Whoot! It’s FINALLY summer, Smarties! If “sign the kids up for camp” didn’t quite make your To Do list this spring, don’t fear. We’ve got all of the best camps in Charlotte listed here, and it’s not too late to get the kids in. Good luck and HAVE FUN this summer!
Sports, Dance, Art, and More
This summer, Charlotte Ballet will offer two dance camps for children ages 3-12. Students do not need dance experience to participate in summer camps. Students ages 3-6 can take part in week-long Storybook Camps and students ages 7-12 can enjoy a week-long, all day Summer Arts Dance Camp! Read more here.
Carolina Flipz’s FlipzFest Camp is one of the best in Charlotte! During this fun-filled week kids learn gymnastics skills, team bonding, artistic creativity, healthy living, independence and much more.
This camp is not just for gymnasts but all athletes that like to flip around and have a fun time. Carolina Flipz’s USAG certified instructors maintain a safe and structured atmosphere for all kids to participate no matter what their gymnastics abilities may be. Read more here.
Do you have a li’l Smarty who LOVES to help in the kitchen? Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen day camp might be the perfect way for him or her to spend a week this summer! Chef Alyssa’s Kitchen has run some of the most popular cooking classes in Charlotte for the last three years, and now it’s the kids’ turn. Their Culinary Camps will teach young chefs fantastic dishes using local and organic ingredients. Children ages 8-18 will learn techniques from their popular adult cooking classes to create life-long cooking skills – and maybe they’ll be cooking for you soon (we can all dream, right?)! 🙂 Read more here.
Charlotte City Tennis is bringing a whole new game to public tennis in Charlotte. Having started with a focus on tennis instruction, they have seen huge growth in both their junior and adult tennis programs. Last year, CCT began offering “Push the Pace” Jr. Player Development and High Performance clinics for players competing in middle school, high school, and tournament tennis. This was a natural progression for their current players who began playing as 6-12 year olds. Now, they truly can serve all aspects of juniors from first time “Little Aces” players all the way up to competitive players. Read more here.
What makes the Charlotte Eagles camps different than any other soccer camps around Charlotte is that they focus more on the camper than they do just soccer. Yes soccer is an important part of their camps, but they strive to make all the kids feel loved and appreciated for who they are. Their camp is a faith-based camp that is run by transformational coaches that have played or coached at a high level! Read more here (note: the giveaway is over for this one!).
From preschool to rising grade 5, kids will discover amazing critters and natural treasures in a fun, safe learning environment. Each camp offers a unique immersive experience as junior curators explore the outdoors, conduct experiments, meet live animals and more. Read more here.
Children’s Theatre of Charlotte’s award-winning Summer Camp program offers performance experiences for students ages 3-18 in a fun, interactive environment. Camps are grouped by age: Early Childhood (one-week, half-day, ages 3-5), Primary (one-week, full day, rising K-2nd grade), Acting & Musical Theatre Performance Camps (one- and two-week, full-day, rising 3rd-7th grade) and Teen Experiences (one- and two-week, full-day, rising 8th-12th grade). Professional teaching artists lead campers in acting, singing, dancing, and art activities. Read more here.
Do you have an elementary, middle or high school student who is interested in science, technology, engineering or math?
Spice up their summer with full and half-day camps at the STEM Summer Experience. Read more here and here.
School may be out, but education and adventure are always in at Discovery Place! With Camps for preschool – rising grade 8, there’s a new theme each week to get kids fired up about science, technology, engineering and art. Read more here.
From art to animals and cooking to LEGOs, there’s a new theme each week to keep little minds growing. Bring your friends or make new ones as we have fun experimenting with new ideas and learning new skills. Read more here.
The First Tee of Greater Charlotte Summer Tour is for all golfers ages 14-18 (TFTGC participants as well as non-TFTGC participants). Click here for more information on their Summer Tour and here for an in-depth look at TFTGC.
Foreign Language League has several language camps around Charlotte and Gastonia during May, June and July. All camps are half day, 9am – 12pm, Monday – Friday for grades 1-5. On Friday, we invite parents and caregivers to the last part of camp so campers can show you all they have learned throughout the week. Campers will play games, make crafts, learn songs and have tons of fun all in the target language. Camps will be offered in Spanish, French, Italian and Mandarin. Read more here.
