The Coronavirus pandemic has thrown a serious wrench into most summer camp plans for kids. Thankfully, there are still options for kids and parents to keep busy and active while maintaining safe social distancing through virtual summer camps. These programs will keep your children happy while we all work through the COVID-19 crisis. For summer classes for kids or even fun summer school for kid ideas, here’s the best virtual summer camp ideas for kids K-12.
1. Boy Scouts of America
Boy Scouts of America will host virtual camps, some of which can include non-Scouts. Some camps include the Circle Ten Council’s At-Home Day Camp in Dallas, Texas; Crossroads of America Cub Scout Adventure Boxes (Indianapolis) and the Capitol Area Council’s 2020 Cub Scout Day Camp in Austin.
2. Code Ninjas
Code Ninjas is offering week-long virtual summer camps covering a variety of topics including coding, robotics, and game building. They also offer hands-on virtual camps where a cool STEM product like Ozobot or Cubelets is shipped to children’s homes. Code Senseis (instructors) virtually guide kids through challenges and activities such as building an actual robot. Check with a nearby location for schedules and availability.
3. The San Diego Zoo
San Diego Zoo Global is reaching millions of families around the world right now as part of SDZG’s #WereHereTogether campaign, which is offers free online learning resources for kids and provides even more ways to learn about the world around us! San Diego Zoo Kids online is also full of video content, activities, quizzes and games to keep students engaged over the summer, including DIY activities to do at home and 13 live cams of animals to watch online. Additionally, now through June 18, learning modules for teachers and students are available through MyAcademy. Students can start now with an overview of cats, and individual learning modules on cheetahs, lions and tigers, followed by courses on mammals, primates, birds, reptiles and marsupials.
4. United States Tennis Association Virtual Camp
The United States Tennis Association (USTA) has an entire program for kids on its Net Generation platform, including live workout follow-alongs, math problems and coloring pages to keep them active mentally and physically. They are also doing Facebook live workouts every Friday at 1 p.m. for kids around the country.
5. Peanuts Virtual Art Camp
Peanuts Worldwide and Paige Braddock, Chief Creative Officer of Charles M. Schulz Creative Associates, have launched a series of short, lighthearted instructional videos, entitled “How to Draw Peanuts Characters,” on the Snoopy YouTube channel. In the first installment, “How to Draw Snoopy,” Braddock offers an easy-to-follow demonstration on creating an excellent likeness of the world’s most beloved beagle in under three minutes.
6. Act One Theatre Camp
The Glendale Arts and the Alex Theatre in Glendale, Calif., will host Act One Theatre Camp online. Camp Director Josh Evans transitioned the original camp to a safe virtual resource for kids ages 6 to 15. Each camp session is three weeks long with different themes for each session with themed days like “Thursday Trivia” and “Dress Up Day Fridays.” Schedules, groups and activities are planned and easily accessible for the campers and their parents.
7. Super Soccer Stars
Super Soccer Stars offers virtual classes and training sessions for youth soccer players (including toddlers). Teammates Camp has two daily sessions for ages 3 to 4, 5 to 6 and 7 to 10, including soccer plus two other rotating activities (STEM, coding, karate, acting, art and gymnastics). Their Multi-Sport Camp offering for ages 3 to 6 and 7 to 10 includes soccer plus one of 10 rotating sports through Amazing Athletes.
8. Camp Hullabaloo
Hullabaloo Book Company offers Camp Hullabaloo: Each week, children will receive a brand new book and a list of kid and family-friendly activities including simple crafts that correspond to that week’s theme, and more ideas and activities will be offered weekly via email and on Instagram.
9. Sew a Softie
Sew a Softie will have tutorials online to sew a new softie each day. Kids can also join to be Sew a Softie ambassadors and teach parents and/or friends how to sew softies. Cute!
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10. Healthy Teens
Have older kids at home? They still need to stay busy! Healthy Teens offers virtual programs for summer camp, with programs including books and writing, crafts and art, computer programming, games and Legos, theater, photography and wellness.
11. Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami
Museum of Contemporary Art North Miami (MOCA) offers free summer Virtual Art Camps for ages 6 through 9 and 10 through 13.
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12. Baketivity Bake-A-Camp
Yum! Baketivity Bake-A-Camp provides campers baking box featuring four themed Baketivity kits. Each week’s kit, including pre-packaged and measured dry ingredients, hands-on instructions, science tips and guides, will take them through progressively advanced recipes and techniques as they explore one topic, theme or cuisine throughout the month.
13. Chess NYC
Starting June 25, Chess NYC will host a full schedule of daily online activities to accommodate and intrigue kids on the world of chess. Kids from all over the US can join to learn this sport and meet new friends. Kids can drop in as they like, stay for the full day or even partial days, finding things that cater to their interests. All school age kids are welcome, starting as young as 4 years old.
14. Jam With Jamie
Jam With Jamie offers free daily music classes on Facebook Live and their website. Founder Jamie Kolnick also offers families private Zooms to celebrate a birthdays and other milestones. While the classes are free, Jamie asks that participants consider donating so that she can continue to pay her musicians and donate to baby2baby.
15. SeriousFun Children’s Network
The SeriousFun Children’s Network, the global network of camps and programs serving seriously ill campers and their families, and founded by actor and philanthropist Paul Newman, have created innovative new ways provide the same, life-changing camp experience virtually—and as always, free of charge.
16. Woof Wag Dogs
Woof Wag Dogs offers virtual summer camp for kids and teens to learn positive ways to train their dogs.
17. Teachers Who Tutor
If you want some academic and extracurricular activities for your kids this summer, Teachers Who Tutor runs virtual summer camps for kids in grades K through 12 with programs ranging from fundamentals to electives.
18. Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy
Best Buy’s Geek Squad Academy, a camp program designed to get youth excited about STEM education, has launched a new, virtual set of tools for kids ages 9-18 eager to develop their tech skills, including classes for binary numbers systems, Godot game engines, mobile photography, and website creation. The virtual instruction is set up so kids can teach themselves with downloadable PDF lesson plans, taking some of the pressure off of many parents who are suddenly finding themselves in the “teacher’s seat” at home.
19. Camp WIT
Camp Whatever It Takes (WIT) focuses heavily on empowering teens to make a difference, develop as leaders and even launch businesses.
20. The Babysitting Company
The Babysitting Company offers services that include everything from virtual field trips, yoga, dance, arts and crafts, online games and more to keep kids occupied this summer.
21. MarcoPolo World School
MarcoPolo World School is a digital learning platform with a STEAM curriculum that inspires children to become explorers and lifelong learners. It offers children ages 3-7 over 500 premium video lessons and 3,000 interactive learning activities.
Yellowbrick is an online education platform focused on “Passion Industries.” They partner with major universities and media brands to create programs around fashion, sneakers, music, sports and more for teens and older kids.
23. Little Tikes Camp Play@Home
Little Tikes Camp Play@Home offers new activities through social media and email Monday through Friday. And better yet, these activities are all accessible for you at your own speed on Little Tikes social media and email. Parents will also be able to support one another and get chances to earn “badges” and win sweet Little Tikes prizes.
24. KiDS NEED MoRE
KiDS NEED MoRE is a Long Island, N.Y.-based non-profit organization for families battling cancer and other life threatening illnesses. KiDS NEED MoRE is offering Virtual Camp now and in the summer at no cost for children dealing with illnesses or affected by COVID-19. Kids are invited to video chat with superheroes and Disney princesses, enjoy cooking classes and more.
25. Varsity Tutors
Varsity Tutors offers free Virtual Summer Camp for kids ages 5 to 18. Each half-day camp will be a week long with live, interactive enrichment-based classes, including themes like “Recycled Art,” “Make Your Own LEGO Movie,” “Detective: Crack the Case,” “Is it Ready Yet? Cooking 101,” “Travel the World with Google Earth” and many more. They also offer virtual courses with astronaut Leland Melvin, Olympian Aly Raisman and stars like Julianne Hough and Mayim Bialik.
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Wyzant offers virtual tutors in all academic areas, as well as in programs like coding and guitar, to keep your kids occupied and learning this summer.
27. Smart Buddies Virtual “Camp-In-a-Box”
Smart Buddies Virtual Summer “Camp-In-A-Box” is a two-week online program that gives kids ages 7 to 11 the opportunity to learn, play, socialize and make lifelong new pals. Kids attend daily Zoom classes with counselors and fellow campers and learn coding to use with their Smart Buddies robots.
Outschool offers an enormous assortment of virtual summer camp activities for kids and teens who have a range of interests, including Connected Camps, Bay Area Children’s Theater, Sweet or Savory: Summer Cooking & Baking, Pretzel Kids Yoga, Disney Sing Along Story Time Camp, Young Politicians Camp and Young Art Lessons—to name just a few.
29. Study Point Tutoring
30. Little Medical School
Got a future doctor on your hands? Little Medical School offers virtual summer camps for kids and teens interested in becoming a doctor, veterinarian, pediatrician, sports physician or EMT someday.
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31. Challenge Island’s Home Island
Challenge Island (Entrepreneur Magazine’s top-ranked STEAM enrichment program for 2018, 2019 and 2020) rolled out “Home Island” virtual camps, allowig kids to experience all the magic of Challenge Island’s wildly popular summer camps from the safety and comfort of home.
32. Experience Camps for Grieving Children
Experience Camps for Grieving Children are free one-week camps for boys and girls who have experienced the death of a parent, sibling or primary caregiver. It’s a place where kids can laugh, cry, play, create, remember the person who died, or forget the grief that weighs them down. For the first time, Experience Camps will host a virtual camp experience to replace their 2020 traditional camp locations in Maine, California, Georgia, Pennsylvania and Michigan this year. The organization will also share virtual camp activities and lessons on their website this summer, so others can join in around the world.
33. CEO Of My Life
LeKiesha French offers immersive STEAM-based entrepreneurship experiences with her CEO of My Life program, which partners with Georgia Tech.
FirstSkor is running youth camps this summer to help develop games through content creation and streaming, as well as to help kids learn to code.
35. Lucie B Jump N’ Fun N’ Girl Power Pow
Lucie B Jump N’ Fun N’ Girl Power Pow will host a virtual jump rope camp.
PONO, New York City’s democratic urban outdoor educational program, offers virtual classes this summer.
37. Made With Code From Google
Made with Code from Google is a free program for kids 12 and up that lets them learn how to create GIFs, make emojis and compose music.
38. Camp Wonderopolis
Camp Wonderopolis is free for kids 7 and up through the National Center for Families Learning (NCFL). Their programs explore topics including STEM, music, meteorology, food and technology with videos, outdoor activities, lessons and reading suggestions.
39. Connected Camps
Connected Camps offer week-long Minecraft-based camps for kids ages 8 to 13 that teach skills like coding, game design and engineering, with some programs just for girls as well.
40. iD Tech
iD Tech offers structured virtual tech summer camps for kids ages 7 to 19 to learn about various tech skills, including Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, Unity, Adobe, 3D modeling and more, and kids will get individualized attention—there’s a cap of just five students (“campers”) per instructor.