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40+Virtual Summer Camps 2020

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Your child doesn’t have to miss out on camps this summer, they just are going to look different than they usually do. I found some great websites with virtual camps that I think you will be able to find something to interest your daughter/ son. The first list is from Good Housekeeping:

  • Camp PBS Kids: PBS Kids offers different, parent-led learning activities with themes like dinosaurs, space, and books, among others. Often, the activities are connected to a different PBS program and are designed for kids ages 2–8.
  • Camp Wonderopolis: This online summer-learning destination lets you choose what kinds of activities you want to focus on, from music-making to city-building to fitness; camp is free, but you can purchase Camp Kits to enhance the experience.
  • Kids Need More Virtual Camp: Dip and and out of different Zoom activities as you need them; sessions include princess visits, LEGO building, baby meet-ups, and performances.
  • Little Tikes Camp Play@Home: Starting June 15, Little Tikes will offer ideas for affordable, easy-to-do camp activities for young kids over social media and email, which parents can do at home at their own pace.
  • Miss Megan’s Camp Kindergarten: Megan Jessen, a former kindergarten teacher, does lessons, music, and storytime on her Facebook group, which has close to 100,000 members.
  • MOCA Art Camps: The Museum of Contemporary Art in Miami offers free instruction in mixed media, painting, drawing, and textile art for kids between the ages of 6 and 13.
  • Too Cool for School: This Facebook group offers parent-to-parent live classes, along with ideas for crafts, arts, physical activities, and games.
  • Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camps: Varsity Tutors is running lots of weeklong camp sessions for no cost, with classes that run the K–12 gamut. You can hunt and find one that matches your kids’ particular interests, from recycled art for kindergartners and LEGO moviemaking for elementary students to Minecraft storytelling for middle schoolers and podcasting for high school students.

Virtual Camps for Art, Music, STEM, and More

Campers can focus in on one area of interest at these specialized online camps.

  • Act One Theatre Camp: Kids ages 6–15 can spend the summer singing, dancing, and acting in one of three different themed theater sessions.
  • Bake-a-Camp: Each week, campers will get a baking box featuring four themed kits from Baketivity kits for kids ages 6–11; the recipes will get more advanced and explore different topics, themes, or cuisines.
  • Broadway Plus: Broadway stars offer lessons and virtual masterclasses for older students. Dates and pricing are to be determined.
  • Camp:ASPIRE: UBTECH Robotics, maker of the JIMU line of robot building kits, offers at-home summer programs for kids 8+ in robotics and engineering using hands-on STEM learning activities and design challenges. Courses go from June 15 to August 24.
  • Camp DIY: Given through the DIY app, this camp has 80+ DIY project ideas for your little maker to choose from. Activities come in seven themed “packs” and also branch out onto science, engineering, and cooking.
  • Camp Hullabaloo: For kids ages 2–8, the Hullaballoo Book Company is hosting a 12-week, go-at-your-own pace summer camp; if you sign up, you’ll get 12 new books with accompanying of kid-friendly craft ideas and activities to go with them.
  • Camp KiwiCo: Starting June 22, KiwiCo will offer five-day sessions filled with videos, DIY activities, downloadable printables, creativity challenges, all themed around a different crate they offer. Campers are split into four different age groups covering kids between the ages of 2 and 9.
  • Camp Whatever-It-Takes: This camp offers teens and tweens experiences in entrepreneurship and empowerment.
  • The Center for Contemporary Art Virtual Summer Art Camps: Choose from full-day or half-day art classes for kids ages 5–15. There’s also a special needs program available.
  • Connected Camps Minecraft Classes: If your house is all Minecraft, all the time, Connected Camps offers dozens of Minecraft-related classes for 8- to 13-year-olds that cover everything from Minecraft art to coding.
  • PAFA Summer Art Camp: For serious artists ages 6–15, the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts will host a virtual camp from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every weekday. A box of supplies for that week’s activities will come in the mail each week.
  • Raddish Kids: The monthly cooking subscription kit company will be offering a summer cooking camp through Outschool. It’s geared for kids ages 8–12; follow Raddish on Outschool for dates and pricing information.
  • Smart Buddies Camp-in-a-Box: Smart Buddies fans ages 7–11 can get extra enrichment with a camp that includes small meetups (socialization!) along with activities and assignments to sharpen those coding skills.
  • Super Soccer Stars @ Home: Livestream virtual soccer lessons in small-group settings, where kids can get one-on-one attention with activities designed for small spaces.

