The Washington DC area has a wide range of summer camp programs that specialize in the visual and performing arts. Kids of all ages enjoy developing their creativity while experimenting with painting, sculpture, ceramics, photography, musical theater, dance, and much more. Following is a guide to arts, music and theatre camps in Washington DC, Maryland, and Northern Virginia.
Fairfax, VA (703) 307-5332.
Ages: 5-18. The camp offers instruction in acting, voice, movement, musical theater, improvisation and more. All campers participate in a final presentation for families and friends on the Friday of each camp session.
Glen Echo Park and Rockville, MD (301) 634-2270.
Ages: 6-18. One-two week camps and workshops for elementary school-age students incorporate the fundamentals of acting and creative drama including daily rehearsals in dancing, singing, and acting. Three-week programs for middle- and high-school students provide immersive experiences for aspiring theater and musical theater artists.
Alexandria, VA (703) 683-2323.
Ages: 5-15. During the basic five-day summer art camp, children explore a new medium or begin a new project each day, dabbling in drawing, painting, printmaking, sculpture, jewelry-making, ceramics, fiber, cartoon art and more. Several media specific camps are also offered throughout the summer.
Germantown, MD (301) 528-2260.
The community arts center provides a wide range of summer camps for all ages in music, dance, performing and visual arts.
Washington, DC (202) 600-4064.
Ages: 8-15. Located on the campus of Georgetown Visitation Preparatory School, the camp includes classes in theater, music, dance, media and visual art. Camp Arena Stage encourages the pursuit of knowledge, self-discovery, and joy through the arts.
Washington, DC (202) 547-6839.
Ages: 4-12. Summer camps are one-week formats and offer a wide variety of creative and recreational activities to encourage movement, exploration, creativity and having fun.
The Children's Theatre Workshop
Washington DC (202) 321-0779
Ages: 5-16. The musical theatre summer camps encourage kids to learn, grow and explore the world through creativity, theatre and leadership. The flagship 5-week program is held in the Department of Theatre Arts at Howard University serving ages 7-16. The 3-week Little Thespians Camp, held at the Columbia Heights location, serves ages 5-6.
North Bethesda, MD. (301) 388-0847
Ages: 6-18. Programs engage kids in a variety of hands-on art activities, expanding their artistic vocabulary and developing their creative skills.
Ages 4-15. (703) 548-1154. Campers explore their creativity through movement, crafts, and theatre games during this two-week camp. Students ages 6 and up experiment with scripted drama. Each session features a unique theme and final performance.
Washington DC. (202) 465-2810.
Ages 6-15. DC Public Schools offers visual and performing arts summer camp programs with classes offered include ceramics, painting, fabric art, sculpture, mixed media, collage, computer arts, digital photography, animation, filmmaking, improvisation, acting scene work, musical theater, jewelry and beading design, dance, creative writing, world music, chorus, guitar, and more. Three-week sessions are available.
Washington, DC (202) 681-ROCK (7625).
Ages: 8-18. The all-girls camp provides basic and advanced instruction in instrumentation and creative composition of a song. Campers learn self-empowerment, self-advocacy and leadership skills.
Glen Echo, MD. (301) 634-2222.
Ages: 4-19. Camps are offered by resident visual arts, music, environmental education and theater organizations at the Park. Special programs also available include Mystery Academy magic camps, Irish dance camps with the Culkin School of Traditional Irish Dance, clay animation, cartooning and more.
Vienna, VA (703) 938-7301.
Ages: 4-17. The School of Music & Art offers full, half-day and extended day performing and creative arts camps in 2-week sessions. The comprehensive and theme-oriented programs combine various music, piano, art, theatre and choreography classes.
Silver Spring, MD (301) 587-0697.
Ages: 7-18 This performing arts day camp allows students to explore all different aspects of theatre, from lights and sound to dance, acting, and improv. Programs include Summer in the Arts, a Musical Theatre Intensive, a Tech Crew Intensive, or Artists in Training.
