2018 Summer Camp Guide

Are your kids counting down the days until summer vacation? Of course, moms know that there’s a direct correlation between school’s end and the increase in the usage of the word bored. Not this year! The Birmingham area has a plethora of amazing camp opportunities for kids of all ages and abilities. We would love to help you find the right fit for your young adventurers!

The Dance Foundation

Once Upon a Fairytale
Daily adventures from classic fairytales are inspired with a trunk filled with costumes and creative artifacts. Each day, campers dance, create art, and explore the day’s fairytale. 4K Camp fairytales include Cinderella, The Girl Who Wore Too Much, The Snow Queen. 5K Camp fairytales include Sleeping Beauty, Living Quan-Yin, Robin Hood, Twelve Dancing Princesses, Peter and the Wolf.

Once Upon a Fairytale, entering 4 K | June 12-14 | June 19-21 | June 26-28 | July 17-19 Once
Upon a Fairytale, entering 5 K | June 4-8 | June 11-15 | June 18-22 | July 9-13

Adventures in Enchanted Lands
Use your imagination and create a mermaid story, let your hair down and dance with the trolls, and design your own unicorn horn. Each day is an adventure with magical creatures and creativity. Campers explore the theme each day through dance, art, and drama classes.

Adventures in Enchanted Lands, entering 1st – 3rd graders | June 18-22

Once Upon a Ballet
The perfect camp for your budding ballerina! Campers will discover the familiar folktales of ballet and learn classical dance steps and gestures of famous characters. Make costume pieces, explore the use of props, and dance along with the traditional music of Giselle, The Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Rodeo and Coppelia!

Once Upon a Ballet, entering 1st – 3rd graders | June 11-15

Dance Explorations
Explore the art of dance through technique in a variety of styles as well as lessons in dance history, sewing, music, and hair and makeup for the stage. Daily classes include Ballet, Modern Dance, and Choreography. The week ends with an informal showing for family and friends.

Dance Explorations, entering 3rd – 6th graders | June 25-29

Theatre Explorations
Campers will use their imagination and creative skills to invent a whole new world with the elements of theatre. Theatre games, technique, and character work offer a creative week of building communication skills, teamwork and confidence. The week ends with an informal showing for family and friends.

Theatre Explorations Camp, entering 3rd – 6th graders | June 25-29

1715 27th Ct South


Hoover Met Complex Sports Camp

Hoover Met Complex Sports Camp is the perfect way for any young athlete to spend their summer! Sports Camp is designed for the athlete who enjoys a variety of sports and recreational games. Athletes are taught sport specific skills and given the opportunity to compete in a variety of sports such as basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball and more, while also enjoying some favorite recreational games like capture the flag, dodgeball and kickball. Coaches will focus on skill instructional, sportsmanship, teamwork and most importantly, making sure camp is non-stop fun for everyone!
(Boys and girls age 5-13)

2018 Summer Camp Dates:

Week 1 June 4-8– All Sports (basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball)
Week 2 June 11-15– Basketball (skill instruction, competitions, scrimmage games)
Week 3 June 18-22 – All Sports (basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball)
Week 4 June 25-29 – Basketball (skill instruction, competition, scrimmage games)
Week 5 July 9-13 – Flag Football or Volleyball (athletes select one sport for the week)
Week 6 July 16-20 – Soccer (drills and games will be played indoor and outdoor)
Week 7 July 23-27 – All Sports (basketball, flag football, soccer, volleyball)

100 Ben Chapman Dr.


Mason Music

Mason Music Camp For Beginners (Ages 6-9)
This is great for students who have little or no experience with music and may be wondering which instrument is right for them.

June 4-8: Bluff Park Studio (9am-12pm)
July 16-20: Mountain Brook Studio (9am-12pm)
July 30-August 3: Cahaba Heights Studio (9am-12pm)
July 30-August 3: Greystone Studio (9am-12pm)
STARS Preschool Music Camp (Ages 3-5)

Our STARS Preschool Music Camp is the perfect way for your little ones to have a great time exploring musical concepts in a creative environment.

