Explore more! Come experience the amazing summer opportunities in your neighborhood community center and parks for all youth ages 3-21! Options include a host of camps including Sports & Fitness, Performing Arts, Science, Nature, and much, much more! Seattle Parks and Recreation is committed to providing relevant and responsive services that provide all youth the opportunities to have fun and continue learning throughout the summer months. Please be sure to ask about scholarships and sibling discounts.
Many of our Community Centers offer a variety of summer camps including Sports and Fitness, Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Nature, and STEM for ages 3-17. Check out our 2017 Summer Day Camp brochure for all our offerings or find a community center in your area to see what they have to offer!
Camp Long Nature and Adventure Camps
Camp Long is a 68–acre forested park located in West Seattle and is one of Seattle’s best–kept secrets. Five miles of trails within the park boundaries are enhanced by a southern connection to the Longfellow Creek trail. Visitors can enjoy nature, camp overnight in rustic cabins, rock climb or experience a low and high ropes course.
Camp Long’s Nature Quest Day Camps are a week–long adventure through different areas of West Seattle. Learn about history, outdoor survival, intertidal life, and Pacific Northwest forest ecology through games, hands–on activities, art projects, treasure hunts, and more! See below for descriptions of each week of camp. Please pay attention to where the camp is located each week. Some are at Camp Long and others are at different places throughout West Seattle.
All camps are for 7 to 12 year olds. Each week camp runs 9am – 4pm. Limited scholarships are available.
Camp Long Adventure Camps
Learn new skills and get outside your comfort zone. Learn about the environment, meet people from different schools, eat great food and have some FUN!
Carkeek Earthkeepers Day Camps
Carkeek Park is a 216–acre natural area park in the Broadview neighborhood of Seattle. It is the fourth largest park in Seattle with six miles of trails, 15 acres of tidelands and 1/5 of the park being wetlands. Visitors can explore lush forests, expansive meadows, creeks and beaches formed by the magical processes of water and time or touch time at the historic Piper’s Orchard.
Carkeek Park's EarthKeepers is a special summer day camp for exploring, learning and playing outdoors. We offer activities to foster friendship, learning, creativity and leadership. On any given day a camp participant may explore the beach, hike through the forest, play in a field, learn about nature or create art. Each week has different themes. These are described below.
All camps are for 6 to 12 year olds. Each week camp runs 9am – 4pm. Limited scholarships are available.
Week 1 - Eyes to the Sky 6/26/17 - 6/30/17
This first week of summer will be spent expanding our senses while interpreting the daytime sky. Campers will learn common bird species found in Seattle, about weather patterns, and creatures who happily venture off the ground in Carkeek Park!
Week 2 – Wild Creativity 7/3/17 - 7/7/17
Want to spend summer days observing the natural world through color and creation? There are no limits to what may be discovered! Using unique field journals and natural space as canvas, we will explore this colorful park. No camp July 4th
Week 3 – Tidepool Explorations 7/10/17 – 7/14/17
Love the beach? This week of exploration takes campers who love the ocean to a deeper level. A week full of great low tides, we will venture down daily to uncover treasures as the water is pulled out.
Week 4 – Nature Detective 7/17/17 – 7/21/17
This week we dig deep to understand the mysteries of science and nature. Through inquiry and investigation, we will uncover methods of the natural world! Activities will be based on campers own questions and hypothesis.
Includes a field trip to the Zoo.
Week 5 - Passport to the Puget Sound 7/24/17 - /28/17
Campers will spend time on the beach each day, investigating the wonders of the Puget Sound. Observing shoreline species with daily low tides, and exploring what lives in the depths of our water’s. Includes a trip to the Seattle Aquarium.
Week 6 – Carkeek Surviv0r 7/31/17 – 8/4/17
Do you want to learn how to survive in our forests? This week we will practice outdoor skills including packing for an adventure, navigation, use and identification of native plants and how to make fire by friction.
Week 7 – Micro Worlds 8/7/17 – 8/11/17
Do tiny critters fascinate you? Campers will collect and study insects from multiple habitats and learn about their role in different ecosystems. We will create bug-related art, learn about insect transformation and why even humans depend on pollinator pathways.
