We currently run five in-school programs, five after-school programs and seven summer camp sessions in San Francisco, San Mateo, Marin, and Alameda counties. All together, we serve around 1,200 campers each year. In each of these programs children are cast in an original musical theater production, written by our own dedicated artistic staff. These productions are infinitely flexible and can be tailored to fit the needs of each unique group that we work with. They include songs and dances from various styles and time periods all based around a common theme and positive message. Students work together to build the production from the ground up, culminating in a performance for friends, fellow students, and family.
Our newest program, reACTion, brings our after-school programming to under-served children in the San Francisco Mission. We started out with a free one-week camp this past summer for low-income families, and this fall, we are expanding that program for the school year!
Studies have shown that arts education benefits kids from low-socioeconomic backgrounds through social-emotional development. By modeling pro-social behaviors—all while having a blast putting together an original musical and learning new techniques in song, dance, and drama—students gain vital skills that they take with them on their education journey. Continued interest in school, reduced rates of depression in adolescence, and elevated rates of pursuing higher education are just a few of those benefits!
Before we were known as Kid Stock, Inc., we operated under the name of Sunshine Band, and our 3:30-5:30 p.m. Wednesday after-school program in San Francisco's Sunset District still bears that name in honor of those beginnings.
Usually, we’d start by describing the plot of a musical. This fall, however, we have a new spin. Instead of simply debuting a pre-written musical, Sunshine Band participants will help make it up! The characters have yet to be named, and the settings yet to be discovered. With children's creativity in mind, Kid Stock is offering a new type of drama program.
Not only do students rotate through workshops in drama, signing, and dance, they also are given a unique look at the process of building a new production from plot to script and costumes to stage. And with a little direction, their show will come to life! It’s the same Sunshine Band returning students know and love. This time, it just includes a little plot twist.
Our fall session will focus on story development, followed by a preview recital. During the spring, we will rehearse the show, iron out the kinks, and put on a full-blown debut production! Join us.
Does your child go to school nearby? Get more info about arranging a supervised walk over from school to our rehearsal space at our FAQ.
Summer Stock is our flagship summer camp program, celebrating its 20th year of operation in 2012. Kid Stock summer day camps are three weeks long and culminate in a final performance.
From the hours of 9:00AM to 3:00PM, campers rotate through workshops in drama, dance, singing, and art, working with their peers and staff members to put together a performance and create visual projects that support the theme of each show. They’re also given snack and lunch breaks each day, with plenty of time to play outside and enjoy the company of friends new and old.
The performance, which takes place at 4:00PM on the final Thursday of each session, unless otherwise noted, is free to the public. All family and friends are encouraged to attend.
Camps are priced based on the number of days: 15-day sites are $800, and 14-day sites are $750. We offer an early bird discount for the first 12 students who pay in full. As soon as registrations open, enrollment may be secured with a nonrefundable $150 deposit.
Currently, Kid Stock, Inc. offers in-school and after-school programs on a contractual basis. We work with the schools we serve to create a program that best suits each institution’s needs.
If you are an administrator and are interested in having a Kid Stock program at your school, please contact our office and we would be happy to arrange a meeting with you.