Youth Programs

The experts at Queen & Rook Game Cafe have put our collective game expertise and youth development skills together for the most epic youth programming!  Each week Adventurers will engage in project based learning, collaborative creation and problem solving while having lots of laughs and a great time.

Summer Camp

Ten weeks of board games, trading card games, and role-playing games! Join us for Summer Camp 2023! Each week we will learn different board game mechanics, work on cooperative skills and good sportsmanship, create our own games, and have tons of fun through play! Each week will include exploration of board game mechanics, instruction in playing trading card games, and the opportunity to play Dungeons and Dragons. Registrations are open now. Youth must be between the ages of 6 and 13 (if you have a child younger or older than that who is interested, please email us).

Use this link to register and for more information:

Board Game and RPG Afterschool Program

Q&R Board Game and RPG Afterschool Program is a ‘learning-through-play’ based program running weekday afternoons for the 2023-2024 school year. We offer walking pickup from Meredith, McCall, Nebinger, and St. Peter’s Schools. We also accept home-schooled youth and drop off children from other schools. After-school runs from school dismissal until 6pm. We explore board games, work on cooperative skills, use our creativity, and build friendships in our time together. Registrations are open for Fall 2023! Youth must be between the ages of 6 and 14 (if you have a child younger or older than that who is interested, please email us).

Sample schedule

3:15-3:45 School pickup and walk to Q&R from schools

3:45-4:15 Homework & quiet reading

4:15-4:30 Snack

4:30-6:00 Game play and free choice (art, game or character creation, reading) and/or outside time at the park


Full and Half Day Camps

Board game fun when school is closed! Full and Half Day Camps follow the School District of Philadelphia schedule. Full Day Camps run from 9am to 3pm, with drop-off beginning at 8:30. Half Day Camps run from school dismissal until 3pm. Aftercare is offered as an additional charge on both types of camp days from 3 to 6pm. We offer walking pickup on half days from Meredith, McCall, Nebinger, and St. Peter’s Schools. Similar to Afterschool, we spend our time exploring board games, working on cooperative skills and good sportsmanship, building friendships, and developing creativity. Registrations are open for both Fall 2022 and Spring 2023 Full and Half Days! Youth must be between the ages of 6 and 14 (if you have a child younger or older than that who is interested, please email us).

Full Day Sample Schedule

8:30-9:00 Drop off

9:00-9:45 Free play

9:45-10:00 Group meeting

10:00-10:15 Snack

10:15-12:00 Exploration of board game mechanic

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-2:00 Outside time at the park (weather permitting) or indoor free play

2:00-3:00 Free choice – games, art, game creation, reading, character creation

3:00-6:00 Aftercare (includes afternoon snack)

Half Day Sample Schedule

12:15-12:45 School pickup and walk back to Q&R from schools

12:45-1:15 Extra lunchtime

1:15-3:00 Free board game play

3:00-6:00 Aftercare (includes afternoon snack)


Youth and Teen Dungeons and Dragons

Teen D&D (Dungeons & Dragons)

Teen D&D (Dungeons & Dragons) is designed for children ages 12 to 16. No experience with D&D or other RPGs is necessary to attend and play. The program will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8pm at The Keep at Queen & Rook Game Cafe, 613 S. 2nd St. 19147.

Teen D&D is free to attend and play; you may order food and drink from Queen & Rook Cafe to consume while playing, which does cost money. No parental supervision is necessary, but please make sure we have a way to contact your parent(s) via email AND phone.



A little about Dungeons & Dragons: D&D is a role-playing game (RPG) that was first published in 1974. It is now in its 5th Edition. Players create their own characters to role-play, and groups of characters are called a “party.” The party engages in adventures in fantasy world settings, leveling up and gaining new skills and spells at the end of an adventure. In our campaigns, we will finish an adventure in a 4 week time period (possibly longer if it is a combined month, like May/June). Party members work together to travel, solve puzzles, battle monsters and foes, and, hopefully, leave their setting better than when they found it. Queen & Rook’s Youth D&D Program focuses on negotiating as a member of a group, interpersonal communication skills, reading and math skills, fantasy world building, empathy, creativity, collaborative storytelling, and safe risk-taking. D&D campaigns are led by a Dungeon Master (DM), who plays all the non-player characters (NPCs) and tells a lot of the story. As DMs in our Youth Program, we choose stories that are child-appropriate and tales that can be solved with negotiation and kindness, in addition to strength.

Youth D& D (Dungeons & Dragons)

We are so excited to announce our Queen & Rook D&D Membership Program! Memberships are month-to-month and include a session each Sunday, food, drinks, and a dice set (one per semester). It is now a drop-off program!

Our D&D program is designed for children ages 7 to 11, with no prior experience with Dungeons and Dragons or role-playing games necessary. Children will have the opportunity to create their own characters, meet new friends, solve puzzles, and battle monsters with the use of magic, cunning, and strength.

Youth D&D will run on Sundays in January, and the program will continue to run on Sundays from January 8, 2023 until June 11, 2023 – we’ll be off on Sunday, May 28th for Memorial Day, as well as for the summer, and we will resume in September. You can choose the time that works best for you.

Our Youth D&D program will take place in The Keep, 613 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147.You may drop your child off to us at 11:50/2:20, and pick up is at 2pm or 4:30pm, depending on your session. D&D will begin at 12pm and 2:30 pm sharp.

Memberships are $100 per month. We are offering an introductory rate of $35 for your very first session (not applicable if you attended Youth D&D in the Fall)

For more information and to register please see link below.

Youth Dungeons and Dragons

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