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Summer Camp Recommendations for Kids in Gig Harbor

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Keep your little ones active, engaged, and making memories to last a lifetime by signing them up for one of Gig Harbor's amazing summer camps! From artsy experiences and sports-focused camps to adventures that are all about animals, Gig Harbor is home to some stellar camps when it comes to keeping kids entertained during school break.

Here’s a look at just a few of the great summer camps for kids in Gig Harbor, as recommended by locals:

Bootcamp for Kids

Located at Sehmel Homestead Park
(10123 78th Ave. N.W. Gig Harbor, WA 98332)
2018 Registration Opening Soon

“If parents are seeking a more active option for their kids to get those wiggles out, Kristi Fischer offers Bootcamp for Kids...,” says Marisa Merritt. “One [takes place] July 9-13 and the other is July 30-August 3. The kiddos learn new games and skills that they can also play at home to stay active and most importantly, [they] have [so much] fun… they want to keep doing it! In the tech-crazed world we live in, keeping kids moving and activity is vital for their health and future lifestyle habits. This camp takes place outdoors (yay for fresh air) at Sehmel Park from 10-12 each day.”

Marisa notes that “registration will be available on PenMet Parks soon, or you can contact Kristi directly at kristi@fischerfitness.com… we're so lucky to have her bringing these experiences to our littles in the community!”

Miracle Ranch

Located at 15999 Sidney Rd. S.W. Port Orchard, WA 98367
Click Here for a Complete List of Summer Camps & Registration Dates

Bringing all the charm of the wild west to the Gig Harbor area, Miracle Ranch offers a truly unique and customizable summer camp experience for your kid. “My kids’ favorite [camp is] Miracle Ranch,” shares Paige Schulte. “[There are] tons of outdoor activities. Inquire about the add-ons,” like paintball, dirt bikes, and horsemanship. “They are fun but they fill up,” she advises.

2018 Zoo Summer Camps at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium

Located at 5400 N. Pearl St. Tacoma, WA 98407
Registration Is Open Now

Packed with opportunities for fun and exploration, the summer camps at the Point Defiance Zoo & Aquarium are perfect for animal and adventure lovers of all ages! “[My children] LOVE those [zoo] camps,” says Paige. With everything from up-close animal encounters to lessons that will prepare your kids for careers with wildlife, what’s not to love? “They are already enrolling for members, so register early,” Paige suggests. Click the link above and sign your child up for an unforgettable zoo camp this year!

Theater Camps Hosted by the Storïrw Theater Company

Located at Peninsula High School (14105 Purdy Dr. N.W. Gig Harbor, WA 98332)
Website coming soon! Email Whitney for information.

If you have a budding actor or actress on your hands, consider signing them up for a local theater camp this summer. “Storïrw Theater Company will have theater camps at Peninsula High School this year,” shares Paige. “They are new to the area; they just started here in January 2018 and did the musical production at Purdy Elementary.”

Harbor Soccer Club Summer Camps

Located at 2416 14th Ave. N.W. Gig Harbor, WA 98335-1624
Watch Site for Updates on 2018 Summer Camps & Registration Dates

Hosted by the Harbor Soccer Club, the Harbor Summer Camps are perfect for those who want to learn something new or brush up on some skills. “[This] camp is really awesome for your little athletes,” says Paige. “[They learn] actual skills and instructors are young and energetic.” 2018 camp dates have not yet been updated, but keep your eyes on the link above so you can be sure to sign up your soccer star.

Stitch-A-Roo Sewing School

Located at 7805 B. Pioneer Way Gig Harbor, WA 98335
Check Site for More Info on Classes

For all future fashionistas, the classes at Stitch-A-Roo are second-to-none. “Stitch-A-Roo is a fun place for those interested in fashion design,” says Janet Lee. “Kids learn about design and how to sew and work with different materials. They have classes, or you can host a birthday party.” Each class ends with a fashion show, where your kids can strut their stuff and show off their creations. These classes are crafty, relaxing, and confidence-building, all in one dynamic package!

YMCA Camp Seymour

Located at 9725 Cramer Rd. K.P.N. Gig Harbor, WA 98329
Check Site for More Info on Camps & Registration Dates

Another local go-to camp is the YMCA’s own Camp Seymour. “[Camp Seymour] offers family camp, day camp, or overnight camp with a variety of fun activities,” Janet shares. Whether you’re looking to let your kids make new friends or want to reconnect as a family, you’re sure to find your perfect match here. Check out the link above for a complete list of available programs and register now for, as Janet notes, “a camp the kids want to return to each year.”

Healthy Kids in the Kitchen

Located at Rosedale Hall & Courts
(8205 86th Ave. N.W. Gig Harbor, WA 98332)

“July 16-19 is the Healthy Kids in the Kitchen Workshop,” shares Marisa Merritt. “[It’s a] super fun environment for kids to spend time in the kitchen learning how to prepare their own meals, learn[ing] new recipes that they get to take home with them, and all the while [learning] healthy eating options and habits. On the last day [the kids] prepare a meal for their parents, including full table setting and everything, how precious is that? Such important skills to be learned that aren't taught in schools. According to Marisa, “Kristi Fischer [a local Gig Harbor resident] puts the camp on through PenMet Parks and it takes place at Rosedale Hall from 10am-1pm each day,” so keep your eyes peeled for this great, unique summer camp this year.

For a list of other great summer camp ideas, click here. And be sure to watch registration due dates so you don’t miss out on these awesome opportunities!

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