Ready or not, it's February, and camp registration is in full swing. (If you're not ready, you are in good company—we're still looking for our kids' snow boots.) Attending a large camp fair is a great way to gather information about a variety of local day camps, sleepaway camps, and other summer enrichment opportunities in a short amount of time. We've rounded up some major upcoming fairs and open houses in and around Boston to get you started on your search for the right summer program for your child.
We are also busy updating our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide, so you may want to check it out as you consider the different options for your kids' summer fun in the coming months.
JCC All Camps Fair
Sunday, 2/5/2017, 2 pm
Leventhal-Sidman JCC, 33 Nahanton Street, Newton
Meet the directors for the many day, overnight, and specialty camps hosted by Jewish Community Centers throughout greater Boston.
Annual Teen Summer Program Expo
Monday, 2/6/2017, 5:30 pm-8 pm
Newton South High School, 140 Brandeis Road, Newton
Teens and their parents can meet directors of more than 80 summer programs in both the U.S. and abroad and at every budget level. Programs include academic enrichment, adventure travel, community service, environmental and ecology, internships, intensive sport instruction, language immersion, arts/theater/music, and many gap year programs.
New England Camp Fair
Wednesday, 2/9/2017, 5:30 pm-8 pm
Bigelow Middle School, 42 Vernon Street, Newton
The New England Camp Fair is holding its inaugural event, which is free and open to the public, focusing on camps serving kids ages 6-14. Over 30 camps from Massachusetts, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine and Connecticut are participating.
Somerville Summer Camp and Activities Fair
Wednesday, 3/1/2017, 5:30 pm-7 pm
Healey School, 5 Meacham Street, Somerville
Participants will learn about not just camps, but also summer recreational clinics and school-based learning and enrichment opportunities.
Bolton Summer Camp and Activities Fair
Saturday, 3/18/2017, 11:30 am-2 pm
Nashoba Regional High School, 12 Green Road, Bolton
This camp fair is part of a regional series that features selected camps in specialties that may include soccer, basketball, baseball, computers, weight loss, recreation, premium day camp, gymnastics, performing arts, football, nature, travel, softball, tutoring, athletic training, and others. Light snacks and drinks are provided.
Discover Summer Camps & Activities Fair
Saturday, 3/4/2017, 11:30 am-1:30 pm
Avery Elementary School, 336 High Street, Dedham
At this event, families have the opportunity to meet and talk with representatives from day and overnight camps as well as organizations offering unique summer activities.
Cambridge Summer Resource/Camp Information Night
Thursday, 3/9/2017, 6:30 pm-8:30 pm
Rindge and Latin High School, 459 Broadway, Cambridge
Meet directors for a number of private and public camps being held around town this summer. There will be information about a variety of special needs programs, too. Light refreshments will be offered.
Chelmsford Summer Camp and Activities Fair
Saturday, 3/11/2017, 11:30 am-2 pm
McCarthy Middle School, 250 North Road, Chelmsford
Summer Camp & Activities Fairs host a group of specially selected camp and educational organizations. There is one camp per specialty, all well known locally and regionally for their expertise in a given area. There will be light snacks and drinks.
YMCA Healthy Kids Day
Saturday, 4/30/2017, times vary by location
Multiple YMCA locations
As part of a day of fun and healthy activities at YMCA branches across the city and 'burbs, many locations will be sharing information and helping families register for day camps. Contact your local Y for more information.
Feeling overwhelmed? The American Camp Association (ACA) New England has some great tips on getting the most out of attending a camp fair.
If your community or individual camp is holding a summer camp fair, please tell us about it in the comments section below. If you would like to recommend a camp for inclusion in our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide, please let us know about it!
Photo courtesy of Acton Camp Fair