Does the passé meaning of summer camp equate to dooms day to your child because she’s more creative than athletic? Fear not! The DMV has plenty of unique, creative, non-sports themed summer camp options for kids of all ages!

Photo: Camp Shakespeare

Camp Shakespeare
Got a blooming thespian? The Shakespeare Theatre Company gives kids ages 7-18 the chance to delve into William Shakespeare’s world every summer at Camp Shakespeare! One-week sessions are offered for Poppets (ages 7-8) and two-week sessions are offered for Groundlings (ages 9-11), Young Players (ages 12-14) and King’s Company (ages 15-18). Campers will learn about voice and movement work, dissect Shakespeare’s plays with text analysis, develop vital acting skills and perform onstage at the Shakespeare Theatre Company.

516 8th St., SE (Judiciary Square)

Photo: The Children’s Art Studio

The Children’s Art Studio
If you have a budding artist, The Children’s Art Studio is the perfect place to spend summer.  Located near the Van Ness metro, their summer camp touches upon the fundamentals of drawing, painting, sculpture and printing through stimulating and exciting practices.  Continuing projects will also be on the agenda depending on the interests and inquisitiveness of different camp groupings. Campers have made puppets, kinetic art and books. Camps start at age five. Classes are small allowing for individual attention, teaching is focused and caring, and materials are used in creative waysArtists have a beautiful court yard room that inspires imagination and a fun adjacent playground where campers will break for lunch and playtime.

3150 Chesapeake St., NW (Van Ness)

Photo: Creative Youth

Creative Youth
Does your tween have a passion for fashion?! Developed by professional New York-based designers, Creative Youth teaches fashion design and sewing to budding designers ages 7-18, with a focus on self esteem building, creativity and–of course–fun. Their summer sewing and fashion design courses offer instruction on the basics of sewing like how to use a sewing machine as well as concepts of fashion illustration and design. Fashionistas get to choose from over 30 projects during each week long session while also learning fun facts about celebrated designers and fashion history.

4805 St. Elmo Ave. (Bethesda, Md)

Photo: Cristina Marcus

Carmen de Vicente Spanish Dance Academy
If you have a feisty Flamenco dancer who gets up and stomps their feet every time they hear the Gypsy Kings during carpool, Carmen de Vicente Spanish Dance Academy is for you. The week long camps offer girls and boys a spectacular Spanish cultural immersion experience. Classes are taught in Spanish, and students will be exposed to various dance forms from flamenco to salsa and merengue. They will also learn the art of stage make-up, choreography, castanet playing, and more! A performance at the end of the week will showcase the dancer’s creative, self-choreographed pieces. Experience an educational and fun journey that accentuates the unique cultural heritage and rich diversity of Spain and Latin America! Olé!

3700 S. Four Mile Run Dr. (Arlington, Va)

Photo: eren {sea+prairie} via Flickr

Clay Animation
Get ready to delve into the clay animated movie business! This exciting camp at Glen Echo Park is designed for kids aged 7-12. They’ll layout and construct clay creatures from professional animation clay. Students will break out into small working groups and write their own script, film the movie, and add their unique sound effects in their own voices. A fun, unique and very concentrated camp, this is ideal for the creative soul that’s ready for Hollywood!

7300 MacArthur Blvd. (Glen Echo, Md)

Do you know of any amazing non-sporty summer camps? Tell us about them in the comments. 

–Guiomar Ochoa