Whether your child is a preschooler or of high-school age, into geology, painting or golf, you’ll find an Arizona summer day camp or class that’s the perfect fit. Some programs last a day, most last a week, but the impact will last a lifetime.
Camp Innovation at the Arizona Science Center in Phoenix challenges budding Einsteins ages 6–14 to explore the world around them in weeklong day camps, from Lego robotics and Egyptian archaeology to zoology, medicine and more. Morning programs are also available for 3- to 5-year-olds.
Science, technology, engineering, art and math (S.T.E.A.M.) are the heart of the Children’s Museum Tucson’s weekly half-day camps where 4- to 9-year-olds participate in programs focused on dinosaurs, space, animals, music, painting and more.
Four- and five-year-olds learn about dinosaurs in one-day, two-hour sessions at Prehistoric Preschool Camp at the Arizona Natural History Museum in Mesa; older kids, ages 6–12, can spend a night at the museum during Roar and Snore with a Dinosaur. The parent-and-child overnight event includes meals, a movie, crafts and more.
Arizona State University’s Tempe campus has summer programs that last a day, a week or longer and range from building chain-reaction machines to creating apps, learning to play piano and participating in sports camps.
Go on an adventure and discover cool Grand Canyon facts related to geology, ecology and human history with the Grand Canyon Field Institute’s family day hikes. Children must be at least 8 years old and accompanied by a parent.
Explorer’s Camp – both half- and full-day weekly sessions – takes 6th to 8th graders on fieldtrips to Oak Creek Canyon, Sunset Crater, Meteor Crater and other local destinations and tackle the high ropes course on the Northern Arizona University campus in Flagstaff.
Also in Flagstaff, the Museum of Northern Arizona welcomes children ages 4–13 during weeklong themed classes that might have them hiking Mt. Elden to study botany, conducting hands-on experiments at the Lava River Caves or observing birds at Kaibab Lake.
The acclaimed John Jacobs Golf Schools and Academies offers one-week summer golf camps for ages 5–16 during the month of June at Orange Tree Golf Club in Scottsdale.
You don’t have to be a guest to participate in the Westin Keirland Resort & Spa’s weeklong programs. At the all-day FlowRider Surf Camp, kids ages 8–12 learn how to bodyboard and flowboard, which is a cross between snowboarding, bogie boarding and surfing. For those who prefer to stay indoors at the Scottsdale resort, Digital Kids Camp teaches kids ages 8–13 about movie making, animation and other media skills during full- or half-day sessions.
In Tucson, kids ages 5–12 at Cuisine Classique Cooking School prepare breakfasts, lunches, snacks and dinners during weeklong classic cooking classes, while teens (ages 13+) learn advanced skills like how to roast or make fresh pasta.
A professional chef with a bachelor’s degree in education, Mesa-based Chef Amee Hoge incorporates math skills, reading compression and independent thinking into her three-day classes. Young chefs ages 7–14 can dabble in baking and cake decorating, as well as creating classic Italian dishes and more.
Phoenix’s renowned Musical Instrument Museum hosts several family oriented summer events, including Experience France and Celebrate AZ Kids Family Day. Weekly kids’ classes range from singing and dancing to crafting musical instruments.
Pop culture – from Harry Potter and Glee to The Hunger Games, Dr. Suess and more – takes center stage at Tempe’s Childsplay, a theater workshop for 4- to 17-year-olds. Younger thespians explore rhyme while their older counterparts immerse themselves in production of popular musicals. Students can attend one-, two- or three-week sessions.
Yavapai College’s Prescott campus hosts College for Kids, a youth-orientated arts program for those ages 5–17. Students can take dance classes, such as belly dance, hip hop, country line dance and folk dance. Other arts programs include photography, writing, filmmaking and cartooning. The four-day classes range from one to four hours.