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Kidsburgh’s 2024 Summer Camp Guide for the Pittsburgh region (70+ camps!)

Photo above courtesy of the Kamin Science Center.

(Editor’s note: We’ve added many more camps to the end of this list as we hear from local organizations. So be sure to scroll all the way down to see new entries.) 

Summer may seem far away, but local camps are already gearing up for a season of fun and learning. As always, we’re excited to bring you our updated summer camp guide for 2024, filled with more than 60 great camp options for summer fun, exercise and enrichment.

Scroll all the way down to see what’s available, and please check back periodically — we will keep adding more camps and updating information as camp organizers contact us.

1. Carnegie Science Center

Carnegie Science Center offers a wide range of camps for ages 4-14. Kids can step into the shoes of a space scientist to search the universe for habitable planets. They can learn about superhuman science or take a scientific voyage through the Magic School Bus and dive into video game design. Registration opens for Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh members on March 4 and to the public on March 11. A limited number of need-based scholarships are available.

2. August Wilson African American Cultural Center’s Hip-Hop Camp: Dance

The AWAACC is bringing back their Dance Camp for the third year. Led by educator Christian “JITA” Brown, this camp teaches the fundamentals of dance and highlights what makes hip-hop dance an influential style. JITA will take students ages 10 to 16 on a journey through popping, locking, and break dancing, while encouraging them to use their individual style and personality. Kids can attend some or all sessions (though attending all is recommended and rates are discounted) on June 8, June 29 and July 13, 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. Students will perform at the Center’s July Community Day on July 20. Class size will be limited to ensure all students receive proper instructions to achieve their goals. Get all the details and register here.

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3. Pittsburgh Cultural Trust

The Pittsburgh Cultural Trust’s Camps for Creatives are perfect for arts-focused or arts-curious kids. These popular sessions return in June with camps for everyone from 3-year-olds to high school seniors. The five-day camps concentrate on developing creative skills in topics like theater production, sewing and design, storytelling and science. Registration is now open for everything from Theatre Production Camp and Global Art Explorers to Costumes, Cosplay and Capers! camp.

Photo courtesy of Discovery School in Allison Park.
Photo courtesy of Discovery School Summer Camp.

4. The Discovery School Day Camp

This nature-based camp is located at The Discovery School in Allison Park, offering a full-day camp for kids who are entering grades 1 through 6. Sessions during June and July will include a mix of outdoor fun on the school’s seven-acre nature campus (including daily kayaking on the pond and field games), as well as indoor activities (including fun in the art studio and maker space). Campers will also find daily specials such as a seven-acre treasure hunt, water day, s’mores and stories in the woods, and a counselor vs. camper water balloon fight. Lunch and snacks are included and before-care is available at no cost. Learn more and register here.

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5. Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy

Kids ages 4-14 are the focus of Pittsburgh Parks Conservancy’s summer camps based out of the Frick Environmental Center. Camps are geared to specific ages, so kids get the most from the experience. In Kinder Camp, for example, 4- and 5-year-olds dig for worms, plant seeds and sing songs. Fifth and sixth graders in Outdoor Expedition Camp take part in hands-on projects and skill-building activities while exploring the beautiful spaces in Frick Park. This year, registration opens at 5:30 p.m. on Feb. 21. Scholarships (called “camperships”) are available — details here.

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6. Dragon’s Den

Dragon’s Den returns for the 2024 summer camp season with another great lineup. This transformative educational environment reinvented the former St. Mary Magdalene Church as a two-level rope course and zipline. Kids ages 7-13 will find exciting camps that range from the Knight’s Olympics and Imagination Den to the Dragon’s Lab. Camps include field trips and outdoor fun in the sun. Browse camps and register here. Partial and full scholarships are available.

