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.

Spring Break Camp

Camp takes place at The Keep at Queen & Rook Game Cafe (location may change, stay tuned), 613 S 2nd Street. Youth must be at least 6 years old and no more than 14 years old – if you have a child older or younger than this age range, please reach out to Kat at kat@queenandrookcafe.com).

This registration can be for 3 Days or  ALL 5 DAYS of Spring Break, Monday, March 25 through Friday, March 29.

Camp runs from 9am to 3pm; drop offs begin at 8:30am.

Aftercare runs from 3-6pm.

Click on these links for registration:

5 Day Spring Break Camp

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3 Day Spring Break Camp

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SUMMER CAMP

Youth Summer Camp is ideal for children ages 6 to 12; if you have a younger child or a 13 year old, please reach out to Kat (kat@queenandrookcafe.com) to discuss your situation. Each week youth will explore two board game mechanics, have the opportunity to try some TCGs and D&D, take a trip to our NEW arcade, play outside each day (weather, heat, and air quality permitting), go out for a special treat, develop, hone, and play-test their board game ideas, and pick the brain of a guest speaker. Camp will take place at Queen & Rook Game Cafe, 123 South Street. Camp starts at 9am (drop offs begin at 8:30) and ends at 3pm. 

Click here to register for Summercamp

Click here to register for Teen Summer camp

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, St. Peter’s, and Vare-Washington Schools. We also accept home-schooled youth and drop-off children from other schools. Afterschool 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

2:45-3:45 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

Winter and Spring Semester Registration

Queen & Rook Youth Programs is now accepting registrations for our Board Game and RPG Afterschool Program, from January to March 2024! Our Afterschool is an in-person, Philadelphia-based program focused on playing and learning about board games, card games, and role-playing games in a fun and interactive way. School pick up is available from Meredith Elementary School, McCall Elementary School, Nebinger Elementary School, St. Peter’s School, and Vare-Washington Elementary School. (Pickup from other schools may be available with enough interest!) We are also happy to accept students from other schools whose parents drop them off, as well as homeschool and unschooled children.

Afterschool activities include homework time and board game play and may also include: crafts, miniature painting, game design, outdoor time, and videos/shows when relevant. Afterschool will take place at Queen & Rook at 2nd and South Streets in Queen Village. An individually portioned snack and drink will be provided.

Youth must be at least 6 years old and no more than 14 years old. If your child is older or younger than these ages, please reach out to discuss first! If you’ve already discussed this with Kat, please feel free to register your child(ren) in Afterschool.

Afterschool will run 5 days a week, Monday through Friday, from 3 to 6pm daily beginning Wednesday, January 3, 2024 and ending Friday, March 22, 2024. Students can be enrolled for 1-5 days per week. We are happy to offer a 10% sibling discount. 

Please note that Afterschool on specific days/dates may be canceled due to low enrollment.

Scholarships are available based on need.

Please let us know if you have any questions – email kat@queenandrookcafe.com or call 215-995-0043.

Click Here for Winter Afterschool Registration

Click Here for Spring Afterschool registration -April to June

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, St. Peter’s, and Vare-Washington 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 the whole 2023-2024 school year! 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/Free play

9:00-9:20 Group meeting

9:20-10:00 Game play/exploration for board game mechanic

10:00-10:20 Snack

10:15-11:00 Game play/exploration of board game mechanic

11:00-12:00 Outside play at the park (weather permitting) or indoor free play

12:00-12:45 Lunch

12:45-3:00 Choice time/free play

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

Half Day Sample Schedule

11:45-12:45 School pickup and walk back to Q&R from schools

12:45-1:15 Extra lunchtime/snacktime

1:15-3:00 Free board game play

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

2023-2024 Full & Half Day Camps Registration!

Youth and Teen Dungeons and Dragons

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.

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 or play. The program will be held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday evenings from 6:30 to 8:30pm at The Keep at Queen & Rook Game Cafe, 613 S. 2nd St. 19147.

Teen D&D is free to attend and play; there is a special Teen D&D menu for the teens to order from, details of which will be shared upon registration. Teens do not need parental supervision, but there are a series of forms that must be filled out before your teen’s first session with us – we will share them upon registration.

If you are unsure which program (Youth or Teen) is best for your child, please reach out to us!

Teen D&D Registration!

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 one day a week (Friday, Saturday, Sunday), food, drinks, a dice set (one per semester), and other D&D-related gifts. It is now a drop-off program!

Our D&D program is designed for children ages 7 to 13, with no prior experience with Dungeons & 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 Fridays from 6:30-8:30pm, Saturdays 2-4pm, and Sundays 12-2pm and 2:30-4:30pm. There are 9 total sessions across three days; you can pick the session which works best for your schedule.

Our Youth D&D program will take place in both Queen & Rook Game Cafe, 607 S. 2nd St., and The Keep, 613 S. 2nd St, Philadelphia, PA 19147. Drop offs begin 10 minutes before sessions begin, and children should be picked up promptly when their session ends.

Memberships are approximately $100 per month, less if there are fewer than 4 sessions in a month. We are offering an introductory rate of $35 for your very first session (not applicable if you attended Youth D&D before)

For more information and to register please see link below.

Youth D&D Registration!

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