Fun in the Sun: 10 South Seattle Summer Camps

Fun in the Sun: 10 South Seattle Summer Camps

Summer vacation is just a few short weeks away (the last student day for Seattle Public Schools is Fri., June 24th) 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. 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.

2. 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 15-19; 9 am-3 pm & Session 2 runs August 22-26; 9 am-3 pm. Limited after-care available for both.

3. 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.

4. Seward Park Audubon Nature Camps offer outdoor adventures with one-week sessions for ages 6-8 and ages 9-11. Explore the outdoors of Seward Park and beyond with swimming, hiking, games, and canopy tree climbing. Four different themed camps: Earth Art, Outdoor Adventure,Wilderness Skills, and Owl Odyssey. Scholarships available.

5. Summer tennis in South Seattle with USTA Pacific Northwest and the city of Seattle Parks and Recreation — fun, affordable tennis programs this summer for kids ages 6-17 on at Jefferson Park on Beacon Hill and Rainier Beach. 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.

6. Stone Soup Theatre will host Summerstage 2015 at Mt. Baker Community Club for kids ages 5-14. Productions include The Hobbit; Magic in the Treehouse; Tikki Tikki Tembo; Robin Hood and more.

7. School-based Launch hosts summer camps at their Maple, Beacon Hill, Hawthorne and Kimball sites. Open five days a week, from 7 am to 6 pm to provide pre-program before and after care. The core summer curriculum is offered from 9 am to 4 pm. and varies from 9–11 weeks in duration, depending on when school lets out and begins. Ages 3-12.

8. 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.

9. Kids Co. offers convenient school-based programs throughout South Seattle, including Mount Baker, Seward Park and Rainier Beach. Ages 3-12.

10. You Grow Girl! offers programs designed to empower, uplift and inspire girls with the message that life’s challenges will not dictate their success. For Girls, Grades: 4-8. Summer camps run Monday – Friday, 10 am-4 pm. Extended care is available.

Photo/Seward Park Audubon


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  1. Not technically in the south end, but Coyote Central on Yesler and 23rd has many amazing summer programs, from cooking classes, sewing, digital video and shop/carpentry building projects, to moot court!