The 411 on Summer Camps in Seattle

To be or not to be? That’s the question on every Seattle parent’s mind when it comes to summer camps this year. It’s a will-they-won’t-they drama that rivals Ross & Rachel or Jess & Nick, take your pick. Sift through the din to find virtual camps that won’t leave you guessing, hybrid camps that give families the best of both worlds and in-person camps that are open for registration. It’s time to get summer planned!

In-Person Camps

These area camps are open for registration, and many have tweaked their cancellation/refund policies and camper ratios to reflect the changing nature of COVID-19 requirements.

photo: Tilth Alliance

Tilth Alliance Camps

If your kids dig gardening, or if you’re hoping they’ll grow a green thumb, Tilth Alliance Camps are your go-to spot. With sweet short camps that last a few hours one sunshiny day for the youngest kids (ages 1-5), to week-long half-day and full-day programs for the older ones (ages 3 -12), every kid has the chance to plant roots this summer. Programs vary by location (get the full schedule here), but we think your kids will love the half-day Farm to Table or World Garden camp. Tots can learn all about Pollinator Pals and make Bug Friends Forever when they sign up. Sliding scale pricing is available, as is extended care. Sunshine, dirt and fun!

COVID-19 policy: If social distancing measures are still in place come camp time, refunds or transfers to a later camp or class will be offered.

Dates: Jun. 29- Aug. 28
Times: vary, depending on location and session
Cost: $25-$35, mini camp; $135-$180, half-day; $225-$300, full-day
Ages: 1 & up

Good Shepherd Center—Wallingford
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Ste. 100
Seattle, WA

Rainier Beach Urban Farm & Wetlands
5513 S. Cloverdale St.
Seattle, WA

photo: hannah tasker on unsplash

Seattle Cucina

Because they’re always asking you “what’s for dinner?” there’s Seattle Cucina’s themed cooking camps for kids. In each session kids will learn everything from kitchen basics to advanced meal prep, ensuring you can take a break from cooking every once in a while. Their summer camp programming starts off in June with two Cooking Crash Course sessions, where tiny chefs will learn to cook ramen, coq au vin, savory pies and more. Other tantalizing camps include: Eat like an Italian, Cook the Rainbow and Cooking Around the World. Dig in!

Good to know: Seattle Cucina partners with local park districts, farms and schools to provide camps at additional Seattle locations and on the Eastside.

COVID-19 policy: Full refunds will be given if a program is directly impacted by COVID-19.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 22-Aug. 21
Times: 1-4 p.m.
Cost: $200-$225, depending on session
Ages: 6-12

Fisherman’s Terminal
3822 18th Ave. W.
Seattle, WA

photo: Wilderness Awareness School

Wilderness Awareness School

Because every wild child needs a place where they can roam free, there’s summer camp programming at the Wilderness Awareness School. With half-day programs for kids ages 4-6 and full-day programs for kids ages 6-12, it’s as easy as picking a week this summer to commit to keeping the kids outside. Camps focus on hands-on exploration through singing songs, playing games and storytelling. And the fact that your kiddo will know all about edible plants, animal scat and the animal world around them is the product to all this forest exploration.

COVID-19 policy: Full refunds will be given if summer programming is cancelled due to COVID-19, or if COVID-19 adversely impacts a camper. Find the full summer policy here.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jul. 6-Aug. 7
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m., half-day; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., full-day
Cost: $315-$405
Ages: 4-12

PMB 137
Duvall, WA

Arts Aloft

For kids who love to express themselves, there’s Arts Aloft summer camps. Where they immerse kids ages 5 and up in drawing, painting, sculpting, basically anything that gets them messy and creative. Pair your budding artist with a theme he or she will love (think: African Animals, Rebel Girls, Fairies and more), then drop them at the studio where they’ll find all they need to create and have fun with friends. Pack a snack and expect some play time too.

Good to know: Expect waitlists on some of the more popular themed camps, like Harry Potter and Star Wars.

COVID-19 policy: Full refunds (or credit for future camps, workshops or classes) will be given for June 15 & 22 in-person camps.