Week 8 – Pacific Northwest Time Travel 8/14/17 – 8/18/17
Campers will discover why Carkeek and the Pacific Northwest are so special to learn and grow in. Activities include safe identification of plants and traditional uses, learning how the Puget Sound and nearby mountains were formed, and Native American storytelling.
WEEK 9 - Ultimate Outdoor Expedition 8/21- 8/25
Join us as we follow the courageous young Sam Gribbley on his year-long adventure of surviving in the forest. Inspired by the classic chapter book, My Side of the Mountain, activities include building a shelter, fire preparation, and orienteering.
Camp handbook coming soon!
Scholarships are available based on need. View the income eligibility guidelines and download an application here. For more information, please contact Masha Shtern at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 206-684-0877.
You can register online through SPARC or by calling Masha at 206-684-0877.
Discovery Park Nature Daycamp
Discovery Park is a 550-acre urban green space located five miles northwest of downtown Seattle. It features eight miles of trails through four distinct habitats - pond, meadows, forest and saltwater beaches. It is the largest park in the city of Seattle and occupies most of the former site of Fort Lawton.
The following forms are required- "Participant Information and Authorization Form," "Immunization Form" and "Buddy Request (optional- only if you would like to request to be placed in the same group with another participant)"
The place Mother Nature could send her children
Give a child a week of Discovery Park Nature Daycamp and they will receive:
- A journey into the worlds of Pacific Northwest plants and animals.
- A romp through the meadow and a spin on a sand dune.
- A dive into the unusual world of pond life.
- Time to play and form bonds with nature and new friends.
- A hands-on introduction to Seattle's largest park with the widest diversity of life.
- The opportunity to experience animals in their natural habitats.
- Five days of sharing with and caring for all living things.
- The seeds for growing a lifelong relationship with the earth.
Nature Daycamp General Information
- One week sessions run Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for 4-6 year olds and 9 a.m. -3 p.m. for 6-12 year olds.
- Camper to Environmental Educator ratios are 10:1 for ages 6-12, and 8:1 for ages 4-5.
- Children are guided by trained professional Environmental Educators.
- Scholarships are available.
- Before and After Camp Programming for ages 6-12 is available.
Comments from Nature Daycamp Families:
"(My Child) seemed to be bubbling over with enthusiasm every day about what he did/learned at camp."
"There's been a lot of habitat talk around our house."
"Thanks for another great year! You all are exceptional, dedicated, and inspiring!"
"(My child) was a constant source of information about things she learned at camp-metamorphosis, digestion, fir cones, energy from food. It just poured out her and it continues to spurt out all year!"
Free programs and meals
Free programming and meals are also available for Seattle's youth! We offer drop-in recreation programs for children ages 1-18. Activities may include arts, crafts, board games, and organized recreational games. Lunch and snack is available for children ages 0-18! For more information, click here to view the flyer, call 206-615-0303 or visit Human Services Department's website.
Magnuson Park Summer Camps
Magnuson Park is home to over a dozen organizations offering camps in a variety of areas. From art and athletics to sailing and science, everything your campers need for a terrific summer is right here. Summer vacation is the time to discover new interests and build skills. Magnuson Park has a variety of camps to choose from.
|Camp Name||AM||PM||Full Day|
|Creative Coding 4 Kids||X||X|
|Red Ochre Studio||X||X||X|
|Seattle Musical Theatre|
|Magnuson Nature Programs||X||X||X|
|NOAA Science Camp||X|
|Seattle Junior Mountaineers Camp|
|Tennis Center Sand Point||X||X||X|
|Seattle Parks and Rec||X||X||X|
|Sail Sand Point|
|Cascade Bicycle Club||X||X||X|
|Outdoors For All||X||X||X|
|Disc Northwest - Ultimate|
Arts, Culture and Educational
Creative Coding 4 Kids
Teaching kids the joy of coding computers by helping them write their own customized computer games.
Red Ochre Studio
For children ages 7 - 11 an exciting week of creative art exploration of drawing, painting, sculpture, textiles, fused glass and ceramics.