Keegan Theatre Bright Stars Summer Camp
Ages: 12-14. In one week, middle school students will collaborate to create a unified ensemble – a safe environment in which they can tell their own authentic stories based on connecting human conditions using various theatrical and language forms taught by a variety of teaching artists.
Washington DC (202) 722-1625.
Ages 4-teen. The camp offers lessons in several kinds of dance- tap, intro to modern jazz, hip hop, African dance- as well as exposure to retro dances like the Charleston and dances of the 1960s. Besides dancing, we have fun activities including, for the younger campers, a photo shoot and fashion catwalk and an animal parade through Takoma. For the older campers, there will be a carnival, an open mic session, and percussion instruments to play.
Washington, DC, Bethesda, and Arlington, VA (202) 686-8000.
Ages: 3-12; apprentice positions for teens. With four locations in the capital region, the camp program includes singing, dancing, art, music theater, and instrumental music.
Falls Church, Arlington, and Rockville. (703) 798-8707.
Ages: 5-11. The weeklong summer camps are an imaginative immersion inside an original story. Children have tons of fun while working together to create big original artworks and exploring their imaginations through performing and visual arts. Three new story adventures this year! Captain Kaleidoscope needs your help to explore the science of color, Groove Land will transport kids back in time to explore history through pop-music and Zoo-topia Myths on Mt. Olympus will land kids in Ancient Greece to help Hera and Zeus with a “wildly” funny problem.
Washington, DC (202) 547-5688.
Ages: 9-18. The two-week day camp enhances the understanding of Shakespeare’s language through the exploration of movement, text, improvisation, and performance. The program culminates with a performance for friends and family onstage at The Shakespeare Theatre Company.
Washington, DC (202) 797-2145.
Ages: 6-18. The camp offers students of all ages a fun, educational, productive and safe way to spend their summers and continue their exploration of the arts. At the visual and performing arts camp, participants choose to paint a portrait, dance, sculpt, play the guitar, write a comic book, design a t-shirt or all of the above. The summer musical program provides the opportunity to put on a Broadway-style show under professional direction and design. The Teen Visual and Performing Arts Intensive offer a higher level of classes in graphic design, music production, photography, fashion, dance and more.
Washington DC and Alexandria, VA.
Ages 4-13. The camp offers five creative studios – animation, music, style, dance and breadmaking through which campers have the ability to express themselves freely. As part of its ‘Specials’ campers will be treated to weekly shows put on by local youth displaying their talents as inspiration to the campers. Each week there is a new thrill –a hurricane water slide, go-kart racing, rock climbing, obstacle courses, inflatable hamster wheels, and water balloon launchers.
Washington DC (202) 723-8890
Ages: 7-12. The five-week camp includes acting, dancing, music, art, and voice lessons. At the end of the session, campers put on a dinner theatre performance for their parents. Breakfast, lunch and afternoon snack are included. Early drop-off and late pickup are free.
Washington DC (202) 824-0449.
Ages: 6-12. The summer camps are high-energy programs that let young people fully engage their imaginations and experience the thrill of creating live theatre. Campers participate in a wide variety of theatre activities including improvisation, scene study, storytelling, creative writing, group singing, and mime.
McLean, VA (703) 987-1712.
Ages: 8-18. The camp provides intensive, classical theatre training to small troupes of teen and pre-teen actors. Each ensemble mounts a full production which tours to outdoor venues to perform. Bus transport is provided throughout the metro area.
Washington, DC (202) 833-9800.
Ages: 9-18. The local performing arts organization offers music and dance programs at a variety of locations throughout the summer. Step Afrika! partners with the WPAS for a week-long summer camp giving kids the opportunity to learn stepping and other percussive dance forms.
Rockville, MD. (301) 315-8200.
Ages: 5-12. The camp provides children with opportunities to express their creativity and enhance their awareness of the arts. The program gives kids exposure to a wide variety of arts and activities.