Philadelphia Summer Camps


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Here is a list of summer camps, bootcamps and workshops in West Philly and other Philadelphia neighborhoods – for kids, youth and even adults! If you know of a camp that’s not on here, drop us a line at: For advertising information, email:     Updated: 1/14/2019



Arts and Crafts Camps


Curio Theatre Summer Camp

Curio Theatre, 4740 Baltimore Avenue, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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 St., Philadelphia


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.

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.


Heart to Hand Culinary Camp

4501 Spruce St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Description: In all camp sessions kids will learn new cooking and baking techniques in small hands-on classes. Along with knife skills, kitchen safety, recipe development and nutrition kids will also learn about the origin and history of ingredients and recipes. We will focus on using local, seasonal ingredients to cook and bake recipes from around the world. One day in each session will include vegetable gardening and harvesting, a trip to an international food market and an outdoor picnic. The week will end with the kids preparing and hosting a buffet style tasting for parents to come and enjoy.

Cost: $450/per session.

For more information and to register online, visit: Tel: 267.408.5769; Email:


Black Hound Clay Studio Summer Clay Camp

711B South 50th Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Description: In this fun and intensive summer art camp, we will explore all that ceramics has to offer, including handbuilding, tile making, mosaics and mixed media. Taught by an experienced clay teacher, small classes mean campers gets individualized, one on one attention for their art projects. BH camp is for ages 7 through 12, and no clay experience is required! Each session features unique projects and themes.

Cost: $350 per camper per session.

Click here for more information and to sign up.


Fashion Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

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

June 17-21, July 8-12, August 5-9, 2019

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

Camper ages: 7 – 11

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! All NEW Designs for Summer 2019! Projects include a Handbag, Summer Dress or Vest, and a shoe re-design with LED lights & more!

Cost: $489/week.

For more information and to register, go here.


Jewelry Design Camp (Lavner Camps)

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

July 1-5 (*no camp July 4th), July 22-26, 2019

Camper Ages: 7 – 12

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

Description: 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! Campers are encouraged to focus on the aesthetic and functionality of their designs. Campers learn how to consider design, colors, texture, and shapes when designing their pieces. Campers also learn techniques which help develop efficient and safe practices when making jewelry.

Cost: $519/week. (*July 1-5 ~ $415.20/week).

For more information and to register, go here.


Hand Sewing Camp: Stuffed Animals & Doll Making (Lavner Camps)

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

June 24-28, August 12-16, 2019

Camper ages: 7 – 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? Do you want to create your very own stuffed animal and doll for yourself, your family or a friend? Join us for Hand Sewing Camp, where you will learn lots of sewing skills and create a fun loving stuffed animal and doll to keep at the end of the week! At Hand Sewing 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 and dolls. 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: $489/week.

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.

Cost: $290/week (full day); $1,550 for six weeks.

For more information, visit: or call 215-222-7633.


Camp ComedySportz

CSz Philadelphia at The Adrienne, 2030 Sansom St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m.-12:30 p.m.

Camper ages: rising 4th-9th graders

Description: Camp ComedySportz is a fun, interactive performing arts camp where the camper experiences team building, supporting teammates, taking creative risks, and building self confidence; while learning how to play ComedySportz. Camp ComedySportz programming includes the basics of improv, how to “Yes, And”, basic scene work, creating characters, stage presence and the introduction to ComedySportz-style game play. At the end of the week, the campers will perform in their own ComedySportz match for friends and family.

Cost: TBA.

Go here for more information and to register.


Koresh Dance Children’s Workshops

2002 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: Monday-Friday, 5:00-6:00 p.m.

Camper ages: 4-10

Description: Workshops are an opportunity for students to focus on a favorite style of dance, study with a new teacher, build friendships with fellow classmates, and try new moves.  Our workshops invite students to expand their dance horizons.

Cost: $100 per week.

