Lately, I’ve been lucky to plan three days in advance — so thinking about summer camp last January really wasn’t high on my priority list. It should have been because I could have taken advantage of all those early-bird discounts. Nevertheless, here I am in the beginning of June coming up with a keep-her-busy strategy for the Bug. Of course, we love the summer downtime and NOT over-scheduling. Lazy days at the pool, hours at the playground, art projects, museum visits… they are all on our summer bucket list. But for the kiddo that loves to be busy, a week here or there of structured fun time is ALWAYS a good thing!
Are you in the same boat? Never fear! There is still hope… here are some great ideas for camp fun around Baltimore:
For the Artist: Creative Exploration at The Walters Art Museum
The Walters Art Museum’s summer camps for elementary school students (grades 1 through 5) are perfect for your budding Picasso! Art techniques and cultural themes explored through gallery visits, art projects, children’s literature, and theater activities. With themes like “Summer Safari” and “Hiding in the Museum,” it’s likely your kiddo will experience a real-life version of The Mixed Up Files of Mrs. Basil E. Frankweiler. There are five weekly sessions and you have options for half-day or full-day camps. If you’re trying to decide between sending the kiddos for a full day or just a few hours of art fun, here’s the skinny. Mornings will focus on theme introductions, gallery visits and in-depth art projects created throughout the week. Afternoons continue the theme with different art projects, collaborative activities and theme-related games. Full day camp is $220 for members, $360 for non-members. Half-day camp is $110 for members and $190 for non-members. They also offer a summer studio camp for students in grades 6-12.
For the Animal Lover: Zookeeper Camp at The Maryland Zoo
The Maryland Zoo is extending their popular zoo-riffic camp to rising second graders this summer! Their new Zoo Detectives Camp takes place August 12-16th. Each morning, campers will be greeted by a message from one of our Zoo team members with a Zoo Mystery to solve. Campers will then explore the Zoo, play games, and engage their senses to solve the mystery. Have a child in grades 3-8? Try the “A Day in The Life of A Zookeeper” camp. Participants experience a unique day camp that allows them to explore the natural world of animals and their habitats at the Zoo. See how some of the animals are cared for, what they eat and how their exhibits are maintained. Study how exhibits reflect natural habitats and meet animals’ needs. Space is still available for Zookeeper Camp in late July/August!
For the Pint-Sized Video Game Enthusiast: App, Video Game, Virtual Worlds and Lego Animation Camp at Gilman School
If your 6-year-old can navigate your smart phone better than you can, perhaps App camp is perfect for her? The Gilman School offers co-ed weekly summer courses/camps that will get their tech-magination moving! They can create an App, make a video game, design a futuristic city and MORE! Camps run from 9 AM – 2 PM and cost $375 for the week. (We have to mention that they also are offering a Harry Potter-inspired camp for kids ages 7-10 from July 8th-12th. It’s a three-hour morning camp and costs $250 for the week).
For the Outdoor Explorer: Nature Camp at Irvine Nature Center
Climb trees, race through meadows, catch frogs and explore the Caves Valley woodlands… if this sounds like something your kiddo would jump for, consider signing them up for Nature Camp at Irvine Nature Center! It’s the kind of camp that sums up childhood: messy, imagination, outdoor exploration, and creativity! They have spots left in a few of their sessions for 3 year olds, 4-5 year olds and 8-9 year olds. Costs vary from $170-$400 depending on the camp.
For the Mini-Rocker: Rockin’ Out Music Camp at Drool of Rock
You may or may not be familiar with this new music-based early-childhood centers in Cockeysville, but if your mini-me is jonesing to be the next Springsteen or Bono, check out their rockin’ summer camp for kids ages 2-10. Music themed activities, water play, art projects and daily live performances from area musicians. You can also nab a camp deal from our friends at Certifikid!
For the Creative Athlete: Coppermine Kaleidoscope Camp at DuBurns Arena
Does your child love to put their hands into a little bit of everything? If so, Coppermine has the perfect camp for them in their new downtown location! Kaleidoscope Kids get to explore, express their creative side, build confidence, be sporty and athletic, and gain awareness of their own unique abilities. This camp includes arts and crafts, creative movement, dance, and fun individual & group games that encourage imaginative and creative play. For ages 6-12 (other NEW summer camps at DuBurns and Coppermine Fieldhouse available for younger kids, too!). Costs start at $320/week.
For Little Royalty: Princess Camp at Charm City Kids Club
Charm City Kids Club offers a variety of half-day summer camps all summer long — and their Princess Camp will enchant the pint-sized royalty in your life! Little princesses head to camp in their finest gown to engage in dancing, crafts, snacks and games fit only for the most royal. Princess Camp runs June 17th-21st and August 5th-9th. Cost is $180 for the week and you get to choose from the afternoon or morning session.
For the Future Broadway Star: Broadway Camp at Baltimore School of Dance
I can’t say enough good things about Amy and The Baltimore School of Dance. The Bug LOVES it there! No matter how your kiddo grooves, BSD has a camp! Their half-day ABCs of Broadway Camp includes theatre style jazz, acting and singing, crafts, dance games, and more with an informal performance at the end of the week for families. They also offer Princess and Fairy Camps. Again, our friends at Certifikid are offering a great deal…
Know of other (cool) camps that still have spots? Share them in the comments section and help other local parents out!