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We have partnered with some DC Area Summer Camps to bring you our Adventure inspired Summer Camp Guide. These organizations offer up a variety of programing including STEM, arts, outdoors and always adventure! There are options for all ages, day or sleep away. Happy Camp Planning!
Find the perfect summer camp for your little adventurer!
Get ready for a summer of coding, hacking, invention and exploration at Bethesda’s KID Museum Summer Camp. In our unique maker camps designed and led by professional maker educators, kids use real tools and acquire real skills as they create fun, hands-on projects. Kids learn coding, robotics, design and engineering as they work together to solve problems and design solutions — for an enjoyable and rewarding summer experience!
Dates: June 22 – August 28, 2020
M-F, 9am – 4pm (extended day available until 5pm)
For: 2nd – 9th graders
Sign up soon — sessions fill fast!
KID Museum is a nonprofit creative learning space focused on STEM, innovation and cultural exploration through maker-based experiences. We are located at
6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda
in the lower level of Davis Library
Learn what goes on behind the scenes at animal parks and zoos at our Jr. Zookeeper Camp! Help feed, groom and clean up after animals while learning about the responsibilities that come with caring for animals, habitats, conservation and more. Arts & crafts and play time on the park grounds, too!
Week-long Jr. Zookeeper Camp:
June 15th-19th, ages 5-10.
June 22nd-26th, ages 11-14.
July 13th-17th, ages 5-10.
July 20th-24th, ages 11-14.
August 3rd-7th, ages 5-10.
August 10th-14th, ages 11-14.
Week long camp runs from 9-1 each day and the prices are:
• Age 5-10: $400 per child
• Age 11-14: $600 per child
Zookeeper for a Day Camps also available:
Monday June 29th, ages 5-14.
Monday July 6th, ages 5-14.
Monday July 27th, ages 5-14.
Monday August 17th, ages 5-14.
Monday August 24th, ages 5-14.
Day camps run from 9am-4pm at $109 per child
6400 Democracy Blvd, Bethesda
in the lower level of Davis Library
The Summer Day Camp is the most traditional of camps at Bretton Woods. Campers spend their days playing field games, doing arts and crafts projects, learning group songs and games, and swimming under the guidance of experienced staff. Swim lessons are included in the cost of camp and a swim test is required for all campers each week in order to participate in free swim. Optional tennis lessons or soccer lessons are available.
Counselor in Training (CIT) program for campers ages 13-15.
The Bretton Wood Adventure Camp is a fun, active, educative, one-of-a-kind camp for youth. An environmental education component is embedded in a safe but challenging week of hiking, canoeing, fishing, rapid swimming, tubing, nature craft building, zip lines and rope-courses. State qualified and vetted staff provides a safe, fun and educational experience for all our participants.
Ages 6 to 15
Also check out Bretton Woods Adaptive: An integrated outdoor adventure and day camp program that provides outdoor adventure and traditional day camp to children of all abilities and learning needs. Check out our review here!
June 15-August 21
(10 Weekly sessions)
Lunch and snacks included
Bus service available
Before and after care with bus service available
Bretton Woods Recreation Center
15700 River Road, Germantown, MD 20974
Mr. Tony’s Adventure Camp gets campers out on a daily field trip on public transportation. Our home base is a Capitol Hill elementary school, but we get ALL around the city. Campers experience nature, spray parks, playgrounds, museums, and locally owned businesses. Get out, get local, and GO!
June 22nd – Aug 7th
(7 Weekly Sessions)
8:00 to 3:30 with out aftercare
8:00 to 6:00 with aftercare
Introducing Key Bridge Kids Days, where eager youth can play, paddle, explore and make new friends, all in one summer! Led by skilled staff, kids will learn boating safety and skills to last them a lifetime. Space is limited and registration starts now, so don’t wait to sign up!
June 24 – August 19th
New Session each Wednesday
8:30 am – 3:00 pm.
Kids Day Ages: 8-15
$120 per child, per session, includes lunch. Additional snacks available for sale.
Extended Care till 5, for an extra $50.
After 5 pm, late fee of $25.
Email or call our call center for more information
Create the planet you imagine! Art Works Now offers your child ten weeks of creativity where campers ages 5-12 will explore our world through the visual arts. Campers will create using a variety of age-appropriate art-making techniques, learn about new materials and artists, and play outdoors! Campers can look forward to new friendships, weekly field trips, in-house special guests, water play weekly, and an art show.
- Artists (Littles) | Ages 5-6
- Imaginers (Middles) | Ages 7-8
- Dreamers (Bigs) | Ages 9-12
June 22 – August 28
Families can choose between 9am-3pm or 9am-6pm, and before care is FREE from 8am-9am.
Watch your child take the stage with their friends in a two-week, full-day camp at Glen Echo Park that culminates in a delightful ensemble musical performance.
