Every Seattle parent knows when the crocuses start to show, it’s time to think about summer camps. Whether your kiddo loves sports, art, theater, cooking or science, we’ve got just the camp to try—both in-person and virtual—so you can make your plans. Here’s where to sign your kids up for plenty of sunshine, fresh air and new adventures!

Camps Now Open for Registration (or Opening Soon)

photo: Ryan Hawk

Woodland Park Zoo

If your wild one wants to hang out with some animals this summer, the Day Camps at Woodland Park Zoo is the place to be. Campers explore the zoo while learning about conservation, building STEAM skills and connecting with nature. This year, campers will be in small pods and have mask requirements in place. Whether you're a Bear Cub (ages 4-6), Black Bear (ages 6-9) or a full grown Grizzly (ages 9-13), you'll find these camps are as engaging as they are exciting.

Good to know: These popular camps fill up fast, so reserve your spot while you still can!

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, starting Jun. 21, 2021
Times: 8:30 a.m.-4 or 4:30 p.m., depending on age group
Cost: $425-$450/week
Ages: 4-13

5500 Phinney Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
206-548-2500
Online: zoo.org

photo: KidsQuest Children's Museum

KidsQuest Children's Museum

Calling all adventurers and explorers! KidsQuest Children's Museum camps are on this summer. It's a chance for kids to take a deep dive into their favorite pastime, whether it's art, science, nature or something else. Kid Adventurers (ages 4-6) will spend their half-days at themed camps dedicated to engineering, nature and art, while Explorers (ages 7-10) can Tinker with Tinkerbell, Code and Create and try their hand at Kitchen Science at the museum. And if on-site camps aren't your thing, you'll be glad to know museum staff is planning @Home camps too. Stay tuned for details!

Good to know: Registration opens Mar. 24, 2021, so mark your calendars!

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: starting Jun. 21, 2021
Times: half-day, 9 a.m.-noon; full-day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $250-$425
Ages: 4-10

1116 108th Ave. N.E.
Bellevue, WA
Online: kidsquestmuseum.org

photo: John Cornicello

School of Acrobatics & New Circus Arts (SANCA)

Spend summer under the big top when you register for one of SANCA's weekly sessions. Tiny tumblers ages 6-8 will get an excellent introduction to the circus arts during Circus Odyssey. It's all about body awareness, partner skills and advancing basic acrobatic skills in this one. Bigger kiddos, ages 9 and up, will take it to the next level during the Circus Ringmasters sessions. Juggling, tumbling, tightwire and aerial fabric exercises will keep kids engaged and learning new skills every day. Expect a small parent show at the end of the session so your Littles can show off what they've learned too!

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, starting Jun. 21, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $535
Ages: 6 & up

674 S. Orcas St.
Seattle, WA
206-652-4433
Online: sancaseattle.org

photo: courtesty Pacific Science Center

Pacific Science Center

With guidelines in place, PacSci is ready to rock the summer with both in-person and virtual tech camp options to engage curious minds while the sun shines. The in-person camps are the ones Seattle families know and love, with added precautions to keep both campers and staff safe while they explore and learn. They include everything from Biome Bonanza to Cookie Caper to Clever Contraption themes kids will love. Sign up for morning, afternoon or all-day sessions.

Virtual Tech camps have the same creative twists as their IRL counterparts. How do Storytelling from Scratch, Storyboard Animatics and Itsy Bitsy Adventures sound? Each features small groups, led by two experienced camp staff members, and each day is themed-based. Expect engaging experiments and activities kids can unbox at home (at-home supply kits are part of the deal).

Good to know: PacSci offers sensory-friendly and girls-only sessions in an effort to make everyone’s camp experience a successful one. Registration opens Mar. 23, 2021 to the general public.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, Jun. 21-Aug. 20, 2021
Times: vary, depending on session
Cost: $182-$635, depending on session and membership status
Ages: 4 & up

200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
206-443-2001
Online: pacificsciencecenter.org

photo: West Seattle Art Nest

West Seattle Art Nest

Head to the island of West Seattle to enjoy art with West Seattle Art Nest's outdoor summer camps. This year will include five different sessions that cover intriguing topics like street art, Frida Khalo and art in nature. Expect lots of artistic expression as kids work with various mediums and techniques to create pieces parents will surely want to display around the house. 

