Summer 2019 Programs in Philadelphia

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We all know flow of a student's summer vacation: it begins with the sweet bliss of sleeping late, but too often descends into boredom and inactivity. Luckily, there are many summer programs out there that can be both fun and educational.

With the help of our friends at the Children's Scholarship Fund Philadelphia and After School Activities Partnerships, we have compiled a list of just a few of the free and low-cost 2019 summer opportunities for your child, complete with program descriptions, ages served, dates offered, location, and cost.

Day Camps

Academy Explorers Camp

What: Academy Explorers Camp invites campers, ages 5-12, to learn about natural science in a safe, fun, and engaging way. Each week of camp explores an exciting new theme and features an off-site field trip! From fossils to our extreme earth to amazing animals, check out our camp themes to find the best fit for your child's interests.

Who: children ages 5-12

When: Weekly sessions run from July 9-August 31, 9am-4pm Before and after care available.

Where: The Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University, 1900 Benjamin Franklin Parkway

Cost: $320/week (members), $360/week (non-members)

Anthropologists in the Making

What: A camp that allows students to learn through exploration of Penn's world-renowned collections. Students get to act as archaeologists, historians, and museum designers.

Who: Children ages 7-13

When: Weekly sessions starting June 24, 9am-3pm

Where: Penn Museum, 3260 South Street, Philadelphia, PA

Cost: Before May 1: $280/week for members, $300/week for non-members. After May 1: $300/week for members, $320/week for non-members

Full and partial scholarships are available.

Request application here:

Arden Drama School Camps

What: "Arden Summer Camps provide exclusive access to Philadelphia’s top theatre artists. We offer one-day masterclasses, multi-week camps focused on taking technique to the next level, and a four-week musical theatre studio that gives young performers an opportunity to learn more about theatrical process as they rehearse for a fully-realized show."

Who: children in grades 1-5; children in grades 6-8; teens in grades 9-12

When: , 10-5pm (extended day 8-6pm)

Where: 62 North 2nd Street

Cost: Prices vary depending on grade cohort of child. Prices range from $200 to $1000.

Discounts available for campers who enroll in multiple weeks.

Be Outside Teen Adventure Program

*Note: This program has not been updated for 2019.

What: "Youth will be introduced to a variety of outdoor programs and activities like kayaking, rock climbing, zip lining, and hiking that will improve their skills, determination, and self-confidence. They'll also enjoy knowledge enrichment focused on career exploration, social responsibility, and physical activity, all with an outdoor theme."

Who: Teens ages 12-14

When: One six-week session June 25 - August 2, 9am-3pm, Mon-Thurs

Where: Gustine Recreation Center (4868 Ridge Avenue, 19129), and Chalfont Playground (4430-40 Deerpath Lane, 19114)

Cost: $300

Bilingual Butterflies Spanish Camp/ Spanish Campamento

What: "This year we are offering 4 different weeks of camp. Each camp is designed to enhance children's natural ability to learn Spanish and to immerse them in the language for the entire day, beginners welcome! Our wonderful maestros work very hard to make this a fun language rich experience for each camper no matter the Spanish background/knowledge. Almost every day children take part in a walking trip to local parks and playgrounds, including Spruce Harbor! All camps are taught in Español, English is used when absolutely necessary."

Who: children ages 5-10

When: various one week sessions beginning June 17 and ending July 19, 9-3p.m.

Where: Bilingual Butterflies, 627 South 2nd Street

Cost: $335/week (before or aftercare $8/hour). Scholarships are available on a first come, first serve basis

The Business of Doing Good, Entrepreneurial Summer Camp

What: "Our goal is to help your child find their passion and to instill the determination and skills to achieve their goals. Our program is highly individualized to meet your child's interest and skill set. We provide the exposure and tools, and every participant chooses their own topic to focus on. We provide a dynamic and engaging curriculum that will leave kids inspired to change the world. We also teach kids how to create, present, and launch their unique social entrepreneurial endeavor."

Who: Children entering grades 5-9

When: August 13-17, 9am-3pm

Where: Saxby's Headquarter, 2300 Chestnut Street #310, Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $450


Butcher Sew Shop Junior Camp

*Note: This program has not been updated for 2019.

What: "Mighty Makers" delve head first into the world of machine stitching and never look back. Campers create two or three theme-week projects in addition to a team challenge piece and an embroidery sampler. Throw in hoola-hooping contests, bean bag tournaments and sidewalk chalk murals and you're in for a week of creativity and fun! Oh, and don't forget our weekly scavenger hunt!"

Who: Children ages 6-14

When: One week sessions starting June 25

Where: 1912 South Street, and 800 S 8th Street

Cost: Price range $360-$410 depending on age and time of registration. Sibling, and Multiple Session Discount Available. Check website for more information.

