Whether we like it or not, 2020 changed how we socialize. Maybe you’re not quite ready to send the kids off to an in-person summer camp, but heaven knows you’ve got to have something for them to do! Much like schools had to pivot for online learning, many camps have done the same. Check out the list below of virtual experiences for summer camp that cover almost everything—outdoor skills, art, cooking, crafts, gaming and coding, theater, and much more! Be sure to check out the FREE virtual summer camps at the end.
Kids love creating and these creator camps deliver!
Virtual Art Camps via ZOOM with Irving Arts Center
What: Campers will experience “most excellent “ time travel adventures via Zoom, exploring art and cultures throughout the ages.
When: June 8 – July 24
Cost: Starting at $35 (Supplies not included; camp supply kits available for purchase).
What: Missouri-based “Sweetology” is offering virtual cake decorating camps for kids and the supplies are sent directly to your home!
When: Various dates and times available. See registration page.
Ages: Grades 1-4 and 5-8.
Cost: Varies. See registration page.
What: An artistic response to emotional well-being. A self-guided, 5-day e-course you do as a family.
When: Anytime! The e-course is self-paced.
Cost: $100. Kit includes all the paint and tools you and your children will need to create a large-scale painting (canvas not included; this enables you to choose the size/price of your desired canvas). Also includes exclusive access to an online course, step-by-step written instructions and demonstration, membership in a private online community just for project participants to encourage idea sharing, plus conversation starters and family challenges designed to build trust, communication and empathy.
Jump Into Art Camp via Zoom
What: A comprehensive and engaging program filled with new technique and projects. This Zoom virtual summer camp comes with a 15 project art-in-a-box kit, mailed to your door prior to the start of camp.
When: Monday through Friday 10am-3pm (25 hours of live streaming); June 15-19 Castles, Fairies and Dragons; July 6-10 Famous Artists; July 20-24 Artist’s Choice
Cost: $265 per person.
Free shipping for all enrollees if your order 10 days prior to camp start date.
What: Kids watch inspiring videos, do creative projects, and make their own videos on DIY which gives them amazing opportunities to both learn and inspire other kids. Moderators ensure DIY remains the kindest online community on the planet and they are available 7 days a week if your kids ever have questions. DIY projects that are designed with everyday materials in mind, especially stuff commonly found around the house (and inside junk drawers) like paper, pencils, cardboard, glue, and baking soda. No need to purchase any additional items. A couple of courses– Minecraft and littleBits– require that you have access to Minecraft and littleBits.
Cost: They offer a 14-day free trial with unlimited access to all content. Up to four kids can try it for free. After your free trial you will start a subscription of your choice. The cost is equivalent to $15-25/month depending on the number of kids in your family and whether you want to be billed monthly or annually.
GAMING / CODING CAMPS
Attention parents of budding e-gamers!
What: Your kids will love learning to code while building video games in a fun, safe, and inspiring learning environment, with a game-based curriculum that they love. Kids can boost problem solving and critical thinking skills while having fun. Camp categories include: App Builder, Coding, Computers, Drones, Engineering, Game Design and Networking, Game Modding, Math, Programming, Robotics, Science, STEAM, STEM, Technology, Visual Arts, and Web Design
When: Various dates – programs vary by location.
Cost: Rates are set each locally owned and operated center.
What: Get your kids prepared for the future of coding with STEAM-focused camps including game design, robotics, drones, virtual reality, technology, engineering, 3D printing and entrepreneurship.
When: 9 am-5 pm, Monday-Friday
What: The hottest curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. All the magic of camp including games, challenges, and legendary iD traditions you can’t find anywhere else. Structured, weeklong sessions available in multiple time zones.
When: June 8 – August 21 (5 consecutive days, Monday-Friday); 2 hours of live instruction and peer collaboration + 2 hours of self-paced project development per day. 5 students max per instructor.
Ages: Students ages 7–19.
Cost: $399 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect (you save $100). Note: Once you pay for one child, a sibling or friend can join for free!
campers thrive in small group virtual camps taught by our LIVE instructors! We use the same curriculum as our in-person camps, so your camper won’t miss out on any content during this pandemic. Your camper will make new friends and learn a ton of new skills to up their game.
7/20-7/24 Adventures in Minecraft Game Design (rising 1st-3rd graders)
7/27-7/31 Master Minecraft Coder (rising 4th-7th graders)
8/3-8/7 Coding with Roblox (rising 4th-7th graders)
DAILY SCHEDULE: (Monday-Friday)
8:45 – 9:00 Zoom Classroom join!
9:00 -10:00 Lesson 1
10:00 -10:15 Restroom/Snack break
10:15 -11:15 Lesson 2
11:15 – 12:00 Lunch Break
12:00 – 1:00 Lesson 3
1:00 – 1:30 Outdoor Break/ Class Game Time
1:30 – 2:30 Lesson 4
Kids love using their imagination and role-playing, so give them a little boost with these theater camps.
