10 Unique Summer Camps in New Orleans

History, Animals, Fashion, Video Games, Chess, Languages, Architecture, and More

Here are 10 Unique Summer Camps in New Orleans that offer especially interesting or unusual camp themes, skills, and even locations.

There's an amazing variety of summer camps in New Orleans. At the listed camps, kids can learn about creating fashion or video games, architecture, animals, nature, video game creation, cooking, journalism, chess, languages (German, French, Spanish, Mandarin Chinese, etc.) and more. There are camps at the zoo, the animal shelter and in historic French Quarter houses.

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    Teenage boy with headset playing video game
    ••• Send your kids to game design camp this summer. Caiaimage/Tom Merton/Getty Images

    Kids can go beyond playing video games to learning how to create them at this New Orleans area summer camp. St. Martin's Episcopal School hosts a Video Game Creation Camp which promises that campers will "design, develop and create a one-of-a-kind video game or animated story".

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    Woman's hands playing chess
    ••• Chess Camp has camps all over the country. Ulf B??rjesson/Getty Images

    And to concentrate on a game that has fascinated through the ages, Martin's Episcopal School also hosts an annual National Chess Summer Camp Tour. Kids age 5 - 16, from beginners through advanced are welcome. The co-ed camp has morning, afternoon and all day sessions.

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    Tulane University.
    ••• Tulane University offers an architecture camp. Lonely Planet/Getty Images

    New Orleans area high school students who are thinking about a possible future in architecture should be interested in this program. Tulane University School of Architecture hosts a 3-week program to introduce the profession. "Career Explorations in Architecture" includes design courses, lectures, and field trips.

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    Volunteer showing off hedgehog in petting section of Audubon Zoo.
    ••• Audubon Zoo is home to a number of summer camps. Judy Bellah/Getty Images

    Among the special events at the Audubon Zoo are the popular summer camps includes behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, arts, crafts, and weekly themes. For Pre-K through 4th-grade students.

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    Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House
    ••• Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House are two period furnished homes that house summer camps. http://www.hgghh.org/

    Go back in time and explore New Orleans history with fun activities including cooking and drama at two historic French Quarter homes. The Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House are two period furnished homes and just two of the many historic buildings and museums in New Orleans.

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    Even wetlands superheroes take time out of their busy schedules to become Junior Rangers!
    ••• Kids become Junior Rangers at this camp. National Park Service

    Kids aged 6 - 14 will be Junior Park Rangers at the June summer camp being held at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve in the Marrero suburb of New Orleans. The VERY affordable summer camp is a low-cost bargain. Camp highlights include hands-on science activities, trail walks, art projects, and more.

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    Ogden Museum
    ••• Ogden Museum offers fashion summer camp. Ed Bierman/Flickr

    The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in the New Orleans Warehouse District offers a Fashion Camp for ages 13- 16. Campers will "learn what it takes to create runway style fashion from concept to fashion show". Sounds a little bit like Project Runway!

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    Louisiana SPCA
    ••• Louisiana SPCA has a number of summer camps. Louisiana SPCA

    The Louisiana SPCA is not just a great place to adopt a new pet, it's also a summer camp site where kids can learn about animals, cuddle puppies & kitten, and get trained to be a Care Cadet. Plus other fun camp activities. The Louisiana SPCA has several annual summer camps at its state-of-the-art shelter on Mardi Gras Blvd. in Algiers, including Camp Luv-A-Pet (2nd & 3rd grade) and Care Cadet Camp (6th - 7th grade).

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    The Jewish Community Center's Metairie campus offers a Taglit Camp for 6-8th grades, that mixes typical camp fun along with week-long special topics including broadcast journalism, digital photography, culinary arts, adventure trips, visual arts and more.

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    Camp Lango in uptown New Orleans offers full language immersion camps in French, Spanish, German, Russian, Mandarin-Chinese, and ESL (English Second Language) adventure camps for a wide range of ages: 18 months through 14 years olds.