Summer Kids Camps 2013: Tucson & Phoenix

Don't let your kids get bored this summer, many of our local businesses are offering fun-filled and educational summer camps! Check out our round up of Local First Arizona members offering summer camps in Phoenix and Tucson this summer. Be sure to act quickly as registration closes soon for for some of these opportunities! Is your child not ready for summer camp? Check out these other great ways to have fun this summer with your kid!

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Phoenix Center for the Arts Summer Camp Extravaganza! Location: Phoenix Center For The Arts, 1202 N 3rd St., Phoenix Dates: Session 1: June 3 to 21; Session 2: June 24 to July 12 (no class July 4); Session 3: July 15 to August 2 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. Cost: $450 per session Ages: 5 - 15 We think it's the most fun and comprehensive summer arts camp around. In each 3-week session, children will receive professional instruction in Music, Dance, Theatre, Creative Writing, and Visual Arts! Each session includes a performances in the 3rd Street Theater and a gallery showing in our public art gallery. Lunch included. Before and after care available. Click here to enroll.

Amazing Arizona Summer Program Location: Pueblo Grande Museum (4619 E Washington St, Phoenix) & Rosson House (115 N 6th St, Phoenix) Dates: Session 1: June 17-21; Session 2: June 24-28; Session 3: July 8-12; Session 4: July 15-19 Time: 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Cost: $200 per session (early bird special: $175 per session before May 31!) Ages: 6 - 13 Pueblo Grande Museum and the Rosson House are partnering again to offer summer programs for children. This year’s program will be hosted at both sites and cover both the prehistoric and historic cultures of Arizona, as well as the science of archaeology we use to learn about them. Children can “race” through time during the camps collecting different stamps and stickers in their Amazing Arizona Passports for each of the different skills, crafts, and projects they complete. More details & registration here.

Hubbard Sports Camp with Hubbard Family Swim Schools Location: 7 locations around the Valley Dates: Weekly sessions offered May 28 - August 9 Time: Full day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Half day: 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: Full day: $215 per child, $205 per additional child; Half day: $160 per child, $150 per additional child (except at Scottsdale Rancho Solano's location: Full day: $250; Half day: $180) Ages: 4 1/2 - 13 When the kids are off from school for summer break, Hubbard Sports Camp will offer fun, weekly sessions at 7 camp locations around the Valley to give children an excellent chance to learn and play a wide variety of sports such as: soccer, basketball, volleyball, baseball, archery, swimming, dodge ball, field sports, and many other indoor and outdoor games and activities. Before and after care available. Click here for more info and registration.

Arizona Sunrays Gymnastics SUPERCAMP Location: 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix Dates: Weeklong sessions available beginning May 20 through August 23 Time: Full Day: 8:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m.; Half Day: 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Cost: Weeklong Session: $250 for Full Day / $170 for Half Day; Individual Days: $50 for Full Day / $35 for Half Day Ages: 3 - 13 Campers will enjoy world class gymnastics instruction! Activities include gymnastics, zipline, games, bounce house, sports and fitness fun, karate, swimming, and more. Click here for registration and more information.

Kids & Teens Summer Climbing Camps Location: AZ on the Rocks, 16447 N. 91st St #105, Scottsdale Dates: Weekly sessions beginning June 3 through August 2 Time: Half Day: 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.; Full Day: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost: Half Day: $275 per session; Full Day: $325 per session Ages: 6-12 Need a way to keep the kids active, moving and happy during the hot summer months? Want them doing more than playing video games and sitting in the house all day? AZR has the perfect solution-our Summer Camp, the only place where it's ok to climb the walls. Click here for more information and to register.

Camp Zoo Location: Phoenix Zoo, 455 North Galvin Parkway Phoenix, Dates: Weekly sessions beginning June 3 through July 26 Time: Full Day: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.; Half Day 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: Full Day: $200 for members/$220 for nonmembers; Half Day: $125 for members/$135 for nonmembers Ages: Kindergarten to 8th Grade Children will have fascinating adventures with the natural world this summer at Camp Zoo. Each age-appropriate, weeklong session is filled with up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, games, in depth investigations, and organized free-time. During the mornings, we'll take advantage of the cooler temperatures and participate in outdoor activities such as water-play and hiking. In the afternoons, when the temperature increases, we will spend more time participating in indoor activities. For more information and to register, click here.

