Whether it is to fight the summer blahs or to expand creative horizons and academic pursuits, summer camp may be the perfect summer accessory. Here are some top local favorites for the best summer camps in Massachusetts.
LINX Camps LINX Camp in Wellesley is notable because it contains many focused camps, in addition to the general camp for kids ages 3 to 15. Whether it is dance or science, art or sports, kids can attend a specific camp session(s), like lacrosse or ballet, based on their interest or pursuits, whether to learn a new skill or to use the summer for a competitive edge. A half-day option is available for little campers, or a full day for all. There is even bus service for select towns and a early drop-off or late pickup for working parents.
Natick Organic Farm You may not think that a local farm would have a camp program, but the Natick Organic Farm in Natick has an outdoor summer program, as well as programs all year long. Specifically, the summer camp is for children 3 to 15, and the goal is to educate children about where food comes from. From tending to a garden, to taking care of animals, to running the farm stand, campers of all life paths and abilities are welcome. Little campers look for bugs and tadpoles while older campers engage in more complex farm tasks. There is even a scholarship program.
Massachusetts Gymnastics Center The Massachusetts Gymnastics Center is a structured program from boys and girls starting at 18 months and up. There are six locations in Eastern Massachusetts. The gymnastics camp focuses on building confidence, discipline and physical abilities, and classes are available all year long. From tumbling toddlers to classes and team programs, there are options for any budding gymnast.
Theater Plus If you have a child who loves to entertain everyone, then a theater camp may be the prefect dramatic entrance! Whether it is performance camp, arts and crafts, or technical theatre, you can create a camp suited to your child's interests, or your full-time or part-time schedule, at the camp called Theater Plus in Marshfield. The summer programs are suitable for kids pre-k and up. Theater Plus even has programs throughout the year if the love for the stage goes beyond the dog days of summer. Another dramatical camp to note is the The Prana Center Summer Acting Camp in Holliston for kids in kindergarden through middle school or the Charles River Creative Arts Camp in Dover for kids 8 to 15.
Kidville Camp Kidville has gym, arts and crafts, music, and hands-on exploration for children 18-24 months through 5 years old. You can choose from 2, 8, 12, and 16-week sessions or one-week specialty camps such as Fairy Princess Camp™ and Superhero Training Camp™, which makes it flexible if you travel or want more flexibility during the summer. All of the activities and lesson plans are developed by Kidville’s early childhood development experts and inspired by weekly theme, which keeps each week fun and exciting for the kids. Plus, the camp is entirely indoors so if you worry about bugs, sunburn or allergies, this may be a great camp to consider. But despite it being inside, there is a great play space where kids can get a great amount of exercise too!
Camp Chimney Corners If you are looking for an overnight camp, and single sex camps, one Mom raved about Camp Chimney Corners for Girls and Camp Beckett for Boys in Beckett, MA. With its travel and service programs and its outdoor center, it is a classic New England Camp in the Berkshires.
Also check out programs at local private schools who use its campuses for summer camps, like the Belmont Day School in Belmont and the Dexter/Southfield School in Brookline. Local YMCAs are also known for day camps too! Other Moms gave kudos to Rivers Day Camp in Weston for 3-15 year olds, and the Sewataro Camp in Sudbury for sprouts to seniors.
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