Four-year-olds dancing, painting, playing musical instruments, and inventing their own puppet show? Imagine that! and only in Imagine That, FSMN’s one-of-a-kind summer program, which offers a whole-arts immersion experience for early childhood (pre-school through entering third grade).

Children who join us for the summer work with a visual artist, a musician, a dancer, and a theater artist who are also early childhood teachers devoted to developmentally appropriate arts activities for young children.

Teachers reinforce and build on each other’s curricula for a rich and integrated experience that allows for independent choices as well as planned activities.

Imagine That is open to the whole community and students can register for one, two, three, four, five, or six weeks. We also offer need-based financial aid.

Flower faces at Imagine That, summer camp at Friends School of Minnesota
Flower faces at Imagine That, summer camp at Friends School of Minnesota for kids entering pre-school through third grade

Our teaching artists are seasoned professionals who understand how this age group learns. Probably the greatest compliment weʼve received (aside from the first-grader who asked if we could have classes on Saturday, too), was from a pre-schooler’s mom who said, “I thought this would be more like, well, daycare. But he actually learned real art concepts!” And that is our goal—to provide genuine arts experiences in a way that young children can absorb in an atmosphere that they love.

Meet the faculty!

Carol Tombers, visual arts, is a painter and quilt artist who has shown work locally and internationally. She teaches visual art at Blake’s lower school during the school year and recently finished a residency/sabbatical in Colombia.

Susan Sell, movement, is a specialist in creative movement and dance, and has worked with pre-schools in the Twin Cities and Wisconsin. She’s been an artist- in-residence in New Mexico and was a dance faculty member and guest choreographer at UW, River Falls.

Sally Reynolds, music, is trained in both voice and piano and accompanies dancers and musicians throughout the Twin Cities. She is also the long-time director of the children’s choir at St. Clement’s Episcopal church in St. Paul.

Grif Sadow, creative drama, is a graduate of Arizona State Universityʼs prestigious child drama program. An award-winning youth theater director, he has worked with pre-school through high-school aged children and is also a life coach for arts professionals and other adults. Read a blog post about Grif


Learn more/register for Imagine That and other Friends School of Minnesota summer camp classes.

I hope to see you this summer!

– Melanie Spewock, Extracurricular Program Director