Explore some of these AMAZING & FREE Online Summer Camps for kids, tweens & teens!
While I know we'd all rather be sending out kids off for 'regular' summer camps this year, that won't happen in many areas of the world. But it's important to have some fun summer activities for kids to keep them thinking, creating & connecting through the summer months so we've rounded-up some really AWESOME summer options for all ages!
30+ Free Online Summer Camps and Workshops for Kids & Teens
I really, truly think this was the biggest dissapointment at our house this year - a no-go on summer camp options :( My daughter had a super great overnight camp she was really looking forward to (not to mention a regular camp with friends too) so I was very motivated to look for a few out-of-the box ideas. Especially as we head into the heat of summer -- it's great have some fun activities to look forward to and avoid the "I'm bored" mantra, right?
In addition to finding fun ideas for your kids, contact their friends too and have them all sign up for these options so they can do camp virtually together.
Online Summer Camps for Preschool, Kids, Tweens & Teens
Wonderopolis has been offering free online STEAM camps for five years now that are perfect for kids ages 5 - 13 years old! Although the 2020 camp won't begin until mid-June, you can currently access the past summer camp activities including:
- Symphony of Wonders (music STEAM),
- Build Your Own City (engineering activities),
- Flex Your Wonder (health & fitness),
- Mission to Wonder (science & tinkering) and
- the original Camp Wonderopolis (nature & science).
KiwiCo will be offering four different sessions of camp (geared to different age groups) will include FREE hands-on activities, printables, videos and content for kids ages 3 - 14 years old.
Camps begin June 22nd (enter you email NOW at the link above to receive updates!) and kids register by age:
- Koala Camp - ages 3 & 4
- Kiwi Camp - ages 5 - 8
- Atlas Camp - ages 6 - 11
- Tinker Camp - ages 9 and up
Each session will include a few hours of activities which can be done daily throughout the week. Purchases of the kiwi crates are NOT needed for camps but are available and camp activities will remain online all summer long once posted.
Varsity Tutors Online Summer Camps
Varsity Tutors has some amazing free online summer camp options for kids, tweens & teens! With more than 100 choices, there's something for everyone -- choose from art, science, writing, filmmaking, computer science, music/drama, languages, cooking, chess and fun enrichment options!
You can sort camps by grade, subject, days of the week or time of day too. A few we'd suggest checking out include:
You'll definately want to check out the Family Maker Camp Live Steam Events this summer! They offer LOTS of great classic STEM activities along with crafts, storytelling, magic activities and more. Be sure to read through the events as some will have a materials list (so you can gather items before the live stream) and you can also register in advance to be part of the story too.
Geek Squad Academy
Best Buy hosts the online Geek Squad Academy: At Home for kids ages 9 - 18 years old. You'll find four free pdf-printable courses to download for kids and teens: Bending Binary, Game with Godot, Picture Perfect (graphics) and Web Know-How -- these are awesome for kids who are into coding & computer tech!
Online Workshops for Kids & Teens
How to Draw: Peanuts Edition Workshops
Got kids who love Snoopy & the Peanuts gang? Then the How to Draw: Peanuts Characters workshops are right up their alley! The Snoopy YouTube channel hosts a new how to draw video weekly plus you'll also find snippets from your favorite Peanuts specials here too.
SAT & ACT Prep Workshops
If you have high schoolers at home, summer is a great time to do some test prep workshops & practice tests. The College Board's ACT Academy offers free online test practices and videos.
Kahn Academy has some great SAT Prep resources for teens.
One of our favorite online courses for teens is Crash Course! Take a complex subject and have it explained in a 10 minute video by slighty nerdy but entertaining presenters using animation and funny tidbits! With more than 30 options to choose from, teens will really enjoy some of these courses -- Anatomy, Astronomy, Mythology, Computer Science -- and can watch a few of the sessions each week. Then ask them to let you know some of the interesting things they learned. It's really awesome - high school kids love these videos.
DIY At Home Summer Camps
And don't forget that we have some awesome options for summer too!
Try the DIY Around the World Summer Camp - with activities that are perfect for kids ages 5 - 12 years old.
Or create your own DIY Summer Science Camp with these Backyard Science Experiments for kids & tweens!
More Free Summer Activities
100 FREE Summer Activities for Kids (with free printable calendar!)