School Breaks Arts Programs


Our School Breaks Arts Programs offer enriching and fun opportunities for young students during their time away from school.

The President’s Week, Spring Break and Summer Arts Programs foster creativity, encourage exploration, and provide a positive and nurturing environment. Drawing on BAX’s year-round education programs, students explore different disciplines (including circus, dance, music, theater, tumbling, and visual arts), while balancing fun creative play activities throughout the day/week.

BAX also offers daylong intensive Master Classes for young artists ages 11-14 that coincide with the Spring Break Arts Program. These exciting classes provide students with an opportunity to explore BAX’s signature Dance, Theater, and AcroBAX programming with BAX Faculty. Students are expected to have prior experience with their chosen discipline (minimum of two prior classes). For more information about these master classes, click HERE.

2018 President's Week Arts ProgramMonday, Feb. 19- Friday, Feb. 23, 2018Grades K-5thProgram Schedule & Registration
2018 Spring Break Arts ProgramMonday, Apr. 2- Friday, Apr. 6, 2018Grades K-5thProgram Schedule & Registration
2018 Spring Break Master ClassesTuesday, Apr.3-Thursday, Apr. 5, 2018Ages 10-14Program Schedule & Registration
2018 Summer Arts ProgramMonday, Jul. 2 - Friday, Aug. 17, 2018Entering Grades K-6thProgram Schedule & Registration

Program Staff:

Our School Breaks Director, Andrew Jannetti is a full-time dance educator with the NYC DOE and the newly appointed President of the New York State Dance Education Association. His choreography has been presented at venues throughout New York, and he has been teaching and directing programs at BAX since our doors opened in 1991.

The rest of our staff is made up of Group Leaders, Junior and Senior Counselors, and Guest Arts Specialists. Group leaders have strong backgrounds working with youth and are often experienced teaching artists as well. The counselor staff is made up of high school and college-aged arts enthusiasts and many are program alumni! Our guest arts specialists are professionals creating and performing throughout NYC and beyond. BAX is proud to have a high return of staff each year and has an excellent staff to child ratio (at least 1:6).

The program is overseen by the School Breaks Director and Education Department staff:

Program Staff  
Andrew JannettiSchool Breaks
Lucia SchecknerEducation
Casey Hayes-DeatsEducation
Donna Costello(SBAP trainer) Education Programs Consultant
and Lead Facilitator

How it Works:

We offer flexible registration to meet your scheduling needs. Sign up by the day for our President’s Week and Spring Break Arts Programs, and by the week for our Summer Arts Programs.

No particular talent or experience necessary. We welcome all curious and creative students! If your child has special needs, please let us know upon registering so we can work with you to determine our program capacity and ensure a safe and quality program experience.  

  • Drop off begins at 8:30am
  • Program runs from 9:00am-3:00pm
  • Optional Extended Day runs from 3:00-5:45pm

Students bring their own lunch. BAX supplies two healthy snacks a day of crackers and fruit.

During the Summer Arts Program, students go outside each day to enjoy lunch and playtime in the nearby JJ Byrne Playground and Old Stone House sports field (between 3rd and 4th Streets on 5 Avenue).

Extended Day:

We offer Extended Day Programming to families who prefer a later pick up. During the Extended Day Period, participants will continue to engage in collaborative arts-based activities!

  • Half-time: 3:00-4:45- $15 per day/per child. ($10 per day/per child if arranged and paid for in advance.)
  • Full-time: 3:00-5:45- $20 per day/per child. ($15 per day/per child if arranged and paid for in advance).

(During the summer, GigaBAXers do not need to register for Extended Day on Friday as they have extending program hours until 5:45. See the Performance and Gallery Schedule below.)

Click HERE for Extended Day registration policies.

Summer Performances & Galleries:

During the Summer Arts Program, each week culminates with an opportunity for students to showcase the work, projects, and creations that they have developed during the week. We invite family members and caretakers to attend these informal showings.

NanoBAXers Gallery (Studio A & B) – ​Thursday at 2:30pm
MegaBAXers Gallery (Theater) – ​Friday at 2:30pm
GigaBAXers Gallery (​Theater​) – ​Friday at ​5:15​pm

What Parents Are Saying:

“The staff at BAX is extremely well organized and friendly. They are creative, kind individuals who understand each child’s needs. My daughter was originally enrolled for two days and begged for two more. “

“My son loves BAX so much. He takes classes there and attending the school breaks program is an added bonus. He was usually one to complain about not being free to do what he wants on school breaks, but with BAX there are no complaints. He wants to attend every day and pleads with me for extended day.”

“Last summer we only did one week of BAX camp and a few other weeks at another camp. This year BAX was the ONLY camp my girls wanted to do and wished that they had signed up for more than two sessions! Thanks for putting together such a quality program and delivering it with such enthusiasm and excitement!”

“Jack comes home every day and recites what he learned that day. He’s really engaged!”

“Both my children loved their week at BAX, but my son Elliott had a particularly special experience. He wept on his last day; hugging counselors and crying. He did not want to leave. On the car ride home he continued to sob, clutching the BAX brochure to his chest and whimpering, “BAX. BAX. Milo. Milo.” Clearly the BAX Summer Arts Program made a lasting impression. Amazing. Thank You.”

“My son had a wonderful camp experience. He attended all 7 weeks of camp which worked very well for our family. He adores his counselors and counselors-in-training (CITs). He really responded well to the gentle approach to dealing with any discipline issues. He said that one day he’d like to become a CIT. We’ll be back for sure.”

“The diversity of creative programming exposes my daughter to the arts in a way that invites participation and imagination. My daughter has learned a great deal of information although it is presented as pure fun. She appreciates the information that is conveyed in a way that does not undermine her intellect and it, in fact, engenders her creative growth and confidence.”