For more information, please email or visit:

Koresh Dance Adult Summer Workshops

2002 Rittenhouse Square, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Ages: 16 and up

Hours: 12:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. or 2:30-4:30 p.m.

Description: Study for a whole week with your favorite teacher, improve your technique, and enjoy taking the time to focus on the dance styles you love.

Cost: $130-150 per week.

For more information, please email or visit:


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

Dates: TBA

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: $320 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

Dates: June 24 – August 23, 2019 (one-week and two-week camps)

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, click here.


Mighty Writers Summer Camps

3861 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: morning or afternoon half-day options

Camper ages: 2 – 17

Description: Various summer workshops are available for children and youth ages 2 to 17.

For more information and to enroll your child, visit:


Philadelphia School of Circus Arts Camp

5900A Greene Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA. 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; Cherry Hill Art Center, 1721 Springdale Road

Dates: TBA. 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: Grouped by age, artists delve deep into exciting weekly themes while exploring a range of 2 & 3-D media through age-appropriate curriculum. Mornings are spent blissfully working on art projects with a snack break in the middle, then artists break for lunch at noon and head to the playground, followed by another studio block to round out the day. Every week includes a special field trip or artist visit to enhance our theme-based learning. Tween Summer Camps: These totally tween-centered summer camps offer specialty themed weeks for kids who want to really focus on a particular medium! Led by experienced artists educators, camp themes include: sewing, comics, ceramics, 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 summer camps page for dates and themes!

Cost: Starting at $365 per week for full day camp – with regular discounts starting at 3+ weeks and all weeks 25% off through February 28th.

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

Dates: TBA. Week-long sessions.

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

Camper ages: 6-12

Description: Fire up your creativity and join the fun at The Clay Studio’s 2018 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

Dates: TBA

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

Dates: TBA (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 9-27 program. Cost for middle school students (Aug. 6-17): 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

Dates: TBA. One week sessions.

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

Camper ages: 4 – 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: Weekly Family Level Member – $280; Weekly Non Member – $330. Scholarships are available.

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


MADE Teen Fashion Camp

MADE Studios, 305 Cherry Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

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

Camper ages: 5 – 17

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. Intro To Instruments Camp is for children ages 5-12 with little or no previous instrumental experience. Instrumental Music Summer Camp (ages 7-17) 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.


Dates: TBA

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.


Dates: TBA

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

Horatio B. Hackett Elementary, 2161 East York St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (two one-week sessions)

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 (two one-week sessions)

Hours: 8:45 a.m. – 3:45/4:00 p.m. (before and after care is available for additional fee)

Camper ages: 7 – 17

Description: Week 1: Impressionism and Modernism. There will be a trip to the art museum on Saturday, July 21st for a small additional cost TBA once we have the group size. Week 2: Summer Music Boot Camp. Each camp has a Friday afternoon concert presented by the campers for parents.

Cost: Week 1: $450; week 2: $350.

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


School of Rock Summer Camp

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

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 10 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 17 – August 23, 2019. 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 – 14

Description: At our Robotics Camps (for ages 6-12), campers use LEGO® MINDSTORMS® EV3 to learn the fundamentals of building 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 product line allows for hundreds of possibilities of robots, new ideas, and projects. Campers also learn how to program robots to move and use sensors, control their robots using remote control capabilities, explore wireless control, and work in teams!

At Robotics Camp with Artificial Intelligence – for ages 8-13 – we utilize pre-built robots in order to maximize our (1) coding actions, tendencies, and behaviors, (2) building intelligence through hands-on training with the robots, (3) experimenting with voice commands and communication, and (4) testing our robots in numerous fun and exciting challenges! Campers will meet and work with our amazing robots Cozmo® and Chip™, and will also explore numerous additional computer programs with AI!

Robotics Camp with VEX® IQ is for ages 10-14. This camp offers the NEXT LEVEL of hands-on learning in Robotics. VEX® IQ allows campers to build more complex robots with more motors (12 ports!), advanced gears and pulley systems, better sensors, and enhanced controllability. Additionally, VEX® IQ has large, flexible pieces that allow for the construction of bigger, more sophisticated robots.

