Summer Camp Guide

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There are many signs that Smyrna is growing all around us, but somehow seeing how this list grows year over year continues to surprise me. Such a great community for families!

Before we get started, here are the usual disclaimers:

  • Some companies don’t update their summer camp pages until after spring break camps are over, so check back for updates!
  • Others are offering early bird specials right now, so if you know you’ll be registering, it’s best to sign up early.
  • Did I miss anything? Leave a comment here or on facebook so I can update the list!

 

Featured Summer Camps

Jitterbug Performing Arts

1125 Concord Road, Smyrna
678-424-1256
Check their website for summer camp info, regular classes and drop in classes.

Looking for a camp that is full of energy, fun, and creativity? Look no further! 
Whether your child already enjoys performing or is a little hesitant, we are here to boost their confidence and get them excited about being themselves! Each theme is filled with a variety of unique and different activities. Campers work to put together a show in just one week. Learning songs, dances, working on projection and stage presence, making costumes, props and scenery in preparation to star in their very own show, every imagination gets to shine! Camp is open to children ages 3 – 12 (as long as they’re potty trained) and a “production camp” option is available until 4pm.

The full camp schedule can be found here, but sample themes are: Welcome to the Jungle, Princes and Princesses: Royalty Around the World, Music Video Madness, Jitter & Bug Circus, Broadway Bound, and Rock Stars!

Best of all, early bird discounts are available until April 10!

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MathWizard

3246 Atlanta Road, Smyrna
(678) 424-1787

MathWizard is introducing summer camps in 2016! Check out their website for more info on their camps, classes and other programs.

MathVenture (Grades 2-4)
Math can be magical! Matt the Magician will guide students through adventures including money, time, measurement geometry, and fractions. Students will use critical thinking skills that require investigation, inquiry, and collaboration to solve math puzzles and games.

Eco-Explorers (Grades 3-5)
Hop in our Jeep or submarine and explore with us! Students will examine different ecosystems and how animals behave and interact with one another. Through interactive activities and project-based learning, our student-centered curriculum will make biology fun and understandable.

 

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Traditional

Camp Jonquil, Smyrna City Camps. Smyrna.
The city of Smyrna offers a variety of day camps throughout the summer. Camps include: traditional, gymnastics, art, math & music, Lego and more. Plus extended care is available.

YMCA Summer Camp Programs. Buckhead, Marietta, Kennesaw.
Summer camp is about learning skills, developing character and making friends. But few environments are as special as day camp, where kids become a community as they learn both how to be more independent and how to contribute to a group as they engage in physical, social and educational activities. YMCA summer camp teaches self-reliance, a love for nature and the outdoors, and the development of attitudes and practices that build character and leadership. There are several YMCA locations in our area, including Buckhead (Carl E. Sanders), Northeast Cobb (Marietta), and Northwest Cobb (Kennesaw).

Primrose School Summer Adventure Club. Smyrna, Mableton and Marietta.
Ages 5 – 10 years old. At Primrose Summer Adventure Club, we’re launching imaginations farther than you ever thought possible. It’s a whole new world of discovery at Primrose. We know what it takes to fuel your child’s natural curiosity about the world. That’s why we provide a fun, hands-on experience including engineering design challenges, outdoor exploration, creative play and much more. It’s prime time for active minds to engage, learn and grow.

Camp Whitefield Summer Camps. Mableton.
For Kindergarten – 4th graders. A Christ-centered day camp. During the day, the campers will spend time in praise and worship, playing games, making arts and crafts, competing in age-appropriate physically challenging events, advancing educational knowledge, forming new friendships, and exploring God’s creation in a fun, loving, and caring environment. There will be two different groups within Camp Whitefield to ensure that age-appropriate games and activities will keep younger and older elementary children engaged all day long! For preschool aged kids, check out “Wee Whitefield”!

A Child’s Night Out. Marietta.
Ages K – 13 years, children must have completed or be attending kindergarten. This program operates when the Cobb County Public Schools are closed: Summer, winter, and spring breaks, and teachers’ work days. Plenty of arts and crafts and special field trips. Lunch usually provided, except for days with certain field trips.

Cobb County Parks, Recreation, and Cultural Affairs Department Camps. Throughout  Cobb.
These camps cover a variety of themes including art, theater, sports, nature, gymnastics and more! They are held throughout Cobb County and are currently enrolling through the summer.

Summer at St. Benedict’s. Smyrna.
Offerings for both preschool (9am – 1pm) and elementary (9am – 3pm) with extended care available. Each week has a unique theme including art, nature, sports, science, school readiness, STEM, cooking, music and more. Extended care programs are available.

