No child on the planet would ever admit to getting excited to go to school during the summer, but just because regular schools are not in session doesn’t mean that kids can’t learn. And just because it’s school, doesn’t mean that it can’t be fun. Below are five great suggestions to keep your child’s young mind fully engaged this summer. These programs fill up quickly, so don’t delay in getting your children signed up.
Seattle Children’s Theatre
201 Thomas St.
Seattle, WA 98109
(206) 443-0807

Does your kid like to “act up?” Seattle Children’s Theatre has a huge selection of classes for every age range and skill level. Children will be taught by some of the best of the best sharing their love for the stage. Many classes will be held off-site at various locations around the city including Woodland Park Zoo and The Museum of Flight.

Pratt Fine Arts Center
1902 S. Main St.
Seattle WA 98144
(206) 328-2200

If you have a budding Picasso or Norman Rockwell, what better time to help encourage those talents? Each week during the summer at Pratt’s Summer Art Camp will be focused on a different theme exposing children to the art of drawing, painting and sculptures creating true art that they can take home. Each camp runs from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. and the cost is $330 per week.

Seattle Tilth
4649 Sunnyside Ave. N., Suite 100
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 633-0451

While some kids like to play in the mud, others find that they have a green thumb. For over 20 years, Seattle Tilth has been offering children’s garden classes during the summer for kids ages 1-15. In addition to becoming an “urban farmer,” kids will be entertained with music, craft projects, playing games and more.

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Seattle Aquarium
1483 Alaskan Way
Seattle, WA 98101
(206) 386-4300

The Seattle Aquarium is offering an array of unique summer camp experiences not found anywhere else and for all kids entering kindergarten to 10th grade. All classes focus on the sea life found at the aquarium but are tailored for different interests including classes for artists and actors in addition to aquatic science and exploration of different sea-life species.

Blue Ribbon Cooking School
2501 Fairview Ave. E.
Seattle, WA 98102
(206) 328-2442

Your child may not be the next MasterChef Jr., but that doesn’t mean that they won’t have a great time at Blue Ribbon learning all kinds of culinary techniques and learning some much-appreciated life skills. Classes are offered for kids ages 7-18 and will give your kids a “hands on” approach to cooking and baking healthy and tasty dishes. Even the homework is fun.

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Jeffrey Totey is a freelance writer living in Seattle. He has a love for the arts and is a student of pop culture. He covers stories about the performing arts, theater, museums, cultural events, movies and more in the greater Seattle area. His work can be found at