Welcome to Frankford Friends School’s All-New Summer Program!

Whether your child is making meaningful friendships, learning how to work as part of a team, gaining independence, or developing the confidence to try new things, one thing is for certain:

Frankford Friends offers a summer that your child won’t soon forget.

Get ready for a summer packed with innovation and exploration.  We're here to unravel the wonders of engineering through play, teamwork, discovery, hands-on experiments, and creative tinkering. Students also enjoy choice time in the art, ceramics, and music studios, the gym, the makerspace, and the LEGO Lab, combining in a magical session of summer fun.

Filled with innovation, exploration, and endless fun, our program for children in PreKindergarten to 5th grade, combines the best elements of a day camp with the safety, nurturing environment, and exceptional teaching Frankford Friends is known for. Children will be placed in age-appropriate groups to ensure maximum fun and student safety.

In addition to engineering and exploration sessions, we'll hang out in the gym, create art and ceramics, play entertaining community games, and still have plenty of time for free play and socialization.

All participants get exclusive access to cutting-edge tools, including the laser cutter, 3D printer, and various fabrication tools to help them transform concepts into tangible creations.

And what's a summer without water? Relax in the 'Mist'ical Forest, a specially designed water area in our half-acre, stormwater-designed, outdoor green space, where everyone can cool off and have a blast!

Come join the excitement!

We welcome all curious children entering PreKindergarten through fifth grade who love to learn, be creative, and have fun.

The summer program runs from 7:45am to 3:00pm with an optional Extended Day add-on until 4:30pm.

Ottermobile service available from South Philadelphia/ Center City and Fishtown/Northern Liberties ($300 per session). Contact Kevin to be added to the Ottermobile waiting list.

Age Groups
Students will be placed in groups based on age and grade level, created for maximum fun and student safety.

All students have opportunities to choose between activities in the art and ceramics studio, the gym, and the music and LEGO labs. Students who wish may participate in reading and math enrichment sessions.

All faculty are experienced teacher leaders from Frankford Friends School and other area schools, who are supported by the Director and other staff members.

FFS takes safety seriously and has a comprehensive safety plan in place to ensure the well-being of its students, staff, and visitors, including emergency preparedness, security measures, health and medical protocols, and clear guidelines on behavior, bullying prevention, and conflict resolution.

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Session 1: June 17-28, 2024

Kid Constructors:
Building the Future, One Structure at a Time

From crafting catapults to building bridges and designing parachutes, every day promises new challenges and a chance to explore the way things work. Students learn about the importance of testing their designs by running their structures through a gauntlet of challenges to find out what will change the trajectories of their trebuchets or keep their skyscraper standing through an earthquake.

Cost: $890

Session 2: July 8-19, 2024

There’s a Machine in My Toy Box:
Mechanical Marvels

Embark on an exhilarating journey into the world of tinkering and invention. From brainstorming sessions to prototype building, each day is filled with excitement as kids unleash their imaginations and explore various aspects of inventing. Whether it's tinkering with toys to see how they work, designing a futuristic gadget, engineering a sustainable solution, or crafting a new game, campers will bring their ideas to life. Our supportive environment fosters collaboration, resilience, and confidence, empowering young inventors to embrace innovation with enthusiasm.

Cost: $890

Session 3: July 22 - August 2, 2024

Shooting for the Stars:
Adventures in Space Engineering

Unravel the mysteries of switches, circuits, and electronic wizardry through constructing our very own space stations powered by electricity and looking to the stars, bringing the marvels of the night sky to life in dazzling displays of light and imagination.

Cost: $890

Session 4: August 5-16, 2024

Lights! Camera! Action!:
Indie Movies and Catchy Beats

Throughout this journey, we’ll develop storytelling skills and gain hands-on experience in every aspect of movie production. From crafting melodies to building sets, designing costumes, and learning the art of capturing moments on film, we'll emerge as versatile creators ready to conquer the world of cinema.

Cost: $890

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Director of Summer Programs, Rae Burns

Welcome! I am thrilled to be the Director of Summer Programs this year! I was the Program Director at NLArts for six years and am well acquainted with creating fun and engaging summer programs. With a BFA in Printmaking and Photography from Tyler School of Art, Temple University and my history as an elementary school educator, I am looking forward to working with teachers and students to explore the world of Engineering this summer at FFS!


All students entering Preschool through Fifth Grade

Tuition and Fees:
$890.00 per session

We are pleased to offer a discounted tuition plan dependent upon the number of sessions a child attends. Please note that all eligibility for discounts expires on May 1st and is contingent on space available in each session. To ensure the best opportunity, please register your child early.

4 sessions - discount of $500 ($125 per session)
3 sessions - discount of $300 ($100 per session)
2 sessions - discount of $100 ($50 per session)

Is tuition assistance available?
Current or incoming FFS students who receive tuition assistance may apply for aid. If you believe you may qualify, please contact Kathy Barry at kbarry@frankfordfriends.org.

To Register:
Students entering grades PreKindergarten through 5th grade can enroll for one or more two-week sessions. Full details and a link to enroll will be posted on our website soon. Enrollment opens on January 5th.

Inquiries: Please reach out to our Summer Programs Director, Rae Burns, at summerprogram@frankfordfriends.org or at 215-533-5368.

About Frankford Friends School

Located just two blocks from the Market-Frankford line in the heart of Philadelphia, Frankford Friends School boasts nearly two centuries of experience in educating and captivating young minds.