Thunderbird Arts Center Camp FAQs

What is a day in your camp like?
Like at our Downtown campus, the Thunderbird Arts Center camp day runs from 9am-4pm. Throughout each day campers move with their groups to experience different fun-filled art classes. Classes usually run an hour and fifteen minutes to an hour and a half each and include Dance, Drama, Music, or Visual Arts (featuring drawing, painting, mixed media, clay, and other theme-based visual arts projects). Thunderbird arts center performances are held in one of our classrooms.

This sounds like so much fun! Can I sign myself up for camp??
We understand your excitement as our art camps are totally awesome! However, our camps are only for youth, grades K-6. You can, however, check out our adult classes listings or volunteer at one of our camps!

My child has not started kindergarten yet.  Can I enroll him/her in camp?
For Summer Camp sessions the Phoenix Center for the Arts campus offers a “Creative Critters” program. This group of 5 year olds will spend their day with instructors learning how to express their creativity!  At this time, Creative Critters is offered only at our Downtown location.

My child is a teenager, but I see that your camp is K-6th grades only (ages 6-12). How can he/she be involved?
We have summer activities for teens, too! Teens can have an AWESOME break by taking a Teen Class, or by volunteering at our arts camps. If interested in volunteering at either camp location, contact our Volunteer Coordinator at volunteer(at) or 602-254-3100 ext 307.

Will I need to send lunch with my child every day?
Lunches are not provided during our Spring, Fall or Winter Break camps, so you will need to send a shelf-stable lunch with your child each day. For Summer Camp, lunches will be provided by Civitan at no additional cost to you!

What about snacks and water?
We do not provide snacks, but you are welcome to send snacks with your child so they can stay energized throughout the day! Campers will not have access to vending machines during camp hours. Thunderbird has concessions available for purchase, one dollar each, that can be purchased before camp begins, at lunch, or during aftercare. Snacks and bottled water are $1.00 each.

We have drinking fountains located throughout our facility. We encourage everyone to stay hydrated (especially over the summer!). You may also send a water bottle with your camper.

What if I need to drop off my child early or pick them up late?
We do offer before and after care each at an additional cost. At Thunderbird Before Care runs from 7:30am-9:00am and After Care from 4:00pm-5:30pm. The cost of before and after care varies.

What should my child wear to camp?
Art-friendly outfits! Your camper will be active and may get a bit messy during camp. Please make sure your camper is wearing clothing that they can dance, paint, and play in each day. No flip-flops please!

When and what is the Performance?
The performance is on the last Friday of each camp session, and is a chance for the campers to share all that they have worked to create and experienced! At Thunderbird, the camp performance is held in the Big Room and there is a visual arts walk in the visual arts room.

Can my child be in the same group as his/her sibling or friend?
Campers will be grouped by age to allow for the highest quality arts instruction. We cannot guarantee group placement, but do understand that art can be more fun with friends and will do our best to place them together as long as they are similar in age.

How do I enroll my child in camp online?
After returning to our Camp page, click the red arrow that says “Click Here to Sign Up!” and you will be redirected to our Mindbody registration system. Here is a helpful overview of the steps to get you started:

  1. Scroll down to view our current camp offerings.  When you have reached the camp session in which you would like to enroll your child, click “Sign Up Now!”
  2. If you are new to Phoenix Center for the Arts and have not enrolled in classes before, you will need to create an account. Enter your first and last name in the box titled “New to our site?” and click the “Next” button. You will be redirected to the “Create an Account” page.
  3. Enter YOUR OWN (parent/guardian) information for all required fields under 1. Contact Information and then enter the e-mail address you would like to use for your login under 2.  Login.
  4. For 3. Family Member, enter each of your children as a family member. Please be sure to enter your child’s birthday, re-enter your phone number and e-mail, and check the box that says “Paid for by [you].” Click save and add each additional child.
  5. Read our liability release and agree to the terms, then click “Create Account.”
  6. When enrolling your child in camp and/or classes, be sure to click their name so you do not enroll yourself by mistake!

I am enrolling more than one of my children into camp. How do I receive the Sibling Discount?
You must register your children by phone to receive the Sibling Discount ($25 off each additional child for Summer Camps, $15 off each additional child for Spring and Fall Break Camps, and $10 off each additional child for Winter Break Camps). If you create your account online first, the phone registration will only take a few minutes and we’re happy to help.

I have enrolled my child in camp.  When will I receive more information and any camp paperwork I will need to fill out?
You will receive a packet in your e-mail 1-2 weeks before the camp session begins. This will include the Arts Camp Information and Policies, Parent & Child Information Sheet, Waiver & Release, and T-Shirt Order Form (t-shirts available for Summer Camp only).

I enrolled my child in camp but he/she can no longer attend.  Can I get a refund?
If you cancel at least 10 business days before camp begins, you will receive a full refund. If you cancel within 10 business days, or before the first day of camp, you will receive 40% of the camp cost refunded to your Phoenix Center for the Arts account (to be used toward future classes or camps). After the first day of camp we are unable to process any refunds. You may review our policy in more detail here:

My child cannot attend the entire camp session/will be missing some days of camp. Are you able to prorate the cost?
Unfortunately we are unable to prorate the cost of camp, as it is designed as a two-week program for the best camp experience possible!

How do I get to the Center?
Thunderbird Arts Center is located at 1106 E. Grovers Ave, 85022. The building is positioned behind the Mountain View Community Center Pool. Please park in the North West Lot and follow the ramp up to the front doors from the North East Corner of the lot.

Who do I contact if I have additional questions?
Please don’t hesitate to call if you have any questions or concerns.  You may reach our Thunderbird Class Manager, Lindsey Krause, at l.krause(at) or 602-293-3267.