Online Afterschool Labs

Get all the support your child craves,
from an online community of friendly coders, builders, and designers.

When you’re a member, you get unlimited access to all our camps and Labs.
Your membership is a hassle-free entryway to everything in the Connected Camps world – for one low price.

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WEEKDAY AFTERNOONS:

Creative Lab: Your child will learn to set goals and collaborate as we build new worlds, craft original stories, and become master designers. Counselors support kids in defining and realizing their own creative projects.

Game Lab
Game Lab: In Game Lab, we learn Game Design by making and playing games within Minecraft. Create original and unique Minecraft minigames, test them with your friends, and become a Game Designer! In Game Lab, we don’t just play games, but learn about and understand them by creating them.

Kid Club
Kid Club: Our open space for creativity and fun. Join our moderated Minecraft server to hang  out, play, and create with counselors and friends. In Kid Club, kids get the freedom to explore their creativity and create their own activities and experiences to share with their friends in Kid Club’s moderated free-play space.

WEEKEND MORNINGS:

Media Lab
Media Lab: Join us in Media Lab to learn how to create and share your own Minecraft recordings, animations, and more. You’ll learn how to use tools like Mineimator and Replay mod, and discover how to create a YouTube channel to upload and share your creations with other campers.

Code Lab
Code Lab: In Code Lab, we explore coding in Minecraft and beyond! Create turtle helpers in Minecraft through programming, code awesome games and animations in Scratch, and explore the vast world of coding with friends!

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Here’s How Labs Work:

FLEXIBLE SCHEDULING: All Labs are 90 minutes long. We host Labs at these times:

  • On weekdays from 3:15pm – 6:45pm PST
  • On Saturdays and Sundays from 9:00am – 12:30 pm PST.

Click here to view the full Labs schedule.

HASSLE-FREE FORMAT: There’s no need to reserve your child’s spot in advance. All Labs are drop-in only, so all you need to do is make sure you meet the technical requirements (see below) and have your child show up at start time ready to learn and have fun.

EXPERIENCED COUNSELORS: During each Lab, your child will get instruction, interaction, and guidance from experienced online counselors (including some of your favorites from our seasonal camp program).

ACCESS TO OUR SAFE, MODERATED MINECRAFT SERVER: With your Connected Camps membership, you’ll get lifetime access to Kid Club on Fridays from 1pm – 5pm PST. Kid Club is an online clubhouse where active members and Connected Camps alumni can play, hang out, build, and create things together.

FREE ACCESS TO ALL SEASONAL CAMPS: Your Connected Camps membership also gives you unlimited access to all of our of our weeklong seasonal camps, including our summer programs! See the membership page for full details.

Technical Requirements for all our Minecraft labs:

  • A Minecraft account, which you’ll need to purchase separately at minecraft.net.
  • The PC or Mac version of Minecraft (no tablets or phones).
  • A working microphone, so your child can utilize the audio chat feature in our camps.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does Connected Camps Labs work?
With your membership, your child gets full access to all the online afterschool labs we’ll run each week—they’ll have 12 sessions to choose from. This includes labs in game design, coding, media creation, and creative building in Minecraft.

Labs are offered on different days of the week and kids can participate in as many as they like each month. Game Lab, for example, runs on Mondays, Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, while Media Lab meets on Saturday and Sunday mornings.

They can just drop in at the start of the session to participate in any of our Labs – no need to make a reservation.

“Are these program safe? I don’t want my kid coming into contact with questionable people or online predators.”
Yes, your child will be completely safe when participating in all our camps and Labs. All our Minecraft programs take place in a safe, moderated, server that is open only to Connected Camps participants and our counselors.

Although we will encourage campers to keep personal information private, we cannot prevent kids from sharing with one another online.  Moderators will remove personal information and explain to campers that sharing it violates our terms of service and risks their own privacy and security.

How do I get started?
Your child could start participating in Labs starting tonight! All you need to do is become a member and you’ll have instant access to all our Labs and camps.

Once you register for your membership, you’ll get an email that explains exactly how your child can start joining Labs.

Can my child attend different labs every week?
Your child can hop between labs if they have a range of interests, or specialize in one topic—it’s totally up to them.

Is there a minimum age requirement?
Yes. Your child needs to be at least 8 years old to participate in Labs.

I have multiple kids, and I need to sign all of them up for your Labs. How do I go about doing this?
You will need to purchase a Connected Camps membership for each child. Once each child has their own membership,  they will have open access to all of our labs.

What’s the best way to choose which labs to take?
As a member, you’ll have access to all of the labs we run throughout the week and can attend any that fit into your schedule and suit your interests. You can view the schedule here.

The best way to find out which labs your child likes is to jump and try some of them out! They’ll discover what sparks their curiosity along the way.

During the week, our afterschool labs focus on learning and understanding games in Game Lab, and exploring creativity and creation in Creative Lab.

On the weekend, we learn cinematography, video editing, and production in Media Lab and programming and scripting in Code Lab.

How do I cancel my membership?
You can cancel your membership at any time by logging into your account or by contacting us at support@connectedcamps.com or (323) 287-5580. It’s quick and easy, and we won’t hassle you.

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First month is free – cancel anytime.