Discover the Best Local Camp for Your Kid
If you’re looking for a fun and exciting summer camp experience in and around Durham, you’ve come to the right place! The Triangle and beyond is an exciting and vibrant area that offers a variety of activities and programs. From outdoor adventure to art and music, this comprehensive guide has something sure to pique any kid's interest. Peruse these listings to learn more about the different local camp options and find the perfect fit for your child and family.
The summer day camp at 1870 Farm is set on 17 acres. Outdoor activities include animal care, fishing, capture the flag and nature exploration. Indoor activities include crafts, an apothecary workshop, games and an entrepreneur club. 2023 camps offer more animal time, climate-controlled play areas and a newly expanded egg production barn. Campers may also sign up for the kids vet club each week.
Ages 3-13; CIT program available ages 14+
Dates June 12-Aug. 11
Each week comes with its own theme that is featured in crafts and dancing throughout the week. Camps end on Friday with a special performance for friends and family. Themes this year include villains, pop stars and much more. Kids will be introduced to a variety of dance styles including tap, jazz, ballet, hip-hop, lyrical, musical theater, acro and more.
Ages 4-17, ages vary by week.
Dates June 12-Aug. 4; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Price Varies by camp. See website for details.
American Dance Festival’s Samuel H. Scripps Studios hosts a variety of camps taught by expert faculty to expand students’ knowledge and understanding of dance.
Dates Weekly in June and July. Visit website for details.
Price Varies by camp. Visit website for details.
The sessions provide kids with a guided view of art in the Ackland’s galleries, followed by the opportunity to create take-home treasures in an adjacent art studio using newly learned art-making techniques. Materials are provided. Registration required, sign up online.
Dates May 20, June 10, July 8, Aug. 12; two sessions at 10:30 a.m. to noon and 1-2:30 p.m.
Price Free for museum members; $5 per session for nonmembers. Register at ackland.org
Mix and match the half-day camps in the visual and performing arts to fit your schedule or create a full-day camp experience based on your camper’s interests. ArtsCamp features small classes taught by professional artists that focus on skill development and encourage the discovery of a creative voice. The ArtsCenter favors process over product and self-expression over perfection. Registration for patrons opens Jan. 23 at 9 a.m. The general public can register beginning Jan. 30 at 9 a.m.
Grades Rising K-9
Dates June 19-Aug. 25
Price Patron $169; public $197
Offers a variety of classes, dance camps and workshops in creative arts, ballet, modern, contemporary jazz, rhythm tap, hip-hop, musical theater and DanceAbilities, a workshop for children with special needs.
Dates June 12-Aug. 12; frequency and times vary.
Price Varies. Call or visit website.
Classes and dance camps/intensives in creative movement, ballet, jazz, hip-hop, contemporary, conditioning, musical theater and more.
Dates June 12-Aug. 11; half-day and full-day camps available, as well as weekly classes.
Price Email or visit website for details.
Camp Curiosity at the Montessori Community School in Chapel Hill provides learning experiences with opportunities for outdoor play, connection between camp groups and elective activities.
Dates June 19-Aug. 4
Price Check website for details.
Provides high-quality outdoor and art programs that emphasize personal growth, learning new skills, positive interpersonal relationships and appreciation for the natural world.
Grades Rising K-7
Dates Session 1: June 12-June 30; Session 2: July 3-July 14; Session 3: July 17-Aug. 4. Open house June 10, 1-4:30 p.m.
Price Visit website for pricing
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