Washington, DC summers can be brutally hot and humid, yet wonderfully fun. While your stuck at work, your kids have the opportunity to do whatever they want. This summer they should spend some time learning about various subjects and things that interest them. These children’s programs will keep them entertained and keep their brains active.
Smithsonian Summer Camps
1100 Jefferson Dr.
S.W. Washington, DC 20560
(202) 633-3030
www.smithsonianassociates.org/camp/

One of the best things about D.C. is the Smithsonian Institution. The organization of museums and centers is the largest of it’s kind in the nation. With so many education programs for adults and children, it’s one of the most popular places for kids to learn and have fun. The Smithsonian Summer Camps range from recycling to folktales, and everything in between. Your young ones will spend their summer being a part of one of D.C.’s best educational centers.

Terp Quest
1115 Eppley Recreation Center
College Park, MD 20742
(301) 226-4400
www.terpquest.umd.edu

The University of Maryland draws thousands of students from around the country looking to attend the school.  Those who do attend have access to the many amazing programs that the university has to offer. But you don’t have to be attending the school to take advantage of the programs. Terp Quest is a summer day camp for kids who want to learn about aquatics, sustainability, fitness, problem solving, and more. Have your kids get a jump start on the University of Maryland experience, and maybe they will end up going there.

Strathmore Hall
5301 Tuckerman Lane
North Bethesda, MD 20852
(301) 581-5200
www.strathmore.org/education/for-children/art-camps

Strathmore Hall is more than a beautiful concert hall, it is also an organization that promotes education of the arts. In addition to the Levine School of Music, the organization also offers summer arts camps. Kids in grades 1-10 are taught skills in critique, different media, creating portfolios, and utilizing their creativity. Campers will also go on field trips to art galleries and art museums, to be immersed in art while they develop their skills.

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Camp GrAd Lab
www.thegreatadventurelab.com

There are electric cars, smart houses, vaccines, and a list of other inventions and discoveries that could have only been made through science and technology. As we move closer and closer to a future that was science fiction just a few decades ago, we will need more people to be interested in math and sciences. Camp GrAd Lab is a summer camp for children in K-6, that focuses on STEM. Campers will learn about 3-D design, Lego Robotics, physics, electronics, and more. Take this summer to get your kids prepared for the future.

Fillmore Arts Center
1819 35th St NW 3rd floor
Washington DC 20007

Introducing children to math and science is important, but encouraging their creative artistic sides is as well. The Fillmore Arts Center has been giving kids the opportunity to express themselves for decades. Professional artists teach everything from jewelry and beading, sewing, sculpture, music, to puppetry, theater, ceramics, and animation. Your kids will have a great summer making art, and by fall they will ready to show off their new skills at school.

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