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Best Summer Camps for Children in Washington DC


Can you think of a better way for your kid to spend the summer vacation than joining a summer camp? Read on to find out the best summer camps in Washington DC.

The Theatre Lab

Address: 900 Massachusetts Ave, NW Washington DC 

Phone: (202) 824-0449


The nonprofit school that focuses on dramatic arts training has been providing various programs, including award-winning summer camps for kids and teens, since 1992. Founders Deb Gottesman and Buzz Mauro are professional actors who have been granted the Linowes Leadership Award for their educational services to underserved communities. They have also taught at universities as guest lecturers.


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Steve & Kate’s Camp – DC, Capitol Hill

Address: Van Ness Elementary 1150 5th St, SE Washington DC

Phone: (202) 400-3957


At Steve & Kate’s Camp, kids are in charge of their own experience and get to design their days at the camp in real-time by selecting which activities they would like to participate in from a number of options. Activities include “media lab” where campers learn building games on coding apps and creating stop-motion animations; “performing arts” with dancing and karaoke; sewing salon; bakery; soccer; gaga; capture the flag; and more.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop

Address: 545 7th St, SE Washington DC

Phone: (202) 547-6839


Capitol Hill Arts Workshop (CHAW) offers arts classes and camps for children and youth to improve their creativity and help them build great skills. Students in grades K-12 can attend visual arts, dance, music, theater, ceramics and photography classes. CHAW provides tuition assistance for children who can’t afford the programs. Students also engage with peers outside of class through “village time” activities like games, homework help, and drop-in art projects. 


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KidOvation Stage

Address: 3333 14th St, Gala Hispanic Theatre, NW Washington DC

Phone: (202) 660-1185


Focusing their programs on teaching in a natural way through fun and exploration, KidOvation Stage specializes in camp experiences for kids from three to eight. Instructors encourage children to live healthy by facilitating voluntary adoption of food choices, while offering classes in theatrical play, visual arts, music & movement, and science exploration. STEAM-infused programs include Outer Space Explorers, Wizards in Motion, Dinosaur & Discovery, Robotics & Coding, and more. After-care is available, as well.

DC Way

Address: Capitol Hill, Washington DC

Phone: (571) 490-1275


Founded in 2013, DC Way is a Capitol Hill soccer club that is dedicated to teaching sportsmanship, technical skills, and how to be a team player to children ages five to 14, while allowing them to have fun, meet new friends, and gain self-confidence. DC Way’s team of certified soccer coaches, who are experienced in working with children, are led by Coach Denis C, voted in the Washington City Paper as the best sports coach multiple times.


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