t’s that time of year again, when the sun splits the sky, and our kids face into months and months of having no particular place to go.
To go with all those months and months of lockdown, which officially left them with no particular place to go for two years.
So, if you want to make sure that this summertime your living is easy, check out our extensive round-up of groovy summer camps hitting town over the coming months.
As always, this list will continue to grow as the sun gets higher and higher in the sky. So, come back, y’all, if you don’t quite find what you’re looking for first time round. And if you have a summer camp, let us know on email here.
Let the educational, inspirational, aspirational, perspirational fun begin!
MODERN LEGACY Happening in July and August, the Modern Legacy Football Summer Camps will have your kid upping their game. And achieving their goals. And whatever other football metaphor you’re having yourself. Kicking pretty up in Windgates’ luxurious SEK International School, the Modern Legacy Summer Camps 2023 are aimed at boys and girls from 4yrs to 12yrs, and will take place from July 3rd to 7th and 17th to 21st, plus August 7th to 11th. Running from 10am to 2pm, Monday to Friday, there will be donation to the Make A Wish Foundation Ireland for every kid attending. Full detailshere.
DESIGNER MINDS Bringing together art and science, Designer Minds have summer camps running throughout July and August, and Charlesland is on their map. STEAM Camp weeks start in Bray on July 17th, Arklow on July 24th, Greystones on August 14th and Wicklow Town on August 8th. The Art Camp weeks are Wicklow Town on July 10th, Greystones on July 17th and 31st, Bray on July 24th and Arklow on August 14th. And just in caseyou’re wondering, STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Maths. You can find out morehere.
CROÍ ARTS & CRAFTS Aimed at 6 to 12 years, and running weekly from July 10th at Belmont Demesne until August 21st, the young Lynne Loftus brings her CROÍ Art & Craft magic from Monday to Friday for a different kind of summer camp. One with fire-breathing dragons, fairy cottage construction, weaving, faux metal, clay, drawing and lots and lots of paint. Running from 9.30am to 1pm daily, details are overhere.
COASTAL ART STUDIOS For kids who like to let their imagination run away with them, this year the Coastal Art Studio tucked away down at a Greystones seafront cul de sac have not one but eight summer camps to choose from. Head honcho Genevieve has four five-day camps for kids 10+, running through July and August, whilst her daughter, Sophie, caters for kids 5-to-7yrs in the mornings and 8-to-10yrs in the afternoon for three five-day summer camps starting July 10th, July 31st and August 14th. You can check out the full details here.
ANOTHER FINE MESS Setting up under stretch tents at the groovy Schoolhouse For Art in Enniskerry village, Another Fine Mess have a different kind of summer camps, teaching hungry but independent teenagers how to make themselves a little Michelin-star snack. These five-day camps are running weekly from June 26th July 31st, from 10.30am to 3pm, Monday to Friday, and are designed for those between 11 and 17, whether beginner or budding Gordon Ramsey. Full detailshere.
ACTION ARTS Given that every kid around here is a star in the making, Aoife Morrison’s Action Arts Summer Camps will provide the stage, the lights and the skills for them to take that all-important next step into the spotlight. Running at Villa Pacis in Bray from July 3rd to 7th and 10th t0 14th, Aoife & co will also be at Greystones’ Presbyterian Hall from July 31st to August 4th. Aimed at kids aged 5 to 12, you can find out more here.
BRITTAS BAY SURF SCHOOL Aimed at those aged 6 to 17, and running from 10am to 2pm daily every week until the end of August, the Brittas Bay Surf School does exactly what it says on the fin, with 3-day camps and 5-day camps available throughout the summer. Wetsuits and surfing boards are provided, with participants advised to bring along togs and towel, sunscreen, water and a snack. You can find out more righthere.
EAST COAST ACADEMY OF PERFORMING ARTS Running from Tuesday August 8th to Friday 11th at Swann Hall, the East Coast Academy of Performing Arts’ summer camp will bring out the megastar in your kid. You have been warned. As well as the usual singing, dancing and acting there will also be arts & crafts, games and a great big treasure hunt. More info here.
JUNIOR EINSTEINS SCIENCE CLUB If you’re beloved offspring likes to be blinded by science, then the Junior Einstein Summer Camps will be right up their algebra.Their 5-day shindigs hit St Patrick’s Church, Greystones July 17th to 21sthere and from August 14th to 18thhere. You can also jump on board at Bray’s Christ Church from July 10th to 14thhere, August 14th to 18thhere or August 21st to 25thhere. Full detailshere.
HARMONICS Fun and creative music activities for boys and girls aged 6 to 10, the Harmonics Music School have their 2023 summer camps in two batches – from July 3rd to 7th and July 17th to 21st, from 10am to 1pm each day. Based at Carriag Eden, all things music will be covered, including singing, reading music, acting through song, music colouring (nope, not sure what that is either), a recorded performance and a cert as you walk out the door. You can find out more by emailing the Scotts righthere.
CREATIVE MIND SPACE According to the bould Jennie, Creative Mind Space for Kids summer camp will provide a fun, creative and interactive space for kids to gain an introduction to mindfulness through arts, crafts, stories, movement and meditation. These camps will nurture inner value and promote resilience through a fun and creative programme. All delivered with positivity and kindness. Running from July 3rd to 7th for kids aged 4 to 7 and from July 10th to 14th for those aged 8 to 12, 2pm to 5pm daily at the Kilcoole Community Centre, it’s €110 for the week, with a sibling discount also available. You can find out more about Creative Mind Space on Instagramhere, and get in touch on emailhere.
Other summer camps usually happening in Greystones include Little Lingua, SaranB Dance & Fitness, Action Arts, The Cool Food School, Sporting Greystones, The Art Studio, Junior Musicals Theatre School and Kids Club Ireland.
Elsewhere, Squirrel’s Scramble in Killruddery sold out in seconds whilst Kilcoole traditionally has the Starcamp Summer Camps plus the above-mentioned Modern Legacy Football Academy, Vitality Dance Academy and Sugarloaf Gymnastics, Newcastle and Rathnew have Kraftworx, Ashford has Anyone4Science, Enniskerry has their Mini World Cup, Bray has Angels Acrobatic Gymnastics Greystones, Dublin Raiders Basketball Club, Bray Adventures, Bray Wanderers, Bray Emmets GAA Club and the Modern Legacy gang, Wicklow Town has Spotlight Studios, Kraftworx, FYI Dance Club, Heart & Soul Karate and the Brittas Bay Surf School, whilst Blessington has the Ruth Shine School of Dance.
If you’re hosting a summer camp this year, it’s just €10 to be part of this round-up, or you can get your own feature page for €25, jumping to a Burnaby Blitz cover feature (complete with in-post teaser button and access to the VIP swimming pool) for €35.
We’re community-led and community-fed, people – more options to join the good ship GG here.