The Best Summer Camps in the Twin Cities For 2021

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Kids happy and smiling at a summer camp

Summer may feel miles away, but registration for camp starts early! Once school lets out, let the fun begin! There are so many great camps to choose from in the Saint Paul and Minneapolis area. We compiled resources on 50 of the best summer camps in the Twin Cities and can guarantee there is something on this list for everyone! Twin Cities Kids Club is your go-to resource for community building. Join the club for free and get immediate access to great discounts on family fun in Minneapolis and Saint Paul. 

Music Camps

Kisd at a music summer camp in the Twin Cities

Bach to Rock 

Plymouth 

With six different tracts to choose from, this camp has options for preschool-aged to 10 years and older. This camp is geared for kids interested in rock music, music production, and choral ensembles. In-School and Online Summer Camp Options. Full week, partial week & single day.

Linden Hills House of Music 

Minneapolis

Calling all rockers! This camp is for tweens and teens ages 10-15 who want to jam, sing and collaborate with new friends. If you already have a band, bring them with you! Half-day rock and funk camps available. Camp ends with a group performance to showcase your kiddos’ talents.

MacPhail Center for Music 

Five metro locations

This camp has a variety of musical camps suited for ages 4-18. This online camp has options from beginner to advanced players. Your child can choose to focus on classical music, ukulele, woodwind instruments, rock music, and even composition for video games. 

School of Rock 

Eden Prairie

Rock and roll is here to stay! In this camp, which has virtual and in-person sessions, your 5 to 8-year-old kids will learn about different musical instruments, music theory, and appreciation. 7-12-year-olds will explore their instruments through classic rock songs. No experience is needed. 

University of Northwestern 

Saint Paul

This camp is for kids 4 to 18-years-old who want to learn about music in a Christian environment. 4 to 8-year-olds have a music and movement camp, while the 9 to 16-year-olds can sing, dance, and act in a show tunes choir camp. The piano intensive camp is for experienced students.

Horse Camps

A girl riding her horse at a horse summer camp in the Twin Cities.

Bunker Park Stable 

Andover

This hands-on camp is perfect for the horse-enthusiast kids aged 5-18. 1-day through 5-day options available make this accessible to all schedules. Your child will love trail riding and instructional lessons, in addition to learning about daily care for horses. Sign up for multiple sessions throughout the summer. 

Golden Gate Equestrian Center 

Jordan

Campers spend their days rotating between riding, horse-themed arts and crafts, and equine education. The camp is located on 60+ acres of woods and grassy fields where instructors lead campers on guided trail rides. No riding experience is necessary. There are 3 to 5-day camp options available.  

YMCA Day Camp Christmas Tree 

Mound

This camp is grouped by grade level and experience level, from 1-9th grade. Campers will be delighted to meet a horse particularly matched for them. Campers will love learning introductory horsemanship, western-style horseback riding, and trail riding for one to two-week session lengths. Traditional camp activities are also included.

Sports Camps

Kids playing soccer at a summer sports camp

The Gym – Boltz’s Family Martial Arts and Key Fitness 

Mendota Heights

Experienced instructors offer campers rigorous martial arts training. The camp is fun, educational, and supports social learning for 5 to 12-year olds. Campers can train in taekwondo, “ninja warrior,” and more in this full-day weekly camp.

Heartland Hockey Camp 

Deerwood

This camp promises 6 hours on the ice daily for the hockey enthusiasts! Grouped by age, there are camps suited for campers 5-18. This is primarily a sleep-away camp, with plenty of traditional fun camp activities. Goalie-focused camps and camps for adults also available. 

IGM Gymnastics 

Burnsville

This is an award-winning camp that is a blast for kids who love to tumble! IGM’s half-day camp is full of exciting activities that will get your kids moving. Weekly rotating camp themes included gymnastics classes, arts & crafts, bounce house, and open gym time.

InnerCity Tennis 

Minneapolis

Sign your kids up for hourly tennis lessons. The program is located in different parks throughout the city. 6-week sessions from mid-June through July. Campers aged 6-17 learn all the tennis basics and build confidence and hand-eye coordination. Scholarships are available, and rackets are provided for campers.

Moore Than Dance 

Fridley

Their studio offers singing, dancing, acting with a wide variety of themes. Most offerings are geared towards ages 3-10 with many exciting and colorful dance options. Summer intensive for experienced dancers and teens also available. Day camps will also be open to take virtually.

