Fun Philly Area Summer Camps for Preschoolers

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.

Bucks County

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.

Montgomery County

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.

Delaware County

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. 

Chester County

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.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center
1950 Spring Mill Rd
Gladwyn, PA 19035

William Penn Charter School
3000 W School House Ln
Philadelphia, PA 19144

Bala House Montessori School
27 Conshohocken State Rd,
Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

Kaiserman JCC
45 Haverford Rd
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Friends Central Summer Camp
1101 City Ave
Wynnewood, PA 19096

Abington Friends Central
575 Washington Ln
Jenkintown, PA 19046

Philadelphia Freedom Valley Haverford YMCA
891 N Eagle Rd
Havertown, PA 19083

The School in Rose Valley
20 School Ln
Rose Valley, PA 19063

Darlinton Arts Center
977 Shavertown Rd
Garnet Valley, PA 19060

Brandywine Valley YMCA
295 Hurley Road
Coatsville, PA 19320

Camp Curiosity Inc..
4425 Landisville Road
Doylestown, PA 18902215

Newtown Athletic Club
120 Pheasant Run
Newtown, PA 18940