Philadelphia Summer Camps


Arts & Crafts | Music | Science & Technology | Sports | Recreation/Other                  

Here is a list of summer camps in West Philly and other Philadelphia neighborhoods that parents and kids might be interested in. The list is currently being updated for Summer 2017, so if you know of a camp that’s not on here, drop us a line at:     Updated: 2/23/2017



Arts and Crafts Camps


Curio Theatre Summer Camp

Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Avenue

Session 1: July 3 – 13, 2017 (no camp on July 4)

Session 2: July 17 – 28, 2017

Camper ages: students in grades 1 – 12 (ages 7-17).

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended care is available.

Description: Curio Theatre Company continues its 12th anniversary season of providing theatre education in West Philadelphia! Qualified theatre professionals engage campers in acting, improvisation, movement/dance, theatrical design, and playwrighting. All camp activities are held within the Calvary Center for Culture and Community at 4740 Baltimore Avenue.

Cost: $450 per session. Scholarships may be available. Email

For more information and to register, visit:


University City Arts League Summer Arts Camp

University City Arts League, 4226 Spruce Street, Philadelphia

July 3 – August 25, 2017. Two-week long sessions.

Camper ages: 5 – 11

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. (optional before care and after care available)

Description: Join the University City Arts League’s stellar Teaching Artists for four, two week long creative arts camps. Campers will get three different arts classes each day in 2D Art, 3D Art, Wearable Art, Media Arts, Pottery, and Dance & Theatre! Each session of camp is loosely structured around a theme to spark imagination and creativity. Healthy Snack and Lunch are included in the tuition.

Cost: Members: $440 before May 1st / $485 after May 1st. Non-Members: $470 before May 1st / $515 after May 1st. Some scholarship may be available, please email for a Scholarship Application.

For more information and to register online, visit: Tel.: 215-382-7811.


Fashion Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 19-23, July 10-14, August 7-11, 2017

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (extended day options available)

Camper ages: 7 – 10

Description: Do you want to express your creativity and become a trendsetter in the world of fashion? If so, whether you are a total beginner or have some experience, Fashion Design Camp is for you! At this stylish summer camp, campers brainstorm ideas, sketch their designs, and construct their projects! Throughout the week, campers work with a wide range of materials, fabrics, colors, patterns, and styles. Campers learn how to use and improve their skills on sewing machines, in addition to more manual techniques like measuring, cutting, spacing, hand stitching, and much more! Not only will your design skills improve, but your math skills will too!

Cost: $449/week if registered by March 1, 2017. $479/week if registered after March 1, 2017.

For more information and to register, go here.


Jewelry Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

July 3-7 (*There is no camp on July 4th), July 24-28, 2017

Camper Ages: 8 – 12

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (extended hours are available)

Description: Have you ever dreamed of designing your own jewelry line? If so, whether you are a total beginner or have some experience, this camp is for you! At Jewelry Design Camp, campers create a bracelet, a pair of earrings, and a necklace each week! In a two-step process, campers will first design their piece and then create it using hands on methods and an awesome selection of materials. Campers learn jewelry-making techniques like macramé basics, needlework, beading, creating and wrapping loops, measuring, cutting, threading, flattening, and more!

Cost: $489/week if registered by March 1, 2017. $519/week if registered after March 1, 2017.

For more information and to register, go here.


Hand Sewing Camp: Stuffed Animal Creations (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 26-30, July 24-28, August 7-11, 2017

Camper ages: 8 – 12

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (extended hours are available)

Description: Do you want to learn the traditional art of hand sewing? Sewing you can do virtually anywhere at any time? Even better, in this camp, you will put your skills to practice and create fun loving stuffed animals to keep at the end of the week! At Hand Sewing summer camp, campers learn about the basic techniques for everyday sewing. Throughout the week, campers use a wide variety of materials and colors. In addition, campers have the chance to make accessories for their stuffed animals. Campers learn how to use and improve their skills with hand sewing, measuring, cutting, stuffing, and much more! Not only will your sewing and creativity improve, but your technical skills will too!

Cost: $449/week if registered by March 1, 2017. $479/week if registered after March 1, 2017.

For more information and to register, go here.


Performing Arts Camp

Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center, 3611 Lancaster Ave, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (half-day camp: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 1 – 4:30 p.m.)

Camper ages: 3 – 18

Description: The Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center has served the Philadelphia community as a full service dance school for children and adults since 1986. In 2006, the Dance Center merged with and became a division of the Dancefusion non-profit organization. The Gwendolyn Bye Dance Center offers year-round training classes for children and adults and is dedicated to the education and preservation of dance as a performing art; teaching at the highest standards the many disciplines of dance to students who will make up our next generation of dancers, artists, patrons and public; using dance as a bridge to cross cultural, social and economic boundaries. Summer camp programs include the following activities: ballet, jazz, pointe, modern, hip-hop, singing, acting, crafts, and musical theater.

For more information, call 215-222-7633.


Summer Woodworking Camp

Philadelphia Woodworks, 4901 Umbria Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 9 – 11

Description: We’re a woodworking school in Philadelphia focusing on beginner friendly, project oriented classes for adults and children. Our series of safe, fun and educational projects will be perfect to help children expand their understanding of hands‐on crafts and to develop confidence with basic woodworking tools. Your children will make great projects that they can enjoy using at home for years to come. Our 1-week camps are designed to build different projects each session, so multiple sessions will reinforce skills but will not duplicate the projects made!

Cost: $299 + materials ($69).

For more information and to register, click here.


Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Summer Camps

Germantown Mennonite Church, 21 W. Washington Ln, Philadelphia

June 26 – September 1, 2017

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (optional before care and after care available)

Camper ages: children in grades K through 8th

Description: Yes! And… Collaborative Arts Summer Camps offer exciting, creative and transformative summer experiences for young people in grades K-8th. Our programs dig into each child’s imagination and awaken a sense of play and wonder. We explore dance, acting, music, visual arts and more in order to teach collaboration, working as a group, and building on each other’s strengths.

Cost: $315 per week. Scholarships are available – simply check the “Campership” box on your registration form and you will be contacted with details.

For more information and to register, visit: or call 215.278.4264.


Arden Theatre Summer Camp

62 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

June 30 – September 1, 2017 (one and two week-long sessions)

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.

