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It’s that time of year when kids are counting down the days until school is out for the summer. While the children are excited about the school year coming to an end, it can often be a stressful time for parents. Working parents are often faced with finding a sitter during the summer. Many times the solution is summer camp.

Summer camps give children the chance to try new things, explore, learn, make new friends and collect memories that will last a lifetime. There are camps that offer swimming, dance, theater, sports, STEM, STEAM, art, animal care and so much more! Choosing a summer camp is often decided by factors like is it a day camp or overnight camp? How close is it to home? How much does it cost and are scholarships available? Does the camp require special clothing, shoes and equipment? What is the ratio of campers-to-camp staff?


Day Camp or Residence Camp? If your child has attended summer day camps in the past, attended sleepovers with friends or even stayed with grandparents for a weekend, they might be ready for a residence (overnight) camp. Residence camps can be as short as a weekend or some might run one to two weeks long. With a residence camp the children will learn independence being away from parents and siblings. If a child is too young for a residence camp, day camp is probably the best. They will spend all day with other campers and be home in time for dinner.


Cost and Location: Another factor in choosing a summer camp is the cost and closeness to home. You can find many day camps just miles from your home and many camps offer scholarships, early registration and other discounts. You can look at the website of a camp to find out if discounts are available.


Types of camps: What does your child like to do or what would they like to learn to do? Several camps teach children STEM in creative and fun ways. Musical and theater classes often have a performance at the end of the camp to present to parents. Most camps offer a variety of indoor and outdoor activities. Those camps that are mostly outdoors are usually located in a higher elevated area when the temperatures are cooler.


Do not be afraid to ask! When selecting a camp do not be afraid to ask questions. What is the ratio of campers-to-camp staff? Is the staff well trained, experienced and background-checked? How will you be notified in case of emergency? Does the camp accommodate children with food allergies or disabilities?


Ready, Aim, Summer Camps! Once you have decided if your child wants to go to a day or residence camp, it’s time to sit down with them and go over all the many camps available in your area. To make it easier, and to see the variety of choices, check out Boomer’s Summer Camp Guide 2023.

Camp Kind is a week-long experience for kids who want to learn more about intentional kindness and practice it as a skill. Activities include creative crafts, memorable music, engaging stories and the chance to work on ceramics.

Check out for a complete list of weekly summer kids events and activities starting June 2023! Click on the "Join" tab to sign up for the Kids Club or 1317 to get discounts.

A fun filled weekend adventure camping on Mount Lemmon. Each day is filled with activities including leatherwork, handicrafts, BB Guns, archery, outdoor skills, sports, hiking and more. Each day ends with a fun filled campfire.

Go Grrrls is designed to give girl-identified youth in grades 6–8 the skills and knowledge they need to plan for a future of success.

CMT Summer Camps offer fun-filled learning! Campers will enjoy hands-on art projects, experiments, demonstrations and time in the Museum. A variety of science, technology, engineering and art with Museum staff. Half-day camps, mornings only.

Code Ninjas camps offer opportunities for kids to have fun while they learn! We are offering many fun and engaging STEM camps for your child throughout June and July.

Come join the fun at CAI Preschool summer camp. Children will enjoy water play days, amazing crafts, music, science, hands-on activities and more.

Chess Camp: Grades K–8. Dates: May 29–June 2, June 5–9, July 10–14, July 17–21.

Coding Robotics Camp: Grades 2–5. Dates: June 2-–23, July 24–27.

Camps take place at Sporting Chance Center from March to June. Sign up for individual sessions or all sessions. Skills training in Progressive Playing, Setters Clinic, Serving and Passing Clinic and Little Kids Camp.

Desert Christian Schools offers a variety of summer camps. Campers can enjoy baseball, softball, basketball, dance, theater, cooking, robotics, STEM and more. Registration opening soon visit website for more details.

Drama Kids camps are perfect for new actors wanting to discover their dramatic side, as well as for those actors wishing to continue to develop their theater, public speaking and musical theater skills while building character.

It’s in our nature—to camp! Camp experiences and friendships are made to last a lifetime.

Come and enjoy your summer at Golf N’ Stuff! Mini Park Pass: $19.75 per person. Includes one round of golf, one attraction and 12 arcade tokens.

Turn your compassion into action at the Human Society of Southern Arizona! HSSA Campers will get hands-on experience caring for and socializing with our Education Ambassador Animals, such as guinea pigs, rats, ball pythons, and more!

IETA in Collaboration with the City of Tucson.

Don’t miss out on all the FUN!


Tucson’s FIRST Spanish Immersion Preschool invites you to immerse your child in language learning & multi-cultural experiences all summer long. Full and Partial Spanish enrichment available.

Live Theatre Workshop’s camps are amazing and intense weeks of producing, acting, dancing, playing improvisation games, and exploring the technical side of the theatre arts.

Our week-long summer camp sessions incorporate hands-on STEAM concepts in a fun environment for students to build, explore, and create.

Weekly camps with a variety of activities.  Scan THE QR Code for more information.


DIY crafting kids summer camp. 9 a.m.–12 p.m. each week. Kids make 2–3 prjects per day. $50 per day or $220 per week. New themes each week.

Archaeology Summer Camp

June 5–9     Ages 9–14

Primavera Online School is a tuition-free, accredited, NCAA-approved public charter school that serves grades K-12 throughout Arizona.

Reid Park Zoo is offering week-long camp sessions for campers going into grades 1–5.  Each camp will include animal ambassador encounters, behind-the-scenes opportunities, games, and hands-on activities that highlight grade-specific topics.

Don’t let your kids climb your walls this summer. Let them climb ours instead! Rock Solid Climbing provides an excellent and varied all-day, week-long summer camp program for children ages 5–12.

Satori Summer Adventure Camp: Each week Satori campers will engage their imaginations as they explore the Sonoran Desert and dive deep into the ocean. Daily activities include crafts, science experiments and end-of-week celebrations!

Troubadour Theatre offers day camps in music, acting, musical theatre and more. Register by April 1 for a $50 discount.

Rock, Roll, Repeat! Rock n Roll Music Camp: Ages: 11–18, June 5–16

Join us June 12-16 for an exciting week of a new adventure every day. The fun includes singing, fancy trick rodeo roping, acting, stagecraft, swimming, play in a day theater performance, zoo concert, and much more.

Campers will learn Wheel Hand Building Sculpture. All materials included in camp price. $155 for a two week session (full scholarships available through CAUSE)

Session 1: May 30, June 1, 2, 6, 8, 9

Draw, paint, sculpt, collage, print and more at the Tucson Museum of Art. Each weekly session is led by local teaching artists and art educators focusing on in-depth lessons in art making.

Find your fun with Tucson Parks and Recreation for a safe and educational summertime experience.

TRC Summer Camp is five camps in one! We have over 40 years experience of Summer Camp fun!

Soccer Camp (ages: 5–7 and 8–14)

Our programs engage students on various activities that include arts and crafts, indoor/outdoor games, cooking, homework help, and more! Programs are licensed by the Arizona Department of Health Services and accept DES.

Some activities include water days with Slip N’ Slides, obstacle courses, field trips, guest speakers, STEM challenges, musical performances and more.

Enrichment Camps

Discover your sense of wonder this summer! Weekly theme camps like surfing, teamwork, dare to be you, stars & stripes, time travelers, mission impossible and endless summer.

The Y offers overnight camps at Triangle Y Ranch Camp where campers can participate in horseback riding, swimmming, campfires, stargazing, archery and more.