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7. Pittsburgh Musical Theater Conservatory

Summer Musical Theater Camp at the PMT Conservatory shines the spotlight on kids ages 4-18. The four-week camps train kids in acting, voice and dance, but also help kids build confidence, make new friendships and learn collaboration. Teens can choose from a performance, dance or technical theater/design track. Campers rehearse for a full-scale performance as a grand finale. This summer’s shows will soon be announced and registration opens soon. Financial aid and payment plans are available.

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8. The Children’s Museum

Summer camps at the Children’s Museum will host sessions for kids ages 4 through 13. Camps will run from June 10 to Aug. 16. Topics will include artmaking, storytelling, nature, game design and metalworking. Details are available now and registration opens Feb. 19 for museum members and Feb. 21 for the general public. Limited scholarships are available, with applications due by March 1. Get all the details here.

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9. Pittsburgh Zoo

You might say Summer Zoo Camps are pretty wild. Each five-day week is packed with animal encounters, guided tours and themed classroom lessons designed to be fun and engaging for specific age groups. Themes this year include Amazing Animals, Wild Destinations and Photos for Conservation. Registration begins Feb. 7.

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10. Shady Side Academy

Summer camps at Shady Side Academy, designed with working parents in mind, include before-care and free lunch. Kids from pre-K through high school will find a range of weekly camps on four campuses in Fox Chapel and Point Breeze. Sports-minded kids can focus skills on hockey, golf or tennis, while maker kids can choose hands-on STEAM camps. High school kids can take for-credit classes in art, math and science, as well as courses in essay writing and SAT/ACT prep. The complete lineup and registration will be available in mid-February.

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11. Jewish Community Center

JCC Day Camps organize kids from kindergarten to eighth grade in three locations — Squirrel Hill, Monroeville and the South Hills. Registration is now open for this wonderfully wide-ranging set of camps. The fun includes science, sports and everything in between. Exact dates vary by location,  but dates for their various camps run from June 17 through Aug. 18. You can find the complete catalog here. Financial assistance is available for members, and eligible families can also receive financial assistance for JCC membership.

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12. Sarah Heinz House

Registration is now open for day camp (preschool through tenth graders) at Sarah Heinz House and Heinz House Resident Camp (grades 1-12) on the Slippery Rock Creek in Ellwood City. Kids can have a great summer at the House or go away to a camp experience designed to entertain and educate them about the importance of teamwork, effective communication and also valuable wilderness skills. Day camp at Sarah Heinz House begins June 17. The 11-day overnight camps begin June 16 for boys and July 14 for girls. Pre-care and post-care will be available for day campers. Limited financial assistance is available.

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13. National Aviary

As of Feb. 1, some of the National Aviary summer camps (Toddler Camp and Little Explorers) are already sold out for 2024. But Colors of Nature for kids 6-12 and the Saving Species with Science teen camp are still available. Get all the details and register here.

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14. Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History

Creative kids and nature lovers alike can attend a variety of week-long camps at Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History. Early registration for museum members opens Feb. 19. General registration opens on Feb. 26. Specific camp themes and dates will be available when registration opens. Financial aid is available for eligible families.

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15. Winchester Thurston

Winchester Thurston is offering more than 100 new summer camp programs for everyone – from 3-year-olds to high school seniors from June 10 through Aug. 16. Sessions will be held at three locations: Winchester Thurston’s Shadyside campus, The Kingsley Center in East Liberty and Allegheny River Front Park in Aspinwall. Campers will find sports and physical fitness, creative arts and academics. Learn more and register here.

16. Air Force Association CyberCamp

The annual Air Force Association CyberCamp is presented via a partnership between the University of Pittsburgh Institute for Cyber Law, Policy and Security and Pitt Information Technology. This year, the free, weeklong camp is scheduled from June 24-28. High school kids will be immersed in a range of technical skills and digital literacy with a focus on cyber ethics and systems security. Sign up to be notified about registration tentatively opening in May.