Camp Save-A-Life

What: "Camp Save-a-Life provides youth with the opportunity to learn valuable disaster preparedness techniques and leadership skills. Youth will become certified in CPR and First Aid, and most importantly, they will have fun while learning to keep their families safe!"

Who: Children ages 10-14

When: Weekly sessions run June 24-August 16, 9:00am-3:00pm

Where: Red Cross House, 40th St. and Powelton Ave., Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: Free

Community Tennis Summer Camp

What: "The Community Tennis Summer Camp program provides seven weeks of top-notch tennis instruction, team and individual match play competition, life skills and mentor-ship, reading and reflective writing activities, a city-wide team and individual tennis tournament, a free Team Legacy t-shirt and the opportunity to compete in the USTA's essay contest."

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: Weekly Sessions run from June 17-August 18

Where: Various Locations around Philadelphia

Cost: $240 full day/ $125 half day. $125 sibling rate

Destination Diversified Summer Camp

What: "Diversified Community Services Summer Camp Program provides breakfast, lunch, and snacks, in addition to academic and extracurricular activities to support the retention of students in-school knowledge while emphasizing team building among their peers. Our students attend weekly trips that are educational, and full of adventure. Swimming, sports, dance, karate, golf, arts and crafts are also an integral part of the curriculum and daily activities. The program also has support through community engagements from the Free Library of Philadelphia, Eagle's Book Mobile, Streets Smart and parent volunteers. The staff is experienced in arts, dance, sports, and karate. They receive ongoing trainings that include First aid and CPR."

Who: Children in grades K-8

When: Contact Virginia Boone for more information

Where: Stephen Girard, Dixon Learning Academy, or Western Learning Center

Cost: $25 application fee

DiverseCITY Baseball

What: "The DiverseCITY Baseball Summer Camp, run by current and former professional and collegiate players and coaches, is more than just a typical baseball camp. In addition to top notch instruction and competitive games, DiverseCITY Baseball includes classroom sessions on with related to our campers’ identity, character, and community. It truly is a more complete summer camp experience."

Who: Students entering grades 3-10

When: July 29-Aug 2, 9 am-3pm

Where: Kennerstein Field, Haverford College

Cost: $350 (inquire about limited availability of scholarships).

InMovement Gymnastics Education Enrichment Camp

What: "Exposure to an array of physical activities including gymnastics, rock climbing, slack lining, dance, obstacle courses, yoga, group games and more. Emphasis is placed on being playful and curious while discovering all the different ways in which our body can move. Hard work and supporting one another are emphasized through team challenges and goal setting. There are weekly fun and engaging themes including American Ninja Warrior, Super Hero, Under the Big Top, Jedi Training and more!"

Who: children ages 6 to 12

When: various one week sessions beginning June 24 and ending Aug 30, 9-3:30p.m. (extended hours available from 8-5:30)

Where: 500 Kenilworth Street Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: $375/initial week, all additional weeks $325/week (before care $35/week and after care $75/week; Fridays not available)

Fleisher's Children & Youth Programs

What: "Fleisher Art Memorial's summer workshops for children and youth offer young artists a chance to explore their creativity five days per week. Fleisher offers morning and afternoon workshops with an option to stay for lunch for a small fee per week. Workshops offer everything from painting and mosaics to cartooning and terrarium construction."

Who: Children ages 5 to 18

When: various one week sessions, beginning June 17, 8:30 am-4:30pm. Visit their class listings for more details.

Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine St., Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: Full Day :$315, After April 7:$350. Half Day:$180, After April 7: $200

GSK Science in the Summer: In Partnership with the Franklin Institute

*Note: Registration for this program opens May 13 at 12 pm.

What: "GSK Science in the Summer™ is a fun and free science education program for students entering grades 2 to 6! All classes are taught by certified teachers and are offered in library systems in the Greater Philadelphia Area. Students must register online prior to attending. We hope to see you there!"

Who: Children in grades 2 through 6

When: Weekly sessions starting June 11, 9am-4pm daily. Before and after care available.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $369/week (members), $399/week (non-members). Special pricing for week of July 2-6; $309 for members, $339 for non-members. Financial aid available; see website for details.

The Franklin Institute Discovery Camp

What: "Each camp day includes hands-on science activities and workshops, museum exploration, a snack, and a break for lunch. Campers may also have the opportunity to hear from guest speakers and see shows in the Fels Planetarium, Tuttleman IMAX Theater, or Franklin 3D Theater, depending on the camp session."

Who: Children in grades kindergarten through 9th

When: Weekly sessions starting June 11, 9am-4pm daily. Before and after care available.

