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10 Dallas Summer Camps To Keep Your Kids Entertained

These virtual and in-person camps will provide kids with a bit of normalcy and summer fun.
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Frisco’s Sci-Tech Discovery Center is offering both in-person and virtual summer camps for kids big and small. There are three week-long programs for children in first and second grade, third and fourth grade, and fifth through eighth grade. The camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day; kids will have their temperature checked each morning before entering the facility. You can see the full list of COVID-19 policies here. Here’s more information about registering for the camps. There’s also a virtual summer camp available through the Sci-Tech website. 

Dallas Heritage Village is hosting an open house for Junior Historians, an extracurricular organization for children in grades 4-12 who are interested in history. The open house is on July 30, starting with a tour of the grounds at 6:30 p.m. Separate from the Junior Historians group, the outdoor museum will offer public tours on August 6, a roaring ‘20s themed night, and August 13, which has the theme Feminist Thursday. Both of those events begin at 6:30 p.m. The tours are free and open to the public. Check the Dallas Heritage Village website for updates. 

The Dallas Holocaust and Human Rights Museum has virtual programming in the form of two summer camps, as well as a summer speaker series. The summer camps, Camp Upstander (ages 6-10) and Upstander Institute (ages 11-18) are focused on educating youth about human rights issues. Each week has a different theme and interactive materials. The museum is also offering a compelling Summer Survivor Speaker Series, running now through August 18 online. The conversations take place over Zoom on Tuesdays at 12:30 p.m. each week. All of the programs are free with registration

North Texas Performing Arts is offering a combination of virtual and in-person day camps for children interested in sharpening their stage skills. There’s an Art and Drama Camp for kids ages 5 to 8 to explore visual arts and the basics of theater; a Exploring Theatre Camp for kids ages 7 to 11 to build acting skills and participate in a showcase; a production camp for children 9 to 13 years old; and a production camp for children in grades 6 through 12. You can find all the details about the virtual and in-person camps on the website. Here are the new safety protocols the organization has put in place this year. 

The YMCA of Dallas has moved forward with a few of its summer camps, including Camp on the Lake, a waterfront day camp on Lake Lewisville. Kids ages 6 to 13 are able to practice classic camp activities like archery, crafts, canoeing and kayaking, nature exploration, swimming, and more. It costs $255 per weekly session, and sessions go through August 31. They’ll be doing daily COVID screenings and requiring masks to be worn while indoors. Find registration info here.  

The Dallas Museum of Art has transitioned all of its Summer Art Camps into online classes guided by museum educators and complete with included at-home art kits. The sessions run for three hours and are divided by age, with options for children 4 to 5 years old, 6 to 8 years old, and 9 to 12 years old. The upcoming sessions include Museum Mysteries (4 to 5 years), Art-lympics (6 to 8 years), Artsy Party (6 to 8 years), Nature Explorers (4 to 5 years), and Picture Perfect (6 to 8 years). The cost of the camp is $135 ($100 for members) and includes art supplies; siblings can join in with an additional art kit for $30. 

The African American Museum is offering an educational, virtual camp focused on African American History for young people ages 10 to 15 from July 27-30. The camp is three hours each day and is completely free for participants. Register on the museum’s website

The Dallas Zoo is open for business, but its Wild Adventure Camps have been canceled. However, the zoo introduced a new program this summer called Zoo Just For You, which allows children from the same household to have a camp-like group experience via a personalized guided tour of the zoo by a Dallas Zoo educator. Email [email protected] or call 469-554-7300 to book a tour. 

The Fort Worth Zoo is open and has restarted its summer camp programs after delaying and creating some new rules due to the pandemic. There are three week-long sessions coming up on July 27, August 3, and August 10. Half-day sessions are $200 per camper per week. Find more info here

The curtain is still closed at the Dallas Children’s Theater, but the show will go on virtually. The organization has rolled out a new series of virtual acting and musical theater classes for kids of all ages and experience levels. The classes are being taught by professionals over Zoom and Google Classroom. Find the full rundown and registration info here

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