In 1921, Chautauqua Children's School pioneered the concept of nursery school education. Today, we continue to nurture the social, recreational and educational development of children. Each week offers a different theme in the Children's School curriculum. Guests or speakers often are included to share their special talents with the children.

How to Register

1. Register: A child is not enrolled until payment is received

Registration is now open online at, by calling 716-357-6250, or in person by visiting the Welcome Center Ticket Office Monday–Friday, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.

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Starting May 25, you may also register in person at the Welcome Center Ticket Office on Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Beginning June 28, you may register in person at the Hultquist Center on Sundays, 12 p.m. to 3 p.m. or on Mondays at Children’s School, 8:30 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.

2020 Children's School Fees      
Registration for one week of Children’s School costs $185 per child. Register for more than one week to take advantage of special multi-week discount pricing!

Season $860
8 Weeks $820
7 Weeks $779
6 Weeks $725
5 Weeks $649
4 Weeks $555
3 Weeks $445
2 Weeks $335
1 Week $185 

2. Complete the Children's School information forms

NEW FOR 2020: All youth information forms are collected electronically. Following your registration, you will receive an email with the necessary information to complete your child’s forms. Please make sure that your email is accurate at the time of registration to ensure that you receive this email.

Please note that Chautauqua Institution follows New York State laws regarding immunization requirements for youth programs. We will keep all registrants informed of these requirements, as they may change prior to the start of the 2020 summer season. If you are not willing or able to comply with the immunization requirements, your youth programs registration will be canceled and you will be issued a refund.


2020 Dates

2020 Session Dates, Themes and Special Events

Week One: America Celebrates • June 29–July 3
Special Events:

  • 4th of July Parade

Week Two: I Spy… • July 6–10
Special Events:

  • Juggler Special Visit

Week Three: Art is Everywhere • July 13–17
Special Events:

  • Art in the Park
  • Open House

Week Four: Back to the Future! • July 20–24
Special Events:

  • Visit from a Fire Truck

Week Five: Olympics • July 27–31
Special Events:

  • Letter to the President

Week Six: Happy Birthday Chautauqua! • August 3–7
Special Events:

  • Old First Night performance
  • Singalong/Talent Show

Week Seven: Growing Up Wild – Bird, Tree, & Garden • August 10–14
Special Events:

  • Open House

Week Eight: Once Upon a Time… • August 17–21

Week Nine: Summer Camp • August 24–28