Move over home schooling, summer school is up next…but no “Camp Mom” here. Instead we’re taking it online with our favorite Virtual Summer Camps.
As parents wind down the end of your mandatory “home schooling” you may feel that celebrations are in order…well they are (mostly from the parents.) The question is NOW what are you going to do with the kids?!?
While some summer camps may be in session, many have canceled their offerings for 2020. However, that doesn’t mean kids are stuck with TV or CAMP MOM as their only option. Just check out how some very creative camps have pivoted to a virtual summer camp.
From two-hour one-time camps to full-day weeklong (and longer) options, there are camps for almost everything to outdoor skills, art, cooking, programming, theatre, and many more. And best of all, what a great way to explore some of your favorite places for camp, whether you’re a local or just want to explore some of Fort Worth / Arlington’s favorite places for camp from the comfort of your own computer!
Get ready for some real adventures in parenting with online summer camp!
(This list will be updated as information is available. Please email us with your suggestions and recommendations.)
Okay, none of this is traditional, right?
But when you normally think of camps, there are cabins, counselors, arts and crafts, and of course, cabinmates. These camps are going above and beyond trying to take the camp experience online.
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Kids ages 5-11 are invited to escape the boredom of quarantine with adventure online creating and learning at Camp Supernow! Managed through Zoom, campers are guided through a schedule of crafts, play-based learning activities, movement and mindfulness, while gaining a greater sense of human connection with their counselor and 6-8 cabinmates. The weekly curriculum is tailored for the campers’ ages and can be customized to the interests and needs of a given group. Plus they give you one day of camp free to try it out!
SPECIAL OFFER: Receive $25 off your first week with code: MAMACHALLENGE at Camp Supernow.
Buffalo Gap Camp
I think having as much time outdoors as possible is always a plus in the summer for the kids. For this reason I sign the kids up for tons of outdoor camps to get them to move, socialize and enjoy being a kid. Well…this summer may be a little different, but Buffalo Gap Church Camp is doing their best with Camp-in-a-Box! Each camper will receive a “camp in the box” in the mail and have access to online live bible studies, live small group games and conversations, craft tutorials, and worship services. Plus it’s only $45!
Quarantine life has managed to make us all better cooks in our kitchen, artists in offices, and much more, so it’s time to get the kids some schooling with some creator camp options!
This Missouri-based gem already had camps for both in-store and online cooking fun, but now more than ever we’re benefiting from the forward thinking of Sweetology. When you sign up, you don’t just get the online instruction, but the supplies are also sent to to your door so you truly have what you need for camp! With three different camp themes (Under the Sea, Furry Animals and As Seen on TV) divided into two age groups for three hours a day for a week, this is really a sweet deal!
River Legacy Science Center
Summers in Arlington wouldn’t be the same with fun at River Legacy Science Center. A true gem in the city where we live, River Legacy has shifted their normally very booked camps to an online offering for all ages. With greatly reduces fees from their normal class, this is an opportunity to see why there’s normally a long wait list for this one!
Lindsay’s Art Camp
Honestly, I can’t recommend Lindsay’s Art Cart enough and you’ll find that is what everyone says. Her free virtual art classes throughout the pandemic are how both my kids and I have kept it together. However, she’s just launched her newest concept, Family Collaborative Painting, which is a self-guided, 5-day e-course you do as a family – that’s is as much art as it is therapy (she actually partnered as well with a therapist, too!)
GAMING / CODING CAMPS
Here is where being online really does win! Definitely riding the wave of e-gaming, this isn’t a trend, but the way of the future. If you have a budding e-gamer, engineer or , they will thrive in these camp options.
Code Ninjas is keeping kids busy with their online summer camps. Minecraft, Python, and all that online stuff that makes kids today much smarter than us. At least if their online they can learn how to make a million.
Virtual Tech Camps
Virtual Tech Camps from IDTech are focused on fostering STEM skills while bonding with new friends, all online. With several different options (5 consecutive days, Monday-Friday) with topics like Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. With only 5 students per instructor blending personalized learning and time to socialize with new friends.
What got my attention at this STEAM-focused camp is “65% of children entering primary schools today will work in jobs that don’t exist today.” So why wait to get them prepared for what’s coming? i-Code School has several courses with extended day (9 am – 5 pm), Monday-Friday choices including game design, robotics, drones, virtual reality, technology, engineering, 3D printing and entrepreneurship.
My kids have always loved theatre camp and I’m a drama brat so I know the benefits of getting to present, use your imagination (especially during these creative thinking moments), and enjoy a little escape.
North Texas Performing Arts
In addition to normal physical summer camps, North Texas Performing Arts announces its Virtual Summer Camp programming for youth ages 7-18 featuring two new programs, half-day “Virtual Theatre Explorers” and full-day “Virtual One-Week Productions,” This is in addition to a continued long list of hourly online class options throughout the summer that start at $9.99 for hourly sessions with half-day and full-day sessions available.
Dallas Children’s Theatre
One of our favorites, Dallas Children’s Theatre operates all year long so some camps are already started, but summer sessions start May 26 so you still have time to join!
Dallas Cara Mia Theatre
Dallas Cara Mia Theatre’s School of YES! is a fan favorite already, but now it can do it online! This FREE, month-long life skills and leadership development camp is designed for ages 7-18. What’s not to love about this – it’s free, it’s for the bigger kid and it teaches them to be good humans.
Kids Who Care
Fort Worth-based Kids Who Care! is dedicated to producing great kids through the powerful combination of Musical Theatre + Leadership Education. July 6-11 they’ll have camp online for all ages with several different options based on ages including mini camp for the littles, actor’s studio for the elementary / tweens and improv camp for the high schoolers. Each Zoom camp is only 1 hour long so an outlet to do something special, socialize and have something to build and grow their skills.
Stage West Theatre
This Fort Worth legend has exemplified the “show must go on” with virtual plays and entertainment from Day 1 of the quarantine, so it was only fitting they would also take their summer camp online, too. From tech theatre, broadway and even Tik-Tok (yes, that is definitely performing), Stage West Theatre has camp topics ranging in ages, lengths and prices.
While summer camps may be hiatus there are several options popping up daily. However, one of the largest camp offerings is also FREE with some classes led by celebrities. Varsity Tutors has live classes that span for weeks with everything from cooking to art to theatre to songwriter and so more for all ages. (There’s even 5th grade math on here if your kid wants to get ahead!) And did we mention it’s free? Can’t beat that!