Summer Camps

Play, Imagine, Discover, Create. Join us for summer fun at Newfields. Participate in weeklong adventures with nature and the arts.  Visit the galleries inside the Indianapolis Museum of Art, a historic mansion (complete with a secret staircase), The Garden bursting with blooms, and an outdoor art and nature park. Learn alongside an accomplished team of educators, experiment with traditional and nontraditional materials, and make a portfolio of artwork to take home.  

How to Register

This year, Summer Camps will be available for Newfields members at the Family level and above. To accommodate as many families as possible who wish to participate in camps, we will be registering families with a lottery. This has improved the registration process and helps ensure that siblings can attend camp together. Lottery applications and camp registrations will be processed according to the following schedule: 

March 4 - 7      Save your credit card in Newfields online ticketing system (VBO) and complete your family lottery application. Family lottery applications will be open starting at 11 a.m. ET on Friday, March 4 through 5 p.m. on Monday, March 7. 

March 8 - 11   Newfields will randomize applications and process registrations. 

March 14 - 18    Newfields will send out wait-list positions for families who were not assigned to a camp. 

March 31          Any remaining unfilled camp spots will be available to purchase online. 

To register, save your credit card number in Newfield’s online purchasing system, then complete a family lottery application. To learn more about the registration process, check out the Camp Lottery FAQ.



If you would like to join a waiting list for any sold out camps, please email with your child's name, age, and desired camps.

NEW FOR 2022

For the safety and well being of our campers, volunteers, staff, and guests, Newfields will maintain the changes made in summer camp 2021 due to the outbreak of Coronavirus (COVID-19). In 2022 summer camp class sizes will be smaller and classes will not be interacting with one another. Campers will be spending more time in the Gardens. If you have questions about any of these changes, please email and we will answer your question as quickly as possible.





Summer Camps at Newfields are designed to accomodate your child's education and artistic needs. 

  • Camps are designed for children ages 5-13 
  • Weeklong sessions take place Monday-Friday with a convenient drop-of time between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. 
  • Low adult-to-student ratio
  • Low capacity to meet COVID-19 protocols
  • All art supplies are included 
  • Lunch and snacks are not included
  • After Care hours are available. Space is limited. 

For the safety of our campers, guests, and staff, a face mask is required for all guests over the age of two in all public spaces at Newfields.



  • Week Long Full-Day Camp: $275
  • 3-Full-Day Camp: $165
  • After Care (4-5:30 p.m.): $50

Tuition is due in full at the time of registration. 


During drop off and pick up, adults should park their cars in the circle just outside the IMA’S ’s main entrance. Campers Ages 5 –13 must be signed in and out by an adult, daily. Campers will be released only to those individuals listed on your Pick Up form. Be sure to bring a picture ID to pick up your camper.  

This year, drop off and pick up times will be offered in 30-minute windows to allow for staggered arrival and departure times. Signs will be visible to guide families to the correct pick-up and drop off locations.   


At drop off each morning camp staff will ask the parent/guardian if the child has had a cough, fever or shortness of breath in the last 72 hours.  If the answer is yes, the camper will NOT be allowed to attend camp until they have been symptom free for 72 hours. If a child is not able to attend camp due to illness, families are eligible for a refund and the fee will be prorated.


Campers will need to bring a lunch, water, and two snacks daily that do not require refrigeration or heating. Campers will be directed to wash their hands before and after eating lunch and snacks. Campers will eat outside when possible. The indoor lunch table will be disinfected before and after campers eat. Campers will not be allowed to drink from the public water fountain, but are able to fill up a reusable water bottle that they bring daily. 


For all visitors, including campers and their guardians, masks are suggested but not required while indoors or outdoors on Newfields’ campus. All Newfields staff, teaching artists, and volunteers will wear masks while indoors.


All cleaning supplies will meet the CDC recommended guidelines for sanitizing surfaces. Each classroom contains the following hygiene items:  

  • Hand Soap/Paper Towels  
  • Hand Sanitizer  
  • Sanitizing Wipes  
  • Sanitizing Spray

All tables, chairs, doorknobs, sinks, counters in the Studios and other communal spaces will be cleaned twice daily. 


Considering the extraordinary circumstances surrounding the spread of the Coronavirus (COVID-19), there are some changes to our cancellation policy. Families will be eligible for a full refund up to April 9. You are eligible to a partial refund, minus $50, from April 10 – May 15, 2022. From May 16 on, no refunds will be given.  

If your child becomes ill during the camp week, families will be eligible for a partial refund of the weekly fee. If a member of your family becomes ill and it is necessary for your child to stay home, your family will be eligible for a partial refund of the weekly fee. The amount will be pro-rated based on the number of days the camper was able to attend.  


Contact Information:

Newfields Tax ID is 35-0867955 

Lead support for Summer Camp Scholarships is provided by The Lacy Foundation. Additional support is provided by Dr. Michelle S. Howenstine and The Jerry L. Burris and Barbara J. Burris Foundation.