Experience musical theater in a fun, full-day camp for grades 1 – 6. Your child will work alongside accomplished D.C. area theatre professionals and teaching artists during daily rehearsals in dancing, singing, and acting. With props and costumes, singing and scene-work, your child’s experience will culminate in a performance of a full, youth-appropriate show for friends and family. Please note that students are grouped with their peers, and casting is at the discretion of the director. Space is limited!
Summer Elementary Programs:
June 16 – August 21
Summer Secondary Programs:
Session I: Movie Musicals (June 22–July 10, 2020)
Session II: Contemporary Musical Theatre Study (July 13–31, 2020)
July 27 – August 23
Monday – Friday 9:00am–4:00pm
Before care 7:30–9:00am, Monday–Friday
Please note that in the event of sessions being sold out you may call 301.251.5766 or email ATMTC Academy for the waitlist
Every summer, the Shakespeare Theatre Company gives students between the ages of 7 and 18 the chance to dive into the world of one of the most celebrated playwrights in history: William Shakespeare.
Camp Shakespeare Teaching Artists create a unique curriculum aimed at optimizing students’ physical, intellectual and artistic development. All Teaching Artists are classically trained professional actors and educators.
June 29–August 22, 2020
Camp Day: 10 A.M.–5 P.M.
- One-week sessions for Poppets (ages 7-8)
- Two-week camps for Groundlings (ages 9-11)
- Young Players (ages 12-14)
- King’s Company (ages 15-18)
- Three-week Intensive for returning Young Players and King’s Company.
Sibling discount, scholarships, and before care available. Camps located in DC and VA.
Recognized by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) as one of 25 “Summer Schools in the Arts,” Traveling Players summer camps and conservatories train actors by bringing classical theatre vibrantly alive. Actors rehearse a play in small, supportive groups of only 13 performers. Actors receive expert acting training, professional direction and designs and get to perform their shows 2-9 times. Summer camps and conservatories in residence at The Madeira School.; transportation by purple bus included. Need-based scholarships available. Exceptional faculty; personalized attention; innovative training. And super fun!
June 22 – August 14, 2020
The Madeira School
Daily transportation by purple bus included in tuition
- Acting Samplers (grades 3-5) Explore acting and outdoor skills in a fun, relaxed environment. Dive into classes in improv, acting, and physical theatre, and then perform for friends and family!
- Mythology Ensemble (grades 4-6) Take on the world’s greatest myths in this two week summer camp for the young actor.
- Thespian Ensemble (grades 5-8) The Thespian Ensemble is perfect for the middle school actor. In just four weeks, Thespians receive expert training in acting and physical comedy before taking their show on tour to perform for area camps, libraries, and children’s hospitals.
- Shakespeare Ensemble (grades 8-12) In just four weeks, the Shakespeare Ensemble produces a 75 minute, professionally directed and designed production of one of the Bard’s greatest works. By Audition Only
- Shakespeare Troupe (grades 9-12) Experience a professional-level performance tour while still in high school with this rigorous seven week summer theatre conservatory program. By Audition Only.
Come PLAY at Keegan this summer! Students build their theatre skills through an immersive exploration of design, movement, music, games, and more. Every week is a new adventure including: A TRIP AROUND THE WORLD, FABLES, MYTHS, AND LEGENDS, TRAVELS IN TIME, HEROS, SUMMER ADVENTURES, OLYMPICS, THEATRE, SEUSSICAL, MUSICAL THEATRE WITH KID PAN ALLEY and ART WEEK.
During PLAY camps kids participate in creative activities to discover their authentic voices and develop a fuller sense of self and community. Parents are invited to a sharecase at 5 pm on Friday. Students will be having recess at Stead Park, weather permitting.
Save 10% when registering for 2 or more weeks of summer camp.
June 22- August 28, 2020
pre-k – 5th grade
The Keegan Theatre
1742 Church Street NW
Washington, DC 20036
Using the medium of creative play, our camps enhance language skills, fine and gross motor skills, and social and emotional development. Each weekly session has a different theme that will be explored through music, movement, stories, games, crafts, and more!
Sessions include: All the Places You Can Go, Box Playshop, Jungle Jamboree, I Can Be Anything, Castle Adventure, Wizard Wonders, Australian Outback Adventure, Superheroes, Beach Days, Underwater Adventures and The Great Camp Mystery
June 15- August 14, 2020
Sessions for ages 3-5 or 5-6
Monday – Friday 9am-12pm
The Salsa With Silvia Summer Camp is an all summer adventure that is designed to continue the school curriculum by exposing the kids to reading, writing, Spanish, math, science and other learning activities, combined with fun dance and music lessons, arts & crafts, field trips and more. The camp is divided in five sessions and each session is 2-weeks long. Each session has a different theme and focuses on a different style of dance.
JUNE 22 – AUGUST 28, 2020
AGES 4 to 9
The camp is split in 5 Sessions. Each session is 2 weeks long.
Use PROMO CODE:
to get 15% off enrollment
Valid at Bethesda location only. Valid until March 31, 2020.
