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
City of Raleigh Summer Camps
Check back soon for 2021 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.
Artspace Summer Camps
ArtSpace offers 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 classes are $75/week for members and $85/week for non-members. Registration starts Registration starts in March, 2021. 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. Check back soon for prices. Registration starts in March, 2021. 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 starts February 3rd for Friends of the Museum Brimley, Explorers, Naturalist Society level and Family+1 level members, February 5th for Friends of the Museum Family level members, and February 16th 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 in February, 2021. More information.
Summer Camps in Durham
Durham Parks & Recreation
Check back soon for 2021. More information.
Durham Arts Council
Check back soon for 2021. 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 $15/week for members and $180/week for non-members. Registration starts on January 19th for Supporting Members, January 21st for Explorer Members and January 28th for the general public. More information.
Piedmont Wildlife Center
Piedmont Wildlife Center offers summer camp at three locations: 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 is open now. 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 opens on January 15th, 2021. 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. Check back soon for 2021 information. 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.
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