Best Free and Affordable Summer Camps Near Atlanta

Kids ages 6-12 can spend the day at camp with the City of Alpharetta. Photo courtesy of Alpharetta
Kids ages 6-12 can spend the day at camp with the City of Alpharetta. Photo courtesy of Alpharetta

We want our kids to have amazing summer camp experiences but not at amazingly expensive prices. When you need your children to stay busy during summer break, camp tuition can really add up. That's why we've put together a list of affordable summer camps that run all day — helping parents get the most out of their buck and helping kids have an awesome summer. For the purpose of this article, we've capped the summer camp cost at $200 per week or less. Luckily, Atlanta area suburbs and counties have awesome parks and recreation departments that offer parents lots of affordable camp options. 

Need more ideas for keeping kids entertained all summer? Check out our Summer Camp Guide, which includes the Best Virtual Summer Camps and more great ideas.

Free and Affordable Camps for Atlanta Kids

1. YMCA of Atlanta Summer Camp 

Under $200 per week (varies by location)
The YMCA gives parents lots of options when it comes to summer day camp. With over a dozen locations across metro Atlanta, intown parents can easily choose the campus closest to them. With the traditional day camps, kids ages 5-12 play for seven hours, with extended time available. Many locations also have affordable specialty camps, like sports, cheer, STEM, and nature. The Y offers financial assistance to families based on their ability to pay. 

2. City of Roswell Day Camp

$118 per week for Roswell residents ($177 for non-residents)
Full day camp runs from 9am-4pm (with early and late hours available for additional costs) and includes arts and crafts, indoor and outdoor games, and a different theme each week. Summer camp runs from May 31-August 5, 2022. Depending on the selected campus, kids will either get to visit the swimming pool or library a few times each week. Kids ages 5-10 are welcome. City of Roswell offers additional interest-based camps as well. Registration opens March 7 for residents and March 14 for everyone else.

Alpharetta offers a variety of summer day camps to keep kids engaged and active through the season. Photo courtesy of the City of Alpharetta

3. City of Alpharetta All-Day Summer Camp

$150 per week for Alpharetta residents ($225 for non-residents)
Alpharetta offers full-day summer camps for ages 6-12 and run from 7:30am-6pm. The fun lasts from June 6-August 5, 2022. The Wills Park camp for ages 6-10 offers swimming, arts and crafts, field trips, and more; Extreme camp is for ages 11-12 and offers age-appropriate activities; and the MVP Sports Zone camp is for kids ages 8-12 who loves athletics.

Alpharetta also offers affordable adaptive camps for kids with special needs. Happy Hearts is for children ages 6-12 and costs $150 for residents for the week. Older children with special needs (ages 13-22) can attend Camp Joyful Soles for $175 per week. 

4. Camp SuperStars from DeKalb County Parks and Recreation

$66 per week
DeKalb residents can send their children to Camp SuperStars from 7am-6pm at either Mason Mill Recreation Center or Hamilton Recreation Center. Campers ages 5-12 experience a traditional day camp with arts and crafts, games, and swimming. There's also a teen camp for ages 13-15. Sessions run from June 6-July 29. Camp SuperStars even includes breakfast and lunch! 

5. Gwinnett County Summer Camps

$126 per week for Gwinnett residents ($146 for non-residents)
Gwinnett County has many affordable camps happening this summer across Buford, Lilburn, Suwanee, and more cities for ages 7-13. The Summer Adventure Camps run from 7:30-6pm throughout summer, June 6-July 29. Each municipality hosts its own camp, with themes and "general recreation experiences." 

6. Kids Camp of Cobb County Parks and Recreation 

$125 per week
With four different locations across Cobb County, parents can choose the most convenient recreation center for their kids' summer camp. Cobb residents can send their children (ages 6-12) to Kids Camp, where they play sports and games, make arts and crafts projects, and work on educational projects. The fun runs from June 6-July 29, 2022.  

7. Henry County Parks and Recreation Summer Day Camp

$125 per week for Henry County residents ($155 for non-residents)
On the south side of Atlanta, families have access to Henry County's summer day camps that go from 7:30am-6pm for children ages 6-12. These lucky campers play games, do arts and crafts, swim, and go on field trips. 

8. Adventures Express Camp

$175 per week
Campers have a blast at Cherokee County's Adventures Express Camp, which has three locations for 2022 (Cherokee County Recreation Center and two other gynmasiums yet to be announced). Besides traditional summer camp fun, children also venture out on field trips to roller skate, bowl, and swim (all included in the price of camp). Camp runs from 7am-6pm with staggered dates depending on location site.  

 Make memories that last a lifetime with Family Martial Arts Summer Camp in Sandy Springs. Photo courtesy of the camp

9. Family Martial Arts Summer Camp

$150-$180 per week (depending on date of registration)
With a different theme every week like Superhero Showdown and Wizarding Week, kids never get bored at Family Martial Arts in Sandy Springs. Campers play structured games, create arts and crafts, and of course, learn karate. Kids ages 4-14 play, laugh, and have all day from 7:30am-6:30pm. Choose weekly sessions, from May 31-July 22, 2022, based on these great themes.

10. Aurora Day Camp

Free for children with cancer and their siblings
Aurora Day camp is an amazing summer camp specifically for children going through cancer treatment (or follow-up treatment) and their siblings, located at The Davis Academy in Dunwoody. While medical staff members are always around, these children (ages 3.5 to 16), forget about being sick while they play sports, participate in theater, play water games, do yoga, and just have fun! 

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