Other Summer Activities & Programs
Corcoran Gallery of Art
Along with a successful summer program, Corcoran has new sessions for preschoolers, a new location, and new classes. Camp Creativity is the Corcoran's summer camp for kids ages 3-16. In this series of weeklong workshops, campers explore traditional subjects such as painting, drawing, and sculpture, as well as non-traditional processes such as cartooning, mixed media and web design.
Kid Pan Alley takes place during the final session of Camp Creativity, August 11 to 16. Campers work with song-writing staff combining music and art in their creative endeavors. Students must attend camp for the full-day.
Sessions begin June 30 and end August 15 with full-day, mornings-only (9 a.m. to noon), or afternoons-only (1 p.m. to 3 p.m.) options. One location, Capitol Hill Day School, ends at 4 p.m. Depending on the program, tuition begins at $220 ($210 members) for half-day sessions.
To learn more, go to the Corcoran Gallery of Art or call 202-639-1703.
Dumbarton House is an historic Federal Period home, built around 1800. Today it is a museum with the mission of preserving and educating the public about life in Washington, DC during the early years of the Republic.
Dumbarton House offers a wide range of programming for children ages 4 to 14. They help cook and sample snacks and drinks from the past, perform early American and African American dances, experiment with making music, paint watercolor portraits and landscapes, try on period clothing and more!The first session of Summer History Days runs from July 28-August 1 for ages 4-10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuition is $190 ($175 for members).
For additional events, the dates and tuition, visit the Dumbarton House website or call 202-337-2288.
International Spy House
Each day at Spy Camp is filled with top secret briefings and activities that will put spy skills and street smarts to the test. Aspiring KidSpy® recruits will hone their tradecraft, learn from real "spies", and train for future missions. Develop a disguise for cover, make and break codes, discover escape and evasion techniques, create and use spy gadgets. No grownups allowed!
The first of two weeklong sessions runs from July 28 to August 1, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The second session runs August 4 to August 8, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Agents age 10 to 13, only. Early Bird tuition is $415 ($395 members).
Let's just hope they don't use their new skills on the family pet. To learn more, go to the International Spy Museum or call 202-654-0930.
Living Classrooms of the National Capital Region
The mission of Living Classrooms is to strengthen communities and inspire young people to achieve their potential through education and job training. The Washington non-profit has been serving the National Capital Region since 2001.
Campers enjoy hands-on adventures. They study animals, hike through creeks and open spaces discovering nature in the greater Washington, DC area.
Typically, the programs run from mid-June to August, 8:45 a.m.-3 p.m. Ages 4-12. To learn more, go to the Living Classrooms website or call 202-488-0627.
Smithsonian Summer Camp
June 23-August 15. Celebrating its 45th year of summer camp, the Smithsonian has something for everyone. Where else can campers discover what it's like to blast into space or take center stage, to create a masterpiece, relive American history or learn how to shape our future?
Smithsonian Resident Associates sponsors full-day summer camp programs for children entering kindergarten through 9th grade in the fall. Weeklong camps range in size from 16 to 21 children, with a camp-to-instructor ratio of 4:1.Campers explore the Smithsonian's museums, the National Mall, and other regional sites. Camps focus on specific themes such as computer technology, video arts, and exploration of other cultures and outer space.
Before- and after-camp activities are from 8-9 a.m. and 4:30-6 p.m. Full-day sessions run from 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. General admission tuition is $433. Call 202-633-3030 for more information.
The Tudor Place Foundation operates an historic house and garden in the heart of Washington's Georgetown area. The property, once the home of Martha Washington's granddaughter, is open to the public throughout the year.
Junior Curator Camp begins June 23 and ends June 27. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. for ages 10-15. Tuition for the week-long session is $325 ($300 for members). Summer History Days are offered on alternate weeks at Tudor Place or nearby Dumbarton House and are for children ages 4-10. Hours are 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The fist session at Dumbarton House runs from July 28-August 1, the second session at Tudor Place from August 4-8. Tuition is $190 ($175 for members).
Children experience a variety of indoor and outdoor activities that include scavenger hunts, arts and crafts, historic games, dancing, gardening and cooking. Experience an early American Tea Party hosted by campers for their families.
For more information visit the Tudor Place website or call 202-965-0400, ext.108.
Washington Performing Arts Society
WPAS's summer music programs typically run from mid-July to early August. Application fees range from $15 to $80 and tuition assistance is available.
Past summer programs included: the Rhythms Camp at Sitar Arts Center, WPAS Capitol Strings Camp, Gospel Vocal Workshop, Capitol Jazz Camp and the Summer Steps with Step Afrika. Most are full-day programs that run from 9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m. They are open to children in grades K-12 (minimum age is 4).
For more information including the location of each program, contact Koto Maeshka at 202-533-1861 or go to WPAS.org.