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17. Venture Outdoors

Registration is open for Venture Outdoors’ summer camps for kids going into grades 1-12. All camps will be hosted this year at North Park between June 17 and Aug. 16. Outdoor enthusiasts will enjoy active recreation like kayaking, fishing, biking and geocaching. Science experiments, crafts and leadership development will help kids gain self-confidence and a greater appreciation for nature. Choose from camps like Outdoor Adventure, Cycling Through Summer and Hooked on Fishing. Check out the lineup and register here. Limited scholarships are available.

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18. Sweetwater Center for the Arts

Kids ages 4-16 can find their muse through a wide variety of mediums at Sweetwater Center for the Arts. From ceramics and watercolor to animation and graffiti, kids will find exciting ways to express their creativity. Past years included cooking classes, STEM circuitry and acting, too. Watch for the complete schedule with registration (last year it was available in mid-March). Scholarships are available.

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19. Gemini Children’s Theater

Five-day Summer Acting Workshops at Gemini Children’s Theater channel energy and talent toward the theater arts. Kids as young as 4 learn to write, rehearse and perform a play that they help develop from their imagination. Scene building, collaborating and character development apply across all age groups up to 17 years. Early bird discounts, scholarships, tuition assistance and payment plans are available — learn more here.

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20. Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

Dancers of all sizes, from toddlers to teens, will find a place at Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School’s summer sessions. Kids will develop progressive dance fundamentals through barre and floor exercises, French terminology and ballet concepts. The youngest dancers from 2 to 6 years can try summer weekend classes and All About Ballet workshops.  The most advanced dancers will be challenged by the Junior Intensive, which covers pointe, pas de deux, jazz and repertoire. Get details here.

Summer camp photo courtesy of The Ellis School.

21. The Ellis School

Summer camps at The Ellis School are all about sparking imagination, developing problem-solving skills and helping campers make meaningful connections through collaboration, friendship and community. Click here to get all the details about what’s in store for Co-ed Kid Camps, Athletics Camp and Changemakers Lab this summer, June 10 through Aug. 2.

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22. Cello Fury Rock Camp

The Cello Fury Rock Camp gives young musicians a chance to play in a high-energy string rock orchestra. Registration is open for violin, viola, cello and bass players ages 7 to 17. Five-day sessions for various age groups run from June 24 through Aug. 9 at two locations: PYCO School of Music in Wexford and The Ellis School in Shadyside. Camps include masterclasses, sectionals, the musical theory game “Furyoploy,” workshops and rock orchestra. The sessions conclude with a concert for campers’ families. Get more information here.

Photo courtesy of ASCEND climbing.
Photo courtesy of Ascend Climbing.

23. Ascend Pittsburgh

Ascend Pittsburgh’s summer camps are designed to grow strong minds and bodies. Caring, experienced counselors guide kids through fun and developmentally appropriate activities, including bouldering, top-rope climbing, yoga and slacklining. Kids develop strength, dexterity and balance while they’re having fun and making friends. These classes are designed to be accessible for all levels for kids ages 6-16. Registration will open (probably later in February) for camps at the Point Breeze and South Side locations. Financial assistance is available.

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24. The Wheel Mill

Both more experienced and wannabe shredders can find a session at The Wheel Mill’s BMX and Mountain Bikes Camps. Kids will be thrilled to experience the 80,000-square-foot park filled with all kinds of trails and ramps with varying terrain and levels of difficulty. Beginners learn general bike safety and skills along with cycling, mountain bike and BMX vocabulary. Once kids master the basics, they can move on to learning intermediate skills. Registration and details should be available soon. Check back right here in the coming weeks.

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25. Mad Science

With titles like Fizz Boom Bang, Red Hot Robots, Brixology and Underground Explorers, Mad Science summer camp sessions have us intrigued. Workshops, held at a number of area locations, are geared to kids from kindergarten through 6th grade, giving them the chance to be junior scientists for the summer. Register here for your choice of location and camp.

