Spring is in the air (hooray!) which means summer can’t be all that far behind. And while the word “summer camp” still fills my head with images of gimp and campfires, your kids’ options now go way beyond the camps of my youth, with specialty camps for just about any interest.
Here are some of my favorites that look like so much fun, I wish I could sign up myself. -Christina
Little scientists can spend their days learning about outer space, solving their own CSI-style mystery, or even figuring out a cure for zombies at Colorado’s Keystone Science Camp. I love how each week encompasses a different theme so your child can pick the one that interests him or her most, and that you can attend by the day, the week or the whole summer depending on what suits your needs. Plus, zombie camp?!?! How can that not be awesome?
My creative, hands-on girls would love to spend a week at Curious Jane day camp. Themes range from Toy Design to Life Science, with lots of time for free play and exploration, and the all-girl atmosphere is meant to be supportive and empowering for young girls. There are nine locations including Philly (which also offers a new one-week overnight camp), NYC, New Orleans and a new location outside of Boston. Check out Curious Jane Jr. for younger girls who want in on the action too.
(Mention Cool Mom Picks when you register for camp at their new Brookline, MA location and receive a 10% discount; not to be combined with other discounts or offers.)
After a week (or two) at Pali Adventure’s Secret Agent Camp near San Bernadino, CA don’t be surprised if your camper’s favorite color is camo. I love how active my kids would be all day long between the paintball battles, obstacle courses, martial arts sessions, and archery lessons. Though don’t expect them to tell you much: They are learning to be secret agents, after all. (photo here and at top)
My kids’ tech-loving hearts would be so fulfilled at one of iD Tech Camps Junior Camp Courses offered around the country, with classes in robotics, programming and game design. But, I also appreciate that their days would also include unwired time like playing strategy games or doing teambuilding activities. And maybe they can teach me how to do cool things on my computer when camp is done.
If your horse-loving child is ready for sleep-away camp, Florida’s Circle F Dude Ranch looks like so much fun, you may have a hard time getting them back home again. Along with horseback riding lessons, kids can sign up for skateboarding, archery, or just catch a banana boat ride in the big sandy-bottom lake.
Whether or not they can already catch a wave, the Aloha Beach Camp in LA has day camp options for kids as young as four who love the ocean, as well as a High Action camp for tweens and teens. Along with surfing, kids may go tubing, play sand games, and ride the waves on a boogie board. I didn’t see any “rainy day” activities listed but, then again, we are talking about Southern California.
Not into the beach? Your tweens and teens can actually ski this summer at Mt. Hood overnight summer camp. Yes, they really do have snow, even in August! Snow sports obviously rule here, though during their off-time, kids can skateboard, play pool or even go whitewater rafting. With a laid-back vibe and loads of instruction on the slopes, I can see why someone would trade in their bathing suit for snow pants for the chance to go to this camp.
Though your garage may be turned into a band studio after the summer is through, I think your rock-star-in-training will love you for the chance to spend a week at School of Rock. And yes, that’s real thing and not just a movie. Locations are found all across the U.S. and kids of all ages and abilities are invited to come and rock out for a week or two.
Ourdoor Immersion Camp
Also check out the information we found about the cool (and free) Apple Camp coming soon.