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–as early as late January–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, you should be able to find many of them in Carolina Parent Summer Camp List.
This information is for 2020.
Summer Camps in Raleigh and Wake County
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. There are camps for sewing, dancing, sports, and even Jedi training! Costs vary, with half-day camps starting around $90, and full-day camps starting around $145.
Artspace Summer Camps
ArtSpace offers half-day arts camps at its location at 201 E Davie Street, Raleigh, from June 15th to August 14th. The classes are $140/week for members and $155/week for non-members. Registration starts February 1st for members and February 15th for non-members. More information.
Raleigh Little Theatre
Raleigh Little Theatre offers camps for kids from rising kindergarteners through 12th grade. 2019 camps included acting, script-writing, backstage skills and more. The camps take place at their location at 301 Pogue Street, as well as in Wake Forest, Wendell and Apex. In 2019, the cost started at $175/week for a half-day camp and $285/week for a full-day camp. Check back soon for 2020.
Marbles Kids Museum
Marbles Kids Museum offers summer camps for kids age 3-12. The camps for kids 11 and 12 offer a behind-the-scenes look at the museum, as well as service opportunities. The camps for younger children focus on baking, cardboard creations, animation, wizarding, crime lab, dinosaurs and more. Half-day camps are $150/week for members and $160/week for non-members. Full-day camps are $300/week for members and $320/week for non-members. Registration starts on January 15th for members and January 22nd for non-members. More information.
North Carolina Museum of History
Check back soon for summer camp information at North Carolina Museum of History. In 2019, the half-day camps were $90/week for members and $100/week for non-members, and registration started on February 15th for members and March 1st for non-members, but check back soon for 2020 information.
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences
North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences offers half-day, full-day and even week-long residential camps. There are camps for rising Kindergarteners through 12th 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 starts February 4th for Friends of the Museum Brimley, Explorers, Naturalist Society level and Family+1 level members, February 6th for Friends of the Museum Family level members, and February 18th for the general public. 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.
Town of Cary Summer Camp
The Tow of Cary offers a traditional summer camp experience at Bond Park for rising 1st through 6th graders, an adventure camp for rising 7th and 8th graders at Bond Park, and a traditional summer camp for rising 1st through 4th graders at Mills Park. Registration starts in early February for Cary residents and mid-February for non residents. More information.
Summer Camps in Durham
Durham Parks & Recreation
Check back soon for 2020. More information.
Durham Arts Council
Durham Arts Council offers full-day camps for rising Kindergarteners to 13 years old for $180/week. (You can extend the end time from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. for $70/week.) They also offer Cultural Camp for the same price. In addition, Durham Arts Council offers Summer Dance Intensive and Teen Intensive Camps. The camps take place at Durham Arts Council, 120 Morris Street, Durham. Registration is open now. 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 Shool, 4512 Pope Road in Chapel Hill. The camps are $295/week for members and $325/week for non-members. Registration starts on January 21st for Supporting Members, January 23rd for Explorer Members and January 30th for the general public. More information.
Piedmont Wildlife Center
Piedmont Wildlife Center offers summer camp at three locations: Leigh Farm Park i Durham, Blackwood Farm Park in Chapel Hill and Umstead Park in Raleigh. The cost is $275/week, with an after-care option of $50/week to extend the day from 3 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Registration is open now. More information.
Eno River Association
iWalk the Eno Science & Nature Summer Camp is offered two times, June 15th to 19th, and June 22nd to 26th, 2020. 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. Registration opens on January 15th. 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. Half-day camp is $170/week for the public an $159/week for patrons. Registration opens to ArtsCenter Patrons on January 28th, and to the public on February 11th. 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 is open now. 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. More information.
Orange County Parks & Recreation
Check back soon for information. Registration begins February 15th. More information.
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation
Chapel Hill Parks and Recreation offers kids 5-13 years old a variety of camps. The cost varies. More information. (Filter by “Camp”)
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. Not all summer camps are updated for 2020 yet, but this is definitely an option to keep your eyes on.