Summer will be here before we know it! Now is the time to find a summer camp your child can be part of during the summer months. The Twin Cities has a lot to offer your family, including academic camps, athletic camps, theater camps, special needs camps and so much more. We hope this guide helps you find the perfect place for your child to enjoy everything about summer vacation!
Be sure to check out the comprehensive list of a variety of camps that we love located at the bottom of this guide! For more recommendations on summer camps near you, ask your local neighborhood group – these groups are an excellent resource where you can get tips and advice from other local moms in your particular area.
We understand each family has a different comfort level in regards to public gatherings, even those that are allowed. We support each family’s individual choices and will continue to be sure you are aware of all opportunities in the metro area, especially those that allow for limited contact and digital offerings. We will continually update this guide to reflect how the camps below are operating during this season.
Breck Summer Programs
We are excited to share our summer with you! Building on our long tradition of academic excellence, Breck Summer Programs offers high quality, fun and innovative programs for all children PK-8th Grade in the Twin Cities community.
COVID-19 Update: Open for Camp Breck programs only. For more information, visit www.brecksummer.org.
New Horizon Academy
The summer child care program at New Horizon Academy, Camp Discovery, is your child’s passport to a summer of fun, friends, and field trips. Summer at New Horizon Academy provides your child a safe environment to learn, play, and explore during those happy summer days.
COVID-19 Update: Our summer camp will be filled with fun for kids of all ages! We have SciKids at NHA, Caring Beyond the Classroom activities, kids cuisine, summer book club, outdoor antics and mystery box Monday, join us for all the fun!
Totino-Grace High School
Totino-Grace High School offers a wide variety of academic, performing arts, and athletic summer camp experiences at our Fridley campus for students entering kindergarten through grade 12. TG summer camps provide opportunities to explore new activities, expand current interests, discover talents, and develop emerging skills.
Build your child’s confidence this summer! At Avid4 Adventure camps, our experienced instructors (all 21+ with multiple certifications) teach K – 7th graders of all levels to paddle, bike, hike and thrive in the outdoors. Campers gain solid outdoor skills and character-shaping confidence they can use at camp and beyond, launching them into a lifetime of empowering adventure. Camps run weekly from June – August. Learn more and sign up today.
COVID-19 Update: We are only offering online camp now and no in person camps in Minneapolis. https://avid4.com/online-camp
iD Tech Camps for Kids & Teens
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 450,000 alumni and 20+ years of experience. Weeklong, day and overnight programs for ages 7-18 held at 150+ prestigious campuses including Macalester, Caltech, and NYU.
Kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more!
COVID-19 Update: Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect, home-based option for students ages 7-19 seeking the collaborative spirit of our on-campus programs. Structured, weeklong sessions with 2 hours of live instruction per day + 2 hours of self-paced project development. Curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, AI, Unreal Engine, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. 5 students max per instructor, blending personalized learning and team interaction. Save $100 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect.
The Loft Literary Center
The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program offers week-long (half- and full-day) creative writing classes. Classes are taught by professional and award-winning writers and are divided into age ranges of 6-8; 9-11; 12-14; 15-17. All abilities, interests, and genres welcome!
COVID-19 Update: The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program (ages 6–17) will be entirely virtual this summer. See loft.org/youth for details.
Tanadoona | Camp Fire Minnesota
Tanadoona, a Camp Fire Minnesota camp, is an outdoor escape that’s just down the road. With 103 acres on Lake Minnewashta, campers unplug, connect to nature and have fun in nature-based activities like archery, high ropes, challenge courses in the woods, canoeing, outdoor cooking, garden to table cooking in our teaching kitchen, and much more. Summer camps include day, overnight, destination canoe trips, teen leadership, and family camp lead by local and international counselors. School break day camps and teen leadership program offered throughout the year. Ages 5-18. Scholarships available. Adventure starts here!
COVID-19 Update: Due to COVID-19, Tanadoona’s 2020 summer camp season is cancelled in full. Watch our website for updates on how families can enjoy Tanadoona over the summer.
North Central Camp Cherith
Camp Cherith is an interdenominational Christian camp near Detroit Lakes, MN with separate weeks for boys and girls, ages 6 to 18. Campers are taught how to make Christ real in every phase of their lives while participating in traditional camp activities, focusing on fun, learning new skills and building friendships. Visit the link below for more information, including a full list of activities and programs.
Swift Nature Camp
Exclusive 1st Time Camper? Boys & Girls 6-12 – Only 50 Campers & 30 Staff – Noncompetitive – Nature & Animals – 40 Water & Land Activities – Only New Campers – Money Back Guarantee. Other programs available for older campers.
COVID-19 Update: WE ARE OPEN – Session Beginning Late June.
Promote healthy attitudes and lifestyles through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences. Our programs feature fitness, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math), weekly field trips and more. For children Kindergarten through 14.