Virtual Camps That Offer a Little of Everything

If your kids like to dabble with lots of different interests and activities, these can help. Some offer a well-rounded, traditional camp experience, while others host a lot of different classes in a variety of different areas.

  • Activity Hero Camps: Kids ages 6–16 can find an e-learning camp that interests them, from forensic science to cartoon-drawing. You can even find classes that brush up on skills like public speaking or entrepreneurship.
  • Blue Sky Kids Virtual Camp: Daily, hourlong private or semi-private sessions move at the pace of your child, exploring interests like coding, cooking, comedy/improv, art, chess, magic, or songwriting.
  • Brain Chase: Kids take on different learning “challenges” and figure out puzzles and clues to find a buried treasure (and possibly win an IRL $1,000 prize).
  • Camp Cloud Virtual Camp: Kids ages 8–17 are placed into different teams, which meet every day, and activities that kids can complete on their own are also emailed out every day. Campers can focus on different topics, like pet care, STEM, or performing arts.
  • Happy Camper Live: You can find sports, art, music, cooking, and performing activities, along with quintessential camp experiences like campfire songs at this site, co-created by a camp expert: Steve Slavin, creator of the show Salute Your Shorts; many of the activities are available for free.
  • Camp Supernow: New sessions for kids age 5–11 start every Monday, and each week has a new theme, including fables and fairytales, Renaissance Fair, and Explorer’s Club. Campers are sorted into virtual cabins of 6 to 8 students and meet daily for counselor-guided activities, and then there are optional camp-wide activities kids can also join.
  • Camp EDMOThis camp offers either half-day or full-day programs focused on social-emotional learning for kids in pre-k through eighth grade. The day mixes counselor-led programming with activities that offer screen time breaks.
  • Outschool: If you need to fit camp into a tricky schedule, you can sort through tons of virtual camps via Outschool based on age, meeting time/duration, or level of interest. Classes include everything from Wings of Fire dragon drawing and writing to Harry Potter-themed creative writing.
  • Teachers Who Tutor Virtual Summer Camp 2020: If you want to give your kids an academic brush-up to help develop skills they may have not honed during remote learning during the school year, or if you’re looking to fight the dreaded “summer slide,” Teachers Who Tutor has grade-specific fundamentals for grades K–5 as well as electives for grades K–12.

Here is a list from realsimple.com

Online arts camps

Fine arts camps and classes abound on the internet, giving your kids the opportunity to develop their creativity while they’re stuck at home.

The famed Interlochen Center for the Arts is bringing its annual program online this year for kids from second grade through 12th grade, with classes in visual arts, music, creative writing, film, and dance. The camps run for several weeks, and individualized coaching is included as part of the package.

If you’re up for mixing and matching your own camp experience (or your child is old enough for a self-guided virtual summer camp), Maker Camp has tons of free how-to videos to help kids get their craft on, with guides to everything from creating origami fireflies and light-up fairy wings to making DIY ice cream.

The Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami has free arts camps available for kids age six to 13—and if you’re in Miami, you can even pick up complimentary art supplies so you can hit the ground running.

Art Camp 504 offers a variety of arts classes for kids ages five to 13 in everything from DIY board game creation to virtual theater and printmaking. Class size is capped at six students, and fees are sliding scale to accommodate families who have lost income. If your kid has a group of friends (four or more) who are interested in taking class together, you can sign up for a private class for the crew.

Get everything you need for 10 great art projects delivered to your door by Art Classes for Kids as part of their virtual summer camp, which starts at $175 per week. Kids can join the group for live Zoom classes each day, and the camp closes out with a virtual art show at the end of the week.

Virtual sports summer camps

Sports camps, summer soccer, and baseball may not be in session this year, but that doesn’t mean that your child’s sports skills have to suffer. Sign them up for a virtual sports camp to help keep them active.

The National Academy of Athletics has several camp options focused on different sports, including basketball, volleyball, martial arts, and baseball. Multi-talented kids can pick their virtual All Sorts of Sports Camp to allow them to crosstrain in several sports during the same week. Camps are $48 for five sessions, with skills and drills training to enhance kids’ performance.

Virtual STEM camps

Whether your kid’s a robotics fan or a Minecraft master, there are plenty of summer camps geared toward budding scientists and tech fans.

