What local Camps are going Online?
Summer is here. (Home) schooling and learning is technically over, but the question is NOW what are you going to do with the kids?!?
It doesn’t mean kids are stuck with TV or Roblox and Minecraft as their only option. While some summer camps may be in session, many have canceled their offerings for 2020. But check out how some very creative camps have pivoted to a virtual summer camp option!
There are varying length options and camps for almost everything: art, coding, cooking, theatre, crafting and many more.
This is a great way to explore and try out shorter experiences (including 2-hour camps) with new places, from the comfort of your own home and tablet or computer.
We also have ideas for Classes and Virtual Field Trips too!
If you are looking for VBS options, there are some which are Virtual and local.
Camp choices by Interest
They kicked off the season with Baking 101 with camps that run Monday to Friday. They’ll be sharing the same amazing culinary entertainment you’d get if you were in our Kitchen, except you can be in your jammies (no judgement here).
Each day you will make delicious recipes and play kitchen games.
Ingredients are included and pick up is Sunday before the camp week starts from 3pm-5pm at our kitchen.
June 1st Monday – Friday: Theme “Around the World”
9am-10:30am for ages 6-10
12pm-2pm for ages 11-16
If you are a fan of Raddish Kids check out their program in OutSchool. You can book classes on their platform.
Step Stool Chef is offering its first ever Virtual Cooking Camp for Kids Monday, June 8th – Friday, June 12th for a cost of $270
The camp is held over 5 days starting daily at 3pm CST. It will enable kids to learn how to cook or enhance their basic skills in just one week! All Cooking Kits For Kids will be shipped prior to the start of camp and shipping costs is included. The shipment will include 5 Cooking Kits (1 for each day), 1 Cookbook, 1 Apron and printed instructions.
Arts and Crafts
AR Workshop Frisco have some great projects which Kids can do from home.
Paint My Pottery have some fun virtual camp options.
You can also try out Denton Art Camp from June 8 – July 24, kids ages 4-16 can “zoom” into summer, exploring art and cultures throughout the ages with real time on-line art classes starting at $35 with Camp supply kits available for purchase
Performing, Dance and Music
North Texas Performing Arts is offering Virtual Classes during June – you can pick and choose “a la carte” from $9.99 per hour for Open Classes with some fun themes. Both live and recorded sessions are available. They are also offering Virtual Theatre Explorers for kids aged 7 – 14. Students will learn the art of bringing stories to life as they create original short plays based on familiar characters. At the end of the week, they will virtually present a reading of their new play, and demonstrate the skills they learned in writing, acting and making simple props to help tell their story. And they have one week virtual production camps.
Stage West out of Fort Worth is doing some cool theatre classes online – including Set and Costume Design, Behind the Scenes and Singing!
The School of YES! is a FREE month-long summer camp in June and July for ages 7–18. Classes emphasize communication skills, collaboration, and the creation of original artwork through theatre, music, dance, visual arts, film-making, photography, and leadership instruction.
We also recommend Stretch-N-Grow for Music classes!
STEM or STEAM
Club Sci-Kidz – Camp in a Box! offering 26 camp-in-a-box themes, listed HERE. The boxes will be shipped in bulk to the Texas teams to distribute. You’ll select your pickup location & time when they place their order. The camp-in-a-box pricing is actually a better deal if they go through us; and they can get the multi-box discount applied automatically if they order 2+ boxes at once.
Each box also comes with access to a video lesson showing how to do the experiments, and teaching some of the science concepts as well (a detailed activity guide w/ science content is also included in the box).
- Registration will open June 1
- Counselor:Camper ratio will be 1:6 in live Zoom Video Conferencing secure sessions. Minimum 3 campers required to host a session.
- Session Calendar & Daily Schedule are below
- If a desired session is full, add your child to the waitlist to indicate interest. More sessions may be added based on demand.
- Camper technology needs/requirements will be listed on our webpage when registration opens
- Price: $225 per camp if registered by 11:59pm 6/12; $250 per camp session if registered on 6/13 or later
Destination Science is excited to offer 4 all new online STEM topics each week starting July 6, 2020 through August & beyond to help engage your kids. Join your Destination Science teacher LIVE online Monday- Friday for 2 full hours of hands-on STEM fun. Each camper will receive:
- KIT: Science supply kit designed for your topic of choice with accompanying Google slide deck walking kids through each day of learning.
