In spite of what we’re facing now with the COVID-19 crisis, as parents we still must look forward, and we know summer is coming. For many of us, summer camps and childcare is a necessity. We are doing our best to monitor any changes, and encourage you to double-check the individual camp refund/cancellation policies. We also want to continue to support our local businesses including these beloved summer camps.
We’ve done the leg work and checked in with some of DC’s best camps to get the scoop on where they stand with registrations. From scientist-ready to rock-n-roll-inspired, these day camps are still planning on hosting in-person experiences. Looking for ways to fill your child’s day without having them leave the house? We’ve soused out virtual camps that keep kids active and engaged with hands-on activities. Read on and plan on, as best you can!
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National Children’s Museum
There’s still time to enjoy the camp experience this summer and you can do it in person! DC’s newly opened National Children’s Museum is offering Tues. and Thurs. classes this July. Courses are capped to 30 students; each class has an 8 to one student/teacher ratio. To sign up, head here (the daily fee is $30). On Tues. July 28 your little camper will learn about the tools and vehicles designed by aeronautical scientists and engineers. On Thurs. July 30, blast off with a rocket ship built by your own little campers hands. Will their machine be able to move and survive a hostile environment? Find out at this camp. National Children’s Museum camps can also be attended virtually.
Where: Virtually & at 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue NW, Washington, DC
When: Thru July 28
photo: Donald Judge via flickr
A definite DC favorite, Calleva Summer Camp runs from June to August for ages 4 to 17. Calleva’s MD camps include: Cubs, Explorers, EXPX, Adventure Camp, Leaders In Training, and High Adventures. All are based out of Riley’s Lock campus on the Potomac River. Transportation is provided at no additional cost, and buses pick up from locations throughout MD and D.C. plus one stop in Mclean, VA. Calleva is offers summer camp in VA, too! “Potomac Adventures” is based out of a 300+ acre, riverfront property in Great Falls, VA. The property includes a full ropes course, multiple climbing locations, and access to beautiful and exciting stretches of the Potomac River. Each week, campers in Potomac Adventures will raft, rock climb, stand-up paddleboard, and participate in a day of land and water adventures. Transportation is provided for free, and buses pick up from many Northern Virginia locations, as well as stops in Bethesda, Glen Echo, and Potomac.
Ages: 4 to 17
Cost: starting at $495 and they do offer scholarships
Where: Riley’s Lock in MD and Great Falls, VA with bus transportation throughout the DMV
When: June 10 – Aug. 26
COVID-19 Update: As of press time, Calleva is still planning on a summer camp session. They are keeping parents up to date via email; you can register for updates at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Traveling Players Ensemble
Over 15 years old, Traveling Players Ensemble is a professional theatre company based in Great Falls, VA. The company has performed at the Kennedy Center s Millennium Stage, Colonial Williamsburg, Shenandoah National Park, Lime Kiln Theater, Reston s Multicultural Festival, and the International Children s Festival at Wolf Trap, as well as numerous parks and summer camps throughout Fairfax County. Their mission is to enhance problem-solving skills, self-reliance, self-expression, and a heightened appreciation of both challenges and beauty by bringing great theatre into the great outdoors.
Ages: Rising third graders to twelfth graders
Cost: starting at $475 and they offer scholarships
Where: The Madeira School, 8328 Georgetown Pike, McLean, VA
When: June 24 – August 16
COVID-19 Update: As of press time, Traveling Players is still hosting a summer camp. They are working hard to adapt the camp experience to meet local and CDC guidelines.
photo: University of the Fraser Val. via flickr
Mad Science Camp
Mad Science makes it their mission to generate visionary learning! That’s why Mad Science is the guiding science enhancement provider for children in 1st through 6th Grade. They deliver exceptional, pro-active science experiences to children. From Science in Motion to Red Hot Robots and even Forensic Fundamentals, they offer endless types of programs.
Ages: Rising first graders to sixth graders
Cost: starting at $125
Where: various locations, including virtual
When: June 15 – Aug. 24
COVID -19 Update: As of press time, Mad Science is still planning on offering in-person camp sessions. They also offer virtual camps that require no parental assistance. Virtual camps are capped at 20 children per session, so they still get the same small group setting. Supplies needed for at-home camp experiences are available for pick up prior to camp.
Sidwell Friends is taking their summer camp programming online. Children in grades K-12 can enroll in Academics, Arts, Fashion Design, LEGO build workshops, Robotics, Theater and more. There are morning sessions, afternoon sessions and Day Camp options. Sidwell takes the guess work out of their Handiwork class offerings by creating Craft Kits that available for pick up prior to sessions.
Ages: 6 & up
Cost: starting at $75
Where: at home
When: June 8-Aug. 14
Rock n’ Roll Camp
Budding lyricists will see what it feels like to make rock star status at this summer camp with locations throughout the DMV. Students are grouped into their very own band based on their age and skill level. Together–and under the supervision of real life musicians–band members develop original material, perform for the public and record a CD. We’re with the band!
Ages: 7 & up
Cost: starting at $75
Where: various locations, including at home
When: varies by location
COVID-19 Update: As of press time, registration is currently open for in school camps this summer. Bach to Rock is also offering online mini camps.
Play to Grow has boxed the camp experience into a crate filled with crafts and camp essentials designed to create the perfect camp at home experience. Each crate comes with videos and in-person instructions. You can follow a suggested itinerary that is flexible and works with most household calendars . You can pick up your camp experience at the Play to Grow facilities, have it delivered (within a 10 mile radius) or have it shipped to your home.
Ages: 6 & up
Where: at home
When: June 15-July 13
—Meghan Yudes Meyers and Guiomar Ochoa
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