 

Performing Arts

Jitterbug Performing Arts. Smyrna.
Looking for a camp that is full of energy, fun, and creativity? Look no further! 
Whether your child already enjoys performing or is a little hesitant, we are here to boost their confidence and get them excited about being themselves! Each theme is filled with a variety of unique and different activities. Campers work to put together a show in just one week. Learning songs, dances, working on projection and stage presence, making costumes, props and scenery in preparation to star in their very own show, every imagination gets to shine! Camp is open to children ages 3 – 12 (as long as they’re potty trained) and a “production camp” option is available until 4pm.

The Studio Atlanta Dance. Vinings. Ages 2.5 – 12. Our summer program is ranked among the top in Atlanta for several reasons. Our 10 weeks of incredibly versatile offerings for dancers of all ages and skill level is unparalleled in the Atlanta area. Camps incorporate movement, dance & art with a variety of themes.

beDance with Ms. Reggy. Vinings.
Release your inner star in this 2-week camp that is all about fun and developing a love for the performing arts. Dance, sing, act, and perform at the end! Parents welcome to the show! This year’s theme is the popular movie “Inside Out.” Camp is held June 6-17 and open for children ages 4 – 10.

Young Actors Playhouse. Marietta.
YAP is offering some fun and entertaining camps for the kids from 5-14 this summer! Whether your child is new to theatre or an experienced veteran, we have something to offer. Camp themes include Improv, “Big Bad Wolf” Camp, Movie Camp, and Prince and Princess Camp.

Jennie T Anderson Theatre Performing Arts Camps.  (Scroll down below the seating chart when you go to the linked page.) Marietta.
E.T.C. Camp is for rising 3rd – 9th graders: E.T.C. is the Exciting, Entertaining, Educational Theatre Company.An energetic and fun camp for students who enjoy the performing arts and want to be on stage. Campers will rehearse a musical show to be performed for family and friends Friday Night. Campers should have an equal interest in singing, dancing and acting. ***No experience required—just high energy and enthusiasm. Performances are held at 7:00pm, on Friday night of each session.
PROMPT Camp is for rising 5th – 9th graders: Prompt is a musical theatre workshop camp—not a performance opportunity. Campers will work on their musical theatre skills in acting, singing and dancing through study in vocal technique, stage presence and good audition materials.

Georgia Dance Conservatory. Marietta.
Located in Marietta Square, the Georgia Dance Conservatory works to inspire a love for the art of dance, beginning from as young as 3 years old. There are Fairytale Camps available for beginners and Ballet Bootcamps for more serious dancers with experience. In addition, they also offer “Summer Intensives” – specialized classes for those 11 – 18.

Metayer Conservatory for the Arts. Smyrna.
Open for dancers 10+ and is a 4 week program for those with prior dance experience. Daily ballet practice is supplemented with a variety of other dance styles and culminates in a small in-studio presentation. Auditions required to place the student at that correct level.

Math and Music Makers Summer CampSmyrna.
Ages 5-11. Math & Music Makers is not your average summer camp. Imagine your child in a fun environment that will bring out his/her inner musician and scholar. Developed by two experienced educators, Math & Music Makers fuses mathematics and music together in unconventional ways giving students opportunities to gain knowledge, confidence and exposure to the world of mathematics and music.  Our camp day is upbeat and active as we introduce mathematical concepts in nontraditional ways focusing on critical thinking and number sense. We use music/songs to reinforce math facts and we teach rhythm, pitch, music vocabulary and notation. We also introduce students to the piano with group keyboarding lessons each day. Children are exposed to different genres of music and all kinds of instruments with live professional music performances each week. Literature, games, arts and craft projects, outdoor activities, and innovative lessons bring it all together for a summer full of fun! (Also listed under STEAM/STEAM.)

 

Art

Marietta/Cobb Museum of Art. Marietta.
Ages 5 – 12. Each week there will be a full day (9am – 3pm) camp, broken into morning and afternoon sessions for 2 age groups (5-8 and 9-12). These sessions will cover different subjects, mediums and techniques, and will not repeat in any other camp…so sign up for more than one week! They also have teen week for those 13 – 19 years old.

Vinings School of Art. Vinings.
Vinings School of Art has separate classrooms for 3 age groups: 5-7 years, 7-10 years, and 10-14 years.  We teach children how to paint large canvas paintings, make and grout mosaics, run a clay camp that uses our kiln, work with charcoal and learn special drawing techniques, etc.  Our camp includes a one hour daily PE/Fitness class in the gym next door.  Students can do ART class in the morning, and a different type of ART in the afternoon, and another option is ART + FITNESS + Spanish (crafts, cooking, and culture).  We offer early drop-off and later pick up times, and students can do 5 mornings, 5 afternoons, or 5 full day camp.  The full day camps are $275 per week, ½ day camps are also available. Camps run from May 23-August. 17, 2016    Tel. 678-213-4278

Mable House Art Camp.
We offer both morning and afternoon camps for children ages 4-16. Mix and match for a day of fun! Remember to bring your lunch (ready to eat—no microwave) and be ready to get messy! Though this is primarily listed as an arts camp, there are also sessions on theater, storytelling, science, dance, music, songwriting and more!