Good to know: Some camp sessions are already sold out, so grab your spot while you can.

Dates: Tues.-Thurs., Jun. 22-Jul. 22, 2021
Times: 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Cost: $195
Ages: 5 & up

4138 California Ave. S.W.
Seattle, WA
206-466-6028
Online: westseattleartnest.com

photo: Emerald City Fencing Club

Beginning Fencing

When it comes to out-of-the-box summer camp experiences, Emerald City Fencing Club has got your kiddo covered. It's a chance for future fencers to strut their stuff and learn the basics of this Olympic sport, like footwork and bladework, over the course of the week. It's a sport that was made for pandemics because it's naturally socially distanced and kids are always masked. When the week is done, your kiddo will have experience with attacking and defending and should have a handle of the safety and etiquette of this timeless sport too. 

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, Jul. 12-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $299.99, save $50 on registration if you register before Apr. 1, 2021
Ages: 7-10

Emerald City Fencing Club
825 N.E. Northgate Way
Seattle, WA
Online: emeraldcityfencing.com

Sammamish Animal Sanctuary

Let your little animal lover spent time at the Second Chance Ranch this summer, tending to rescued animals. This hands-on experience is the non-profit's biggest fundraiser of the year, and we're sure your kids will come home bubbling with excitement because they got to ride a horse, see a goat get its nails clipped and even teach a pig a trick. That's all before they'll have a chance to tell you about brushing mini ponies and decorating their manes. It doesn't get better than this working farm experience in the summer.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: Mon., Weds. & Fri., Jun. 28-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-noon
Cost: $225 ($375 for two siblings)
Ages: 4-10

20727 S.E. 24th St.
Sammamish, WA
Online: sammamishanimalsanctuary.com

Redmond Art Works

If art is what your kid craves over the summer, but you’re not so big on the clean up, sign your budding artist up for a week at Redmond Art Works. They offer weekly summer camp sessions, each with a different theme. Kids can hang out Among the Stars, get in on Game Building, even spend Five Days Abroad. All it takes is $100 to reserve your mini Monet’s spot.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, Jun. 21-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $ 329; 10% discount for siblings and multiple enrollments
Ages: 5-12

6825 176th Ave. N.E., Suite A-110
Redmond, WA
425-522-4466
Online: redmondartworks.com

photo: UW Botanic Garden

Fir Camp

Get your kids into nature at this outdoor camp with UW Botanic Gardens. Campers will play games, make projects, and investigate the great outdoors. We even hear plant dissections are part of the programming. Add in rounds of Tweety Tag, Poison Dart Frog and Aquatic Dips and you’ve got every reason to spend time in the summer sunshine. The summer program consists of five, two-week long sessions.

Good to know: Registration opens March 15, 2021.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: 2-week sessions, Jun. 21-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $640/2-week session
Ages: 6-8

UW Arboretum
2300 Arboretum Dr. E.
Seattle, WA
206-543-8616
Online: botanicgardens.uw.edu

photo: courtesy MoPOP

Creating Fantasy Camp

Wanna send your kid to a camp that really rocks? Register your imaginative cutie for this MoPOP summer session. It’s an if you think it, you can create it experience they’ll be talking about even after camp’s over. During the week, kids will bring their imagined creatures to life using everything from sculpting clay to photo manipulation. Your task? Finding a home for your kiddo’s creation at your place.

Good to know: MoPOP offers other camps for older kids too. Check out their full roster for older sibs.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: Aug. 9-13, 2021
Times: 8:45 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $350 (registered prior to 5/31); $380 (registered after 5/31); $25 discount for members
Ages: grades 2-4

MoPOP
325 5th Ave. N.
Seattle, WA
206-770-2700
Online: mopop.org

photo: Tilth Alliance

Tilth Alliance Camps

If your kids dig gardening, or if you’re hoping they’ll grow a green thumb, Tilth Alliance Camps are your go-to spot. With mini camps and week-long half- and full-day programs informed by Learning in Places materials, aligned with the Next Gen Science Standards that emphasize equitable, field-based experiences for kids, every kid has the chance to plant roots this summer. Maybe yours wants to learn to Grow a Farm Stand or find inspiration in nature during the Garden Artists week. Programs vary by location and age. Get the full schedule online for lots of sunshine, dirt and fun this summer!

