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Day Camps in Charlottesville

Updated: Mar 16, 2022

The ultimate day camp for kids in Charlottesville, Virginia.


A guide to a variety of indoor and outdoor camp options for kids in Charlottesville, Virginia.



This chilly weather has me dreaming about summer, which has given me the perfect excuse to plan our summer activities, including by finding age-appropriate camp options for my girls.


Below are some day camp options in Charlottesville, Virginia.

Outdoor Camp Options


Triple C is a full-day camp option south of Charlottesville that seeks to provide children a safe, fun, experience in a traditional camp environment. Activities include swimming and horseback riding. A virtual tour of campgrounds is here.


Where: 920 Camp Road, Charlottesville, VA

When: June 6th- August 19th, 2022, 7:30am- 4pm

Who: Rising K - 9th Grade

Cost: $410/per week, with discount options if attending more than six weeks.

Extras:

Transportation $25/week

Swimming instruction $75/week

Early drop off $30/week.

Register for Triple C Camp here.


ACAC Camp offers full day camp options for members and non members with activities that include swimming, sports and crafts.

Where: ACAC Adventure Central

When: 7:30 am - 6:00pm, Monday through Friday, June through August 2022

Who: Rising K - 8th grade

Cost: $340/week, acac member pricing

$375/week, non-member pricing

Register for acac Charlottesville camp here.


Outdoor playground at Little Explorers Discovery School

Little Explorers Discovery School - children ages 2 and up will engage in a summer camp experience where imagination is encouraged through open-ended loose materials exploration, art creations, STEM activities, creative movement, music, stories, and lots of outdoor discovery play.


Where: Crozet, VA

When: June 27th-August 5th, 2022.

Cost: $275/potty-trained, $315 non-potty trained

Times: 8:15 am-3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Half-day option (12:45 pm dismissal) is available for 2 and 3-year-olds only. FULL


For more information, contact 434-205-4177 or by email at communications@littleexplorersdiscoveryschool.com



The outdoor kitchen at Wildrock in Crozet, VA



Wildrock Crozet is an outdoor nature playscape that features trails, streams, and a gnome village. Campers will explore and play in all the nooks, creeks, and unique places found at Wildrock. In addition to summer camp, Wildrock also offers teacher workday and spring break camps. Take a virtual tour of Wildrock here.


New for 2022, Wildrock will provide transportation for an additional $50/week. Find more transportation information here.


Where: 6600 Blackwells Hollow Rd, Crozet, VA 22932

When: June 13- August 12, 2022.

Times: 9 AM-3 PM

Who: Ages 6-10.

Cost: $365/week

The Wildlife Ambassadors camp at Wildrock is geared towards ages 11-13 and is only offered June 20-24. Cost: $365.

Register for Wildrock Summer Camp here.

Camp4Real is an outdoor camp based on the campuses of the Blue Ridge School, north of town, and the Miller School, west of town, that emphasizes healthy living through physical activities. Lunch and snacks included.


When: June 6th- August 12th, 2022

Cost: $425/week Full-day, $315/week Half-day with sibling discount options.

Who: Ages 5 - 13

Times: 8 am-4pm, ages 5-13.

8 am-1 pm, ages 5-6.




Camp Options for Tiny Movers and Dancers


Ballet School of Charlottesville on Ivy Road next to Bellair market offers half-day camp options. Each week features a production of a favorite ballet show which includes Cinderella, Alice in Wonderland, and The Nutcracker.


When : June 20 - August 19, 2022

Times: 9 am to Noon, Half-Day Option. Extended day option 9 am to 3 pm, Only ages 9+.

Who: Ages 5 and up

Cost: $190/week; discounts are available for prepayment and multiple weeks. Register for Ballet School of Charlottesville camps here.



Charlottesville Ballet on 29N holds a variety of camp options starting at ages three and up. Summer camp information can be found here.