- TEACHER: Connect LIVE with your Destination Science teacher with our Zoom link.
- LEARNING: Kids explore STEM science through games, challenges, building, and fun.
- SCHEDULE: LIVE for 2 hours per day starting at both 9:30am & 1:30pm (PT & CT).
- VIDEOS: The fun continues with pre-recorded step by step video guides designed to assist your child with an additional 30 minutes/day of project building at their pace.
- CONNECTIONS: Kids keep the same staff and campmates all week to build true connections with old and new friends.
Fees: $200/wk, Enroll by 6/30/20 & Save $50! (vouchers accepted)
Coding and Robotics
iDTech has some great options, from Gaming Design – think Roblox, Minecraft and Scratch and even teaching how to do Video Production and creating content with courses like “Make a YouTube Channel”
Virtual Tech Camps from IDTech are focused on fostering STEM skills while bonding with new friends, all online. With several different options (5 consecutive days, Monday-Friday) with topics like Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. With only 5 students per instructor blending personalized learning and time to socialize with new friends.
Stretch-N-Grow is offering all types of classes – Sports, Music and more… from the comfort of your home, with Coaches that personalize the whole experience with your Kids.
They are running classes at various times with one flat membership fee for the remainder of the Summer.
What is Included: Access to ALL 12 classes on Tuesday’s and Wednesday’s, Siblings are FREE, Classes for ages 3-13 years + Safe environment with Coaches and a company you know with Engaging class interaction
Can’t make a class? All classes are recorded and added to the Summer Camp Class page for On-Demand viewing for a cost of only $165 for an all access summer pass
Want only one or two classes? They have class passes for that too.
PowerCamp at Powerkids Sports and Fitness
Host a small camp in your own backyard or outdoor space of your choice.
We bring the party to you! Sports, games, crafts, music & high-energy activities with social distancing as the top priority. Structured swimming & water activities available if the host has a pool and campers are strong swimmers. Registration is only available by email.
*Minimum 6 & maximum of 10 children per camp week.
$175 per child per week
June 8 – 12 FULL
June 15 – 19 FULL
June 22 – 26
June 29 – July 3
More July dates coming soon!
9 AM – 12 PM
PowerKids Play Date – Curbside – Choose from sports, tumbling, or ANY style workout and receive 1 hour of a customized experience for your kids or whole family. Choose Curbside, and our well-trained coaches will bring the sanitized equipment to your home, or an outdoor space of your choice. AND stay tuned for more details on more online resources coming soon.
Master Chang’s Martial Arts – offering live virtual camps from June 1.
The Heritage Farmstead Museum is now offering virtual camps.
And Camp Young Judaea Texas has virtual camps from June 22 to July 31. https://www.cyjtexas.org/athome/. Including fun activities like reverse scavenger hunts and escape rooms.
Students from ages 6-10 will participate in daily activities built around themes such as inspiring Upstander behavior, building community, and kindness. Each week will have a different theme and materials for students to engage with from home.
Tutoring and Interacting Via Zoom
You can book a Bambino Sitter for a 2 hour session, or 1 hour per day to interact with your Kiddos at home! Tutoring, reading or simple games – they can do it all!
Let’s not forget about Teens and Tweens and we like to recommend SMU for their Pre-College workshops
Other fun ideas
Challenge Island and Varsity Tutors are both recommended by local Moms
Learn how to do photography well courtesy of Disney’s own Photography team (online!).
But they don’t stop there! They also have a huge resource called #DisneyMagicMoments with virtual tours, video series with their Imagineers team, learn how to draw characters and quizzes and games. We think there are options her for all ages (adults included!)
At Home Education
If your child is enrolled in a Public School, these are the at-home options you can log into for extra Education over the Summer
For all the resources available for young students, PISD has a full list for you
Check out the San Diego Zoo with their Virtual Cams!
Are you planning to try any of these? Let us know what you think!