Looking for a summer camp in the Triangle for your child? We get a lot of requests from parents for summer camps, so we’ve put together a list of resources for you to explore.
It’s important to know that registration for some of the camps happens early, and spots can fill up quickly. So, research in advance so you know what you want to sign your child up for when the time comes.
We’re including information about some of the most popular summer camps, but scroll down for the Carolina Parent’s Summer Camp Database. You’ll find many more camps there, including at schools, YMCA, churches and more. The church camps are usually the least expensive.
Although we’re not including information on the many, many church camps and Vacation Bible Schools, due to the sheer number of them, you should be able to find many of them in Carolina Parent Summer Camp List. They are a great choice for budget-conscious parents.
Also, please make sure to research and ask the individual camps about the safety measure camps are taking this year.
Summer Camps in Raleigh and Wake County
Raleigh History Hunters Summer Camp
This two week-long summer camp presented will focus on the history of Raleigh, Wake County and North Carolina through crafts, programs, presentations and activities. Participants will spend their time hunting through history, visiting local historic sites, playing historic games, and learning about the city’s history. The camps take place at the Fred Fletcher Park/Borden Building. The cost is $400 for two weeks. Sessions take place June 14-25, July 5-16, July 19-30, and August 2-13. It’s for kids age 9-13. Go to https://bit.ly/2021HRMCamp for more information and to register.
This is a full-day week-long camp at either Polar Ice House in Wake Forest or Polar Iceplex in Raleigh, for kids age 6-12. They’ll skate twice a day, with both hockey and free skating offered. Off ice they’ll play outdoor games, arts and crafts, scavenger hunts and more. The cost is $200 a week, but there’s a $25 Early Bird discount if you register before April 30th, and a 10% discount for siblings. Info for Wake Forest. Info for Raleigh.
GSK Science in the Summer
These science camps are absolutely free, but also very popular and fill up quickly. There are in-person camps in several counties, and also at-home camps. Registration varies by county, but began in early April. There are camps for kids from rising 2nd grade to rising 8th grade. More information.
City of Raleigh Summer Camps
The City of Raleigh offers a huge number of summer camps for kids in preschool to age 12. They take place at community centers, parks, nature preserves, and some schools.
Registration began April 5th, 2021. More information.
North Carolina Museum of Art
Each week long camp is different. They feature drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture, nature walks, storytelling, and creative movement. Camps run from June 14th to August 20th, 2021, from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. The cost is $275/week for non-members and $305 for members. Registration is open now. More information.
Artspace Summer Camps
ArtSpace offers full and half-day arts camps, both in-person and virtual, for kids in grades 3-12 at its location at 201 E Davie Street, Raleigh, from June to August. The virtual classes are $75/week for members and $85/week for non-members. In-person classes are $140/week for members and $155/week for non members. Artspace also offers full need-based scholarships for students to attend any of their camps. You can apply on their website. Registration is open. More information.
Marbles Kids Museum
Marbles Kids Museum offers summer camps for kids age 3-10. The campers rotate through creatively themed activity rooms, a museum exhibit and active outside play. Tuition is $330/week for the full day program, and $180/week for the half-day program. These prices are for non-members. Members pay $300 and $165. Registration is open. More information.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers half-day and full-day camps. There are camps for rising Kindergarteners through 9th grade. Prices vary, with some half-day camps costing $230/week (with a discount for Friends of the Museum) and full-day camps, starting at $320/week (with a discount for Friends of the Museum.) Registration is open now, but it looks like most camps are full and accepting only waitlist registrations. More information.
NC State University
NCSU offers preschool, elementary and middle school camps through a variety of organizations, including JC Raulston Arboretum, NC State College of Design, 4-H, The Confucius Institute, and more. Each differs in schedule, cost and registration date. More information.
Academy for Performing Arts
Academy for the Performing Arts offers half-day dance camps for ages 3-10, half-day preschool camps for ages 2-5, 4-week dance class sessions for all ages, and summer dance skills intensives for the more serious dancer or dancer looking to improve certain skills. They have some really fun themed camps for younger ones like Frozen, Descendants, Trolls, Superheroes and more.
Space is limited for all programs and they have strict Covid-19 safety and cleaning procedures in place. They are offering an early bird special which is 20% enrollment off for registration by March 17th.
Camps are $150/week for members and $175/week for non-members. All camps will be at 844 Perry Road, Apex, NC 27502. More information.
Town of Cary Summer Camp
The Town of Cary offers track-out day camp opportunities for children in K-6th grade, and summer day camp for children in rising 1st to 6th grade. Registration begins for the track-out camp on March 15th for residents and March 22nd for non residents. The summer day camp’s registration opens early April for June camps and in early May for July and August camps. More information.
Summer Camps in Durham
Durham Parks & Recreation
Durham Parks and Recreation will hold youth and teen camps from June 14th to August 13th, 2021. Registration will begin on April 5th. Spaces are limited to maintain small group sizes. Camps are $132/week for City residents, and $157/week for non-residents. Teen camps are $62.75/week for residents and $77.75/week for non-residents. More info.
Durham Arts Council
Durham Arts Council offers cultural camps, mini camps, dance intensives, and teen intensives. The camps take place at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. More information.
Museum of Life and Science
Museum of Life + Science offers camps for kids in Pre-K through 8th grade. Camp days are filled with a variety of hands-o activities based around each camp’s theme, including animals, nature exploration, animals, amusement park physics, art, ecology and more. Camps take place at the museum in Durham, 433 W Murray Avenue, and at Montessori Community School, 4512 Pope Road in Chapel Hill. In 2021, there will also be an online camp option in 2021. In-person camps are $330/week for members and $360/week for non-members. Online camps are $150/week for members and $180/week for non-members. Registration started in January. More information.
Piedmont Wildlife Center
Piedmont Wildlife Center offers summer camp at Leigh Farm Park in Durham, and Blackwood Farm Park in Chapel Hill. The cost is $300/week for youth camps, $325/week for teen and advanced youth camps, and $625/week for backpacking trips. There is an after-care option of $60/week to extend the day from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration has opened. More information.
Eno River Association
iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Summer Camp is offered two times, June 14th to 19th, and June 21st to 25th, 2021. It goes from 9 a.m. to 3:45 p.m., and is for kids age 8-12. It provides kids with the chance to camp, hike and splash in a natural wonderland, in Eno River State Park and West Point on the Eno, in Orange and Durham Counties. The cost is $225/week, or $400 for two weeks. Registration has opened. More information.
Summer Camps in Chapel Hill, Carrboro and Hillsborough
The ArtsCenter, at 300 E Main Street, Carrboro, offers camps in theatre, writing, clay, photography, digital art, drawing, fiber arts, dance, musical theater and much more, for kids in Kindergarten through 12th grade. They are offering in-person camps, online camps, and hybrid camps. Prices vary. Registration opened in March. More information.
Carrboro Recreation and Parks
Carrboro Recreation and Parks offers half-day camps in sports, arts, fishing mountain biking Minecraft, kayaking, science, and more. Cost varies, starting at $90/week. Registration has opened. More information.
Kidzu Children’s Museum
Kidzu Children’s Museum offers camps for kids age 3-9. at the museum, at 201 S Estes Drive, Chapel Hill. Each week has a theme. $250/week. Kidzu members save 10%. Registration has opened. More information.
YMCA branches throughout the Triangle offer summer camps of all kinds. Find information on all of them here.
Carolina Parent’s Summer Camp Database
Carolina Parent has put together a list of summer camps. You can search by type of camp, geographic area or name of camp.Subscribe to Triangle on the Cheap