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Are You Ready for Summer?

summer campIf you are in panic mode because you’re not sure what to do with the kids when school dismisses for the summer, have no fear. The DC area offers camps for nearly all age groups. Here are some of the area’s most popular and unique camp offerings:

Summer Safari at the National Zoo

National Zoo
3001 Connecticut Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20008

Children in kindergarten through 7th grade can explore animal habitats and learn more about the life of their favorite animals at the National Zoo’s Summer Safari camps. The camp includes hands-on activities, craft projects, science experiments, and walks through the zoo (no direct animal contact). The camps also offer an early drop off and extended day option for an additional cost.

Smithsonian Summer Camp

S. Dillon Ripley Center
1100 Jefferson Drive S.W.
Washington, DC 20560

The Smithsonian offers eight week sessions of camp from June 23rd – August 15th for children from kindergarten – 9th grade. A variety of themes are covered throughout the summer and differ per age group. Kids can learn about art, dinosaurs, China, hip-hop, the Revolutionary War, video game design, photography, and more! Discounts are offered for Smithsonian members.

YMCA of Greater Washington


The YMCA of Greater Washington has twelve different branch locations throughout the Metro area offering summer camps for children. A leader in the summer camp experience, the YMCA has Specialty camps from A-Z (literally). In addition, Teen Leadership, Aquatic, Sports, Outdoor Adventure and Overnight camps are offered at various branches. Scholarships may be available; ask at the branch location.

Camp Arena Stage

Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School
1524 35th St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20007

This is the camp for the budding entertainer! Camp Arena Stage offers daily options of performance and visual art. Choices include theater, dance, music, visual arts, & media. Campers, ages 8-15 years, enjoy a noontime show every day, either as a participant or an audience member. Other activities include soccer, yoga, juggling, jewelry making, and more. Extended day and early drop off is offered at an additional cost. Camp runs from 9:00am – 4:00pm, Monday – Friday.

Parks & Recreation

For more ideas on summer camp choices, check out your county’s Department of Parks & Recreation, which offers affordable options.  Here are a few of the Parks & Recreation websites:

Prince George’s County: http://www.pgparks.com

Montgomery County: http://www.montgomeryparks.org/activities/things_to_do/summer_camps.shtm

District of Columbia: http://dpr.dc.gov/service/2014-summer-camps

Have a safe & happy summer!

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