COVID-19 Update: Promote healthy attitudes and lifestyles through safe, respectful, fun and diverse learning experiences. Our programs feature fitness, swimming, sports, arts and crafts, STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) and more. For children Kindergarten through 14.
Tamarack Nature Center
Your 2020 Summer Camp Adventure is about to begin. Summer day camps at Tamarack offer kids a chance to dig into nature play. Canoeing, animal encounters, hiking, swimming, animal tracking, gardening adventures and more await!
COVID-19 Update: Summer 2020 day camps have been canceled. While this isn’t the summer any of us planned or hoped for, we’re making the best of it through virtual programs that can be enjoyed by following us at facebook.com/tamaracknc.
The Works Museum
At The Works Museum, kids are the designers, creators, and problem solvers – the engineers! Our camps for kids ages 5 to 13 include topics like robotics, architecture, coding, LEGO engineering, woodworking, and more. Flexible for your family, select from 1- and 4-day camps, half- and full-day options, and add aftercare as needed.
COVID-19 Update: The Works Museum is offering both virtual and in-person STEM camps this summer. In-person camps take place in small groups at the Museum with additional safety precautions. If you’re not ready for in-person camps, virtual camps are packed with the same hands-on activities and educators that our families know and love (plus curbside pickup for materials in Bloomington or Shoreview).
Stages Theatre Company
At Stages Theatre Company, we fill our summers with more than 40 week-long camps for students ages 4-17. Held across the Twin Cities metro area, there are more than 1,400 openings for kids to get creative and theatrical with us this summer!
COVID-19 Update: Stages Theatre is headed OUT OF THE BOX with our Summer Theatre Workshops! While we are unable to gather together as we have in the past we are planning an AWESOME Summer of opportunities for kids to get creative and theatrical with us.
Get creative at Articulture this summer! Summer Art Camps will run weekly from June 8 to September 4, encouraging and empowering children and teens to explore a variety of disciplines and media through classes like Art of Animals, Comics and Animation, and Art of Food. Articulture is a nonprofit arts education organization with a philosophy that focuses on exploration and experimentation, which enables learning by doing and developing individual creativity.
Shell Lake Arts Center
The Shell Lake Arts Center in Shell Lake, WI has been providing master teachers and a premium summer camp learning experience in music, theatre and visual arts for over 50 years. Our programs and staff are well-respected nationally, and we are home to the longest-running jazz camp in the United States. The Center gives its students a positive, safe and secure learning environment to further develop and explore their talents.
COVID-19 Update: We are so excited to be offering multiple arts camps completely online throughout the summer! Visit https://www.
Summer at Blake
Summer at Blake offers a wide array of arts, academics, sports and day camp opportunities that encourage a love of learning, positive relationship-building, safe risk-taking and character development. From camps to courses and the swimming pool to the engineering and programming labs, participants enjoy Blake’s amazing facilities, talented coaches and superb teachers. Summer at Blake programs are open to all students entering grades PK-12 throughout the greater Twin Cities area.
Ramsey County Junior Golf Camps
Get outdoors this summer and enjoy the sun while learning more about the game of golf at one of our courses. No matter what your skill level, we have something just for you! Full day and half-day camps are available for kids 7 – 17.
COVID-19 Update: Get outdoors this summer and enjoy the sun while learning more about the game of golf at Keller Golf Course. No matter what your child’s skill level, we have something just for them!
At the Art Academy, we believe that with time, encouragement and the proper instruction, anyone can learn to draw and paint exceptionally well. Give your child the opportunity to explore their creative side and learn the principles of drawing and painting at our summer camp programs for kids ages 5 and up.
COVID-19 Update: Due to the COVID pandemic, we will not be holding any Summer Classes indoors at our location. Summer Camps are cancelled, except for our Landscape Camps, which meet outside. We are also offering online classes for ages 10 and up. Click here for more information: https://theartacademy.
Welcome to Topgolf, your premier entertainment destination. And by entertainment destination, we’re talking about a place where you can come for birthday parties, bachelor or bachelorette parties, corporate events, date nights, or just a night out with friends, and everyone will have a great time.No matter the occasion or who you share it with, we believe that every great time starts with play, is fueled by food and drinks, moved by music and all made possible through community.
Northern Star Scouting
Discovery Day Camp is a week long program (5 days) that is open to all youth in Kindergarten through 8th grade. With multiple session offered at a variety of locations you are sure to find something that will fit your busy schedule! All the activities will be age appropriate and guided by our well trained and enthusiastic staff.
COVID-19 Update: Our summer day camps are continuing as scheduled, with extra safety precautions added. We’ve also “Pop Up” Day Camp locations, closer to home! http://camp.northernstar.org/
Midwest School of Ballet
Midwest School of Ballet a 501(c)(3) non-profit training school dedicated to providing a comprehensive dance education with a solid foundation in ballet and modern techniques. The school is devoted to enriching students’ worlds by exposing dancers to the richness and diversity of dance expression. 4 Week sessions offered throughout the summer in both Edina and Eden Prairie.