Where: The Franklin Institute, 222 N. 20th St., Philadelphia, PA 19103

Cost: $369/week (members), $399/week (non-members). Special pricing for week of July 1-3; $229 for members, $259 for non-members. Financial aid available; see website for details.


Girls Rock Philly Summer Camp

What: "Girls Rock Philly's Summer Camp is a week-long program featuring instrument instruction, workshops, visiting artists, band practice, a showcase and a day in the recording studio. Campers have instrument instruction every day in groups of 3-5 organized by skill level and age.

Monday to Friday: Campers form bands or DJ crews. In their bands, they will write at least 1 original song collaboratively. In their DJ crews, they will develop collaborative DJ sets. Both bands and DJs will be assisted by coaches and adult mentors. Campers also attend workshops on topics ranging from songwriting to improvisation to self-defense.

Saturday and Sunday: Bands and DJs perform their original songs/sets at a showcase and then spend the next day at the recording studio."

Who: Girls (both cisgender and transgender) and gender variant youth ages 9 to 19

When: July 9-15 from 9am-5pm (Session 1: Teens), July 16-July 22 from 9am-4:30 pm (Session 2: Youth)

Where: Hackett Elementary, 2161 E. York Street, Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: cost ranges from $50 to $450 depending on annual household income.

Handwork Studios Summer Camp

What: Students learn how to knit and crochet.

Who: Children ages 5-12

When: One week sessions starting June 10, 9am-3pm

Where: Narberth Studio, 35 N Narberth Avenue, Narberth, PA 19072

Cost: $440 for a full day, $315 for Morning 9am-1pm, $190 for Afternoon 1pm-3pm

Introduction to the Performing Arts Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

What: "Children will have the opportunity to take classes in movement, drama, & music. The campers will also perform in a presentation at the end of the six-week camp. This unique experience gives youngsters the chance to perform in a professional space. Campers will also take performing arts related field trips. Prospective campers register for the camp in the spring of 2016 and the camp is held daily from 9AM-2PM from July 3rd to August 11th of 2017. Lunch and snack will provided daily."

Who: Children ages 6-10 (Child must be 6 years old by July 1, 2018)

When: July 1-August 9, 9am-2pm

Where: Holmesburg Recreation Center in Northeast Philadelphia (Site 1), 48th and Woodland Playground in Southwest Philadelphia (Site 2), Waterview Recreation Center in Germantown (Site 3), Hawthorne Cultural Center in South Philadelphia (Site 4)

Cost: $300 for all six weeks. Aftercare until 5pm is an additional $30/week or $150 in advance for all weeks.

Lanver Camps

What: “Our campers learn from passionate and talented instructors, and specialize in one area of interest each week, which greatly helps campers improve skills, pursue a passion, and meet friends with similar interests. Our campers can learn how to build and program robots, compete in Esports like Fortnite, Overwatch and League of Legends, learn safe practices as responsible gamers, create mods in Minecraft, code a “Fortune Telling Genie” using Java, digitally design and machine sew a stylish handbag and dress, design and code video games, create an app, script and shoot a film, and so much more! Campers may register for one week or multiple weeks of any of the above camps. Attending multiple weeks helps campers build more skills, try lots new things, and maximize skills sets and improvement.”

Who: Children ages 6-15

When: June 17-August 23, 9am-3:30pm

Where: University of Pennsylvania - Houston Hall & Irvine Auditorium

Cost: $329-$649/week depending on the tuition of each specific camp; Check website for more details. Before Care ($10/day) and After Care ($18/day) available. Families may also purchase catered lunch for $38/week

Legacy Youth Tennis & Education Summer Camp

What: "Tennis instructions from a trained coaching staff, team and individual match play (region and city-wide), reading and reflective writing activities, entry into a national essay contest, and t-shirt. Legacy will provide equipment but participants may bring their own racquets. Participants should wear appropriate clothing and sneakers and bring water, snacks, and sunscreen."

Who: Children ages 7-17

When: Various weekly sessions will be held throughout the summer starting June 10. See website for more details.

Where: Legacy Youth Tennis & Education, 4842 Ridge Avenu, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Cost: $400-$450, depending on student's age. Scholarships are available.

Loco Summer Modern Robotics Camp

What: "We created Loco Summer to be a place where kids can experience a real-world technological ecosystem and the excitement of bringing robots to life with the application of computational concepts, coding, physics, statistics and robotics. Here, kids discover their own creativity that will ultimately empower them to achieve anything they want in life."

