It’s time again for the kids to get moving, get active, get creative, and get to learning over summer vacation. Below is a breakdown of local summer camp options in the Phoenix and Tuscon areas.
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Tucson & Southern Arizona
Startup STEM Camp
Give your child the skills they can use in the new economy at Startup STEM Camp by Startup Tucson! Registration is now open for middle and high schoolers who are ready to learn the innovation skills critical to a successful career in our new global economy! Middle School Session:July 20-24. High School Session: July 27-31. More information at startuptucson.org/go/startup-stem-camp-2015/.
Arizona Theatre Company
Summer on Stage: Tucson is a five-week theatre training program that encompasses Summer Backstage and which culminates in fully-realized productions performed on the main stage of the Temple of Music and Art. The program is led by Arizona Theatre Company staff and local theatre teaching artists and provides in-depth, quality training experiences for high school students looking to unleash their creativity over the summer. More information at www.arizonatheatre.org/education.
Children’s Museum Tucson
This summer enroll in S.T.E.A.M. Camps 2015 where campers will explore the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics through fun-filled learning all summer long at Children’s Museum Tucson! Subjects include LEGO engineering, Edible Science, and Dinoland. More information at www.childrensmuseumtucson.org.
91.3 FM KXCI DJ Camp
KXCI is pleased to offer summer dj training programs for youth ages 9-12. This is a hands on class where students receive an introduction to: broadcast equipment and rules, music appreciation and selection, creating music sets, and public speaking. Session 1: Classes will run Monday June 8th – Thursday, June 11th. Session 2: Classes will run Monday July 13th – July 16th. At the end of each session the participating kids will be able to share their skills with the listening community. More information at kxci.org/about/summer-youth-classes/.
Tuscon Museum of Art and Historic Block
Spend your summer making art and exploring the galleries at the Tucson Museum of Art! Inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibitions, the Museum offers summer art classes for ages 5 – 13. Children can discover new places and diverse cultures through visits to the galleries and historic buildings, express their creativity, and produce original works of art. Eight weekly sessions are available, with morning and/or afternoon classes offered. More information at www.tucsonmuseumofart.org/.
Playformance offers camps for kids to spend the day doing lots of fun, active, age appropriate activities including games, sports, and creative play! With special guests and activites kids can enjoy activies such as parkour, baseball, kickball, drama, gymasntics, and visal arts. More information at www.playformancetucson.com/camps/.
Reid Park Zoo
Registration is now available for Zoo Summer Camp 2015! Treat your kids to a big adventure this summer without leaving Tucson. The Zoo offers action-packed day camps for kids who will enter grades 1-6 in the fall. Games, crafts, scavenger hunts, and opportunities to meet Zoo Keepers–and even help out Behind the Scenes–make this camp unlike any other. More information at reidparkzoo.org/zoo-summer-camp-2015/.
Have a budding young artist at home? Need a cool, creative alternative for the hot summer days in Tucson? We have the place for you! Camps are available in one week increments. Half day sessions from 9:00 am to 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. All materials are included in the camp cost. More information at creativejuiceartbar.com/summer-camp/.
Harkin’s Theatre Summer Movie Program
If its summertime, that means blockbuster movies and the Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids. For more than 35 years, Harkins Theatres has brought back some of Hollywood’s best family films to keep kids entertained and cool during the summer. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. (All adults must be accompanied by children.) More information at www.harkinstheatres.com.
Tucson Botanical Garden
Plant Power Summer Camp is back! Join Tucson Botanical Garden for a week-long exploration of plants, biology, and natural history. Campers will gain a renewed admiration for nature at a tranquil setting in the heart of Tucson. Dates:June 1-5 (Grades 1st – 3rd) and June 15-19 (Grades 4th – 6th). More information at www.tucsonbotanical.org/education/youth-education/.
