It’s already May… can you believe it? Summer is right around the corner!! If you’re new to the area, or just looking for a fun and fresh set of activities for your children this summer, you’ve come to the right place! Some of the best-rated and most unique camps in Pittsburgh, and the surrounding area, are listed below.
For children ages K-6 at Camp Invention:
“Children are presented with fun, hands-on challenges that encourage creative problem solving, teamwork, entrepreneurship, and innovation. Camp invention is led by experienced local educators and new curriculum is introduced each year, inspired by the Inductees of the National Inventors Hall of Fame!”
With locations hosted by local institutions across the country, there is certainly a Camp Invention near to you! If your child doesn’t fit the K-6 age range, check out Camp Invention’s site for other awesome STEM-related camp ideas!
CARNEGIE SCIENCE CENTER
When it comes to variety, the Carnegie Science Center is king!!! Their camp webpage even has each an every camp organized by age group and category for ease-of-use. If your little scientist loves to get dirty, the brand new “Messy Science” program for ages 4-5 is available now!
“Get ready to get messy with science! Make fun fizzy concoctions, compare slime and Oobleck, and paint with gravity. Decorate your very own smock to take home at the end of the week!”
Another standout for older experimenters will put their detective skills to work! The new “CSI: Carnegie Science Investigators” will teach campers to analyze evidence, use observational and deductive skills and even use real lab tools and tech to crack the case!
These camps and everything in between are offered in Pittsburgh’s own Science Center!
ID TECH AT CMU
If your kids are into tech, and you wouldn’t mind having them learn from the best of the best at a top-25 national university, enroll them at iDTECH at CMU.
At iD Tech, kids and teens of all skill levels discover coding, AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills needed to compete in Pittsburgh’s booming startup scene.
Check out pricing and summer sessions here!
SOCCER SHOTS PITTSBURGH
Got some active little-ones who would love to be outside running all summer long?
“Soccer Shots is an engaging children’s soccer program with a focus on character development. Our caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in- class coaching, communication and curriculum. Our coaches are the best-trained in the business. Our expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with childhood education standards. In addition we provide an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents.”
Enough said!!! Enroll here!
YMCA DAY CAMP
The YMCA is not just a general day camp any more! Themed weeks give you the opportunity to tailor your child’s experience to their interests and abilities! From “Sports of All Sorts” week to “Bat Sports” and many more, your kiddos will learn the ins-and-outs of all their favorite games.
For a classic day camp experience for children of all ages, check out your local YMCA’s day camp. Nearly every location has a variety of camps offered for children with a variety of interests. Check them out here!
ART, MUSIC AND DRAMA CAMPS
With locations in Oakland/Shadyside and Sewickley neighborhoods, the Saltworks Theatre Company welcomes actors of all ages to the Young Actors Studio, where a variety of workshops, summer camps and performance opportunities are offered to challenge and inspire those with a passion for the stage! Check out exciting Summer 2018 opportunities here!
PITTSBURGH CLO SUMMER CAMP
Pittsburgh CLO Academy’s summer performance camps give campers the opportunity to experience the preparation and performance of music and musical theatre. Students work with a director, choreographer, and music director to create their own exciting musical theater experience.
Summer camps are offered for all age groups, from “Promising Preschoolers” to high school seniors. Parents are invited to sample a class for free on April 2 at the Summer Camp Open House. It’s a good way to see if the classes are a good fit for your kids. All camps take place at the CLO Academy, Downtown. As an added benefit, all participants receive a free ticket for a Pittsburgh CLO Summer Season show.
THE FRICK PITTSBURGH ART CAMPS
The Frick Pittsburgh summer camps give kids the chance to make amazing original art and learn about historic collections.
“For students entering grades 5-8, “Beyond What You See” from will explore various kinds of materials and unique use of them as campers gain new perspectives on three museum collections. Students entering grades 2-5 can get a “Passport to Imagination”, enabling them to stretch their imaginations as they explore the museums, creating art along the way.”
Activities include printmaking, painting, and sculpting.