Cost: $549-$579/week.

For more information and to register for camps, go here.


Computer Programming Camps (with Java, Python, C++)

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

June 24 – August 16, 2019. Week-long sessions

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 11 – 14

Description: The Programming with Java camp immerses campers in Java™, the popular operating software used on over billions of 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! While working one “small” project and one “large” project throughout the week, campers have the opportunity to express themselves creatively and learn how to code it from the backend. Projects may include programming an Action Adventure Game, a Tic-Tac-Toe Game, a “Post It” Notes Program, A Homework Scheduling Optimization Calendar, A Virtual Candy Machine and additional Graphical Features!

In the Programming with Python camp, campers learn to code cool graphics, games, and programs! Campers benefit from clean syntax and other streamlined 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. In this camp, our students learn new programming concepts and skills, develop logical thinking, and code impressive and entertaining projects!

In the Programming with C++ camp, campers will be immersed in one of the most extensively used programming languages ever created. C++ is used everywhere from video game engines and video editing software, to operating systems and office applications. Huge companies like Google, Facebook, Youtube, and Amazon all make use of C++ in their back-end systems. Just like with other programming languages, campers will learn about loops, functions, objects, and programming logic – all of which are concepts that are shared across all Object Oriented Programming Languages such as Java and Python.


Cost: $609/week.

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



Anthropologists in the Making

Penn Museum, 3260 South Street

Dates: TBA. Week-long sessions.

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

Camper ages: 6 – 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: $280 Members / $300 Non-members per week. Register after May 1: $300 Members / $320 Non-members per week. Registration will open in early February. A limited amount of partial scholarships ($100 off tuition) are available until May 1 (email:

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

KidsMakeItRight Summer Camp

4100 Powelton Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (one-week sessions; Contact us about about other dates/locations)

Hours: Mon-Fri 9:00 a.m. – 3 p.m. Extended care is available.

Camper ages: students in grades 1 – 4 (ages 6-10).

Description: KidsMakeItRight’s Planet Protector Project is a summer camp focused on the environment and social responsibility. The project-based curriculum was developed by our on-staff learning scientist, an affiliated Professor of Education at the University of Delaware. Children work together to envision and execute trash and recycling projects while building compassion for the people and animals affected. They also learn and apply science skills, creativity, & critical thinking to improve their projects and maximize their impact. As they do, they realize that changing the world is within their reach!

Cost: $299 per week.

For more information and to register, visit: or email:


GSK Science in the Summer™ – Free Summer STEM Courses

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

Two-day sessions in June and July (check with your local library)

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: GSK Science in the Summer™ is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of science. Programs are held during the summer in public libraries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. 2018 Program Topic: The Science of Space. The Science of Space invites children to see the sky above them. Through active, hands-on learning, students explore the sun’s energy, the phases of the moon, human survival in space, and how rockets overcome Earth’s gravity.

Cost: This program is FREE. Students must be registered to attend this program. Registration for the Philadelphia program begins in May.

For more information, visit:


Discovery Camp

The Franklin Institute, 222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA. Week-long sessions.

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

Camper ages: children in grades 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: TBA

For more information and to register, visit this page.


PACTS Summer Institute at the Franklin Institute

222 North 20th Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: students entering grades 6 – 8

Description: During the summer months we hold the PACTS Summer Institute. This is a 4 week long science camp, where students have the chance to intensely study various science topics while completing research projects. At the end of the summer the students present their findings to their families and staff members of The Franklin Institute.

Cost: TBA.

More information is available at:


Academy Explorers Camp

Academy of Natural Sciences, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Dates: TBA. Week-long sessions.

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

Camper ages: 5 – 12 (check out Tiny Tot Explorers for ages 2-5 and Teen Husbandry and Expedition Programs for ages 12-16)

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 January 30 and receive $35 off each week of camp purchased per child. Register before April 1 and receive $25 off each week of summer camp purchased per child.

