Looking for Great Summer Camp, Not Just Babysitting

Updated on June 05, 2009
S.C. asks from Seattle, WA
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I'm looking for a engaging, educational, affordable & fun day camp. We live in the Shoreline area. We tried camp Shoreline at the rec center last year and my son was not into it. A big, crowded room full of kids and not much to keep them engaged. Does anyone have a good recommendation for us. My oldest is almost seven and a bit shy. He is not really a sports guy; more into science, arts & crafts, field trips...Please help!

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my daughter loved zoo camp at woodland park zoo.. we are doing it again this summer.. her peditrican recomended the camp to us.. just google woodland park zoo.. it is under education link.. camps

also my daughter will be going back again this summer to the earth keepers camps at carkeek park.. what a great environment with nature and science.. the best thing to do if you are intrestood is to go to the city of seattle parks and rec home page.. and call carkeek park center directly.. b/c u can not enroll on line for this camp.. there is special paper work that needs to be sent in.
Best of luck,



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have you looked into Tessera Arts? My son is going there for 5 weeks of this summer. Here's their link... www.tesseraarts.com



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Check out the website they are a privately run organization...Wilderness Awareness School... their day camps are awesome and the teachers are amazing - you can also apply for a scholarship and they will reduce it by 50%

Good Luck


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Lynnwood Parks and Recreation (I think) still offers Camp Kookamunga. I went to it as a kid. There are themed weeks all summer and they meet all day at a park, usually Lynndale Park/Elementary. Lynndale has lots of paths through the woods you can walk, as a group. There are arts and crafts, snacks, bring lunch. There is also extended care for those parents that can't make the regular hours. I remember having a blast the first couple of year I went, but after that is was the same old, same old for a tween.

Hope this helps,



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I just saw an advertisement that Shoreline Christian School is starting a summer program. Sounds like they have interesting themes and since they're new I bet they'll have smaller groups of kids. They advertise swimming lessons, the use of the school gym, and field trips. The number is ###-###-####.



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Children's Technology Workshop
23401 Hwy 99 - Edmonds, WA 98026 - Map It

###-###-#### | website | email

icamp is Children's Technology Workshop's premier multi-technology program. Highly skilled instructors work with students to customize their experience based on interests and ability. Activities occur both on and off the computer with a focus on engineering and robotics, video-game creation, animation and digital art. Our individualized curriculum ensures that all students are engaged, have fun, and are challenged to achieve their potential.

S. -- just wanted to recommend the above camp. My sone went to their Bothell location several years ago and had a great time. Maybe it would be good for your older son.




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Places we know & like personally:

Thrive Art School in Ravenna & Madison have great art camps all summer long, but they're short (3 hours+), and kind of pricey (185)... <grinning> at least that's pricey in my book. I may just have camp sticker shock. We do the regular classes with them all year.

Here's the camp schedule:

Seattle Gymnastics Academy in Lake City also does GREAT camps (I know you said he's not a sports guy, but I thought I'd pass it along). The staff is killer, & the gym fun and totally not competitive. (Ahem, they do compete, but that's not their focus...their focus is on having fun and moving your body and being safe). We've done regular classes and camps and parents nights out with them.

Chelsea House Montessori (Ages 2.5-6...so it would be for your middle one) They're my favorite preschool on the planet, and they also have an open enrollment summer session. I don't know what the focus is this year... the 3 years my son went the focuses (foci?) were; Archeology, The Human Body, & Dinosaurs.


Camps we're looking into, but haven't tried (yet!):

Drama Camps:

Bathhouse Theatre

Stonesoup Theatre

Science Camps:

Pacific Science Center


Everett's Imagine Children's Museum

Great question, btw... I'm going to check back here freq to see what other people know of!!! :)

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