Environment and Science
Magnuson Nature Programs
Growing a love of gardening and nature, for children ages 4-12, using the whole park as our outdoor classroom.
Nature Camp emphasizes fun, experiential outdoor activities that instill an appreciation for nature.
NOAA Science Camp
Held at NOAA's Seattle Sand Point facility each July, NOAA Science Camp offers opportunities for middle school students to explore marine sciences, and for high school students to gain experience in leadership and teaching.
Seattle Junior Mountaineers Camp
Seattle area youth ages 6-12 are invited to join The Mountaineers for a fun-filled week that includes field trips. Led by knowledgeable and skilled volunteers, youth learn basic climbing, navigation, hiking and safety skills, kayaking and earth stewardship.
Indoor Sports and Recreation
Kids ages 3-12 stay actively involved in fun, safe sports and games, while learning teamwork and sportsmanship.
Tennis Center Sand Point
Beginners to advanced, tennis rain or shine. Outdoor Sports and Recreation
Seattle Parks and Recreation
We offer a variety of summer camps including Sports and Fitness, Arts and Crafts, Performing Arts, Nature, and STEM for ages 3-17. Check out our 2017 Summer Day Camp brochure for all our offerings!
Sail Sand Point
Experience sailing and paddling for the first time, learn how to race, or just play on the water with friends.
Cascade Bicycle Club
Super fun and educational bike camps for ages 6 -15.
Outdoors for All
Join the fun with Outdoors for All's Day Camps! Sessions run all summer long for campers between the ages of 5 - 21 years-old. Though our camps are specialized for children with disabilities they are open for campers of all ability levels. Activities include hiking, cycling, kayaking, excursions, and more!
Available for ages 5-12 years old, Y kids stay active and stretch in new ways at summer camp. Whether it's learning a new skill or game, working on a project with new-found friends, or just enjoying some undirected play time, camps provide room to grow and help kids build resilience and confidence.
Many camps are half-day. Mix and match for a full day of fun.
Seattle Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Associated Recreation Council offers preschool camps for children ages 3-5! Preschool activities include art, blocks, dramatic play, library time, cooking, discovery science, singing, and outdoor play.
Preschool summer camps may be offered in weekly sessions for up to 8 weeks at certain locations. New themes each week!
- Children need to be fully potty-trained (no diapers or pull-ups permitted)
- Please speak with the program director regarding available food options. No refrigeration or microwave/oven will be available.
- Price and hours vary at each location
- Sibling discount: $15/week ($12 for week of July 4)
GREEN LAKE YOUTH SAILING AND SUMMER CAMPS
Registration for Rowing and Boating camps opens on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ noon
Green Lake Small Craft Center offers a variety of summer camps for youth ages 11-17. Whether it is a mix of activities with our Adventure Camps or a focus on Sailing, Green Lake Small Craft Center offers fun, safe and memorable summer experiences. Open to all skill levels. No prior experience necessary. Please register on SPARC (starting early April) or call the center at 206-684-4074 for more information.
YOUTH SAILING CAMP
Kids will have a great time learning sailing skills in our summer camps, using the Toppers here at Green Lake. Both new and experienced sailors can register. Learn the basics of sailing, rigging, safety and boat handling. Participants must weigh at least 80 lbs. We provide life jackets. Classes are 4 hours in length Monday – Friday; 12 – 4pm (6/26 – 8/14, $200).
Our full-day summer camp option. Canoeing, kayaking and sailing on Green Lake, and tennis, golf, soccer and other activities around Green Lake will fill the days! Field trips may include traveling by van. Bring a sack lunch, swimsuit, towel and a change of clothes; we will provide snacks. Camps run 8:30 - 4:00; Monday - Friday. (7/31, 8/7, 8/14, $300)
All courses require a 10 minute float test, taken prior to your first class. Float Tests are available at our pools: www.seattle.gov/parks/pools
MOUNT BAKER YOUTH SAILING AND SUMMER CAMPS
Registration for Rowing and Boating camps opens on Tuesday, April 4, 2017 @ noon
Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers a variety of summer camps for youth ages
8-18. Whether it is a mix of activities with our Multi-Sport or Adventure Camps or a focus
on Sailing or Rowing, Mount Baker Rowing and Sailing Center offers fun, safe and memorable
summer experiences. Open to all skill levels. No prior experience necessary. Please register on
SPARC (starting April 4th) or call the center at 206-386-1913 for more information.