Albemarle Ballet Theatre has a variety of ballet/dance camp options. Camp starts at age 3. Enrollment is underway for daily in-person classes and week-long camps for all ages and abilities. Classes include ballet, jazz, modern, contemporary, pilates, theatre, composition and more.

Limited space available due to social distancing and safety practices.

Who: Ages 3+

When: June 13- August 5, 2022

Cost: Ranges from $180-$355/week, $15 registration fee


Gyphron Gymnastics is currently working on its camp offerings.



Camps for Little Creatives



The Hive is hosting indoor, half-day art-themed camps starting the week of June 20 through August 19th. Camp themes vary by week and include imagination, photography, and even a doll camp where little ones help their dolls become little entrepreneurs by creating a lemonade or coffee stand. Check out their camp page for a full list of offerings.


When: June 20 - August 19, 2022. Monday-Friday

Times: 9:30 AM- 12:30 PM

Cost: $225 and up.

Who: Age ranges vary per week and start at age four and up. *Not every age range will be offered weekly.



The Glass Palette will offer a glass exploration camp geared for children ages 7-12. Projects may include fused glass, mosaic, sand-blasting, and stained glass. Students will need to bring their lunch.


When: July 25-29, 2022 10:30 am-2 pm. Ages 7-12.

Cost: $285, which includes materials. Ages 7-12.

Kids College at PVCC will offer over 200 hands-on, fun, and enriching STEM & art academies online and in-person for rising 3rd graders - 9th graders. This year, in addition to the PVCC campus, academies will be offered at Fluvanna County High School, William Monroe Middle School, and Online.


When: June 6-August 26, 2022.

Cost: starts at $149/week, with early and late care offered for an additional fee.

See brochure and class descriptions here. Scholarship applications here.


Little Planets has designed Art & Nature Camp for children ages 3 to 5 to experience the delight and power of art and nature. With full weeks and individual drop-in days available, this camp will nurture children’s wonder, curiosity and self-expressio. Weekly themes include hands-on outdoor exploration and creative art projects. Campers will also experience IX parks immersive art space, the Looking Glass.

When: June 13-17, July 18-22, August 8-12

Who: Children ages 3-5

Cost: $45/day

Register for Little Planet’s day camp here.

Creative Builder Day Camps at IX Art Park is a series of one-week intensive daytime art camps focused on compelling creature-based themes. Under the guidance of dedicated teaching artists, campers will explore exciting subjects through various artistic mediums such as sculpture, illustration, painting, puppetry, stop motion animation, and more. All camps will feature hands-on artmaking opportunities, tutorials, and the chance to work with professional materials and tools. Campers should pack their own lunches and snacks.

When: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with curriculum beginning promptly at 9 am.

Who: Ages 6 to 9 years Cost: $400 per week

Register for IX Art Park Summer Camps here.


Stop Mo Stories Camp at IX Art Park. Lights, camera, action! Well, actually it’s more like story, script, concept art, storyboards, puppets, sets, lights, camera, action! This epic camp provides lessons in patience and focus, as well as puppet building and set design. Further, it provides a creatively charged tutorial in that most elusive and important of skills: collaboration. 12 teaching artist-guided collaborators will create a 5 to 10-minute stop-motion animated film. Campers should pack their own lunches and snacks.

When: Monday through Friday from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm with curriculum beginning promptly at 9 am. Select camps available for 2 week periods.

Who: Ages 10 to 14 years Cost: $400 per week

Register for IX Summer Camps here.

Virginia Discovery Muesum- Engineer it! Have you ever thought about how to make the best pillow fort? Find the fastest way to sled down a snowy hill? Build the tallest Lego tower? If so, you might already be an engineer! Concoct, create, and construct your way through a week of magnificently mechanical fun. Don't just think it – engineer it!

When: June 13-17, 9:00 am- 1pm

Who: Ages 4-8

Cost: $250/week, members get 10% off


Virginia Discovery Musuem- Presto, Rainbow Do different animals see different colors? Why did Picasso have a Blue Period? What makes a rainbow form anyway? From prisms to paintings, explore all things color as we discover the answers to these questions and more.

