2016 Local Summer Camps

Photo Credit: Lighttruth via Compfight cc It's time again for the kids to get moving, get creative, and learn over summer vacation. There are dozens of local options to entertain kids and teens in Arizona's metro cities.

Below is a breakdown of Local First Arizona member summer camp options in the Phoenix and Tuscon areas.

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 Tucson & Southern Arizona

SMF2016 Character GroupHarkin's Theatre Summer Movie Program If its summertime, that means blockbuster movies and the Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids. For more than 35 years, Harkins Theaters has brought back some of Hollywood's best family films to keep kids entertained and cool during the summer. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. (All adults must be accompanied by children.)  More information at www.harkinstheatres.com.


Arizona-State-ParksArizona State Parks Arizona Family Campout Weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. Be introduced to great experiences you can share with your family and be inspired to explore the great outdoors! Learn how to set up a tent and receive an introduction to cooking outside, plus try some fun outdoor activities! More information is on azstateparks.com/family.


thryve-next-pic- Startup STEM Camp Give your child the skills they can use in the new economy at Startup STEM Camp by Startup Tucson! Registration is now open for pre-teens and teens  who are ready to learn the innovation skills critical to a successful career in our new global economy. More information at startuptucson.org/go/startup-stem-camp-2015/.


Summer_of_STEAM_2014-17Children's Museum Tucson This summer enroll in S.T.E.A.M. Camps 2016 where campers will explore the wonders of Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics through fun-filled learning all summer long at Children's Museum Tucson! Subjects include LEGO engineering, Space Camp, and Robotics. More information at www.childrensmuseumtucson.org.


Riley-2-1024x76891.3 FM KXCI DJ Camp KXCI is pleased to offer summer DJ training programs for youth ages 9-16. This is a hands on class where students receive an introduction to broadcast equipment and rules, music appreciation and selection, creating music sets, and public speaking. At the end of each session the kids will be able to share their skills with the community. More info online here!


534370_10151179536256622_1444005796_nTuscon Museum of Art and Historic Block Inspired by the permanent collection and special exhibitions, the Museum offers summer art classes for ages 5 – 13. Children can discover new places and diverse cultures through visits to the galleries and historic buildings, express their creativity, and produce original works of art. More information at www.tucsonmuseumofart.org/.


head-campsPlayformance Playformance offers camps for kids to spend the day doing lots of fun, age appropriate activities including games, sports, and creative play! With special guests, kids can enjoy activities such as parkour, baseball, kickball, drama, gymnastics, and visual arts. More information at www.playformancetucson.com/camps/.


Education-Camp-6-300x225Reid Park Zoo Treat your kids to a great adventure! Reid Park Zoo offers action-packed summer day camps for kids entering grades 1-6. Games, crafts, scavenger hunts, opportunities to meet Zoo Keepers, and even a chance to help out Behind-the-Scenes–make this camp unlike any other. More information at reidparkzoo.org.


youth-education-2Tucson Botanical Garden Plant Power Summer Camp is back! Join Tucson Botanical Garden for a week-long exploration of plants, biology, and natural history. Campers will gain a renewed admiration for nature in a tranquil setting in the heart of Tucson. More information at www.tucsonbotanical.org.


kids-swimming-448x150Tucson Jewish Community Center Summer Camp J 365 offers a little bit of everything including Early Childhood Camps, Traditional Day Camps, Sports Camps, Excel Tri Training, Leaders in Training Camp for teens and Specialty Camps for various ages. More information at www.tucsonjcc.org/campj/.


medievalcamp_shield-and-field_savedforwebWaldorf School Waldorf School offers a weekly summer day camp program  for children ages 3-6. The summer program offers engaging and creative opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment consistent with all of the elements parents love about Waldorf Education. More information at tucsonwaldorf.org.


clay-coopTucson Clay Co-op Summer Clay Camp at the Tucson Clay Co-op includes wheel throwing, hand building, and sculpture for children and pre-teens. Each educational and fun-filled 2-week session ends with a party and exhibit of the children’s work. More information here.


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 Phoenix Area

sunraysThe Arizona Sunrays World-Class Gymnastics Instruction, Ninja Zone, Sports, Bounce House, Sports, & Dance. During the Summer enjoy Special Guests, Fun Weekly Themes, Yoga & optional Swim Lessons! More information at (602) 992-5790 or www.arizonasunrays.com.


SMF2016 Character GroupHarkin's Theatre Summer Movie Program If its summertime, that means blockbuster movies and the Harkins Summer Movie Fun program for kids. For more than 35 years, Harkins Theaters has brought back some of Hollywood's best family films to keep kids entertained and cool during the summer. Kids can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film. (All adults must be accompanied by children.)  More information at www.harkinstheatres.com.


