boston summer camps

Summer is here and soon the kids will be out of school and under-foot! Keep them entertained and out of trouble by enrolling them in a few summer camps. Kids will have fun in the sun, expand their brain power, and learn fun new skills! Summer camp is awesome but those prices can add up. We’ve rounded up the best camps at the best prices so all you have to do is sign up!

Read more below for our 2019 Boston Summer Camp Guide:

 

Kids 4 Coding

kids4coding camp

Type: STEM, Educational

Description: This camp is for kids aged 7- 16 and features interactive programming games, website development, challenges, and more. They offer a variety of camps, such as Star Wars drone making, Circuitry, Roblox gaming, mobile apps, and more.

Your kids will gain an edge by learning valuable STEM skills and stimulating their imagination, all while having fun, making new friends, and creating lifelong memories. Kids 4 Coding is guiding and educating the world’s future engineers, architects, programmers, and entrepreneurs!

Camps are divided by age group and run July 8 through August 16.

You can choose from full day or half day options, starting at $359. For a limited time, you can use the code STEM for $25 off!

Locations: Lesley University and Bentley University

Contact: [email protected], Facebook, Website

Dates: July-August

Cost: Varies

Exclusive Discount: BostonOnBudget readers can save $25 off registration by using code STEM

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iD Tech

id tech summer camp

Type: STEM, Educational

Description: iD Tech is the gold standard in summer STEM camps, boasting 400,000 alumni since 1999 and 150 campus locations. iD Tech camps in Boston are held at Bentley UniversityCurry College, and Lasell College.

Most tech camps are day-long or week-long programs but iDTech has options for overnight stay as well! Kids will learn about AI, coding, film, robotics, and more. Groups are divided by age, and with a maximum of 10 students per class, every student receives the personal attention and support needed to succeed.

Students ages 7-19 can acquire a range of skills, from learning to code to video game design to modding Minecraft to engineering robots and so much more.

They also offer catering options or you can bring your own lunch.

You can save $75 when you download their digital brochure!

Locations: Multiple Boston locations (Bentley UniversityCurry College, and Lasell College)

Contact: [email protected], Website, Facebook

Dates: June-August

Cost: Varies

Exclusive Discount: BostonOnBudget readers can save $75 off registration by downloading their online brochure today

Get $75 off!

 

Tenacity Boston 

The Summer Tennis & Reading Program serves youths aged 6- 16 at local public parks. Campers are divided by age group and meet for a three-hour session split between tennis and reading! There are morning and afternoon sessions available from July 8th through August 16th and the program is free!

Camp Harbor View

Camping here is awesome and cheap! Enjoy sports and swimming, learn leadership and communication skills, and more. In partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Boston, Boston city residents entering 6th- 9th grade can attend one camp session each summer for FREE!

College For Kids

North Essex Community College offers cheap college-style classes for kids during the summer. Each course is one week long and tuition is just $100 per class! This program is for kids in grades 2- 7 and lasts from 9 am to 4 pm each day.

Delphi Academy Summer Camp

For kids aged 3- 12, these week-long day camps in Boston include everything from swimming to science. Campers aged 6 and above also get a weekly beach trip! Sign up for four weeks of camp starting at $1,540. Camps run July 24 through August 9 from 8:30 am to 5 pm. Early drop off is also available.

Days in the Arts

This week-long over night program is for actors, artists, writers, musicians, dancers, and dreamers. The program is open to all Massachusetts residents in 5th, 6th, and 7th grade. Kids will attend workshops and practice for live performances, plus get cultural tours throughout the Berkshires. Program fees begin at $300 but there are scholarships available. Only 400 students are selected so get your applications in early.

Pilgrim Day Camp

If you’re looking for traditional and old-school summer activities, you’ll find them here! This day camp offers lawn games, swimming, cooking classes, woodworking, and more. Camps run June 17 through August 16 and half day options are available starting at $190.

Community Boating Program

This summer camp focuses on teaching kids boating skills. The program is for kids between the ages of 10- 17. Fees are income-based and range from $1- $349! Kids need to be able to swim and will have to show proof that they can swim at least 50 yards without stopping. Class schedules are half- days and include beginner sailing, stand up paddleboarding, environmental science, windsurfing, and more.

YEA SummerWorks

Got kids interested in making a difference? Teach them leadership, community awareness, government, environmental concerns, and more. The program is three weeks long and totally free! Eligible students are 13 years old and live in Boston, Medford, Malden, or Everett whose families meet income requirements. The program runs from July 15 through August 2nd and applications are due June 28.

Boston City Lights

This performing arts school is free for students and make for a great Boston summer camp! Build character and learn the value of hard work while being immersed in singing, dancing, acting, and more. Class times vary and schedules will be announced soon!

MIT Summer HSSP

The MIT Educational Studies Program hosts an awesome, 7-week long summer camp on each Sunday of the week. Classes address both academic and nonacademic subjects ranging from writing workshops to origami. Class times vary and most classes are an hour or two. Take as many courses as you want for just $40 {scholarships available}.

YES Outdoor Adventure

Youth Enrichment Services offers a Summer Outdoor Adventure program where kids will take one-day trips to local climbing organizations, canoe on the Charles River, ride mountain bikes, and more. The program prices vary but there are scholarships available.

Commonwealth Circus Center

Here, the Summer Program offers kids the chance to explore the arts and learn about circus performances. Learn aerials, acrobatics, juggling, clowning, live performances, and more. The daily schedule is from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm and half- day options are available. Classes are one week long and start at $280 plus they offer a sibling discount!

Plowshares Summer Fun Camp

This developmental center offers summer programming for kids in 1st through 5th grade as well as preschoolers. For school-aged kids, events and field trips will be included in their week of programming along with science, play, music, and outdoor fun. Prices start at $345 and before and after school care is available.

Boston Public Schools 

Don’t forget that Boston Public Schools offer their own children’s and youth programs during the summer! These camps are partnered with local community centers and are held all over town. These Boston summer camps include everything from educational classes, soccer clubs, fitness camps, and more. Courses are as low as $75 depending on the camp and location.

 

Check out even more awesome summer programming at the local Boston Public Libraries!

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