Check out the variety of arts camps opportunities this summer in Forest Grove and Hillsboro.

COURTESY PHOTO - Northwest Conservatory of Dance offers a Cinderella Dance Camp for young ballerinas, as well as camps for more advanced dancers.Does your child have a flair for the artistic? Has she been bitten by the theater bug?

Research shows that art learning improves academic success, well-being and sparks creativity. Besides that, arts camps are just plain fun.

There are plenty of arts camps this summer in Forest Grove and Hillsboro. We've highlighted a few here:


Theatre in the Grove

2028 Pacific Ave., Forest Grove


  • June 26-30 — Theatre Intensive: A new experience for serious students of the theater. Students will learn about lighting, sound, directing, design and acting, while putting together short plays to perform at the end of the week. Free.

  • July 17-21 (ages 10-16); July 24-28 (ages 8-12); July 31-Aug 4 (ages 6-10) — CAST (Children's After School Theatre) are one-week camps filled with theater games, creativity and teamwork culminating in a free public performance on the last day. $150.

  • Summer Playhouse: Disney The Jungle Book Kids, a musical for children ages 6 to 11. Free. — Rehearsals: June 26 - July 13; Performances: July 14-16, 21-23.

  • Summer Playhouse: Guys and Dolls, Jr., a musical for ages 12 to 18 Free. — Rehearsals: July 31 - Aug. 17; Performances: Aug. 18-20, 25-27.

    Valley Art

    2022 Main St.

    Valley Art's education chairwoman April Hoff offers an array of classes and camps for children throughout the summer. All details and registration is at

  • Monday Clay Play — Students will build and glaze a variety of fun ceramic items each month. Materials provided. 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. $60/month. Three Mondays each month beginning June 5/July 3/Aug. 7.

  • Monotype Mondays — Printmaking without a press. Most Mondays. Ages 7+. Pre-registration required. 1:30 - 4 p.m. or 6-8:30 pm $30. June 12/ July 17/Aug. 21.

  • Me & My Grown-Up — Preschool Art (2-6 years + adult) 1:30-2:30 p.m. $12 per session. Pre-registration required. Wednesdays, beginning June 14.

  • Summer Art Club for Kids — Art media focusing on a different discipline each month. Art club is flexible enough to allow more experienced artists liberty to work on personal projects 5:30-7 p.m. $15 per session. Pre-registration required. Thursdays, beginning July 20.

  • Summer Drawing Club — Drawing techniques to increase confidence and skill. Indoors and out, personal sketchbook will be provided for monthly participants. 11 a.m.-1 p.m. $15. Thursdays, beginning Aug. 10.

  • Paint 4 Kids — First Fridays at Valley Art. Paint Nights aren't just for grownups. Designed for kids 7-13 to paint a colorful acrylic painting each month. 3:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. $20. Preregistration required. First Fridays, beginning July 7.

  • Summer Art Camp for Kids at Valley Art — Creative activities, playground treks and picnic snacks provided. Sack lunches required for full day artists. 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. $210. July 10-13. Register for this camp at


    Northwest Conservatory of Dance

    1055 N.E. 25th Ave., Suite G or 503-693-8362

  • June 24-28 — Cinderella Dance Camp for children ages 4 to 10 years old. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $160/ $170.

  • July 10-21 — Junior Ballet Intensive for intermediate dancers, including classical ballet, character and jazz. 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. weekdays. $270/$285.

  • July 31-Aug. 4 —Junior Summer Ballet Intensive for dancers ages 8 to 11, including ballet, pre-pointe, character and jazz. 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. $160/$170.

  • Ho'omoana — Hawaiian-themed camp. Learn to play ukulele, dance hula, and the Hawaiian language through food, games, song, and story. Monday-Friday, July 17-21, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. $150, reduced rate for additional children from same family. KIAKO Foundation. Camp is held at Patterson Elementary School, 261 NE Lenox St. Register at . >

    COURTESY PHOTO - Kids can learn to rock like the pros at Camp Amp, a two-week rock 'n' roll camp at Century High School in Hillsboro.

  • Rock 'n' Roll Camp — Camp Amp teaches concert production, bass, drum set, guitar, horns and vocals. Students are placed into rock bands where they learn songs for an end-of-camp live performance. All skill levels. Students must attend both weeks. July 10-July 21 , 12:30 to 3:30 p.m. $200/$250. Camp is held at Century High School, 2000 S.E. Century Blvd. Register: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, 503-681-5369.

  • Performing & Visual Arts Camp — Hillsboro Arts Summer offers classes in performing and visual arts for youth entering grade 6 through high school. Students study with renowned musicians and educators to develop skills, techniques, discipline and self-confidence. Learn art, film/TV production, guitar, instrumental music, jazz studies and musical theater. July 10-July 21, 9 a.m. to noon. Camp is held at Century High School, 2000 S.E. Century Blvd. Register: Hillsboro Parks & Recreation, 503-681-5369.

    The Outpost

    At two locations: Shute Park, 750 S.E. Eighth Ave. and

    Shadywood Park, 535 N.E. 24th Ave.

  • June 28 to Aug. 18, weekdays — Art, crafts, sports, reading, science, water fun, special guests, fun weekly theme and a free lunch for youth ages 1-18. 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Free.

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