The Art Place – Mountain View. Kennesaw.
Drawing. Painting. Collage. Installation. Multimedia. Crafting. TAP’s Summer Arts program offers children ages 4-9 an art camp experience in a variety of traditional and non-traditional art medias! This year for our “Drawn to Nature Art Camp” we will explore the natural world through the arts! Campers will enjoy a fun-filled week of art making inspired by nature and the impact we have on our environment. Students ages 4-5 will be engaged in two different art classes while 6-9 year olds will rotate between two visual arts classes and an inclusive theatre performance class that covers stage presence, acting exercises, and storytelling which is available five of the six weeks of camp. Campers ages 7-9 can also sign up for our AM or PM elementary clay camp and ages 9-12 can join us in our afternoon session called “Dig A Little Deeper”. For students that are registered for both a morning and an afternoon camp, we offer a supervised lunch period (lunch not provided). Classes fill quickly, so register early!

The Art Station – Big Shanty. Kennesaw.
Are you ready to take a journey? Campers will be diving into mysterious and marvelous artwork from around the globe seeking out spectacular creatures and beasts from the past and fantastic animals for today. This summer will be filled with adventure with stunning sculptures and fantastic paintings that will be sure to make campers curious and creative. Each week we will use a variety of techniques and materials such as clay, drawing, painting, design, pastels, and more!

Art Camp with Mr. PatSmyrna.
Art camp for children ages 6-12. Take this exciting artist journey with Mr. Pat, who has been creating art all of his life. He has a Master of Fine Art from SCAD and has over 7 years of experience in the classroom. He has taught art at a variety of places. Each week students will focus on a new theme and learn about key elements of art and art history. Students will create several projects per week that they will be able to bring home. Themes include Superhero 101 and Master Artists. All supplies are included in the class fee. Each child is required to bring a sack lunch every day.

 

Sports

i9 Sports Camps. Smyrna.
Multi sports camp at Nickajack for 1st – 6th grade. Unfortunately, I cannot link directly to the information page. From the “Find a Program Near You” page (link provided), enter your zip, then click on “More Choices”. Then uncheck “Leagues” and “Clinics” so that only “Camps” is selected. Nickajack Elementary is the first one listed.

Way 2 Play Sports and Way 2 Cheer.  Smyrna.
Ages: Rising 1st – 6th graders.
Summer camp being held at Campbell high school featuring a full sized wood floor basketball court, turf playing field, and track.  Across the street from the best playground in Smyrna along with baseball fields and soccer fields. Hot healthy lunches and snacks provided along with academic enrichment and chess programs all led by certified Cobb county physical education specialists and teachers.

Gymnastics CampSmyrna
Ages 6-13. Children will enjoy learning tumbling skills, arts and crafts activities, games and more. Children are provided a snack each day, but must bring a sack lunch as well.

Smyrna Cheer Academy. Smyrna.
Ages 3 – 12. If Cobb County Schools are on break, you can count on Smyrna Cheer Academy to be open with plenty of camp opportunities. Their weekday camp runs between 7:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. The camp will focus on cheer, but will also feature other fun opportunities.

Cheer Your Heart Out GASmyrna and Marietta.
If your daughter is already jumping and chanting around the living room, it’s time to funnel her energies into cheerleading!  Our camps run most weeks during the summer from 9:00 am- 1:00 pm.  During this fun-filled week, children learn an array of things from cheering, dancing, stunting as well as making life-long friends.  Many of our campers are returning from previous years!

Moore’s Martial ArtsSmyrna.
Enjoy a fun, safe, structured, top-quality Martial Arts and Yoga program for children ages 5-12. We will incorporate discipline, self-control, fitness, balance, coordination, and a bully proof workshop. Campers will enjoy games, drills, activities, a snack, and a movie. You pack their lunch Monday – Thursday, Friday we will provide the pizza! July 18-22.

North Metro Martial Arts. Smyrna.
Ages 6 – 12, including special needs. Daily activities include: Martial Arts Training, strength and conditioning, leadership training, bullying defense training, weapons training & life skills training. Please note that summer camp info isn’t posted yet, so please check back or call for details.

Champions Fast Pitch Academy. Marietta.
Founded on Christian principles, Champions Fastpitch Academy began in the Spring of 2000 as private pitching, we have grown to now reach over 3000 kids in counties throughout Georgia, Alabama, and North Florida. After 10 years in Atlanta we have helped hundreds of young ladies reach their dreams of playing at the collegiate level. We now have 8 instructors offering pitching and hitting instruction, strength and conditioning programs, as well as a college recruiting service. Our mission is to build upon the God given potential of each individual, developing the skills needed to succeed on and off the field.