Camper ages: kids in grades 1 – 12

Description: Join Philly’s best theatre professionals for fun classes in Acting, Music, Storytelling, Improvisation, Dance, and Design at Arden Summer Camp. Inspiring creativity, Drama Camp motivates kids to create stories using characters and ideas built from their own imaginations. Explore the world of theatre, interact creatively, and make new friends at Arden Summer Camp!

Cost: $350-$600 per session.

For more information and to register, visit:


Mighty Writers Summer Camps

1501 Christian Street, Philadelphia

More info coming soon.

Visit for updates.


Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Camp

5900A Greene Street, Philadelphia

June 19 – September 1, 2017. One and two-week long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (after care is available)

Camper ages: 5 – 18

Description: Get your kids moving, climbing, and going upside-down in our air-conditioned space.

Cost: Starting at $395/week.

More information is available at or by phone: 215-849-1991.


Philly Art Center Summer Art Camps

Fairmount Art Center, 2501 Olive Street; Queen Village Art Center, 514 Bainbridge Street, Philadelphia

June 12 – September 1, 2017. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (extended care and half-day options are available)

Camper ages: 4 – 12 (Kids Summer Camps); 9 – 14 (Tween Summer Camps)

Description: Kids Summer Camps: Award winning summer camps run by-the-week all summer long, starting in early June and going through Memorial Day! Each week, we delve deep into a new theme, experiencing a wide range of 2 & 3-D media, balanced by daily outside time and an exciting special event, museum trip or visiting artists! Campers are grouped by age and enjoy age appropriate studio challenges supported by the best art teachers in Philly! Tween Summer Camps: These totally tween-centered camps offer specialty themed weeks for kids who want to really focus on a particular medium! Led by experience artists educators, camp themes include: sewing, comics, crafts and hacks, as well as drawing and painting. Sign up for the themes that interest your budding artist! These camps run select weeks only, check the camps page for dates and themes!

Cost: $360 per week. 25% early registration discount (through February 28, 2017).

More details and registration information are available here. Call with questions: 215-765-2787.


Summer Clay Camps

The Clay Studio, 137-139 N. 2nd Street, Philadelphia

July 10 – September 1, 2017. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (half-day options available)

Camper ages: 6 and up

Description: Fire up your creativity and join the fun at The Clay Studio’s 2017 weeklong art camps, designed for ages 6 and up! Campers expand their imaginations and explore the exciting world of clay through a wide range of projects and building techniques. Whether working with sculpture, claymation, or wheel-thrown pottery, students learn in a supportive, small class setting with plenty of individual instruction and inspiration.

Cost: $360/week (members: $320). Scholarships including tuition, travel vouchers, and lunches are available. Please contact Josie Bockelman at 215-925-3453 x.23 or

For more info and to register online, visit:


WHYY Film and Journalism Summer Camps

Hamilton Public Media Commons, 150 N. 6th Street, Philadelphia

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: teens finishing 9th-12th grade.

WHYY Young Journalists Summer Camp

July 3 – 14, 2017

Description: Are you a high school student who has dreamed about being a reporter someday? Can you see yourself working for NPR or CNN? During this two-week hands-on journalism program, you’ll develop real-world experience in 21st century reporting, from finding stories on your own “beat” to interviewing leads to writing and producing original news stories. Working with expert staff at WHYY and a small team of other students, you’ll be out on the streets and in the student news room, shooting and editing video, producing audio content and telling great stories.

Cost: $1,200 (members); $1,350 (non-members). Scholarships are available.

WHYY Summer Filmmakers

July 17 – August 4, 2017; August 7 – 18, 2017 (for middle school students)

Description: Do you want to make movies? Are you a creative storyteller? Do you have dreams of going to Hollywood? Whether you’re a Vine superstar or the next J.J. Abrams, take your skills to the next level during this three-week intensive filmmaking experience. You’ll join other imaginative high school students in learning how to script, shoot, act and edit movies using WHYY’s filmmaking equipment. By the end of this three-week session, you’ll already have one credit to your name: your very own short film.

Cost: $1,800 (members); $1,950 (non-members) for the July 17-August 4 program. Cost for middle school students (Aug. 7-18): Members: $1,100; non-member rate: $1,250. Scholarships are available for both programs.


For more information and to register, click here. Questions? Contact Craig Santoro, Education Director, at or 215-351-3318.


PAFA Summer Art Camp

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 128 N. Broad Street, Philadelphia

June 26 – August 11, 2017. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (After-camp sessions are available).

Camper ages: 5 – 15

Description: PAFA’s summer camp offers enriching and creative experiences for campers in PAFA’s historical galleries, the art studios of the school and around the city. Week long fun and imaginative sessions give campers a chance to learn new skills, create art work and make new friends. Sessions are designed to appeal to all levels and interests of young artists.

Cost: Before April 9, 2017: Family Level Member – $264; Non Member – $300. After April 9: Family Level Member –  $280; Non Member – $330.

For more information and to register, visit, call 215-972-2054 or email:


MADE Teen Fashion Camp

MADE Studios, 305 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

June 12-23, July 17-28, August 14-25, 2017

Ages: 13 – 18

Description: With this 2 week immersive summer program, students will learn about the exciting world of fashion. We’ll create inspiration boards and fashion sketches. We’ll learn how to go fabric shopping, read a pattern, and sew a cocktail dress in the fabric of their choice. Students will complete the program with a fully illustrated portfolio collection, and an adorable cocktail dress of their own design to display at our Junior Fashion Show and photo shoot at MADE.

Cost: $725 for a two-week session.

Schedule and Enrollment information is available here.

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Music Camps


The Green Tambourine Summer Music Camp

The Green Tambourine Music Studio, 711 S. 50th St., Philadelphia

June 19 – August 18, 2017 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (pre-camp and after-camp care is available)

Camper ages: 5 – 15

Description: The Green Tambourine offers fun and engaging week long music camps throughout the summer. We offer musical experiences for those new to music making and also students with previous experience on an instrument. Activities and songs are custom tailored to fit the playing ability of each student. Game, outdoor activities, songwriting, recording, ensembles and a fabulous variety of musical electives make for action packed sessions. Instrumental Music Summer Camp (ages 6 – 15) requires some previous musical experience.

Cost: $365/week.