For more information and to download the registration form, go here.


DevKit Summer Camp

Science Leadership Academy, 55 N 22nd St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m.-4 p.m. (half-day option is available)

Camper ages: students entering grades 5 through 8

Description: At the DevKit summer camp, students will be taught to use the DevKit mobile app by our team of experts to create their own games. As the week progresses, your child will continue to tighten his or her grip of knowledge on tons of important coding logic, concepts, procedures, and terminology that will make it easier than ever to tackle coding languages in the future. Not to mention, they’ll have a blast doing it! At the end of the week, every camper will have his or her very own creation published on the iOS App Store for the world to download and play!

Cost: $229.99 (half-day), $429.99 (full day).

For more information and to register, go to:


BSD Code and Design Academy Summer Coding Camp

Chestnut Hill College, 9601 Germantown Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: Check the website

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

Camper ages: grades 1 – 9

Description: Learn to code this summer with four exciting new tech courses: Video Game Development, Explore Coding, Wearable Tech Fashion, and Robotics Competition. Campers jump straight into writing real code (HTML, CSS, JavaScript, C++) from day one, using industry standard software and best practices. Over the course of each week, kids will be introduced to new programming concepts and fundamentals while creating their own unique tech project. Absolutely no experience required!

Cost: Check the website

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


The Business of Doing Good, Entrepreneurial Summer Camp

Saxby’s Coffee Headquarters, 2300 Chestnut St #310, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 5th-9th graders

Description: THE BUSINESS OF DOING GOOD is a social entrepreneur program for rising 5th – rising 9th graders. Designed to inspire and empower kids to create projects and programs that make a positive impact in their world, this unique program will help participants find their passions and instill the determination and skills to achieve their goals. Each camper chooses a topic and potential project for the week. Entrepreneurs from the profit and non-profit spaces will work with campers and introduce business skills such as ideation, design thinking, business analysis, pitching and presentations. The Business of Doing Good’s dynamic and engaging curriculum will leave kids inspired to change the world by creating and presenting their unique social entrepreneurial endeavor.

Cost: $450.

For more information and to register, go to: Questions? Please contact: Michelle Julet / 650-245-9218 /


BugU Camp

Philly Insectarium Butterfly Pavilion, 8046 Frankford Avenue, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (individual one-week sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5 p.m. (half-day camp and extended care options are available)

Camper ages: 6-16

Description: Campers will get an up close and personal experience caring for some of the world’s most exotic creatures. From releasing and feeding tropical butterflies, to building tarantula homes, to resorting green spaces, to eco-games, and much much more, kids will leave with an appreciation for the natural world that they will build on for years to come. Over the course of the week, each camper will complete the Junior Entomologist Program and earn a free annual pass for the following year. Campers will have fun while learning about the diversity of life in their local community. Camp activities will be held at the museum, at Pennypack Park, and at Pennypack on the Delaware.

Cost: Full day with lunch: $325; Full day without lunch: $300; Half-day: $250.

To Request more information or to register, go here.




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Sports Camps


Penn Soccer Academy Summer Camps

Penn Park, 3000 Walnut St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (three week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 5 – 13 (half-day camp for ages 3-5)

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 3-5 – $180.

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


Ray Priore Football Camp

Franklin Field and Penn Park, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (one-day clinics)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. (Evening camp: 6 – 8 p.m.)

Camper ages: students entering grades 9 – 12

Description: The Ray Priore Football Camp is dedicated to providing a camp environment much like one our student-athletes live and breathe every day at the University of Pennsylvania. Our coaching and support staff work hard to create an environment which develops our student athletes and their commitment to excellence in which TEAM comes first. Camp activities are structured similar to our own practices here at Penn. Athletes will be challenged and compete in drills aimed at developing proficiency at each position. During their time with us, athletes will be held to high standards that push them to excel and maximize their potential.

Cost: $150 per session ($80 for evening camp).

