Summer Learning Opportunities
Many local library systems will still be offering Summer Reading Programs this year beginning June 1 – August 1. Most library locations across the state have also begun offering curbside pickup, so you can check out books online and pick them up during specified hours each day. Maricopa County Reads is the award-winning online summer reading program provided by the Maricopa County Library District to all public libraries within Maricopa County. For more information about the library in other counties, visit our community resources page and look for your specific county.
Northland Pioneer College in Snowflake, Ariz., will be periodically releasing fun, pre-recorded videos on different kid-friendly subjects starting June 8 through July 31. These videos are meant to be enjoyed by as many people as possible and are FREE to anyone who registers to view them! NPC Kids College will create a video library where registered students will be able to access ALL of the published videos. Learn more: npc.edu/kids-college.
Raising Arizona Kids magazine is compiling a list of virtual summer camps, as well as those that are still happening in-person with lower capacity and following the state’s health guidelines. You can check out their most updated list here.
Guided by the recommendations from the American Camp Association, as well as state, city, and county public health officials, Arizona Science Center is offering a modified version of its traditional summer camps with two options: virtual and limited in-person.
The Children’s Museum of Phoenix Camp in a Box, for ages 4-10, is a summer-camp-at-home experience that will run in weekly sessions throughout June and July. Themes include World of Magic and Fantasy; Going, Going, Green; Dinosaur Discovery; and Cosmic Cadets. $129 per box per week for non-members, $99 per box per week for members. Home delivery adds $25. childrensmuseumofphoenix.org
At Childsplay Theatre Academy, young people build confidence, develop performance skills and have fun all summer long — and now with ONLINE sessions! Every week their professional teaching artists craft lessons that ignite imaginations and foster a love for the performing arts, whether you’re at home or on our campus. Weekly sessions June 1-July 31. $75 and up/week. 480-921-5700 or childsplayaz.org/summer20
National Virtual Camps and Learning Opportunities
Scholastic Summer Read-a-Palooza unites kids, parents, educators, public librarians, community partners, and booksellers in a nationwide campaign that celebrates reading for fun while improving access to books during the summer. For 2020, they launched a brand new kids experience in Scholastic Home Base, a free digital destination which offers full books, live events, and games in a safe community for readers! Kids will be encouraged to track their reading streak to earn rewards and unlock book donations, with the goal of donating 100,000 books by July. Learn more: scholastic.com.
Camp KiwiCo will feature four different sessions of hands-on activities, videos and content, each geared for different age groups. Each session is meant to cover five days, with a few hours of activities and content each day. All the content for Camp KiwiCo (DIY activities, videos, printables) will be FREE and available to anyone, starting June 22 (and will remain accessible all summer). If you’d like to add more to your camper’s day, you can order the specific KiwiCo crates they’ve handpicked to go with each day’s theme.
Camp Kinda: a free virtual summer experience designed to keep kids in grades K-8 engaged, curious, and having fun. Sign up and your kids will get 3-4 hours’ worth of activities each day, all connected to a weekly theme. Examples include talking about exploring the art of graphic novels, unlocking the mysteries of history, or jumping into the world’s craziest sports. Start any time you want. End any time you want. Camp Kinda runs on your schedule. They add new adventures every week, and save them all for you on their site. Learn more: campkinda.org.
Summer Stride: Be A Learning Hero website with tips and tools for parents. Start by finding out where your child is doing well and where they may need more help by using the Readiness Check, a new (free) digital summer learning tool! Learn more: bealearninghero.org.
Varsity Tutors: Need something to keep your K-12 kids busy this summer? Help them make the most of their break with FREE interactive camps taught by expert instructors. Each camp consists of five sessions, starting on Monday and ending on Friday. Sign up for one camp, or all of them! Learn more: varsitytutors.com/virtual-summer-camp-catalog.