Summer Camps and Activities 2020

Cultivate your child’s inner chef, scientist, athlete and explorer. There is no better time than summer in the Pacific Northwest to introduce them to new activities, inspire independence, encourage team work and instill confidence. Luckily, there is no shortage of summer camps and other kid-friendly activities in our area that will help your young ones blossom. Visit the websites below for more information.

Olympia Parks, Arts and Recreation has summer camps for every interest and age level. Choose from half-day, full-day or overnight camps ranging from a single day to the whole summer. Art, media, leadership, adventure and much more — there is something for everyone. olympiawa.gov/city-services/parks/recreation/Summer-Camps.aspx

Tumwater Parks and Recreation offers a full-day day camp for ages 6 to 12 and Tumwater Trippin’ Teen Camp for ages 12 to 17. Choose a week here and there or join them all summer! In addition to full-day camps, a variety of specialty camps will be offered – from sports to STEM to sailing. ci.tumwater.wa.us/parks

Annie Wright Schools Specialty camps for kids age 4 to grade 8, from ANY school. Camps runs June 15-August 14 and features all kinds of camps, including theatre, art, athletics and STEM. aw.org/summer

MetroParks Tacoma offers summer camps for kids of all ages. From nature camps, STEM camps, sports camps and more, you’re bound to find the perfect summer activity for your little one. metroparkstacoma.org/activities-and-sports/category/camps/summer-camps

YMCA Summer Day Camps hosts camps at locations all around the Pierce County area. Find programs for younger kids to let loose and have fun in a safe setting, or plan an overnight camp at a nearby lake for those pre-teens with a sense of adventure. ymcapkc.org/camp/summer-2020

Cascade Christian Schools’ Summer Thrive Programs are for campers ages 6 to 12, offering adventure day camps, STEM camps, and sports camps. cascadechristian.org/thrive

Tacoma Youth Symphony Organization presents the 4th of July Evergreen Music Festival. Orchestra and band students will hone their skills through large ensemble rehearsals and music theory classes guided by master teachers and more. tysamusic.org/evergreen-music-festival.html

PenMet Parks in Gig Harbor offers a variety of specialty camps for kids ages 3 to 18. With sail and kayaking camps, robotics and LEGO camps, theater, drawing and so much more, campers will never want summer to end. penmetparks.org

Wolf Camp and The Conservation College offers a one-of-a-kind experience in wilderness skill-building with specially trained instructors. Students ages 6 to 12 will learn wilderness survival, herbal medicine, wild foods, animal tracking, navigation and more. Locations in Puyallup and Lake Sammamish. wolfcollege.com/youth/summer-day-camps-for-kids/

Zestful Gardens Farm Summer Camp invites kids 4 to 14 to learn about and participate in organic farming in the Puyallup River Valley. Each day encourages creativity and curiosity through farm chores, such as harvesting fruits and vegetables, feeding animals, gathering eggs and activities in the garden. zestfulgardensfarm.wixsite.com/farmcamptacoma

DELANEY DVORAK

Summer Camps & Kid-Friendly Activities

DAY & OVERNIGHT CAMPS

Summer camp offers children an experience all their own without Mom or Dad supervising their every move or decision. Yes, camp counselors are keeping a close watch. But kids away from home become more resilient and learn how to do more things on their own. Summer camp helps kids have enriching experiences, be a part of a special community, form new relationships and grow. For parents, the best part is watching the kids become more confident because of activities they were doing at camp.

A summer full of memories, growth, experience, and friends—what could be better?

Camp Fire Orca campfireorca.org

Cascade Christian THRIVE cascadechristian.org/thrive

Coding with Kids codingwithkids.com

Harbor WildWatch harborwildwatch.org

PenMet Parks penmetparks.org

Pierce County Park Camps piercecountywa.org/1423/Camps

Salvation Army Camp Arnold tsacamparnold.org

YMCA Summer Day Camp symcapkc.org/camp/summer-2019

YMCA Camp Seymour Overnight campseymour.org

SUMMER FUN FOR FAMILIES

If summer camp isn’t your thing, or you prefer to spend time as a family, there are plenty of activities, programs and classes to keep you busy this summer. Choose from a wide range of recreational activities for all ages and abilities—early childhood, youth, adult or people with disabilities. Whether sports, fitness and wellness classes, or other activities, there is plenty of fun for everyone!

Auburn Kids SummerStage auburnwa.gov

Hands On Children’s Museum hocm.org/summersplashfestival

Kindermusik at Kiddos & Kin kiddosandkin.com

Lattin’s Country Cider Mill & Farm lattinscider.com

Museums & Nature Centers metroparkstacoma.org/attractions

Music Off Main rhubarbpiecapital.com/event/music-off-main-9

Open Arts Studio openartsstudio.com

Puget Sound Estuarium sseacenter.org

Star Center metroparkstacoma.org/star

Tiptoe Through the Tidepools tacomanaturecenter.org

Tunes @ Tapps ci.bonney-lake.wa.us.org

KELLY LENIHAN