A Guide to Virtual Summer Camps for Kids

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Things are changing around the country, but one thing remains the same: summer is here, and kids still want to feel the magic of summer camp. Life feels a little uncertain right now, but that doesn’t mean we have to forfeit all normalcy, and that’s why businesses across the world are going virtual — and that includes summer camp.

If you’re not comfortable yet with sending your little one away to camp this year, or you’re struggling to find camps that are open to the public, we’ve got your solution. We’ve rounded up all the summer camps, both locally and beyond, that are offering their services this summer — virtually.

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Local Camps + Activities Going Virtual

Boys and Girls Clubs of Hudson County {123 Jefferson Street, Hoboken or 225 Morris Boulevard, Jersey City}

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Give your child a summer of educational fun at the BGC. The new virtual program gives kids from kindergarten to high school an opportunity to dabble in the arts, STEM, sports, and more through a variety of online classes. Learn more here.

Summer Tech with Coditum {Online}

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Your little “tech wiz” can refine his or her skills with Coditum’s now-virtual summer program, Summer Tech. The coding program that teaches kids Java, Python, or web design tools. Register here.

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M Avery Designs Fashion Lab Summer Camp {720 Monroe Street, Hoboken}

Budding designers can release their inner fashionista with M. Avery Designs Fashion Summer Camp from home. The sewing camp’s sessions started the first week of June and continue until the end of August.  The online camp teaches campers how to make stuffies, accessories, and home decor items using a needle, thread, embroidery hoop, felt, and fabric. Register here now.

Mile Square Theatre {1400 Clinton Street + 420 14th Street, Hoboken}

Kids ages 4-14 can enjoy this unique and exciting virtual dance and theatre mini-sessions. MST is offering half-day and full-day virtual options in dance and theatre, running Monday through Friday. Each session is led by MST’s unparalleled faculty of teaching artists and allows each camper to receive plenty of personal attention. Register here.

Movement Space Summer Arts Camp {720 Monroe Street, Hoboken}

Dancers in training can get on their feet and groove at the Movement Space Summer Arts Camp. Dancers may register here for the June 15th-August 21st session.

My Gym {720 Monroe Street, Hoboken}

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Students 2-13 years old can expect an especially active summer at My Gym Live, where they stream livestream gym classes as well as live birthday party celebrations. My Gym’s live, fun, and entertaining videos bring the amazing curriculum to your living room or backyard. The curriculum includes home education, learning, fitness, and play classes. Sign up for summer 2020 here.

Steven Cooperative School: Stevens Summer Program {339 River Street, 301 Bloomfield Street, 301 Garden Street, + 100 River Drive South, Jersey City}

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Steven Cooperative School’s virtual summer camp offers engaging and flexible summer programs for kids ages four to 13. Join in online for a full day’s worth of programming. Live camp days will run from 9:00AM-3:00PM with a variety of virtual instructional sessions, including enrichment, recreation, art, music, and more.  Sign up here.

Tessa’s Summer Camp {720 Monroe Street, Hoboken}

Whether children want to learn French, Spanish, or Mandarin, Tessa International School will teach them a new language with online learning. Preschool students and elementary students have different formats of online learning, but the goal is the same: to provide experiences that duplicate what Tessa International School’s in-person curriculum. Sign up here.

The French American Academy {209 3rd Street, Hoboken}  

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The French American Academy’s Distance Summer Bilingual Camp offers children exposure to both French language and culture in a laid-back yet engaging way, online. Each virtual activity will allow beginners to learn words and new concepts in both French and English. The camp also allows for French-speaking children to talk, sing, write, play, and make scientific discoveries in both languages — just like at school, but more fun. Sign up here.

Virtual Art Camp with Local Art Teacher

Hoboken local and pre-k through 12th-grade art teacher, Kathleen Marie, is hosting an online, eight-week art camp this July through August. The once-weekly class {choose Monday, Wednesday, or Friday} is catered to each and every age group from preschool to eighth grade. The camp includes weekly themes, cross-curricular connections, printable coloring pages, downloadable lessons, and artistic resources for parents.

