Summer Classes + Camps for Kids

Whether they’re looking for a traditional overnight or day camp experience, nature programs or arts workshops, there are a plethora of options for kids of all ages on the Cape this summer.

Families have returned to Brewster’s Laurel Day Camp for 32 years! With a two-and-a-half-acre campus, a greenhouse, gardens, sports fields, and a pool, the Laurel School’s camp is popular age-appropriate offerings range from swimming lessons and crafts for little ones and horseback riding and golf for teens. Emphasizing honesty, respect and kindness, the camp is known for encouraging campers to become self-starters, original thinkers, and perpetual learners. Call for current rates and dates.

Offering traditional camp activities plus the choice to try new things every day, Cape Wingate-Kirkland is a co-ed, overnight camp for children ages 7 – 15 located on Elisha’s Pond in Yarmouth Port. Famously “unplugged,” Camp W-K is an ideal place for old-school summer adventures. Not ready to go all in? There’s a day camp for 4 – 12 year olds.

Sponsored by IFAW (the International Fund for Animal Welfare), the KidSummer Nature Program at Brewster’s Cape Cod Museum of Natural History fosters learning and appreciation of the environment through activities led by educators and naturalists. Kids ages 3 to 15 will experience nature walks, field study, and habitat exploration at the Museum’s diverse 400-acres campus.

A series of week-long learning adventures, the Waquoit Bay Summer Science School at Waquoit Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve introduces kids and teens to coastal ecology. This is a great choice for kids in grades 2-12 offering options ranging from Bayside Buddies to a Women in Science program focused on building skills, knowledge and confidence in grade 7 – 9 girls.

Where else can your 7-14 year-old practice acrobatics, improv, physical comedy and more?! Check out the five- and seven-week programs at Payomet Performing Arts Center’s Circus Arts Camp in Truro, where professionally trained instructors will introduce your child to the thrills of performing arts.

This summer, the Cotuit Center for the Arts is teaming up with Cape Cod Academy for a series of fun and educational workshops to harness your child’s creativity and imagination. They can learn to tap dance, write a graphic novel, or stage a classic fairy tale with fabulous local instructors. Also check out the kids’ offerings at CCftA’s Cotuit campus.

At Pocasset’s The Barn Pottery, children ages 6 and up will have a magical experience learning wheel and hand building from expert potter Kimberly Sheerin. Choose one week or all eight, and your kiddos could make everything from nesting bowls and bird houses to animal totems and fairy houses


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