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26. Assemble Pittsburgh

Summer camp at Assemble Pittsburgh offers STEAM camps for kids entering grades 1-9. Camps, happening this year June 19 through Aug. 9, are all about hands-on learning through shared experiences. This year’s weekly themes include Film Crew Camp, Eco Explorers and Animation Camp. Explore their lineup and register right here. Scholarships are available, and registration is free for Garfield residents.

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27. Luminari’s Camp Delicious

Aspiring teen chefs will find culinary confidence at the five-day Camp Delicious. Teens will participate in tastings and learn about food sourcing and preparation under the guidance of some of Pittsburgh’s most prominent chefs and nutritionists. By the end of camp, kids should have the ability to create scrumptious meals at home. Camp runs from July 8-12. Register here.

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28. Camp Invention

Camp Invention offers an inspiring, action-packed experience for kids in grades K-6. The STEM summer program helps kids develop innovative thinking and problem-solving skills and encourages collaboration. Camps are held in schools around Pittsburgh. Find a program location and register here.

29. University of Pittsburgh Gene Team

Science-minded teens from Pittsburgh Public Schools and other urban high schools who have an interest in biology are invited to apply for the five-week Gene Team program. Pitt Biology Outreach will provide state-of-the-art laboratory training to collect data for a current research project. Bus passes will be supplied and participants will receive a stipend at the end of the program. Sessions will include a focus on strategies and skills that will help with college applications. To be eligible, kids must have completed one year of high school biology. Gene Team runs from June 24 to July 19. Applications will be available in March and accepted through April. Students will be selected for the program and notified in May.

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30. Switch and Signal Skatepark

Skate Camp at Switch and Signal Skatepark offers camps for kids from ages 5-13. All skill levels are welcome to get started or develop more advanced expertise. Registration is open now.

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31. Blue Ribbon Farms

Kids get a total fresh air farm experience at Blue Ribbon Farms’ Little Farmers Day Camp. Hands-on experiences include bottle-feeding a newborn calf, caring for goats and piglets and riding a pony. Kids learn about growing food in the expansive garden and collect fresh eggs, then help prepare dishes from food harvested on the farm. Crafts, nature walks and games are part of the fun. The three-day camps are geared to kids ages 4-13. Register right here.

32. Glade Run Lutheran Services

Looking for summer camps around Pittsburgh that focus on social-emotional skills? Glade Run’s Specialized Adventures Camp is a social skills development course specifically designed for kids with moderate to high-functioning autism spectrum disorders. But any kids ages 8-18 who need help with social skill development will be considered. Activities include horseback riding, trail and stream exploration, and gardening. View the brochure for details. A limited number of partial scholarships are available through the Glade Run Foundation.

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33. Little Lake Theatre

Budding theater stars ages 6-16 will take the stage during in-person summer camps at Little Lake Theatre. Kids with a flair for the dramatic will study improv, character movement and audition skills in Acting Camp. This summer’s superhero theme includes a production of “Hammered: A Thor & Loki Play.” Musical Theater campers will rehearse and perform roles in “The Music Man,” in a production that’s been adapted for kids. Learn more and register here.

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34. WQED Film Academy

WQED Film Academy is a youth education program in digital media arts and filmmaking. The Academy is open to all high schoolers, from rising ninth-graders up through recent high school grads. Teaching artists and professional mentors will offer a curriculum covering all aspects of digital media production, including storytelling, camera, audio, lighting and editing. Summer session dates and details should be announced soon.

35. Horses Unlimited Stables

Kids who are giddy with pony love will be positively smitten with the two Pony Camps at Horses Unlimited Stables. Campers ages 5-10 will receive an introduction to Western and English riding in the four-day sessions happening Aug. 5-8 and Aug. 12-15. Kids will learn horse care methods, including a hands-on pony bath to safely clean off the mud. Expect horse-themed crafts and games, too. Registration is now open.

