Between all of those playdates at the splash pad, soccer games, and camping trips, summer can end up being busier than the school year. But with a little planning, your kiddos can take advantage of some awesome creative camps in the Seattle-area. Our city is brimming with special summer classes that give your kids the chance to explore budding interests in art, writing, acting and more. While there are too many interesting options to list, we’ve pulled together five favorite camps that will let their creativity shine.
Stone Soup Theatre
If your kids like to ham it up, enroll them in one of Stone Soup Theatre’s interactive summer stage drama camps. Week-long workshops are offered for preschoolers through high schoolers. Four and five-year olds can act out favorite fairy tales in the “Princesses and Dragons” camp, and kiddos ages five to seven can belt out tunes while learning musical Tikki Tikki Tembo.
Kids entering grades one through five can enroll in one, two or three weeks of imaginative summer camp programming at the Seattle Art Museum. During week one, SAM campers will make crafts with a global and historical focus; week two takes kiddos back to the future to construct time capsules and futuristic comics; and the final week-long session lets little ones complete earth-friendly “green art” projects. Camp sites include SAM downtown, the Seattle Asian Art Museum and the Olympic Sculpture Park.
Dates: July 8-12, July 15-19 and July 22-26
Times: 9:30 am – 3:30 pm
Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio
Little ones as young as 2 1/2 can enroll in summer workshops at Ravenna’s Roaring Mouse Creative Arts Studio. Classes start for kids age four and up: Campers can turn fabric and paper into garments they design and construct in the Costumes: Dress It Up! session or use found natural elements to create pictures in the Nature Art camp.
Seattle, Wa 98115
Dates: July 1 – August 23
Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm or 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Cost: $144 to $192
Smart With Art
Calling all pint-sized graphic novel lovers! Working in partnership with the Bellevue Arts Museum, this summer Snoqualmie-based Smart With Art will teach kiddos, ages five to 12, how to make their own comic book. Sessions include methods for building a story and build an easy foldable book. Registration for the four-day cartooning and bookmaking workshop is open until July 1.
Snoqualmie, Wa 98065
Dates: July 16-19
Times: 10:00 am – 2:00 pm
Young Writers’ Academy
Whether your kiddo is dreaming up stories in his head or already scribbling them down on paper, Bellevue-based Academic Connections is offering young authors (in grades two through five) creative writing workshops in partnership with the Young Writers’ Academy throughout the summer.
You Grow Girl teen center for girls is offering a camp with Young Writer’s Academy July 29 – August 2 called “Her Story.” Girls entering grades four through eight will gather to work on writing projects, including screenplays and digital comic books. Also, older sibs ages 11 to 17 can enroll is summer mystery writing, fiction writing or stage writing camps at Meadowbrook Community Center through Seattle Parks and Rec. Type in course numbers 104526, 104527 and 104528 on SPARC for details.
Young Writer’s Academy
Dates: June 24-28
Times: 9:00 am – 12:00 pm
Does your creative kiddo have a favorite summer camp? Let us know about it in a comment below.
Photos from Young Writer’s Academy website; Stone Soup Facebook page; ~C4Chaos Flickr page; Roaring Mouse Facebook page; Bellevue Art and Frame & The TOY Place Facebook page; and the Smart with Art Facebook page.