Call it the “pandemic pivot.” Here are some local summer camp programs that made quick and creative adaptations to their “regularly scheduled programming” to offer up online or hybrid alternatives for families not quite ready to have their children mix with many others outside the home.
Arizona Humane Society’s Animal Ed-Ventures At Home Kits offer kids ages 8-12 a surprise box that allows them to explore the world of animals through hands-on crafts, activities, learning opportunities, links for online videos, virtual classroom opportunities and animal meet-and-greets from AHS’ Animal Ambassadors.
Themes such as Regal Mutts and Snakes & Lizards will dive into areas such as animal genetics and the slithering, slinking world of our reptile friends. Boxes can be picked up weekly at AHS’ Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion at 1521 W. Dobbins Road in Phoenix or can be mailed directly to your home. Deliveries begin the first week of June. $25/week; additional $15 for mailed delivery. 602-997-7585, ext. 2005 or azhumane.org/athomekit
Arizona Science Center’s Camp Innovation is offering a virtual version of its in-person programs, which will operate on a later schedule and a limited-enrollment basis. Both camps, for grades 1-9, will inspire and engage curious minds through STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) learning, sparking scientific curiosity through hands-on interactive programs that incorporate learning through fun and relevant themes, including forensics, space, and bioengineering. Themes include Surviving in Space, Secret Agent Camp, Claymation in Space, Amusement Park Camp, and Calling All Future Scientists.One-week virtual sessions: June 1-July 31. $125 ($100 members). 602-716-2028 or azscience.org/camps
See STEM/STEAM Camps for information about the on-site camps.
Carrie Curran Art Studios is offering a virtual version of Young Vincents Fine Art Summer Camp for ages 6-13. Weekly themes will follow the concurrent in-studio schedule and feature drawing, painting, mixed media and sculpture. Art Kits (with all needed supplies) may be purchased upon registration, with curbside pickup at the Scottsdale studio. One-week sessions May 26-Aug 6. $139 and up; Art Kits $35 and up. 480-478-8121 or carriecurranart.com
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix Camp in a Box, for ages 4-10, is a summer-camp-at-home experience that will run in weekly sessions throughout June and July. Themes include World of Magic and Fantasy; Going, Going, Green; Dinosaur Discovery; and Cosmic Cadets. $129 per box per week for non-members, $99 per box per week for members. Home delivery adds $25. childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
Chandler Children’s Choir’s “Just Sing!” program for ages 6-16 is a five-day online camp offering dynamic courses for young singers. Campers will explore many genres, cultures and style of music and dance; sing and dance to the original choreography of “Just Sing” (from the Trolls: World Tour); create basic, yet inventive, instruments from materials found at home; learn from passionate, creative and dynamic teachers; engage with 2-3 hours of daily digital content and socialize with other campers during virtual meet-ups on Monday and Friday. Three one-week sessions: June 8-12, 15-19 and 22-26. Internet access required; a device with a camera and microphone is recommended, but not required, for virtual meet-ups. 480-699-9846 or chandlerchildrenschoir.org/Summer_Camp
At Childsplay Theatre Academy, young people build confidence, develop performance skills and have fun all summer long — and now with ONLINE sessions! Every week our professional teaching artists craft lessons that ignite imaginations and foster a love for the performing arts, whether you’re at home or on our campus. Weekly sessions June 1-July 31. $75 and up/week. 480-921-5700 or childsplayaz.org/summer20
Camp Gecko at GateWay Community College
108 N. 40th St., Phoenix
602-286-8130 • gatewaycc.edu/discover
GateWay Community College now offers a virtual summer camp experience for children ages 5-12 years old. Your child will have the opportunity to experience eight weeks of excitement through crafts, virtual field trips and themed activities. Each week, children will receive their Gecko Pack filled with fun and challenging activity supplies for the week’s lessons that will help them create memories to last a lifetime. $90/week includes Gecko Pack. Call 602-286-8130 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information!
Engineering for Kids is offering virtual courses for grades 3-8 on topics including game design, app development, programming and more. Capped at 8 students, with live video meeting hosted by a STEM instructor. One-week sessions, 75 minutes daily, May 26-June 26. $79/week and up. 480-779-8184 or engineeringforkids.com/phoenixmetro
East Valley Children’s Theatre Workshop Camps for ages 7-17 take place in one 40-minute online class daily for one week. Workshops include The Laugh Factory (June 1-5), Improvisation & Theatre Games (June 1-5) Drama is Serious Business (June 8-12), I Got the Part (June 15-19), Virtual Plays (June 22-26), Kids on Broadway I (June 8-12), Kids on Broadway II (June 15-19) and Radio Theatre for Kids (June 15-26). Children are grouped by age. EVCT also offers one-on-one coaching and summer classes. Camps and classes are $60. 480-756-3828 or evct.org
Girl Scouts Arizona Cactus-Pine Council Summer Camps
602-452-7030 • girlscoutsaz.org/camp
The GSACPC Camp Team is hosting four weeks of fun online so girls can make new friends, meet with camp staff, and keep connected to summer camp vibes! Daily, 30- to 40-minute meetups for each age group held via Zoom. Activities are all about having fun and feeling supported by the camp community: games, songs, “campfire chats,” special guests and more. Girls who are not scouts are welcome. One-week sessions June 8-July 3. $5-$15/week. Register here.
