2020 Summer Camps In + Around Pittsburgh

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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

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.

2020 Camp Schedule

“Snapology is simply the best place to get children of all ages involved in hands-on play time that is educational as well. I have a 6 year-old boy and a 4 year-old girl and both of them have a wonderful time each visit and always want more!” – Steve Keller via Facebook
 
“I recently dropped off my brother at a Snapology class in Pittsburgh and he absolutely loved it! I thought they would just be playing, drawing, etc., but when he told me that they did educational games and exercises I was blown away. My little brother actually had a fun time doing these activities, I was jealous. Haha. I wish they had these classes and camps when I was his age. I totally recommend for any mom/dad to check this place out for their kiddos!”- Paul Prost via Google

 

Ages: 4-14

Date of Programming: June 8 – August 21; Full-Day, Half-Day, and One Day Camps Available

1350 Old Pond Road
Bridgeville, PA 15017

Falcon Camp

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

Ages: 6-16

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.

4251 Delta Road SW
Carroliton, OH 44615

Point Park University Teen Summer Programs

This summer, don’t distance yourself from learning! Pittsburgh’s only Downtown University, Point Park is proud to now offer a new virtual array of summer opportunities for students looking to enrich their lives, continue to work towards their desired career, or make brand-new adventures. Laying a foundation for the future, our summer education webinars motivate and inspire participants to maximize their true potential and maintain a true spirit of connection. Students will still have our award-winning faculty at their fingertips while they get to immerse themselves in real-world learning and application. All sessions will be delivered via Zoom and are being offered FREE of charge. Pre-registration is required, but with no limit on the number you can attend. However, please be advised that some webinars do have a maximum capacity, so be sure to sign up early!

Email [email protected] with any questions.

Come experience the ideal 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 22nd – July 31st

201 Wood Street
Pittsburgh, PA 15222

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!

COVID-19 UPDATE: Our camps are in session, with extra precautions in place to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases such as Coronavirus. Please visit our website for complete policies.  We also have Camp-in-a-Box options for those who prefer to “science from home!” 

SPECIAL: Save $25 off any camp at our Etna location! Enter code PGHMOMS at checkout.  Apply to as many camps as you’d like!

REGISTER TODAY 

Ages: Rising Grades 1-6

Date of Programming: June 8th – August 22nd

100 Hafner Ave
Pittsburgh (Etna) PA 15223

Camp Invention

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate! Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas.
 
Visit invent.org/camp or call 800-968-4332 to register.
 
Use promo code LOCAL25 to save $25 (expires 5/12) or LOCAL15 to save $15 (expires 6/30).

 

Ages: Children entering Grades K-6

Date of Programming: Check Location for specific dates

Locations throughout the greater Pittsburgh area all summer!

iD Tech Camps for Kids and Teens

Virtual Tech Camps
 
Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect, home-based option for students ages 7-19 seeking the collaborative spirit of our on-campus programs. Structured, weeklong sessions with 2 hours of live instruction per day + 2 hours of self-paced project development. Curriculum in Python, Java, Minecraft, Roblox, AI, Unreal Engine, Adobe, 3D modeling, and more. 5 students max per instructor, blending personalized learning and team interaction. Save $100 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect. 

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.

Ages: 7-18

Dates of Programming: June – August

Carnegie Mellon University
5000 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15213

River Mountain Retreat

River Mountain – Replace Screen Time with Outdoor Adventure!

River Mountain is a summer camp for kids to disconnect from technology and reconnect with the world. Developed in partnership with Penn State, River Mountain adventure-based summer camps help kids create a healthier relationship with technology. From mountain biking to rock climbing, yoga to forest bathing, River Mountain’s unforgettable one-week experiences empower kids to have fun, experience the natural world, and establish tech-life balance for back at home.
 
River Mountain is located just “down the road” from Pittsburgh in Bedford County, PA, with no stress on parents as round-trip shuttle transportation is provided! Open to all kids ages 10-15. PLUS – be sure to check out their circadian rhythm cabins, wellness facilities, unique adventures, and epic mountain views – River Mountain will leave you asking “Can my mom friends arrange a camp retreat too?” (yes we can – we checked!)

 

Ages: 10-15

Date of Programming: June 21 – August 22

3600 Black Valley Road
Everett, PA 15537

Shady Side Academy

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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

 

423 Fox Chapel Road
Pittsburgh, PA 15238

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