Kingswood Camp For Boys

Kingswood Camp, located in the White Mountain National Forest region of New Hampshire, provides a unique New England summer camping experience for boys, ages 8 and up. We are a welcoming community with friendly boys and great counselors. Continue reading “Kingswood Camp For Boys”

The Seconds City – Summer Camps & Weekly Programs

Second City Summer Camps

It all started with children’s games. During the 1920s and 30s, Viola Spolin was working as a social worker at Jane Addams Hull House in Chicago, where her job was to help immigrant children better assimilate into their new surroundings. Spolin created a number of improvisational games that gave the children a hands-on experience at behaving collaboratively and empathetically. Spolin’s son, Paul Sills, was enamored by the games and taught them to his University of Chicago friends, where the true potential of these games to develop material and entertain audiences was uncovered.

The Name

Sills, Bernard Sahlins, and Howard Alk founded the theater as a place where scenes and story were created improvisationally, using the innovative new techniques. The Second City took its self-mocking name from the title of New Yorker writer A.J. Liebling’s 1952 book and opened its doors in December, 1959. Since that snowy Chicago night, Second City’s unique way of fostering talent and creating by ensemble has cultivated generation after generation of the world’s most iconic comedians, actors, writers, directors, and artistic visionaries.

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Los Angeles

Los Angeles is the world capital of the Entertainment Industry; The Second City originally came to California in the 70’s, and is now housed in the heart of it on Hollywood Boulevard. For 59 years The Second City has created a wealth of comedic material from a legendary group of performers such as Tina Fey, John Belushi, Rachel Dratch, Chris Farley, Steve Carell, Keegan-Michael Key and Stephen Colbert. The Training Center follows the traditions developed by these groundbreaking and innovative men and women while encouraging the continued growth and development of the art forms of comedy and improvisation. Today, The Second City Training Center is the largest school of improvisation and sketch comedy in the world.

The Second City Training Center offers a smorgasbord of classes for kids and teens ages 6-18 all year long! In addition to regular class sessions, summer and winter break camps are available. Whether a child is a class clown, an aspiring actor, or a little shy, they’ll love taking a class at The Second City! Students learn to exercise their sense of play through the very same improv games and exercises that are the foundation of The Second City’s unique brand of comedy. Various programming for children and teens ages 6 to 18 helps build confidence, enhance listening and communication skills, and develop their creative side while working as part of an ensemble. Fundamental skills learned with us can be applied to all aspects of life and will stick with students for years to come. Rotating class offerings led by trained faculty members include improv, acting, clowning, stand-up, musical improv, digital writing & more. Specialty programming is available for teens with anxiety or who are on the autism spectrum.

The Second City Hollywood is also home to The Really Awesome Improv Show, voted “Best Kids’ Comedy Show” by LA Magazine.

Saturdays & Sundays at 12noon • $5

The Really Awesome Improv Show

Celebrating an 8yr run! Fun (and appropriate) for all ages, 2yrs-200, The Really Awesome Improv Show features improv games that rely on audience suggestions and participation, is great for the whole family. There’s a rotating cast so you’ll see different faces and games each week. Great for birthday parties and family outings!

  • “Best Kids’ comedy Show” -LA Magazine
  • “Your kids get to act like goofballs. Highly recommended.” -Patton Oswalt
  • “Had a BLAST at this show. Kids (and adults) will LOVE!” -Susan Yeagley
  • “A most impressive, quick on their feet (and wit) troupe.” -Tolucan Times
  • “Had a blast and were laughing like crazy. Thanks, Second City!” -Goldstar

We offer a variety of classes for students, ages 6-100, at any level of experience. Whether a seasoned performer or someone who’s never been onstage, you are encouraged to take classes with us. Our students come from a diverse array of backgrounds, each with a unique accomplishment they wish to achieve with our courses. Whatever your reasons for taking classes with us, we are here to support you and help you grow your skills. Please do not hesitate to contact our offices with any questions or concerns you might have. There are many places in Los Angeles that you can learn the art of improvisation but we are so confident in our history, teachers, curriculum and our amazingly supportive community that we would like to give you a 15% discount on your first class, using code: FIRST!



Spend part of your winter break at The Second City in our comedy camps! Campers exercise their sense of play through improv games and exercises that are the foundation of The Second City’s unique brand of comedy. Teachers will work with these young improvisers to help enhance their ability to communicate with others and develop confidence in their own creativity while working as part of an ensemble. No experience is needed. Camps end with a show where the students show off what they’ve learned!

Monday-Friday • 9am-3:30pm • Students rotate through three subjects daily: Improv,  Sketch Comedy, Musical Improv

  • Camp 1: December 17-21 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • Camp 2: December 26-29 · Wed-Fri 9-3:30pm · $237
  • Camp 3: January 2-4 · Wed-Fri 9-3:30pm · $237

The Second City improv


Our summer comedy camps attract students from all over the world to learn improv, make friends, and perform on our stage! No previous experience is needed. Camps end with a show where the students show off what they’ve learned! Subject rotation for each age group listed below. Each camp ends with a performance on our stage!


