The kids are so excited that school will be out for the summer, they don’t realize that it becomes some parents’ worst nightmares. Finding affordable fun for the kiddos is sometimes a challenge. Luckily, the Southside of Hampton Roads has more opportunities than you’d ever imagine. There is something for everyone waiting to be experienced.
*Writer’s note: There are many, many camps on the Southside, and this list is not meant to be exhaustive. If you know of a great camp, feel free to add the information to the comments. In addition, there are wonderful camps on the Peninsula and on the Eastern Shore; this article was only meant to cover those on the Southside. Happy camping!
Outdoorsy and Wild
Join ODU Sailing for a camp that focuses on just that. Ages 10-16 are welcome.
Ages 7-14 can experience the farm life at this camp in Chesapeake.
This camp offers both full day camps for ages 6-12 and half day camps for ages 4-6.
Your kids can join Sail Nauticus for a very special camp. Children 10-15 can learn to sail and more at Knot Your Average Summer Camp.
Kids will enjoy this farm in Pungo as they learn to ride horses at Horse Lovers Forever Summer Camp.
This 370 acre working ranch in Chesapeake is a great way to experience the outdoors.
Dive into the knowledge of the ocean with many different weeks of themed camps.
Spots go quickly for this one, so register early. Kids get a behind-the-scene look at an animal shelter, enjoy field trips, and get hands-on learning experiences.
Go on a summer safari with the Zoo. There are many weeks to choose from. Members receive a discount.
The Y offers Camp Red Feather for those who want a more woodsy experience. On the grounds of Virginia Wesleyan (in the woods), your kids will have adventures in archery, climbing, fishing, boating, and more. Members can receive a discount on the price of camp.
Future Artists, Thespians, and Musicians
Theatre Camp: Tales from a Garbage Dump, meant for ages 9-14, is a cool collaboration. Scroll down on their page to read about this one.
The Chrysler Museum offers both a Museum Kids’ Camp for ages 7-10 and a Teen Hot Glass Camp at the Glass Studio for ages 13-17. Pay less if you become a member of the museum.
Check out the Summer Arts Program for ages 6-18 by scrolling down on their page.
Camp can get messy in a very creative way at the d’Art Center.
Your child can be a part of Music Theater camp or Acting for Stage & TV/Movies.
Join these two great organizations for summer fun on stage. This camp is meant for ages 12-15.
This beautiful place has both a Kids Summer Art Camp for those 6-10 years old and a Young Artists Summer Camp for those 11-14. You can get a discount on the price of the camp if you’re a member.
Your kids will have a blast with the Hurrah Players at Theatre Camp.
School of Rock
Both the Virginia Beach and Norfolk locations offer musical experiences for your mini rockers. A listing of the Virginia Beach camps can be found here, and information for the Norfolk camps can be found under the Upcoming Events section here.
In partnership with Young Audiences of Virginia, the Suffolk Center will offer two weeks of camp: One Art Camp, one Theatre Camp.
All About Sports and Dance
There is a six-week program, or week-by-week camps offered.
Check out the Boys and Girls Day Camp for ages 5-14. They also have a residential Jr./Sr. Elite Camp for older kids.
Hang ten, learn how to navigate the water, and more in Virginia Beach.
Let your kids grow their soccer skills at Virginia Wesleyan College.
If your kid is into tumbling, trampolines, cheerleading, gymnastics, wrestling, etc., this is the camp for you.
There are opportunities to tee off with Golf Camp. Members can receive a discount.
Let your kids Zen out a bit at Camp Yogaville. This is a week-long residential camp – so Zen for them, peace and quiet for you. Win-win.
Nonstop Intellectuals and Techies
These camps take place in Chesapeake and range from robotics and engineering, to toys and more.
Grades 4-11 can learn about World War I and II era fighters, bombers, trainers, and seaplanes.
The Virginia Modeling Analysis & Simulation Center at ODU offers camps from robotics to game development and more.
In partnership with Sylvan Learning, your child can be a part of a week-long S.T.E.A.M. Ahead Back to School Camp.
Little Bit of Everything
Located near JEB Little Creek, this camp is open to everyone and offers various activities.
Who better to create a camp for kids 3-15 than the Children’s Museum?
Camp Kroc offers many weeks of summer fun. Members of the Kroc Center receive a camp discount.
Big Blue camp offers various themed, week-long camps through the summer. In some cases, you can even add on swim lessons. ODU Faculty / Staff receive a discount, but the camp is open to all.
This private school offers many summer programs that everyone can be a part of. Check out the week-by-week schedule to see the different types of camps.
Camps at this location vary greatly; check out their schedule at the above link.
Camps are offered for children 16 months through 11th grade.
TCC offers different camps depending on the campus.
Camp Hope Haven, founded in 1961, is a free week long overnight Christian summer camp program for children 8-12 years old and a teen camp for teens 13-15 (mostly from the inner city). The camp offers horseback riding, swimming, arts & crafts, bible study, a wilderness trail and other fun-filled activities. The six week program runs from June – August 5th.
The Y offers many choices for camps in the summer. You can find a day camp at many local facilities at the link above. Members of the Y receive a discount.
If your kid loves to cook, check out the interesting themed weeks at Camp-Can-I-Cook.
Thank you to the generous sponsor of this post, Rose & Womble.
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