Update 5.20.19:

SCOL 2019 has sold out. To inquire about the wait list, please call 773.477.9257 x 193 to speak to a Curiosity team member.

Our summer camp in Hyde Park offers campers a traditional four week arts camp experience. Students study acting, movement, music, and art as they write, rehearse, and perform an original show on the Lookingglass Main Stage. Past camp productions include Viva Mexico, Year of the Dragon, and Bontsha the Silent. Camp also features weekly barbecues, trips to the beach, and our annual talent show!

  • Ages Entering Grades 3-8
  • Tuition $875
  • Dates July 8 – August 2, 2019
  • Length 4 weeks
  • Days Monday – Friday
  • Time 9:30AM – 3:15PM
  • Location Logan Center for the Arts
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Summer Camp on the Lake (SCOL) meets Monday through Friday, from 9:30AM – 3:30PM in Hyde Park. The maximum enrollment for Summer Camp on the Lake is 65 students. Students are divided into four groups, according to grade level; group sizes differ each year, and are typically comprised of 16-17 students per group. If you know a fellow SCOL camper, and would like the students to be grouped together, you are welcome to submit a friend request, either by indicating your request during camp registration, or by calling our office at 773.477.9257 x193. While we always strive to group campers together, we cannot guarantee that every friend request will be honored, due to group size and entering grade level of other campers. SCOL is intended for students entering 3-8th grade, but we are happy to welcome returning campers who will be entering 9th grade to register for one last summer at SCOL camp! Please let the office know by email or phone that you are planning to register, so that we can make a special note.

Our Summer Camp on the Lake staff includes one director and assistant director, our three specialists (art, movement, and music), four group leaders (one per group), and four college interns. At any given time during the camp day, 2-3 adults are assigned to each group of campers. Over the course of the four week session, our SCOL campers – with the direction and support of our SCOL camp staff – will create and perform an original piece of theatre surrounding the summer’s theme!   If you would like to learn more about our daily routine, please see the sample schedule below!


  • 9:15AM – 9:30AM: Logan Center Drop-Off
  • 9:30AM – 10AM: Group warm-up
  • 10AM – 10:45AM: Theater Class
  • 10:45AM – 10:55AM: Break
  • 10:55AM – 11:35AM: Movement or Music Class
  • 11:35AM – 12:15PM: Art Class
  • 12:15PM – 1PM: Lunch
  • 1PM – 2PM: Camper’s Choice (theater games, sports, art, free time)
  • 2PM – 3PM: Rehearsal/Design Implementation
  • 3PM – 3:15PM: Clean-up
  • 3:15PM – 3:30PM: Logan Center Pick-Up


Returning Camper:

Receive 15% off initial registration during first month of registration

Season Subscribers:

Receive $20 off registration

Multiple Registrations:

Receive 10% off registration for each additional registration

For more camp discount details, please visit our FAQ page.

Summer Camp Video Recording

Flash drives containing a digital video file of your camper’s performance will be available for purchase at theater on the day of. If you would like to order one after that time, please call 773.477.9257 x193

Scholarship and Payment Plans:

The Summer Camp Scholarship Application is open now closes March 1. Applications received after the due date are reviewed on a rolling basis, subject to availability. To submit your application please send to

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