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Main Line Specialty Summer Camps: Art, Cooking, Science, and Technology

Looking to indulge your creative side? These Philadelphia-area summer camps focused on the arts and creativity, as well as science and technology, are sure to inspire!

Looking to indulge your creative side? These summer camps focused on the arts and creative cooking, as well as  science and technology, are sure to inspire!

 

Our Main Line Parent Summer Camp Guide highlights over 50 summer camps from across the Delaware Valley, including traditional camps, sports camps, and specialty camps.

 

Do you have experience with one of the camps featured below or would you like to share another program you love with our community? Please leave us a comment, we’d love to hear from you!

Art & Performing Arts Camps

Burn Brae Day Camp

Dresher, 215-657-3388

Kids ages 3-15 can explore arts, technology, science, and physical activities. The smallest kids get an exposure to all the activities, while school-aged and older kids choose to major in theater, art, music, dance, or film. Minors electives, sports, and swim instruction are also part of the day, making it a truly customized and enriching experience.

The Handwork Studio

Narberth, 610-660-9600

 

The Handwork Studio is a fiber arts and fashion community offering coed arts-based day camp for kids ages 5-15.

Main Line Art Center Summer Camp, Pre-Teen & Teen Studio

Haverford, 610-525-0272

 

For this summer’s theme, “Beyond the Page: The Art of Books,” literature and art will collide during a summer of creative exploration for kids ages 5-16. Summer camp, pre-teen, and teen studios available.

PAFA Summer Art Camp

Center City, Philadelphia, 215-972-2054

Sign up by the week, with different weekly themes for different age groups all summer. The camp hosts kids ages 4-15, with themes that explore different cultures, science experimentation, and even pop culture (think Coco or Star Wars). Older kids will hone their skills with advanced drawing and painting, building their portfolios, and more.

Quadrat Academy

Northern Liberties, Philadelphia, 267-997-7744

 

  • Develop your photographic-eye, and learn to see the world through the lens with Photography Camp.
  • Dive into the world of deconstruction and reconstruction with Fashion Camp!
  • Embark on challenging adventures and experience the great outdoors with Outdoor Camp!
  • Curate a portfolio of drawn and painted works in your creative style Art Camp.

Summer Theatre Camp with Wolf PAC

Bryn Mawr, 610-642-0233

Theater camp for kids in grades K-12. Perform original and Broadway musicals; one and two-weeks.

Wayne Art Center Summer Arts Camp

Wayne, 610-688-3553

 

Campers ages 3-16 will explore the art found in nature.

Cooking, Science, and Technology Camps

Academy Science Camp at Academy of Natural Sciences of Drexel University

Logan Square, Philadelphia, 215-299-3798

 

Science based programming with a focus on the natural world for kids ages 5-12 and teens ages 13-16.

Anthropologists in the Making Summer Camp at the Penn Museum

University City, Philadelphia, 215-898-4016

Camp in themed weeks for kids ages 7-13.

Discovery Camp at the Franklin Institute

Logan Square, Philadelphia, 215-448-1200

 

 

Kids ages 5-15 can participate in museum exploration, hands-on science projects, presentations by local scientists, and more.

Elmwood Park Zoo

Norristown, 610-277-3825, ext. 235

 

Kids ages 6-11 will enjoy one-of-a-kind experiences with zoo animals and keepers. Full-day camps by the week. Half-day camps for ages 3-5. Special needs camps available

HomeCooked

Paoli, 610-647-1002

Half-day camp for three days per week for kids ages 6.5-11. Each day will feature different projects and recipes, with topics including kitchen safety, healthy eating, reading recipes, measuring and more. Each day the campers will enjoy a snack that they make, and will bring home a dinner entrée and dessert for the whole family! At the end of the session, all campers will assemble a cookbook with all of their recipes.

iD Tech

Various locations (UPenn, Villanova, WCU, Arcadia), 1-888-709-8324

 

Summer tech camp for kids and teens ages 7–18.

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs

Haverford and Villanova, 610-265-9401

7-9 Day Camp, 10-13 Day & Residential, 14-18 Day & Residential. JKCP offers 22+ programs for ages 7-18 on 4 college campuses. Immersive summer enrichment programs in tennis, golf, cooking, business, fitness, academics and more for kids ages 4-18. Older kids have the option to make it a residential experience at Haverford College or Villanova University, and spend the whole summer focusing on topics like coding or sports.

Use the code FOCUSFAMILY18 to get $5o off when you enroll online!

Lavner Camps

Various locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, 1-888-854-2267

 

Weekly sports, tech, and arts camps for kids ages 5-15; offered at various locations throughout Pennsylvania and New Jersey, including UPenn.

Kitchen Wizards

Multiple locations, 610-348-5284

Kids can take baking, cooking, and candy-making programs. They’ll even bring home the recipes so they can reproduce their creations for friends and family.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center

Gladwyne, 610-527-5234

Kids ages 3-13 have fun as they connect with nature and build upon skills and knowledge of the outdoors.

Seaport Summer Camp

Penn’s Landing, Philadelphia, 215-413-8663

Learn all about history, science and how to row or kayak on the Delaware River at Independence Seaport Museum. Perfect for ages 6-12, Seaport Summer Camp features full days of activities and exploration on the water. Every week is a new discovery, with an in-depth look into the science and history behind the Philadelphia region’s waterways.

Snapology of Philadelphia and the Main Line

Various locations in PA, 215-792-3866

STEM activities using LEGO bricks, robotics, and other educational tools for kids ages 5-12.

Summer at The Grayson School

Broomall, 484-428-3241

Scientists predict humans will arrive on mars in 2030. What will it take to get there? And how will we survive when we do? Join The Grayson School to answer these important questions at their Mission to Mars Summer Camp.

 

Collaborate with fellow scientists on this project-based learning adventure to overcome the perils of space travel and reach Mars. Campers will launch rockets, design and construct a space station, engineer a Martian rover, conduct space-based experiments, cultivate a hydroponic garden, and even train for your mission like an astronaut.

 

Grayson teachers understand the intellectual curiosity of all gifted children, and plan an exciting array of activities that challenge high-ability learners to think critically, ask and answer difficult questions, solve problems to stretch their minds, have fun, and make new friends!

Lead photograph courtesy of Julian Krinsky Camps. 

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