Each day students rotate through two subjects: Improv, Musical Improv

Monday through Friday 9am – 12:45pm

  • June 17-21 · Mon-Fri 9-12:45pm · $225
  • July 1-3 · Mon-Fri 9-12:45pm · $135
  • Aug 5-9 · Mon-Fri 9-12:45pm · $225


Each day students rotate through three subjects: Improv, Sketch Comedy, Musical Improv

Monday through Friday, 9am-3: 30 pm

  • June 10-14 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • June 17-21 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • June 24-28 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • July 1-3 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $237
  • July 8-12 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • July 15-19 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • July 22-26 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • July 29-Aug 2 · Mon-Fri 9-3: 30 pm · $395
  • Aug 5-9 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • Aug 12-16 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395


Each day students rotate through three subjects: Improv, Sketch Comedy, Musical Improv

Monday through Friday, 9am-3: 30 pm

  • June 24-28 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • July 8-12 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • July 15-19 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395
  • Aug 5-9 · Mon-Fri 9-3:30pm · $395

What kind of kid is yours? Shy kid? Class clown? Smart-aleck? Get them into these classes that will feed what they need. They will learn improv exercises and games. No experience needed. Each term is 7 weeks long and designed to be taken several times.

  • Kids & Teen Improv (Ages 6-18) · Saturdays · 10AM-12PM  (1/12-2/23)
  • Kids & Teen Improv (Ages 6-18) · Sundays · 10AM-12PM  (1/13-3/3)

 The Second City improv


These classes are made available for homeschool kids, but everyone is welcomed!!

  • Home School Improv (ages 13-18) · Tuesdays · 11-1pm (1/15-3/19)
  • Home School Improv (ages 13-18) · Tuesdays · 1-3pm (1/17-3/21)
  • Home School Improv (ages 8-12) · Thursdays · 11-1pm (1/15-3/19)
  • Home School Improv (ages 8-12) · Thursdays · 1-3pm (1/17-3/21)



This Weekday Teen Improv class meets on Mondays from 4-6pm or Wednesdays from 4-6pm. You can enroll in one day or both.

  • Weekday Improv (Ages 13-18) · Mondays · 12-2PM (11/5-12/10)
  • Weekday Improv (Ages 13-18) · Mondays · 4:30-6: 30 PM (11/5-12/10)
  • Weekday Improv (Ages 13-18) · Wednesdays · 12-2PM (11/7-12/12)
  • Weekday Improv (Ages 13-18) · Wednesdays · 4:30-6: 30 PM (11/7-12/12)



Teen Sketch is a quick and fun entry into the world of sketch comedy writing. This is an exercise-based class WITH NO GRADES (woohoo!) that is all about generating ideas and exploring point of view while learning some terminology along the way. Homework includes watching TV, Youtube clips and writing your own sketches!!!! Gain enough Experience Points (XP) and you are ready to Level Up. All culminating in a performance for your friends and family.



Discover and express your unique comedic voice and develop your personal style as a stand-up comedian. We will focus on generating original material, building stage presence and celebrating your take on the world.



A class for teens looking to improve their on-camera acting, auditioning and self-tape skills. Students are provided with sides each week to perform but are encouraged to bring in scenes or auditions that they are working on. This class is designed to take actors to the next level of their craft, whether just starting out, or auditioning and working regularly.



Learn the basic skills of acting. Monologues, scenes & exercises are used to examine techniques an actor uses to establish a character. In this course, students discover skills found in the physical, emotional, intellectual and spiritual aspects of the human condition. Exercises include movement, sense memory, personalization, objective, beat work and beginning text analysis. Learn about auditioning as well as working in the business.


  • ”She absolutely loved every minute of camp. I can’t tell you how excited she was each morning. She couldn’t stop talking about it or working on sketches. She will definitely be back next summer. You made this a great experience.”   – Irene Z.
  • ”Naomi was in teen camp and had a blast. She made new friends and had so much fun every day. Thank you!” – Bethany R.
  • ”Connor usually hates camp so I was pleasantly surprised when I picked him up the first day to hear him say, he loved it. Hearing his daily recaps of the day and seeing him on stage was really rewarding. Truly grateful. We will be back.” – Court P.
  • “You guys are doing a great job with your kids. Even if they are not actors, improv skills are so essential in life. Learning to think on your feet and just rolling with it have been the two biggest things my kids are getting out of it.” -Asha F. (parent)
  • “So much fun. I definitely want to try it again soon.” Mackenzie Hancsicsak (This Is Us)
  • ”Second City has been such an amazing thing in my life. I look forward to going to class…it’s a great environment and everyone has so much fun.”  –Kiernan Shipka (Mad Men, Sabrina)

The Second City Hollywood

6560 Hollywood Blvd. 90028


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Nike Sports Camps at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort

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Every year, thousands of parents across the country scramble to find ways to keep their children occupied during summer break in a meaningful way.  Booking vacations, visits to relatives, and planning extracurricular activities can challenge even the most organized.  Families with young athletes especially struggle to identify the right sports camps. The solution comes down to a combination of location, quality of instruction and value.

