8 Unique Summer Camps in New Orleans

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

There's an amazing variety of summer camps in New Orleans. Through various programs, kids can learn about creating fashion or video games, architecture, animals, nature, video game creation, cooking, journalism, chess, languages, and much more. They take place in a variety of locations, too: there are camps at the zoo, at the animal shelter, and in historic French Quarter houses.

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Video Game Design Camp

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Kids can go beyond playing video games to learning how to create them at several New Orleans area summer camps.

  • iD Tech Camps: This summer camp, which takes place at Tulane University, offers a number of week-long video game design programs for kids. There are different classes for different age ranges, but everyone from beginners to advanced students are welcome to join.
  • Spider Technology Solutions: This summer camp offers half- and full-day programs for kids that run a week at a time. Classes range from Minecraft- and Roblox-specific coding to general 2D and 3D video game design. 
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Architecture Camp

Tulane University.
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New Orleans area high school students entering 11th or 12th grade who are thinking about a possible future in architecture should be interested in this program. (Younger students can be admitted on a per-case basis.) Tulane University School of Architecture hosts a three-week program to introduce the profession. "Career Explorations in Architecture" includes design courses, lectures, and field trips.

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Zoo Camp

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Among the special events at the Audubon Zoo are the popular summer camps that include behind-the-scenes tours, animal encounters, and arts and crafts, all which follow weekly themes. These programs are for Pre-K through 4th-grade students.

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Historic Summer Camp: Cooking, Drama, and More in Old French Quarter Homes

Hermann-Grima House and the Gallier House

Go back in time and explore New Orleans history at two beautiful French Quarter homes. The Courtyard Camp at the period-furnished Hermann-Grima and Gallier Houses offers kids ages 7 to 12 to learn all about 19th-century life, participating in activities cooking classes, dramatic writing classes, and acting classes.  

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Lafitte National Park Summer Camps: Junior Rangers, Cooking, Culture, and More

Even wetlands superheroes take time out of their busy schedules to become Junior Rangers!
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Kids ages 7 to 14 can be Junior Park Rangers at the summer camp being held at Jean Lafitte National Historical Park & Preserve. The affordable summer camp is a low-cost bargain. Camp highlights include hands-on science activities, trail walks, art projects, and more. There are a number of different programs taking place at different sites: Wetlands Camp at the Wetlands Acadian Cultural Center in Thibodaux; Culture Camp and Nature Camp at the Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette; Camp de Cuisine and Camp Bonjour at the Prairie Acadian Cultural Center in Eunice; and Junior Ranger Camp and Wetlands Explorers Camp at the Barataria Preserve in Marrero

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Fashion Camp

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The Ogden Museum of Southern Art in the New Orleans Warehouse District offers a Fashion Camp for students entering grades 5 through 8. Campers will learn how to sketch, sew, and put on a fashion show. The museum also hosts two of other art-related camps each summer: photography and fine art fundamentals.

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SPCA Pet Camps

Louisiana SPCA
Louisiana SPCA

The Louisiana SPCA is not just a great place to adopt a new pet, it also runs a summer camp where kids can learn about animals, cuddle puppies and kitten, and get trained to be a Care Cadet. 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 (for second- and third-grade students) and Care Cadet Camp (for sixth- and seventh-grade students).

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Language Camps

New Orleans offers myriad language immersion summer camps, primarily in French and Spanish. Here are a few examples:

  • French: Ecole Bilingue's Le camp d’été for kids ages 2 to 12
  • French: Lycée Français' Bonjour Nola for kids entering Pre-K through fifth grade
  • SpanishVamanos Nola for kids 3 to 10 (kids 11 and older can become junior counselors)
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Chess Camp

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The Ecole Bilingue offers a chess camp at its Uptown location, where beginners and advanced students can indulge in their love for the game.

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