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Tuesday, February 9, 2016

The Best Summer Day Camps in Atlanta 2016

It is never too early to begin planning for summer activities for your kids! 

Over the years, both of my kids have attended various summer day camps.  One or the other has done dance camp, comedy camp, golf camp, drama camp, church camp, volleyball camp, cheerleading camp, and a few others. They have each learned something special at every camp they attended, they made new friends and discovered new interests.  The memories made at camp will be with my kids forever. Summer camp is a great way to let your kids try something new, and meet new kids that they wouldn't necessarily meet at school or regular activities. It's such a great experience for them to have!

I hope that this list can give you some good ideas for day camps for your kids this summer.  Don't you feel lucky to live in metro Atlanta, where we have so many options for summer camp? I sure do. It doesn't matter if you live in Cobb, Gwinnett, Henry, or Forsyth.  There are camps all around the metro area!  And even better, there are camps for just about every interest you can think of. Seriously, the ones on this list are just the tip of the iceberg!

I know it seems rather early to be thinking about summer; after all, it's still winter - we just had snow flurries last week! Some camps are already open for registration though, and others will be starting registration in the weeks to come. There are half-day camps for littles, all day camps for elementary and older kids, plus sleepaway camps, here and outside the Atlanta area.  So many choices!

This is the perfect time to start looking at all of the camp options available, and then narrow down the choices with your kid(s).  Many camps will offer an early-registration incentive in the form of a dollar amount off, or a percentage off camp tuition. Some camps offer discounts for members (like the Y), or residents of a county or city.  These discounts are a great reason to choose your summer camp early and get registered!  Some camps also offer scholarships, tuition assitance or payment plans.  You need to apply early if you want to take advantage of these.  Another good reason to start your camp search now, right?

Please visit my Atlanta Summer Camp Guide for a longer list of summer camps in the metro Atlanta area. There are even a few listed there that are outside Georgia, and some overnight and sleepaway camps, too.  It's another great place to search for the perfect camp for your kids this summer!

The Actor's Scene has some fantastic camps for kids ages 4- 18! Little ones can attend Frozen or Star Wars camp, while older kids can make a movie, or the new Sketch Comedy camp.   (My daughter took acting classes here several years ago, and loved both the instructors and the experience she gained.)

Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education Summer Camp offers non-competitive day camps for ages 2 and up.  No auditions required.  Classes held at Buckhead Centre, Powers Ferry Centre, and Michael C. Carlos Dance Centre throughout the summer.

Atlanta Hawks Summer Basketball Camp is where participants receive professional instruction from qualified coaches in a fun environment.  Kids of all skill levels get the opportunity of a lifetime to learn from the pros!  Camps are offered at locations around town.

Builder Bunch LEGO Lover Camp is for the LEGO lover in your life! They offer LEGO day camps all over town, where kids learn to build bridges, trains, catapults, and more while competing with other campers to complete missions.

Camp Pine Acres Girl Scout Day Camp features weekly camps such as Frozen in Summer, Colonial Times, Aquatic Juniors, Road Trippin' USA and others.  This camp is located at Lake Allatoona.

Challenge Island is S.T.E.A.M based (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) and offers camps and other opportunities for elementary-aged kids.  Keep checking their website for Atlanta summer camp information (none posted as of 2/8/16)

Chastain Horse Park Summer Camp teaches kids horsemanship skills - everything from grooming to riding.  Programs for kids from ages 4-14.

Circus Summer Day Camp is offered to kids ages 5 through teens, and is offered in Dunwoody, Decatur and at YMCA locations in Marietta and Norcross.  Kids get an introduction to circus skills, performing arts, visual arts and exercise.  All skill levels welcome!

Club SciKidz offers a variety of programs for kids ages 4-15.  Choose from fun camp programs like Culinary Arts, Extreme Science, Master Minecraft Coder, CSI, 3D Printing and many more! Several locations to choose from, too.

Elachee Nature Center Summer Camp is a 1440 acre woodland setting that allows kids to explore and play in the great outdoors! They offer camps for preschool through middle school, and a Counselor-in-training program, too.  (My son really likes visiting this Nature Center - so much to see and explore there!) 

Emagination Computer Camp at Georgia Tech is aimed at kids 8-17.  They can choose from programs like Coding, Video Game Design, Making Apps, RC cars and robots, Create in Minecraft and others!