For more information and to register, go to:


Soccer Shots Summer Camp

Smith Memorial Playground, 3500 Reservoir Dr, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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.

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


Village of Champions Soccer Camp

Papa Playground, 6839 Lansdowne Ave, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (9 week-long sessions)

Camper Ages: 5-11

Hours: Monday-Friday 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Description: Village of Champions Soccer Camp is a half day camp. Youth (boys and girls) will learn how to dribble, pass, and learn offensive and defensive plays. This is a fun environment that promote team unity and positive relationships. Our Campers learn to be champions on and off of the field through focused training, games, healthy competition, nutrition education, and character building. Camp highlights include focused training, team-building games, nutrition education, and awards!

Cost: $80 per week per camper. $5 discount per week for siblings and Wolfpack players. Camp T-shirt will be provided. Lunch and snack will be provided for all campers. Weekly trips at additional cost. (TBA)

To register and for additional information go to: or call 484-469-0699.


University of Pennsylvania Sports Camps

University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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.


All Region Youth Basketball Camp

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

Dates: TBA

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: TBA.

For more information and to register, go here.


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Recreation/Other Camps


Saint Mary’s Nursery School Summer Camp

3916 Locust Walk, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (early and late care available)

Camper ages: rising 1st – 6th graders

Description: Each week of Saint Mary’s Nursery School’s (SMNS) Summer Camp has a focus. We playfully collaborate on group projects and creations, visit local attractions, take walks, play games, and welcome visitors to our site.

Cost: $320/week.

Visit for more information, pictures and sign-up form or contact Amber S. Watts, Summer Camp Manager, at:


Camp Infusion

Holy Apostles & The Mediator Episcopal Church, 260 S. 51st Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (weekly sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. (extended hours are available)

Camper ages: 4-16

Description: Campers will have lots of activities: Sewing, hip-hop, health & fitness, sports, drama, trips and swimming. Also reading, writing, spelling, computers, and arts & crafts. Weekly topics will include: bullying, self-esteem, current events. Special pre-school preparation program is offered for 4-5 year-olds. Breakfast and lunch will be provided. The program is sponsored by the ABLE Center/Eddie’s House and Church of Holy Apostles and The Mediator.

Cost: Sliding scale (from no cost to $50/week). Registration fee is $25; scholarships are available.

For more information and to register, email: or call 215-307-3273 or 267-730-5922.


Redcap’s Corner Board Game Summer Camp

3850 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (two-week sessions)

Hours: Mon-Fri 12:30 – 5:30 p.m.

Camper ages: approximately 6th to 8th grade students (around 11 to 13 years old)

Description: Redcap’s Corner runs a day camp program during the summers. Campers will spend the first week of each session learning to play a variety of tabletop games, and then stretch their brains by designing their own board game during the final week of that session. Campers will learn to play many of the following board games and all of the following specialty games. Board Games: Carcassonne, Coup, Dixit, Forbidden Desert, Karuba, King of Tokyo, Santorini, Stone Age, Survive: Escape From Atlantis, Ticket to Ride. Specialty Games: Dungeons & Dragons, Magic: the Gathering, Star Wars: X-Wing, Warhammer 40,000.

Cost: $550 per session, or $500 for early birds (registration by the end of March).

Register online at or email for more information.


Steppingstone Scholars STEAM Summer Camp (free program)

West Philadelphia High School, 4901 Chestnut St.; Carver High School of Engineering and Science, 1600 Norris St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Camper ages: rising 5th, 6th, and 7th graders

Description: Steppingstone Scholars provides rigorous educational programming and support for talented underserved students in Philadelphia and is excited to bring its STEAM Summer Program for the 2018 summer session free of charge! This summer, the STEAM Summer Program will be offered in two locations. Families can elect to be at either North Campus or West Campus. The North Campus is Carver High School of Engineering and Science (1600 Norris St. Philadelphia, PA 19121). The West Campus is West Philadelphia High School.