Summer Camp with the Arizona Humane Society Location: Nina Mason Pulliam Campus for Compassion, 1521 W. Dobbins Rd., Phoenix Dates: June Session I: June 11 - 13; June Session II: June 25 - 27; July Session 1: July 9 - 11; July Session II - July 23 - 25 Time: 12:30 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Cost: 1 individual day: $50; 2 individual days: $100; 3 individual days: $135; 6 individual days: $250 Ages: 8 - 12; 13 - 16 Looking for a way to get your kids to put down their video game controller and TV remote during summer vacation? Nothing is more fun than a day learning about animals, and your children will love our summer, service-learning based Camp Compassion — Where CHARACTER COUNTS! Learn more and register by clicking here.

Arizona Youth Sports Leagues Indoor Summer Camp Location: Peoria SportsPlex, 16083, N 75th Avenue, Peoria Dates: Weekly sessions starting June 3 through August 9 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. (early drop off & pick up available) Cost: Full Day: $95 per week; Half Day: $60 per week Ages: 5 - 12 The focus of our summer sports camp is to build your child's confidence and character while they improve their skills in 8 core sports: soccer, football, baseball, basketball, floor hockey, volleyball, dodgeball, and kickball. Your child will be taught by professional, full-time staff while making new friends and creating lifetime memories in an air-conditioned facility! Click here for more information.

Summer Baseball Bootcamps Location: Challenge, 1721 W. 10th Place, Suite 3, Tempe Dates: Various sessions available June 6 through July 31 Times: 8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $250 per bootcamp (or 2 kids for $400). 10% savings if you register before May 15! Ages: 11 and up Specialized three day boot camps offer skill instruction and training for serious players ages 11 and up. All camps will build on a strong foundation and take your player to the next level with advanced training. Camps are capped at a maximum of ten players each. Level: Intermediate/advanced. Click here for more information.

Phoenix Theatre Summer Programming Location: Phoenix Theatre, 100 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix Dates: Varies depending on age Times: Varies Cost: Varies Ages: 4 - 18 Phoenix Theatre offers an incredibly wide selection of programs for summer theatre! Students can learn a variety of skills, including improvisation, dance, musical theatre, stage combat, and more! Click here for more details and registration.

Camp Innovation at Arizona Science Center Location: Arizona Science Center, 600 E. Washington St. Phoenix Dates: Varying sessions beginning June 3 through July 28 Time: Varies Cost: $40 - $245 per session (includes membership discount) Ages: 3 - 14 From All Star Sports Science and Summer Pestology to Flight School and Science of Film - our Summer Camps have it all! Click here for camp details and more information.

Deer Valley Rock Art Center Summer Camps Location: Deer Valley Rock Art Center, 3711 W. Deer Valley Road, Phoenix Dates: Session I: June 3 - June 7; Session II: June 17 - June 21 Time: 8:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost: $120 for members per session, $140 for non members Ages: 8 - 11 The Deer Valley Rock Art Center offers an action-packed summer camp at a real archaeological site and desert nature preserve. Campers learn about archaeology, cultural anthropology, American Indian cultural traditions, desert ecology and animals through hands-on educational activities, archaeological fieldwork and demonstrations, art projects, nature hikes, storytelling and games. Find more information and register by clicking here.

Brelby Theatre Summer Theatre Camps Location: Brelby Theatre Company Dates: June 10 - 28 Time:  9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; mini session 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Cost: $220 per session; $75 for mini session Ages: 3rd Grade - 8th Grade; mini session available for children 5 - 8 years old Our half day theatre camps embrace the collaborative process of theatre. Our students will focus on acting and performance skills within the theme of our session, as well as help to develop communication skills and focus on teamwork. Our three week camps culminate with a performance day open to family members, where our students share a piece that is created by the students themselves with instructor facilitation. Click here for more information.