Gwinnett Environmental & Heritage Center Day Camps are for kids ages 2 - 13.  Some of the fun day camps session they offer include Garden Earth Naturalist, American Girl: Exploring the Past with Dolls, Civil War Camp, Prehistoric Georgia, Camper vs. Wild, Cream of the Crop Farm Camp, Wildlife Forensics, and Celts & Vikings.  (We really enjoy the Gwinnett EHC - they have fantastic programs throughout the school year, too)

Imagine That! Summer Camp is offered at locations around the metro Atlanta area. S.T.E.A.M based programs include Coding, Robotics, Sewing, LEGO MINDSTORMS, Minecraft and Programming. This camp is for kids who are ages 5-14.

Junior Zookeeper Day Camp is where kids ages 8 and up learn to feed, train, groom, clean and care for the animals at the North Georgia Zoo.  Crafts, pony rides, feeding baby animals and more are some of the highlights of this fun zoo camp!

Junior TreeKeepers Day Camp offers kids adventures every day.  They will explore the outdoors, bike the Atlanta Beltline, and take field trips to local attractions.  Located in Inman Park, this camp is for kids who are rising 1st graders to rising 6th graders.

Kid Chess Day Camp is held at various Marietta locations and in Cumming.  Kids get lots of time playing chess including Bughouse Chess, Blintz Chess, and Blindfolded Chess.  They have the opportunity to play top instructors, too.  Kids can improve their skills drastically in just one week of Chess Camp.

Lake Lanier Islands Summer Sailing Camp  is a great place for kids 8-13 to learn about sailing, boat safety plus games, swimming and lots of fun in the water!

Margaret Mitchell House Summer Camp is perfect for the child who loves writing! Check out there Mystery in the City Day Camp, Poetry & Performance, Write On: The Essentials and several other day camp options.

Metro Atlanta YMCA Day Camps feature more camps than I can share here! On the various YMCA pages, I saw options for cowboy/cowgirl camp, games camp, olympics camp, sports camp, and many more day and half day camps for kids! The YMCA does a great job with day camps - I have fond memories of the one I attended as a child in Florida!

Midtown International Schools Summer Day Camps offers programs that change weekly.  They have day camps for kids who are rising kindergarteners through rising 8th graders.  Some of the weekly day camps for 2016 include Egyptology, Robotics, Volcanos, Film and Video Production and several others.

Play By Play Sports Broadcasting Camp If you have a budding sports journalist at your house, then this camp will be their dream come true!  This camp will be in Atlanta July 18-22, and will be held at Emory University.  For kids 10-18.

Play! Music and Art Camps give kids several camp options  - art, music, video game design, comics and manga and a few more.   Most camps are for elementary aged kids.

Robots-4-U - They offer half day and full day options at locations around Atlanta. Camps include Drones, Robotics, and Battle Bots.  (Click the banner on the bottom of the page linked here for a 60% off coupon!)

SeaVentures H20 Swim Camp offers weekly camps for kids 5 - 12.  Each week there is a new camp theme.  Day camp themes include Olympics, Pirates, Hawaiian, Ocean, and Water Safety.

School of Rock East Cobb has fun choices like build your own guitar, performance and song writing camps for kids ages 7-17.  They have a half-day camp for kids 4-7, too.

Train Summer Camp at the Southeastern Railway Museum   as of February 2016, camp information is not listed, but last year,  kids learned about the history of railroads,  did railroad-related crafts and activities and rode on a train! Keep checking their link for the 2016 summer camp registration form.

WinShape Camps offer an incredible Christian-based daycamp.  Kids have worship time, bible study, sports, singing, and more each day of this week long day camp. On the final day, parents get to attend and, after seeing what the kids learned all week, there is a family picnic with the campers.  David attended this camp several summers ago and it was an awesome experience for him!  In fact, the picture at the top of this post is of David on his final day of Camp WinShape in Dacula, Ga.

Below, you will find some fellow Georgia Bloggers' Camp Guides for the metro Atlanta area - be sure to check them out for even more information about camps in this area. (Don't forget to follow them on email and/or Facebook too!)

15 Day Camps to Grow Your Budding Artist from The Crunchy Mommy

Athens, GA Summer Camps from Mommy Octopus 

Atlanta Science Camps from Love, Peace & Tiny Feet

Best Summer Camps in Marietta from Mom's Magical Miles

Science Camp Atlanta Edition from Really Are You Serious 

Summer Camps for Kids with Special Needs from God4BandMe

Summer Camps for Teens from LalalandMommy

Summer Camps in Atlanta - What to Consider and How to Pay for it from Field Trips with Sue 

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