16 Virtual Summer Camps That Will Keep Your Little Ones Engaged

Murphy Moroney
A young boy at home over the weekend using a laptop to do his homework.
A young boy at home over the weekend using a laptop to do his homework.

Obviously, due to the recent COVID-19 outbreak, summer plans are on hold until further notice. And for families who rely on camp during the warmer months, this can be problematic. Although traditional summer camps might be out of the question this year, there are plenty of virtual options that will keep kids of all ages entertained. Whether they're looking to keep their academics sharp (hey, no one likes that pesky summer slide, right?) or just want some good, old-fashioned fun, these online summer camps will deliver.

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Camp PBS Kids

Children between the ages of 2 and 8 can get access to a slew of educational activities all summer long using PBS Kids' website. Parents can also opt to get a daily newsletter that's chock-full of fun activities based on age and topic, as well as a fun summer bucket list.

The Wonder's Explorers Club

The Wonder's Explorers Club transports kids 5 and older around the world through its "Adventures with Emma" program. Each week, little ones can explore countries like Japan through live videos. Additionally, they can opt into classes like "Work in the Animal Observatory," where they'll learn all about ecology and marine biology from experts.

Camp Wonderopolis

Created by the National Center for Families Learning, Camp Wonderopolis encourages kids 7 and older to get creative through free STEM-based and literacy activities.

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Camp Supernow

Camp Supernow is offering kids ages 5 to 11 the chance to engage with counselor-guided arts and crafts, movement, games, field trips, mindfulness exercises, and more. With a new theme each day, children will bond with their "virtual cabin," which is composed of eight to 10 campers. Oh, and there's even an end-of-the-season talent show! Two-week sessions start at $199 per camper.

Connected Camps

Tech-savvy kiddos ages 8 to 13 can explore their passions using Connected Camps' week-long, multisession lessons that explore Minecraft and coding.

DIY Summer Camp

Children 7 and older can access tons of classes like, "Drawing Bootcamp," "Build Anything With Lego," and "Strange Science" through DIY's app. To keep learning interesting, they also can earn badges for improving their skills. Although kids can try the classes for free, there's an additional cost for full-length courses.

MarcoPolo World School

Geared toward little ones ages 3 to 7, MarcoPolo World School's app aims to give kids a better understanding of STEAM topics like math, science, and engineering through more than 3,000 online lessons and 500 educational videos. There are also new lessons being added every few weeks, so consider your summer completely taken care of! Sign up for its free trial to get started.

K12 Inc. Summer Camp

K12 Inc. Summer Camp gives older kids the option to take free classes in coding, health science, business, and IT so they can explore potential career pathways during the warmer months.

Reading Rockets

Designed for kids ages 6 and up, Reading Rocket's free "Start with a Book" online program lets kids choose their own adventure by offering reading material, vocabulary exercises, and hands-on activities on topics like weather, planets, and stars.

Varsity Tutors

Kids between the ages of 5 and 18 can take advantage of Varsity Tutors's Summer Camp Program, which offers free half-day classes like, "Recycled Art," "Make Your Own LEGO Movie!," "Minecraft: Create Your Own World," and "Is it Ready Yet? Cooking 101."

Brain Chase

Designed for kids ages 7 to 14, Brain Chase invites students to go on an academic scavenger hunt by selecting three focus categories ranging from math to yoga to writing to foreign languages. They have six weeks to complete their objectives and find the $1,000 missing golden nugget. Send your child on this wild adventure for $100.

Outschool

Kids ages 3 to 18 can spend all summer long learning through Outschool's virtual camp program. Whether your children are interested in exploring space, want to learn how to draw portraits, or can't stop thinking about My Little Pony, there's truly something for every kiddo. Sign your kids up for these interactive Zoom classes and keep in mind that class prices vary!

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YouTube's Virtual Summer Camp

Through Youtube's Virtual Camp program, children and teens can watch more than 1,200 videos, which touch on various topics ranging from yoga to science experiments and how to play guitar. The best part? It's free!

Camp OshKosh

Each week through July 10, Camp OshKosh will feature a schedule of virtual activities to keep young children inspired. From cute crafts to outdoor relay races and old-fashioned camping, this program is completely free!

MDA Virtual Explorers

Geared towards kids with disabilities between the ages of 8 and 17, MDA Virtual Explorers is offering courses that focus on cooking, music, fashion design, crafting, virtual scavenger hunts, and escape rooms. Parents are able to sign up for a week of camp at a time at absolutely no cost.

Nat Geo Family Camp

Nat Geo Family Camp's free eight-part series is for kids of all ages. Meant to help foster the same life skills as traditional camp does, there will be themed events - like a talent show and campfire activities - that will keep kids engaged all summer long!

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