Good to know: Sliding scale pricing and scholarship opportunities are available for these camps.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: Jun. 28- Aug. 27, 2021
Times: vary, depending on location and session
Cost: $20-$450
Ages: 1 & up

Good Shepherd Center—Wallingford
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Suite 100
Seattle, WA

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
5513 S. Cloverdale St.
Seattle, WA

Online: tilthalliance.org

photo: Wilderness Awareness School

Wilderness Awareness School

Because every wild child needs a place where they can roam free, there’s summer camp programming at the Wilderness Awareness School. With half-day programs for kids ages four through six, and full-day programs for kids ages six through 12, it’s as easy as picking a week this summer to commit to keeping the kids outside. Camps focus on hands-on exploration through singing songs, playing games and storytelling. And the fact that your kiddo will know all about edible plants, animal scat and the animal world around them is the bonus to all this forest exploration.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, Jun. 28-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: half-day, 9 a.m.-1 p.m.; full-day, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $325-$415
Ages: 4-12

PMB 137
Duvall, WA
425-788-1301
Online: wildernessawareness.org

Arts Aloft

For kids who love to express themselves, there’s Arts Aloft summer camps. Where they immerse kids ages five and up in drawing, painting, sculpting, basically anything that gets them messy and creative. Pair your budding artist with a theme he or she will love (think: Magic Tree House, Peter Pan, Harry Potter and more), then drop them at the studio where they’ll find all they need to create and have fun with friends. Pack a snack and expect some play time too.

Good to know: Expect waitlists on some of the more popular themed camps, like Harry Potter and Star Wars.

Dates: Mon.-Thurs., Jun. 21-Aug. 26, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $335, $290/sibling
Ages: 5 & up

3302 E. Spring St.
Seattle, WA
206-920-2015
Online: artsaloftforkids.com

photo: Girls Rock Math

Girls Rock Math

When you add your kid to the Girls Rock Math equation, it equals an educational adventure she’ll love. In addition to building her math skills, your kiddo will get plenty of fresh air and the chance to make new friends in her pod at these outdoor, in-person sessions. Our favorite part is the creative approach this camps takes to making math both fun and accessible. After all, what curiously-minded camper can resist punny camp sessions like Get a Clue, Alice in Numberland and Bead-Dazzling Math. The best part? Girls will boost their confidence and build real-world soft skills like collaboration, persistence and strategizing that will take them far when they attend these camps.

Good to know: Girls Rock Math is offering two At Home options this year too. At Virtual C.A.M.P, kids will receive a camp box at home, then join in online for instruction and activities with other kiddos. Or sign up for the Camp at Home, a self-paced session families can do on their own at home.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, Jul. 6-Aug. 13, 2021
Times: half-day, 8:30-11:30 a.m. & 12:30-3:30 p.m.; full-day, 9:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Cost: $295-$445
Ages: 6-12

606 Maynard Ave. S.
Seattle, WA
206-408-8078
Online: girlsrockmathematics.com

Summer Camp at Arena Sports

If your kids are ready to have a blast this summer, Arena Sports can help you out. They'll keep kids active in half- or full-day sessions with field games, inflatables, arts and crafts, laser tag (at Mill Creek) and even possible pool time. Camps are held both indoor and out, depending on location and weather. We love the parent perks of these camps that allow for early drop off (kids play on the bouncy houses) and flexible registration that means you can sign kids up for half days, full days, even single days so your summer plans work out just the way you want them to. Psst... if you get a 10 or 20 day Flex Pass you can save on daily rates too.

Good to know: If soccer is your kid's passion, sign them up for a Skills Institute Camp.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: Jun. 18-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: half-day, 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.; full-day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $38/day, half-day; $62/day, full day; discounts with Flex Pass
Ages: 3-12

Locations in SODO, Magnuson, Issaquah, Mill Creek and Redmond.
Online: arenasports.net

photo: Museo Art Academy

Museo Art Academy

Artists of all ages will enjoy learning about drawing, painting, sculpting or creating with mixed-media at MUSEO’s summer camps, a go-to spot for Eastside families. Kids focus on specific skills in each camp sesh, building from the basics through to advanced techniques during half- or full-day classes. We heart the Friday-only pottery camp ($159) that can stand alone or be tacked on to the end of your Monday through Thursday camp experience to keep the good times roll…err… throwing. Plus, add-ons like early arrival, extended stay and a lunch hour option help busy families coordinate schedules. What will your kiddo create?