NIKE Golf Camp Dogwood Golf Club. Austel. Ages 9 – 17, all abilities. Full day and half day camps available. Strong emphasis is placed on the fundamentals—stance, grip, posture, full swing, rules & etiquette, etc. As the week unfolds, campers receive quality short-game instruction and by Friday, each Nike junior golfer will see improvement in his or her golf game!

NIKE Boys Basketball Camp. Smyrna. Ages 9 – 15. This program is intended to help players develop athletically. The individual camp is a great opportunity for young basketball players looking to develop and refine their fundamental basketball skills. This program also includes a curriculum for intermediate/advanced players looking to enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more.

NIKE Girls Basketball Camp. Marietta.
After much demand, Nike Basketball Camps is offering an all new girls only complete skills basketball program in Marietta! Hone your game, make lasting camp memories, and find your passion in basketball with the Elite Hoops staff this summer. The Complete Skills Camp is intended to help players of all abilities develop athletically, refine fundamental basketball skills and enhance their skill set at the post, wing or guard position. Emphasis is placed on fundamental development, shooting, offensive moves, defense, rebounding, team play, and more.

 

STEM/STEAM

Club Scientific. Marietta.
(Locations throughout Atlanta, scroll down in the link provided to see camps available at 2 Marietta locations). Ages 4 – 15. We believe that every child is a scientist and that we can make children even better scientists! All of our hands-on National Science Standard activities make science challenging and fun. Our camp directors are highly trained college graduates, assisted by currently enrolled college students that have been trained by Club Scientific. Camps available for 4 – 15 year olds. Whether it’s astronomy, paleontology, chemistry or robotics that your child loves, there’s a camp for them!

Builder Bunch LEGO Summer Camp. Smyrna, Marietta, Woodstock. (Locations throughout Atlanta. You can find the local ones on the right sidebar.)
Want to send your LEGO-lover to a fun camp this year?Send them to one of our Builder Bunch camps for a week of LEGO fun! Your child will learn how to build Boats, Bridges, Trains, Catapults and more while competing with students their age in our elementary engineering based LEGO(r) missions. At the end of the week, your child will earn the Builder Bunch Badge that corresponds to that camps’ topic. For more camp information, please click here or call us today at (855)-694-4327.

Math and Music Makers Summer CampSmyrna.
Ages 5-11. Math & Music Makers is not your average summer camp. Imagine your child in a fun environment that will bring out his/her inner musician and scholar. Developed by two experienced educators, Math & Music Makers fuses mathematics and music together in unconventional ways giving students opportunities to gain knowledge, confidence and exposure to the world of mathematics and music.  Our camp day is upbeat and active as we introduce mathematical concepts in nontraditional ways focusing on critical thinking and number sense. We use music/songs to reinforce math facts and we teach rhythm, pitch, music vocabulary and notation. We also introduce students to the piano with group keyboarding lessons each day. Children are exposed to different genres of music and all kinds of instruments with live professional music performances each week. Literature, games, arts and craft projects, outdoor activities, and innovative lessons bring it all together for a summer full of fun! (Also listed under Performing Arts.)

 

Riding/Nature

Jennifer L. Buck Stables.  Marietta.
We proudly offer more riding time and better, safer instruction than any other camp. Our camp’s emphasis is on summer fun, correct Hunt Seat riding, and making new friendships in a happy and safe environment. We only use show quality horses and ponies. We have something to fit every size of rider and will match up your child properly. Minimum age of 5 and max age of 17.

Pony Tail Acres Summer Camp. Powder Springs.
Beginner and Intermediate/Advanced camps available. We look forward to working with your child throughout the week and teaching them all about the care and keeping of our four legged friends, and having plenty of fun as well!

Cobb County P.A.R.K.S. Nature CampsPowder Springs & East Cobb.
Nature Day Camps are held at Hyde Farm in Marietta. Register online. For information, contact Kaye Wilson at (770) 528-8824.

 

Specialty

Kid Chess CampsMarietta.
Learn or improve your chess skills in a fun and educational environment.

Live, Love, Learn Writing Summer Camp. Smyrna.
Creative writing camps, focusing on transitioning to middle school, middle school creative writing and high school creative writing.

 

Church Based

There are many, many church-based summer camps and Vacation Bible Schools available – so many that we could not attempt to list them all here! If you’re interested in one for your child, you may want to start with our church-based PMO and Preschool listing here, since most, if not all, are offering summer programming for kids.

 

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Alicia

A New Orleans girl turned Georgia peach and stay at home mom to 2 daughters. Before taking the leap into full time mothering, I worked at at an Atlanta-based advertising agency. I have lived in Smyrna for almost 10 years and am still not sure how I managed to find a job more chaotic and unpredictable than advertising.

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