Dates: Mon.-Thurs., Jun. 22-Sept. 3
Times: 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Cost: $335, $305/sibling
Ages: 5 & up

3302 E. Spring St.
Seattle, WA

photo: Museum of Flight, ACE

Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE)

If your kids are looking for camps that are a total blast, you’ve come to the right place. The Aerospace Camp Experience (ACE) programs at The Museum of Flight introduce kids as young as four to STEM concepts and encourage learning through play with fabulously fun camps sessions like, Spy Camp, Beginning ‘Bots and Drone Patrol. They’ll love everything they’re learning, and you’ll love the small kids to counselor ratios that help every kid get the attention he or she needs to spread their wings and explore the week’s concepts. Bonus? If you’re a member, you receive a discount on camp pricing. Get ready for takeoff this summer!

COVID-19 policy: Please email or call 206-716-0820 to find out about the COVID-19 cancellation policy.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 15-Aug. 28
Times: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m., half-day; 9-3 p.m., full-day
Cost: $245-$475, depending on session
Ages: 4 & up

The Museum of Flight
9404 E. Marginal Way
Seattle, WA

photo: Pedalheads Bike


Whether you’re ready to have your tot ditch the training wheels or you want your two-wheeler whiz to improve their skills, Pedalheads helps kids of all ages achieve their bike riding goals. They use small groups and specialized equipment to make sure all kids feel comfortable and ready to ride (hopefully) by the time camp is over. Check out the Balance Bikers and Trikes ‘N’ Trainers camps for the littlest roadsters. Or enroll your kiddo in a Newbie, Pedalhead, Gearhead or Treadhead camp that focuses on building skills during half-day or full-day programming. Before and after camp care is available with each session, too ($60)!

COVID-19 policy: Pedalheads plans to let parents know two weeks prior to a camp session if it needs to be cancelled. They offer no-hassle credits and/or refunds without fees, too.

Dates: Mon.-Fri.
Times: 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m, half-day; 9 a.m.-3 p.m., full day
Cost: $175-$505, depending on session
Ages: 3 & up


Summer Camp at Arena Sports

If you get your little kicker singed up for soccer camp through Arena Sports, they’ll have a ball. It’s a chance for kids as young as three to practice soccer skills, play games, do arts and crafts and even play board games. We love the parent perks of these camps too, that allow for free early drop off (kids play on the bouncy houses) and flexible registration that means you can sign kids up for half days, full days, even single days so your summer plans work out just the way you want them to.

Good to know: You can sign your kiddos up for Pre-Summer Camp now to help get you through the end of the school year.

COVID-19 policy: Find out what precautions are being taken to keep campers and staff safe and healthy.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 18-Aug. 31
Times: 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m., half-days; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., full-days
Cost: $38/half-day session; $62/full-day session
Ages: 3-12

Arena Sports—SODO
4636 E. Marginal Way S.
Seattle, WA

Arena Sports—Magnuson
7751 63rd Ave. N.E.
Seattle, WA

Arena Sports—Issaquah
2115 N.W. Poplar Way
Issaquah, WA

Arena Sports—Mill Creek
13500 Bothell-Everett Hwy.
Mill Creek, WA

Arena Sports—Redmond
9040 Willows Rd. N.E.
Redmond, WA

photo: MUSEO Art Academy

MUSEO Art Academy

Artists of all ages will enjoy learning about drawing, painting, sculpting or creating with mixed-media at MUSEO’s summer camps. With locations in Issaquah and Redmond, they’re a go-to spot for Eastside families. Kids focus on specific skills in each camp sesh, building skills from the basics through to advanced techniques during Half- or full-day classes. We heart the Friday-only clay camp ($149) that can stand alone or be tacked on to the end of your Monday through Thursday camp experience to keep the good times roll…err… throwing. Perks like early arrival, extended stay and a lunch hour add-on help busy families coordinate schedules, too. What will your kiddo create?

Good to know: Kids ages 5 and up are welcome at the in-person camps, but if the camp does move online, the minimum age to attend is 7.

COVID-19 Policy: Camps will move online if restrictions are still in place once the session starts. Families who prefer not to participate online can transfer to a future in-person camp, get a full refund (less a processing fee) or use their payment as a credit toward a future class or camp.

