If you are anything like me, the idea of filling the long-endless hours of summertime is a daunting task. We want to keep our kids engaged and learning great things all summer long. But, if you are like me and on a budget, you cringe because, it can get expensive pretty quick too. So, I have a list of local camps and directions how to apply for scholarships. In fact, that is the reason this list is up so early, popular camps fill up quick and the scholarships go just as quickly. So lets catch the worm!
Seattle’s Child magazine at http://www.seattleschild.com/class has a great listing of classes for family farther north.
Tacoma Art Museum (ages 9-14) Tues-Friday from 9am-5pm
- Groovy Glass session 1: July 12-15 Ages 9-11
- Groovy Glass session 2: July 19-22 Ages 12-14
- Mixed Media Madness: August 9-12
Summer Art Camp Partial Scholarship Program
Tacoma Art Museum offers a limited number of partial scholarships for Summer Art Camp depending on enrollment. If any of the sessions have low enrollment one week prior to its start, additional scholarships will be considered. The scholarships will be awarded through a lottery selection system.
To apply for a scholarship, please submit the following in addition to your registration form:
- A statement from the parent/guardian explaining extenuating circumstances and the amount that you are able to contribute towards camp tuition
- A short written statement from the child expressing interest in attending Summer Art Camp
Please submit your statements to:
Tacoma Art Museum
Attn: Summer Art Camp
1701 Pacific Ave
Tacoma, WA 98402 Or Email Education@TacomaArtMuseum.org
In order to qualify, scholarship applications must be received by Wednesday June 1, 2011. All eligible applicants will be entered into a lottery drawing, and the winning scholarship recipients will be notified by the following Wednesday, June 9.
TMP Tacoma Musical Playhouse
July 16 – August 12th
This is a 4 week experience to offer an in-depth study in musical theater production. Classes will culminate with TWO fully staged, broadway style musicals. For grades 1-3, 4-6 and 7-12.
$475.00 Early Bird Discount (Registered by June 8, 2012)
$500.00 after June 8
$400.00 Sibling Discount
$240.00 Early Bird Discount (Registered by June 8, 2012)
$265.00 after June 8
$475.00 for both sessions ($500.00 after June 8)
Click HERE for more details
Tacoma Little Theater
June 25-July 21 from 9:30-4:30 for $425 – Youth Theater
July 3 – July 28 from 5:30-7:30 for $100 – Improve
July 23rd – August 3 (Mon-Fri) 9:30-4:30 for $274 – Law & Order Nursery Crime Unit
They offer sibling discounts and it looks like a ton of fun. So, if your kids like the theater, this is a great place to go.
Skyhawks Sports Camps
While Metro Parks offer a comprehensive sports program for the kids, I stumbled upon this website for what appears to be a national sports summer camp organization called Skyhawks. My family never did summer camps, preferring instead to leave lists of chores to do or shipping off to grandma’s house. But, if sports are your thing, maybe you would be interested in these. The WEBSITE has a list of approximately 13 pages of different camps from the Tacoma NorthEnd. Prices appear to be reasonable compared to other sports camps.
PLU Football Camp
As a former LUTE myself, I feel I would be remiss without mentioning a football camp for 7-18year olds who would like to learn more about football. Yes, it is my old stomping grounds, and Frosty is no longer the head coach, but people familiar with the football program will tell you, its not just about football, but creating a great player, on and off the field. See link here: http://bit.ly/H7TVZn
Metro Parks (ages 3+)
Metro Parks has a comprehensive summer camp program. Day camp, Overnight camp, Sport camp, Dance camp, Science camp are just some of the offerings. Weeks range around $125 and start at age 3 in the dance camps, other sport camps start around age 7 and $139/week for a resident and $149 for non-residents
On March 31st, go to the Summer Camp Fair at the Star Center (featured right) to find what you are most interested in! Or, click HERE for the summer camp brochure.
Pierce County Parks and Rec
- Performing Arts Camps
- Sport Camps
- Outdoor Adventures
- Special Needs Camps
- Gross Out Olympics
Olympia Family Theater
Their schedule isn’t up yet, but this is something that my nephew has done and it is quite amazing. If you have a child who is interested in the theater, the group uses all ages from 6-12 to put on a production at the end of the summer. Ticket prices are kinda high for this sort of production, but the sets and costumes are amazing, and besides most people are there to support people they know. So its all for a good cause. Check their website HERE for information when it becomes available.
Northwest Military.com FREE Bible summer camp
Free overnight camp at Black Lake Bible Camp for five local military kids from 4th through 12th grade, and a week of free day camp for two military kids, 1st through 6th grade.
