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Fun and fascinating summer camps for kids

St. Louis offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids
St. Louis offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids
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If you’re looking for a summer camp for your child, you’ll find that St. Louis has a plethora of options for 2014. There are camps for preschoolers all the way through teens that provide fun and educational classes that go way beyond basic childcare.

Whether your child loves sports, fashion design, science, singing, comic books cooking, or something else entirely, there truly is a camp where every child will have fun this summer. St. Louis summer camps offer classes that are just for fun, classes that are educational and even classes that might help your child choose a career path for the future.

The list is long, so start checking your options before the summer camps fill up for 2014.


The Center of Creative Arts has some of the most amazing summer camps in St. Louis. Classes are available for ages 3 to 18 and fit just about every child’s interest. Below are just some of the areas of interest addressed by COCA’s summer camps:

  • Fine Arts:

Photography, pottery, fashion design, painting, glass blowing, drawing, jewelry making, Lego animation, filmmaking, cartooning, Manga, comic books

  • Theater Arts:

Various types of dance, singing, acting, circus skills, Broadway shows, talent competitions, screenwriting, newscasting

  • Home Economics:

Sewing, cooking, upcycling, making ice cream, bacon recipes, healthy eating

  • Books, TV and films:

Star Wars, Lord of the Rings, The Hobbit, Justice League, Harry Potter, Glee, American Idol

  • Miscellaneous:

Horses, caring for animals, pretend play, sports


The Y offers summer camps for preschoolers through teenagers in a variety of themes. There are traditional outdoor activity camps as well as camps for baseball, gymnastics, dance, art, equestrian study, circus skills, cooking, fashion design, swimming, science, mystery solving, recycling, Lego building, cheerleading, Star Wars fans, space exploring, martial arts, and much, much more.


Abra-Kid-Abra specializes in four types of summer camps: Magic, circus skills, comedy and balloon art. If your child loves to have an audience, these camps will help them gain the confidence and skills to go along with their natural charm.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Children ages 6 and up can learn Lego Robotics and Lego movie making in a variety of fun camps that all center around Lego bricks.

The Magic House

Kids ages 4 through 9 will enjoy these camps that have specially designed activities for different age groups using The Magic House exhibits. There is a different theme each day, so kids will never get bored!

Camp Westminster

Westminster offers summer camps in art, knitting, cooking, improv, band and strings, and several different sports.

Challenger Learning Center

The Challenger Learning Center offers the very unique experiences of training to be an astronaut, learning to build rockets, and learning to use various items to make new inventions. These fun-filled classes will satisfy the junior scientist in your midst and provide a very educational summer experience.

Community School

Children from age 3 through 6th grade can engage in musical theater, band, chess, mad science, cooking, sports and more. There is even a class that focuses on helping children become ready for the next school year.

Craft alliance Art Camp

Kids ages 4 through 18 can explore their creative sides with summer camps that feature instruction in glass and metal art techniques, clay, writing and creating books, making wearable art, puppetry and more.

Youth Learning Center

The Youth Learning Center is a progressive summer camp experience for kids who wish to learn video game design, digital comics, aeronautics or Lego Robotics. These classes will help your ambitious child advance in his or her areas of interest.

Mad Science

Mad Science offers tons of fun-filled activities for kids, in various summer camps that use different types of science. Kids can perform general science experiments or delve into specific interests such as learning to build and launch rockets, learning to build the circuitry of robots, detective and forensic work, building simple machines and inventions, or learning about living things and the environment.

The St. Louis Children’s Choir

Children who love to sing will enjoy being part of the St. Louis Children’s Choir. Kids entering 3rd through 6th grades in the fall can join this summer camp with no audition required.


SummerQuest offers a variety of summer camps for kids in kindergarten through 8th grade. Some of the subjects covered are science, claymation, photography, jewelry making, dance, Robotics, theater, ceramics, swimming, soccer, baseball, archery and more.

Vetta Sports

Active kids ages 3 through 12 can spend their energy in a variety of physical activities. Kids will enjoy inflatables, obstacle courses, soccer, kickball, basketball and more. Plus, summer campers will go on field trips to local destinations.

Sisters of Hope

If your girl loves being the center of attention, the Sisters of Hope modeling classes will be just what she needs to put some skills together with her natural confidence. This camp will provide character and integrity building activities along with providing role-play, etiquette, public speaking, and modeling lessons.

Humane Society of Missouri

If you have an animal lover in your midst, the Humane Society offers summer camps that will teach kids how to care for animals, make enrichment items, and bake special treats for pets. These camps are available to kids ages 6 to 14.

Wildlife Rescue Center

Another option for kids ages 6 to11 who love animals is to take part in the Wildlife Rescue Center’s summer camps. Campers learn how to become outdoor adventurers, confident in their abilities to explore the outdoors safely. Kids will also get to see the center’s rehabilitation center and follow the progress of the animal patients there.

The summer camps mentioned here range from half day to full day programs at a wide variety of price ranges. Follow the individual camp links for more information.

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