Who: Children ages 7-14+

When: Various one-week sessions starting June 17-21; June 24-28; July 15-19, 9:30am-4:30pm

Where: Center City (2125 Chestnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104, and The Baldwin School (701 Montgomery Avenue, Bryn Mawr, PA 19010)

Cost: $400 (early bird special) for Center City Location; $475 for The Baldwin School Location

NLARTS Summer Camp

What: “NLArts strives to teach the whole child various art forms as well as creative expression through a variety of formats during each week of camp. We promote a healthy balance of outdoor play, art making, instruction, and cooperative learning. Through our vast community partnerships we are able to expose your children to local art installations and resources and incorporate field trips every week!”

Who: Children in grades K-8

When: various one week sessions running June 17-21; June 24-28; Aug 12-16; Aug 19-23; Aug 26-30, from 8:30am-5:30pm. 

Cost: $155/week for campers ages 4-8 (Before July 1,2018); $100/week for campers ages 9-12 $140/week sibling discount. $45/week for after care. Financial aid available upon request. $10 additional fee per week of camp for registration after July 1, 2018.

Parent Infant Center Summer Camp

What: "PIC's urban campus provides easy access to all that the Greater Philadelphia area has to offer children during the summer. Camp is divided into five sessions, each with a focus on different theme-related activities. In addition to themed sessions, campers enjoy water play, play at neighborhood parks, visit the museums and cultural institutions that surround us, take trips to the nearby lakes, movies, play games, and see shows by visiting musicians and other performing artists."

Who: Children entering grades K-5

When: June 17-21 (Session 1), June 24-June 28 (Session 2), July 1-July 3 (Session 3), July 8-July 12 (Session 4) July 15-July 19 (Session 5), July 22-July 26 (Session 6), July 29-August 2 (Session 7), August-August 9 (Session 8), August 12-August 16 (Session 9), August 19-23 (Session 10) from 8am-6pm

Where: Parent Infant Center, 4205 Spruce Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $335/week, Week 3 is $230; payment for all sessions enrolled is due by June 1.

Penn Baseball Camp

What: "This camp will focus on teaching all aspects of the game. We will provide an organized and structured camp on preparing the younger player for his next level and refining his game. Competitive and challenging drills will be performed in a fun and safe environment. The camp will also have team competitions in the afternoon."

Who: Children ages 7-13

When: 3 one week sessions: June 17-20, July 15-18, and August 5-8, 9-3:30 p.m.

Where: Meiklejohn Stadium at the University of Pennsylvania

Cost: $280/session: Before and Aftercare available for $40/session. There is a $50 discount for signing up for 2 sessions.

Penn Soccer Academy Summer Camps

What: “The Day Camp is a weeklong program designed for the player wanting development of fundamental soccer skills. The staff creates an environment that promotes soccer confidence, enjoyment and good sportsmanship. We will provide instruction on a wide range of areas, including, but not limited to: dribbling, turns, shooting, passing, trapping, move development and introduction to small group concepts. Camps will include instructional, theme-based games, small-sided games and scrimmages each day. Camp favorites include our small-sided competitions, where players are grouped according to age and ability and compete in round robin “World Cup style” tournaments.”

Who: Children ages 5-13 (all skill levels welcome)

When: 3 one-week sessions: June 10-14, July 15-19, and July 22-26, 9-4 pm (half day is 9-12pm)

Where: Penn Park, 3000 Walnut Street, Philadelphia, PA 19104

Cost: $320/week, Half-Day available for ages 3-5, $180

Penn Tennis Camp

What: "Each camper receives personal attention, advanced teaching techniques, intensive drill work and game / match play, all in a fun and competitive environment."

Who: children ages 3-18

When: various one-week sessions, beginning June 10 and ending Aug 9, 9-3pm (9-6pm extended day and 9-12pm half day)

Where: University of Pennsylvania, 240 South 31st Street

Cost: $440/week ($285/week half day), aftercare available for $25/day. Discount available for purchase of 3+ weeks of camp ($45 off/week). Lunch is provided in the full day cost.

Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts Summer Art Camp

What: "A summer art camp that nurtures seeing, exploration, and creativity for young people ages 4-15 in PAFA's historic Cast Hall."

Who: children ages 4-15

When: various one week sessions available between June 24 and August 9, 9-3pm (after care available from 3-5:30pm)

Where: Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts, 118 North Broad Street

Cost: $330/week ($280/week for PAFA family members), aftercare available for $30/session; scholarship application available

Philadelphia NFL Alumni Hero Youth Football Camps

What: "It's Football Fit for Kids ages 6-14. Learn to run, throw, catch & play within safe, non-contact or flag instruction. It's a Pro Sports Experience for Kids. Featuring professional, Pro Sports Experience Coaches with Philadelphia NFL Alumni Heroes such as Fred Barnett, Bill Bergey, Garry Cobb, Mke Schad, William Thomas or Brandon Whiting. Learn to Play the NFL Alumni Hero Way!!"