Dates range from June 24 to August 11, 2012. Black Lake Bible Camp and The Ranger and NW Airlifter newspapers have joined forces to offer this support to military families living on and around Joint Base Lewis McChord.
TO ENTER: Send us your best photos (jpegs please) of your child enjoying the summer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Most unique and creative will win. Winning pictures to be published April 19th. Submissions due no later than April 13th.
YMCA Daycamps & Camp Seymour – (Grades 2-12)
Regular day camps or child care can be found using this link: http://www.ymcapkc.org Camp Seymour (Gig Harbor) has a great camp program here: http://www.campseymour.org/summer-camp. Additionally, they have great ways set up for paying the tuition. If you apply now, you can set up a payment plan, or apply for financial aid. They also have a set up that allows you to send request emails to family members for them to contribute to the camp as well. See prior post here
FINANCIAL AID APPLICATION PROCESS
The results of the financial-aid application will be available five (5) business days after it is
submitted. Notification of the results will be mailed to the applicant, however if you prefer, you may call our office at (253) 884-3392 for the results of the application.
- Applicants will submit a completed financial assistance application form and all requested information and documentation needed for their application, including written verification of all forms of income.
- Assistance will be granted on the basis of demonstrated financial need. Need is determined through the amount of immediate dependents in the household, the total household income, and cost of living responsibility (those not burdened with rent or a mortgage will be assigned an inkind living amount).
- Full disclosure on income verification is required – any deceptions will result in an automatic disqualification for the financial-aid program.
Discovery Village in Gig Harbor
General Camp Information
Download Camp Flyer
- Call to register, (253) 858-4835
- All camps run from 9 am to 12 pm, Monday through Thursday, unless otherwise noted
- Payment is due to reserve your child’s spot in the camp
- 15 day cancellation policy
- All camps include a light snack
Summer Camp Arnold – Eatonville
Eatonville is one of the prettiest, if not the farthest place on the planet, at least it seems like that when you drive there. But, it is definitely worth the drive. Nice people and great scenery. Before I had kids, when I was cool enough to enjoy a motorcycle ride, I would ride through there frequently, stopping to enjoy the scenery. This camp offers day camps, not recommended unless you live closer than Tacoma proper because the drive is so long. But the residential and teen wilderness camps look really promising. They even have a shortened PeeWee camp for the younger set at 6 and 7 to keep them from getting too homesick. Click HERE for more information.
Teatro Zinzanni Summer Camp – Seattle
For Ages 5-16, students can learn the basics of circus performing from juggling to acrobatics. What a way to keep a child engaged! Costs range from $230-$375 for different weeks. Yes, that is a per-week cost to keep your child engaged between the hours of 9-3pm. While expensive, I have been to one of their performances and if your child walks away with a small measure of the professionalism and abilities, they are well on their way to practicing to become the next star of Americas Got Talent!
School of Acrobatics New Circus Arts (SANCA)
This school is also in Seattle. Im not personally aware of the school other than it looked really neat and was profiled by Parent Map. Yep, can you tell I have a couple of clowns at home? Well this sort of thing would really floats their boat, so Im passing it onto you. The Parent Map article is geared mostly toward Seattle and North/East sound camps and activities, but you might find that useful.
SANCA prices are cheaper than that of Teatro ZinZanni as you have 1/2 and full day options (Skilled classes are a bit more): Click HERE for more details
Summer 2012 camps
We are offering 10 weeks of day camps from June 25th through August 31st: 2012 summer camp schedule click here
•Half Day for ages 6-9 $200 AM 9:00-12:00 or PM 12:30-3:30
•Half Day Aerial (with Flying Trapeze!) $250 for ages 8 & up
•Half Day Advanced Aerial $200 for ages 9 & up
•Full Day for younger kids (ages 6-9) 9:00-3:00 $380 LIMITED OFFERINGS
•Full Day for ages 10-17 9:00 – 3:00 $380
•Full Day (with Flying Trapeze!) for ages 10-17 9:00 – 3:00 $425
Family and friends are invited to watch a skills showcase on the last day of camp; you will be amazed by how much the kids have learned! Call the office to enroll!
Advanced & specialized camp prerequisites:
- Adv Half-day (ages 6-9) Enrollment in Circus 2B or instructor approval required.
- Adv Full-day (ages 10+) Enrollment in Circus 3B or 3C or instructor approval required.
- Aerial (ages 8-14) 12:30-3:30 Focus is on aerial apparatus: trapeze, aerial rope & fabric. Previous circus class required.
- Adv Aerial (ages 9-14) 12:30-3:30 Students will continue to develop the skills necessary to create acts on aerial apparatus in pairs and alone. Enrollment in Aerial 2, 3 or 4 required.