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Camps and Classes

American Dance Institute

American Dance Institute is in the truest sense of the word, an “institution” that has trained over 12,000 students of all ages children to adults. After 25 years, founder/director Elizabeth Chayer felt it was time to give a new face to this legendary school, and promote her mission that DANCE IS FOR EVERYONE if taught in a relaxed environment that values friendliness, inclusiveness and community. Our new video attempts to project these values. Does it resonate with you? Watch and decide here.


Clay Animation Network

The Clay Animation Network (CAN) is a traveling animation school in Seattle, WA that offers stop-motion-animation classes for kids and teens. Animation cancancancan seamlessly integrate basic concepts in math, language arts, theater, visual art, and science. Students are supported in creating original animated movies and learn how to interact with art and technology as creators rather than consumers. Summer Camp schedules are listed on our website.


Beam Summer Camps

Want to be the next great programmer or video game designer? How about a robotics engineer or a film director? Every successful engineer, designer and film director got their start somewhere! BEAM’s programs follow a STREAM based creative process using brainstorming, outlining, building and animating to produce a revisable product. BEAMS’s camps foster a non-competitive environment where imaginations can blossom and confidence can grow.  Our instructors, artists, architects, and engineers all have a passion for STREAM education.

Camps are offered in the morning, afternoon or full-day and run from June 15th through August 28th at various locations throughout Greater Seattle. Click here for more information.

Bricks Summer Camps

Serving Greater Seattle, Bricks 4 Kidz classes and camps provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build exclusive Bricks 4 Kidz creations, play games, and have heaps of fun using LEGO® bricks.  The activities are designed to trigger pre-school, elementary, and middle school children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence.  Designed and created by teachers, architects and engineering professionals, Bricks 4 Kidz hands-on camps introduce young people to concepts of engineering, architecture and mechanics using LEGO® bricks!  Click here for more information.

Camps are offered in the morning, afternoon or full-day and run from June 15th through August 28th at various locations throughout Greater Seattle.

Safe N Sound Swimming

Lifeguard Course (ages 15+)
Prepare for the perfect summer job and become a certified American Red Cross Lifeguard!

Saturdays 1-8pm: April and May classes

Outdoor Adventure Camps (Ages 10-13)
Love the water? Enjoy hiking and climbing? Choose from one of our three themes this summer to spend time outside with friends on fun and challenging adventures!

Water N Adventure (10-12) Climb N Trail (10-12) Leadership N Challenge (11-13)

After School Swim Program (Grades 1-5)
Partnering with local elementary schools to provide a fun and safe swim experience! Transportation is provided! Coe Elementary and TOPS. Contact us to add your school!


YMCA Summer Camp is in Your Neighborhood!

The University Family Y offers incredible summer experiences at reasonable prices at Phinney Neighborhood Center and Magnuson Park. At the Y, campers create, learn, and play throughout the summer with enthusiastic Y staff who create hands-on, structured enrichment activities in sports, team-building, science, horseback riding and so much more. Days fly by as campers get to explore while making new friends and developing skills with enthusiastic Y staff in a small group setting. Y summer camps work for working parents and every camp offers a full day care option from as early as 7:00 a.m. and as late as 6:00 p.m. for families who sign up for wrap around care. Our sites at Phinney Neighborhood Center and Magnuson are full of opportunities for outdoor play and exploration. Everyone is welcome. Financial assistance is available. Learn more, browse themes and sign up at Y Summer at Phinney or Camp Sandpoint. With questions or help with registration contact the University Family YMCA at 206.524.1400 or visit