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It’s that time of year when kids are counting down the days until school is out for the summer. While the children are excited about the school year coming to an end, it can often be a stressful time for parents. Working parents are often faced with finding a sitter during the summer. Many times the solution is summer camp.

Summer camps give children the chance to try new things, explore, learn, make new friends and collect memories that will last a lifetime. There are camps that offer swimming, dance, theater, sports, STEM, STEAM, art, animal care and so much more! Choosing a summer camp is often decided by factors like is it a day camp or overnight camp? How close is it to home? How much does it cost and are scholarships available? Does the camp require special clothing, shoes and equipment? What is the ratio of campers-to-camp staff?


Day Camp or Residence Camp? If your child has attended summer day camps in the past, attended sleepovers with friends or even stayed with grandparents for a weekend, they might be ready for a residence (overnight) camp. Residence camps can be as short as a weekend or some might run one to two weeks long. With a residence camp the children will learn independence being away from parents and siblings. If a child is too young for a residence camp, day camp is probably the best. They will spend all day with other campers and be home in time for dinner.


Cost and Location: Another factor in choosing a summer camp is the cost and closeness to home. You can find many day camps just miles from your home and many camps offer scholarships, early registration and other discounts. You can look at the website of a camp to find out if discounts are available.


Types of camps: What does your child like to do or what would they like to learn to do? Several camps teach children STEM in creative and fun ways. Musical and theater classes often have a performance at the end of the camp to present to parents. Most camps offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Those camps that are mostly outdoors are usually located in a higher elevated area when the temperatures are cooler.


Do not be afraid to ask! When selecting a camp do not be afraid to ask questions. What is the ratio of campers-to-camp staff? Is the staff well trained, experienced and background-checked? How will you be notified in case of emergency? Does the camp accommodate children with food allergies or disabilities?


Ready, Aim, Summer Camps! Once you have decided if your child wants to go to a day or residence camp, it’s time to sit down with them and go over all the many camps available in your area. To make it easier, and to see the variety of choices, check out Boomer’s Summer Camp Guide 2023.

All ages and all experience levels are welcome! Clinics, Practice and Racing. Visit for full details, location, directions and more.

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Sign up for summer Enrichment & Fun at BGCAZ’s high-quality, affordable summer program. Morning programs will focus on engaging and fun academic and social enrichment to prepare students for fall.

There’s nothing quite like Camp Zoo! Each age-appropriate, weeklong session is filled with animal encounters, activities, games, in-depth investigations and organized free-time.

EVCT has four different in-person summer camp programs: Imagination Theatre Camp for kids age 5–8, Musical Theatre Camp & Theatre Workshop Camp for kids age 8–15 and a Four Day Acting Intensive for kids age 11–17.

After a safe and successful camp season last year, the GSACPC Camp team is thrilled to invite girls back for another year packed with more of what you love. We are looking forward to troop, resident, mini-resident and combo camp options!

Jump into the biggest box of LEGO bricks EVER at LEGOLAND Discovery Center Arizona! With two rides, a 4D Cinema, plus 12 build & play zones, there is something for children of all ages.

March is here, which means Summer Reading season is near! The valley wide Summer Reading program Maricopa County Reads begins June 1st. The theme of this year’s program is All Together Now, celebrating unity, kindness, and togetherness.

A one-third mile track. Indoor/outdoor competitive kart racing, mini-bowling, arcade games, outdoor games and patio. The Brickyard Grill offers burgers, wings, pizza, kids meals and more. All racers must be at least 5’4”.

Primavera Online School is a tuition-free, accredited, NCAA-approved public charter school that serves grades K-12 throughout Arizona.

Dive into SEA LIFE Arizona Aquarium, home to Arizona’s only 360-degree ocean tunnel! Discover thousands of creatures such as sea turtles, sharks, stingrays, and more in more than 30 exhibits.

Week-long sessions $295/week and 10% sibling discount.  Monday–Thursday 8 a.m.–1p.m.  and Fridays 8 a.m.–4 p.m.  

Join us at Angels Camp for Gymnastics, Ninja instruction, ballet, tumbling, games, crafts, trampoline play, foam pit and free play.

Day camp at Little Gym of Paradise Valley gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy, sunburns and week-long commitments.

Uptown Jungle is more than a trampoline park, it’s a city-style indoor playground metropolis that allows kids to enter into a world where they become a superhero, rock climber, explorer or even an uptown ninja warrior all inside a child-safe envir

Located in the heart of Prescott National Park, this summer overnight camp is a big adventure for kids ages 7-16–the fun and freedom of being outdoors, while learning new skills, and making new friends will make memories that will last a lifetime.

FIT-N-FUN camps promote health and fitness while having a blast. Children ages 3–12 years will enjoy high energy themes each week. Themes include circus, outer space, super heroes, adventure, gold medal games, team challenge and ninjas.