Salsa With Silvia 4 Kids
4731 Elm St. Bethesda MD 20814
Tippi Toes Dance offers a variety of fun dance camps! Your child has two opportunities to dance at Tippi Toes this summer and we guarantee they will have a good time!
Pom & Hip Hop camp is for children ages 5-9yrs old- they will have a blast moving and grooving to the beat, delving into two dance styles – Pom & Hip Hop!
Princess & Superhero camp is designed for ages 3-7. Your child will love arriving at the magical castle where they come dressed in costume and take fun, upbeat dance classes with enchanted Princesses, play games and do lots of fun themed crafts.
All of the camps conclude with a performance at the end of the week for family and friends.
July 27 – July 31
AGES 3 to 9
Camps run from 9am – 12pm or 9am – 3pm
Extended day is available from 3:00pm-5:00pm
The carefree days of summer are alive and well at Acorn Hill! The centerpiece of our day is play—free creative and unstructured play, indoors and outdoors—the true work, joy and developmental training ground of young children.
Outdoors, children experience our wooded playground, atop a hill adjacent to Sligo Creek Park. Sandcastles complete with moats and water, water play and mister, and bubbles are among the children’s playthings. Indoors, our teachers provide a rhythm of activities designed to bring balance to a child’s day, and a wealth of natural materials to give wings to the imagination.
Our week includes lively stories and puppet shows, singing and circle games, crafts, painting, gardening, baking or cooking, and a weekly nature walk. Our Summer Program is taught by experienced Waldorf early childhood educators. Children stay for lunch and bring a packed lunch from home. Half day and full day options. Full Day includes a 45 minute nap period. Indoor spaces are air-conditioned. Toileting mastery required.
Session I: June 22—July 3 (closed July 3)
Session II: July 6—17
Session III: July 20—31
3.5 – 6.25 years as of June 1, 2020
Acorn Hill Waldorf Kindergarten & Nursery
9504 Brunett Ave, Silver Spring, MD 20901
acornhill.org | (301)565-2282
Need a fun and engaging way to beat the heat this Summer? Check out Squash On Fire’s Junior Camps! Designed for players at every skill level, the Junior Week camp focuses on drills, matchplay, strategy, and fitness. Make new friends while learning a new sport!
June 8-12, 15-19, 22-26
July 20-24, 27-31
August 10-14, 17-21, 24-28
Sessions from 9:30AM-3:30PM
Groups ages 8-12 years and 13-18 years. $750.
Lunch from Upper West Side Café is provided each day.
Email email@example.com to secure your child’s spot today!
2233 M St NW, Washington, DC 20037
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with 450,000 alumni since 1999, and 150 prestigious campus locations including American, Georgetown, Caltech, and NYU. Students ages 7-19 learn to code, design video games, produce videos, design Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more!
Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future. Just 5-10 students per instructor (maximum 10) so students can enjoy personalized learning at their pace.
Sessions are held Jun 15 – Aug 7
American University Washington, D.C.
Georgetown University Washington, D.C.
Johns Hopkins University – Rockville Rockville, MD
Towson University Towson, MD
University of Maryland College Park, MD
Marymount University Arlington, VA
University of Richmond Richmond, VA
Camp Twin Creeks
With over 60 years of history, Camp Twin Creeks offers a traditional two week sleepaway camp program. Campers arrive and depart together, enabling them to form lasting friendships. A totally complete summer camp experience!
Camp Twin Creeks offers a beautifully maintained camp property, a wide variety of camp programs offered in a structured and safe environment, cultural exposure for children with campers from many different countries, and unprecedented opportunities for friendship and independence a sleepaway camp offers.
More Local Camps
- Summer Camp at the Smithsonian – A wide variety of camps for children in kindergarten through ninth grade will be held Monday, June 22, through Friday, Aug. 21, at the Smithsonian’s S. Dillon Ripley Center at 1100 Jefferson Dr. S.W. For more information, the public may visit smithsonianassociates.org/camp or call 202-633-3030.
- DC ECO-Camp – Immerse your children in a week of hands-on environmental science & education where they will learn what it means to be a Citizen Scientist. Visit earthconservationcorps.org for more information.
- Calleva – Outdoor adventures await at the summer camp programs run out of Riley’s Lock along the C&O Canal at the confluence of Seneca Creek and the Potomac River. Visit calleva.org/summer-camp/ for more information.
- The Cathay Center – Check wide variety of STEAM based camps for kids pre-k through middle school including Lego and Robotics, Programming, Coding, Webdesign, 3D Modeling, Cyber Security, VBlogger, NASA STEM, Science and more! Visit cathayfutures.us for more information.
- Montgomery County Recreation Summer Camps – Montgomery County Recreation offers a wide variety of exciting summer programs throughout the county with an emphasis on safety, convenience, affordability, and most of all fun. There are more than 150 summer programs designed to appeal to a variety of campers. View the catalog here.