Summer Camps- A Few Highlights

Registration is now OPEN for most camps, including the Prince William Park Authority Camps, of which there are FAR too many for me to list here.  Try their website instead. If you have more ideas, please let me know and I'll add them to the list!! 

1- Horses
Twin Oaks in Chantilly offers both Summer and Spring Break Camps.  They're not as expensive as I thought they'd be for horseback riding, although definietly not cheap, and they look fun! Riders do not need to have any experience.  Ages 5 and up.

Criswood Farm in Manassas (Near Harris Teeter and the Muslim Center of NVA) will be offering camps every week of the summer for ages 8 and up.

2-Traditional Camp Activity Style 
Adventure Links offers both overnight and day camps out of Manassas and Centreville.  They include field trips, rock climbing, sailing, camping, caving, and more. Beginning at age 8 and going through age 18.

A little less adventurous but still traditional- Lake Ridge Parks and Recreation Association offers a camp for ages 6-12 with field trips, crafts, swimming and sports. Fees vary slightly for LRPRA members and non-members, but not enough that you couldn't sign up with a non-Lake Ridge friend. Both Full Day and Half Day options are available.

3- Younger Children
Gymboree (including the Gymboree in Woodbridge near BJs) will offer Bubble Camp every Friday for ages 3-5 from 9-3.  Children must be "potty independent" to register. Children who register will also be eligible to attend free open gyms on Tuesdays and Thursdays.

Kids N Motion will again be offering its camp for ages 3-12.  CHILDREN DO NOT HAVE TO BE POTTY TRAINED FOR THIS CAMP!! I know I always have at least one person looking for that feature!! Both the Woodbridge and Fredericksburg campuses will also offer a spring break camp program that is now registering, as well. This camp is also great because you can register for just 1 day a week all the way up to 5.

4- Older Students Only
GW Community School is offering an INSANELY expensive but very neat looking Robotics Camp for students in High School.  It's in Springfield, but a very cool offering that a parent asked me to find.

George Mason University is offering Babysitter Training at the Freedom Center (PWC). Ages 11-15.

The Freedom Center (PWC) is offering an exercise-themed Teen Dance Party Camp for ages 8-15. Off the same link, George Mason University is offering an intensive Dance Program for ages 16-22 at the Fairfax Campus.

George Mason University is offering Forensics Camp for High Schoolers ages 13-18 at their Fairfax Campus with Forensics faculty members.

George Mason University offers spots in a Summer Writing Enrichment Program for rising 5th-12th graders.  You MUST APPLY FOR A SPOT IN THIS PROGRAM.  Applications are available beginning late March/early April. (Fairfax Campus)

The Potomac Arts Academy is offering Teen Guitar.

5- Academic Enrichment
6- Computers and Electronics
George Mason University offers computing for rising 3rd-8th graders who struggle with writing skills.  The program combines writing skills with computer skills. (Fairfax)

7- Science and Mathematics
The Freedom Center of GMU (PWC) offers both Little Scientist (ages 3-4) and Scientist (ages 6-12 in 2 groups) day camps.  Several sessions are available. Parent participation is required in the Little Scientist Camp.

8- Fine and Performing Arts
ACTING- George Mason University (Fairfax) offers Acting (ages 5-18), Summer Musical Showcase (ages 7-12), Advanced Actors Showcase (ages 12-18).  The Freedom Center (same link) is offering Lights Camera Action for ages 5-8, Drama KinderKids for ages 4-5, DramaKids for ages 6-10,

ACTING- The Center for the Arts at the Candy Factory in Manassas is offering a summer drama program for ages 5 and up through Pied Piper Theatre. Theatre Express!, a performing arts day camp, is available for ages 8-12; Footlights and Fairy Tales provides fun for ages 5-7; and Will Shakespeare’s Excellent Adventure offers unique opportunities for youth 13-18.

ARTS- The Hylton Performing Arts Center (PWC) offers integrated arts programs both AM and PM for ages 3-5 and 5-7.

ARTS- Lorton Workhouse Center for the Arts will be offering summer camps for ages 6 and older in the fine arts throughout the summer.

COOKING- The Freedom Center (PWC) offers cooking camps for ages 4-13 in 3 age groups.

DANCE- The Freedom Center (PWC) offers Dance Camp for ages 5-12. They are also offering Jazz for all ages.

DANCE- Linda's Ballet Workshop plans to offer 2 weeklong sessions in July and August.  These 3 day a week camps are half day and available to children ages 4-12 in 3 age group brackets.

9- Sports Camps
Gymnastics World in Lake Ridge will be offering both full day with before/after care (6am-8pm) and half day camps for ages 4 and up.

Apollo Gymnastics will be offering week long camps beginning in July for ages 5-12.  Half day and full day options are available.

Challenger Sports SOCCER camp for ages 3-14 will be held at the Lake Ridge Fields the last week of June and first week of August and throughout August at the Dale City Rec Center.  Half day and full day options are available.

Karate Camp from Jason Yi's TKD College  is a full day program for ages 5 and up.  After care is available.  The program is normally $219 a week, but there is an unspecified "Early Registration Discount" if you sign up before school ends.

Swimming Camps from Swim Kids are available throughout the summer in locations all over the greater PWC area.  Camps are NOT even half day, but they are a great way to make sure that your child can be confident in the water this summer. (NEVER leave your child unattended in the water)

For other swimming options- not truly camps, but definitely a "keep you busy" option- try the local swim teams, the Amberjax, Frogs, Barracudas, QDD, and Flying Ducks

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