Dates: Mon.-Thurs., Jun. 22- Aug. 28
Times: 9 a.m.-noon & 1-4 p.m., half-days; 9 a.m.-4 p.m., full-days
Cost: $149-$229
Ages: 5 & up

970 5th Ave. N.W., Ste. 120
Issaquah, WA

Redmond Office Center
7981 168th Ave. N.E., Ste. 130
Redmond, WA

Hybrid Camps

These camps offer the best of both worlds, in-person options alongside take-home kits, online classes or guided experiences you can try at home.

photo: Avid4 Adventure

Avid4 Adventure

With a focus on outdoor adventure (and getting kids off their screens…shhh, don’t tell ‘em) Avid 4 Adventure has worked hard to develop three camps for kids this summer. Think of Camp at Home as a concierge summer camp experience, where an instructor comes to you for each week-long session. That’s right, they’ll plan and the week in your backyard or at neighboring parks and trails so your kids get the camp experience they deserve. Keep this all to yourself, or pair with another family (up to four campers per session). Small Group Adventures is the outdoor summer camp you’re used to, but it keeps group small (4-5 kids) and focuses on either rock climbing and SUP or mountain biking for the week. Expect to find week-long sessions available at nearby parks (think: St. Edwards State Park). Sign up soon as spots are going quickly. The last option offered is Online Camp, a digitally-interactive camp where instructors and campers meet up via Zoom to do yoga, learn outdoor skills and play games. Morning and afternoon sessions are available all summer long.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., May-Aug.
Times: vary, based on camp
Cost: varies, based on camp
Ages: 4 & up

P.O. Box 287
Boulder, CO

photo: FrogLegs Culinary

FrogLegs Culinary

Get cooking at FrogLegs Culinary camp for kids. It’s a chance for chefs of all ages to put their creative skills to work in the kitchen, pairing things they love (think: Harry Potter, Moana or llamas) with food. This summer, camps are being offered in person and online so families can make choices they're comfortable with and still find a creative outlet for their future chefs. Whether you sign up for a virtual camp or one IRL, expect creative themes that really tie the experience together. For camps that meet at one of the FrogLegs studios, kids also get the chance to play games and hear stories in between whipping up tantalizing treats we're sure they'll willingly share. These camps offer morning hours, reserved for the youngest campers, ages 3-5, while the afternoon session are where you’ll find the big kids, ages 6-10 and 8-14. Sign up for a session in Seattle, Issaquah or Kirkland. Online camps are also half-day. Families can choose to get an ingredient kit for the class if they'd like and have the option to drop in ($45/day), rather than sign up for a whole week.

Good to know: Summer Workshops are a less traditional, but still totally fun, option to consider for kids ages six and up.

COVID-19 policy: Refunds will be given to families signed up for in-person camps, if they are unable to go forward due to coronavirus.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 15-Sept. 11
Times: vary, based on location and session
Cost: $125-$485
Ages: 3 & up

University Village
2643 Village Ln.
Seattle, WA

Kirkland Studio
501 Market St.
Kirkland, WA

Issaquah Studio
2550 N.E. Park Dr.
Issaquah, WA

Kong Academy

Calling all wiggle worms! Kong Academy is offering both in-person and virtual programming to keep kids active and engaged this summer. If getting your kids outside for jumps, leaps and rolls is what you’re after, sign them up for a Parkour Adventure Summer Camp experience at a local park (think: Gas Works, Luther Burbank, Volunteer or Seward). If you’re not ready to have your kids out and about just yet, check out the Living Room Ninjas Camp, a chance to learn parkour basics in a virtual community setting. Or register your little fantasy-lover for the Virtual Dungeons & Dragons Camp. It’s a chance to roll the dice use your problem solving skills to learn (and maybe master) this popular role playing game. So many options, so little time!

Covid-19 policy: Meeting with small groups of six campers won't be allowed until Phase 3 & 4 of the state’s reopening plan. If your session doesn’t run, you’ll get a full refund (minus service charges) or you can transfer to an online option.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 22- Aug. 28
Times: varies, based on session
Cost: $195-$415
Ages: 6-12

3100 Airport Way S.
Seattle, WA

photo: Wrenn Okada

Play-Well TEK-nologies

Brick builders of all ages are in for a treat because Play-Well’s camps are going online and being offered in person (toward the end of the summer) so kids can get their build on once school is out. The Online Summer Camps begin May 26 and run through July 2. Each week-long session includes a short, virtual build, led by a Play-Well instructor. It’s an opportunity for kids to meet other enthusiasts from around the country and see what new creations they can come up with using their own LEGO collection. In-person camps include the usual creative variety families have come to expect from Play-Well, including Bash ‘Em Bots, Minecraft engineering, Jedi starship builds and more. Sign up now to build an awesome summer!