When: July 11-15, 9:00 am- 1pm

Who: Ages 4-8

Cost: $250/week, members get 10% off


Camps for Language Lovers


Nature and Ninos - previously held at Mint Springs Park in Crozet. Nature and Ninos is an outdoor, nature-based camp that focuses on exposure to the Spanish language via outdoor play and exploration. More details are coming in spring.


International School of Charlottesville - downtown Charlottesville previously held language immersion camps but paused during the Covid-19 pandemic. Check here for any additional updated information. Update 2/27/22- ISC will postpone camp for Summer 2022.


Girl Power Camps


Sugar Hollow Day Camp - Registration Opens March 2022 - Girl Scouts in rising first grade through rising seventh grade are eligible to attend. Girls are grouped in units according to their rising grade level. Each camper will earn a patch from the GSVSC summer camp progression program and a badge specific to each year’s camp theme.

When: Monday-Friday 9:00 AM-4:30 PM

July 11-15, 2022, July 18-22, 2022, July 25-29, 2022

Who: Girls 1st grade- 8th grade

Cost: $250/week plus $32 Girls Scout Membership

Girls on the Run During this dynamic week-long session, girls will learn about the power they possess to recognize emotions in themselves and others, and how to express their feelings through fun and interactive activities, building workshops, and creative skits. All participants should bring a bag lunch each day; snacks will be provided.

When: June 13 - 17, 2022 Times: 9:00 am-1:30 pm with optional add-on 1:30 pm-4:00 pm

Cost: Half Day Option $125 Full Day Option $200


Camp Options for Littles under 3


Mountaintop Montessori - Sprout Weeks - Summer and camping themed activities will bring joy and awaken the creative spirit. Children will spend part of each day singing traditional camp songs, learning to square dance, and playing music. The other half will be spent doing traditional crafts such as making clay pots and beads, creating jewelry, and building a tee-pee.


When: June 20th- August 12th, in two week sessions

Who: Age 3 - Rising Kindergarteners

Cost: $630/Session Full Day, $430/session Half-Day


Little Explorers Discovery School - children ages 2 and up will engage in a summer camp experience where imagination is encouraged through open-ended loose materials exploration, art creations, STEM activities, creative movement, music, stories, and lots of outdoor discovery play.


Where: Crozet, VA

Who: Ages 2 and up

When: June 27th-August 5th, 2022.

Cost: $275/potty-trained, $315 non-potty trained

Times: 8:15 am-3:00 pm, Monday through Friday.

Half-day option (12:45 pm dismissal) is available for 2 and 3-year-olds only.


For more information, contact 434-205-4177 or by email at communications@littleexplorersdiscoveryschool.com



Little Planets has designed Art & Nature Camp for children ages 3 to 5 to experience the delight and power of art and nature. With full weeks and individual drop-in days available, this camp will nurture children’s wonder, curiosity and self-expressio. Weekly themes include hands-on outdoor exploration and creative art projects. Campers will also experience IX parks immersive art space, the Looking Glass.

When: June 13-17, July 18-22, August 8-12

Who: Children ages 3-5

Cost: $45/day

Register for Little Planet’s day camp here.



Albemarle Ballet Theatre Exploring Ballet | Ages 3-4 | $180


A young dancer’s very first peek at classical ballet! This camp teaches ballet technique, flexibility, coordination, balance, creative movement and games, and stories of the classical ballets. The dancers decorate their own costumes (that they keep after the camp) and share a demonstration on the last day. Craft supplies and snacks are included.


When: June 13 - 16 | Monday - Thursday Times: 10am - 12pm

Who: Ages 3-4

Cost: $180

Register for Albemarle Ballet here.


If you see more camp offerings than listed, send them over!

I hope this gives you a jump start to your summer plans!

xoxo,

Karla

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