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36. Pittsburgh Glass Center

Summer intensives and teen boot camp sessions are planned this summer for grades 6–12 at Pittsburgh Glass Center. The SiO2 Teen Boot Camp, happening July 15-19, introduces the science and art of glass, offering hands-on experience with glassmaking. Sessions include glassblowing, flameworking, kilnforming and coldworking. Scholarships are available.

37. The Hillman Academy

The Hillman Academy provides authentic research experiences and mentorship to high school students ages 15 and older. Participants work in labs on a cancer research project alongside a Pitt faculty member, graduate student or post-doc. The seven-week program tentatively runs June 17 to Aug. 2 with a final application deadline of Feb. 11. The program offers 34-plus stipends to students from underrepresented groups.

38. Readiness Institute Summer Program

This six-week paid experience for rising high school seniors helps them become community and future-ready. The program runs from June 24 to Aug. 1, with applications accepted now through March 31. A maximum of 45 campers will be accepted and each will receive a stipend of $2,000, use of a laptop while enrolled. The program is open to rising high school seniors with preference given to those attending high school in Allegheny County.

39. ICE-T Project

In this initiative of The Citizen Science Lab, Black youth will explore the computational and experimental techniques required to examine the physiology, biochemistry, and voltage potential of microbial fuel cells (MFC), a living battery powered by bacteria. After learning basic concepts, students will build and create a device powered by these living batteries. The program is open to all Black high schoolers. We weren’t able to confirm details for summer programming as of Feb. 1, but they should be coming soon to their website.

40. Girls Who Code

Girls Who Code summer programs teach high school girls and non-binary students the computer science skills they need to drive community impact and prepare for a tech career. Participants will get exposure to tech jobs, meet women in tech careers and join a supportive sisterhood of girls in tech. The program is available as a 2-week intensive immersion or a 6-week self-paced program and offers a $300 needs-based stipend for eligible students. Apply here.

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41. Girls on the Run: Camp GOTR
Camp GOTR is for girls in third through fifth grades and takes place during the summer months throughout Allegheny County and surrounding areas. Girls spend a week building friendships, exploring their creativity and playing fun games that keep them moving. Caring and qualified Girls on the Run coaches lead structured lessons to help girls build confidence and unleash creativity in a safe and inclusive environment. Watch here for this summer’s details.

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42. Steel City Rowing Club

The Steel City Rowing Club offers camps for kids ages 8-18. At River Camp, kids ages 8-12 explore the Allegheny River in kayaks and canoes in Verona, while enjoying swimming and paddle boarding or just relaxing on the docks. An excursion to Sycamore Island to explore the environment on and around the island is part of the adventure. Rise & Row Camp is offered (in July only) for youth ages 12-15, while Youth Summer Rowing is offered for ages 11-18. Registration is open for the five-day camps running from June 10 through Aug. 2.

43. U.S. Golf Camps at Kiski School

The folks at US Golf Camps offer the Ultimate Junior Golf Camp Experience for boys and girls 9-18 years old, kicking off on June 16. The overnight camp at the Kiski School in Saltsburg includes a private golf course and practice range exclusively for campers. Three programs are designed for different skill levels: a fundamental program for relative beginners, an advanced program for high school golfers and an elite program for players who want to play competitive college golf. Get details here.

44. Montessori Children’s Schoolhouse

This six-week camp is geared towards 3- to 7-year-olds and it’s all about having fun outdoors. The first week begins in mid-June with an option for full or half-day registration. Each week will have a theme (last year’s included Fossil Find and Hiding in the Garden). Kids are welcome to join for all 6 weeks or go week-to-week. We weren’t able to confirm their plans for this summer, but they will likely announce details soon right here.

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45. The Irma Freeman Center for Imagination

The summer camps at the Irma Freeman Center for Imagination have covered quite a range of practical and whimsical subjects not found anywhere else. In past camps, for example, kids learned how to repair bikes through Bike Adventure with Kraynick’s. Herbal Apothecary & Plant Life explored the power of plants. Old-fashioned photography skills are developed through Pinhole Photography, Camera Obscura and more. Watch for the announcement of dates and registration here. Scholarships are available.