My Gym Eden Prairie 

Eden Prairie

Children participate in energizing fitness games, noncompetitive gymnastics, arts & crafts, music, and so much more. This camp is appropriate for kiddos ages 2 to 7 years old. Non-potty trained kids are welcome! Every week’s new theme means camp is never the same week to week. 

Platinum Dance Center

Edina

This is the dance camp for the princesses and unicorns in your life. This camp also has great offerings for the dancers interested in learning the foundations of dance forms like jazz, hip hop, and musical theater. Choose from a 2-day or 4-day camp. Camps available for ages 2 – 9+ years old.

Twin Cities Soccer Academy 

Maple Grove

Soccer camp is so much fun! Scrimmages and skill-building happen daily for 6 to 14-year-olds. At this week-long camp, students have the opportunity to push their skills, learn new techniques and build confidence. This camp is offered from mid-July through early August.  

Science & Tech Camps

Kids making a miniature volcano at a science summer camp

Check out our blog for more insights on why science camp is a great choice for your kids this summer!  

The Bakken Museum 

Minneapolis

Located inside a museum, this amazing camp has two options for students grades 4th-9th. Both groups focus on building their own inventions. The week-long camp encourages campers to develop their designs using creative expression and skill-building with simple tools. They will exercise those mental muscles with problem-solving activities and games.  

The Bell Museum 

Saint Paul

This camp is a fun and enriching experience for children to develop a lifelong love for science. Different learning styles are engaged through hands-on investigations, games, creative projects, field trips, and more! Experimentation and creativity are encouraged at this camp, located inside a museum.

Leonardo’s Basement 

Minneapolis

Come join the fun! Options include engineering, art, design, and technology for ages 6-17. Kids can choose workshops on metalworking, animation, lasers, wood-working, 3D printing, and so much more. This camp provides exciting ways to skill-build for school-aged kids. Half and full-day schedules are available. 

Sage STEAM Academy 

North St. Paul

This camp has three different options for ages 4 – 8 years old. Children can choose from movement, art, and STEM-focused camps. They meet two days a week for half-days, with AM or PM options available. Sage Academy also features a new 4-week accelerated kinder camp for children entering kindergarten in fall 2021.

Science Museum of Minnesota 

St. Paul

Check back soon for their updated summer camp schedule.

Snapology 

Minneapolis

This camp has it all. Snapology camps provide a perfect mixture of learning and fun. Geared for pre-K to middle school, they incorporate education, social skills, and STEAM concepts into the creating, inventing, games, and fun. Half-day and full-day options available, in addition to aftercare.

STEM Builders 

Blaine and Plymouth

Choose from 10 different STEM-related camps. They have options for computer programming, robot building, web development, AI, and more. Also, there is an all-ages camp focused on accelerated math skills. There are options available for in-person and virtual learning. This camp is suitable for kindergarten to 8th-grade kiddos.  

The Works Museum 

Bloomington

There are so many fun and high-tech options to choose from at this summer camp. Geared for students ages 5-13, this camp has a wide variety of camps to choose from, including robotics, design, engineering, app development, coding, and so much more. There are full-day and half-day camps available, with the option to include aftercare.  

Art Camp

Kids coloring and crafting at an art summer camp.

Kidcreate Art Studio 

Woodbury & Eden Prairie

This camp is tailored to ages 3 to 12 with an award-winning, age-appropriate curriculum. These artists will enjoy a fast-paced environment with lots of variety to inspire their creativity. Painting, gem-studding, glitter, and painting on canvas are just a few options. Half-day and full days available.

Franconia Sculpture Park 

Shafer

This camp has three weeks of summer camps offered. The daily activities are suitable for kiddos aged 8-13. Campers will explore different sculpture mediums, learn about the art in the park and also have a chance to build their own sculptures. The camp culminates in a collaborative, large-scale sculpture on display in the park.

Northern Clay Center 

Minneapolis

Clay sculpture has never been so fun! This camp has 40 different offerings over the summer, and most are suitable for ages six and up. Half-day or full-day summer camps are available. Camps cover a variety of themes and incorporate instruction for different clay techniques. Campers will sculpt dishes, dinosaurs, gnomes, and more!

