individual basis. Call us at 800-595-3776 to evaluate if our instructors can provide the proper environment for your child and the other children in the class.
What is the refund/withdrawal policy?
Programs are non-refundable unless Cancellation Insurance is purchased during registration. However, we may provide Classroom Antics gift credit to parents who need to withdraw their child from a program but did not purchase Cancellation Insurance.
Parents may withdraw their child from a program ___ days before the start of a program and receive ___% in Classroom Antics gift credit that expires 15 months from original program start date. If the enrolled program was a result of a previous transfer, the earliest program’s start date is used in this calculation.
- 28+ days before start date = 100% gift credit valid for 15 months
- 21-27 days = 75% gift credit
- 14-20 days = 50% gift credit
- 7-13 days = 25% gift credit
- 6 days or less = 0% gift credit
What if I have buyer’s remorse?
Parents may alter their child’s program registration in any way within 24 hours of original registration, regardless if Cancellation Insurance is purchased or not during registration. This includes adding or removing any optional add-ons, or withdrawing from a program entirely and receiving a full refund. This policy may be invoked once per year per family.
For additional protection, Cancellation Insurance may be purchased during registration, giving parents the ability to cancel a program for any reason before the start of a program and receive 100% of their program fee as a refund.
What is Cancellation Insurance?
Cancellation Insurance is an optional add-on that may be purchased during registration that allows you to cancel a program, for any reason, up to the start date of a program, and receive 100% of your program fee back, less any discounts that were applied during check-out.
It is important to note that Cancellation Insurance may only be exercised BEFORE a program begins. After a program begins, program fees are non-refundable, no matter if this option was purchased or not.
What happens if I drop or miss a day?
There are no prorated refund or credits for missed classes or for dropped classes. Once class begins, you are in class for the entire session. This is true regardless of your attendance. There is a medical exception (see below).
What is the medical exception for dropping a class?
Medical situations supported by a written and signed acknowledgment from a licensed medical practitioner will allow us to extend a Classroom Antics gift credit on your account, prorated from the date we receive the medical acknowledgment. Please note this is a credit, not a refund, which expires 15 months from the original program’s start date. The credit may be applied toward any future Classroom Antics programs.
May I transfer from one program to another?
Absolutely, Classroom Antics has a No Transfer Fee Policy, which allows you to transfer to another available program as long as space is still available. Program discounts may also be transferred, even if the promotion used expired before the time of the transfer. Transfers are only available on programs that have not yet started.
If Cancellation Insurance was included in the original program’s registration, it will automatically be transferred to the new program’s registration. Cancellation Insurance may not be added during a transfer if non-existent on the original program registration. If a difference in price exists between the two programs, payment will be collected during the transfer. If the new program is less expensive, a Classroom Antics gift credit will be issued in the amount of the difference. The gift credit is kept on-file at Classroom Antics, and will expire 15 months from the date of issue, and may be used towards a future Classroom Antics registration.
Gift credits may be processed as a refund if Cancellation Insurance was purchased on the original program’s registration.
Do you offer financial aid or scholarships?
Yes, the Classroom Antics Foundation is a 501(c)3 non-profit that provides financial aid to families for select programs.
When is payment due?
Full payment is required during registration. In the event that a program is canceled by Classroom Antics, your money will be refunded 100%, including any registration fees, if applicable.
Can I use my employer’s flexible spending account?
Chances are, yes, but check with your employer’s HR representative to make sure. Day camps are usually reimbursable under your Dependent Care Flexible Spending Account. You’ll need our Tax ID number (also called a Federal EIN number) which is 26-1167872.
Do I need to register for a program, or can I just show up?
Class sizes are limited, based on staff availability and facility size. Therefore, it is required to sign-up for classes as early as possible, to ensure you have a reserved space for your child.
Can I register over the phone?
Registrations are accepted exclusively on our website. If you are having technical difficulties with the website, please call us at 800-595-3776. The only exceptions are if you are processing your registration with a gift credit, a gift certificate, or a third-party is funding your program.
How do I put my child on a waitlist for a sold-out program?
Our registration system detects sold-out programs and creates a WAITLIST for parents to register. This is a free waitlist. If space becomes available, all people on the waitlist are emailed simultaneously about the new opening.
We recommend that if you want a particular program and can attend a similar Classroom Antics program close-by, sign-up for the nearby program and then WAITLIST for your preferred program. Classroom Antics can transfer you to the closer program IF it becomes available and you notify us of your desire to transfer before it becomes filled.
Where are the classes held?
Classes are held in local community buildings, schools, recreation centers, youth centers, churches, temples, libraries and banquet halls. Please check the location pages on the site to find the nearest location to you.
How do I sign up for a program?
Click on any of the bright orange REGISTER NOW buttons on this page.