OMB Contributor Sarah Piguet shares, “I work full time away from home and have two camp-aged kids. Camp is childcare for me over the summer; so we’ve been known to enroll them in more than half a dozen camps in a given summer. A few things I always consider are hidden costs, like having to pay extra for field trips, or if I may have to pay additional fees to drop them off early or pick them up late to align with my workday.”
We’ve put together a budget-friendly summer camp list that will keep the kids active without breaking the bank! Here’s our top picks under $175/week:
Bricks 4 Kidz ($99-$159)
Ages 5 – 12 yrs
Dates: June 8 – August 21
Take your child’s enthusiasm for LEGO® building a step further and enroll him/her in a Bricks 4 Kidz summer camp! Bricks 4 Kidz summer programs incorporate S.T.E.M. principles and provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build incredible motorized creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks.
Star Wars™/Space Adventures, Angry Birds™, Clash of Bricks (Clash of Clans®), A Pirates Quest, Minecraft 2 & Super Hero, Pokémon®/Pocket Brick Monsters, Classic Arcade Brick Adventures, Teenage Brick Turtles, Amusement Park Camp, plus full day camps, and more!
Cub Scout Day Camp $105
ages 6 – 12
June 9 – July 17
Cub Day Camp offers the Scout a fun, exciting, and productive week of Scouting. Scouts receive a patch, t-shirt and all materials with their registration fee. In order for a boy to be a participant in the 2015 Cub Scout Day Camps he must be a Cub Scout. Non-members may attend Cub Scouts Day Camp, however an extra $24 registration fee will apply. Click here for more info!
Central Florida Zoo Summer Adventures $140-$190
ages 6 – 12 yrs
Jun 1 – Aug 21
Explore exciting summer programs including half and full day camps. Choose from a wide variety of fun and exciting camps such as Pirates of the ZOOribbean, Jr. Zoo Keeper, Jungle to Jungle and more! Cost ranges from $140-$190 ($20 discount if you have a zoo membership – $120- $170). Click here for more info!
Gifted University Summer Camp $150*
ages K – 8th grade
June 8 – August 16
Programs are uniquely designed to engage, inspire, and ignite your child’s passion to learn, including music, dance, art, foreign language, theatre, science, engineering, piano, robotics, and American Girl. *All camps are $150 per week per child. (Hurry! This is a FLASH SALE!) Click here for more info!
Ice Factory Ice Skating $95
June 9 – August 16
The Ice Factory Summer Day Camps Are Back! Every day the activities are planned to engage your child and keep the excitement and interests levels high! Our camps include daily games, crafts, lessons, and outdoor activities. We also offer movie and theme days as well as special activities and presentations all summer long. Our qualified and well trained staff provide an outstanding and positive experience for your child while ensuring the best possible environment for them to learn the basics of ice skating, hockey, figure skating and more. At just $95 a week you can’t pass up this cool summer deal. Sign up today!!!
Young Masters Art Camp $170
ages 6 to 12
June 8 – July 9
Young Masters Art Camp is a fun-filled art camp with many activities that are creatively compelling.
Featuring: Master Artists, Glazing Pottery, Drawing, Watercolors, Accredited Instruction … and much more! This camp is hosted by an OCPS art teacher. The kids learn about many forms of art and create everything from paintings to pottery to bring home at the end of the week. $170 per week, or just $330 for 2 siblings together. Get the details and sign up here!
Camp Boggy Creek (no charge)
Near and dear to our hearts, Camp Boggy Creek is a place of dreams, of joy, of possibilities. A camp where children with serious illnesses and their families can forget the word “no” for a little while and embrace the promise of “yes”. Camp Boggy Creek was founded in 1996 by Paul Newman and General H. Norman Schwarzkopf, with one simple premise in mind, that every child, no matter their illness, could experience the transformational spirit and friendships that go hand in hand with camp.
With unobtrusive expert medical care, it was their dream that Camp would provide seriously ill children with a fun-filled experience defined by compassion, laughter and acceptance. Camp Boggy Creek never charges campers to attend and never asks them to contribute anything other than a positive, playful attitude.
Who can attend CBC? Children ages 7 through 16 with one of the following diseases, illnesses or conditions: asthma (severe), bleeding disorders and hemophilia, cancer, craniofacial disorders, diabetes, epilepsy, heart/cardiovascular, HIV/AIDS (immune deficiency), inflammatory bowel disease, kidney disease, rheumatic disease, ventilator assisted disorders, sickle cell anemia, spina bifida and transplants.
For more info and sign up for CBC, click here!
Orlando Gymnastics $175*
Full week Mon – Fri, 8am – 6pm
Orlando Gymnastics is fun and active, with themed weeks. *$50 off early registration for 2 or more weeks by May 15th. For more info and sign up for Orlando Gymnastics, click here!
Kids R Kids Daycare $160 (approx. per location)
Kids R Kids has multiple locations in the Orlando area. Each is individual in their programs and pricing. Their summer-long camp is available for kids ages 5-12. The cost is approximately $160/week which includes snacks and lunch. In some locations, parents have full access to security cameras. Each location has their own schedule. Check out the following locations:
Apopka – School age program (5-12 yrs)
– Tween and teen program (11-14 yrs)
Avalon Park – K – 12 yrs program
Clermont – K – 12 yrs program
Orlando – K – 12 yrs program
Orlando – K – 12 yrs program
Oviedo – K – 12 yrs program
Waterford Lakes – K – 12 yrs program
Aloma Early Childhood Learning Center $100-$180
The Aloma Summer Program provides a fun opportunity for children 18 months through 5th grade. Classes are limited so please register early. The Summer Camp Program will be packed full of fun activities that give our children, as well as our teachers, a relaxed atmosphere while at the same time maintaining a quality, age appropriate environment for all ages.
Provide your own lunch. Click here for more info and to register!
Kids Prep $125
ages K – 12 yrs
June 8th – August 21st
823 S. Semoran Blvd.
Winter Park, FL 32792
Featuring, park, movies, splash pad, rollerskating and a lot more.
Please call for info. 407-671-7170
My Gym $30/day
Orlando (Dr. Phillips location)
ages 3-8 & 6-11
June 9-August 14
Kids love My Gym Camp! Our location here in Dr. Phillips has set company records for camp enrollment and is fun and challenging for kids up to 11 years of age. Our overlapping age groups allow 6-8 year olds an opportunity to come with younger siblings (3-5), or with just the older kids in our program and participate in more challenging activities, or do both and come twice as often. Our two age groups are structured differently with age-appropriate activities. Camp times are always 2:30-5:30 (the hottest part of the day!). If you would like your child to get out of the house for a few hours of fun and exercise to escape the summertime blues, this camp is for you! Click here for more info!
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