Dwight-Englewood Summer Connections {315 East Palisade Avenue, Englewood}

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The Virtual Summer Connections 2020 program offers students a rich educational experience online. Preschoolers through highschoolers can engage virtually and maintain a normal — and educational — summer.  Click here to register your little brainiac.

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Miss Yvonne {Multiple Locations}

If you need extra help tutoring your child this summer due to a busy schedule, try MYS Virtual Tutoring with Miss Yvonne. MYS’s licensed school teachers are ready to help tutor children via Zoom, FaceTime, Google Hangouts, or Whatsapp video chat. And bonus – it’s a complimentary service to the community {donations encouraged}. Sign up here.

Online Camps Worldwide

Apple Montesori Summer Camp

Starrting July 6, your little camper’s days will be filled with adventures and activities such as coding, robotics, music, drama, arts, sports, daily Montessori lessons, and so much more. With home-based camp options available, learning has never been more fun.Click here to learn more.

Basking Ridge Golf Academy Junior Golf Camp

Do you have budding Tiger Woods — or just a kid who’s interested in learning to play 18 holes? With two putting greens, a well-bunkered short game area, and a driving range with target greens, these full and half-day summer clinics and camps boast a roster of golf professionals who will guide your young enthusiast to become a better player and hone a life-long devotion to the sport — plus use of the club pool.

Camp Mave

Camp M.A.V.E. is offering an online summer camp for children aged 11-14. Camp MAVE has live instructors, fun games, STEM projects, and great challenges. Camp MAVE is a great virtual, educational summer camp option to keep your little ones occupied and learning this summer. Learn more here.

Sea Smart

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Sea Smart is offering an online intensive for middle and high schoolers that investigates challenges and solutions for the ocean and its inhabitants. It’s the perfect virtual class for any child that loves the ocean and is excited to learn more about it. Learn more here.

Camp Wonderopolis

Camp Wonderopolis is a fun summer camp for all ages. The program offers fun, free STEAM—science, technology, engineering, arts, and math education. Kids can learn how a hot air balloon flies, how a crane works, and so much more. With Camp Wonderopolis, your little one can explore the sciences and his or her own creativity.

Museum of Contemporary Art Miami’s Virtual Summer Art Camp

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This summer, your child can join Miami’s MOCA for a free, contemporary art experience— from home. From June until August, kids ages 6 through 13 can enjoy mixed media, painting, drawing, and textile art classes via Zoom. The classes are free — just purchase your supplies.

NJPAC Virtual Summer Arts Camp

With classes like Acting/Devised Theater, Hip-Hop, Dance, and Musical Theater, kids can connect, create, and discover through the performing arts— virtually. Choose a morning, afternoon, or all-access full-day programs for a four-week, online, at-home, virtual arts training experience that will guide your kids through the specialty of their choice with the expertise of New Jersey Performing Arts Center’s accomplished faculty. Click here to learn more.

Camp Supernow

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If you want your child to feel the magic of summer camp from the comfort and safety of home, think Camp Supernow. Kids aged 5 to 11 can join a virtual “cabin” and get paired with a counselor and other campers from all over the country for an hour of crafts and activities via Zoom. Each session is two weeks long — but you can enjoy a free trial day to see how your child enjoys it first.

Happy Camper

Happy Camper Live has virtual sports sessions, arts and craft videos, photography lessons, and even magic shows. This online camp has tons of videos and live streams for your child to watch in order to feel the magic of summer camp from home — there’s even a virtual bonfire.

Kids on Campus Summer 2020 Program

NJCU’s summer Kids on Campus program returns for another summer filled with over 20 grade-specific classes. Topics covered in these classes include learning through literature, problem solving made fun, intro to coding, and many more.

Whether your kids need something to stay occupied or they’re ready for a summer of fun learning, try one of these interactive New Jersey summer camps to keep them smiling all summer long.

What was your favorite summer camp as a kid? Let us know in the comments!

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Corinne is a Jersey girl who has always loved to write, create, and make people laugh. Always the “comedian” of the friend group, she's a stand up comic and aspiring comedy writer. She studied communications/film and media at the University of Miami, with a minor in both psychology and exercise science, but now she’s living in downtown Jersey City. Singing and playing the guitar and piano are her favorite hobbies when she’s not writing, working out, or going to comedy shows.