Spring Break Arts Camps now enrolling!

You don’t have to wait for summer to engage with the arts! Join us over spring break (March 21–25) for unique and fun arts learning experiences. You’ll find favorites from COCA’s popular Summer Arts Camps as well as a few surprises, all taught by COCA’s faculty of amazing and experienced teaching artists. In-person camps available for ages 5–10.

At COCA, your health and safety are of the utmost importance. In-person camps adhere to COCA’s Health & Safety Procedures.

Why Spring Break Camps at COCA?

Our Amazing Faculty
Our campers enjoy a unique and fun-filled experience taught by professional artists and teachers! COCA’s talented teaching artists also work professionally as exhibiting artists or performers throughout the region.

Our Personalized Approach 
We provide a safe, comfortable, arts-learning environment where our campers can truly enjoy art and the art-making process. Many of our camps are multidisciplinary and are taught by multiple teaching artists. COCA camps are designed to engage all types of learners.

Presentations & Performances
Campers learn in a fun, relaxed environment where they can express their creativity and gain self-confidence. Family and friends are invited to performances and exhibitions (as noted) spotlighting the work created throughout the week.

No Extra Fees
All art supplies, groceries, technology supplies and equipment, as well as field trips, are included (when applicable) in the camp price.

Inclusion Services  

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), COCA provides a variety of auxiliary aids and services to help campers with communication disabilities fully engage in our programs. We ask for as much advance notice as possible, so we can work with the camper’s parent or guardian to determine the best plan of action and have time to arrange for reasonable modifications or services necessary. Contact the Registration Office at registration@cocastl.org or 314.561.4898 for more information.

Camp Frequently Asked Questions

How do I register my camper?

Early registration is encouraged; many camps fill up quickly.

Online: Browse camps and register through COCA’s secure server here.
If you have taken classes at COCA before, you already have an account.

By Mail*: Send your registration form and payment (CHECK ONLY) to:
COCA, Attn: Registration | 6880 Washington Avenue | St. Louis, MO 63130

*Credit card registrations are not accepted by mail.

In Person: Visit the Registration Office during office hours.

Faxed and phone registrations are not accepted.

Registration Confirmation: COCA will email confirmation of your registration. If you have not received confirmation within two weeks, please contact the Registration Office at 314.561.4898.

Registration Deadline: Patrons can register for a week of camp up until the Sunday before the camp starts.

Are Before Care and After Care available?

COCA offers supervised Before Care and After Care for campers ages 5+. Register at the same time you register for camps. An entirely outdoor Before Care & After Care area is available upon request. Some exclusions apply for off-site camps—see specific camp descriptions for details. 

What is the Camp Schedule?

7:30–9:00AM | Before Care
8:50–9:00AM | Morning and Full-Day Camp Drop Off
9:00–11:45AM | Morning Camps
11:45AM | Morning Camp Pick Up
9:00AM–3:00PM | Full-Day Camps
12:05–12:15PM | Afternoon Camp Drop Off
12:15–3:00PM | Afternoon Camps
3:00PM | Afternoon and Full-Day Camp Pick Up
3:00–6:00PM | After Care

Children waiting in hallways and lobbies before and after camps are NOT supervised by staff or faculty.

What should my camper wear?

Campers should wear comfortable clothing in which they can paint, move, and play, and closed-toe shoes. Special dancewear requirements, when needed, will be included in your camper’s confirmation email. Masks are to be worn on the COCA campus in both indoor and outdoor spaces.

Do campers bring their own lunch/snacks?

Full-day campers and campers staying for both morning and afternoon camps have a supervised lunch period. Full-day campers should bring a lunch, drink, and two snacks. Half-day campers should bring one snack (soda and juice machines available).

There is no refrigerator or microwave available. An allergy-free table is available.

Does my camper's age matter?

Camps are for students ages 5–10, and students should be the appropriate age for the camp in which they are participating. Below are reasons why we believe that being the appropriate age is important:

  • The age ranges are broad already.
  • The quality of camps remains higher if we stay true to the ages and participating campers are closer to the same age socially.

How do I transfer or withdraw my child from camp?

COCA offers the opportunity for students to transfer to another camp if space is available. Transfers must be submitted before the start of the student’s camp. The Registration Office will contact the student if there is a difference in tuition.

Withdrawing from Camp

Tuition fees will be refunded, less a $25.00 processing fee per camp, if a withdrawal form is submitted by March 1, 2022.

What are COCA's Health & Safety Procedures for Spring Break Arts Camps?

Our priority is always the health and well-being of our stakeholders. Masks are to be worn at all times on the COCA campus. For a full list of COCA’s protocols and what patrons should expect, visit cocastl.org/campus-safety.

Is financial assistance available?

COCA offers financial assistance for Spring Break Camps. Apply early; limited funds available.

Applications available online here or in the Registration Office. Letters notifying applicants of their status will be emailed and registration will be available at that time.