To camp or not to camp. That is the question. Because while a whole week is wonderful, sometimes all you need is a day or two of diversion to get your crowd back into the summer state of mind. Luckily there are several Atlanta camps that operate on a drop-in basis. Check out these cool camps you can tackle one day at a time.


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2 Crafty Chicks
Don’t let all those cute, crafty Pinterest projects that you don’t have time for get you down. Send your kiddos to a day (or week) camp at 2 Crafty Chicks in Decatur and your walls will be filled with awesome artwork, minus the stress! Camps hours vary by week and theme—be sure to check the calendar to see what they have planned prior to signing up—and are $150 per day or $300 per week. In addition making awesome art to take home, campers engage in music and games.

1549 Clairmont Road Unit 105
Phone: 404-216-5574

balance beam

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Jump Start Gym
This gymnastics and tumbling facility on Roswell Road makes summer days sizzle with sports, tumbling, arts and crafts, and story times. Perfect for kids ages 3 to 13, they are grouped according to age and anyone organizing a group of 10 or more campers to attend the same day of camp gets 50% off her child’s tuition. Discounts for members (10%) and siblings (5%) are available for this camp, which runs from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily and costs $65 per day or $260 per week.

5920 Roswell Rd.
Phone: 404-252-5867

batting cage

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D-BAT Atlanta
If your little slugger can’t get enough of pop flies, fielding balls, and playing catch, then a half-day camp at D-BAT’s climate controlled facility is just what you need. Or, let them stay and play for a full day for an expanded sports camp in the afternoon. Baseball camps are from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $75 per day or $249, and the all-sports all-afternoon camp is from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. and costs $114 per day or $348 per week. Members save 40% on all camps.

2345 Adams Dr.
Phone: 404-355-9700


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Peachtree Gymnastics
Boisterious—and potty trained—boys and girls (ages 3 to 12) can tumble their way through a day of gymnastics, arts and crafts, character visits, face painting, games and more at one of this active outfitter’s three metro locations. Full day camps are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and cost $55 daily and $245 weekly, while half day camps are from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and cost $45 daily or $198 weekly.

Locations in Buckhead (3872 Roswell Rd., 404-841-6363), East Cobb (1255 Johnson Ferry Rd., 770-977-5557) or Roswell (8560 Holcomb Bridge Rd., 770-640-6605)


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Atlanta Rocks
Instead of your walls, let them climb the rock walls at Atlanta Rocks Indoor Climbing Center, instead! Day camp and weekly options for ages 8 and older allow climbers to learn the basics—how to put on a harness, tie safety knots, belay procedures and climbing technique—from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. for $60 per day or $250 per week.

1019 Collier Rd NW, Ste A
Phone: 404-351-3009

princess ballerina

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The Gym at Peachtree Presbeterian
While this Buckhead behemoth of classes and camps for Atlanta’s small set offers a multitude of weekly camps, they also offer several full and half-day camps that you can register for on a drop-in day basis. Select from their 5 Star Sports Camp (ages 5 to 12), Prima Ballerina (ages 6 to 12), Princess Ballerina (ages 3 to 5), Gymnastics and Cheerleading (ages 4 to 12), Boys Gymnastics (ages 4 to 12), Hip Hop (ages 6 to 12), Tiny Tumblers (ages 3 to 6), Sports 101 camp (ages 3 to 6) and Fun and Games camp (ages 3 to 6). Camps vary by selection but daily rates run $50-60 per day or $175-250 per week and the hours vary based on age and camp selection.

3434 Roswell Rd.
Phone: 404-842-5852

Where will you send the kiddies to camp this summer? Tell us in the comments section below!

—Shelley Massey and Phebe Wahl