Rum River Art Center 

Anoka 

This camp offers over 40 different art camps throughout the summer. Each week there is a different artistic focus for campers, including options like pottery, superhero illustrations, screen printing, stained glass, and more. Suitable for ages 5-17, this camp has full and half-day options available.  

Studio Seven Fine Arts Program 

North Minneapolis

Campers will enjoy painting and drawing in the beauty of nature and the studio. During the week, students will enjoy three field trips to different museums. This camp runs weekly and is suitable for ages 7-18. All art materials are provided (but bring your swimsuit as there is a chance to swim each day). 

Theater Camps

Kids at theater camp.

Adventures in Cardboard 

Minneapolis

This camp is definitely for the kids with big imaginations. These week-long, full-day camps include building villages, armor, and weaponry to enact stories, myths, and legends of their own creation. Campers will engage in theatrical and technical skill-building. Suitable for campers from elementary through high school.  

Chanhassen Dinner Theaters 

Chanhassen

This camp runs between July 5 – August 13. There are half and full-day camps available for ages 5-18 years. Get your kiddo ready for the stage! These kids will sing, dance, and act their hearts out. Teen intensive also available for campers with performance experience. 

Children’s Theatre Company 

Minneapolis

Children’s Theatre Company offers week-long, half-day camps for kids ages 4-18. They provide a range of drama camps on show tunes, scenery production, dramatic play, acting for activism, and more. Check back to their website for an updated summer schedule.  

Guthrie Theater Summer Camp 

Minneapolis

Your kids will love attending summer camp in an actual theatre. Check back to the Guthrie Theatre website as their summer camp schedule is updated. 

Minnesota Ballet Theatre & School 

Eden Prairie

This camp is a 2-week intensive workshop offering comprehensive Russian classical ballet technique training. Suitable for campers aged eight and up, you must submit an audition video to apply. This camp focuses on ballet technique training while incorporating supplementary classes in character, pointe, variations, modern, men’s, partnering, and aerial ballet.

Minnesota Dance Theater 

Minneapolis

The Minnesota Dance Theater offers summer intensives for kids ages seven and up. For the beginner to experienced ballerina, there are three weeks of training in ballet forms in addition to a masterclass on jazz, contemporary, conditioning, and creative workshop. Classes for boy ballerinos are also available.  

Moore Than Dance 

Fridley

Their studio offers singing, dancing, acting with a wide variety of themes from which to choose. Most offerings are geared towards ages 3-10 with many exciting and colorful dance options. Summer intensive for experienced dancers and teens also available. Day camps will also be available to be taken virtually.

Morningside Theater Camp 

Edina

This camp offers fun musical theater camps for kids in grades K-12. Each session ends with a performance where campers showcase their work. Check their website for an update on summer offerings as they become available. 

Stages Theatre Company 

Hopkins

Stages Theater Company offers camps and classes for kids ages 4-17. They offer morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions. Check back to their website for their summer schedule as it is updated. 

Stepping Stone Theater 

St. Paul

Stepping Stone Theater offers summer art programs for kids ages 3-18. Each camp is one week long for full days of fun. They promise small group sizes and many opportunities for creative expression to thrive. Check back to their website to learn more about their schedule as it is updated. 

Twin Cities Theater Camp 

St. Paul

TC Theater Camp is a 5-week theater camp in the Twin Cities for kids ages 7-15. Kids learn the fun and varied aspects of musical theater, culminating in a showcase performance. Check back to their website for updates to their summer 2021 offerings. 

Youth Performance Company  

St. Paul

The Youth Performance Company offers classes for kids in kindergarten through 12th grade. All levels of experience are welcome! Students will work alongside professional artists to develop their theatrical skills and acting abilities. Check back to their website for an update on their summer programming. 

Variety of Programs

Kids eating ice cream in the summer time.

Camp Discovery Summer Program 

Twin Cities, St. Cloud, Rochester

Hosted by New Horizons Academy, this summer camp is for preschool to elementary-aged children. This full-day camp offers a variety of programming from fun science experiments to cooking classes, book club, and social engagement through acts of community service. There are 3 locations available for this camp.

Faith-Based

Kids at a church summer camp.

Camp Minnesota 

Minneapolis

This is a sleep-away faith-based camp. There are so many options to choose from for your kids’ week-long summer camp stay. Each week includes a specialized focus, like horseback riding, water sports, in addition to traditional camp activities like swimming, archery, and s’mores. Camps are available for elementary to high school-aged students. 