June 11-15: Mountain Brook Studio (9am-11am)
June 25-29: Cahaba Heights Studio (9am-11am)
July 9-13: Bluff Park Studio (9am-11am)
July 23-27: Greystone Studio (9am-11am)

Led Zeppelin Rock Band Camp (Ages 10-18)
This camp is open to students ages 10-18 who have a grasp of their instrument and a love of Led Zeppelin.

June 18-22: Cahaba Heights Studio (9am-3pm)
Overdrive Rock Band Camp (Ages 13-18)
A one-of-a-kind, one-week camp where you’ll be plugged into bands that play together, write together and record together to create an actual EP of your music.

July 23-28: Cahaba Heights Studio (9am-3pm)

Bluff Park | Cahaba Heights
Greystone | Mountain Brook


Kidcam Camps

With over 44 years running summer camps and 23 locations to attend, Kidcam knows how to make summers rock! Parents can build their summer in a way that works for them! Choose only the weeks you need summer camp, attend multiple locations that work for you and your family, and pay in advance to save or pay weekly throughout the summer. It’s that easy! Kidcam’s engaging weekly themes are action-packed with activities that promote fun, fitness, friendship, and creativity.

Boating, Archery, Golfing, Petting Farm, Interactive Wildlife, Playgrounds, Sports Courts, Geocaching and Swimming will be a part of our weekly schedule.

Ages 5-13

200 Terrace Dr.


Wonderfully Made

“First needle” Camps:  – $150 
Beginners, ages 9 and up

June 11-14, 9:00 – 12:00 | June 25 – 28, 9:00 – 12:00

This camp is great for beginners and those still new to sewing. We’ll learn basic hand and machine sewing skills, machine safety, and a couple of basic hand embroidery stitches. Snacks will be provided.

*Most supplies included. Details on website.

“Next Needle” Camps: – $175
Some sewing experience, ages 9 and up

June 18 – 21, 9:00 – 12:00 |  | July 10 – 13, 9:00 – 12:00 | July 23 – 27, 9:00 – 12:00

This camp is great for campers with some sewing experience. If your camper attended last summer, this will be great option! We’ll build on basic sewing techniques and add some new ones. We’ll also take our projects to the “next level”!

*Most supplies are included. Details on website.

These camps are held in a private home, so the address will be shared privately.

Private Home


Villager Yoga

Fit & fun, cool & calm, our summer camps are offered in-studio and at various locations around town. Through day and week-long camps, kids will find their inner and outer strength while being creative, expressing themselves, and bonding with friends. Group exercises and games teach considerate peer interaction and leadership skills in a non-competitive environment. We offer themed camps where each day includes yoga, the thoughtful enjoyment of a healthy snack, group activity time, creative projects, mindful breathing, visualization exercises and relaxation. 
Camps are held in the studio as well as at Highlands School and Birmingham Botanical Gardens.

3150 Overton Rd.



The Topgolf Kids Summer Academy is five days of non-stop entertainment and learning that kids will love. The program includes all of the components that make up the great game of golf. From chipping, putting and full swing, to the rules and etiquette, kids will learn everything they need to know to improve their game. Each Academy is designed and taught by our Golf Teaching Professionals in a fun, relaxed atmosphere. Summer Academy is staffed with a low student-to-instructor ratio to ensure each Junior Golfer receives in-depth, hands-on attention while he or she develops a winning golf swing.

May 28th-July 30th

Entry to the Academy: 5 half days, Monday – Friday
Topgolf Game Play and Golf Instruction
One (1) Summer Academy T-Shirt
One (1) Junior Golf Glove
One (1) Water Bottle
One (1) Cinch Backpack
Additional Topgolf Gift
Certificate of Completion

This program is designed for children between the ages of 6-12 years old.

1111 24th St. N.


