Summers in Washington, D.C. can be brutally hot and humid, but also incredibly fun. There are all sorts of festivals, concerts, parties and events. While your kids are off from school, you still have to work. To keep them occupied, learning and active, enroll them in one of these amazing summer day camps.
Sidwell Friends School
3825 Wisconsin Ave. N.W.
Washington, DC 20016
(202) 537-8133
www.sidwellsummer.org

Sidwell Friends School is one of the best schools in the city, producing well-rounded, intelligent, motivated students. The private Quaker school enrolls students from Pre-Kindergarten through 12th grade. Their mission of diversity and pursuit of excellence in various fields stimulates the emotional and intellectual growth of all their students, including their summer camp attendees. Your children will receive the same wonderful experience as the students during the school year, just a little bit more concentrated. Whether they want to focus more on art, athletics or academics, your children will have a great summer at Sidwell.

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop
545 7th St. S.E.
Washington, D.C. 20003
(202) 547-6839
www.chaw.org 

Capitol Hill Arts Workshop is an excellent resource for adult and child classes in a wide range of subjects. They offer courses in everything from photography to creative writing. During the summer, courses seem to be even more interesting. Summer camp topics have ranged from oceanography and botany to string instruments and dance. Your young ones can get an early start and develop interests in science, math and the arts.

The Theatre Lab
733 8th St. N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20001
(202) 999-3449
www.theatrelab.org

Child stars seem to have a natural ability to play their roles, but for some that effortlessness came from years of hard work. If your kid is showing an interest in theater, a summer of acting, dancing and singing would probably be the best way for them to spend their summer days. The Theatre Lab is a year-round theater school, focusing on the dramatic arts. Their summer camps include classes in storytelling, mime, improvisation, scene study, group singing and more. Allow your children to explore their creativity through performance.

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Headfirst
3612 Woodley Road N.W.
Washington, D.C. 20016
(202) 625-1921
www.headfirstcamps.com 

Getting kids to be active, and to get more involved and interested in science has been a mission for many educational professionals, and the First Lady of the United States. Headfirst summer camps continue to do their part by offering multi-sport and science and engineering camps. Grade school kids can learn the fundamentals of science  and various sports, while developing important life skills. The the Headfirst Super Six — emotional mastery, optimism, resiliency, self-efficacy, hope and goal setting, and grit and determination — your kids will be ready to face the new school year come fall.

National Building Museum
401 F St. N.W.
Washington, DC 20001
(202) 272-2448
www.nbm.org

The National Building Museum inspires thousands people with their creative and artistic exhibits. From their permanent programs to temporary installations, children and adults frequent the museum for fun and educational events. Which is the same reason your kids will love their summer camps. Kids in 3rd through 6th grade will enjoy programs with names like “Animal Architects,” “Parks & Playgrounds,” and ” Bridges, Skyscrapes, and Dams.” They’ll learn about design, engineering, construction, and more. These camps sell out fairly quickly, so if you will likely have to put it on your list for next year.

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Folashade Oyegbola is a freelance writer covering all things D.C. Her work can be found on Examiner.com.