Specialty Camps

Girl with a cat and dog.

Animal Humane Society 

Golden Valley

Check back to their website to learn more about summer camp at the Humane Society soon!

Camp Pillsbury 

Owatonna

This is a sleep-away camp! You also have the option of attending as a day camper. This camp has great activities focused on the performing arts, STEM, sports, and circus performance (including magicians!). Parent visiting days allow you to see campers’ works in progress and witness them in action!

Great River School 

St. Paul

This camp offers students aged 4-16 adventures in forest exploration, robotics, cooking, mountain biking, sports, bookmaking, wilderness survival, and more! There is something for everyone at this camp. Check out the specialized camp just on robotics. Full-day and half-day options are available. 

Language Sprout 

Saint Paul

Each camp session is two weeks long and is a full language immersion program. Language Sprout offers Mandarin, French and Spanish programs. This is a Montesorri style learning space, which means that students can learn alongside each other regardless of their level of language proficiency. 

YMCA Camp Ihduhapi 

Loretto

This camp has both overnight and day camp sessions. Camp Ihduhapi offers programming for kids ages 7 to 17. Traditional camp fun like canoeing, archery, and horseback riding gives campers the chance to gain confidence as they build skills. Both the overnight and day camps have different programs with many exciting themes.

Nature

Kids at a nature summer camp.

Apple Blossom Village 

Bemidji

The day camps are all outdoors and filled with imagination! Camps are geared for kids aged 4-13 and cover various fun and playful topics. Campers can learn about wizardry, outdoor adventure, nature games, pirate ships, art inspired by nature, and more! They offer full-day camps for kids who love to play make-believe.  

Girl Scouts River Valleys 

St. Paul

The summer calendar for this camp is packed with action! There are camps available for grades 1-12, including one-day camps, week-long camps, and sleep-away camps. Scouts will love being immersed in the outdoors to learn new skills and share adventures. Choose from various activities, including horseback riding, circus arts, construction and design, and beach parties. 

Kerfoot Canopy Tour Zip Line Summer Camp 

Henderson

This is a 3-day camp for ages 11-15 years old. Teens will learn about becoming a Sky Guide, build teamwork, gain confidence, and learn new skills. They will also tackle a 14-line zipline tour. The camp is limited to 10 people per session.

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum 

Chaska

Check back to their website soon to learn about summer programs at the Arboretum!

Northern Star Base Camp 

Bloomington

This week-long day camp is open to kids in grades K-8 and has five different locations. Each day campers will enjoy various activities, including swimming, hiking, climbing, fire building, outdoor skills, crafts, and more. All of the activities are guided by a well-trained and enthusiastic staff. This camp runs the full day, and activities vary by location.

Red Barn Learning Farm 

Hayfield

Campers aged 4-12 will have a blast on this farm-themed summer camp. There are single-day camps or 4-day camps available. Kids will have fun learning about barn chores, gardening, crafts, and hands-on activities focused on different farm animals each day. Campers can expect to make new friends and gain new skills.  

Springbrook Nature Center 

Fridley

This camp is hosted at a nature center, a perfect place to go to summer camp. Great outdoor adventures are waiting for kiddos aged 5-12. The camp has various options to choose from, including imagination-based forest fables, building forts, wilderness survival skills, and strategy games that stretch through the woods. These camps run for a week and are full days.  

Tamarack Nature Center 

White Bear Lake

This camp is suitable for ages 3-14 and features various nature topics. Many of the camps focus on animal explorations like exploring salamanders and birds’ habitats. There are also skill-building camps on nature cookery. Half-day and full-day camps are available.  

Cooking 

Kids cooking at a summer camp

Way Cool Cooking School Cooking 

Eden Prairie

This camp is for chefs between the ages of 7 and 15. There are many cookery camps to choose from with exciting features like “Nailed It” challenges. Campers can focus on baking, decorating, pasta making, and skill-building classes covering all of the basics and beyond. Half days classes are available.

Fun Summer Camps in the Twin Cities

Kids running at a summer camp

Summer 2021 will be tons of fun with such a fantastic array of summer camps in the Twin Cities for your kids to enjoy. For even more fun, join the club! Head to Twin Cities Kids Club to access amazing kid’s activities year-round. You will get free access to our exclusive, family-focused discounts around the Twin Cities.

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