You’re probably already exploring Summer Camp options for your kids (and your kids are probably already counting the days!).
Well, we’re here to help!
There are so many awesome, unique summer programs for your kids in and around the Pittsburgh area, whether they’re into sports, adventuring, sailing, STEM activities, arts, animals, nature, or anything else!
We hope you find this list helpful in your summer planning. After this winter, we all are anxious for summer!
The Summer Camp Guide is sponsored by our featured programs. We so appreciate the support of the community and the opportunity to present our readers with valuable resources such as these.
Snapology offers FUN (and shhh, educational) camps for children ages 4-14. Your child will explore fun themed programs, like animals, space, minecraft, star wars, superheroes and much, much more, all while learning engineering, science, robotics, coding, video game design & animation. It’s the perfect mix of fun and education. Don’t miss out.
Date of Programming: June 8 – August 21; Full-Day, Half-Day, and One Day Camps Available
Located only 80 miles west of Pittsburgh, Falcon Camp is widely recognized as Ohio’s premier summer camp. Falcon offers a beautiful lakefront setting, an extensive range of activities and a talented, experienced staff. The program includes horseback riding, sailing, swimming, mountain biking, canoeing, paddle boards, fishing, drama, video, photography, crafts, team sports, riflery, archery, nature, overnights, kayaking, tennis and much more. Boys and girls ages 6-16 are separate with planned coed events, and campers choose their own activities within a general framework.
Falcon has a strong reputation for making sure a camper’s first overnight experience is very positive. The non-competitive environment is inviting to new campers while our awards system challenges more experienced campers. The 1:4 staff/camper ratio allows individual instruction and attention. Most of all it’s great fun! ACA accredited since 1959 with many references available. Falcon is an outstanding opportunity for fun and learning where good things happen by design.
Selected as a “Top Ten Camp in the USA” by EarlyChildhoodEducation.com ’50 Amazing Camps in the USA’
Chosen as Ohio’s “Coolest Camp” by Philly.com ‘Coolest camps in each of the 50 states’
Program Excellence Award presented to Falcon Camp by American Camp Association Ohio
2019 “Best Parenting” award, Cincinnati Family Magazine
Date of Programming: June 14th – August 8th in 2,4,6 or 8 week sessions plus special one week intro sessions for 6-10 year olds.
Point Park University Teen Summer Programs
Pittsburgh’s only Downtown University, Point Park is proud to offer an array of summer opportunities for students looking to enrich their lives, work towards their desired career, or make new adventures and lasting connections. Laying a foundation for the future, our summer education programs motivate and inspire participants to maximize their true potential. Students will have our award-winning faculty and state-of-the-art facilities at their fingertips while they get to immerse themselves in hands-on, real-world learning and application. Point Park University offers summer education sessions in many innovative areas and for most ages. Local families have the option to commute, while resident programs are available to out-of-town visitors or for those who want to get the full on-campus experience. Students will be housed in Point Park dorms with round-the-clock staffed supervision and safety. Come experience the perfect blend of fun and education because after all, that’s “The POINT!”
Ages: High School Programs: Ages 14 & Up; Middle School Programs: 6th through 10th Grade
Date of Programming: June 21st – August 1st
Mad Science of Pittsburgh
Mad Science is on a mission to spark the imagination and curiosity of children by providing them with fun, interactive and educational programs that instill a clear understanding of what science is, and how it affects their world. We offer kids summer camp and one day “flash” camp experiences that are sure to entertain and delight! They will be wowed by green glowing liquid, messages written in secret code, autonomous robots, and mystery substances that change from solid to liquid in seconds. There’s something for everyone this summer at Mad Science! Our camps take place both at our Mad Science Lab in Etna, and throughout the region at over 20 locations. Mad Science also offers exciting birthday parties, special events, preschool programs, and after school clubs!
SPECIAL: Save $25 off any camp at our Etna location! Enter code PGHMOMS at checkout. Apply to as many camps as you’d like!
Ages: Rising Grades 1-6
Date of Programming: June 8th – August 22nd
Ages: Children entering Grades K-6
Date of Programming: Check Location for specific dates
iD Tech Camps for Kids and Teens
iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with over 450,000 alumni and 20+ years of experience. Weeklong, day and overnight programs for ages 7-18 held at 150+ prestigious campuses including Carnegie Mellon, Caltech, and NYU.
Kids and teens learn to code, design video games, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, build laptops, learn about cybersecurity, and more!
Students explore a top campus with new friends, learn from world-class instructors, and create impressive projects for their portfolios. Small class sizes are guaranteed (no more than 10 students per instructor) to ensure proper pacing for all skill levels.
Dates of Programming: June – August
River Mountain Retreat
River Mountain – Replace Screen Time with Outdoor Adventure!
Date of Programming: June 21 – August 22
Shady Side Academy offers a wide variety of fun, affordable summer programs for kids entering grades PK-12 on its campuses in Fox Chapel and Point Breeze. With 25 different day camps, sports camps, arts camps, STEAM camps and summer school courses to choose from, you can build a summer schedule customized to your child’s interests and needs. Our camps are designed with working parents in mind: full-day camps include lunch and free before-care, plus optional paid after-care, and bus transportation is offered to and from the North Hills and East End to our Fox Chapel camps.
Register by March 13 at 10 a.m. for a 5% early-bird discount!
Ages: Grades PK-12
Dates of Programming:
June 8th – August 2nd
Inquisitive campers ages 4-18 have a unique chance to investigate careers in science, technology, engineering, and math this summer when they step into the shoes of computer programmers, astronomers, scientists, and robotic engineers. Whether it’s learning chemistry in the kitchen, diving into video game design, facing a series of Olympic-sized challenges, or blasting into outer space, a summer camp at Carnegie Science Center will create memories that last a lifetime.
Select camps also make use of BNY Mellon Fab Lab Carnegie Science Center, Pittsburgh’s digital fabrication laboratory. At Fab Lab camps, campers explore “maker” technologies and game design – and even get a chance to build a mini indoor drone!
Dates of Programming:
June–August | Half-day and Full-day Camps