46. Boys & Girls Clubs of Western Pennsylvania

Enrollment is open for the Boys & Girls Clubs camps, which invite kids to a summer of bold imagination. Sessions range from STEM to sports and everything in between. Find the lineup of camps, locations and registration details here. Payment plans are available.

47. Tree Pittsburgh’s STEAM Outside Camp

For two weeks this summer, the STEAM Outside Camp will engage 4th, 5th, or 6th graders in the urban forest, fields, and rivers through a STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) lens. The camp takes full advantage of Tree Pittsburgh’s five‑acre riverfront campus with interactive activities focused on the benefits of trees, nature in an urban environment, exploration of riparian forests and river habitats, and the life of a tree from seed to sapling at the Heritage Nursery. Camp will be happening June 24-28 and July 8-12 at Tree Pittsburgh’s campus in Upper Lawrenceville. Register here.

Photo courtesy of Tree Pittsburgh.

48. Camp Deer Creek

Day camp season will run June 10 through Aug. 9 this year at Camp Deer Creek in Cheswick, keeping kids busy with everything from swimming and horseback riding to nature trails and a “drama hut.” This camp offers 18 different bus routes, picking up campers each morning in Squirrel Hill, Greenfield, Edgewood, the North Side, Swissvale, Point Breeze, Oakland, Shadyside, Highland Park, Fox Chapel, O’Hara, North Hills, South Hills, Monroeville, Oakmont, Wexford and Cranberry. Learn more and register here.

49. Sewickley Academy Summer Camp

Kids from all over the Pittsburgh region can experience creative and challenging academic, art, and athletic programs from Sewickley Academy’s faculty and partners. Their half-day and full-day summer programs will run from June 10 – July 29th, excepting the first week of July. Registration opens Feb. 20. Get all the details here.

50. Frick Pittsburgh

Details for this summer’s offerings haven’t been posted yet, but check back here in the coming weeks to find details on creative summer fun at the Frick.

51. Fern Hollow Nature Center

Fern Hollow Nature Center, located on 33 acres in Sewickley Heights Borough will offer over 20 summer camps for children ages 3-14. Week-long camps will run from June 10 through Aug. 16, with half-day and full-day sessions emphasizing outdoor exploration and discovery. Kids will learn about everything from archery to sustainability. Some camps will take place at the Ohio Township Nature Center, located near Fern Hollow on Nicholson Road. Members’-only registration begins today. Registration will open to the public on March 1. Click here to learn about getting a Fern Hollow membership.

52. Dot and Line Art Studio

Registration for summer camp at the creative art studio Dot and Line in Mt. Lebanon will open at noon on Feb. 4. Weekly camps for kids ages 5 through 13 will run from June 24 through Aug. 9, with two half-day sections: 9 a.m. to noon and 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Get details here.

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53. Cut & Sew Studio

Registration is now open for half-day summer sewing camp at Cut & Sew, located in Morningside. There are introductory classes and plenty of options for kids with more sewing experience. Find all the details here.

54. Sing Sing Sing!

Kids who love to perform can build their skills this summer at Sing Sing Sing summer camp in Wexford. Registration is now open for singing, songwriting, musical theater and more. Register here.

55. GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy

GirlGov Summer Leadership Academy (GGSLA) gives young women and female-identifying people the chance to spend three weeks of summer learning to make a huge difference in their community (and have fun in the process). After a hiatus, they are most likely hosting their Summer Leadership Academy again this summer. For more info, check back at this link in the weeks to come. (And click here to learn more about year-round opportunities.)

56. Paint Monkey Summer Art Camp

Weekday summer art camp at the popular birthday party spot Paint Monkey begins on June 17. Sessions at the Paint Monkey studio at the Waterfront in Homestead run Monday through Thursday from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. (drop-off begins at 8:30 a.m.). Theme topics include famous artists, pop art and more. Click here for more information and registration.