Highlands School

Highlands School’s Higher Degree of Learning does not end when the school year is over. We offer a quality summer program as well. Highlands summer camp offers challenging activities, talented teachers and the great variety that you have come to expect from Highlands School. Camp is open to all students entering Kindergarten through the 8th grade, regardless of the school they attend during the school year. We now have many options for rising 4K and our Counselor-in-Training program for rising 7th through 11th grade. Come check us out for a higher degree of fun!

Camp Dates: June 4th – July 27th

4901 Old Leeds Rd



Camp LJCC offers ten weekly day camps to the entire Birmingham community for children entering grades K-8. Specialty and Sports camps are offered to children entering grades 2-8. Our camps have a “camp a la carte” system that allows you to plan your summer exactly as you wish – sign up for one week or all ten. You can mix and match weeks with day camps, specialty and/or sports camps.

Camp LJCC is open to everyone and includes indoor and outdoor activities, singing, dancing, sports, swim lessons, field trips, and much more! We hope you will join us this summer!

3960 Montclair Road


Imaginarium Summer Camps

Have you ever wanted to fight dragons, tumble with dragons, or enter a world of endless possibilities? Let your imagination and dreams soar at the Birmingham Children’s Theatre’s 2018 Summer Camps! Young minds will imagine and explore in a creative learning environment. Campers will take classes in creative drama, music, dance and movement, improvisation, playwriting, and stage combat.

1 & 2 week camps June 4th – July 27th
2 week camp is 8:30 – 3:30 and 1 week camp is 8:30 – 12:30

2130 Richard Arrington Jr. Blvd N


YMCA Camp Chandler

Camp Chandler is located on the beautiful Lake Jordan. We are a resident and Day Camp. Whether you are looking for individual, small group, or camp-wide fun, we definitely have something for you! Campers are grouped according to age and gender. They live in cabins with up to 13 other campers and at least 2 counselors. Friendships grow as they live, share meals, laugh, and play together during a full week of fun! Campers are given the opportunity to participate in more than 20 different activities like horseback riding, skiing, archery, sailing, the high ropes course, and more.

Overnight Camp
May 27- July 27

Day Camp
Session 1: June 18 – 22
Session 2: June 25 – 29
Session 3:  July 9 – 13
Session 4: July 16 – 20
Session 5: July 23 – 27

1240 Jordan Dam Rd.


Deer Run Camps & Retreats

Tennessee’s premier camp on 100 beautiful wooded acres, 35 miles south of Nashville! One-week age-graded Overnight Camps (grades 3-12), 2-week Overnight Camps (ages 12-15) and Family Camps (all ages). Campers deepen their faith, experience great adventures and form strong bonds. Everyday distractions, stresses and technology are removed so campers and families can thrive and connect with each other. Family Camps provide private rooms at The Lodge and are an all-inclusive, vacation-with-a-purpose! All camps have action-packed outdoor games and recreation. Campers develop in character, confidence, respect and leadership through each adventure and activity. Camp counselors are excellent role models and encouragers who make a difference in the lives of campers. At Family Camps, a college-age assistant is assigned to each family to help with kids. 

Activities include zip line adventures, giant swing, paintball, archery, tag, climbing tower, and lake time: waterslide, swimming, kayaking, fishing, aqua park and more. Overnight campers choose one track to develop abilities in specialized areas such as fishing, wilderness skills, self-defense, drama, percussion and ukulele.

Overnight Camps: June 3-July 28. Weeklong Family Camps in June and July, and a 3-night Family Camp on Labor Day Weekend.

3845 Perkins Rd
Thompsons Station, TN


NS Dance Studio

Boogie Babies
June 25 – 28, 2018 | 9:00AM – 9:45AM | Ages: 2 – 3 | Camp Cost: $95.00

This camp will provide your little one with the opportunity to set their “Boogie” in motion with emphasis on rhythm and coordination as they enjoy learning Ballet and Tap!

