Best Summer Day Camps In Seattle

February 21, 2014 5:00 AM

File photo of a young bobcat (Photo Credit: Justin Sullivan / San Francisco Zoo / Getty Images)

Summer is the time of year to plan for family vacation trips and entertaining activities with friends and neighbors. If you’re a parent and unable to get away for an extended period of time, you can still plan for fun summertime outings for your children at one of the many day camps offered in the Seattle area. Whether your child is an animal lover, a sports fanatic or just generally loves to learn, there are plenty of day camp options to choose from that will undoubtedly expand your child’s mind and give them hours of enjoyment.

Woodland Park Zoo Summer Camps
601 N. 59th St.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 548-2424

Seattle’s Woodland Park Zoo is not only a fun place to visit and explore, it also offers some of the best summer day camp opportunities for children ages three to 14. Both half-day and full-day camp options are available throughout the summer months of June, July and August. The zoo’s Kinder Camp is open to children ages three to five and features a number of fun games and activities that will be be played while exploring the zoo and its exhibits. The Zooper Day Camp is open to children ages four to nine and allows kids to learn about animals of the African savannas, tropical forests and also the colder, more northern regions of the world. Full-day camps include the Discoveries Day Camp for children ages five to seven years. With this camp, children can participate in Magizoology, which teaches kids how the zookeepers care for the resident animals. Zoo University camp is for older children between ages 10 and 14 and focuses on two topics — the anatomy of animals and the natural history of certain animal species. If your child is interested in learning about animals and is an animal lover at heart, this is the perfect summer day camp for you. Please keep in mind that children must be fully potty trained and for safety purposes, children will not be in contact with any of the zoo’s resident animals.

Seattle Children’s Museum Day Camps
305 Harrison St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 441-1768

The Seattle Children’s Museum is another wonderful summer day camp program to enroll your child in, as it offers days of daily discovery. The day camps at the children’s museum are split into two groups — the Circus Classroom camps for kids ages four and five and the Jungle Classroom for children ages six to 10. In order to attend the Seattle Children’s Museum day camps, children must have turned age four (for the circus classroom) and age six (for the jungle classroom) by May 1, 2014. Kids can expect to participate in a variety of fun activities including outdoor picnic lunches by the Seattle Center Fountain, exploring the enormous amount of exhibition space (22,000 square feet in all), learning how to hula dance, painting pictures, playing games and much more. Day camps are available as full-day, morning half-day and afternoon half-day and a half-day with lunch and play time. If you have more than one child from your household attending summer day camps, you’ll receive a 10-percent discount for each additional child. Parents can either pack a lunch for their child or order a healthy lunch from the museum’s Bean Sprouts Cafe.

Pacific Science Center Camps And Workshops
200 2nd Ave. N.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-2001

Seattle’s Pacific Science Center is located in the heart of the Seattle Center and features some great science-related day camps for kids during summer. If you already have a membership to the Pacific Science Center, you’ll receive a discount for your child’s summer camp. The science center’s science celebration camps include Dirt Detectives for grades one to three and the Duct Tape Challenge for grades four to six. Other fun activities your day camper can participate in include learning all about animals in Animal Discoveries, discovering the outdoors in the Wild Discoveries group, learning about dinosaurs in Camp Rockosaurus or discovering how candy and certain foods are made in Candyology and Cooking Up Science. Campers will be responsible for bringing their own sack lunch daily, as well as snacks, bottled water and any required medications.

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Seattle Sounders Football Club Camp Programs
CenturyLink Field Fantasy Camp
800 Occidental Ave. S.
Seattle, WA 98104
(425) 203-8315

The Seattle Sounders are a professional soccer team and football club based in Seattle, Washington. The Sounders offer annual summer camp programs for kids ages four to 18. Its half-day program is from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. and for kids ages four to 16, while its full-day program is for children ages seven to 15 and runs from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday through Thursday, and 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Friday. The Seattle Sounders Football Club camp programs are perfect for kids who just play recreational soccer to the more advanced and intermediate players. There will also be a summer day camp especially for soccer goalies and strikers, ages 11 to 18, which will take place every Thursday from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Seattle Sounders Football Club Camp assists its campers in developing their soccer skills by doing daily drill activities and playing in scrimmage and regular soccer games. Campers will work with coaches in a one-on-one capacity, as well as in a group capacity to hone particular skills and rules of the game.

YMCA Of Greater Seattle Summer Camps
909 4th Ave.
Seattle, WA 98104
(206) 382-5000

The YMCA of Greater Seattle offers a variety of summer day camps that include arts and crafts, sports and other outdoor activities, as well as special interest day camps for music, science and more. Summer day camps are open to children of varying ages, depending on the day camp’s main focus or topic. The YMCA also offers financial assistance for summer camps to lower income families that qualify. Parents and their children can choose a summer day camp depending on the child’s interest. Some of the more popular day camps offer activities such as water sports, learning and performing magic tricks, building with LEGOs, riding horses or playing a variety of sports including soccer, baseball, basketball, lacrosse and tennis.

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Sue Gabel has been writing entertainment and travel-related articles in the greater Puget Sound/Seattle area since 1999. She writes about music, the Seattle scene and more. Her work can be found on

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