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Kids' Summer Programs on the Hill

Updated: Apr 30, 2019

Need plans for your kids this summer? Check out this list of programs offered by EMMS businesses and organizations on the Hill:

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Arts Adventures, for grades K-5

June-August, 9am-5pm

Campers spend mornings in the studio engaging creative curiosity in 2D and 3D visual arts. Each camp session offers new projects and performances and wraps up with an arts showcase for family and friends. Afternoons are full of swimming, parks, museums, fun, and games.

Jr. Arts Adventures, for ages 4-5

June-August, 9am-12:30pm

Arts are the perfect creative backdrop for imaginative play spaces, social development, and curiosity driven activities. The week culminates in demonstrations for family and friends.

Ceramics Institute, for grades 6-8

Coming soon!

Photography Institute, for grades 8-12

July 15-26, 1-5pm

Learn how to shoot, develop, and present photos in this two-week course designed to have campers find artistic inspiration even after camp time has ended.

Shake it off! Dance Camp, for grades 2-5

August 5-9, 9am-5pm

Light Switch Dance Theatre presents Shake it Off! Dance Camp. Campers will participate in variety of dance classes including pop jazz, creative movement, musical theatre and hip-hop. At the end of the week, campers will have the opportunity to present dances from the genre's they explored to the community.

String Fling! Violin Camp, for grades K-6

August 19-23, 8:30am-12:30pm

Suzuki method based instrument instruction, ensembles, creative movement, theory and composition, and music games for young string players.

Register for CHAW summer programs by week, before and after care available.

See also Youth Leadership Program for ages 12-18.

Folger Shakespeare Library

Shake Up Your Saturday, for ages 4-7 and 7-11

First Saturday of every month, 10am and 11am

Our Shake Up Your Saturday family programs are free and take place on the first Saturday of every month. Family members of all ages are welcome to join the fun and experience Shakespeare’s language together. Reserve your spot.

Hill Center

Alliance Française: Pirate Day Camp!, for ages 5-11

May 28, 8:30am-3:30pm, after care available until 5:30pm

While school is out, kids can learn French all day while having fun. Morning snack ‘à la française’ included.

CodeREV Kids Camps

Minecraft Level Design & Engineering, for ages 6-12, August 5-9, 9am-4pm

Roblox Studio Game Design with VR, for ages 9-14, August 12-16, 9am-4pm

CodeREV provides week-long summer tech camps for budding programmers, future video game and virtual reality designers, app developers, robotics engineers, and 3D animators; each day includes structured outdoor play for daily exercise as well. Check out what families and news outlets are talking about! Our unique curriculum, industry proven instructors, and project-based learning approach makes CodeREV Tech Camps a fun AND educational experience that your kids won’t forget! Register.

Mad Science Summer Camps

Science in Motion, for grades 1-6, June 10-14, full and half day available

Eureka! Invention Camp, for grades 1-6, June 17-21, full and half day available

3, 2, 1… Blast Off!, for grades 2-6, June 24-28, 8am-6pm

Red Hot Robots, for grades 2-6, July 1-5, 8am-6pm

Forensic Fundamentals, for grades 1-6, July 29-August 2, full and half day available

Mad Science summer camps and vacation programs give kids the opportunity to learn about science through our interactive and hands-on science activities. Our summer science programs let children become junior scientists for the summer and embark on a series of science adventures! Register.

MathTree Summer Camps

Bean Counting 201, for grade 2, July 29-August 9, full and half day available

Multiplication Matters, for grade 3, July 29-August 9, 9am-4:30pm

MathTree Roots, for grade 4, July 29-August 9, 9am-4:30pm

Roots to Leaves, for grades 5-7, July 29-August 9, 9am-4:30pm

One of the primary goals at each MathTree camp is to make learning math fun! We believe that when your child is having fun and learning, they will want to keep doing math! Register.