For more information and to sign up, visit: Email:

Rock to the Future Summer Music Camps

Rock to the Future, 2139 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (early drop off and late pick up available)

Our innovative summer music camps will inspire and excite your child as they learn guitar, drums, bass, or keyboard and make new friends by forming a band with their peers! Our music summer camps are co-ed, ages 7-12 or 13-17, and last from 9am-4pm for a week (early drop off and late pick up available). We also feature a live student performance on the last day of camp. Experience is not necessary and instruments will be provided.


July 10 – 14, 2017

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Description: Spend a week learning the basics of acoustic and electric guitar or bass guitar. Learn popular songs and write your own music with peers. At the end of camp, get a chance to be in the spotlight and perform live for family, friends, and peers.


July 24 – 28, 2017

Camper ages: 13-17

Description: Spend a week learning how to play music, write songs, and collaborate with other musicians. Learn guitar, bass, keyboard, or drums, write and perform original music and cover songs with peers, and attend creative workshops. At the end of camp, you’ll get a chance to be in the spotlight and perform live for family, friends, and peers!


Cost: Rock to the Future Summer Music Camps are free for low-income Philadelphia youth (scholarship application must be filled out and approved); $250 for others.

For more information visit:


Girls Rock Philly Camp

Mastery Charter School – Thomas Campus, 927 Johnston Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Camper ages: girls ages 9 – 18

Description: Girls Rock Philly’s Summer Camp is a week-long program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, visiting artists, band practice, a showcase and a day in the recording studio. Campers have instrument instruction every day in groups of 3-5 organized by skill level and age. On Day 1, campers form bands with whom they then will write at least 1 original song collaboratively, assisted by band coaches and adult mentors. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to improvisation to healthy relationships. At the end of the week, bands perform their original song at a showcase and then spend the next day recording their song in a professional studio.

Cost: $50-$450 sliding scale.

Go to: for more information. Questions? Email:


The Nelly Berman School of Music Camp

461 W Lancaster Ave., Haverford, PA

Dates: TBA

Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (before and after care is available for additional fee)

Camper ages: 7 – 16

Description: This five day course explores romantic music, literature, and art. Students will investigate the Romantic era by playing solo and chamber music, learning about art through hands-on projects, reviewing romantic era literature, and asking the same questions about music-making that Romantic era musicians asked: How does the music move me? How do I express my feelings through the composition and expand upon compositional forms? In each class, students will learn about the colorful history surrounding life during the Romantic era. Students will learn to identify how each composer, artist, and writer expressed their individual feelings and thoughts. By the end of the camp, students will be able to play the music of Brahms, Chopin, Liszt, Schubert and Schumann with a new sense of historical context, to more fully understand what emotional and individualistic ideas shaped their compositions, and in turn share that with audiences.

Prior to camp, age and level appropriate pieces will be assigned for each individual student, following an audition with the director. During the camp, students will be placed into two age groups, 8 to 11, and 12 to 16.

Cost: TBA

For more information, visit:, email: or call (610) 896-5105.


School of Rock Summer Camp

421 N 7th St (same building as the Electric Factory)

June 26 – August 11, 2017 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 17

Description: School of Rock Summer Camps are tailored to the individual skill level of each camper to ensure an educational and enjoyable experience for all. Our camps are ideal for anyone with an interest and/or experience in vocals, guitar, drums, bass, or keys. Our Five Day Summer Camps are condensed versions of the programs we offer year round, and are all about LEARNING MUSIC, BUILDING CONFIDENCE, MAKING FRIENDS and PERFORMING LIVE! Campers will spend the week immersed in the theme of each session. Campers will receive coaching, instruction, and support from staff members who will assist campers with songs, arrangements, rehearsals, and performance. The campers will perform as a full band on at the end of each session, showcasing the lessons of the week long camp for family, friends, and community to enjoy!

Cost: $549 per session.

For more information and to sign up, click here or call 267-639-4007.


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Science & Technology Camps


Robotics Camps (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 26 – August 25, 2017. Week-long sessions

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.; Half Day AM Session: 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.; PM Session: 12:15 – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 6 – 15

Description: At Robotics Camp for ages 6-12, campers use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and/or NXT 2.0 to learn the fundamentals of building and programming a wide variety of robots. By learning important principles, campers acquire the ability to create robots from their imagination, in addition to following instructions for specific robots provided by LEGO® and independent websites. The LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 and NXT 2.0 product lines allow for hundreds of possibilities of robots, and each week at camp new ideas and projects are presented. In addition to building, campers learn how to program robots using a computer, how to control their robot using remote control capabilities, explore wireless control, and work in teams!

At Robotics Camp for ages 11-14, campers will use Tetrix® from Pitsco. This advanced Robotics Camp offers the next level for hands on learning in Robotics. Tetrix allows campers to build more complex robots using advanced features such as aircraft grade aluminum parts, powerful drive motors, wires, customizable remote controls, and engineering design. With more complex parts, campers are challenged to utilize strong building skills and truly develop their acuity for mechanics and engineering.

Cost: Robotics Camp with LEGO® MINDSTORMS®: $489/week if registered by March 1, 2017; $519/week if registered after March 1, 2017. Robotics Camp with Tetrix®: $519/week if registered by March 1, 2017; $549/week if registered after March 1, 2017.

For more information and to register, go here.


Computer Programming Camps (with Scratch, Java, Python)

Lavner Camps, University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20 – August 12, 2016. Week-long sessions

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: Programming with Scratch: 8 – 11; Programming with Java: 12 – 14; Programming with Python: 11 – 14

Description: The Programming with Scratch camp for ages 8 – 11 is held July 11-15 and July 18-22. At this awesome computer camp, campers gain great experience with computer science! Campers use Scratch, a program created by the MIT Media Lab, to create, program, and share projects. Campers code from the backend to create character actions and interactions, in addition to establishing entire interactive adventures and stories.

The Programming with Java camp for ages 12 – 14 is held June 20-24 and August 1-5. This computer programming camp immerses campers into Java™, the popular operating software used on over four billion devices worldwide! Campers learn about the logic, planning, and calculations that go into building Java™ programs, in addition to sharpening skills in planning, problem solving, and of course… computer programming!

The Programming with Python camp for ages 11 – 14 is held July 18-22 and August 8-12. Did you know that sites like YouTube, Dropbox, and Instagram are coded in Python? If you want to create your own site and share your innovation with the world, it is time to start learning Python™! In this computer programming camp, campers learn to code cool graphics, games, and programs! Campers benefit from clean syntax and other stream lined attributes within Python™ that provide a new approach to learning and understanding programming. With Python™, coders can often write code more quickly, allowing them to produce more project results in a shorter period of time.

