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Virtual Summer Camp Ideas for Families at Home

Virtual Summer Camp Ideas for Families at Home

Summer isn’t ruined — it’s just getting started

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With some quarantine and social distancing regulations still in place, summer camps across the country have been canceled, and many parents are now worried about their kids being bored at home. Thanks to the internet and innovation from multiple organizations, however, there are many virtual summer camps available this year for your kids to join remotely and have fun from home.

Camp PBS Kids

Camp PBS Kids

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Have the kids spend the summer with their favorite PBS Kids characters for free online at Camp PBS Kids. There are many resources and ideas for activities such as reading, learning about topics such as space and dinosaurs, arts and crafts, and even upcycling things from around the house into cool projects.

The Wonder Explorers Club

The Wonder Explorers Club

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The Wonder offers live classes and at-home activities dedicated to helping kids explore the world around them. The Wonder Explorers Club, in particular, gives kids “missions” to go on and has live cameras installed at animal observatories all over the world. Kids can watch and draw a “report” to get an Explorer’s patch.

Varsity Tutors

Varsity Tutors

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Varsity Tutors, a service that offers online classes and tutoring for students, is offering virtual summer camps for those ages 5 through 18 from June through August. These free, week-long summer camps contain five sessions from Monday through Friday on a wide variety of topics, such as healthy snacking, at-home science experiments, digital photography and language learning.

Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Camp Online

Bronx Zoo’s Wildlife Camp Online

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The Bronx Zoo offers the perfect virtual experience for animal lovers with its Wildlife Camp Online, which features online learning, exhibits and conversations for kids entering pre-K through entering 8th grade. Starting at $250 per week, kids can have a full week’s access to behind-the-scenes tours of the zoo and join in hands-on projects to learn more about their favorite animals.

Happy Camper Live

Happy Camper Live

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Even stuck indoors, any kid can be a happy camper with Happy Camper Live, which offers summer camp activities through virtual means. For a monthly or three-month membership fee, kids have access to videos on learning an instrument, taking up a new sport, honing their cooking skills and more.

Camp Wonderopolis

Camp Wonderopolis

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Camp Wonderopolis offers an array of topics for kids to explore online for free, including the wonders of construction and engineering, music and composition, math and science, history and culture, health, fitness and cooking.

National Academy of Athletics Virtual Sports Camp

National Academy of Athletics Virtual Sports Camp

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Even if you can’t go outside, there are plenty of ways to work out or exercise with the help of the internet. The National Academy of Athletics is hosting a virtual sports camp for kids with 45-minute to hour-long videos that you can rent online for up to 30 days. The videos feature drills for baseball, basketball, football, martial arts, soccer and volleyball.

Camp Supernow

Camp Supernow

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During times of recommended social distancing, your kids can still have the classic summer camp experience during a staycation at home instead. For $199 per camper, Camp Supernow offers kids ages 5 to 11 access to a “virtual cabin” for an hour of themed activities and games every day for two weeks.

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Summer Camp in a Box

Great Lakes Aquarium’s Summer Camp in a Box

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The Great Lakes Aquarium in Duluth, Minnesota, is one of the greatest indoor attractions in America, and this summer, this attraction is coming right to your doorstep. For $99, the aquarium’s Summer Camp in a Box brings kids a week-long camp experience with pre-packaged activities for every day, with a kickoff video every morning plus live virtual camp sessions in the afternoon.

Maker Camp

Maker Camp

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You don’t have to pay money to give your kids a great summer. Maker Camp offers a variety of downloadable activities that can add to your child’s list of DIY quarantine hobbies. Make instruments, puppets, origami and more from the comfort of your home.

iD Tech

iD Tech

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If your kid is into gaming, coding and more, iD Tech may be the perfect virtual summer camp for them. The site offers a range of classes for ages 7 to 19. The options are seemingly endless, from robotics to Minecraft courses, your child can be entertained all summer long. The virtual tech classes are priced at $399, but there are also plenty of free online learning apps for your kids to take advantage of.

Art Camp 504

Art Camp 504

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Art Camp 504 is now offering virtual classes allowing kids to interact live with each other and their teacher. Most classes last five days and cost $115. Students can enjoy a variety of fun indoor activities including puppetry, character drawing and storytelling.

Camp Tech Revolution

Camp Tech Revolution

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Camp Tech Revolution is an online STEM camp. Each class meets for three hours a day for one week and costs $299. Kids can enroll in classes like math Olympics, coding, Minecraft and more. If your child loves science and has a birthday in the summer, enrolling them in Camp Tech Revolution could be a fun birthday surprise during coronavirus quarantine.

Outschool

Outschool

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Outschool offers a wide range of classes starting at $10 per learner for kids ages 3 to 18. Kids can learn about famous women in history, forensic science, and even how to make an animated movie.

Camp Broadway Online

Camp Broadway Online

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If your kids are dying to put on their dancing shoes this summer, Camp Broadway is here to help. Kids ages 10 to 17 can learn how to dance, sing, act and write through a variety of virtual classes. Workshops range from $25 to $80, while the full two-week camp experience costs $875 to enroll.

Columbus Zoo’s Zoo Camp2U

Columbus Zoo’s Zoo Camp2U

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For about $100, your kids can get the complete zoo experience from home. Columbus Zoo is offering a virtual summer camp that is designed to encourage kids to get outdoors. Enrollees will experience two-hour live sessions with a camp counselor every day, downloadable activities and more. If your kids aren’t really zoo-lovers, check out more awesome virtual tours you can take from home.

Connected Camps

Connected Camps

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Summer boredom is a thing of the past thanks to Connected Camps, which offers online camps for kids ages 8 to 13. Each camp runs for five days and lasts an hour and a half each day. Kids can learn about game design, engineering, coding and more. See if any of your kids' friends or cousins want to enroll too — going to virtual camp together is a great way to stay connected to loved ones.

Gas Lamp Players

Gas Lamp Players

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While you may not be able to spot any celebrities in person this summer, you can still video chat with them. Gas Lamp Players is offering three-week, virtual summer classes with theater industry professionals for $150. Enrollees can take classes in film and television acting, songwriting, character development and more.

Met Opera Global Summer Camp

Met Opera Global Summer Camp

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While you may not be able to watch an opera in person at some of the oldest theaters in America this summer, Met Opera Global Summer Camp has the next best thing. During the camp, kids will learn about a new opera every week through immersive activities, learning prompts and more. The eight-week program is available to all students at no cost and begins June 15.

Destinations Career Academy

Destinations Career Academy

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Destinations Career Academy is offering free summer courses for students interested in business, healthcare, coding and more. Classes begin on June 24 and last about one month. If these suggestions of fun virtual summer camps have inspired you to seek out some fun enrichment for yourself, there are plenty of cool online classes you can start right now.

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