Summer & Holiday Camps
Kinder, School-Aged, Preteens, Teens

Does your creative child thrive in small groups, a homey atmosphere and being outside?  FAD PAD 2020 camp is for them! F = Fun + A = Art + D = Drama + PAD (an awesome place to hang out) = Innovative, creative and unique camps!  There are a few more openings in the following: Session 1: June 15-19, Session 2: June 22-26, Session 3: June 29-July 3 * STARWITZ~Harry Potter theme, based on : ”Harry Potter and The Order of the Phoenix, Book 5”. We will delve into the magical and imaginary realm of witches and wizards through art, play and drama. Some of the activities include: wands & spell work; Hogwarts Express, the Sorting Hat, Quidditch, creating a patronus, attending the DA and the Department of Mysteries quest. Headmistress ME has been a Harry Potter fan since 1997! Session 4: July 6-10 * Adoptees Connecting Camp (ACC) ~ for adopted children who want to share and explore their adoption in a supportive and playful way with other adoptees. All campers will have many opportunities to celebrate their particular life journey as an adopted person through various art forms: writing, drawing, cooking, yoga, storytelling, mindfulness and drama. Mary Ellen was adopted as an infant and has been exploring adoption in various ways for many years. * Session 5: July 22-26, BOT BOT Camp (a bit of this & a bit of that) Come and enjoy some FAD PAD favorites: cooking, gardening, sewing, and various art projects plus general goofing around! Mary Ellen has so many activities she likes to do with campers- she can’t choose just one! Session 6: July 27-31 * Fairy Camp ~ Calling all fairy fans! Flower and tree fairies await your arrival!   Campers will make fairy furniture using clay, paper, nuts, wood and fabric. We will also spend time playing, singing and dancing in a wide array of fairy costumes.  On Friday we will baking and making treats for our fairy tea party! Since she was a little girl in Indiana, Mary Ellen has enjoyed play acting with her neighbor friends and looks forward to meeting more fairies in her garden! * Session 7: August 6-10 + Gardening & Cooking Camp ~ Come explore Mary Ellen’s big, magical backyard! Campers will harvest organic fruits, vegetables, herbs and flowers that we will use for our yummy cooking projects. Friday Mystery Pot Day is a new camper favorite!  We will be digging in the garden, planting various seeds to take home and learn how to take care of them.  Mary Ellen has enjoyed creating recipes and trying them out since she was a youngster and loves to grow her own food. ALSO~ There is plenty of free time to climb the big loquat tree, swing in the hammock, play in the enchanted & forbidden forests, play with puppets, games, toys and art supplies! M–F, 9a-3p, 6-14 yr, $450, 8 campers max.  Before and After-care for $8 per half hour.  Scholarships and Payment Plans are available. BPN folks get $50 off tuition.  See www.mehstories.com for photos!  Location: Edwards Ave. & HW580/Oak, CA  Mary Ellen Hill has a Masters degree In Earth Justice, an Elementary Education degree, has been a professional storyteller since 1990 and has 35 years experience of teaching in a wide variety of settings. Here is what families say about Mary Ellen:  "You have uplifted, enriched and encouraged our family in so many ways. We are grateful. AND you are fun! " (mom of 9 year old daughter) "Mary Ellen has created a very special place for kids to be themselves while learning to be part of a community and having SO MUCH magical, dramatic and artistic fun indoors and out." (mom of 8 year old daughter and 11 year old son) "I have to say my son, age 8, LOVES your classes and camps.  It is the only place he always wants to go AND jumps out of bed to make sure he is on time"

Mary Ellen Hill
mehstories [at] netzero.com