Tuition: Programming with Scratch: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016); Programming with Java: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016); Programming with Python: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016).

For more information and to register go here or call (610) 664-8800.


Anthropologists in the Making

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

June 27 – August 19, 2016. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Pre-camp and after-camp care is available).

Camper ages: 7 – 13

Description: Campers delight in topics such as mythology, dance, music, art, and customs from both long ago civilizations and modern cultures. Through gallery tours, scavenger hunts, art activities, games, and special guest performances, campers will discover the diversity of humankind, past and present.

Cost: Register by May 1: $270 Members / $290 Non-members per week. Register after May 1: $290 Members / $310 Non-members per week. A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1 (email

Registration opens February 12, 2016.

For more information about each session and to register, go here.


NEW! GSK Science in the Summer™ – Free Summer STEM Courses

Local libraries, including Blanch A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek, Overbrook Park, Walnut Street West, and Wynnefield Neighborhood Libraries

June 28 – July 30, 2016 (two-day programs)

Hours: 10 a.m. – 12 p.m. (2nd and 3rd graders); 1 – 3 p.m. (4th-6th graders)

Ages: rising 2nd-6th grade students

Description: This summer, GSK Science in the Summer, a free STEM enrichment program for rising 2nd-6th grade students, is returning to Philadelphia area libraries for the 30th year. The program is sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute in partnership with local libraries, including Blanch A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek, Overbrook Park, Walnut Street West, and Wynnefield Neighborhood Libraries. Philadelphia students are invited to register and attend a two-day course in Bioscience. Students will learn about cells, the building blocks of life, examine plants and animals up close using a microscope, dissect flowers and learn how to avoid getting sick by stopping the spread of bacteria in its tracks.

Here’s the program schedule for West Philadelphia libraries:

Blanch A. Nixon/Cobbs Creek Neighborhood – July 14-15
Walnut Street West Neighborhood Library – July 21-22
Overbrook Park Neighborhood Library – July 12-13
Wynnefield Neighborhood Library – July 28-29

Students must be registered to attend this program. Registration is available online only beginning May 6. Class locations, dates, times and registration is available at


Discovery Camp

The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

June 13 – September 2, 2016. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Extended day program is available).

Camper ages: children in grades Pre-K – 9.

Description: Our day camps allow campers to spend each week exploring the museum, engaging in hands-on science activities, participating in explosive live science shows, and making new friends—all while learning about the lively world of science! Each summer day camp session’s theme is independent of the other weekly themes. Campers do not need to attend weekly sessions consecutively; however it is highly recommended that campers attend a full weekly session to get the best camp experience and to engage in all camp activities.

Cost: Book by April 15, 2016: $329 per week – Members; $359 per week – Non-members. Book after April 15, 2016:
$349 per week – Members; $379 per week – Non-members.

For more information and to register, visit this page.


NEW! PACTS Summer Institute at the Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

July 5 – 15 and July 18 – 29, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: students entering grades 6 – 8

Description: Bored for the summer? Then come to The Franklin Institute’s PACTS Summer Institute! Through this fun and engaging summer experience young people will have the chance to think and explore like real scientists in our hands-on, research based camp.

Cost: $250 per session.

More information is available at: Registration is due by June 1, 2016 (complete a registration form, interview with PACTS staff).


Academy Explorers Camp

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

July 5 – September 2, 2016. Week-long sessions

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (Optional before and after care available)

Camper ages: 5 – 12

Description: Academy Explorers Camp invites campers to learn about natural science in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip.

Cost: Members pay $320 per camper per weekly session. Nonmembers pay $360 per camper per weekly session. A small number of scholarships are available. Early-bird Discount: Register before April 18 and receive $25 off each week of summer camp you purchase per child.

For more information and to download Registration Form, go here.


NEW! BSD Code and Design Academy Summer Coding Camp

1149 Lancaster Ave, Rosemont, PA

June 6 – August 26, 2016 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Camper ages: 8-12 (juniors), 13-17 (seniors)

Description: BSD Code and Design Academy is a Hong Kong based technology school with locations in three countries. We offer after-school programs during the school year as well as summer camps. Whether kids are interested in making their own games, designing their own art and posters, editing their photos, or just trying to make a video and go viral, we will have a course for you!

Cost: $1050/week.

More information and registration is available here: Questions? Call 484-381-0278 or email:


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Sports Camps


NEW! Penn Soccer Academy Summer Camps

Penn Park, 3000 Walnut St., Philadelphia

June 6 – 10, June 13 – 17, July 18 – 22, July 25 – 29, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 6 – 13

Description: The Day Camp is a weeklong program designed for the player wanting development of fundamental soccer skills. The staff creates an environment that promotes soccer confidence, enjoyment and good sportsmanship. We will provide instruction on a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to: dribbling, turns, shooting, passing, trapping, move development and introduction to small group concepts. Camps will include instructional, theme-based games, small-sided games and scrimmages each day.

Cost: $310/week. Half-day options available for ages 3-5yr $180.

For more information and to register, go to: Please contact Jason Werner (415-577-8893; Email: with any questions.


NEW! Penn Football Youth Camp

Franklin Field, University of Pennsylvania, 235 S. 33rd St, Philadelphia

June 20 – June 23, 2016

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: students entering grades 4 – 8

Description: This day camp held at historic Franklin Field is a unique opportunity for young football players to work on improving on their fundamental football skills under the direction of our Ivy League Champion coaching staff. Our itinerary will allow for players to work on both offensive and defensive positions in a day camp setting. All campers will receive a t-shirt on first day of camp. Lunch is not included or provided during this camp.

Cost: $315

For more information and to register, go to:


Soccer Shots Summer Camp

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia

August 22 – 26, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.

Camper ages: 4 – 8

Description: Soccer Shots is offering a week-long summer camp at Smith Memorial Playground for children ages 4-8. Join us for soccer instruction, games, crafts, snacks, playground fun and prizes!

Cost: $200/week.

For more information and to register, click here. Questions? Call 267-630-1557 or email:


University of Pennsylvania Sports Camps

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

From June 20, 2016

Description: A variety of sports camps are available, including swimming, basketball, football, soccer, gymnastics, tennis and more. For more information and online registration click here.