Summer Camp (ages 2.5 -11 years) runs between Memorial Day weekend and Labor Day weekend. We offer half days of awesome adventures and dynamic, creative activities for kiddos! No two camp days are ever the same as your kids rock it out with our incredible staff members in a cool safe environment. Children will be divided into age appropriate groups so that they can be challenged accordingly! Choose the summer dates that are most convenient for your vacation schedule. Snack and juice will be provided.Read more here.
Let Me Run uses the power of running to inspire boys to be themselves, build meaningful relationships and live active lifestyles. Let Me Run Summer Camp is an extension of the program for rising 4th – 8th grade boys. Campers bond while running, exploring the Sugar Creek Greenway, experiencing life lessons, learning from guest presenters, completing a service project, and participating in an “Amazing Race.” Read more here.
small hands big art offers enriching and fun half day summer camp programs that will educate, inspire and entertain your creative young artists! And best of all – our summer camps don’t require four applications of sunscreen! Read more here.
Are you looking for some fun and engaging outlets for your child this summer? Charlotte Christian School is offering more than 65 camps this season including academics, sports, arts, and enrichment for all ages from junior kindergarten through grade 12. From sports camps led by Charlotte Christian head coaches in baseball, basketball, cheerleading, football, soccer, softball and wrestling to tech camps that feature STEM Science and LEGO robotics – there is something for everyone! Read more here.
Are you ready for a GREAT summer? Sign up for Summer Programs at Country Day! With more than 200 creative classes, high school credit courses, and challenging sports camps, our Summer Programs are designed for children as young as three-years-old to those who will be seniors in high school. Whether you’re looking to expand your skills or make new friends, Country Day has the camp for you! Read more here.
Looking for a great place to send your kids? Why not check out Charlotte Latin Summer Programs! We offer half-day and full-day camps for children ages 3- to 18-years-old. Seven weekly sessions are available with options for 9 a.m. to noon, 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., and 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. A free-of-charge, supervised lunch hour that includes lunch and games is available to children who participate in both a morning and an afternoon program. We also offer extended care service from 7:30am to 9am and 4pm to 5:30pm at $100 per week ($50 each). Read more here.
Our summer program, Camp Prep, is a classic day camp that includes theme-based weeks, canteen, and Friday Skits. It is well-planned, well-managed, and sure to enrich campers each week. In addition to the traditional day camp activities, each Monday campers have the opportunity to select two elective blocks that they will participate in each afternoon for the remainder of the week. Here are just a few of the elective choices that will have the option of: American Girl Doll, Lego Exploration, Robotics, specialized sports, Writer’s Workshop, or Specialized Art activities. Camp Prep provides an environment that is developmentally appropriate and most importantly, fun! Read more here.
Whether you are traveling the country with family, going to the local spray ground, or participating in camps around the community, summer is a most magical time of year. Here at Palisades Episcopal School we believe that learning can and should be fun and exciting all year long. Summer, however, offers a chance to dive deeper into hobbies and skill sets that don’t always fit neatly into traditional school subjects. Read more here.
Providence Day Summer Programs offers a wide variety of day camps for rising grades TK – 12, as well as fully accredited academic courses. These programs take place during June, July and August each year and are open to the general public. Read more here and here.
At Trinity Episcopal School, we are offering six weeks of fantastic camps packed with new experiences and exciting, hands-on learning. We welcome rising K-8 students (ages 5-14) to experience these full- and half-day camps. Read more here.
Full Day and Overnight
YMCA Camp Harrison is a co-ed resident overnight camp for kids 6-16 located in the lush, serene mountains of North Carolina, between Lenoir and North Wilkesboro and 90 miles from Charlotte, NC. Our big backyard offers 2,000 acres of woods, streams, and trails around private Lake Broyhill. Camp Harrison is the perfect retreat for kids to explore nature and make new friends and in a fun, safe environment. Read more here.
Experience a magical summer at Camp Highlander, a summer camp for girls and boys located on Old Forge Mountain, in Mills River, North Carolina. Year after year, girls and boys from all over the country come to the beautiful mountains of North Carolina and Camp Highlander – a special place where children learn important life lessons about courage, honesty, integrity and faith while having the time of their lives. Come discover why Camp Highlander is A Place Like No Other! Read more here.
YMCA Camp Thunderbird is a beautiful camp on the shores of Lake Wylie which offers 1.7 miles of pristine South Carolina shoreline approximately a half hour from Charlotte. Offering programs since 1936, YMCA Camp Thunderbird boasts a rich history and has provided a safe, action-packed experience for generations of kids, teens and adults with the chance to make memories that last a lifetime. Read more here.