Camp Wonderopolis offers many different—and fun—avenues to learn about STEAM concepts, from exploring the science behind music to discovering why bowling shoes are slippery.

Connected Camps is for all the young tech fans out there, with classes in Minecraft and Roblox design and coding and an e-sports leagues for Fortnite and Overwatch fans.

For your future computer pro, iDTech’s virtual classes can help them build an app, master computer animation, or even learn 3D printing.

General interest camps

If your child wants to take part in a lot of different camp activities, look for virtual summer camps that offer a range of activities, so they can pick and choose. Odds are, one of these virtual camps will have activities your child will love.

The Boy Scouts are offering several virtual summer camp options, including an adventure box, which comes with cool activities including crafts, magic tricks, and science experiments, for $55.

Varsity Tutors has a virtual summer camp offering free classes in everything from slime-making to dinosaurs to make-your-own Lego movies. Kids aged five through 18 can create their own schedule, with hour-long classes five days a week for each session.

Ivy Virtual Camps offer small class sizes (they’re capped at six participants per class) and a wide range of fun activities, with everything from learning to draw comics to mastering Minecraft to virtual book clubs. Kids can take three different classes per day for a full day’s worth of activities, or simply pick one class to take. Classes start at $195 per week.

Little Passports is offering a pair of unique summer camps in a box, starting at $125 each—one STEM camp packed with experiments and everything kids need to explore science, and another globally inspired camp to help kids explore countries around the world. The boxes have enough activities to keep kids occupied for up to 24 hours each, with additional online programming to extend camp time a little longer.

Virtual performing arts summer camps

If your little actor or dancer seems destined for the stage, several companies are offering virtual versions of their summer theater or dance camps.

If your dancer’s summer intensive was canceled, take it online with CLI Studios’s $99 2020 Dance Experience intensive, featuring classes in a wide range of styles from top professionals in the industry.

Gas Lamp Players is making their annual summer camp virtual, featuring classes from professional actors, dancers, and directors (including current Broadway pros) on mastering the monologue, singing, and dancing for teens and younger students.

Camp Broadway’s two-week MyMainstage camp offers 30 hours of interactive classes in dance, acting, and singing with industry professionals for kids aged 10 and up.

The Children’s Theatre Company is launching its Virtual Academy, with dance, acting, and singing classes for kids from K-12, starting at $50 per class.

Fake Snow for Indoor Days

 

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Maybe winter hasn’t had a lot of snow for your children to play in this year. Maybe you live in a climate where there is never snow. Well, I have a fun solution for you. I made this fake snow recipe that I found on the internet for my granddaughter and she loved it! It only requires 2 ingredients and you probably can do it as soon as you finish reading this post!

  • 1 box of baking soda
  • 1 can of shaving cream (regular)

Add shaving cream little by little until you get the consistency that you like. If you add too much then you will need to add more baking soda.

While it doesn’t stick together like snow would, it is still a lot of fun! I am going over weekly to do activities with EJ and we made this three weeks ago. She has played with it for hours and asks for it every time I am at their house.  We had plastic googly eyes and made snowmen and snowgirls with small mounds of the snow. Bury some objects in it for a treasure hunt (a nickel, a pen cap, a paper clip, etc.).

Not only will little ones enjoy playing with it, but so will big kids. The texture is very interesting and fun to pick up and pretend like it is “snowing”. Yes, I played in it almost as much as my granddaughter. lol

Play area: You can let your children play with it inside of a baking tray or a rectangular plastic container. Be sure to wash hands when finished.

Storage: It can be kept in the refrigerator in an airtight container until it dries out or your child loses interest. 🙂

 

Opportunities to Help Others

Helping others is one of the best things you can do to let children see the needs of others. There are organizations that you can take your children to help as well as ministries where you can send money if you are not able to go. How you go about choosing who to help can be a daunting task since the need is great.

Have a family meeting to decide who/ what comes to mind that needs help. I like to start at home and then reach out from there. Look around and see if there is a need (chores to do, a kind word or deed).  Is there an extended family member or friend that needs help with finances, an encouraging word, or yard work, babysitting, grocery shopping, etc?

If you do not have anyone with a particular need, then what about volunteering at: your church, a homeless shelter, or volunteer on the Great American Clean Up Day or contact a local agency that has a park cleanup.