University City Field Hockey Day Camp

Drexel University, Buckley Field, The Field Complex, 43rd and Powelton, Philadelphia

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. Extended care is provided at no additional cost.

Camper ages: 6 – 12

Description: University City Field Hockey Day Camp (UCFHC) summer 2015 is for boys and girls. No experience or equipment required. We’ll teach your child how to play field hockey, with a focus on skill development, team building, sportsmanship, age appropriate fitness training and fun! Sign up for one week or two. We will give your child what is needed to have a great experience and all you will need to do is send a bagged lunch and a water bottle. That’s it!! Equipment supplied: Field hockey stick, balls. Age grouping: (6-8) and (10-12).

Visit this page for more information and updates.

Contact: Steve Wagner: (phone: 215-901-6880).


NEW! All Region Youth Basketball Camp

Asplundh Field House, Academy of New Church, 2780 Buck Rd, Bryn Athyn, PA

July 5 – 9 and July 25 – 29, 2016

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 10 – 15

Description: Skills Development day camp for ages 10 – 15: Ball Handling – Learn how to protect the ball and dribble with both hands; Passing – Learn the basic fundamental passes and how to properly use them; Offense – Learn how to improve your IQ and your offense from a triple threat position; Shooting – Learn the fundamentals of shooting and the correct form of how to make a right and left hand layup; Rebounding – Learn how to gain position while rebounding to box your man out; Defense – Learn how to develop a proper defensive position, how to slide your feet and beat your man to the spot. Transportation for this camp is not provided.

Cost: $200 per session.

For more information and to register, go to: Registration deadline: June 24, 2016.


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Recreation/Other Camps


NEW! Calvary Baptist Church Summer Camp

6122 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia

June 27 – August 22, 2016

Hours: 8 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 5 – 12

Description: Calvary Baptist Church Summer Camp offers lots of fun and excitement in a Christian environment. Activities include: daily devotion/Bible scripture reading, weekly trips, dance, martial arts, cooking, reading hour, summer work packet, and tutoring. Meals included: lunch, snacks and more!

Cost: $135 per week (additional costs for trips).

Call 215-747-9979 for more details.


NEW! Schuylkill Acts & Impacts Summer Program

Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia

June 18 – June 25, 2016

Camper ages: students in grades 9 through 12

Description: Schuylkill Acts & Impacts is a week-long service-learning program that will be offered to a team of fifteen high school students from communities within the Schuylkill River Watershed.

This expedition will involve a physical journey (by kayak and van) along the 120-mile Schuylkill River from its headwaters in the anthracite coal lands of Schuylkill County to its confluence with the Delaware River in Philadelphia. Team leaders from Fairmount Water Works, Take It Outdoors Adventures and the Schuylkill Headwaters Association will guide students downriver, illustrating an array of issues impacting water quality in the Schuylkill River through guided tours, programming, and applied service work designed to highlight issues in the watershed and explore hands-on solutions to these problems.

Cost: Free. The deadline for applications is Friday, April 8, 2016.

For more information on this program and the application process, visit: http:// and-impacts/


NEW! Second Chance Mission Summer Camp

Woodland Presbyterian Church, 42nd and Pine, Philadelphia

June 27 – September 2, 2016

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (no extended hours)

Camper ages: 5 – 11

Description: Our summer program offers a variety of fun filled days, including advance arts, science explosion, craft mania, drama and weekly field trips. This year, we added to our curriculum outdoor adventure, special events, weekly swimming, and many more fun activities.

Cost: $100/week for campers who attend all summer ($125 for individual sessions). Both fees include breakfast, lunch, and snack. All form of payment excepted including CCIS. Online registration is available beginning April 1 through June 10. A $25 non-refundable registration is required (this fee will also guarantee your child space).

For information contact 267-290-9972. Online registration link (starting April 1):


NEW! Summer Camp at Children’s Community School (CCS)

1212 S. 47th Street, Philadelphia

July 11 – August 12, 2016 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m. (early arrival and aftercare options available)

Camper ages: 2 – 8

Description: CCS welcomes children ages 2 to 8 years (as of 7/1) for an exciting summer full of adventures. Children will enjoy a summer experience that has been thoughtfully designed just for them. We plan to live summer to its fullest excited to welcome campers to days full of cooking, art, water and mud play, building forts, making puppets and parading down to Clark Park. Our youngest campers can stay for either a full day or a half-day of camp. Campers are grouped by age into the 2-4 or 5-8 age group.

Cost: From $84-310 per week.

For more information and to register, go here.


NEW! World Cultures of Philadelphia Camp

Jubilee School, 4211 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

June 27 – August 12, 2016

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 12

Description: Camp activities include: weekly trips, art, photography, crafts, swimming, gardening, drumming, jazz, singing, exercise, pottery, yoga, dance, capoeira. Free breakfast and lunch.

Cost: $175 per week. CCIS welcome.

For more information, visit:, email: or Telephone: 215.387.7592.


NEW! Elite Skills with Minecraft™ Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 27 – July 1, July 25 – 29, August 15 – 19, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 11 – 14

Description: Are you an experienced Minecrafter who wants to learn advanced skills in Minecraft™ and gain exposure to programming mods in Java? If so, check out our Elite Skills in Minecraft™ Camp! While working in single player and multiplayer, campers can take their skills to the next level and have a blast engaging in fun projects in a social setting. In multiplayer, students work in teams to complete projects and participate in adventures and competitions. Campers also learn how to program mods using Java, install mods, use survival skills in difficult environments, scratch craft items from recipes, and utilize Redstone at more advanced levels.

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $549/week ($519/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here.


3D Innovation & Design Minecraft™ Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 20 – August 19, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Description: Stretch your imagination, improve your skills, and work individually or collaboratively (on our own private server) in the same virtual world! Our own servers allow campers to work together on the same projects, creating fun and dynamic group interaction! Using Minecraft as a learning tool, campers participate in one of the world’s most popular gaming platforms to create their own world. By using blocks and various resources, campers will literally “mine” and “craft” their own creations, with some project options including: a medieval village, landscape arenas, secret underground cities, pirate ships, high rise buildings, towers, bridges, castles, caves, roller coasters and entire amusement parks. Campers may also construct famous buildings and structures like the Space Needle, Petronas Towers, The White House, Taj Mahal, Buckingham Palace, The Pantheon and/or structures of their own choosing.

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.