Arizona-State-ParksArizona State Parks Spring 2016 Arizona Family Campout Weekends are designed for families that have little or no experience camping. Be introduced to the great experiences you can share with your family and inspire you to continue to explore the great outdoors! You will learn how to set up a tent and an introduction to cooking outside, plus you will get to try some fun activities you can do while camping! More information is on azstateparks.com/family.


HubbardHubbard Swim School and Sports Camp Hubbard Family Swim Schools has three Valley locations in Phoenix, Peoria, and Mesa. Weekly swim lessons occur on four consecutive days in one specific week. More information at www.hubbardswim.com. Hubbard Sports Camp is for children ages 4 ½ to 13. It is a co-ed, multi-sport summer camp offering 11 one-week session. Campers enjoy soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery, swimming and other fun games. More information at (602) 971-4044 or http://hubbardsports.com/.


dbg-150x150Desert Botanical Garden Every day is an adventure as Desert Botanical Garden campers become scientists using their powers of observation in the classroom and on the trail to learn about the world around them. Each day brings new adventures in outdoor experiences, free-choice learning, art projects and more! Ages 4-12. More information at www.dbg.org/.


camp zooCamp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo Kids can spend summer breaks at the Zoo with Camp Zoo! Camp Zoo offers children ages kindergarten through 8th grade an opportunity to explore nature and the zoo in a fun, hands-on and exciting way. More information at phoenixzoo.org.


arizona-science-center-kids-150x150Arizona Science Center Camp Innovation will bring adventure, exploration and discovery this summer! From learning about natural forces, investigating a crime scene, exploring the messy side of science to discovering the world of insects and meteorology, campers will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while being engaged in science! More information at www.azscience.org.


PCA_SummerCamp_WebPromo1Phoenix Center for the Arts Rather than focusing on just one artistic medium Phoenix Center for the Arts present a well-rounded artistic experience that encompasses many different art forms, both visual and performance-based. They offer two-week camp sessions so your child can dance, sing, draw, and dramatize the summer away! More information at phoenixcenterforthearts.org.


theater_camp-160x160Herberger Multicultural Theatre Camp is back again! In 2001, the Herberger Theater Center began a collaboration with Free Arts for Abused Children to heal young lives through the performing arts.  Teens from group homes, shelters and treatment facilities throughout Maricopa County have an opportunity to create and experience the arts through a two-week theater camp at the Herberger Theater Center. More information at www.herbergertheater.org.


d07dee44c0d026e272d433d71a94a0b5Grow Your Creativity With Jac of Hearts Your kids can learn new art techniques, explore various media such as air dry clay, water colors, paints, and optical illusions every week and build confidence in expressing ideas! More information at https://www.jacofhearts.com.


UntitledCamp Colley This special camp helps underprivileged kids learn to love nature with excursions up North. The enduring benefit of Camp Colley is that it enriches personal and community life through the wonders of nature. So far Camp Colley has helped almost 5,000 children experience a real summer camp that they otherwise would not have had. More info online at campcolley.org,


 national comedy theatreNational Comedy Theatre Kids ages 7-12 will have a blast learning the same exciting improv comedy games seen on stage at the award winning National Comedy Theatre! Improv comedy is terrific for kids because it encourages listening, team work, positive thinking, and self confidence through fun, interactive games/exercises. More information at www.nctphoenix.com.


Screen-Shot-2014-05-20-at-5.34.27-PM-150x150Peaceful Warrior Martial Arts Besides enjoying three formal martial arts classes each day in traditional Shorin-Ryu Karate, Jujitsu and Kobudo, kids can participate in themed summer camps all summer long. There are field trips, team-building games and activities, arts & crafts, Japanese lessons and a variety of other events. More information at www.peacefulwarriorphx.com. See themed camps online here!


AZR-10-yearAZ on the Rocks Campers will spend their day: rock climbing, yoga, martial arts, and other fun games. AZ on the Rocks' high energy, well qualified counselors will help your child build new friendships, discover new interest and improve self-esteem, all in an inviting environment. No experience is required. More information at www.azontherocks.com.


downloadFlipDunk FlipDunk Sports is 19,000 sq. ft. of indoor, high-flying fun! It's a one-of-a-kind recreational experience that offers fitness activities for all ages and skill levels found nowhere else in the Valley. You'll literally be bouncing off the walls! With trampolines on the floors and walls, bungee trampolines and tumble tracks with basketball hoops for a slam dunk finish, the sky’s the limit at Flip Dunk Sports. See class information at www.flipdunksports.com/classes.


I.D.E.A. Museum Classes Children make connections between art, movement, science, and fun at the day camps from I.D.E.A. Museum in Mesa. Topics change weekly, more information is available online at ideamuseum.org.


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