Fun in the Sun: Top 12 South-End Summer Camps

Fun in the Sun: Top 12 South-End Summer Camps

Summer vacation is just a few short weeks away (the last student day for Seattle Public Schools is Tues., June 16) and there are numerous south-end summer camp options to choose from. That said, many will fill up quickly, so now is a good time to pull out the calendar (and the checkbook) and start registering.

Most camps offer sibling discounts and/or scholarships and many also offer week-to-week registration to fit your family’s summer schedule. Here are a few of our hyper-local faves:

1. Join the Bike Works crew for riding camps, bike touring camps, repair camps and day bike camps. Ages 9-17. All summer camps at Bike Works include the necessary equipment to participate: bicycles, helmets, pads, tents, sleeping bags, etc. All you provide is yourself!

2. Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Columbia City has summer camps for preschoolers ages 3-5 and school-age students ages 6-12. Trampoline, tumbling, balance beams, and other gymnastic arts training for students of all skill levels are available in both half and full day segments.

3. Anything Is Possible Theatre Camp at Rainier Valley Cultural Center (3515 S Alaska S). Kids ages 6 to 12 will be instructed by experienced theater professionals in theater games, acting/scene work, music and dance, stage combat, and more! Session 1 runs August 10-14; 9 am-3 pm & Session 2 runs August 17-21; 9 am-3 pm. Limited after-care available for both.

4. The School of Acrobatics and New Circus Arts is offering circus camp for beginners and more advanced students ages 6 and up. No previous circus experience is necessary to enroll and all camps include teaching the flying trapeze. Acrobatics, trampoline and juggling are some of the circus arts being taught.

5. Seward Park Audubon Nature Camps offer outdoor adventures with one-week sessions for ages 10-12 and ages 12-14. Explore the outdoors of Seward Park and beyond with swimming, hiking, games, and canopy tree climbing. Four different themed camps: Nature Explorer, Outdoor Adventure, Nature Photojournalism, and Birding Expeditions. Scholarships available.

6. Kim’s Tae Kwon Do Rainier Valley is hosting Jedi Training summer camps for ages 5-11. Students will learn how use a “light saber” and then complete challenges to earn a true Jedi status! Each day is full of safe and fun activities designed to challenge and educate. Activities include 2 Tae Kwon Do sessions daily, martial arts games and contests, arts & crafts, videos & more!

7. Summer tennis in Rainier Beach with USTA Pacific Northwest and the city of Seattle Parks and Recreation — fun, affordable tennis programs this summer for kids ages 7-17. Get the kids off the couch and on the court!  Everyone will enjoy the games and activities, using equipment sized right for age. No previous experience necessary! All equipment is provided.

8. Stone Soup Theatre will host Summerstage 2015 at Mt. Baker Community Club for kids ages 5-13. Productions include The Hobbit; The Maze of Mother Goose; No Damsels in Distress; Curious George; Greek Myths with Perseus; Princesses and Dragons; Lion, Witch, Wardrobe; Crafting Mines (for Minecraft fans); The Frozen Queen (for Frozen fans).

9. Urban Impact will host CDF Freedom Schools — A high impact, literacy-based, summer learning program for scholars in grades K-8th. 1:10 Teacher:Student ratio; teachers are trained college-students; books tap into a scholar’s imagination, strength of their cultural heritage, and encourage critical thinking skills; weekly field trips and much more. 100% attendance is expected.

10. The City of Seattle Parks Department offers full day camp options at affordable prices for kids ages 5-12. Jefferson, Rainier, Rainier Beach and Van Asselt Community Centers will offer a mix of arts, sports, cooking, science, and environmental experiments. Scholarships are available and DSHS subsidies are accepted.

11. School-based Community Day School Association hosts summer camps at their Maple, Beacon Hill, Hawthorne and Kimball sites. Language classes, photography, international cultures, mural painting, music are just a few of the choices being offered. City and State childcare subsidies are accepted to assist with tuition. Ages 3-12.

12. At Seattle Tilth’s Rainier Beach summer camps, kids spend summer days outdoors being “urban farmers” — discovering where our food comes from and learning about the natural world. Summer camp is also a time to have fun adventures exploring our gardens and farm, making art, singing song and playing games — all with urban farm flair.

Photo/Courtesy of Bikeworks


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