Video Game Design Camps (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

June 27 – August 12, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 10 – 13 (Video Game Design with GameMaker™); 8 – 12 (Video Game Design with RPG Maker™); 6 – 12 (Video Game Design Camp with Apps)

Description: At Video Game Design Camp with GameMaker™, which is held July 11-15 and August 8-12, campers are challenged in creativity, design, and programming logic throughout the process of creating fun and exciting games in this popular software. At camp, campers learn the process of creating a video game including brainstorming, character design, level design, programming, interface design and much more!

At Video Game Design Camp with RPG Maker™, which is held July 5-8 and August 1-5, campers get to create an RPG game where the protagonist is a destined traveler faced with the challenge of saving the world from an evil Lord. In this game, campers customize their landscapes, story lines, character profiles, character interactions, dialogues, challenges, score/health, and other features that drive the game. As campers progress, they can incorporate more advanced topics such as “Advanced Programming using Custom Events”, “Public Events and Variables”, “Customizing Scripts and Maps,” “Advanced Battle Scripts,” and more to improve the level of functioning and intricacy within the game. Campers with one week of experience or more are able to make additional types of RPG games within our curriculum!

At Video Game Design Camp with Apps, which is held June 27-July 1, July 18-22 and July 25-29, campers will use the program Fusion 2.5 to create their own video games for use on computers, and learn how to create game Apps that are compatible with the Android™ and/or iOS devices.   Known as one of the best computers camps available, campers come away with added skills, knowledge, and accomplishments!

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $519/week ($489/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.


NEW! The Business of Doing Good, Entrepreneurial Summer Camp

Oxford Mills, 100 W. Oxford St., Philadelphia

August 15 – 26, 2016

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 11-15

Description: We are a social entrepreneur program for kids. Our mission is to inspire middle school kids to discover what is truly meaningful to them — and empower them with the skills to put their ideas into action. We introduce kids to people who are already changing the world by solving social problems. These real-life heroes work with the kids to teach them the skills they need to become entrepreneurs themselves. Our goal is to help your child find their passion and to instill the determination and skills to achieve their goals. Our program is highly individualized to meet your child’s interest and skill set. We provide the exposure and tools, and every participant chooses their own topic to focus on. We provide a dynamic and engaging curriculum that will leave kids inspired to change the world.We also teach kids how to create, present, and launch their unique social entrepreneurial endeavor.

Cost: $500 for two-week program if registered by March 31st; $800 for two-week program if registered after March 31st.

For more information and to register, go to:


NEW! Summer Camp at Lansdowne Friends School

110 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA

June 20- August 12, 2016

Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 6:00 p.m.

Camper ages: Pre-K through sixth grade

Description: Lansdowne Friends School Summer Camp will offer your children a chance to experience a playful summer. Your children will learn and grow through hands-on projects. Our camp will offer theme-based activities each morning. Each afternoon, the children will have the opportunity to socialize and play much as you did as a child. We will offer supervised, old-fashion fun, where our conflict resolution teaching will allow children to work through problems on their own. Each Friday, we will take a field trip to a local park, museum, or local attraction.  Session 1: June 20- July 15 (no camp Monday, July 4); Session 2: July 18- August 12.

Cost: 8 weeks (Sessions 1 and 2): $2400; 4 weeks (Session 1 or 2): $1250; Weekly: $325. Registration: Sessions 1 & 2: February 2nd – April 1st: $300 Deposit due April 1st ($100 non- refundable). After April 1st: $625 Deposit (half of the first session). Weekly Registration: $325 due the Monday prior to the week of attendance.

Click here for more information and to download the registration form. To apply: Fax the application to (610) 623-3637 or mail it to Lansdowne Friends School c/o Summer Camp, 110 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA 19050.


City Wild Camp

Fairmount Waterworks, 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia

July 27 – August 19, 2016 (two-week sessions)

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Camper ages: 10-13

Description: LandHealth Institute, along with their partners Miquon School and Fairmount Water Works, are pleased to announce the 2016 season of City Wild camp! City Wild is an 8-week summer camp for curious kids ages 10-13 that offers off-the-beaten-path adventures and behind-the-scenes excursions through Philly’s neighborhoods to explore nature in the urban environment.

Cost: Early Bird Registration: $890 per 2-week session on or before March 18, 2016. Regular Registration: $990 per 2-week session.

For more information and to register, go here. Tel.: (267) 571-5750.


High School Mock Trial Experience

Drexel University, Philadelphia

June 27 – July 1, 2016

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Camper ages: Rising high school juniors and seniors. Rising high school sophomores have been admitted on an individual, case-by-case basis.

Description: An intensive five-day program introducing high-ability students to mock trial and trial advocacy. Students will begin by learning the basics of trial procedure, courtroom decorum, the rules of evidence, and how to make proper objections. They will be coached throughout the week by local attorneys and members/coaches of the nationally competitive Drexel University Undergraduate Mock Trial team. Students will then divide into teams and work on writing direct and cross examinations, opening statements, and closing arguments. Students will practice their roles throughout the week, and the Mock Trial Experience will conclude with two trials on the final day. Parents and loved ones are invited to attend the final trial and award ceremony on Friday afternoon. This program will help students develop skills applicable beyond the field of law such as public speaking, creating an effective themed presentation, construction of logical arguments, asking the right questions, and teamwork.

Cost: $625. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available. Applications Due: Friday, May 20, 2016

Sign up at (select “Law” in lefthand-side panel). Contact Michael Vitlip, Head Coach, Drexel Mock Trial or 215.895.1632 for more information.


The Evoluer House Summer Empowerment Programs for Teen Girls

Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBD

Camper ages: girls ages 13 – 18

Description: Two programs are offered: Personal Development Program is an exciting, fresh program taught by youth development and education professionals, to provide a reality-based learning experience to teenage girls to inspire a positive self-image, ambition, and true personal development. Youth Workforce Development Program provides teen girls with the social, resume-writing and communication skills they need to land a job, keep a job, and advance in their lives and careers. This 8-week program is taught by a great team of youth development, human resources, and image professionals.

Cost: Both programs are FREE for those who qualify. Others pay a small fee.

More information about the programs is available here. If you have any questions, please call 215-592-8988.


