Summer day camps offered in Phoenix
According to the Association for Library Service children who do not participate in learning experiences over the summer have an academic achievement gap that grows throughout the elementary and middle school years.
A cause for alarm to any parent, but rest assured there are plenty of affordable and entertaining summer programs to keep kids learning over the summer break. Kids can gain knowledge from a variety of summer camps offering theater, art and science learning for all ages.
Valley Youth Theater Summer Program
Valley Youth Theater offers musical theater camps throughout the summer for kids ages 7 to 15. Campers will receive firsthand experience into the theater production process. Bobb Cooper, the Producing Artistic Director, ensures a welcoming environment where kids are encouraged to take risks and have fun in a safe space. With several awards and alumni that include the likes of Emma Stone, Jordin Sparks, and Kimiko Glenn; the Valley Youth Theater reputation precedes itself.
Professional artists introduce campers to the world of theater teaching them skills in acting, singing and dancing. Campers can also learn production skills while working lights, audio and stage production.
Located in downtown Phoenix, Valley Youth Theater summer camp runs two summer sessions. Session one begins June 3 and runs through June 28. If the first session doesn’t fit with your summer schedule session two begins July 8 and runs August 2. Learn more here.
Arizona Science Center
Does “Wizard Science,” “CheMystery,” or superhero science sound appealing to your kids? Then the Arizona Science Center is the right match. Through STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) learning, Arizona Science Center offers numerous options for kids pre-K through 12. For older kids, the Science Center offers various programs including Biomed and innovation labs for teens.
Located in downtown Phoenix, the program offers a wide variety of creative classes and sessions that appeal to every kind of kid. Membership discount and financial aid are available for those who qualify. Learn more here.
Phoenix Center for the Arts
For two weeks, your child will receive professional classes in various forms of art. Located in downtown Phoenix, the Phoenix Center for the Arts holds summer classes that teach music, dance, drama, and visual arts. Each session ends with a performance to showcase what the kids have learned in their classes; with each session offering a unique theme. There is something for every artist with various themes that explore the cosmo, cultural influences around the world, past and future art and the ocean. Four sessions are offered, with the first starting on June 3. Learn more here.
Phoenix Coding Academy
Engineering for Kids is teaming up for a second year with the Phoenix Coding Academy. Located near Campbell and Central Ave, the summer camp offers mornings classes, afternoon classes and full day classes. From Lego robotics to Oceanography with Virtual Reality to brain-building activities, there’s something here to please any curious kid. The camps run from May 28 through July 19. Each week offers a different camp experience and program. The focus of these programs is science-based activities like robotics, coding and other programs catered to kids ages 7 to14. Learn more here.
YMCA Summer Camp
This camp offers a large variety of programs and locations that will surely fill your kid’s schedule. Every camp includes a weekly theme; with activities like swimming three times a week. The kids will take a field trip once a week that relate to the week’s theme. The Legacy Foundation Chris-Town YMCA offers a summer day camp for kids ages 5-12. They also offer extra options for a week of sports or swimming lessons. The camp runs from May 28 through August 2. Scholarships are also available for those who qualify. Learn more here.