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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

After School Swim Program (Grades 1-5)
New Pick Up Locations!

Join us after school to free swim in our heated pool, receive private swim lessons, make crafts, play games and receive homework help! Transportation from Coe, Whittier and TOPS Elementary to Safe N Sound Swimming provided. Program runs from school dismissal time to 6:00pm, pick up at Safe N Sound Swimming’s Westlake location.

Cost: $99 per month, optional private swim lessons with additional charge.

Starting the week of September 14, 2015-June 17th, 2016
Tuesdays – Coe Elementary
Wednesdays – Whittier Elementary
Thursdays – TOPS Elementary

Space is limited. Call to enroll (206) 285-9276


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

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Gilda’s Club Seattle announces its 13th year of Camp Sparkle! This week long, free, day camp for kids and teens, ages 5-13, touched by cancer provides supportive themed activities, and fun, educational field trips. Camp Sparkle is set for June 22-26 and July 13-17 from 9:30am-4pm at the Clubhouse in Capitol Hill. All campers must be members of Gilda’s Club. To become a member and/or for more information please call 206-709-1400 or email To learn more about our Family Programs please visit our website

Themed Martial Arts Summer Camps

Summer Camps are Epic at Emerald City Karate! Martial Arts Excitement, Nerf Gun Wars, Foam Sword Battles, Fun Games, Dodge Ball, Trips to the Park for outdoor activities, Arts and Crafts, Unforgettable Themes and more await our campers.

From Light Sabers to Pirate Treasure… this summer is gonna be kicking!

Monday – Friday 9 a.m. – 12 p.m. Ages: 6 & Older — $175 / Camp
◾Super Hero Camp June 22nd- 26th
◾Nerf Zombie Survival Camp July 13th- 17th
◾Star Wars Camp July 27th – 31st
◾Pirate Camp August 10th- 14th
◾Secret Agent Camp August 24th- 28th

Emerald City Karate
8314 Greenwood Ave N.
Seattle, WA 98103
(206) 437-3932

For more information check out our website or give us a call

Burke Museum Summer Camps

Does your daughter dig dinos? Is your son fascinated with artifacts? This summer, give your campers a real behind-the-scenes museum experience! For children entering grades 2-3, join a Pacific Summer Cruise! Design your own sea vessels, make a Micronesian stick map, and explore the people and places of the Pacific rim! Kids entering grades 6-8 get the opportunity to Explore Archaeology by investigating museum artifacts and discovering more about Washington’s earliest human inhabitants. Over 10 camps available with themes ranging from dinosaurs to museum mysteries. Half-day and full-day camps for campers entering grades K-8; extended day care and scholarships are available. 10% discount for UW ID holders. Visit us online, email or call 206.543.9681.

Roosevelt High School Youth Soccer Camp – June 23-25th

Looking for an event to keep your children active? This camp is offered for boys and girls ages 7-11, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., June 23-25 at the RHS soccer field. For campers, it’s a great deal — just $58 for three days of soccer. Each player will work with the RHS coaching staff and RHS players. They’ll be instructed on technique in attacking, defending and goalkeeping skills, with mini games to end each session.

Registration forms are available here: Roosevelt-Soccer-Camp-Registration-2015

For more information contact Julia Jones at or Ngaire Taylor at

Seattle Gymnastics Academy

SGA-Logo-resizedDo your kids bounce off the walls over the summer? Check out our camps! SGA summer camps are a great way for your child to spend the day in a fun, safe environment learning basic gymnastics skills. No previous experience is required for camp!

Camps include gymnastics, group games, and crafts, along with other fun activities! All SGA facilities include a foam pit, trampoline, tumble track, balance beams, bars, and more!

Kids ages 3-12 can enroll in camp, and SGA also offers classes, for ages 18 months through 18 years old! Bring a friend!

To register, call 206-362-7447.

Academy of Interactive Entertainment


Do you have a 14 -18 year old who loves video games? Do you think instead of playing video games, they’d be interested in creating video games? Here is their chance! Academy of Interactive Entertainment, located at the Seattle Center in the Armory building, is offering weekly summer camps on video game development. Weekly sessions include Game Programming Levels 1 and 2, 3D Animation Levels 1 and 2, Modeling in ZBrush and more. Camps are project-based and students will learn basic techniques with industry software. Each week-long session concludes with a pizza party and all students will receive a certificate of completion and a copy of their project to take home.

Weekly sessions run June – August. Space is limited – Register Now! Click Here to register and for more details. Discounts available for registering for more than one session! If you have any questions please call 206-428-6356.