CIT Leadership Program (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

Ages: 13 – 15

Description: The Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Leadership Program is for energetic and motivated teenagers who want to learn and develop leadership skills while working with children in a camp setting. This program is designed so that CITs develop leadership skills through direct supervision, regular conferences with their lead instructors, and a hands-on experience engaging with campers. The goals of this program are: to provide teens with training and skills to become effective leaders improve self-confidence, provide a meaningful opportunity to assist children in a camp environment, create an opportunity to excel at handling a reasonable amount of responsibility while at camp.

Teenagers (ages 13 to 15) interested in participating in the CIT Program must go through an application process.

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.


Spanish Language Camp (Lavner Camps)

University of Pennsylvania (Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium), Philadelphia

July 5 – 8, 2016

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Camper ages: 10 – 12

Description: Want to immerse yourself into a new language and culture? This camp is for you! Learning a new language is easy and natural for children, especially as their brains continue to develop cognitively and linguistically. Using interactive learning tools rather than textbooks, campers use more hands-on and fun methods to improve their language skills (speaking, reading, and writing), and explore the culture through traditional food, dance, history, music, media and much more.

Cost: Full Week (9:00am to 3:30pm) – $335/week ($305/week if registered by March 1, 2016)

For more information and to register, go here or call (610) 664-8800.


Al-Bustan Camp: An Arabic Language and Cultural Day Camp

Cobbs Creek Community Environmental Education Center, 700 Cobbs Creek Pkwy, Philadelphia

June 27 – July 1, 2016

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Camper ages: children entering K – 5th grades

Description: AL-BUSTAN CAMP provides a fun, welcoming, and enriching environment that brings together campers, artists, educators, and families, while fostering curiosity and creativity. Children have the opportunity to engage with Arab arts and culture through a variety of activities, including music, visual art, storytelling and writing, poetry, and Arabic language instruction. Typically, camp is held for 3 weeks; however, for this year we are offering a one week program, which we hope to extend next year. The nature/science theme will be related to food and herbs growing in our garden!

Cost: Fee for one week paid in full by April 8: $300. Fee for one week paid in full by May 15: $330. Scholarships are available. Limited scholarships, based on financial need, are available.

For more information and to register, go here.


Camp Jamison

Pocono Environmental Education Center (two hours from Philadelphia; transportation will be provided from a specific pick-up location in Philadelphia)

July 18 – 22, 2016

Camper ages: 8 – 14 (CIT program is available to 15-16 year olds).

Description: At Camp Jamison children get to experience different activities every day such as creating arts and crafts activities, canoeing on two different lakes, swimming in the Delaware River, Environmental Education activities, friendly and competitive sports games, hikes on five different trails, adventure low ropes courses, and more!

Cost: Sliding scale: $75-$400.

For more information, click here or visit:


Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp

New Jersey School of Conservation, Stokes State Forest (Pocono Mountains),

August 1 – 7, 2016

Camper ages: girls ages 8 – 16

The summer program is located in the Pocono Mountains at the New Jersey School of Conservation, about two and a half hours away from Philadelphia. Buses take girls up to the camp at the beginning of the session and bring them home at the end of the session. Camp office: Calvary Church, 48th and Baltimore. Activities at camp include: swimming, boating, hiking, team-building, campfires, archery, and creative arts such as singing, dancing, drawing, painting, drumming, acting, sewing, and wood-working.

Cost: Camp tuition is on a sliding scale, depending on family size and income.

For more information and to register, visit: or call: 215-951-0330 x 2180. Applications are due by February 15.


Little Green School House Summer Camp

219 S. Melville Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBD

Hours: 8:15 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. (extended after care available)

Camper ages: 2 – 5

Description: During each two-week session we will do a Deep Exploration of a different topic and use our questions to learn. We’ll also visit parks and playgrounds, go on field trips, play in the water, and learn through music, art, dance, cooking, and gardening. We have a mixed-age environment for students ages 2 through 5 where were inspire all students as teachers and learners.

Go here for updates, call 215-222-0208 or email:


Nature Ramblers and Summer Adventure Treks

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, 8480 Hagy’s Mill Road, Philadelphia

June 13 – August 19, 2016. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. Before and aftercare available from 8 – 9 a.m. and 3:30 – 6 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 15

Description: The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education offers two exciting, environmentally-based summer camp programs: Nature Ramblers for younger children and Adventure Treks for pre-teens and teens. All camp programs are run by experienced environmental educators and offer children and teens unparalleled opportunities to explore the natural world and their connection to it.

Cost: Camp fees start at $260/week for members, $280/week for non-members. Partial scholarships are available for low-income families.

For more information and to register, click here.


Summer Camp at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden

West Fairmount Park, Philadelphia

July 11 – August 12, 2016. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: For children entering 3rd through 6th grades.

Description: Spend a week (or five!) this summer experiencing Japanese culture at Shofuso Japanese House and Garden! Boys and girls can try many Japanese hands-on activities in the beautiful Japanese House and Garden and at nearby Sakura Pavilion in West Fairmount Park. Each week ends with a special camper-led tour and performance for their parents and guardians. Campers will experience a different theme each week. Sign up for any or all of the offerings.

Cost: Non-Members $270/week, Members $245/week.

For more information about each session and to sign up, click here or email:


NBW Summer Cycling Day Camp

Neighborhood Bike Works, 3916 Locust Walk (behind St. Mary’s Episcopal Church)

July 5 – August 26, 2016. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 8 – 14

Description: Summer Cycling Day Camp offers youth the opportunity to recondition a bicycle and earn a bike, helmet and lock in just two weeks! Youth complete the Earn-A-Bike curriculum in two weeks, and participate in fun outdoor activities, go on educational field trips and learn about safe cycling, nutrition and healthy lifestyles. Classes are limited to 12 campers per session. Campers MUST already know how to ride a bike and MUST be able to ride a bike for 20 minutes without having a rest.

Cost: $625 per two-week session (Session I – $575). Full and partial scholarships are available.

Registration opens on April 1, 2016. A parent information session will be held on April 2.

Click here for more information.

Summer Camp at PIC

Parent Infant Center, 4205 Spruce Street

Dates TBA. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Camper ages: children entering grades K – 5

Description: Join us for an enriching summer of art, sports, dance, reading, outdoor fun and much more.
PIC’s urban campus provides easy access to all that the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer children during the summer. Camp is divided into five two-week sessions, each with a focus on different theme-related activities. In addition to themed sessions, campers enjoy water play, play at neighborhood parks, visit the museums and cultural institutions that surround us, take trips to the nearby lakes, movies, play games, and see shows by visiting musicians and other performing artists.

