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Family Week

Idyllwild Arts Summer Program

Idyllwild Arts’ on-site programs and activities have been cancelled, however, we are reimagining the 2020 Summer Program. Register now for the online ESL & Arts Summer Intensive, and check back soon for more online workshops designed for all ages. 

For more information visit our COVID-19 information page.

Family Week

A Family Adventure Like No Other

June 21 – 27, 2020

Can you imagine exploring creative expression in a magical setting with your entire family?

Your adventure begins at Idyllwild Arts Summer Program Family Week where you and your family can explore a variety of the arts, enjoy outdoor recreation in a stunning mountain setting and share meaningful time together.

Family Week is a summer camp that caters to people of every age. It’s a place where your creative spirit can be entertained, engaged and energized. Choose arts or crafts classes from a variety of disciplines on your own or take them together as a family. You can tailor your own program and schedule to suit your family’s interests.

In the evening you can enjoy live performances, concerts, lectures and games. Be active – making art, hiking, swimming — or inactive, relaxing by the pool or reading a book. With so many workshops and activities available, each member of your family will enjoy a special and memorable experience.

Family Week features seven days and six nights of fun and adventure. All meals and comfortable accommodations are provided so relaxation is optimum.

This is the ideal opportunity for your family to join together for a week-long vacation celebrating your creativity.

Family Week is enormously popular; consequently demand is high and space is extremely limited. Don’t be disappointed, register for Family Week today.


Children’s arts activities are designed to be age-appropriate, educational and fun. You will receive detailed information upon enrollment.

3- & 4-Year Olds: Morning Program

Diaper-free 3- and 4-year-olds meet each morning from 9 a.m. to noon.

Activities include crafts, games and short walks around the campus.

Water-safe children may also participate in afternoon swimming, supervised by our counselors and lifeguards.

5- to 8-Year Olds: Multi-Arts

From 9 a.m. to noon each day, 5- to 8-year-olds will have three 45 minute classes in visual art, dance/movement and creative drama, all taught by experienced professional educators.

Afternoons include recreational activities and games led by counselors.

9- to 14- Year Olds: Focused Arts

Children 9-14 may take full or half-day arts-focused workshops.

9 a.m.-noon slot, choose one of three options as their visual arts focus for the week.

Options generally include painting, drawing, photography, bear-making, ceramic sculpture and handmade books.

Afternoons offer performing arts option such as Musical Theatre or West African Music and Dance, as well as counselor-led recreation programs. All Focused Arts activities are taught by experienced artist-teachers.

15-Years and Older: Your Choice

15-year-olds and older may choose from teen or adult activities.

Adult Activities

Adults can plan to be as busy or as relaxed as you wish. Extensive Family Week offerings are available, along with options to enroll in selected Summer Program Adult and Native American Arts courses at no or minimal extra cost. Offerings and availability vary each year, but in 2016 they included:

Appreciating Shakespeare
Batik & Tie Dye
Bear Making
Book Arts & Artist Books
Cast, Carve & Create
Digital Photography & Imaging
Folk Instruments
Jewelry Making
Musical Improv with Rick & Laura Hall (from TV’s Who’s Line Is It Anyway?)
Plein Air Painting
Silk Painting
Stone Carving
Upcycle Designing
Writing for Your Life

In addition, 24 practice rooms are equipped with fine pianos for your playing pleasure.

Although many Family members fill the days with as many stimulating activities as there are hours in the day, Family Week offers parents, grandparents and other adults time to relax while the children are engaged in exciting and meaningful arts classes.

Feel free to relax in the shade of a mighty oak tree with your favorite book, or nap in the quiet solitude of your room. In the village of Idyllwild, a 1.5-mile stroll from the campus, charming shops and stores abound, offering a range of hand-crafted gifts and keepsakes.


Please note: Family Week runs from Noon Sunday to Noon Saturday. Saturday lunch is included. Room check-out time is 11 a.m. Saturday.
Reservation requests for partial stays are not accepted. Rates cannot be adjusted for family members arriving late, leaving early or missing meals.
Fees include all lodging, meals and activities. Bookstore, snack bar and staff gratuity are not included.


Idyllwild Arts is located on the western slopes of the San Jacinto Mtns. in Southern California. Nestled at the 5000′ level, the 205-acre campus is a naturally beautiful setting with clean air, alpine forests, mountain meadows, and singing Strawberry Creek. Idyllwild is a 2 1/2 hour drive from Los Angeles or San Diego. Although there is no public transportation to Idyllwild, it is easily accessible by means of California’s excellent freeway and state highway systems. Transportation service to and from Idyllwild can be provided by Idyllwild Arts from the Palm Springs or Ontario airports. Our campus has many fine facilities for the pleasure of our guests. Indoor and outdoor theaters, well-equipped art studios, dance studios and two dozen practice rooms, all equipped with fine pianos, are available for instruction and individual work. A variety of comfortable, newly-refurbished lodgings and a homey dining hall help to put guests at ease from the moment they arrive on the campus.

Who Can Attend?

The whole family is welcome at Family Week. Parents, children, grandparents, uncles, cousins and aunts will all enjoy a great week. Single parent families and couples without children are also welcome. Children under three are welcome, of course, but they remain your responsibility.


In addition to our excellent year-round staff, 50 summer staffers, college students and recent graduates, will serve you during your stay. You can be sure that these young people are among the most outstanding and creative in our country today. They are selected on the basis of their experience working with children and in the arts, both as teachers and performers


Accommodations are in Pierson and MacNeal Hall, the school’s newest and most comfortable lodging facilities. Rooms are bright and airy and have private bathrooms with showers. Choose the economical One-Room option and save money, or spread out into the Two-Room option for more space and privacy. Daily maid service means you don’t have to worry about making beds or other mundane household chores.

2020 Family Week Rates

One-Room Option
Two People – $2,880
Three People – $4,095
Four People – $4,695

Two-Room Option
Up to Six People – $6,140

Three-Room Option
Up to Seven People – $7,595

Day Family Options
Two People – $2,625
Three People – $3,845
Four People – $4,450
Five to Six People – $5,635

Payment & Cancellation Policy

Because space at Family Week is limited, a non-refundable $500 deposit is required to reserve space. 50% of the remaining fee is payable 60 days before your session begins. The balance is due 30 days prior to your arrival. Reservations requested less than 60 days before a session begins require half of the total fee to reserve space. Cancellations received in writing more than 30 days before your session forfeit only the deposit; less than 30 days forfeit the entire fee, unless we are able to fill your space.


Breakfast and lunch are served buffet style and include unlimited helpings of wholesome goodies: fruit, yogurt, cereal, pancakes, eggs, waffles and juices for breakfast; soups, salad bar, sandwiches and hot entrees for lunch.

In the late afternoons, beer, wine, soft drinks and munchies are provided to help you recover from the rigors of your daytime activities. Dinners are special meals at Family Week. From informal barbeques to buffets, each evening will be an adventure in dining.

Outdoors and Wilderness

Each day will offer a choice of hikes, ranging from easy walks to all-day excursions, in the San Jacinto Wilderness. Along the way, you’ll learn about the indigenous flora and fauna of the area. Bring your day pack or fanny pack and we’ll load you up with enough nutritious yummies to keep your fires stoked throughout the hike.

The Parks Exhibition Center


Books, camp clothing and sundries are for sale in the Todd Center/Bookstore. Remember your week at Family Week by keeping warm in your Idyllwild Arts sweats during the chilly winter months.


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