For working parents of Philly preschoolers, finding a summer camp can be particularly difficult because most places only accept campers who are age 4 or above. Whether you have to work over the summer, or you just want to send your toddler for some fun, we've found lots of great summer camps in the Philadelphia and surrounding areas. Here's a list of places that have special camps for children ages 3 and sometimes under.
Have older kids, too? Check out our Summer Camp Guide and posts about camps for art, STEM, and sports, too.
William Penn Charter School Summer Camp
Accepting campers from children to teens, the Penn Charter summer camp includes daily instructional swim, free swim, tennis, art, archery, music, dance, drama, sports, and games. Specialty camps feature pottery, sewing, Minecraft, and chess.
Camp Curiosity- Doylestown, PA
This camp offers programs for children 2, 3, 4, and 5 through Grade 9. It's 50 acres provide plenty of opportunities to explore. Outdoor fun, stories, water playground, and centers are sure to keep young ones entertained all summer.
Camp NAC Newtown Athletic Club- Newtown, PA
Camp NAC offers specialty camps, perfect for 3-5 year old children. Activities are based on a particular theme for the week and customized pick up (11:30 AM, 1 PM, or 3 PM) allows families a flexible schedule.
Riverbend Summer Exploration Camps - Gladwyne, PA
At Riverbend Environmental Center, Exploration campers are divided into three age groups: 3-4 (half day), 4 (full day), and 5-6 (full day). Each group learns through exploring and experimenting in the natural environment.
Bala House Montessori Summer Camp - Bala Cynwyd, PA
For ages 2 1/2 to 6, Bala House Montessori Summer Camp has flexible schedules and hours, water play, fantasy play, arts and crafts, outdoor games, organized sports, nature walks, gardening, and cooking. The little ones have fun all summer long.
Camp Kef at the Kaiserman JCC - Wynnewood, PA
A rare camp that accepts infants and toddlers through ninth graders, Camp Kef offers preschoolers a variety of activities each day, including swimming and water play. Located just outside the city, the Philly JCC has a beautiful campus with pools, playgrounds, and classrooms perfect for the littlest campers. Infant and toddler space is limited.
Friends Central Summer Camp - Wynnewood, PA
Camp Tenderfoot, for those age 3 to 6, has full day and half day options and focuses on social development, independence, self-esteem, and curiosity. Friends Central Summer Camp is one of parents' favorites for the youngest set.
Abington Friends Summer Camp - Jenkintown, PA
The Early Childhood and Junior Camp is exclusively for ages 3 to 5 with many of the same activities that older campers participate in, such as art, music, games, free play, storytelling, creative movement, and drama.
Philadelphia Valley Freedom YMCA - various locations
For ages 3 to 5, Camp Small Foot focuses on hands-on activities and fun with arts and crafts, songs, and games. Swimming is available at some locations.
The School in Rose Valley - Rose Valley, PA
Adventure and exploration on the wooded grounds of this school that has an organic garden and walking trails for outdoor play, a swimming pool for water play, and plenty of activities for fun and enrichment.
YMCA of Greater Brandywine - various locations
The YMCA of Greater Brandywine offers summer camp at eight different locations, with half day, and full day options.
Darlington Arts Center - Garnet Valley, PA
For the creative-minded, the Darlington Arts Center offers half-day camps for preschoolers focusing on art, music, dance, and drama. To help reluctant campers get used to summer camp, Darlington Arts Center also offers pre-camp classes in early June so little ones can start the summer confidently.
Photo courtesy of the Haverford YMCA's Facebook page.