Who: Children ages 6-14

When: July 22-26, 9-3pm (half day 8:30-11:30 am)

Where: Salvation Army Kroc Center, 4200 Wissahickon Ave, Philadelphia, PA 19129

Cost: $319.00 (discounted cost: $277.96)

Rock to the Future

What: "Our innovative summer music camps will inspire and excite your child as they learn guitar, drums, bass, or keyboard and make new friends by forming a band with their peers! Our music summer camps are co-ed, ages 7-12 (Guitar Stars-first session) or 13-17 (Rock*A*Delphia-second session). We also feature a live student performance on the last day of camp. Space is limited to 35 students, so sign up today!"

Who: Children ages 7-17

When: July 9-13 from 9am-4pm (ages 7-12), July 23-July 27 from 9am-4pm (ages 13-17)

Where: Rock to the Future, 2139 E. Cumberland St., Philadelphia, PA 19125

Cost: $250/week. Scholarships available for those who apply. See website for more details.

Rowing Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

What: "During each session, campers will be taught the basics of the sport. Camp is held at Lloyd Hall on historic Boathouse Row. The camp hours are 9 am to 3 pm. Breakfast and a snack will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunch. Safety is a top priority; we emphasize and teach personal safety to each camper through lessons on equipment handling, equipment maintenance and boat/water safety. Camp staff is comprised of veteran Crew Coaches, experienced rowers and certified Lifeguards."

Who: Children ages 13-17

When: Four two-week sessions will begin June 24, 9am-3pm

Where: Lloyd Hall, 1 Boathouse Row, Philadelphia, PA 19130

Cost: $25 application fee

During each session, campers will be taught the basics of the sport. Camp is held at Lloyd Hall on historic Boathouse Row. The camp hours are 9 am to 3 pm Breakfast and a snack will be provided. Campers must bring their own lunch. Safety is a top priority; we emphasize and teach personal safety to each camper through lessons on equipment handling, equipment maintenance and boat/water safety. Camp staff is comprised of veteran Crew Coaches, experienced rowers and certified Lifeguards.

Seaport Summer Camp

What: "Learn all about history, science, and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River at Independence Seaport Museum."

Who: children ages 6-15

When: various one week sessions beginning June 17 and ending Aug 16, 9-3pm (extended hours 8-5:30pm)

Where: Independence Seaport Museum, 211 South Columbus Blvd

Cost: $330/week for non-museum members ($290/week for members); Register Before May 1: $ Register on or after May 1: $355/week for non-museum members ($315/week for members), before care $20/week, after care $60/week

Sing Summer Camp

What: "SING Philadelphia is a week-long summer choir camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. The camp provides an exceptional musical experience for children and youth who love to sing. Under instruction of Director Dr. Darryl Roland, campers learn classical repertoire with special attention to breathing techniques, vowel formation and choral tone, sight singing and intonation, and music theory (written notation)."

Who: Children ages 7-12

When: June 17-21, 9am-4pm

Where: St. Peter's Church, 3rd and Pine

Cost: Tuition on a sliding scale from $50-$325. Aftercare available for $40/week.

"SING Philadelphia is a week-long summer choir camp for boys and girls ages 7-12. The camp provides an exceptional musical experience for children and youth who love to sing. Under instruction of Director Dr. Darryl Roland, campers learn classical repertoire with special attention to breathing techniques, vowel formation and choral tone, sight singing and intonation, and music theory (written notation)."

Skateboard Camp 2019

What: "Learn from a pro! This specialty camp will be taught by a professional skateboarder and local teens who are regular competitors." Skateboards and Helmets will be provided; however, participants may bring their own helmet/board/pads if preferred.”

Who: Children ages 6-12

When: Two one-week sessions: June 17-28, and June 24-June 28, 10am-2pm

Where: Rizzo Rink, 1001 Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147

Cost: $60/camper per session

"Learn from a pro! This specialty camp will be taught by a professional skateboarder and local teens who are regular competitors."

Spells Writing Lab

*Note: This program has not been updated for 2019.

What: "Each week-long program focuses on a different writing theme, such as adventure stories, songwriting, mysteries, or animation. But our campers don't just sit around writing all the time we find inspiration for our stories through interactive games, group brainstorming sessions, and outdoor play."

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: June 25-29 from 9am-12:30pm (ages 12-16): July 9-13, July 16-20, July 23-27, and July 30-August 3 from 9am-12:30pm (ages 7-12)

Where: Fleisher Art Memorial, 719 Catharine Street, Philadelphia, PA 19147 (ages 12-16); Spells Writing Lab, 1425 N. 2nd St., Philadelphia, PA, 19122 (ages 7-12)

Cost: free, but a refundable $25 deposit is required.