Dance Jamm Junior
July 16 – 19, 2018 | 9:00AM – 11:00AM | Ages: 3 – 4 | Camp Cost: $155.00

This camp is designed to provide your dancer the opportunity to experience all styles of dance! Ballet, Tap and Jazz will be taught each day. Our theme this year will be “Toy Mania”! Dancers will enjoy dancing to the fun up-beat music from toy tunes.

Dance Jamm
June 25 – 28, 2018 | 9:00AM – 12:00PM | Ages: 4 – 6 | Camp Cost: $175.00

This camp is designed to provide your dancer the opportunity to experience all styles of dance! Ballet, Tap and Jazz will be taught each day with hip hop and clogging every other day. Our theme this year will be “The Royal Ball”! Dancers will enjoy dancing to fun upbeat music from all their princess and prince friends!

June 11 – 21, 2018 | Monday – Thursday for Both Weeks | Ages: Current 1st Graders and Up | Registration Fee: $40.00 (current students $30)

In this camp, you have the option of what styles of dance you would like to take! Class offerings will be Ballet, Jazz, Tap, Contemporary, Hip Hop and Clogging. The schedule will be available at registration dates.

June 23 – 24, 2018 | Open to all with appropriate level and age | Cost: TBA

Come join us at our annual master class series where students will take class from some of the top choreographers in the industry!  This year’s lineup of faculty includes Liz Imperio, Joy Spears, and Gregg Russell.

Flip Out Acro Camp
July 16 – 19, 2018 | Multiple ages and times | See website

This camp will provide dancers with a strong foundation of strength, flexibility, and acrobatic skills to enhance all levels of performance!

Hanging Around Aerial Yoga & Silk Arts Camp
July 16 – 19, 2018 | 5:00PM – 6:30PM | Ages: 9 & Up | Camp Cost: $175.00

This camp is all about learning to express your emotions in a creative and unique way using the hammock suspended in the air! Students will learn fun new aerial poses and transitions, and will also explore sequencing as they learn what it feels like to flow and dance in the air! 

1819 Grants Mill Road


Lifetime Fitness Kids Camps

Save the bug spray. This summer, your kids will enjoy full days of gym games, field trips, S.T.E.M. activities, arts and fitness, and exciting weekly themes! 

Pirate’s Life – Great Outdoors – Medieval Mischief – Wild West Wackiness – Time Warp – Grossology 101 – Superhero Sizzle – Making Waves – Crazy Crime Lab – Out of This World – Science is Magical – Myths and Legends – Hollywood Week – Game Show Mania

3051 Healthy Way
Vestavia Hills


Camp DeSoto

Camp DeSoto is a Christian summer camp for girls, ages 8-16, located on Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama. At Camp DeSoto girls are invited to experience the fun of summer camp as part of a nurturing Christian community. Through outdoor activities, new friends, loving counselors, worship, and play, Camp DeSoto provides girls with opportunities to learn new skills, enjoy the beauty of the outdoors, build lasting friendships, and develop a deeper understanding of God’s love.

264 Highway Above the Clouds


Dawson Ballet Summer Camp

1114 Oxmoor Rd.


Gross Out Camp

1214 81st Street
2612 Land Park Road


Prepared, Not Scared Camp

1214 81st Street South


Camp Walkabout

171 Baylor School Rd
Chattanooga, TN


Aldridge Gardens Summer Camps

3530 Lorna Road


Camp VST for Theatre Arts

1116 26th Street South


Camp Fletcher

5150 Fletcher Road


Summer Camp at Advent

2019 Sixth Ave. N.


Mike Getman Soccer Camp

1212 University Blvd.


Summer Camps at McWane Science Center

200 19th St. N.


Sur La Table Cooking Camps

115 Summit Boulevard


Camp Straight Street

2281 Old Tyler Road


Space One Eleven Summer Art Camps

2409 Second Avenue North


Extreme Military Challenge!

15719 AL HWY 157


ArtPlay's Visual Arts Summer Camps

1006 19th St. S


The Knight School Summer Chess Camp

2612 Vestavia Forest Terrace


Summer Science Camps

933 19th Strreet South


Summer Science Institute

933 19th Strreet South


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