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I have a worksheet to help you and your children decide what you would like to do. I think it would be great if your daughter or son is old enough to help you decide who to help or where to go.  Helping Others

Enjoy your day and post a comment if you have an idea to help others or you did something kind for someone.  A friend just wrote about someone paying for their lunch! My neighbor heard I was having a big family gathering and volunteered her folding chairs for us to use. How thoughtful is that?

~ Lisa~

Fall: Places to Go

What a wonderful time of the year to go out and explore! I had a friend that asked me for some recommendations and I thought I’d give some local ideas as well as general since not all my readers are from Southwest Ohio. 🙂

Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Gardens– The zoo is such a wonderful place to take a field trip for not only seeing the animals, but also the flowers and trees. I enjoy this time of year because of the cool temperatures that seem to make the animals quite active.  If you would like to get a group of homeschool friends together you can get a group discount and make it a fun, educational day.

Parks– Every park has a variety of trees, which make for such a great opportunity for a picnic and an afternoon of a scavenger hunt for leaves. Your daughter can collect leaves and press them to make a fall leaf book.  If you are interested here is a website about making your own leaf collection book. CLICK HERE

Local Parks:

Hamilton County Parks Miami Whitewater in Harrison, Ohio has a large lake and two walking/ bike paths. You can make a weekend of it, and enjoy the camping and fishing at the lake. This is one of my favorite parks in the county as it has many things to do with your family.

Butler County Parks Voice of America Park has a small lake, boating, and a walking/ bath pike. Fishing can be done from the dock and if you want to take your dogs they will enjoy the dog park that is adjacent to the walking path.

Cincinnati Parks Eden Park and Smale Park are both downtown and are quite lovely. There is even a carousel along the riverfront walk that adjoins Smale Park the children will enjoy but do not plan on going on either Monday and Tuesday because it is closed on these days.

Other Parks

Ohio State Parks Hueston Woods has camping, fishing, hiking, and a 625-acre lake, large enough to take a sailboat on if you so desire. East Fork State Park is a nice getaway from city life and is one of the largest parks in the area, with nearly 5,000 acres. If you enjoy water sports and camping, then this is a great place for you and your family. I just returned from camping this past weekend and the facilities are quite nice. I took an 11- mile bike ride and could have kept going! The scenery is peaceful and beautiful as you can see by the pictures I took.

 

 

Indiana State Parks Brown County State Park is a favorite place to enjoy this time of year because it not only has a beautiful park and amazing lodge but also a quaint town nearby for shopping and restaurants.

Kentucky State Parks If you have never been to either Natural Bridge or Cumberland Falls then you really should consider going for the day or better still, the weekend. They each have a  lodge if you are not interested in camping. Cumberland Falls has a moonbow, that is worth going to see.

If you have a favorite place that you enjoy going with your family, please post as I am sure others would enjoy as well as my family.

 

Quiet Games to Play

Sometimes your child needs a quiet game to play. Doctor’s visits, long car rides, church, or down time after schoolwork is finished are perfect times to play these games.

Have you heard of Tangoes? These are tangrams that are all in a compact travel case. “What are tangrams?” you ask. They are seven geometric shapes that you can make all different sorts of designs with them. (You can see the shapes below in the picture.)

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There are a variety of sets, but I chose to purchase the Tangoes Animals. There are 48 different animals to create and 4 different levels. The pictures of the bird (#1) and fish (#2) are the starter level.

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Two great features with the game are that it is a one person game, so no fussing is taking place among the kids, and all of the pieces are magnetic, so they won’t get lost! The picture below is showing you both the front (blue) and the back pieces that are magnetic.

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Another really fun game is called Find It!  As you can see, there are small colored beads in a tube and there are objects that you need to find among the beads. There is a pad with all of  the items for the finder to mark. This game can be played as a one-player game or with other players. There are several different themed tubes including Veggie Tales, Wizard of Oz, dinosaurs, farm, and wildlife.  If you look closely at the picture you can find some of the items yourself!

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Here is the pad with all of the items to find. The items are also listed on the top lid of the tube in case you no longer have the pad. Your children will enjoy playing, but I think you will too! One of the great things is that all of the pieces are contained within the tube and are designed to NOT come out of the cylinder. No losing pieces, no mess!

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Other fun games/items to play with are:

Barrel of Monkeys

Tic-tac-toe

Matchbox cars

Small Lego sets

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