Holiday and Schools-Out Day Camps

holiday_rosh_hoshana_2014If you’re looking for a fun camp for your kids on days school is out, but you’re at work, you’re in luck! There are some great choices for those one-day holidays and also the longer breaks.

Many school districts are off September 25th for Rosh Hashanah, and others are of October 13 for Columbus Day. Some of these camps even offer programs for Teacher In-Service Days and Snow Days!

Check out these great camps:

The Franklin Institute’s Discovery Camps, Philadelphia
School may be out, but science is in at The Franklin Institute.
Sign up for their exciting camps where students Pre-K – 6 can let their inner scientist emerge!​

Club La Maison, Wayne
A fun-filled neighborhood camp that gives your child exposure to many different types of activities such as sports, circle games, arts and crafts, a game room and swimming.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Gladwyn
Days when schools out, their year-round exploration camps offer a relaxed combination of hands-on activities, including hikes, stories, crafts, science experiments and free exploration.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia
Sept. 25: Hawk Mountain Field Trip: Hike in search of the season’s first migrants and see bald eagles, hawks, and falcons soaring above. You bring the hiking shoes, they’ll provide the binoculars.

The Handwork Studio
One day camps are designed to keep kids entertained and engaged while they learn something new and fun. Kids will leave with one or two completed projects. All supplies and materials included.
Know of some other places that offer great programs? Add a comment and we’ll help even more families find them!

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Acting Summer Camp from The Actors Center

TV and movies are entertaining and can be educational, but if your family has a budding actor, it’s even more enthralling.  We asked The Actor’s Center, in Philadelphia, to tell us about their acting summer camp.

  • How would I know if my child has the potential to be on TV or movies?

If your kid has expressed interest in being on TV they are halfway there. Are they comfortable in front of people, are they funny or can they convince you of many things, DO they enjoy being the center of attention , and do they act out things they see in the movies?

  • Is there a personality or temperament that is common among successful child actors?

Some actors have big personalities and others are shy. There are roles for comedians and serious roles as well.

  • How does The Actors Center help?

In addition to providing classes in Hip-Hop, Stage Combat, TV Commercial Training, Animated Voice-Over, Improv, and Music, students are also taught how to audition for casting directors and agents.

  • What kind of skills are needed to participate in camp?

There are no specific skills needed. Kids just need to come prepared to listen and learn.

  • What type of instructors are at The Actors Center?

The Actors Center has some of the best teachers in Philadelphia, Sandra Turner has been with The Actors Center for 15 years and has been in Many TV shows, movie and plays, Kristen SchScierier is one of the best improv actors in the East Coast, Elijah Brown hosted the Tribecca Film Festival and was a finalist in Americas Got Talent and The X Factor. Kenneth McCgregger was Magnetos’ Father in X- Men, the guy who punched Tom Cruise in Cocktail, and has been in hundreds of films and commercials.

For select weeks this summer, The Actors Center is offering their summer camp for $100 off.  Look for their Early Summer Special.

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Win a free week of summer camp!

Free week of campYou can be the lucky winner of a free week of summer camp.  There are many camps on ActivityHero to choose from — including Lavner Camps, Drama Kids, and more!

Enter by March 31 for your chance to win – no purchase necessary.

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Plan a Great Summer of Soccer!

Soccer camps are wildly popular all throughout the United States, and there are plenty of ways for kids to jump in and hone their skills both near home and overnight at a destination camp. Summer is a great time to focus on a new sport, or to sharpen up their game before team tryouts for the year.

Philadelphia Region

Lavner Camps offers soccer as well as other sports camps.  They recently recruited Gordon Reid, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, as soccer director.  There are many locations offered, as well as full or half day options.

Universal Soccer Academy Camps is a small but prestigious soccer school. Recognized internationally, it is considered one of the best soccer academies in the USA. These camps are specifically designed for enthusiastic young soccer players, and provide an environment that allows campers to improve their entire game.

Greenhill Day Camp – Many parents appreciate this camp’s option of signing up for only one week at a time, so both money and summer scheduling is saved. Campers enjoy a wide range of activities, which includes soccer play. Free after camp care is available.

