September 28, 2016

summer camps

2018 Summer Camp Information

We love summer.

Summer is magical! Everyone should have wondrous memories of their childhood summers and Little Shop of Stories strives to be a part of creating them. We love hosting weekly camps – most of which are book related — and filling the shop with the extraordinary sounds of kids doing kid things. We love making books come alive, and we love spending time with your kids. Here are some things to know about our camps:

  • Camps run from 9am-4pm every day. We provide a morning and afternoon snack, and kids are required to bring their own lunches and water bottles.
  • All of our camps take place in our upstairs loft here at the shop, but we take walking field trips around the square and to Ebster pool.
  • All camps cost $350 except Camp Be The Change ($280 – this is a four-day camp).
  • Once again each of our camps will be peanut (and tree nut) free. Some of our campers have serious allergies and we feel that this is the most effective means of addressing this.

And here’s some information about registration. In an effort to be fair, here are our guidelines for signing up for camp:

  • Camp registration begins on Saturday, February 10th at 9 a.m. Registration must be done in person by the child’s parent or legal guardian.
  • Our camps are extremely popular (Hogwarts!) and some will fill up within the first hour or two of registration. Yes, we know it’s crazy. We just wanted to warn you.
  • However, other camps won’t fill up during the first day … or even the first week. So if you’re turned off by the long, cold line, feel free to stop by later on Saturday to check out what’s still available. We can’t make any promises, but we want to dispel the rumor that ALL camps will be full by 10 am.
  • While in line on Saturday morning, you may not save spots for your friends. No line cutters! Let’s set a good example for our kids here!
  • There is a $100 deposit per camp. In case of cancellation, $50 is NONREFUNDABLE. In case of cancellation within 21 days of the start of camp, the entire $100 deposit is nonrefundable.

We request that all camp deposits and other payments be made with checks. While we’ll take cash and credit cards payments, checks serve to help (immensely) with record keeping.

You can also sign up for our annual Little Shop Slumber Party!

Here’s the lineup for this summer!


Little Shop Slumber Party!!!

April 27-28 (5pm – 9am) | Current 3-5 Graders

With Krista & Sunny

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $100

Are you a girl currently in the 3rd-5th grade? Do you love sleepovers? Have you ever wondered what goes on at Little Shop of Stories after hours? Now’s your chance to find out! Miss Krista and Miss Sunny are hosting a girls-only slumber party at the bookstore! Join us for an unforgettable evening of playing games, eating pizza and popcorn, watching movies, reading books, making crafts, sharing secrets, telling stories, and trying to get some sleep (no promises)! Breakfast will be provided in the morning. Just bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, toothbrush, your favorite doll or stuffed animal, and a smile! Cost is $100. All proceeds will benefit On The Same Page, our community-wide reading initiative, bringing families together around the same book. Space is limited to 20 girls. You must register in advance at Little Shop, or by phone at 404-373-6300.


Camp Be The Change

May 29 – June 1 | Rising 3-5 Graders (note that this is a four-day camp)

With Sunny & Krista

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $280

Calling all young social activists! Ghandi said, “Be the change you wish to see in the world,” and in this camp, which is back for its second year due to popular demand, we explore all of the amazing ways kids can make a difference in the world around them. We’ll learn about influential figures in history who have fought to make the world a better place, from Susan B. Anthony to Representative John Lewis. We’ll also learn about kids that are taking a stand and changing their communities. This camp will cover a wide range of topics from random acts of kindness to civil liberties. We’ll have fun exploring ways to improve and support our own community – volunteering, planting trees, writing petitions, creating public art, and so much more. You’re never too young to change the world!


Camp Mythos

June 4 – 8 | Rising 2-4 Graders

With Justin & Heather

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Young heroes, seeking adventure, know this: before you can undertake your quest, you must first understand the trials of ancient heroes as they faced the gods and monsters of yesteryear! Camp Mythos is an exploration of all things mythology– we will play games, make crafts, and do activities based on myths from around the world! If you know about the war of the Titans in Greek mythology, the power of Dragons in Chinese mythology, if you know that Osiris was the first mummy, or the name of Thor’s hammer, then this camp is for you!


The Monster Files

June 11 – 15 | Rising 2-4 Graders

With Jason & Heather

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Are you curious about Chupacabras, baffled by Bigfoots (Bigfeet?), flummoxed by folklore? Join us as we look for the Loch Ness Monster, yowl with the yeti, and jump with the jackalope! At Monster Files camp we will hunt down the truth behind these curious creatures of legend! Join the Little Shop League of Monster Hunters to learn all about the mysterious creatures of myth and folklore, track them, and maybe even invent some of our own!


