Check Out These 9 Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

Children will love going to online camp at home!

Jul 9, 2020

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Summer is here! With children at home, moms and dads are putting on their creativity caps. Thanks to a profusion of quality virtual camps, parents do not have to search far, spend much, or even leave their home to keep kids entertained, educated, and safe this summer.

In these times, there are few traditional summer camps running. According to CampMinder, even though 62 percent of camps are not running in-person camps this summer, 27 percent of them are offering virtual activities for their campers. And educational websites are now offering online summer camps.

For children who have not had a summer camp experience before, the sky's the limit – as long as they have access to a computer. By attending camp virtually, your kids may even be a bit more adventurous and try out a camp they would not have considered before. 

From baking to opera and from movie-making to robotics, all the fun stuff is virtual this summer. Parents Magazine offers an extensive list of fun and educational options. Here are nine picks best suited for younger children:

Camp Supernow

For children from five to ten years old, Camp Supernow offers a different theme every week, including space exploration, moviemaking, and fairytales. Kids join a virtual cabin for two weeks with six to ten others. You can create your own cabin with your child’s friends or your child can meet others from around the US. Together they do crafts, play games, watch magic shows, and participate in sing-alongs. Your child can try out a day for free and the prices are reasonable.

San Diego Zoo

The San Diego Zoo is famous for its summer camp programs and this year, following strict regulations, it is offering camp for children from kindergarten through eighth -grade. They are placing children in small groups and following the health safety protocol. The zoo’s website also offers virtual activities, animal videos, and read-along stories all about the animals in the zoo. If your family loves animals, this is the online place to be.

Met Opera Global Summer Camp

Here is a unique opportunity to introduce children to culture. The Met Opera Global Summer Camp is free and open to children from grades three through 12. Using Facebook Live and YouTube, the camp focuses on a new opera each week. They explain the story, introduce theme-related crafts, offer activity sheets, and fascinating interviews with opera stars. At the end of the week, participants will watch the whole opera.

Camp Wonderopolis

Here is free, online summer learning that offers entertainment and education all in one. Your kids can choose from five themed virtual camps including music, engineering, health, space, and hi tech. Each camp offers videos, reading activities, and quizzes with incentives for campers to earn Wonder Cards. Your kids will enrich their vocabulary and critical thinking plus have fun!

Varsity Tutors

These week-long camps are available to kids from five through 18. Some of the camps are free. Varsity Tutors features experts such as a famous magician, a renowned dog trainer, and a very entertaining chemistry teacher. Kids can also choose to learn a new language at camp. You pick the times and days of the week that suit you best.

Little Tikes Camp Play@Home

Your little tikes will love this one! Camp Play@Home features songs, games, and YouTube videos plus it offers parents fun ideas for toddlers. Learn how to make homemade popsicles, a butterfly feeder and more – the camp releases new activities and ideas daily.

Happy Camper Live

Happy Camper Live is set up like a real camp with counsellors. The camp is offered every day in different US time zones so everyone can participate. Sessions are for a month and are reasonably priced. Campers will enjoy photography, sports, dance, balloon magic, music and more.  Many activities are taught by experts in diverse areas including Taekwondo, robotics, and singing.

Girl Scouts Virtual Camp

For girls from grades two to 12, the Girl Scouts Virtual Camp replicates a real outdoor camp and has a focus on the environment. Once you register, a camp kit, complete with all the materials your daughter needs, is delivered to your home. The counsellors interact with the virtual girl scouts, introducing campers to hikes, crafts, and science experiments as well as “taking” them to visit a stable for horse lessons.

UNICEF Kid Power

Camp@home is free and offers over 75 videos covering art, cooking, and campfire songs! Campers can learn how to make recycled crafts, do ropes, cooking, macramé, and hair braiding. The camp encourages kids to watch, then turn off the computer to move and play. There are also 150 physical Kid Power activities to encourage children to be physically active.

NICOLE NATHAN BEM, CONTRIBUTOR
Nicole is an editor, blogger and author who has recently left her urban life in order to be more connected with nature. In her spare time, she’s outdoors hiking in the forest, mountain biking or tending to her new permaculture garden.