The Mini Time Machine Museum
The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures offers two summer programs to keep kids ages 5 through 12 engaged and stimulated during the summer months. Our week-long morning camps are designed for ages 5-7 or 8-12. During a week-long summer camp, kids will work towards creating their very own miniature in accordance to the week’s theme. ClubHOUSE is a weekday afternoon program created to provide families the flexibility to drop the kids off for a few hours here and there or to add on to our morning camps for full day coverage. More information at www.theminitimemachine.org/summer/.
Summer Camp J
Summer Camp J 365 offers a little bit of everything including Early Childhood Camps for ages 2-5, Traditional Day Camps for those entering grades K-11, Sports Camps, Excell Tri Training included in Sports and Athletic Camps (Gr. 4+), Leaders in Training Camp for teens entering grade 9 and Specialty Camps for various ages. More information at www.tucsonjcc.org/campj/.
Keep your children engaged this summer with Tucson Waldorf School’s summer programs. Waldorf School is excited to offer weekly summer day camp programs for children from preschool to Grade 8. Creative opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment consistent with all of the elements parents love about Waldorf Education. More information at tucsonwaldorf.org/summer-camps/.
Tucson Clay Co-op
Summer Clay Camp at the Tucson Clay Co-op includes wheel throwing, hand building, and sculpture for children 6 to 12 years old. Each educational and fun-filled 2-week session ends with a party and exhibit of the children’s work. Cost: 2 weeks $120. Ages: 6-12. 2-week sessions held on Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday 9 a.m.-noon. More information here.
The Arizona Sunrays
Starting July 1: ‘Supercamp’ at Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics & Dance Center- Ages 3 to 13 can enjoy summer camp days filled with gymnastics, dance, karate, sports, special guests, a bounce house, and much more at The Arizona Sunrays. Or on July 5, 12, 19, 26 – Family Tumble Time where children, ages 1 to 12, are invited to come out and play on the various pieces of gymnastics equipment and in foam pits, jump up and down on trampolines, and enjoy unstructured exercise/play. More information at (602) 992-5790 or www.arizonasunrays.com.
Valley Youth Theatre
Valley Youth Theatre’s Education Department provides two types of fun-filled educational camps in downtown Phoenix. Summer Camp is a four week long camp that includes a final day performance. The first sessions begin on June 1st and the second session begins on July 6. More information at (602)-253-8188 or www.vyt.com/Education/Camps.
The Arizona Animal Welfare League & Society for Prevention of Cruelty to Animals
The AAWL and SPCA have expanded their unique, animal-themed day camps with more classrooms and opportunities for hands-on exploration this summer. Week-long sessions are offered for children ages 3 – 17 and cover a range of topics from animal care, veterinary medicine, responsible pet ownership and wildlife education. More information and registration at https://aawl.org/summer-camp.
Hubbard Swim School and Sports Camp
Hubbard Family Swim Schools’ three Valley locations – in Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa – offer helpful “Four-Day Blitz Lessons” all summer long starting on May 18. These weekly swim lessons occur on four consecutive days in one specific week. More information at www.hubbardswim.com. Hubbard Sports Camp is for children ages 4 ½ to 13. It is a co-ed, multi-sport summer camp offering 11, one-week sessions from May 26 – Aug. 7. Dates vary by location. Campers enjoy soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery, swimming and many other fun, indoor and outdoor games and activities. More information at (602) 971-4044 or http://hubbardsports.com/.
Audubon Adventures is a week-long, nature-focused day camp in Phoenix capped with a one-night camp-out on Thursday night at Camp Colley in Payson. Transportation to the camp-out and all camp equipment is provided. The camp is open to all rising 5th and 6th graders. More information at http://az.audubon.org/audubon-adventures-summer-camp-0.
Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp
Presented by the West Valley Arts Council, Missoula Children’s Theatre Camp is a renowned children’s summer theatre program offering youth an opportunity to perform under the direction of professional tour actors/directors. In order to enroll, all children must be ages 6 to 18 years old. Auditions are on Monday, June 8th at 10am. More information at westvalleyarts.org, or call (623) 935-6384.
