Philly and Main Line Specialty Summer Camps: Art, Creative, Science, and Technology
Looking to indulge your creative side? These Philadelphia-area summer camps focused on the arts and creativity, as well as science and technology, are sure to inspire!
Looking to indulge your creative side? These summer camps focused on the arts and creativity, as well as science and technology, are sure to inspire! Our 2018 Main Line Parent and Philadelphia Summer Camp Guide highlights over 50 summer camps from across the Delaware Valley, from traditional camps to sports camps and beyond.
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Elmer, New Jersey (overnight), 856-358-2472
Kids age 7-17 can explore the arts at this overnight camp in a beautiful part of rural southern New Jersey. Campers choose two majors and two minors to focus on during their term, including areas of music, dance, creative writing, visual arts, even LEGO robotics. Activities like tennis, horseback riding, swimming, and other sports are also options to balance out the curriculum. The summer also includes trips to museums and the beach, as well as bonding time around the campfire and performance nights.
Kids ages 3-15 can explore arts, technology, science, and physical activities. The smallest kids get an exposure to all the activities, while school-aged and older kids choose to major in theater, art, music, dance, or film. Minors electives, sports, and swim instruction are also part of the day, making it a truly customized and enriching experience.
Logan Square, Philadelphia, 215-448-1133
Kids grades K-9 will have a summer of discovery at Franklin Institute. Camp activities include museum exploration, theater shows, hands-on science projects, games, workshops, presentations by local scientists—all wrapped around dynamic weekly themes.
Norristown, 610-277-3825, ext. 236
Kids ages 6-11 will enjoy a fun and educational experience, learning about and interacting with many of the zoo’s resident collection. Each week-long camp includes a lot of learning and fun, with crafts, stories, snacks, animal visitors and in-depth tours of the zoo. Regular zoo events and shows are also incorporated into camp each week.
Narberth and multiple locations, 610-660-9600
Kids ages 5-16 will learn the tradition of needle arts and machine sewing in a positive and nurturing environment. Campers will complete a different project every week, learning new skills along the way.
15% off until March 31st, 2018! Use code FFM15.
Half-day camp for three days per week for kids ages 6.5-11. Each day will feature different projects and recipes, with topics including kitchen safety, healthy eating, reading recipes, measuring and more. Each day the campers will enjoy a snack that they make, and will bring home a dinner entrée and dessert for the whole family! At the end of the session, all campers will assemble a cookbook with all of their recipes.
Multiple locations, 610-348-5284
Kids can take baking, cooking, and candy-making programs. They’ll even bring home the recipes so they can reproduce their creations for friends and family.
Haverford and Villanova, 610-265-9401
Immersive summer enrichment programs in tennis, golf, cooking, business, fitness, academics and more for kids ages 4-18. Older kids have the option to make it a residential experience at Haverford College or Villanova University, and spend the whole summer focusing on topics like coding or sports.
Use the code FOCUSFAMILY18 to get $50 off when you enroll online!
Kids ages 4-18 are invited on an artistic journey through space and time in MLAC’s “Art Through the Ages” summer program. Young artists will discover a variety of age-appropriate materials, techniques, and concepts through imaginative projects inspired by the weekly theme, from ancient to new art movements. Each Friday, campers will celebrate their work during an Art Party in the galleries where friends and family can come be part of the fun.
Center City Philadelphia, 267-441-0985
Teen girls can learn a variety of life skills (cooking, changing a tire, financial literacy, and more) while also learning about empowerment, social justice, and community building.
Paint Makeup School Summer Camp is a three-day learning event taught by Beke Beau, a seasoned professional makeup artist, for teens ages 13-17. Camp days are broken into sections, including the Learning Lounge, Color and Makeup Play, Makeup Learning Labs and Tool Time. The daily schedule combines color theory, make-up tutorials and hands-on practice with an enriching side dish of real life/real world perspective on the pursuit of beauty ideals, and how it effects the way young people see themselves and others.
Use the coupon code PAINTFF to save $30 on the camp fee!
Center City, Philadelphia, 215-972-2054
Sign up by the week, with different weekly themes for different age groups all summer. The camp hosts kids ages 4-15, with themes that explore different cultures, science experimentation, and even pop culture (think Coco or Star Wars). Older kids will hone their skills with advanced drawing and painting, building their portfolios, and more.
Old City, Philadelphia, 215-922-2422
Summer dance camps for ages 4-18 encourage dancers to polish ballet technique while exploring new genres like Theater Dance, Pilates, and Choreography.
Queen Village and Fairmount, Philadelphia + Cherry Hill, New Jersey, 215-765-2787
Get 20% OFF any full-day camps with code FF20%OFF online. Expires 4/30/18.
9 locations in Southeastern Pennsylvania, 484-604-2004
Kids ages 9-16 will learn basic concepts such as composition, motion, lighting, focus, perspective, color and tones, and textures. The Photography Workshop has 17 camps covering various types of photography and themes, including a Teen Travel Week, where campers ages 12-16 will spend full days shooting at exciting locations like Eastern State Penitentiary, the zoo, and down the Shore.
Use the code familyFOCUS and save $20 off the registration fee!
Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, 215-413-8663
Learn all about history, science and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River at Independence Seaport Museum. Perfect for ages 6-12, Seaport Summer Camp features full days of activities and exploration on the water. Every week is a new discovery, with an in-depth look into the science and history behind the Philadelphia region’s waterways.
Society Hill, Philadelphia, 215-925-3963
With an emphasis on exploration, socialization, and hands-on activities and lessons for kids in preschool through ninth grade, St. Peter’s School’s summer program aims to combine learning with fun. The youngest kids will experience themed weeks where they will learn topics like cooking, foreign language, and science. The older kids are encouraged to dive into a specific subject through specialty programs. Exploring topics like DIY Party Planning, Robotics, and Musical Theater, students learn through hands-on and collaborative projects. And the oldest set can join “Leaders in Training,” where they will learn through strategic planning, daily meetings, and hands-on experiences.
Lead photograph courtesy of Appel Farm Arts Camp.