Online Summer Camps For Your Kids

And Some Of Them Are FREE

June 15, 2020
Wicker and Wilde

If your youngster is anything like Jeff Wickers daughter, Addy, then they are super bummed that there will be no "normal" summer camp.  But that doesn't mean there's no summer's just going to be online and the kids can still have fun

Some cost money and some are free, so you’ll need to do your research depending on yours and your child’s needs. According to Common Sense media, these are some of the best:

Brain Chase, $99. Kids work on math, reading, and typing all while competing in a real-life treasure hunt for the chance to win $1,000 in gold.

Camp Edmo, $150 and up. An engaging mix of learning projects, indoor games, and screen-time breaks. There are weekly topics like climate change and music.

Camp Kinda. Free. Offers themed activities like "Histories Mysteries," for kids to complete at their own pace. Each week until Sept. 1, kids get a new week's worth of online, offline, and even outdoor activities designed to take about three to four hours per day.

Camp Wonderopolis. Free. This online camp lets kids explore topics such as weather, food, and technology. Each topic includes lessons, outdoor activities, videos, and additional reading suggestions for all ages.

K12 Destinations Career Academy. Free; age 13 and up.  High schoolers can get course credit with these free summer school classes and coding bootcamps. Teachers are available to help during traditional school hours.  Students have one month to complete school classes on their own time (approximately two hours per day)

Kids 4 Coding. Starts at $99 per class; age 7–16. Aspiring app developers and game designers can choose from several weeklong courses to sharpen their coding skills. The small classes are taught by trained teachers and university-level computer science students.

The Lion King Experience: At Home. Free; age 8–15.  This immersive theater program teaches kids performance art through The Lion King. Each lesson plan (there are 11 for kids, 18 for teens) contains videos, journal prompts, performances, and more.

Make: Online. Free, but materials cost extra; age 12 and up. The folks behind the maker movement offer instructions and advice on projects using primarily household materials, like a banana piano or a leaf blower hoverboard.

Play-Well Teknologies. Starts at $36 per class, but Legos cost extra; age 5–12. Young Lego fans can take part in a weeklong class that combines creativity with STEM concepts. Kids can share their creations with fellow builders and trained Play-Well instructors who guide them through lessons. 

Start with a Book. Free; age 6 and up. In addition to a summer science camp, this site offers a long list of themes, such as Art, Night Sky, and Weather Report, for kids to explore. For each theme, you get book suggestions (for all reading levels), discussion guides, hands-on activities, and related sites and apps. (You'll need to check the books out of the library or buy them.)

For the full list CLICK can also check out the sites of the JCC, The YMCA and your local Parks and Rec Department

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