Good to know: Cancellation fees are waived until Apr. 1, 2021.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: Mon.-Thurs., Jun. 21-Sept. 3, 2021
Times: half-day, 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.; full-day, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Cost: $229
Ages: 5-12

160 N.W. Gilman Blvd., Suite 341
Issaquah, WA
425-391-0244
Online: museoart.com

photo: FrogLegs Culinary

FrogLegs Culinary

Get cooking at FrogLegs Culinary camp for kids. It’s a chance for chefs of all ages to put their creative skills to work in the kitchen, pairing things they love (think: Harry Potter, rainbows or your kid's storybook favorites) with food. Camps are available in the morning and afternoon, and there are some single session workshop options too for the odd day you need camp care. Kids get the chance to play games and hear stories in between whipping up tantalizing treats we're sure they'll willingly share. Sign up for a session in Seattle, Issaquah or Kirkland.

Dates: weekly, Jun. 21-Sept. 3, 2021
Times: vary, based on location and session
Cost: vary, depending on session
Ages: 3 & up

University Village
2643 Village Ln.
Seattle, WA
206-887-8228

Kirkland Studio
501 Market St.
Kirkland, WA
206-887-8229

Issaquah Studio
2550 N.E. Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA

Online: froglegskca.com

Kong Academy

Calling all wiggle worms! Kong Academy's parkour programming has what it takes to keep kids active and engaged this summer. If getting your kids outside for jumps, leaps and rolls is what you’re after, sign them up for a week of Parkour Adventure Summer Camp at a local park (Gas Works, Luther Burbank, Volunteer or Seward). During the week, they'll learn parkour basics, like vaulting, climbing, jumping and rolling, as well as circus skills and crafting too.

Good to know: Spaces are filling up fast so jump on this one!

Dates: weekly, Jun. 21- Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: $425
Ages: 6-12

3100 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA
206-485-4222
Online: kongacademy.org

photo: Wrenn Okada

Play-Well TEK-nologies

Brick builders of all ages are in for a treat with Play-Well’s in-person summer camps. So far these popular camps are scheduled on Mercer Island and in Shoreline. You'll find your favorite classes like Jedi Engineering, Women Innovators in STEM and Robotics using the LEGO EV3 system. Sign up now to build an awesome summer!

Good to know: Registration for the Mercer Island sessions is now open; Shoreline camp registration is expected to open in April.

Dates: Jun. 21-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m.
Cost: starting at $154
Ages: 5 & up

Online: play-well.org

Skyhawks

No matter what sport your kiddo plays, Skyhawks has a camp for that. From soccer to basketball to volleyball and golf, if it’s played on a field or with a ball, it’s in their wheelhouse. Camps are held around the city and surrounding areas and give kids the chance to improve their skills or just play their favorite sport all summer long via half- or full-day camp sessions.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, starting Jun. 21, 2021
Times: vary, based on camp
Cost: varies, based on camp
Ages: 3 & up

800-804-3509
Online: skyhawks.com

photo: Mighty Coders

Mighty Coders

This summer, let your kids spend time with video games. Rather than playing, they’ll learn how to code Roblox, Minecraft and more with Mighty Coders virtual camps. Kids will spend two to three hours per day perfecting their coding skills, learning everything from Java and Python to Scratch to Lua, as they engage with the games they love. Educational fun is what these virtual programs are all about. Program fun into your summer!

Dates: weekly, Jun. 21- Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-3 p.m., depending on session
Cost: $169-$199
Ages: 8-15

1912 201st Pl. S.E., #205
Bothell, WA 98012
206-880-1630
Online: mightycoders.io

photo: courtesy Studio East

Studio East

If all the world’s a stage, Studio East is bringing the world to you this summer with their in-person and virtual performing arts camps. Whether you've got a Little Player, Tale Spinner or a Play Maker, Studio East's camps put kids in the spotlight. Each session offers kids of different ages and theatrical experience the chance to be drama kings and queens. With exciting themes like Paw Patrol, Enchanted Forest and Dumbledore's Army, there's something to pique every player's interest. Studio East will also be offering virtual camps this year, if you prefer. 