57. Stem Adventure Day Camp at Guyasuta

This summer, Camp Guyasuta will offer eight weeks of co-ed day camp beginning on June 3. Early drop-off and late pick-up are available to make scheduling easier for working parents. Activities include archery, ropes courses, creek hiking, swimming and much more, including “human foosball.” This popular camp takes 180 campers per week (and last we checked, the early weeks of summer are already full), but a waitlist is available. Learn more and register here.

58. Lewis Music Studio Summer Camp

Lewis Music Studio has another summer of musical fun planned, though 2024 details haven’t been posted on their website as of Feb. 1. Most camps are half-day, but families can combine two camps during the same week to create a full-day camp experience. Kids will have an hour between sessions for lunch and outdoor time. Each camp’s schedule will vary, but expect a full day filled with games, fun, music, friends, and memories. Click here to learn more.

59. Greater Pittsburgh Sports Complex Summer Camp

Plans will be announced soon for this camp for sports-loving kids. You’ll find plenty of indoor and outdoor half-day camp options, including football, basketball, soccer and baseball. Look for more information when it’s posted here.

60. Champion’s Champ Camp by Champions 

Champ Camp by Champions will include outdoor adventures, nature exploration and ultra-fun field trips. This full-day camp experience, which includes snacks and field trips, runs 7 a.m. through 6 p.m. The camp, designed for 5-year-olds through 12-year-olds, takes place this year in three different locations: La Roche University in McCandless, the West Mifflin Area Middle School, and Whitehall Elementary School. Dates vary somewhat by location. Search here for details.

61. Saltworks Theatre Company Young Actors Summer Studio

After a pandemic hiatus and a location change, Saltworks was back to hosting their weekly summer studio for young performers last year. They will hold a camp again this year and dates should be announced soon. These classes are open to student actors of ALL experience levels. After warm-ups and theater games, students will be introduced to new theatrical skills each week such as ensemble building, character development, improvisation, monologues, scene study, creative movement, and more. Kids can attend one session or all six. Check for more info here.

62. Center of Life’s Camp Hazelwood Day Camp

Campers will enjoy plenty of fun recreation and STEAM-based activities (plus Field Trip Fridays) during this day camp designed for kids entering grades K through 8. Check back here for summer details when they are announced.

63. Camp Downtown 2024: Seek & Ye Shall Find

“Seek and Ye Shall Find” at Downtown Ministerium summer Vacation Bible School, June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., where you’ll find a Bible lesson relating to a “theme of the week” and then divide into groups to learn more about the topic of the day. After lunch at a different downtown church each day, campers will take an afternoon excursion in and around Pittsburgh. $75 per camper (sibling discounts are $65 for 2nd sibling, $55 for 3rd sibling, etc.). Register here.

64. Sewickley Sports Arena: Summer Sports Camp

This camp for kids ages 5 through 12 uses Sewickley Sports’ facility and adjacent public parks, for an indoor/outdoor experience. Along with learning/playing sports, kids can stretch their imaginations with craft projects and games. Get details and register here.

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65. SLB Radio Summer Camp

SLB Radio Summer Camps offer middle and high school students one-of-a-kind experiences at the Youth Media Center, including opportunities to learn new skills, get creative, make new friends, and have their voices be heard. Camp themes include creative podcasting, audio journalism, and songwriting. More details, including registration and scholarship information, can be found right here.

66. Bravo Academy at the Pittsburgh Opera

If your child is an aspiring singer or opera aficionado, or loves magic of backstage, this program is for them. Focusing on musical theater, opera and art song favorites, Bravo Academy invites rising 6th-9th graders to shine in the limelight at Pittsburgh Opera’s headquarters and professional performance space the Bitz Opera Factory. During two one-week programs (9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.) filled with hands-on experiences with leading industry professionals and performers, campers will learn costume design, improvisation, voice, opera storytelling, movement, special effects/lighting design, and use their skills in a showcase performance. For more information and registration, contact Rebekah Diaz via email or at 412-281-0912 x256.

