Saturday, March 27, 2010

Summer Camp Guide - Winston-Salem Area - 2010

Summer is almost here! Last summer I spent so much time trying to figure out what was what that I missed out on a lot of great camps because by the time I filtered through the information to find what I was looking for everything was full. This year I decided to take matters into my own hands and do the work well in advance so that I don’t miss out! Here I have provided you with the info that I found. I am sure that these are not the only summer options for the little ones around here but they are what I was looking for and from talking to so many of you I think they will help you as well. As of April 1st all of these camps are accepting applications so find what suits your needs best and get signed up!

Most of the camps that I have found that are open to the general public only go down to age 2½. The YMCA is the best option for your young child (ages 3 months to 2 ½ years old) in terms of a camp. If it is pure childcare you need they have that too with hours from 7 am to 6 pm. At the Y they can also provide childcare in the form of a summer camp for your 3-5 year old with a different theme each week. The YMCA has many great camps for kids from ages 4 and up as well. My favorite may be the “All Sports” camp option because it is a week full of half days where your child will experience many different sports. What a great way to see what they like without having to sign up for an entire season! You can get details about the many different camp options at

I have not ever been to Clemmons Gymnastics but it has been recommended to me by a couple of people so I thought I would make you aware of this camp. This one is for rising 1st graders and up and is actually from 7am to 6pm daily. The tuition is $140/week and for the hours that is not bad! It starts on June 14th. For details visit

The Children’s Theatre has a several different themes for different ages ranging down to age 4. They look like a lot of fun and have both a half day and a full day option. For all details check their web site at

Another one of my personal favorites is the In Motion Dance camp which is open to kids 3 and up and you can opt for 3 days or a full 5 day week of half day fun. My daughters love to dance so we will be signing up for at least a week of this! They are also offering a dance class for 2 ½ year olds this summer which is a once a week deal but is great as an intro to dance! In Motion Dance camp and class details can be found at

For you horse lovers you need to know about a horseback riding camp that is at Riverwood Therapeutic Riding Center in Tobaccoville. The camp starts mid-June and lasts for 7 weeks. Anyone over the age of 3 ½ will pay $190 for 7 weeks of lessons. You can find all the details at

In terms of flexibility it will be hard to beat Salem Gym where you can just even drop your kid off for the day. They have specialty camps, morning camps, lunch stuff as well as afternoon stuff. Salem Gym has it all! They take kids aged 3 and up and for more details you should go to their site at

The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem has a half day or a full day option and takes kids aged 4 and up. They have a different theme each week including “Opera Camp” and one geared toward music lovers. For details on The Children’s Museum of Winston-Salem’s camps visit their web site at .

SciWorks has summer activities in the half day category for your 4 and 5 year olds or full days for campers who are older. You can find details about SciWorks summer programs at

For your future chef’s the Young Chef’s Academy always has summer programs but their schedule is not up yet. Their web site is so if you are interested keep checking them out. I think they take kids 4 and up.

The NC Zoo also does have camps. They work by the day for $35 or overnight for the older children for $90. The hours are 9am to 2pm and the Zoo takes rising 1st graders and up. They open for registration on April 1st and I think they fill up fast so check out their web site for the different themes and decide which ones would interest your little one most

Have a fun summer!