Rising Star Sports Ranch has the answer – again

Let’s face it, summer in Nevada is, well, sizzling. Perhaps the only thing hotter than a July day is the opportunity to secure a spot in a high-caliber sports camp with access to an indoor facility. Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort is the place for athletes of all levels to experience training and spend meaningful time at a summer camp. Even better, is the availability of The Barn, Rising Star Ranch’s indoor field house.

softball - rising star sports ranchNike Camps, the largest sports camps network in the world, will once again facilitate its basketball, softball and baseball programs at Rising Star Sports Ranch from June to August of 2019. With ratios averaging 10:1 and less in some cases, Nike camps are known for giving individual attention to take young athletes to the next level.

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“Overnight sports camps contribute in a unique way to an athlete’s development and are vital to building leadership skills, confidence, and learning life skills,” said Rising Star Ranch COO Andre Carrier.

Highlighted by a host of accomplished coaches including softball Olympian Lori Harrigan-Mack, former MLB player and scout for the Chicago Cubs, Tom Myers, and Durango High School Boys’ Basketball Head Coach DeShawn Henry, the facility is the official Nevada home for Nike’s overnight camps.

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One of a kind facility

Outside of ESPN’s Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando, FL, Rising Star Ranch is the only facility in the country to offer both a complete sports training and competition facilities as well as a hotel designed specifically to meet the unique needs of traveling sports teams.

Driven by a vision to improve the overall travel experience for athletes, coaches and parents, Rising Star Ranch COO, Andre Carrier has emphasized the need to create an environment where everyone involved in youth sports tournaments and camps can be their best selves. “As parents, we often say how fast the years fly by with our kids and we should make the most of that time.  The Ranch was not only built for competition but for fun, laughter, learning, and memories. 

The full slate of Nike camps is just part of the training and camp programs at Rising Star Sports Ranch Resort this summer. For a full schedule of events, visit

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Cheley Colorado Summer Camp

Cheley summer camp

Cheley Colorado Summer Camp, located in the Rocky Mountains of Estes Park, Colorado, is internationally recognized as one of the top summer camps in the country.  Owned and operated by the same family since 1921, Cheley offers an amazing summer experience for boys and girls ages 9-17.  Activities include hiking, horseback riding, backpacking, technical climbing, whitewater rafting, sports, crafts and more. Continue reading “Cheley Colorado Summer Camp”

Camp Stewart – Texas Overnight Summer Camps

Since 1924 Camp Stewart has been at the forefront and heart of a movement across Texas to provide a resource and institution for character building and life skills to thousands of young men through intentional play and interpersonal/intrapersonal development in a sleep-away summer camp environment. By pairing quality, instructor-led lessons with fun and engaging daily events and activities, we strive to build positive, growth-based experiences for boys to practice leadership qualities and abilities to help them be motivated and successful in school and at home now as well as throughout their future. Continue reading “Camp Stewart – Texas Overnight Summer Camps”

Girls Soccer – Lake Highlands Girls Classic league

LHGCL girls soccer

In 1973, Bill Kinder, of the newly formed Sting Soccer Club, collaborated with other area youth sports organizations and formed the 13-team High School Girls Soccer League for players under 19. That league evolved into today’s Lake Highlands Girls Classic League. By the late 1990s, the league had expanded into age groups with two divisions each. A qualification tournament was held each summer with additional challenge matches mid-season from the top teams in the Arlington and Plano competitive leagues. In keeping with the “classic league” format, the bottom two teams from each age group are relegated from the league, opening spots to be filled in the QT. As the interest in competitive soccer increased, the number of divisions was expanded to three in each age group. Today, the LHGCL is comprised of 259 teams across the nine age groups. With an average team roster of 18 players, over 4600 young ladies take the field each week in the Girls Classic League. Continue reading “Girls Soccer – Lake Highlands Girls Classic league”

Science Club – SciKidz Dallas

The leader in summer science club & camps.

hands on science, public schools

Most parents understand how important it is for their child to always be growing in some way or another.  Which is why come summertime, many of us worry that our little ones won’t be getting the intellectual stimulation they need to succeed in the coming school year. Continue reading “Science Club – SciKidz Dallas”

Color Me Empowered – Art Classes, Workshops & Summer Camps

art classes

Color Me Empowered feature art classes, workshops & Summer Camps. They provide programming that empowers children and communities through the implementation of civic art and facilitation of quality visual arts education. We envision communities that utilize creative means to generate positive social change.  Our core beliefs focus on these elements: Creativity, Optimism, Kindness, Consistency, Self-Respect, Compassion, Cultural Sensitivity, Sustainability, Teamwork, and Transparency. Continue reading “Color Me Empowered – Art Classes, Workshops & Summer Camps”

Fieldhouse USA

FieldhouseUSA is a league and indoor sports event-based facility located in Frisco, TX. Since opening in 2009, Fieldhouse USA has grown to be a staple in Frisco and its surrounding communities by providing a state of the art facility for people of all ages to participate in recreational leagues, training, and events. Continue reading “Fieldhouse USA”