Desert Botanical Garden
Every day is an adventure as Desert Botanical Garden campers become scientists as they use their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. Each day brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, children’s literature, free-choice learning, art projects and more! Snacks are provided. Programs provided for children ages 4-12. More information at www.dbg.org/.
Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo
Kids can spend summer and winter breaks at the Zoo with Camp Zoo! Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo offers children ages kindergarten through 8th grade an opportunity to explore nature and the zoo in a fun, hands-on and exciting way. More information at phoenixzoo.org/camps-programs/camp-zoo/.
Arizona Science Center
Arizona Science Center’s CAMP INNOVATION Summer Camps in 2015 inspire creativity, develop critical thinking and problem solving skills and help inspire and engage the next generation of innovators and scientists. From learning about the gross eruptions in a human stomach, testing robots, becoming a ‘Do It Yourselfer’, researching and learning about weather phenomenon, to hand-on lab work extracting DNA with scientists and neurosurgeons, CAMP INNOVATION 2015 has a camp for all ages, 3-14! ? More information at www.azscience.org/exhibits_activities/camps.
Phoenix Center for the Arts
Rather than focusing on just one artistic medium, Phoenix Center for the Arts present a well-rounded artistic experience that encompasses many different art forms, both visual and performance-based. They offer two-week camp sessions so your child can dance, sing, draw, and dramatize the summer away! Grades K-6. More information at phoenixcenterforthearts.org/summer-camp/.
Bonanza Educational has partnered with the Heard Museum to provide a one-of-a-kind summer program for children ages 7-13 with four components of fun based on the exhibit Super Heroes: Art! Action! Adventure!, opening May 16 and on display this summer. The one-week workshop will be offered four times in June. Each session is the same. Each will be held from 8:30 a.m. to noon Monday through Friday. More information at here.
Multicultural Theatre Camp is back again! In 2001, the Herberger Theater Center began a collaboration with Free Arts for Abused Children to heal young lives through the performing arts. Teens from group homes, shelters and treatment facilities throughout Maricopa County have an opportunity to create and experience the arts through a two-week theater camp at the Herberger Theater Center. More information at www.herbergertheater.org/?s=camp/.
Arizona Broadway Theatre
Arizona Broadway Theatre Academy for Young Performers provides children interested in the performing arts the opportunity to explore their creativity and expand their imagination. All classes focus on acting, music and movement instruction. Classes are great for beginners, but also effective for those with theatre experience. All classes focus on acting, music and movement instruction. Five sessions available (based on age). More information at azbroadway.org/.
National Comedy Theatre
Improv camps starting on June 8 and continuing until the last session on July 20th. There are sessions availble for kids, tweens, and teens. More information at www.nctphoenix.com/events.html.
Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts
Children ages 5 to 13 learn new skills, make new friends and have hours of fun in a safe and controlled environment. Karate Camps are a great way for a beginning child to build basic martial arts skills or for the experienced martial artist to better their skills. Camp participants gain life-skills like problem solving, conflict resolution, respect, discipline and confidence. Hours of fun are spent challenging kids both mentally and physically. More information at www.peacefulwarriorphx.com/camps.
AZ on the Rocks
Campers will spend their day: ROCK CLIMBING, YOGA, GYMNASTICS, PLAYING GAMES, AND OTHER FUN ACTIVITIES. AZ on the Rocks’ high energy, well qualified counselors will help your child build new friendships, discover new interest and improve self-esteem, all in an inviting environment. No experience is required. AZ on the Rocks camps focus on movement, physical activity and having fun. This camp does not teach children how to be professional climbers or to be at a high performance level in any of the activities. More information at www.azontherocks.com/climbing-camps.
FlipDunk Sports is 19,000 sq.ft. of indoor, high-flying fun! It’s a one-of-a-kind recreational experience that offers fitness activities for all ages and skill levels found nowhere else in the Valley. You’ll literally be bouncing off the walls! With trampolines on the floors and walls, bungee trampolines and tumble tracks with basketball hoops for a slam dunk finish, the sky’s literally the limit at Flip Dunk Sports. See class information at www.flipdunksports.com/classes.