The Renaissance Child Summer Camps, for ages 5+

June 17-18 and June 24-28, full and half day available

Renaissance started as a Lego Robotics Camp, but has since grown and added cutting edge digital media classes, including Harry Potter coding, movie-making, 3D printing and more. It is their mission to spark creativity and help to develop the skills that will serve every student in the future. Parents feel that something special is going on when they pick up their children at the end of the day. The excitement of completing challenges and successfully accomplishing unbelievable technology projects fills kids with pride and satisfaction. The most amazing thing is that they were having fun all day building robots, programming, designing videos, etc., yet at the end of the day, they are still ready for more! Register.

Studio One Dance Camps

Mermaid and Magic Ballet Camp, for ages 3-5, July 8-12, 9am-12:30pm

Pop Star Camp, for ages 4-6, July 15-19, 9am-12:30pm

Once Upon a Ballet Camp, for ages 3-5, July 22-26, 9am-12:30pm

Creative magical camps for the tiniest dancers in the heart of Capitol Hill. Register.

Super Girls Summer Camp, for ages 5+

June 17-21, 9am-4pm, before and after care available

Super Girls enrichment camp is a program designed to empower girls through the arts to be confident, independent and expressive. While participating in a variety of exciting team-building and creative/expressive arts activities, our group of supergirls will discover their inner powers to create their super identity which allows them to build their confidence and develop a sense of independence. Register.

Super Soccer Stars Mini Camps, for ages 1-6

June-August, weekends and weekdays

At Super Soccer Stars, dynamic coaches work with every student to develop skills, self-confidence, and teamwork in a fun, non-competitive environment. Positive reinforcement and low child-to-coach ratios ensure that each child will improve his or her soccer skills through engaging warm-ups, activities, and games—all while having endless fun! Register.

Young Warriors Karate Camp, for ages 7+

June 17-21, full and half day available

The Young Warriors Program, teaching karate and self defense, is offering week-long, action-packed karate clinics to youth ages 7 and up with full-day and half-day options! All belt levels, including beginners new to karate, are welcome. Students will participate in daily, individualized karate instruction and build confidence and martial arts skills through various fun-filled, structured activities. Karate instruction will include kata, self-defense and sparring with peers.

Labyrinth Games & Puzzles

Game Lab Summer Camp, for children ages 8+

June 17-21 and August 12-16, 9am-3pm

Game Lab is a week of unplugged gaming fun brought to you by the game experts of Capitol Hill’s Labyrinth Games & Puzzles! Campers will become mad game scientists as they explore and analyze a wide range of classic and modern strategic games, experiment with game mechanics and components, and stitch together their own Frankengame. Campers will present their games to each other, and playtest the games created by their new friends. Through it all, they’ll develop important skills like patience, collaboration, and strategic and analytical thinking. Register for June or August.

After-Camp Game Club, for children ages 4-6 and 7+

Weekdays, June 17-August 16, 3-5:30pm

Labyrinth is excited to once again offer our popular afternoon summer game clubs for younger and older children. Register.

Guild of Heroes Summer Camp, for children ages 10+,

August 5-9, 9am-3pm

Join us this summer for five days of storytelling, crafting, adventure, and excitement, featuring the Dungeons & Dragons roleplaying game. During our staff-led adventures in our Guild of Heroes world, we’ll learn math skills, creative and critical thinking, social skills, and cooperation as we solve the open ended problems presented by a world with titanic monsters, ancient evils, and powerful artifacts. Register.

Southeast Library

Summer Challenge Kick Off: Teddy Bear Slip & Slide

May 27, 4pm

Slide into Summer Challenge and put your STEM skills to the test.  Neighborhood families are invited to participate in our first-ever Teddy Bear Slip & Slide competition!  Join us in the garden as our library bears vie for the championship. Pick a bear to race down our two track slip & slide and watch them flop or fly. Children will experiment with the laws of force & motion, as they work to design the ultimate bear racing machines. Don't forget to register for Summer Challenge 2019!


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