Lehigh University Sports Camps – Each summer, those local to the Bethlehem, PA region come to Lehigh University to enjoy one of over 45 different camps designed for everyone from beginners to those considered to be pros. Camps available for preschoolers through high school.

Summerside on the Hill Summer Camps – Also in Philiadelpha, preschoolers through high school students enjoy  the Blue Devils Soccer Camp and other great options. Camps vary in length, duration and focus so there is truly something for everyone.

Penn Charter Summer Camps – Penn Charter offers opportunities for those aged three to 15. Children from all over the Philadelphia area can come enjoy a 7-week sports camp that will cover 8 sports including soccer.

Union Soccer Schools – Known as the official summer camp of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, these week-long day camps are designed for kids aged 6-14. Your kids will learn directly from Union players and coaches, and various discounts are available. They have multiple locations throughout Pennsylvania.

If your child has expressed interest in learning a new sport or if you believe they just need to get more active this year, then soccer camps are a great place to start.

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Summer 2014 – what’s new at camp?

In 2014, we see lots of camp traditions continue, as well as camps adding new programs such as Minecraft camp.

On the cutting edge, Lavner Camps has added Minecraft “3D Innovation & Design”, cricket, and other new camps, while keeping the tradition of its tennis and specialty camps such as cooking.  Lavner Camps has also added new locations in PA and NJ.

tech campiD Tech offers Minecraft modding, iPhone/Android App Development and many other computer courses.

You’ll find Active Learning at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy with its popular video game creation camp and new Kodu Video Camp.  It also hosts the popular USA chess camp.

On the traditional side, Saginaw Day Camp has two swimming pools and a long list of activities to keep campers active.

Take a look at other new camps in the Philadelphia area.

Minecraft® “3D Innovation & Design”


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Keep your kids dancing through the summer!

Whether or not your child’s dance classes continue through the summer, it’s a great opportunity to give your dancer some extra studio time!

beginnersWissahickon Dance Academy has something for dancers at all levels: half-day camps for dancers age 4-9 year olds, and full day Intensives for intermediate and advanced dancers who are serious about improving their skills.

Lavner_hip_hopKids can learn both Hip Hop and Modern Dance at Summerside on the Hill Summer Camps at Springside Chestnut Hill Academy.

IMG_9808_Perf_Arts_700_pixTheatre-oriented dancers will want to consider Penn Charter’s the month-long Performing Arts Camp where this year’s production will be “The Little Mermaid Jr.”. Campers will sing, dance, act, create and perform!

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Summer 2013: Affordable summer camps

This year, some camp prices have gone up by $10 per week, but we still find a lot of options for inexpensive summer camps around $250 per week (full day).  You can also search for camps by age, date and even sort by price when you visit ActivityHero.

Upper Main Line YMCA – $291 for most full day camps; $177 or lower for most half day camps.  Kids pre-school through teen have a lot of choices for day camps, sports, science, theater, fishing and more!

Brooke Lanier Fine Art – $165 half day art camps have small class sizes – six to ten students maximum – and lessons are tailored to better serve each person’s individual interests and abilities.

Montgomery County Sports Performance Center – $195 full day; $150 half day.  Kids get to pick and choose daily from a wide variety of games and activities.  Weekly themes and pizza lunch on Fridays!

BETTERBALL! Basketball Camp -$ 225 full day, $150 half day.  Basketball and sports camps are the perfect balance of summer fun with a dose of structure that kids need to avoid boredom.

Kids on Campus at Bucks Community College – $259 full day, $154 half day. Popular workshops and sports clinics. Everything from Lego to Cooking to Fashion Design.

Lehigh University Sports Camp - full-day camps as low as $160 per week. Lehigh offers a number of different sports camps that range from the very inexpensive on upwards. Some overnight camps are as inexpensive as $420 for the week.

Drama Kids Delaware & Drama Kids Philadelphia- prices start at $230 full day, $110 half day.  Drama campers explore all aspects of theater by writing and performing a play that their team creates!

Challenger Sports – Soccer training for beginners to competitive players.  Preschoolers can attend a shorter camp for around $100 per week.  Half day camps for ages 6+ are $110-150 per week.

For a list of camp discounts, go to ActivityHero

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