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67. Point Park University Summer Camps and Intensives

Is your teenager ready to spend summer in the city? Point Park University’s 2024 Summer Camps and Intensives include courses in the arts and sciences, athletics, business, cinema arts, communications, performing arts and more. Click here for more information and to register today.

68. PA Trolley Museum Summer Camps 

For a wonderfully unique experience, the Pennsylvania Trolley Museum is hosting STEAM-focused summer camps for children ages 6 through 12, designed to ignite curiosity and creativity  while blending history with hands-on STEAM activities. All camps include behind-the-scenes, interactive guided tours of the museum’s collection of artifacts and historic streetcars, plus time to explore the new 21,000-square-foot Welcome and Education Center exhibit galleries. Kids can also ride on several of the museum’s fully-restored antique trolleys, helping to ignite a passion for science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics, while building new friendships and memories on their STEAM-fueled adventures. Details and registration here.

69. Evolve’s Future Camp 

Evolve‘s annual two-week summer arts camp hosts neurodiverse and neurotypical learners ages 12 and up for a series of classes including writing, visual arts, animation, music and more. In addition to classes led by teaching artists, Future Camp wraps with a celebration called “Future Fest” which features local arts programming vendors, college resource booths, and more. Get details and register here.

70. Pittsburgh Public Theater Summer Camps

Pittsburgh Public Theater now offers summer camps and sessions for kids and teens in grades K-12 (and grownups, too!), that include everything from acting to costume making to hip hop dancing. Their 2024 Summer Sessions span seven weeks and include options for all ages. The fun for grades K-6 begins the week of June 18, then grades 7-12 begin the week of July 16. After scanning through the options and signing up here, you’ll receive an email from PPT with detailed information about the camp and logistics. Email with questions.

71. Mars Robotics Summer Camps 

The nonprofit Mars Robotics, located in Mars, Pa.,  supports all kinds of STEAM education, not just robotics. In fact, this year some camp themes strengthen the A (that’s “arts”) in STEAM. Options include:

360-degree Odyssey Summer Camp (4th to 8th graders) 
June 17-19
Performing artist and innovator Shana Simmons will help students will embark on a thrilling journey of storytelling through acting, movement, dance and the captivating world of 360-degree video production. Guided by expert instructors, participants will unleash their imagination to craft compelling narratives, refine them through storyboard techniques, and ultimately bring them to life in stunning 360-degree videos. Students will transform into storytellers, directors and performers, exploring how the viewer’s perspective shapes the narrative.

Rocketry & Martian Rover Robotics Camp (4th to 8th graders) 
July 22-26, girls only camp
July 29-Aug 2, co-ed camp

Embark on an electrifying journey this summer, where young adventurers become cosmic pioneers! Dive headfirst into the thrilling world of rocketry, igniting your imagination as you learn to build and launch rockets destined for the red planet. Upon arrival, gear up with LEGO robotics to traverse the Martian terrain, uncovering its mysteries and secrets. But the true magic lies in teamwork and critical thinking, essential skills for mission success. This summer the universe is your playground, and with every challenge conquered, you’ll soar to new heights, discovering the boundless wonders of space exploration!

Leonardo da Vinci Exploration Summer Camp
Explore the art, technology, and experiences of Leonardo da Vinci, with author Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan. This camp focuses on teaching kids all about art, life sciences, and engineering. Join us and expand your mind as we dive into the incredible mind of world-famous Leonardo da Vinci. In this camp, we will utilize the life and exploration of Leonardo da Vinci as a STEAM innovator to engage students in activities that develop their STEAM skills. Through the artistic, life-science, and technological activities, students will develop into pioneers of STEAM in the future of our world.