High Museum of Art Camps: Frequently Asked Questions
The High Museum’s 2018 camps are now closed. Please check back this winter for information about 2019 camp programs.
- Which age group should I register my child for?
- What happens if the week of camp I want to sign up for is full?
- What is the cancellation policy?
- What if my camper can’t attend the full week?
- Can I sign my child up for more than one week?
- Do you offer before care or aftercare?
- Should my camper bring a lunch?
- What does an average day of camp look like?
- What does my child need to bring and wear?
- Can my child bring toys and electronics to camp?
- Where do I drop off and pick up my child? What times are drop-off and pickup?
- Can I carpool with another camper?
- Is there an art show at the end of the week?
Additional questions? Contact us at HMAcamps@high.org or 404-800-0547.
The High Museum’s summer camp program is exempt from licensure and does not have a license from Bright from the Start: Department of Early Care and Learning.
Our camps are divided by grade level: 1st–2nd grades, 3rd–4th grades, 5th–6th grades, and 7th–8th grades. We understand and expect that many of our campers have extensive knowledge of particular subjects and may be intellectually and artistically gifted. We design our camp curricula with a wide range of abilities in mind for each developmental stage. The material and instruction in each camp are designed to be age appropriate and developmentally suitable.
If you are registering for Summer Camp, we recommend registering your camper for the grade he or she will enter in the fall of that year. If your child is between age groups, you may choose either group.
If your preferred week of camp is already full, you can join the waitlist via email on a first-come, first-served basis. There is no cost to join a waitlist and no obligation to sign up once you’re on it. If you would like to join a waitlist, please email HMAcamps@high.org and include the week of camp, age group, name of camper, and phone number.
We will contact you immediately as soon as a spot opens up for the week you are waitlisted for. If we do not hear back from you within 24 hours, we reserve the right to offer the spot to the next person on the waitlist.
Any cancellation or change made more than two weeks before your child’s first day of camp carries an administrative fee of $25; if you cancel your registration before the two-week deadline, you will receive a refund less the $25 fee. No refunds can be given for cancellations made less than two weeks prior to the start of the selected camp.
The High reserves the right to cancel any camp that does not meet minimum enrollment (six campers) or for other unforeseen circumstances. We will do our best to notify families at least one week prior to the start of a camp session if a particular camp is canceled. Any payments made toward a week of camp that the High Museum cancels will be eligible for a refund or can be applied to another camp if space permits.
It’s okay but not recommended. Our curriculum and gallery excursions unfold over the five days of camp, each building on the one before it. You are welcome to sign up and plan on missing days, but we are unable to prorate the cost of the camp week.
Absolutely! Registration is by week, and each week of camp is a separate session with its own theme. You are welcome to register your child for as many weeks as you like.
At this time, we do not offer before care. Aftercare can be added to your registration for $50/week. Aftercare is from 4 to 6 p.m. each day of camp. During this time, campers will play games, create small art projects, and participate in other indoor activities.
Yes! Each camper should bring a non-perishable, NUT-FREE lunch and a drink or water bottle. We are unable to refrigerate or microwave food. Due to concerns about food allergies, campers may not share food. Campers will have lunch outside if the weather permits.
If your child arrives at camp without a lunch, we will call a parent/guardian to bring a lunch for the camper. We are unable to provide food and do not permit campers to purchase food during camp.
Please note that this is a sample day of camp and activities and times are subject to change.
9–9:15 a.m. Warm-up activity, games, sketching
9:15–10:15 a.m. Project
10:15–10:30 a.m. Snack time and bathroom break
10:30–11:15 a.m. Time in the galleries
11:15–11:30 a.m. Return to workshop, bathroom break
11:30 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Lunch on the piazza
12:30–2 p.m. Project
2–3 p.m. Time in the galleries
3:15–3:30 p.m. Return to workshop, bathroom break, pack up for carpool
Campers need to bring a nut-free lunch and a drink or water bottle. We are unable to provide any food. There are multiple water fountains around the Museum where campers can drink or refill their bottles.
Campers should wear comfortable and layered clothing that can get messy with art materials. Please be aware that some art materials, such as acrylic paint, can be difficult to remove from clothing. Smocks and aprons are available for use in our workshops.
Please leave electronics, stuffed animals, trading cards, and other toys at home. Museum staff are not responsible for ensuring the safety and care of any such items, nor will be liable for such items.
Monday morning, please come to the High Museum’s Education Center to check your child in between 8:30 and 9 a.m. You will also receive a carpool number at this time. The Education Center is located on the corner of 16th Street and Peachtree Street. You can park in the Woodruff Arts Center parking deck (free for the first 30 minutes) and follow the signs along 16th Street to the Education Center. Parking is prohibited along 16th Street.
The rest of the week, you will drop off and pick up your camper on 16th Street outside of the Education Center. There will be signs for High Museum Camp, and camp staff will greet you outside. If you are walking or coming from MARTA, please also drop off and pick up here.
Morning drop-off: We are unable to take campers any earlier than 8:30 a.m. Please wait with your camper until a staff member arrives.
Afternoon pickup: Please make sure that you have your carpool number visible before you enter the carpool line. We will walk campers out from 3:30 to 4 p.m. After 4 p.m., aftercare begins. You can pull into the carpool lane, turn on your hazard lights, and walk up to the Education Center doors to check out your child.
Yes! We recommend carpooling within High Museum Camps. You must have carpool information in writing, emailed to HMAcamps@high.org at least 12 hours in advance. If your child will be carpooling all week, you can let us know at check-in and we will give all campers going home together the same carpool number. We are unable to assist with Alliance Theatre Camp carpool.
If you are picking up another camper: Please email us the name and carpool numbers of your camper(s) and the camper(s) you will be picking up.
If your child is going home with another parent: Please email us the name and carpool numbers of your camper(s) and the name of the parent who will be picking them up.
Every week, campers will get to exhibit all of the artwork they have created. The art show will be on the final day of camp, from 3:15 to 4 p.m. All art shows are drop-in style in the Education Center workshops, and guests are encouraged to attend.
Parents and guests should enter through the Education Center. Anyone coming to the art show can get $5 parking at Woodruff Arts Center parking deck and follow the signs along 16th Street to the Education Center. Parking is prohibited on 16th Street.