Summer Fun for Kids at Home
With travel and in-person gatherings restricted, most day camps and sleep-away camps have either been postponed to next summer or moved to a virtual environment. Here's a brief list of resources you can consider both locally and globally.
July 13-17 from 3-4:30pm, IST
With Moovandji, learn the best techniques to turn your imagination into visuals, vectoral drawings, making cartoon characters, character mimics, lip-sync animations, photo manipulations, photo collages.
This is a unique virtual summer camp experience for your teenager: personal development and awareness training via Zoom through the month of July. Your teen will make new friends from various international backgrounds and learn about manners, etiquette, and their own styles in a fun way. They will come out of this with an inspired mind and a more refined self while still enjoying their summer break. In addition, your teen will benefit from a weekly one-on-one coaching session with one of the trainers. For those who cannot make the entire month, there are two-week and one-week sessions available.
For kids aged 9-17, Aqua Summer camp is located in Antalya and offers a host of outdoor sports activities and cultural activities in the area during the latter half of July. The camp is conducted in Turkish with supplemental English lessons built-in. It's a great opportunity to help kids increase their self-confidence, skills, and independence.
Robert College Summer Academy Programs are offering their camps online this summer to 13-17-year-olds. They still have two, two-week sessions available in July and August where children can learn about 3D printing, philosophy, debate, cooking, coding, intercultural communication, and more. Visit their webpage for more information on pricing and timing.
Located in Izmir, Turkey's first and only space camp opened its doors again in July and is taking preventive health and safety measures in light of the spread of COVID-19. They have various camp options in Turkish and English and you can inquire on their website.
OUTSIDE OF TURKEY
Throughout July, the Time For Kids (TFK) team will create and curate daily roundups of free, kid-safe content that parents can trust and kids can enjoy on their own, or with minimal oversight. Campers will explore arts and crafts, sports and games, performance skills, scientific concepts, and the elements of storytelling—all in the safety of your base camp: home.
Activities can be accessed through their website. but they recommend that you sign up to receive email notifications. Each week, registrants will receive an email preview of the following week’s activities, including a list of any supplies needed. Then, each weekday morning, a Camp TFK schedule of activities for the day will arrive in your inbox.
Camp Wonderopolis is a free online summer-learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by maker experiments. Camp Wonderopolis helps build vocabulary, background knowledge in science, reading comprehension, critical thinking, and other literacy skills through camps focused on music and composition, construction and engineering, health and fitness, and tinkering in tech.
Whether you are a kid or a kid at heart, Happy Camper Live provides a safe and inspiring environment with comprehensive and inclusive storytelling sparking discovery and building the confidence of a new generation of Happy Campers of all ages. Happy Camper Live is a year-round, virtual summer camp where you can participate in camp activities and be part of a community of campers from around the world. They offer world-class counselors leading activities in a unique, online experience so that you can experience summer camp even when you can’t get to camp. Happy Camper Live includes a global campfire where campers share their talents and give back in their own communities, as well as a camp store and directory of real-world camps. They offer a 7-day free trial period and then charge a low monthly fee.
Imagine if Netflix made kids smarter and YouTube was safe; the DIY app is the answer for kids at any skill level to enjoy virtual classes like building anything with lego, photography, drawing bootcamp, or become a music star. They offer a 14-day free trial with unlimited access to all of DIY's content, and offline activities to try.
Bring home the magic of camp with Virtual Tech Camps. Virtual Tech Camps are the perfect way to sharpen your STEM skills and bond with new friends, all online from the comfort of home. With the highest quality remote instruction on the planet, you’ll unlock your brilliance and create an exciting project. These classes—mostly for kids 7 and up—teach computer animation, app building, and your kid can even learn how to design for Minecraft. Although the camp is not free, once you pay for one child, a sibling or friend can join for free.
Camp will be offered in one-week sessions (Monday-Thursday). Activities will include art & crafts projects, scavenger hunts, a virtual escape room, and more! For most activities, campers and families can participate at whatever time works best. The virtual ‘home’ for the MDA Explorers program will be an online platform – Microsoft Teams – but it will also include many DIY activities that will be shared in an electronic packet ahead of your week of camp.
The Met Opera Global Summer Camp is a free, online summer camp that runs through August 7 for kids in third through twelfth grade. Kids will get the chance to explore opera while connecting with a global community of opera fans and doing creative projects at home, enjoying face time with music educators, and opportunities to interact with Met artists.
Girl Scouts is launching new outdoor initiatives for 2020 to keep your kids engaged all summer long. With a mix of free, self-guided outdoor and environmental activities and paid virtual camps on everything from wildlife education to activities in astronomy, STEM, and art with other members based on interest and grade level.
This virtual camp, sponsored by UNICEF gives kids a selection of 75+ videos on activities like sports, crafts, and cooking, and then prompts them to go practice what they just learned—off-screen. As kids have fun and learn new skills, they’ll also make a global and local impact!
YouTube is bringing the fun of summer camp to families at home with #CampYouTube. Check out our STEM, Arts, Sports, and Adventure themed camps to learn new skills, stay active, and explore the world together. Families can also download #CampYouTube bingo boards and cross off camp activities they complete.
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