What: Virtual spring and summer sessions and one-week camps now available. Engaging, interactive, fun! All classes are taught by DCT Theater Professionals using Zoom, Google classroom and other platforms.
When: June 1 – July 10
Ages: Pre-k through 12
Cost: Varies depending on class.
Tuition is non-refundable and non-refundable
What: Half-day Virtual Summer Camp programming, “Virtual Theater Explorers” and a full-day “Virtual One-Week Productions”, as well as other hourly online class options.
When: June 1 – August 7.
Cost: $175 to $199 depending on class.
Stage West Theatre, Fort Worth
What: Virtual plays and entertainment from tech theatre, Broadway and even Tik-Tok. Stage West Theater classes help kids spark creativity, build confidence, practice co-operation and develop curiosity.
Due to COVID-19, all June classes will be held on Zoom. Students must have access to a computer or a cell phone with a camera.
When: June 9 – 25
Cost: $35+ See registration page for breakdown.
*Note: A decision will be made on June 8 regarding whether July classes will be held in person or online.
VIRTUAL SUMMER CAMPS-IN-A-BOX
Monthly subscription boxes are quite popular these days so why not a “camp-in-a-box” for your kids?
What: Includes all art supplies and instructions needed to create 10 distinctive art projects, along with daily Live Zoom Camps with Kim Bavington, artist and owner, Art Classes for Kids, Campers will create two projects each day, each one focused on a different art genre and inspired by a different master artist, as well as a virtual student art show at the end of the week.
When: June 15-19, July 13-17 and August 3-7. Beginner Zoom Camp will take place from 8:30 am to noon PDT, while Advanced Zoom Camp will take place from 1 to 4:30 pm. PDT. Snack breaks and time to clean paintbrushes and assemble materials will be built into the schedule. In addition, Video Tutorials for each project will be available through the Art Classes for Kids website for viewers who want to do the art projects at their own pace any time or day throughout the summer months.
Ages: Beginner: 5-8; Advanced: 9 and older
Cost: $175 for an individual camper and $225 for a sibling box (with enough supplies and materials for two campers. For $95, campers can opt for Live Zoom Camp and Video Tutorials access only (no art supplies included).
Kits include: colored pencils, oil pastels, chalk pastels, a blending stick, clay, watercolors, acrylic paint, assorted paintbrushes, canvas, glue stick, a graphite pencil and No. 2 pencil as well as cellophane, cardboard and tape for mounting artwork, different varieties of paper and written instructions. All campers also receive an Art Classes for Kids apron.
*Also available for shipping nationwide
What: Each week of Camp Supernow is guided by an overarching theme and no two days look alike. Daily activities include games, arts and crafts, play-based learning activities, field trips, guest appearances, and movement and mindfulness through Zoom. Kids can feel the magic of camp right from their living room.
To maximize the fun and minimize parental effort, we keep supply lists short and most items can be found around the house.
When: June 1 – August 21
Ages: Kids ages 5-11
Cost: $199 per camper. Receive $25 off your first week with code: MAMACHALLENGE at Camp Supernow. Plus they give you one day of camp free to try it out!
What: FREE online summer-learning destination that’s full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments! 350,000+ online users and 57,000+ campers and counselors. Camp Wonderopolis can help build vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills along the way.
What: Live classes that span for weeks with everything from cooking to art to theatre to songwriter. Fully interactive and FREE! Each camp consists of five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Sign up for one camp, or all of them!
When: Monday-Friday throughout the summer.
What: Turn your passion into a career path. K12 Inc. Summer Camp offers tuition-free, career-oriented summer courses in coding, video game design and programming, business and marketing, health care, and more—some of which will even earn students a 0.5 high school elective credit.
When: June 15 – July 22; Students should plan on spending two hours a day for 20 days to complete the coursework by the July 22, 2020, course end date. Note: The course is designed to be self-directed. If you have a question, you can contact your teacher online, and they will respond within 24 hours, Monday through Friday, 9 AM–3 PM (ET).
Ages: Rising 9th through 12th grader
What: A worldwide, virtual adventure in story and song. This is a free, eight-week online summer camp where kids will get the chance to explore music in a new way with the Met’s extensive digital library of operas, plus creative projects to try at home, face time with music educators, and even opportunities to interact with Met artists. The camp will be hosted online via Google Classroom and Zoom.
When: June 15 to August 7
What: For SiriusXM subscribers, the Kids Place Live channel is launching “Camp KPL”. This summer camp will keep kids occupied all summer long. With ideas for at-home camp activities and projects, family-friendly music, and daily storytime, it might be worth tuning in with the kiddos.
When: Starting June 1. Airing on weekdays from 12-3:00pm ET
See the weekly schedule HERE.
So, hopefully there is something for everybody here but if you know of any virtual summer camp that needs to be added to my list, please share with Trista!