Goody for Girls! Camp

June 18 – 22 | Rising 3-5 Graders

With Sunny & Krista

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Get ready for a special week for girls only, inspired by the achievements of real women. From Amelia Earhart to Julia Child, from Coco Chanel to Alice Coachman, from Frida Kahlo to Annette Kellerman, from Lucille Ball to Sonia Sotomayor, women throughout history have been making waves and doing incredible things! Each day at camp, we learn about different women and their achievements, and then do activities inspired by these role models. In past years at Goody for Girls Camp we have learned to synchronized swim, learned first aid, put on talent shows, had mock trials, designed our own clothes, learned secret codes, performed choreographed dances, baked cookies, run relay races, created flower arrangements, flown paper airplanes, and started petitions.  And we promise even more excitement and fun this year! Goody for Girls Camp is full of activities, art, and adventures that celebrate everything girls can be and do. This super-fun camp will encourage, challenge, and bring out the best in your girl.


Comics Camp

June 25 – 29 | Rising 4-6 Graders

With Jason & Karen

Maximum Enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

Draw, baby Draw! You know when you get caught doodling and reading comics instead of doing homework or your chores? Well, Comics Camp is exactly like that without the homework and chores. This summer, discover how to cartoon your heart out as we make comics. Whether you like comic books, graphic novels, comic strips, or webcomics, you’ll learn all about how to design, pencil, and ink your ideas and turn them into comics! In addition, this year’s Comics Camp will finish with a bang as every camper will make comics to sell at our 3rd Annual LittleCon, the only comics convention exclusively for kid cartoonists! (Want to know more about LittleCon? Here’s a write up from the Huffington Post from a couple of years ago.)

Please note: This camp has sold out. A wait list has been started.


Magic Tree House Camp

July 9 – 13 | Rising 1-2 Graders

With Sunny & Matt

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Calling all boys and girls who hunger for adventure and knowledge! The upstairs of Little Shop of Stories has turned into a giant Magic Tree House and it’s whisking campers off to different places in history just like Jack and Annie.  Join us for a week of dinosaurs, ninjas, cowboys, mummies, wild animals, magic tricks, and so much more! We’ll spend lots of time doing games, activities, and crafts based on each place we’ll visit. Please note that it is helpful if your camper is familiar with the Magic Tree House series before starting camp.

A camper may only attend one week of Magic Tree House Camp.

Please note: This camp has sold out. A wait list has been started.


Magic Tree House Camp

July 16 – 20 | Rising 1-2 Graders

With Sunny & Hannah

Maximum enrollment: 20

Cost: $350

Calling all boys and girls who hunger for adventure and knowledge! The upstairs of Little Shop of Stories has turned into a giant Magic Tree House and it’s whisking campers off to different places in history just like Jack and Annie. Join us for a week of dinosaurs, ninjas, cowboys, mummies, wild animals, magic tricks, and so much more! We’ll spend lots of time doing games, activities, and crafts based on each place we’ll visit. Please note that it is helpful if your camper is familiar with the Magic Tree House series before starting camp.

A camper may only attend one week of Magic Tree House Camp.

Please note: This camp has sold out. A wait list has been started.


Camp Hogwarts

July 23 – 27 | Rising 3-5 Graders

With Madison & Hannah & Karen

Maximum enrollment: 24

Cost: $350

The Ministry of Magic is pleased to announce that 24 lucky young Witches and Wizards will be accepted to the Hogwarts Camp of Witchcraft and Wizardry this summer. All students will receive training in Potions, Divination, Charms, Care of Magical Creatures, and Defense Against the Dark Arts.  All students will be required to sit for their O.W.L.s (Ordinary Wizarding Levels) at the end of the week- NO EXCEPTIONS.  In addition to lessons, students may participate in extracurricular activities, including Quidditch. However, loss of limb will not excuse you from completing assignments. Please note: It is important that all students have read at least the first book in the Harry Potter series, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone, to fully experience this camp.

A camper may only attend one week of Camp Hogwarts.

Please note: This camp has sold out. A wait list has been started.


Camp Hogwarts

July 30 – August 3 | Rising 3-5 Graders

Please see description under July 23rd.

City of Decatur schools are back in session this week (as is Atlanta), but DeKalb County starts on August 6th. Most private schools start on the 6th or later. So we’ve added this extra week of Hogwarts!

A camper may only attend one week of Camp Hogwarts.

Please note: This camp has sold out. A wait list has been started.