Summer Art Camps for Philly Area Kids
Summer will be here before we know it, and many parents are starting to think about camps. If you have a budding young artist in your family, there is no shortage of camp options available for you in the Philadelphia area. From museums and neighborhood art leagues to paint-your-own ceramic studios, we have assembled a list to fit all levels of artistic ability. So, if your children have created enough crafts at home and are ready for a new learning experience, read on for our ideas.
Be sure to browse our Camp Directory for even more ideas!
1. Abington Art Center—Jenkintown
2. Art Dept Studios—North Wales, Newtown, and Doylestown
3. Busy Bees Pottery—Audubon, Conshohocken, Frazer, Springfield, Wyomissing
Kids Camp takes place at various locations for kids ages 6–12 to explore clay, pottery, and glass art. Campers can sign up for a full week or on a daily basis across their studio locations. Check the dates, times, and themes for the location nearest you.
4. Center on Central—Paoli
5. Chester County Art Association—West Chester
Weekly summer camp sessions are available for children from preschool to late teens at CCAA, June 10–August 23, 2019. Morning, afternoon, and after camp care options are available. Camp is offered in weekly sessions, and weekly themes include superheroes, modern art, acrylic painting, tie-dye techniques, and abstract art.
6. Community Arts Center—Wallingford
During Summer Spree, campers take a deep dive into "Metamorphosis," exploring the magical transformations occurring in nature. Weekly sessions run from June through August, 2020. Ages 4-11 have the option of full- or half-day camp and ages 12 and up can attend afternoon studios.
7. Darlington Arts Center—Garnet Valley
Full and half-day camps are offered for young artists ages 3–12, and Art Intensive camps are offered for ages 5–14. Weekly sessions from June through August, 2020 and are designed to expose students to a variety of visual and performing arts with different themes each week.
8. Greater Norristown Art League—East Norriton
9. Handwork Studios—Narbeth and Philadelphia
Summer sessions revolve around learning handcrafts such as knitting, crochet, and sewing for ages 5–15 and are designed to challenge your child's creativity. Dates, pricing, and full details vary by location.
10.Lavner Camp—Various locations
11. Main Line Art Center—Haverford
12. Michener Museum—Doylestown
13. Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts—Philadelphia
Summer Art Camp at PAFA is offered in weekly sessions all summer long. Children learn various art mediums and are influenced by the many artists on display right in the museum. Weekly sessions are offered in age-appropriate groups for children ages 4–15.
14. Philly Art Center—Philadelphia
Weekly camp sessions are available for ages 4–14 and vary by date and location. You can register for either full-day or half-day sessions, and extra care is available. Each day includes some outside playtime. Camp locations include Queen Village, Fairmount, and Cherry Hill, NJ. Pre-registering for multiple weeks may have benefits, including discounts.
Photo courtesy of Abington Art Center.
Updated for 2020.