Happy summer campers in Columbia, SC

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School’s almost out + you may be wondering what to do with your kids who will suddenly have a lot of free time.

Here are 10 camp options around Columbia for every personality that will help keep children educated + activated over the summer.

Columbia Museum of Art

Ages: 4-6, 7-9, 10-12, 13-18

Dates: June 14-18, June 21-25, July 5-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30, Aug. 2-6 

Details: Morning (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) and afternoon (1-4 p.m.) programs available for the week-long, arts focused classes. Prices and ages vary for each program and can be seen here. 

Cola Jazz 

Dates: June 25-27

Details: Campers can plan for a hybrid summer jazz camp experience with affordable online summer jazz courses +  limited in-person jazz camp Friday-Sunday. Ending camp with a grand finale summer jazz camp concert to be held at the Koger Center for the Arts.

Flour Power Kids Cooking Studios

Ages: 5-8, 9-12

Dates: Camps from June 14 – Sept. 6

Details: If your child is hungry to spend more time in the kitchen, this camp might be the perfect recipe for summer fun. Weekly camps, with early drop off + late pickup options, cover a variety of themes from breakfast cooking to sugar, spice and everything nice, and prices vary based on the program.

Girls Rock Columbia 

Ages: 8-12, 13-17 

Dates: July 19-23, showcase on July 24

Details: Rock out for a week-long day camp, from $350, where girls can learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and perform in a concert. Register for updates. 

Heathwood Hall

Ages: Grades K-12

Dates: June 7- July 30 (register by week)

Details: Morning (9 a.m.-12 p.m.) or full day (9 a.m.-4 p.m.) available from $100-$425 per week. View the variety of camp courses and summer safety guidelines

Historic Columbia 

Ages: 8-12

Dates: June 14-18, June 21-25, July 5-9

Details: Make history come to life through activities and exploration of Historic Columbia’s gardens, grounds, and houses. The daily camp is from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and pricing starts at $200 for members, $220 for non-members.

Katie and Irwin Kahn Jewish Community Center 

Ages: Grade 4-9

Dates: June 14 – Aug. 13

Details: Day camp from $180-$260 per week with weekly themes and enriching summer activities, including swim lessons, drama and dance, arts and crafts, and more. 

Richland County Recreation Commission 

Ages: 5-12

Dates: First come, first serve at various locations.

Details: Summer Mania is a full day camp program Monday-Thursday from 7 a.m.-6 p.m. for $90 per week through the county Parks and Recreation. Campers can expect a variety of activities including recreational games, arts and crafts, and conservation activities. 

Saluda Shoals Park 

Ages: Grades K-9 

Dates: May 17 – Aug. 13 

Details: Summer day camps from $120 per week + a variety of weekly camps available for sign up, including outdoor adventure camp, dance camp, STEM camp, and more. View the full program schedule here. 

South Carolina State Museum 

Ages: 6-12

Dates: June 14 – July 2 + July 12 – Aug. 14 

Details: Week-long day camps, with an extended day option, will focus on a different subject each day, including natural history, astronomy, art, STEAM, and more. Pricing ranges from $180-$275 per week with discounts for museum members. 

YMCA Columbia

Ages: 3-14

Dates: Jeep Rogers June 14 – Aug. 13 + NorthWest June 21 – Aug. 13

Details: Summer at the Y means water activities, sports, and creative arts every day. Schedules vary at each location.