iD Tech Virtual Tech Camps for ages 7-18 will be project-based, with live instructors for two-hour blocks of time and additional project development work kids can self-pace from home. Classes will remain small (5:1 for teens, as low as 3:1 for the youngest students) and will emphasize collaborative work. Kids and teens will learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, and more. Course offerings will be modified to account for the fact that children participating from home may not have the same powerful gaming laptops idTech typically brings to in-person classes. One-week sessions June-July. $399/week with code TOGETHER. 888-709-8324 or idtech.com/virtual
The Be Kind People Project / Be Kind American Adventure
602-559-9399 • bkpp.org
The Be Kind People Project character-education program is offering a virtual tour of 10 exciting American landmarks, from the Space Needle to the Statue of Liberty. Features social interaction with weekly Zoom calls, fun and interactive project-based learning, healthy family-friendly recipes, kindness and wellness activities, coloring pages, virtual souvenirs, postcards, stickers, certificates, and music and dance with THE BE KIND CREW®. June 8-July 10 or July 13-Aug. 14 (Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays). $65 per household.
The Leadership Society of Arizona Logic and Leadership Virtual Academy for grades 7-12 is a fun and interactive virtual leadership camp offered through Arizona State University Online. Students will meet for one-hour classes four days a week for four weeks in a state-of-the-art virtual ballroom. Small-group discussion and activities make this experience unlike any other virtual learning platform. Students also can complete up to 20 hours of self-paced online courses (via footage from live lectures and ASU courses). Each week includes a 30-minute one-on-one virtual mentoring session with an LSA coach who is an industry-certified leadership development expert. Students will learn to set goals, apply leadership concepts, overcome challenges, and create more productive and enriching summer habits. Typically priced at $650; due to COVID-19, LSA is offering it for $350. Receive a $25 discount when you use the promocode RAK20. 480-779-8592 or leadaz.org/summer-virtual
Summer Break Camp at Phoenix Center for the Arts
1202 N Third St., Phoenix
602-254-3100 • phoenixcenterforthearts.org/camp
Phoenix Center for the Arts has partnered with Rising Youth Theatre to provide an an online Summer Arts Camp! We’ll be offering young people the opportunity to experience a wide variety of art forms in a creative, collaborative environment. This year’s camp is all about celebrating Fandoms.
Every week, your camper will pick up a Mystery Box containing all the camp supplies and surprises! The Mystery Box will be available for pickup outside the front doors of Phoenix Center for the Arts on the first Monday of the session. If you are unable to pick up the Mystery Box, a checklist of items your young person will need will be sent via the Guardian Packet. The Guardian Packet will also include information about how to connect to camp via Zoom, as well as guidelines for safety and behavior.
Two-week sessions June 15-July 31, 9 a.m. to noon. $250
Updated June 2, 2020
The Phoenix Theatre Company Virtual Theatre Classes
602-889-7608 • phoenixtheatre.com/nextstages
The Phoenix Theatre Company has launched a new online-only theater education experience to give kids ages 4-17 a space to express themselves — all from the comfort and safety of their home. Classes for all experience levels will be taught by beloved artists in the local theater community. Subjects range from storytelling to vocal technique to puppetry. Classes are taught via Zoom. Families will be provided a private class link after purchase and will be able to access online sessions at class start time. During class, students can expect one-on-one time with their instructor as well as group activities will 10 – 15 other campers. Next Stages classes run hourly from 2-5 p.m. Monday through Friday, with plans to continue through the summer. Classes start at just $15.
Theater Works SummerWorks Camps
10580 N. 83rd Drive, Peoria
623-815-7930 • theaterworks.org/summer-works-camp
Theater Works SummerWorks Online classes are the perfect summer activity for kids who love theater. There are classes for all ages and skill levels, indulging the just-for-fun campers and those who want to hone their theater skills. The Zoom-based classes and programs will be taught by professional, skilled teaching artists and include development of online productions, dance choreography, script analysis for teens, lessons about Greek theater and myths and developing improvisational skills. Various sessions June 15-July 30. $60-$240.
Updated Jun 5, 2020
Valley Youth Theatre has adapted its summer camp programming for the virtual space, offering fun, interactive camps for ages 5 and up.
Virtual All Stars Summer Camp (ages 5-8) offers a magical, virtual adventure each week, exploring the wildest jungle to the reaches of outer space through story telling, songs, crafts, creative drama and more. Children will learn to communicate, work as a team, build self-confidence, and fuel their passion for the performing arts. Limited to 7 students per week. One-week sessions on various themes, 10-11:30 a.m. daily, June 1-July 24. $175/week. Virtual Musical Theatre Summer Camp (ages 9+) will take daily, virtual performing arts classes with VYT’s professional teaching artists. When students register, they will choose a focus (music, dance or acting) and work in groups to create originals works to be showcased (virtually) on the last day of camp. Two-week sessions, 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. daily, June 15-26 or July 13-24. $375/session.
Learn more at vyt.com/education/musical-theatre-camps
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