Starfinder Foundation

*Note: This program has not been updated for 2019.

What: “Our summer camps offer kids ages 6-14 a fun, supportive environment to play soccer, learn new skills, and make friends. High school members of our Senior Leaders Program serve as mentors and coach the younger children.Camps are each one week long and take place at sites across the city. Join us this summer for fun, friends and soccer!”

Who: Children ages 6-14

When: July 9-13, and July 16-20 from 9am-12pm

Where: Starfinder Field, 2015 Main Street, Philadelphia PA 19127

Cost: $100/week, although families who are unable to pay the full amount can determine how much they can contribute.

Summer Art Camp, Philadelphia Parks and Recreation

What: "Our summer camp is a lively and creative place for young artists to spend their summer. They have the opportunity to build their portfolio of artwork with many quality pieces. Their lessons range from drawing and painting, to sculpture and printmaking, to more digital platforms like photography. Campers work independently on some projects and then collaboratively on others. They will learn from highly experienced artists, all of which have had teaching backgrounds or other experience with children. At the end of the camp session, the campers' artwork will be displayed in a summer art show where awards will be distributed for our most impressive work."

Who: Children ages 7-17 (age groups for camp cohorts are Juniors, Intermediates, and Seniors)

When: Two three-week session, and one six-week session starting July 1, 8:30am-3pm

Where: Wissinoming Park (5801 Frankford Ave., Philadelphia PA, 19135), Fisher Park (571 W. Spencer Street, 19120), and Parkside Evans Playground (5300 Parkside Avenue, 19131)

Cost: $150 for one three-week seesion, $300 for entire six-week session. All supplies, meals, field trip costs, and t-shirt costs are included.

Swim for Life Camp

What: "This camp encourages children to participate in aquatics programs, provides a wholesome recreation experience in a safe and healthy environment, and teaches participants sportsmanship through physical activity. Camp includes the Competitive Program for experienced swimmers and the Learn To Swim Program for kids who want to learn how to swim."

Who: Children ages 9-15

When: One six-week session, July 1-August 9, 8:30am-3pm

Where: Cohocksink Recreation Center (2889 Cedar Street, 19134), and Lee Cultural Center (4328 Haverford Avenue, 19104), ), Awbury Recreation Center (6101 Ardleigh Street), Murphy Recreation Center (300 Shunk Street), Vogt Recreation Center (6700 Cottage Street)

Cost: $250 for the six-week session.

Contact Aquatics Coordinator Lisa Whittle at for more information

Yes! And Collaborative Arts Summer Camp

What: "K-4th grade: Imagination Camp is a summer performing arts camp that is specifically designed for campers in Kindergarten through 4th grade. Camp sessions are one week long! This camp lays the foundations for effective collaboration as kids play hard with purpose while being introduced to and developing the skills of the creative theatre arts.

5th-8th grade: Campers in 5th through 8th are taught acting, dance/movement, visual arts, storytelling/playwriting, all of which culminate in a final performance created, produced, and performed by the campers. During their time at camp, campers become members of small tribes. Through play and work in daily classes, campers create with their tribe imagined identities, roles, shared history, myths, and story. All campers are taught by professional artist teachers, and are accompanied from class to class by Travelers (counselors) and Junior Staff (Shadow Company members).

9th through 12th grades: Shadow Company's summer camp creates and rehearses a unique show for the FringeArts Festival every September. Campers will come to a two-week intensive theatre-creation workshop then rehearse throughout the summer. Campers can participate in the two-week intensive without performing, but they are encouraged to work on the show in other backstage supporting roles.

Summer Sort of Thing: You're not reading this wrong, Summer Sort of Thing is available to high schoolers as well as middle schoolers! Summer Sort of Thing is a part of our Sort of Thing program. SSOT is a four week intensive summer camp program where students will work with professional artists to bring a musical to life! The musicals chosen for production are shows that have already been performed in Winter Sort of Thing productions. There is no prior experience necessary for this program."

Who: Children entering grades K-12

When: Various one-week sessions are available between June 17th and August 30th, 9am-3pm.

Where: Yes! And Collaborative Arts, 21 W. Washington Ln., Philadephia, PA 19144

Cost: $320/week. Summer Sort of Thing is $375/week.

Youth Arts Workshop Summer 2019

What: "This summer, Asian Arts Initiative's Youth Arts Workshop presents Sidewalk Studio, a six-week long arts camp that uses media arts to learn about public space. Led by Teaching Artists Rachel Ishikawa and Jino Lee, students will develop skills in creative storytelling through photography and audio recording. In addition, students will have daily open studio time for other arts projects with experience guest artists."