COVID-19 Update: Summer Classes ONLINE via Zoom! 7 Weeks online or 4 Weeks July In-Person.
Concordia Language Villages
Concordia Language Villages, a program of Concordia College in Moorhead, Minn., offers language immersion programs in 14 languages: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Since 1961, youth ages 7-18 have experienced the excitement and fun of an international adventure at our flagship residential language and cultural immersion programs. No previous language experience is necessary, and all levels of language learners are welcome at our culturally authentic Language Villages.
Our all girls camp offers a huge variety of land and water activities. For 60 years Birchwood has been a safe place for girls to build true friendships, gain confidence through accomplishment of lifelong skills and independence. Watch our short and entertaining videos on our website to get a sense of who we are.
Arete Academy Summer Camp | St. Louis Park
Bell Museum Camp | St Paul
Camp Genesis Summer Camps | Excelsior
Chess Camp |Multiple Metro Locations
iD Tech Camps | Macalester College
Mathematics Institute Camp | Augsburg University
MetaCoders | Minneapolis
Minnesota Writing Projects Camp | University of Minnesota
Nitro-X Day Camp | Multiple Twin Cities Locations
Science Museum of Minnesota Summer Camps | St Paul
Scrubs Camp | St Paul
Snapology Camps | Multiple Metro Locations
Adventure Camp | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Dangerous Camp| Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Minnesota Zipline Adventures Summer Camp | Henderson
Outdoor Explorations Summer Camp | Sandstone
Quest Camp | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
River Rafting Camp | Coon Rapids Dam Regional Park
Rocks, Ropes, & Rafts | Sandstone
YMCA Teen Wilderness Camps | Multiple MN Locations
Adventures in Cardboard | Minneapolis
Art and Creativity Camp | Bruentrup Heritage Farm
Artistry Summer Art Camps | Bloomington
Franconia Youth Installation Summer Camps | Taylors Falls
MCAD Summer Camps| Minneapolis
Kidcreate Studio Camps | Multiple Metro Locations
MacPhail Summer Camp | Multiple Metro Locations
School of Rock Camp | Eden Prairie
Sewing Camp | St Paul
Simply Jane & Artable Summer Camp | Minneapolis
Textile Center Summer Camps | Minneapolis
43 Hoops | Hopkins
All Sports Camp | Hamline University
Active Kids Association Sports Camp | Blaine
After School MN | Minneapolis
Carrie Tollefson Training Camp | St Paul
Center for Blade Arts Camp | South Minneapolis
Championship Basketball Camp | Various Metro Locations
Fusion Martial Arts Camp | Eagan
Golden Ridges Stables Summer Camp | Lakeville
Lake Minnetonka Sailing Camp | Deep Haven
Legacy Gymnastics Camp | Eden Prairie
Little Rippers Mountain Bike Day Camp| Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Minneapolis Rowing Club ‘Learn to Row’ Camp | Minneapolis
Minnesota Twins Training Camp | Blaine
Mountain Bike Camp| Lebanon Hills Regional Park
Nike Basketball Camp | Minneapolis
PGA Junior Golf Camps | Multiple Metro Locations
West Metro Horsecamp | Buffalo
Tags Gymnastics | Multiple Metro Locations
Camp Lake Hubert | Lake Hubert
Camp Pillsbury | Owatonna
Family Campout| Lakeville
Northstar Camp | Brainerd
4-H Camps| Multiple Locations
Children’s County Day School | Mendota Heights
The Children’s Farm School | West Lakeland
Dodge Nature Summer Program | Dodge Nature Center
Farm Adventures Camp | Gale Wood Farms
Farm Camp Minnesota | Northfield, Sartell, and Waseca
Farm Discovery Camps | Gale Wood Farms
Farm Explorers Camp | Gale Wood Farms
Farm to Table Camp | Bruentrup Heritage Farm
Farm Quest Camp | Gale Wood Farms
Gibbs Farm Day Camps | St Paul
Green Earth Childrens Academy | Minneapolis
Brave New Workshop Youth & Teen Summer Camps | Minneapolis
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre Camp | Chanhassen
Children’s Theatre Company Summer Camps | Minneapolis
Drama Kids Summer Camp | Multiple Metro Locations
Eagan Summer Stages | Eagan
Lundstrum Performing Arts Camp | Minneapolis
Stepping Stone Theatre Summer Programs | St Paul
AFAA Camp | Mound
Camp 5210 | Willow River
Camp Abilities | Brainerd
Camp of Champs | Park Rapids
Camp Connections | Excelsior
Camp Discovery | Lake George
Camp Heartland | Willow River
Camp Minnesota | Northern Pines Camp
Camp Northstar | Willow River
Camp Oasis | Willow River
Camp Odayin | Various MN Locations
Camp Oz | Various MN Locations
Camp Superkids | Loretto
In The Company of Kids Performing Arts Center | Minnetonka
OneFutures | Willow River
Outdoor Adventure Skills Camp| Lowry Nature Center