All courses require a 10 minute float test, taken prior to your first class. Float Tests are available
at our pools: www.seattle.gov/parks/pools.asp
YOUTH SAILING CAMP
Come sail in our small boat dinghy fleet of sailboats. No need to figure out what skill level (beginner through advanced) your sailor is. Each week, our trained sailing staff will review the roster and determine each camper’s skill individually and quickly assign them into compatible groups by experience and aspirations. Safety, skill development and FUN are our goals.
YOUTH SUNSHINE SAILORS
Has your child shown interest in boating? Perhaps in sailing! This is a perfect sailing camp for the younger sailor (ages 8-11) who wants to check out sailing in a stable “single-handed” (one sailor) sailboat. These young sailors will take to Lake Washington in our fleet of Pram sailboats that are lightweight, easy to maneuver, flat bottom boats. Beginner and Advanced camps available as your sailor progresses.
YOUTH ADVENTURE CAMP
Our full-day Adventure Camp is nonstop WATER-BASED FUN!!! Activities include kayaking, SUP boarding, swimming at our two nearby - lifeguarded beaches, and excursions to nearby parks and Community Centers. Field trips off site will use public transportation with possible destinations of the Seattle Aquarium, Seattle Waterfront, and Colman Pool among others. All water and land activities are influenced by the weather of the day; sunshine, wind, rain, no wind, etc. Camp activities are generated collaboratively with fun and safety in mind.
JUNIOR MULTI-SPORT CAMP
Are you tired of your youth spending hours on the computer or cell phone? Would you like them to learn the fundamentals of three different sports in the same camp? This half-day camp will introduce and develop skills in 3 very different sports. Our weather patterns will allow us to be flexible in our learning; rowers want calm waters, windsurfers want wind and paddlers can play in all conditions. Be a part of boating at Mt Baker!
Specialized Programs Summer Camps
Do you want to have a fun, engaging camp experience? Our trained staff offer a safe, exciting, memorable summer camp for individuals with disabilities. To receive a Summer Camp brochure, please call Specialized Programs at 206-684-4950 and we can help you plan your summer camp schedule.
Ages 4 and up
Dates run June – August
Weekly camps June – August
Both day and overnight camps offered
Teen extreme day camps on Fridays
Locations: Lower Woodland and Camp Long
Three weekend camps
June – August
Overnight camps at Camp Long
Call us at 206-684-4950 for camp dates and registration information!
Our low cost and FREE sports camps offer a fun and positive experience for your child's inner athlete. We will divide kids into groups based on age/ability level, and have a great time working on age-appropriate fundamentals that will incorporate fun competitions, games, races and scrimmages. Our camps are designed for kids ranging from the very beginner to the seasoned athlete. All kids can expect to improve their skill level! Please bring a sack lunch, snacks, water bottle, sunscreen and dress appropriately for the weather (layers). Space is limited in these camps so register early. E-13 and signed concussion form due at registration and must be sent to the Youth Athletics office. For more information on what is offered, please visit the Citywide Youth Sports page.
Summer Day Camps
Do you want your child to have fun, engaging opportunities that will support continued learning and personal growth over the summer months? Seattle Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Associated Recreation Council offers all day summer camps for children ages 5-12! Our summer day camps will be offered for up to 10 weeks, with new themes available each week!
- Operating Hours: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
- Cost: $220/week ($176 for 4-day week of July 4)
- $15 Sibling Discount ($12 Sibling Discount week of July 4)
- First day of Summer Day Camp: June 26, 2017
- A morning and afternoon snack will be provided daily. Parents are to provide a daily well-balanced lunch. No refrigeration or microwave/oven for lunches will be available.