Camp Runs 9AM – 4PM at George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre, 50 Sousa Mendes Street with possibility of extended care 8-9AM and 4-5PM ($10/Day)

$150 for 5-day weeks

$120 for 4-day weeks

To register or for more information contact Julia:



Summer Camps Daily Schedule 
8-9am drop-offs/before+after care
9-12pm Puppetry and Performing Objects Programming
12-1pm Lunch
1-4pm Amazing Games, Outdoor Challenges, Mixed Arts Programming
4-5pm drop-offs/before+after care
Puppetry and Performing Objects Programming: 9am-12pm every day
(1) Piñatas (Week of July 2nd, short week)
Piñatas are a beloved event at any celebration. This camp explores the piñata’s tradition, which originated in China and was made popular in Mexico, and techniques to make one for ourselves. We’ll build our own piñatas, make our own creative filler, and end the camp with a piñata party!
(2) Toy Paper Theatres (Week of July 8th)
Toy Theatre is a form of miniature puppet theatre that originated in Europe during the 19th century. Paper theatre kits in miniature became widely distributed household toys, encouraging families to enjoy their favorite theatrical productions in the comfort of their own home. In this course, students will have a chance to create their own miniature toy theatre stage and production.
(3) Shadow Theatre (Week of July 15th)
Shadows, one of the most ubiquitous things on earth, remain a mystery to us. What are they really? In this camp, participants will explore the world of shadows through improvisational shadow explorations to shadow scavenger hunts to creating shadow puppets and performing with them.
(4) Giant Puppets (Week of July 22nd)
Have you ever wanted to make a character that was truly larger than life? Participants in the giant puppets camp will create and perform with ‘larger than life’ puppets, figures that inspire awe and command attention.
(5) Make It With Cardboard (Week of July 29th)
Make-It-With Cardboard is a camp that explores cardboard building techniques specifically for wearables and toys! Build your own shield, sword and amour or an astronaut’s helmet. We’ll end the camp with a fashion show.
(6) Animal Masks (Week of August 6th, short week)
The Animal Mask camp teaches kids all about designing and making animal masks. Using found objects and up-cycled materials, participants will create their own range of masks and practice physical theatre work to portray their animal characters!

Meet Our Camp Leaders

Annie Katsura Rollins

Annie is a practitioner, researcher, and educator of all things puppetry and performing objects. Her interest in puppetry began as a traditional Chinese shadow puppetry apprentice in 2008 and has since broadened to encompass toy theatre, political puppetry, puppetry in education, and finding new and traditional ways to make puppetry and theatre a more environmental practice. Rollins has received a Fullbright Fellowship for her puppetry research, has recently completed her PhD on traditional forms of puppetry at Concordia University, and teaches World Puppet Theatre at the University of Connecticut – North America’s oldest program in puppetry. She is a resident of the Junction Triangle neighbourhood. You can learn more about her work at www.anniekatsurarollins.com.


Julia Gonsalves

Julia managed The Nook Children’s Program from 2001-2009, engaging local kids in large-scale theatre productions, diverse arts and social justice programming. Julia worked previously as an arts instructor at Yamaha Summer Arts Camp. Julia now parents an 11-year-old, and works as the Director of Operations at George Chuvalo Neighbourhood Centre.

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