Good to know: There's an early bird registration discount that's good through Mar. 31, 2021.

COVID update: Get the scoop on COVID precautions and cancellation policies before signing up.

Dates: weekly, Jun. 21-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: vary, depending on session
Cost: starting at $260
Ages: 4 & up

11730 118th Ave. N.E, Suite 100
Kirkland, WA
425-820-1800
Online: studio-east.org

photo: Drama Kids International

Drama Kids International

This summer, let your kids be dramatic when they sign up for a Drama Kids International summer camp. Sign up for Rockstartopia! Camp Hollywood or the Wonderful World of Wizardry (to name a few) to make summer memories come to life. No matter what session they sign up for these camps bring out kids’ creativity, help build life skills and develop new ways of thinking. Set the stage for summer fun!

Dates: Weekly, Jun. 21-Aug. 27, 2021
Times: 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Cost: starting at $393
Ages: 6-11

Bellevue Drama Kids
425-286-6722
Online: dramakids.com

Camps in the Planning Stages

Camp Kindness Counts

If instilling kindness and courage in your kids is on your summer to-do list, sign them up for Camp Kindness Counts. They'll spend a few days focusing on character strengths like awareness, gratitude and love, with a bit of mindfulness thrown in. Camps are intended for school-aged kiddos and are led by experienced teachers who create craft and service projects that really leave an impression on kids. If kindness counts in your family, this is a great way to not only grow it, but celebrate it too!

Insider tip: Camp Kindness Counts also has a free online kindness curriculum families can use any time.

Good to know: In addition to these two weeks of camp, Camp Kindness staff is working on virtual and other in-person options for the summer.

Dates: Jun. 28-Jul.1 & Jul. 12-15, 2021
Times: TBD
Cost: TBD
Ages: 6-10

2209 185th Pl. N.E.
Redmond, WA
425-818-3042
Online: campkindnesscounts.org

photo: Chris Bennion

Seattle Children's Theatre

The staff at SCT are still in the planning stages for summer camp, and plan to open registration for either in-person or virtual camps in early April. Whatever form they take, kids can expect the same playful, innovative and creative camps they grown to love over the years. In past years, their camps have been open to kids as young and three and-a-half and they've always focused on different aspects of stage production, covering everything from acting to staging to creating interesting characters. Can't wait for the lights, camera, action of this summer camp favorite.

201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA
206-441-3322
Online: sct.org

photo: Jean Johnson

Hi-Liners

The show must go on! Burien’s Hi-Liners will be hosting summer camps for 2021, but they are still in the planning stages. Whatever they come up with, kids can expect the chance to sing, dance and act their way through the summer. Triple threats of all ages will be able to hone their craft and learn how to sparkle on stage. Keep your eyes on their website for summer camps plans!

P.O. Box 48346
Burien, WA
206-617-2152
Online: hi-liners.org

photo: Portland Audubon

Seattle Audubon Nature Camp

The folks at Seattle Audubon are in a holding pattern for 2021 camp as of publication. They're plan is to hold outdoor in-person camps at their Magnuson Park location (note: no in-person camps are planned in West Seattle this year). Camp will be held outdoors in the fresh air where it's safest for campers and staff, and campers can expect similiar nature-themed explorations when they attend. Check their FAQ's for the full scoop.

Good to know: As of publication, registration is planned to open Mar. 15, 2021.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., specific dates TBD
Times: 9 a.m.-3:30 p.m.
Ages: 5 & up

206-523-4483
Online: seattleaudubon.org

Skate Like a Girl

Seattle's Skate Like a Girl summer programming is still on hold as they work to assess health concerns related to the pandemic. You can check here for updates on their decision making progress. While you wait, get excited for the At Home Skate Camp which will happen either way this summer. It's a great way to learn new skills or perfect the ones you've been working on this past year. Shred on!

Good to know: Grrlz camp sessions are for kids who identify as non-cisgender male, including women, trans, non-binary and/or gender non-conforming skaters. The Queer & Trans all ages camp session is a space for skaters to come together with other queer and/or trans identified counselors and campers.

Dates: TBD
Cost: TBD
Ages: 4 & up

Skate Like a Girl
888-401-0195 ext. 701
Online: skatelikeagirl.com

Editor’s note: We will continue to update information as camps finalize their plans for 2021.

—Allison Sutcliffe

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