Cost: Free

For more information and to register, go here. If you have any questions, or if you need a paper copy of the application, please contact Hannah Clements (North site) at 732-221-7702 or and Larry Waples (West site) at 215.360.9377


Our Mothers’ Kitchens Culinary & Literature Camp for Girls

Sankofa Community Farm at Bartram’s Garden, 54th & Lindbergh, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: Friday-Sunday, 10am-4pm

Camper ages: 12-17

Description: Our Mothers’ Kitchens Culinary + Literature Camp is a 3-day immersive camp experience for girls of color, ages 12 – 17, interested in cooking and creative writing. Learn about the importance of food and African American cultural histories; share food stories through creative writing activities; learn basic cooking skills, recipes and kitchen hacks; read the works of Zora Neale Hurston, Alice Walker, Vertamae Smart-Grosvenor, Ntozake Shange and more.

Cost: Free. Breakfast and lunch are provided.

For more information and to register, visit: Questions? Email:


Seaport Summer Camp

Independence Seaport Museum, 211 S. Columbus Blvd., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 6-12

Description: Learn all about history, science and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River. Perfect for ages 6-12, Seaport Summer Camp in Philadelphia features full days of activities and exploration on the water. In addition to on-water programming, campers tour our National Historic Landmark ships, Cruiser Olympia and Submarine Becuna, and participate in a variety of hands-on activities and crafts. Every week is a new discovery at the Seaport, with an in-depth look into the science and history behind the Philadelphia region’s waterways. Sign up today! There’s limited availability and spots are filling up fast for this one-of-a-kind camp.

Cost: Before April 15: Members $290/week; Non-members $330/week. After April 15: $315-$355/week.

More details can be found at:


Summer Programs at SPS

319 Lombard Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA. Weekly Sessions.

Camper ages: 3 – 15

Hours: Mon-Fri 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m. (optional before care and after care available)

Description: Summer Programs at SPS always strives to create a dynamic and engaging experience for the students. With a focus on hands-on activities & lessons, positive social engagement, and free exploration at all ages, Summer Programs at SPS embraces the fact that learning and fun can happen at the same time! We offer Themed Enrichment Programs, Specialty Programs ranging from City Sports to Musical Theater to Robotics, and finally a Leader-In-Training Program.

Cost: Programs range from $275-450 per week, with both multiple week and sibling discounts available.

For more information and to register online, visit: Tel.: 215-925-3963.


Calvary Baptist Church Summer Camp

6122 Haverford Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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.


Schuylkill Acts & Impacts Summer Program

Fairmount Water Works, 640 Water Works Drive, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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.

Cost: Free.

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


Second Chance Mission Summer Camp

New Antioch Baptist Church, 1244 South 22nd St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. (extended hours available)

Camper ages: 5 – 11

Description: Our summer program offers a variety of fun filled days, including advance arts, science exploration, craft mania, drama, weekly field trips, and many more fun activities.

Cost: $150/week for campers who attend all summer ($175 for individual sessions). Both fees include breakfast, lunch, and snack. We are no longer excepting CCIS. A $25 non-refundable registration is required (this fee will also guarantee your child space). Registration begins on April 30th and closes on May 31st.

For more information, contact 267-290-9972.


Summer Camp at Children’s Community School (CCS)

1212 S. 47th Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 8:30 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. (half-day, 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. Our space offers a beautiful yard with a kid-friendly garden, air conditioned indoor space with classrooms designed for different ages, and a large indoor space for active play, as well. Campers are grouped by age to support age appropriate activities for all.

Cost: $350/week (half-day: $250/week). Financial aid is available through April 23 (email:

For more information and to register, go here.


Discovering the Magic of the Elements through the Arts & Science: Earth, Fire Wind & Water

Jubilee School, 4211 Chester Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (two-week-long sessions)

Hours: 8:00 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 12

Description: Camp activities include: art, capoeira, computer technology, dance, experiments, field trips, gardening, music and swimming. Free breakfast and lunch.