Week-Long Summer Camps at The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures Location: Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures, 4455 East Camp Lowell Drive, Tucson Dates: June 3-7; June 10-14; June 17-21; June 24-28; June 15-19; July 22-26; July 29-August 2 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $90 per child; $80 for members per child Ages: 5-12 Fill the lazy days of your summer with some summertime fun at The Mini Time Machine Museum! Sessions available for kids. Sessions include Way Out West, Zany Zoo, Amazing Amusement Park, and more! Tuition includes one snack per day plus materials for classes. Camp sessions are limited to 15 participants. Pre-registration required, click here for more information!

Sonoran Glass School Summer Camps Location: Sonoran Glass School, 633 W. 18th Street, Tucson Dates: Weekly sessions beginning June 3 through July 26 Time: Varies Cost: $210 - $400 per session (prices vary) Ages: 7 -18 A variety of programs are available to learn the techniques of glass art! From afternoon day camps to the all day glass art experience, find the session that works for you by clicking here.

Tucson Waldorf School Summer Camps Location: Tucson Waldorf School Dates: Varies, beginning June 3 through August 9 Times: Varies Cost: $175 per week Ages: Preschool to Grade 8 We are excited to offer programs for children from preschool to Grade 8 this summer! Our programs provide creative opportunities in a safe and nurturing environment that are consistent with all of the elements parents love about Waldorf Education. Please join us this summer for a memorable experience! Click here for program details and registration.

Children's Museum Tucson Summer Camps Location: Children's Museum Tucson Dates: Weekly sessions June 3 through August 2 Times: Kinder Camps: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.; Junior camp hours vary Cost: Kinder Camps: $100 per session for museum members, $135 for non members; Junior Camps: $175 - $225 per session (varies) Ages: Kinder Camps: 4 - 6; Junior Camps: 6 - 9 Enjoy fun-filled learning all summer at the Children's Museum Tucson! Each week is a different topic, ranging from "Buggin' Out" to "Edible Science" to "Pet Vet!" Find more information and register by clicking here.

Arizona Theatre Company's Summer On Stage & Summer Backstage Location: University of Arizona in the School of Theatre, Film and Television facilities Dates: June 24 - July 26 Time: 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Cost: Summer On Stage: $850 for regular registration due by May 31 (then $1,000 by June 14); Summer Backstage: $250 by May 31 Ages: 9th - 12th grade Summer on Stage is a five-week intensive training program that culminates in two productions, a play and a musical, performed on the main stage at the Temple of Music and Art. Summer Backstage participants will be mentored by ATC staff and guest artists in additional in-depth and hands-on workshop sessions that will prepare them to assist in the build and load-in of our set, as well as for a spot on the backstage crews for our two productions. Click here for more info and registration information.

Summer Drummer Camp Location: Drum & Drummer School of Percussion, Tucson Dates: Varies Time: Varies Cost: $50 - $185 (depends on sessions) Ages: 6 - 9; 6th Grade - 12th Grade Several different camp options are available based on your drumming experience! Choose from Kids Drum 101 or 102, or if you're a more experienced student in your middle or high school band, select the more advanced class. Click here for more information and registration.

Tucson Clay Co-op Interactive Summer Clay Camp Location: Tucson Clay Co-Op, 3326 N. Dodge Blvd., Tucson Dates: June 18 - 27; July 30 - August 8 (other sessions sold out at this time) Time: 9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Cost: $108 per session Ages: 6 - 12 Interactive Summer Clay Camp includes wheel throwing, hand building and dramatic skits! Each 2 week session culminates with camper's performance & party. Click here for registration and more information. 

The Juicebox: A Summer Camp for Kids Location: Creative Juice Art Bar, 6530 E Tanque Verde #160, Tucson Dates: Weekly sessions June 3 - June 28 Time: 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Cost: $225 per child per week (10% sibling discount) Ages: 5 - 13 Have a budding young artist at home? Need a cool, creative alternative for the hot summer days in Tucson? We have the place for you! Explore a different art form each week through a variety of mediums and techniques! Click here for more information and registration.