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Middle Tennessee | Best Summer Camps for Kids

As summer slowly creeps up, it’s time to start thinking about summer camps for your kids! There are so many wonderful camps to appeal to all children in the Middle Tennessee area. From science to art to the outdoors to animals, every child will find something they absolutely love! Camps fill up early though so make sure to sign your child up as soon as possible! Here are some of our favorites options!


For the Outdoor Enthusiast
615.360.2267

At YMCA’s Camp Widjiwagan, campers enter a world of imagination where they are invited to strengthen social bonds and discover their untapped potential through games, rallies, and team-building activities.

With an emphasis on getting kids engaged in outdoor social activities, camp Widjiwagan is Tennessee’s classic summer camp for the child who wants to experience real adventures.

Daily activities include kayaking, swimming, archery, horseback riding, sailing, tandem ziplining, & more.


Mr. Bond and the Science Guys Camp
For the Young Scientist 
615.573.2702

If your child is more interested in robots and chemical reactions than in archery and hiking, Tennessee’s own Science Guys invite them to the Science Guys Camp.

The Science Guys are offering their half- or full-day camp experiences to an ever-growing list of Middle Tennessee locations.

Each camp has a different fun but educational theme including space, STEAM, engineering, or crazy chemistry.

At the space camp, your child can launch a rocket, reentry craft, and a mini-rover as well as investigate the reality of living in space during a long journey. Children will track the long journey to Mars and discuss survival in the planet’s hostile environment.

At the STEAM camp, your child will be immersed in science, technology, engineering, arts, and math in each activity. Each day will bring new brain games and chemical reactions, all while observing how the various elements of STEAM work together to describe our reality.

At the engineering camp, your child will be the engineer and discover how engineering underpins everything we do. This is a hands-on learning camp; your child will design bridges, create robots, and test out circuitry that they’ve created themselves.

At the Crazy Chemistry camp, your child will enjoy creating explosions, bubbling potions, and orchestrating chemical reactions. Your child will freeze fruit with liquid nitrogen, create 20-foot geysers with cool chemicals, and learn about the elements on the periodic table. While this very hands-on camp experience prepares young scientists for later academic experiences in chemistry, this camp has been carefully created to be age-appropriate.

With many more camps for the budding young scientist in your life, Mr. Bond and The Science Guys camp deliver the premier summer science experience in Middle Tennessee.


For the Tech Savvy
408.871.3700

iD Tech Camps are the original and still the #1 tech camp in the country. They have been hosted by Stanford, MIT, and Caltech since 1999, and are now hosted by 150 of the world’s top universities.

In Tennessee, iD Tech Camps is hosted by the University of Memphis and Vanderbilt University.

Their week-long camps are co-ed and hosted in a well-balanced, relaxed environment. Choose from day-long or overnight experiences.

Whether your young tech wizard has an interest in robotics, AI, engineering, digital design, or coding,
iD Tech Camps offers more than 30 innovative courses that will teach them real-world, in-demand skills that our public education system simply can’t.

At Coding Camp, your child can learn to train AI bots, build the cybersecurity skills that the NSA seeks in their staff, discover visual programming and machine learning, or learn algorithms and develop game engines.

At Game Development Camp, your child can build maps for sports games, create Minecraft and Roblox Worlds, and become an indie game developer with GameMaker.

At Robotics Camp, your child can build a laptop, design a self-driving robot with VEX, and discover AI and computer vision powered by NVIDIA.

At Design Camp, your child can experiment with 3D-printing their own invention, creating a viral YouTube series, or be designing 3D models with MAYA. They’ll also learn how to capture photos and edit with Photoshop.


Nashville Zoo Summer Camp
For the Animal Lover
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Campers ages 4 to 14 can join Nashville Zoo for day camps that include animal trail investigation, hands-on activities, games, the dynamics of species extinction, and up-close animal encounters.

With a variety of camps targeted toward different age groups, there’s sure to be a camp that appeals to the inner zookeeper in your animal-loving child.


For the Drama King or Queen
615.252.4664

The themed summer camps at the Children’s Theatre include Star Wars, Fairy Tale Frenzy, Myths and Legends, Storybook Adventures, Acting & Comedy Improv & more.

Your child will learn to respond to improvisational techniques from fellow cast members, how to immerse themselves in an imaginary theatrical world, how to follow a script, and so much more. There are also opportunities for behind the scenes work for children who are interested in that!

Contact Nashville Children’s Theatre directly for more information about this series of camps or watch our community video to learn more!

For the Artist in Training
625.343.0491

Explore the world with the Summer Youth Art Institute’s (SYAI) 2018 theme, “A Wonderful World of Art.” Each week the camps will focus on different regions. Explore everywhere from Mexico and Central America to Europe to  South Asia.


Your child can and will work within multiple art mediums; clay, metals, fibers, paint photography, paper, printmaking, and more! Children ages 5-15 are encouraged to enroll and expand their artistic abilities.

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