Summer brings the sun, the lazy days, swimming, playing and so much more. But it’s also nice to keep our minds fresh and stimulated as well. Below find some educational, yet also fun, programs for the Summer in the Washington DC Metropolitan area.
The Lab School of Washington Summer Programs
June 27 – July 29
For grades 1st through 9th grades, this program is ranked highly. Not only will students who need this extra help in course-work be learning skills to help them throughout the school year, they will also swim and have gym time. Shuttle busses are available for a fee. Registration goes quickly, so sign up as soon as you can.
Smithsonian Summer Camp
June 20 – August 19
Half day and full day programs available for kids from Kindergarten age to eighth grade. Fifteen year olds (and older) can become a teachers assistant. Playwriting, diarama making, arts and crafts and so much more. This is a special program that has been offered for 42 years from one of the most exciting institutions in the country.
National Building Museum Camp
July 11 – August 19
Camps run in two week sessions and consisting of 3 different sessions throughout the summer that all deal with building. This camps registration gets full quickly, so don’t delay. They have a waiting list as well. They will do lego building, designing with food, Terra Cotta tile making and so much more. Ages are kids going into 3rd – 5th in the Fall of 2011.
Center for the Arts at the Eubie Blake National Jazz Institute and Cultural Center
June 25 – July 16 $350 for 3 weeks 8:30 am – 3pm
Located in Balitmore City, this is a wonderful summer program (as well as all year round) for kids (and adults – workshops.) For summer, it is grades 4-8 and 9 – 12, and its a summer jazz instrumental workshop with a final performance at the end of the session. Applications necessary.
Teen Summer Volunteer Opportunities in Montgomery County
Become a teen leadership volunteer, a Junior Counselor at one of the camps in the county, a Mainstream companion where you will help kids with special needs, or a Therapeutic Recreation Camp Assistant where you help kids with physical disabilities. Great for teens who want to get into a certain specialty in college or who just want a great giving experience during the summer.
Northern Virginia Community College
May 16 – August 8
Earn college credits for the regular school year during the summer at NOVA, Northern Virginia Community College (but check with your college or University first). Two 6 week sessions available. Six campuses in Northern Virginia: Manassas, Springfield, Woodbridge, Loudon, Annandale and Alexandria.
Rec-PAC Summer Camps Fairfax County Park Authority
July 5 – August 11
Mainly for elementary school children, these camps help build movement skills and nutritional skills, as well as have plenty of time for team sports, crafts, nature and more. Ages are from first grade through 6th grade. Residential only apply. Fees depend on family income.