Let’s Play House!

“This four day camp takes treasured ways of play to the next level. We’ll build recycled forts, tell stories, design and make puppets, play backyard games, and create delicious snacks. Finish off the week with bold color playing dress-up in the theater’s costume stash!

July 9 – 12 | 9:00am – 12:00pm

This camp registration is FULL.
Join the wait list for a chance to join if one of our friends can’t make it OR check out one of our other camps for your young adventure enthusiasts. For ages 8 – 12, check out Off the Wall (July 23 – 26) or for ages 7 – 11, check out Paint it Fun?! (June 13 – 14).

About this Camp

This week of camp takes treasured ways of play to the next level! Build fantastic recycled forts and tell spooky and sensational stories with cut paper puppets. Create and play backyard games and tackle other artful outdoor DIY projects. Make colorful charcuterie boards and fun party snacks, then break into the theater’s costume stash to throw a dress-up dance party! You’ll work with professional artists to create and play all week long.

Guest Artists

Mindy Trafman

Born and raised in Chicago, Mindy Trafman studied elementary education with an emphasis on art education at Northern Illinois University. While attending school and teaching, Mindy was bit by the restaurant bug. Working a decade with Rich Melman's Lettuce Entertain You Enterprises, she opened several restaurants from Chicago to LA, worked another decade with Debra Sharp's rock & roll catering and restaurant group, she developed a love for hospitality. It was at Cru Wine Bar where her passion for wine and food began to grow. She explored wine further by teaching classes at Chicago's Loyola University while running the Lush Wine and Spirits shops, which led her to become a sommelier.

Artist info

Lisa Nelson

Lisa is a surface pattern designer and illustrator living in Holland. She has worked with some popular brands to give them fun and new artistic life to their products. 

When she's not making art, she's at home with her 3 girls, husband and dog named "Nugget"

Steve Baibak

Steve Baibak (“by-back”) is a Mid-Michigan artist and an Academic Specialist with the Residential College in the Arts and Humanities (RCAH) Michigan State University. His teaching focuses on creative processes, resourcefulness, fabrication of materials through play, and community engagement. He spotlights creativity as an important lived experience that is fundamental to how we live and learn.

Steve holds a BFA in interdisciplinary art from San Francisco Art institute and an MFA in

sculpture, MSU.


Artist info

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