Who: Students in grades 6-8, although students in 5th and 9th grade may enroll with permission from the program director.

When: July 8 - August 16, 9 am-3pm. Students are expected to participate in all 6 weeks of the program.

Where: 1219 Vine St, Philadelphia, PA 19107

Cost: $1,200 for all 6 weeks, which covers the cost of daily breakfast and lunch, art supplies, and weekly field trips. Financial aid is available on a sliding scale. Full scholarship available for familes 100% below the Federal Poverty Line.

Sleep-Away Camps

Camp Jamison

What: "Camp Jamison is a diverse, inclusive, and affordable summer program that includes nature activities, recreation, canoeing, hiking, sports, arts, and team building."

Who: Children ages 8-14

When: July 15-19

Where: Pocono Environmental Education Center. Pick-up and drop-off is in Northeast Philadelphia.

Cost: Price depends on family's monthly income. "If you are able to invest more than your given rate, we ask you to please give generously to allow us to continue to offer camp at a subsidized rate and bring more campers to camp."

Camp Ladore, The Salvation Army

*Note: This program has not been updated for 2019.

What: "The purpose of Salvation Army camping is to serve the needs of campers: physical, social and spiritual. For physical needs, our aim is to help campers develop good health habits in cleanliness, proper rest, balanced diet, exercise and care of the body. To meet social needs, the camp provides an opportunity for each camper to contribute to and receive from a group living experience. The aim is to help campers make their own right decisions, stimulate creativity, and foster independence."

Who: Children ages 7-16

When: Weekly sessions run June 25-August 15

Where: Waymart, PA. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Free

Camp Philly

The deadline to apply to this program is Monday, April 15, 2019.

What: "This program, presented in partnership with the Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA, provides an opportunity for Philadelphia children to attend a one-week overnight camp in the Pocono Mountains. Opened in 1948, Camp Speers is a 1,100-acre property with a 40-acre private secluded lake."

Who: Children ages 9-12

When: Two one-week sessions: August 11-16, and August 18-23

Where: Camp Speers , 143 Nichecronk Road, Dingmans Ferry, PA 18328

Cost: $30 registration fee submitted by June 30. Campers selected for camp will receive a scholarship equaling $900 in value to attend Camp Philly. See websitefor scholarship eligibility details.

Camp Settlement

What: "The Mission of The College Settlement and Kuhn Day Camps is to provide camping programs and services to young people from the greater Philadelphia area, especially those who are economically disadvantaged, in order to foster personal growth through understanding, acceptance, respect for self, others and our natural world by means of enjoyable, experiential and environmental educational activities. During their stay campers will live in cabins with campers their own age and gender. Campers will have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including creek crawling, fishing, exploring, hiking, plant & animal study, boating, biking, climbing, basketball, soccer, rugby, softball, arts & crafts, hay rides, dancing, storybook reading, games, ropes course and others."

Who: Children ages 8-14

When: various one to two-week sessions: June 24-28; July 1-12; July 15-26; July 29-Aug. 9; Aug. 12-16

Where: Horsham, PA. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Between $175 and $895 for a two-week session, depending on family income.

Camp Sojourner Girls Leadership Camp

*Note: This program has not been updated for 2019.

What: "The mission of Girls Leadership Camp is to help girls become leaders who take charge of their own lives and also act as agents of positive change in their communities. We fundraise all year and collect supply donations so that we can offer our program to girls no matter what their family economic situation may be. We accomplish our work by hosting 8-17 year old girls at Camp Sojourner, our summer overnight camp program, and by involving girls in our year-round mentoring, service projects, creative arts, and leadership activities."

Who: Girls ages 8-18

When: July 30-August 4

Where: Branchville, New Jersey. Transportation is provided.

Cost: Tuition is on a sliding scale, and depends on family income. There is a $25 application fee.

Summer Activities

Police Athletic League of Philadelphia

What: "PAL programs help reduce crime in our neighborhoods, promote positive character development, and improve educational outcomes for Philadelphia's children. Each of our centers provides a safe place and a positive environment for kids to be kids, while also being introduced to a multitude of free activities and experiences to which they might not otherwise have access. While learning how to play chess or table tennis, preparing for an exam, or competing in academic or athletic competitions, the relationships forged between Philadelphia children and the Philadelphia Police are special, and a critical component to the future of our city. Enroll your child here."

Who: Children ages 6 to 18

When: Summer and year-round programs available. Ask your center for more details.

Where: 17 centers across Philadelphia. Find your center here.