Cost: $525 per session. CCIS welcome.

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


Elite Skills with Minecraft™ Camp (Lavner Camps)

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

June 24-28, July 22-26, August 12-16, 2019

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 11 – 14

Description: Are you a passionate 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, utilize Redstone at more advanced levels, and participate in weekly Friday tournaments which feature difficult and challenging events to test camper skills and provide lots of excitement!

Cost: $579/week.

For more information and to register, go here.


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

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

June 17 – August 23, 2019 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 12

Description: Stretch your imagination and improve your skills at 3D Innovation & Design with Minecraft™! At this Minecraft™ camp, you will utilize your own creativity, learn and improve your skills, and work individually or collaboratively (on our own private servers) in the same virtual world at this awesome and unique computer camp! In addition to designing and building, we take camper experiences way beyond by teaching lessons in Implementing Mods, Survival & Scratch Crafting Recipes, Customizing Minecraft ™Maps, utilizing Redstone & Electrical Circuits, game design, working with multi-player servers, and building competition skills in weekly Minecraft™ tournaments!

Cost: $549/week.

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 24 – August 9, 2019 (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Camper ages: 6 – 14

Description: At Video Game Design Camp with GameMaker™ (for ages 9 – 13), campers create incredible games with AWESOME graphics and learn/implement computer programming. Campers are challenged in creativity, design, and programming logic throughout the process of creating fun and exciting games. 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™ (for ages 8 – 12), campers use RPG Maker™ to create an RPG game where the protagonist is a destined explorer set on a journey to discover new lands and inhabitants. In this game, campers customize their landscapes, storylines, 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 with Apps Camp (for ages 6-12), campers use the Fusion 2.5 program to create their own video games for use on computers, and learn how to create game Apps that are compatible with Android™ and/or iOS devices. Known as one of the best computers camps available, aspiring game designers come away with added skills, knowledge, awesome projects, lots of accomplishments! At this popular Computer Camp, no previous experience is necessary, however more complicated projects are offered to campers based upon their age and ability.

Cost: $549-$579/week.

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


Center City KinderCare’s Summer of Wonder

1700 Market St., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Camper ages: 1 – 12

Description: Six themed programs that will make summer exciting, educational and tons of fun. Whether your child is in our preschool, Pre-K or school-age programs, all of it is designed to help children learn while soaking up the fun. We offer flexible scheduling options to meet the needs of busy families like yours — so we hope to see you there.

Cost: $110 to $350 per week.

For more information, visit: Email: or call (215) 563-9499.


Diana Camp

Bryn Mawr, PA (Shuttle available from West Philly and Mt. Airy)

Dates: TBA (week long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 8-13 years

Description: Diana Camp is a truly unique and magical adventure for girls aged 8-13. “Diana” also known as Artemis, is the Greek/Roman goddess of the wild spirit, protector of nature and animals and is unfaltering in her own truth. Spend your camp days with activities like archery, hiking and swimming mixed with a “feminist Hogwarts” theme that will spark creativity, self-knowledge and friendship building.

Cost: $315 per session before May 15th; $345 after May 15th. Some scholarship is available.

For more information: or email:


Summer Camp at Lansdowne Friends School

110 N. Lansdowne Avenue, Lansdowne, PA

Dates: TBA (two-week sessions)

Hours: 8:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m. (extended care until 6:00 p.m. at no additional cost)

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.

Cost: $650 per two-week session ($325 for one week). Sign up before February 15 and enjoy a special discount on your total order.

Click here for more information and to register.


City Wild Camp

Fairmount Waterworks, 640 Waterworks Dr, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (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: TBA.

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


High School Mock Trial Experience

Drexel University, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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: TBA

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


The Evoluer House Summer Empowerment Programs for Teen Girls

Peirce College, 1420 Pine Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (two eight-week programs)

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

Orientation: June 1, 2019, 10:00am to 5:00pm.

