9 Enriching & Exciting Summer Camps for Kids in the Tacoma Area
April 28, 2017
Whether you work full-time during the summer or are just looking for some fun, engaging activities for your kids, Tacoma is absolutely packed with fun summer camps for kids! From adventurous outdoor fun to more educational options, there’s a huge variety of options to choose from.
Here are 9 summer camps recommended by Tacomans:
Metro Parks Tacoma Titlow & Norpoint Camps
Ages: 6-12; half-day programs available for ages 4 & 5 Dates: Various camps run from June 20 - September 2
“Titlow Lodge & Park at the westernmost edge of 6th Ave [is home to] an amazing day camp park during the summer months,” Krista Osborne shares. “Each week is divided up into a new focus and adventure. Learning about the wilds of the forest, furry and feathered creatures, as well as exercise and just plain fun [are all] on the agenda. The lodge that’s used as an inside refuge during day camp was originally built in 1911 as a hotel and sits in a perfect spot to access all of the park amenities from, [like the] wooded trails, playfields, splash park, and bay.”
Krista still recalls several memories from the camp today: “I attended when I was a youngster [and made] all kinds of fun stuff with sticks and glue, learned about the woods and creatures, and I vividly remember wearing clogs on the day we were running laps around the playfield and how many times the clog’s heal ended up mid-way in my foot as it slipped half-way out. [This is a] FABULOUS summer camp for kids!”
YMCA Camp Seymour on the Key Peninsula
Ages: Grades 1 - 12 Dates: Various camps run during July and August Location: 9725 Cramer Road KPN Gig Harbor, WA 98329
“YMCA Camp Seymour on the Key Peninsula is a classic!” says Brenna Harrington. “It is a great overnight camp for elementary and middle school-aged children. Campers stay in rustic cabins and get a true summer camp experience. There is archery, arts & crafts, canoeing and kayaking, and songs by the campfire in the evening. Kids will make friends and create lifelong memories!”
“They also have a day camp program for kids who don't want to stay overnight or for parents who want their kids doing something during the day,” adds Julie Hammon. “They have a shuttle that goes from the Gig Harbor YMCA for pick-up and drop off.”
Camp Seymour offers several different types of camps, each with a different focus. Kids in Grades 1-6 can head to day camp, kids can go to overnight camp starting in 2nd grade, and older kids can even go on overnight backpacking trips!
“Camp Seymour is a hand's down summer classic complete with campfires, canoeing and KP duty!” says Kelli Jo Hjalseth. “Stay for a weekend or a couple of weeks. My kids ate this one up!”
Linnie Smith completely agrees: “Most kids go there for 5th or 6th grade camp so it's really welcoming for the summer camp to be in the same place.”
Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Race Team Summer Camp
Ages: 9-14 Dates: Camps run from June 26 - August 5 Location: 3211 Harborview Drive Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“I can't recommend Gig Harbor Canoe Kayak Race Team summer camp enough!” shares Erin Farquhar. “Who wouldn't want to spend their days on the water learning a sport that is rapidly growing in the Pacific Northwest? GHCKRT are five-time national champs and summer camp is how the majority of the team's athletes got started.”
This fantastic camp features 3-week sessions that are 3 days per week. Kids get to learn all about kayaking and canoeing, and even receive personal instruction from some of America’s best athletes!
Zoo Summer Camps at Point Defiance Zoo
Ages: 4-17 Dates: Camps run from June 26 - August 25 Location: 3211 Harborview Drive Gig Harbor, WA 98335
“Zoo camp at Point Defiance has great offerings,” advises Patience Colkitt. “Classes range from ages 4 to 17. Classes run about a week and range from creature kitchen to zookeeper for a day and wildlife photography. [There’s] something for everyone!”
Patience is totally right—the Zoo Summer Camps at Point Defiance Zoo has something for a wide range of ages and interests! Kids can explore the medical side of the zoo and learn about becoming a vet, learn about photographing and drawing animals, learn about marine biology, and so much more! There are also several all-day adventure camps to choose from as well. Check out the complete offerings here!
Tacoma Film Camp
Dates: Camps run from June 26 - August 3 Location: 606 S Fawcett Ave, Tacoma, WA 98402