Cost: TBA

To enroll, visit this page and download an application form, email: or call 215-222-5480, ext. 303.


Tree House Books: History Makers Summer Camp

1430 W. Susquehanna Avenue, Philadelphia

Dates TBA

Hours: Monday-Thursday 1:00 – 4:00 p.m.

Camper ages: 7-13

Description: Tree House Books’ 4-week summer camp is a diverse learning experience for children to explore reading in exciting ways. Each of our camps will read a different book that focuses on a specific time in Black history or on specific African-Americans who changed history. Campers will connect the characters in their books to community stakeholders (past and present) here in Philadelphia. Campers will learn how to interview and record story as they talk with community members, create art and writing projects influenced by what they hear and display their work at our End-Of-Camp party.

For more information, call 215-236-1760, email:, or go to:


Northwestern Stables’ Horseback Riding Camp

120 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

June 20 – August 12, 2016 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 8 – 12

The camp is located at the historic Northwestern Equestrian Facility in Wissahickon Park. It is a terrific experience for children ages 8-12 who love horses. Each day, campers will have a riding lesson, and learn something new about horses. The afternoons are filled with fun arts & crafts, and games in the meadow. This program is the perfect fit for kids who have no previous horse experience, as well as those who are currently riding. By the end of the week, it’s fun to see how much progress campers have made in this concentrated riding opportunity. The program is staffed with full-time adult professionals and three additional counselors for each week.

Cost: $350 per week.

For more information and to register, visit:


Alexa Café: All-Girls Tech Camp

Held at Bryn Mawr College and select campuses nationwide

June 27 – August 5, 2016

Hours: Please check website

Camper ages: 10 – 15

Description: Calling all girls! Build tech skills in a unique, stylish setting where girls collaborate in small, close-knit clusters and discover coding, design, filmmaking, leadership, entrepreneurship, philanthropy, and more. Weeklong day and overnight sessions for ages 10-15 are held at campuses nationwide.

Visit for more information and to register. Email: info@iDTech. com. Phone: 1-888-709-8324.


iD Tech Camps: Code, Game, Create!

Villanova UniversityUniversity of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

June 27 – August 5, 2016 (one-week and two-week sessions)

Hours: Please check website

Camper ages: 7 – 17

Description: Learn coding, game design, app development, robotics, web design, film, photography, and more in a fun camp setting! Day and overnight programs for ages 7-17 are held at over 100 top universities nationwide. Create and innovate with personalized instruction—only 8 students per instructor.

Visit for more information and to register. Email: Phone: 1-888-709-8324.


The Miquon Day Camp

2025 Harts Ln, Conshohocken PA (bus transportation from and to University City locations is provided by camp)

June 27 – August 19, 2016 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. After camp care is available.

Camper ages: 4 – 11.

Description: Located in a 10-acre wooded valley just outside Northwest Philadelphia in Whitemarsh Township, we offer a rustic setting in which your children can have that summer camp experience of yesteryear. Long summer days filled with friendships & fresh air, swimming & sports, music & drama, arts & crafts. At Miquon Day Camp, children experience summer the way it used to be–when kids had freedom to play, wonder, and experience the joys of the great outdoors.

Cost: $445/week (transportation included), $395/week (no transportation) if register before March 15. $495/$445 after March 15.

Click here for more information and to register. E-mail:


Uncharted Horizons Summer Camp

Chamounix Mansion, West Fairmount Park, 3250 Chamounix Dr, Philadelphia

Date TBA. Week-long day and overnight camp sessions.

Hours: 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. (day camp)

Camper ages: 10+

Description: We are a West Philly-based youth theater and adventure camp. We use cooperative play and improv theater to build community bonds and support our campers as they grow. We are running seven weeklong sessions (Monday-Friday), the first four of which are 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. day camps and the last three of which are overnight camps.

Cost: TBA

More information can be found at Contact email:


West Philadelphia Cooperative School Summer Camp

4625 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

Dates TBA. Two-week sessions.

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Camper ages: 2 – 6

Description: Summer camp days are filled with opportunities for open-ended play and exploration. Our experienced teachers lead a structured circle time that anchors the day with books, songs, and group activities connected to a different theme for each session. Summer camp themes are often related to nature, and children spend much of the day outdoors in our shaded yard and on the back deck where water play and fun sensory projects are offered daily. Trips to local playgrounds and gardens help connect our school to our neighborhood and community.

Cost: $40 per day, with a $10 activity fee and $30 co-op fee per session .

To sign up, email For more information, go here.


Youth Summer Cooking Camp

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut Street

July 11 – 29, 2016. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 14

Cost: All-day full week – $535; All-day two weeks or more – $460 per camper per week. Tuition includes one chef jacket, hat and apron.

All camps are sold out. Email to get on the waiting list.

Click here to download Camp Registration Form. For more information, go here. Tel: 215-222-4200 Ext. 3067, e-mail:


YMCA West Philadelphia Branch Day Camp

5120 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

June 13 – September 2, 2016. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Extended care is available.

Camper ages: 4 – 14.

Description: Summer Day Camp programs include arts & crafts, sports, games, nature, adventure, performing arts, swimming, field trips, special events, story-telling, camp songs and many other activities. All activities are centered on a weekly theme.

Cost: Full Privilege Members: $175-$190/week; Program Members: $190-$205/week.

Registration closes two weeks before each camp week begins. Online registration closes on June 1, 2015. All campers must have a current Y membership.

To download the West Philadelphia YMCA camp brochure, click here. For more information and to register, go here or call: 215-476-2700 ext. 2035.


ZoomDance Summer Camp

Major Moment Studio, 1624 South Street, Philadelphia

July 11 – September 2, 2016

Hours: Full days: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early and Late Care options from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 8

Description: At ZoomDance Camp, there’s plenty of space for all kids to expend energy, express themselves, and find something new they love. Program includes ZoomDance workshops, specialty classes such as Music and Yoga, field trips, art projects, playground adventures, and picnics. In the summer we will also visit the pool regularly. Specific Fridays will be performance days and friends and family will all be invited in to see what we’ve been working on. These performance weeks will feature one of our favorite stories, more on that coming soon!

Cost: $250 for five full days; $150 for five half days (9 a.m. – 12 p.m. or 12 – 3 p.m.).

Sign up here: Questions? Email or call 215-326-9613.


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