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 1-5, 2019 (*no camp July 4th)

Hours: 9:00 a.m. – 3:30 p.m

Camper ages: 9 – 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: $359.20/week.

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


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


Dates: TBA (two one-week sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Camper ages: children entering K – 8th 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. Open to children of all ethnic, religious, and socio-economic backgrounds, “Al-Bustan”, Arabic for “The Garden”, encourages dialogue, respect, understanding, and celebrates diversity.

Cost: Fee paid in full by May 1: $600; Fee paid in full by June 1: $650. 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)

Dates: TBA

Camper ages: 8 – 14 (CIT program is available for ages 15+).

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: $100-$575.

For more information and to register, click here.


Camp Sojourner, Girls’ Leadership Camp

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

Dates: TBA

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 based on a sliding scale, depending on family size and income.

New campers (ages 8-13) can apply here. Visit: or call: 215-951-0330 x 2180 for more information.


Little Green School House Summer Camp

219 S. Melville Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

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.

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

Dates: TBA. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Before and aftercare is available.

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; $290/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

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. (Half-day camp: 9 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.)

Camper ages: 4 – 15

Description: Spend a week or more 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. New! Manga Immersion program: This artist-led program is geared toward older students ages 12-15 who want to explore manga art.

Cost: $240/week for members for full-day camp; $265/week for non-members. Scholarships are available.

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


NBW Summer Cycling Day Camp

Neighborhood Bike Works, 3939 Lancaster Ave., Philadelphia

Dates: TBA. 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 in March 2018.

Click here for more information.

Summer Camp at PIC

Parent Infant Center, 4205 Spruce Street

Dates: TBA. One-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 10 one-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: $325 per week. Minimum enrollment of two sessions (not necessarily consecutive) is required. Financial assistance is available for qualified families.

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


Northwestern Stables’ Horseback Riding Camp

120 Northwestern Ave, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.

Camper ages: 8 – 12

Description: 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: TBA. Registration for 2018 Summer Camp opens in Spring.

For more information and to register, visit:


Alexa Café: All-Girls Tech Camp

Held at Bryn Mawr College and select campuses nationwide

Dates: TBA. Week-long sessions

Hours: 9 a.m. – 5:30 p.m.

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.

Cost: From $949 per session.

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

Dates: TBA (week-long sessions)

Hours: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.

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.

Cost: Starting at $849/week.

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)

Dates: TBA (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: $465/week (transportation included), $415/week (no transportation) if register before March 18, 2018. $465-$515 after March 18, 2018.

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


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: TBA

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


Youth Summer Cooking Camp

The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College, 4207 Walnut Street

July 8 – August 2, 2019. Week-long sessions.

Hours: 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Camper ages: 7 – 14

Description: Do you know a child between the ages of 7 and 14 who loves to cook or bake? If so, we have a unique summer camp that’s perfect for them! For a few weeks every summer, campers have the opportunity to hang out with and learn from some of the best chef instructors in the industry. Throughout the camp week, beginning with the basics of kitchen safety, your camper will participate in hands-on culinary or pastry classes in the College’s kitchens, all while using real recipes that are easy enough to duplicate with the family at home. We also cover nutrition, ingredient information, and food safety.

Cost: $550/week.

For more information and to sign up, go here. Tel: 215-222-4200 Ext. 3067, e-mail:


YMCA West Philadelphia Branch Day Camp

5120 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia

June 17 – August 23, 2019. 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: $185-$190/week; Non-members: $225-$230/week. Registration closes two weeks before each camp week begins.

For more information and to register, go here or call: 215-476-2700 ext. 2035.


ZoomDance Summer Camp

Equilibrium Dance, 1802 S. Broad Street, Philadelphia

Dates: TBA

Hours: Full days: 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Early and Late Care options from 8:30 a.m. – 4 p.m.

Camper ages: 3 – 7

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: Full days: $60/day, Half days: $40/day (you can choose which days you want to join).

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


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