Toddlers will laugh, play, explore, and stay active all summer long as they learn about The Arts.
Each week’s camp will be themed to focus on a different art expression, such as music, dance, painting, theater and even comics. Throughout the summer, kids will practice their French as they unleash their inner artist!
- The Half-day (9am-12pm): The Half-day gives parents and toddlers an excellent opportunity to get a taste of FIAF’s à petits pas program offered during the school year. Please provide your child with 1 nut-free snack if they are attending the Half-day camp.
- The Full-day (9am-4pm): In the Full-day camp, your child will be able to enjoy the full FIAF French experience, including daily afternoon walks to observe Central Park’s flora and fauna. For children attending the Full-day camp, please provide 2 nut-free snacks and a cold lunch, as well as a blanket and doudou (comfort item such as a stuffed animal) for nap time.
Prerequisites: Camps are open to all levels of French including native French-speaking toddlers. Children must be at least 3 years old at the start of camp. They should be toilet-trained and accustomed to separation.
Discover every art form! Sign up for all eight weeks for maximum fun and learning.
9-9:30am: Drop-off and free play
9:30-10am: Daily routine and movements
10-10:15am: Greetings and circle time
10:15-10:45am: Individual themed project
10:45-11am: Clean-up and free play
11-11:30am: Games and movements
11:30am-12pm: Collaborative themed project and story time (end of half-day)
1:30-2:15pm: Playground or Walk in the Park (weather permitting)
2:15-3:30pm: Individual themed projects and tour guide completion
3:30-3:45pm: Games and exercises to review the vocab of the day
3:45-4pm: Clean-up, story time, goodbyes and dismissal (end of full-day)
Week 1: June 20-23* — Painting and Sculpting
Painting and Sculpting
Day 1 – Fernando Costa, numbers and letters
Day 2 – Henri Matisse and Nature
Day 3 – Auguste Herbin and the shapes
Day 4 – Paul Cézanne and fruits
*No class/camp on Monday, June 19 (Juneteenth)
Week 2: June 26-30 — Music to the Ears
Music to the Ears
Day 1 – Singing and playing like Troubadours
Day 2 – Camille Saint Saens and “The Carnival of the Animals”
Day 3 – Maurice Ravel and Claude Debussy as modern masterminds
Day 4 – From Edith Piaf to Joe Dassin, an anthem to Paris
Day 5 – Folk music from the regions of France
Week 3: July 3-7* — Dance and Circus
Dance and Circus
Day 1 – Discovering our body & the different styles of dance
Day 2 – Here enters Monsieur Loyal!
Day 3 – It’s puppet time!
Day 4 – Who will juggle the longest?
*No class/camp on Tuesday, July 4 (Independence Day)
Week 4: July 10-14 — “Click!”, it’s Photograph and Architecture week
“Click!”, it’s Photograph and Architecture week
Day 1 – the Art-Déco photography and architecture
Day 2 – Henri Cartier-Bresson and candid photography
Day 3 – Brassaï and his love for Paris
Day 4 – Patrick Demarchelier and the fashion industry
Day 5 – Yann Artus-Bertrand and nature
Week 5: July 17-21 — Lights, Camera, Action!
Lights, Camera, Action!
Day 1 – “L’Odysée de Choum”, a tale of owl and family in the bayou. France/Belgique, 2019
Day 2 – The sock thieves of “Made in France”. France, 2017
Day 3 – “The Girl who Hated Books”. Canada, 2006
Day 4 – “Riba” : discovering Lyon and music. France, 2003
Day 5 – “Sweet Cocoon”, when caterpillars turn into butterflies. France, 2014
Week 6: July 24-28 — Once Upon a Time in Literature
Once Upon a Time in Literature
Day 1 – Tales and Fables
Day 2 – Poetry
Day 3 – Novels and short-stories
Day 4 – Albums
Day 5 – Theater
Week 7: July 31-August 4 — La Bande-Dessinée
La Bande-Dessinée, comics made in France and Belgium!
Day 1 – Tintin and Milou / Boule and Bill representing Belgium
Day 2 – Spirou, Fantasio and Spip as a bridge between France and Belgium
Day 3 – Asterix, Obelix and Idefix for French adventures
Day 4 – Houba Houba Hop! This is the Marsupilami
Day 5 – The blue village of the Smurfs, born in Belgium
Week 8: August 7-11 — Theater: The Show Must Go On
Theater: The Show Must Go On
Day 1 – What is “le théâtre” ?
Day 2 – Costumes, make-up and accessories
Day 3 – Kamishibaï, the image-theater from Japan
Day 4 – Discovering the theater as a place
Day 5 – Ladies and gentlemen, it’s show time!
Classroom Guidelines (as of 9/7/2022): Masks are optional and proof of Covid-19 vaccination is no longer requried to attend a class or event at any FIAF location. Read more.