Good to know: Online STEM class offerings are available now to help get you through the end of the school year.

Dates: now through Aug.
Times: varies, based on session
Cost: varies, based on session
Ages: 4 & up



No matter what sport your kiddo plays, Skyhawks has a camp for that. From soccer to basketball to volleyball and golf, if it’s played on a field or with a ball, it’s in their wheelhouse. Camps are held around the city and surrounding areas and give kids the chance to improve their skills or just play their favorite sport all summer long via half- or full-day camp sessions. Registration is currently open for all in-person camps, and the Skyhawk’s team is working to update safety and social distancing policies to meet the needs of Seattle-area campers. They’re also putting together Virtual Camps that will bring activities and coaching straight to you with lesson plans, instructional videos and live chats. Stay tuned for more on this dynamic programming.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun.-Aug.
Times: vary, based on camp
Cost: varies, based on camp
Ages: 3 & up


Virtual Camps

Take the guesswork out of your summer planning with camps that are offered online out of the gate, giving kids structure and much-needed connection throughout the summer months.

photo: Jean Johnson


The show must go on….line with Burien’s Hi-Liners summer camps. While campers won’t be able to sing, dance and act their way through the summer in person, triple threats of all ages can still gather online to hone their craft and learn how to sparkle on stage. Virtual camp sessions are broken up into three options each week, so there’s always a class available, no matter what your camper’s age. And when it comes to catchy topics, we couldn’t think of better ones to lure in future stars than Paw Patrol, Trolls and Hamilton. Talk about camps to bring the house down!

Good to know: Hi-Liners’ Virtual Family Classes that run through June 20, are a great way to keep things fresh with the fam during quarantine.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 29- Aug. 28
Times: vary, depending on session
Cost: $145-$250
Ages: 3 & up

P.O. Box 48346
Burien, WA

photo: iStock

Girls Rock Math

When you add your kid to the Girls Rock Math equation, it equals an educational adventure she’ll love. This summer these popular camps are going virtual. Campers can expect the same creative approach to math that Girls Rock has always provided, but this time the secret math geeks have long known--that math is not only fun it’s creative too--will be delivered on the screen. Each week will offer two camps for each grade level pair (1 & 2, 2 & 3, 3-5, 4-6) where your curiously-minded camper can choose from punny camp sessions like Get a Clue, Alice in Numberland and Bead-Dazzling Math. Register one kiddo or sign up a sib (in the same group) for just $75 more. The best part? Even online, girls will boost their confidence and build real-world soft skills like collaboration, persistence and strategizing that will take them far when they attend these camps.

Good to know: C.A.M.P registration opens to the public June 1, so get your clicking finger ready.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jul. 6-Aug. 14
Times: 8:45 a.m.-3:15 p.m.
Cost: $200/week
Ages: 6-12

606 Maynard Ave. S.
Seattle, WA

photo: Seattle Children's Museum

Discovery Day Camps

With camp programs like Captivating Classics and That’s Gross!, it’s easy to see why Seattle Children’s Museum’s summer camps are always a hit with kids. This summer, these much-loved camps have gone virtual, so kids don't have to miss out on the programming they look forward to. No matter what session you choose, there will be a focus on exploration and play. Virtual camp is divided into two half-day sessions (sign up for both if you want a full day experience) that will include two theme-based activities, story time and exciting experiments, led by SCM's creative staff. Plus, we love that SCM has made it easy for parents, too, by making Camp Bundles ($15-$30). They include the materials you need for each session and are available for pick-up. Such an easy option to keep tots engaged this summer!

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 8- Jul. 10
Times: 9:30-11:30 a.m. & 1:30-3:30 p.m. (sign up for both for full day)
Cost: $50/week, half days; $100/week, full days
Ages: 4-10

Seattle Children's Museum
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA

photo: Portland Audubon

At-Home Nature Camp

Connect with Seattle Audubon and other mini nature lovers when you sign your kiddo up for At-Home Nature Camp. This fully online option organizes weeks by theme (think: Bird is a Verb and Intertidal Investigators) and ages, and camper groups will work with one of two possible schedules that depend on social distancing requirements once camp starts. One schedule includes (optional) meet-ups at the Magnuson Children’s Garden, while the other does not. Both schedules will give budding naturalists the opportunity to Zoom with other campers and staff, take virtual field trips, hear from guest speakers, play games and make crafts. And a commitment to getting kids outside to explore, get dirty and be curious is at the heart of each week’s activities. Register your kiddo by emailing:

Dates: Jul. 6-Aug. 21
Cost: $140-$315
Ages: 4-12

Seattle Audubon

photo: Chris Bennion

Virtual Summer @ SCT

The staff at SCT have taken their creative energies and transferred them from stage production to designing summer. They’ve reimagined SCT’s usual summer programming so kids can experience the same playful, innovative and creative week-long camps they love during the summer from the comfort of home. Virtual summer camp sessions run Mondays through Fridays, starting June 15 (registration opens June 2, so there’s still time to get in on this). Expect kids to spend between one and three hours a day immersed in the camp experience, enjoying programs like Treasure Trunk, Creating Characters and Acting I. Time will be spent on the small screen with other campers, as well as away from the computer, building skills and practicing. Later summer class offerings will be announced in June.

Good to know: SCT is committed to making sure kids have access to the arts regardless of financial situation, and are acutely aware of the financial toll of COVID-19. Find financial assistance options online.

Dates: Jun. 15- Aug. 21
Cost: $110-$250
Ages: 3.5 & up

201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA

photo: courtesy Studio East

Studio East

If all the world’s a stage, Studio East is bringing the world to you this summer with their virtual performing arts camps. Each camp combines group and at-home activities with online engagement that lets kids be as dramatic as they please. Camps like Tale Spinners Online differs based on your camper’s age, but it’s always about exploring the week’s theme through music, movement and creative drama to create a one-of-a-kind play by the end of the week. Drama Medley Online and Little Players Online are great options for preschoolers and early grade-schoolers that need half-day or full-day options. And with themes like Pirates & Mermaids, Minions & Trolls, Twisted Disney and Magic Treehouse, parents can trust these popular topics to captivate their kids. As it stands, Studio East Camps will be offered online through July 17; the rest of the summer programming will be determined mid-June.

Good to know: We’re crushing hard on Studio East’s Camp in a Box because it delivers everything you need to have a stellar camp experience right to your door. Activities, craft supplies and exclusive prerecorded content ensure your at-home camp experience is quite a production.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 22-Aug. 28
Times: vary, depending on session
Cost: $125-$485
Ages: 4 & up

11730 118th Ave. N.E, Ste. 100
Kirkland, WA

photo: DigiPen Academy


If video games are your kid’s jam, DigiPen Academy has the camp to keep him or her learning all summer long. They offer camps for kids ages 6-10 that take a broad approach to programming, so kids can study everything from Art Around the World to Programming Fundamentals to a Manga Art History camp. Classes meet weekly via Zoom and give kids the chance to engage with a DigiPen instructor and classmates as they work through problems to produce tangible projects. DigiPen supplies the materials, you take care of the basic tech. It's screen time at its best.

Good to know: Want to know what to expect? Sign up for a summer online preview day to find out.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jul. 6- Aug. 28
Times: vary, depending on session
Cost: $165-$475
Ages: 6-10

9931 Willows Rd. N.E.
Redmond, WA

photo: courtesy Village Theatre

Village Theatre

Your kids love the Village Theatre for their whimsical, original productions. Now they’re helping kids Zoom into Summer with virtual KIDSTAGE camps that introduce budding actors to the diverse world of the theater. Starting June 6, kids can take week-long courses tailored to their specific interests. For younger kids, topics like Frozen and Star Wars should do the trick, while older kids who are serious about their acting can take classes in songwriting, acting for the camera and more. We’re pretty sure that with over 30 classes to choose from, there’s bound to be one that’ll capture your drama queen’s (or king’s) eye. Take a bow!

Good to know: After July 27, the hope is that camps will be held in person at either the Issaquah or Everett locations.

Dates: Mon.-Fri., Jun. 6-Jul. 24, online; Jul. 27-Aug. 14, in-person
Times: varies, depending on session
Cost: $85-$580
Ages: 4 & up

First Stage Theatre
120 Front St. N.
Issaqauah, WA

Cope Gillette Theatre
2740 Wetmore Ave.
Everett, WA

Editor’s note: We’re making every effort to provide you with up-to-date information, but things change quickly. As of this writing, all information was accurate. Please contact individual camps with questions about current offerings or concerns.

—Allison Sutcliffe


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