Cost: Free


Science in the Summer

What: "GSK Science in the Summer is a fun, free education program that brings exciting, hands-on experiments to children across the country. Taught by certified teachers in your local libraries. For more than 30 years, GSK has worked to instill students with a lifelong love of learning!

The Science of Sports- Behind every professional basketball player, gymnast, swimmer, and sprinter is a team of scientists who help athletes excel in their sport, from trainers, nutritionists and physical therapists to statisticians and equipment engineers. Students will learn about these scientists and tackle basic scientific concepts through fun, hands-on activities like experimenting with healthy sports drink recipes and creating their own bouncy balls to test bounce height against other sports balls."

Who: Children in grades 2 through 6

When: Various dates, starting June 27. See website for more details.

Where: Various libraries across the city. See website for more details.

Cost: Free


Other Summer Programs

Below is a list of community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, schools, and centers that have traditionally offered after-school and summer programs in the past. Browse their websites and reach out to them directly to find out about their programs, and if they offer locations near you.

Academy at Palumbo High School

The Advocate Center for Culture and Education

Agatston Urban Nutrition Initiative

Allens Lane Art Center

And Still I Rise Youth Development Program

Appletree Childcare & Learning Center

Arden Theater Company

Ayuda Community Center

Beauty for Ashes, Inc.

Black Women in Sport Foundation

Blair Christian Academy

Boys & Girls Club of Philadelphia

BPSOS-Delaware Valley

Breakthrough of Greater Philadelphia

Caring People Alliance

Catholic Social Services OST

The Center for Grieving Children

Children's Village

Clyde Community & Youth Resource Center

Communities in Schools of Philadelphia, Inc.

Community Concern Day Care Center

Community Council

Community Education Center (CEC)

Concilio High School OST

Congreso de Latinos Unidos

CORA Services, Inc.

Creative Steps Inc.


Dr. Warren E. Smith Health Center

Education Works

Elements of the Community, Inc.

EOM Athletic Association

Episcopal Community Services

ESF Dream Camp

Evelyn Graves Summer Day Camp

Fashion Center International

Foundations, Inc.

Free Library of Philadelphia

Genesis Kidz

Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

Germantown Life Enrichment Center

Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance

Greater Philly Churches Athletic Association

The Hacktory

Highway Mission Tabernacle

Hope Partnership for Education

Kensington Soccer Club

Kidsville Learning Center, Inc.


Korean Community Development Services Center

The Lenfest Center

Logan Hope School

Lutheran Settlement House

Makom Community

MasterMinds Chess Club

Mathnasium of Andorra

Mercy Neighborhood Ministries

Merge Dance Studio

Neighborhood Education Workshop

New Generation Drama Guild

Nia Learning Center Inc.

Norris Square Community Alliance

North Light Community Center

Old Pine Community Center Arts and Education After School Program

Olney Elementary Annex

The Parent Infant Center

Penn State Extension Philadelphia 4-H Programs

Philadelphia Freedom Valley YMCA

Philadelphia OIC

Philadelphia Parks & Recreation

Philadelphia Wooden Boat Factory

Philadelphia Zoo

Philly Art Center

Photo Posse Studio/Cafe

Presbyterian Children's Village

Presbyterian Community Ministry of the Delaware Valley

Ready Ready Daycare and Early Learning Academy

Rhawnhurst Turning Point

Saint Tabernacle Outreach Ministries

Salvation Army

School of Rock

The Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education

Sharon's After School and Summer Camp

Somerset Academy

Southeast Philadelphia Collaborative

Southwest CDC


Starfinder Foundation

Strawberry Mansion Learning Center

Summer Search Philadelphia

Summit Children's Program

Sunrise of Philadelphia

The Wagner Free Institute of Science (SNAP)

To Our Children's Future With Health, Inc.

United Communities Southeast Philadelphia

University Community Collaborative

Urban Tree Connection Garden Programs

Variety The Children's Charity

Village of Champions

Visitation BVM School

West Park Cultural Center

Wordsworth Human Services

YOACAP/Urban Affairs Coalition

Young Achievers Learning Center

Your Child's World Learning Center, Inc.

Youth Service Inc.

Zhang Sah Martial Arts

Work Opportunities

WorkReady Philadelphia

Who: youth and young adults ages 14-21, who are Philadelphia residents and who have not enrolled in post-secondary education

When: summer programs last six weeks

Where: varying work locations across Philadelphia

Cost: workers are paid for their time

WorkReady summer models offer educationally-enriched work exposure to in-school and out-of-school youth and young adults, ages 14-21. Participants complete a six-week (120 hour), paid work experience that fosters the acquisition of the 21st century skills through work-based learning. This continuum of models challenges youth to understand the correlations between work experience, high school completion and credential attainment, and how those variables impact their potential for college and career success.

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