Kids Summer Camps and Activities in Spokane 2021

Summer is just around the corner. Can you feel it in the air? As a mom of three young active kiddos, I have been checking backpacks daily for the last few weeks. And no, not just to throw away all the half-eaten food, although that might be just as important! I have been looking for any informational flyers sent home about summer camps and events that are available for the kids this year. The search for fun activities to get on our summer calendar has officially begun. This list of Spokane summer camps and activities for 2021, will streamline your search for a wonderful opportunity for your kids. So, take a minute to sift through the information to find the camp that's right for your kiddos, and then, by all means, get them registered!

First of all, I am thrilled. There are so many options this year. Organizations have made accommodations to make sure that our little ones have a chance to experience some amazing things this summer.

Secondly, all parents seem to be just as thrilled as spots are filling up fast! There are a few camps that came highly recommended that are already full.

Spokane City Parks and Recreation

Parks and Rec has options galore when it comes to activities and day camps for your little ones this summer. Sewing, pickleball, video production, climbing, kayaking, horseback riding, survival, sculpting, treasure hunting and so much more. Like over 80 different camps! Consequently, the guide is intense, but don't get overwhelmed. Let me break it down for you. The brochure is broken into types of camps: creative, sports, outdoor, and day camps. From there each camp is listed in date order by age group. So whether you choose to register your 4-year-old SuperHero to learn to make secret messages in order to save the day from the villains, or reserve a spot for your budding actor in drama camp to perfect their storytelling you are going to find the perfect camp that is just right for your little one this summer.

A few of Spokane City Parks and Recreation's most popular camps are highlighted below.

Camp Merkel

A great summer camp where kids explore a variety of activities, discover new interests, make friends, and feel confident to try something new. Activities include traditional camp games, arts and crafts, sports, BMX, skate park activities, plus a variety of outdoor adventures.

1-week sessions beginning June 21st

9 am–4 pm

Ages 7-11

$159 weekly

Dwight Merkel Sports Complex 5701 N Assembly Spokane WA

Register @ SpokaneRec.org

Questions? Call 625.6625 or email aeva@spokanecity.org

Funshine Day Camp

A fun-filled camp for those with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Recreation activities include sports, games, water activities, crafts, walks, field trips, and more.

1-week sessions beginning June 28th

9 am–2:30 pm

Ages 6-21 (18+ week the last session)

$219 (limited scholarship funds available)

Dwight Merkel Sports Complex 5701 N Assembly Spokane WA

Register @ SpokaneRec.org or call 509.755.2489

Questions? Call 625.6245 or email abusch@spokanecity.org

RecTennis Summer Tennis Camp

Summer tennis camp to help kids learn basic tennis skills in a non-competitive atmosphere. Each session is filled with high-energy games and fun camp activities. Keeps kids laughing and active. Each 1.5-hour session focuses on learning tennis skills. The 4 and 8-hour sessions also include fun camp games + activities. 8-hour camps include swimming in the afternoon. Choose the way you want to play!

1-week sessions beginning June 28th

Times vary

Ages 5-14

$42-45/1.5 hours, $115/4 hours, $175/8 hours

Comstock Park OR Sky Prairie Park

Register @ www.rectennis.com/spokane

Questions? Katie Szambelan Katie.szambelan@pnw.usta.com

Keep in mind these are only a few of the over 80 options offered by Parks and Recreation. Be sure to read the complete guide to pick out the perfect option or options for your little one this summer.

YMCA

Another great resource is to head over to the YMCA. The Y has everything for young kids to enjoy. Tell me you didn’t just sing that last sentence! It’s nearly impossible not to have that tune stuck in your head right now, am I right? Looking for swimming lessons, martial art classes, sports clinics, or even a run through a ninja warrior course? The Spokane YMCA has loads of programs set up for your children and families this summer. Visit their website for a complete list of all their offerings. Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Ninja Warrior Course

Half hour heats. Kids can run the ninja warrior course as many times as they like within that half-hour. Staggered start based on age.

Saturday, June 19th

9 am (runs every 30 minutes)

Ages 4-99

$15.00- $20.00

Spokane Valley YMCA 2421 N. Discovery Place Spokane Valley, WA 99216

Register @ https://operations.daxko.com/O...

Questions: Contact Katrina Nebel @ (509)777-9622 or knebel@ymcainw.org

South YMCA's Summer Kids Relay and Family Games

Participate in fun family games in the Moran Prairie Elementary field. An epic kids relay race that will run around the field. Learn about what the YMCA has to offer your whole family and win prizes.

Thursday, July 15th

6 pm-8 pm

$10- $20

South Spokane YMCA 2921 E. 57th Spokane, WA 99223

Register @ https://operations.daxko.com/O...

Questions? Call Stevie Macy @ 509.720.5795 or email Stevie.macy@ymcainw.org

Summertime Classics: Kickball, Dodgeball, T-ball, and Golf

Sports Clinics are an ideal way to introduce youth to a particular sport before they participate in a recreational or competitive league setting. Focus on character development, sports skills, and more importantly FUN. Each clinic will have a character development engagement piece, fun games, and skills ending with a little gameplay for all participants.

Jun 28th – Jul 1st

4:15pm – 5:15pm

Ages 5-8

$40-$60

Garry Middle School 725 E. Joseph Spokane WA

Register @ https://operations.daxko.com/O...

Questions? Matthew Clark @ (509)777-9622 or mclark@ymcainw.org

Here is the Spokane YMCA website
to search and register for all of the YMCA’s summer programs. You can search by location, age, or keyword to find almost any type of kids program this summer.

Academic Camps

Camp Invention

Fuel the imagination of your future world-changer with an innovative and FUN hands-on STEM experience. Each camper gets their own SolarBot, Microphone, Road Rally Car, and Duck Launcher.

June 28th- July 2nd

9 am- 3 pm

Students entering grades K - 6

$235 (use code RECHARGE25 to save $25)

Moran Prairie Elementary School 4224 East 57th Avenue Spokane, WA 99223

Register @ invent.org/camp or call 800.968.4332

Questions? Email Justin Farley @ farley.justin@gmail.com

Creative Minds Bright Minds Preschool STEAM Camps

Immerse yourself in the world of art, science, and math. There will be an end-of-week performance. Each week is a new theme ranging from pirates, Dr. Suess, art, and insects.

Weekly Sessions beginning June 21st

9 am-12 pm

Ages 3-5

$175

Dance Center of Spokane 1407 E. 57th Avenue Spokane WA

Register @ www.dancecenterofspokane.com

Questions? Call 509.448.2464

Theater Camps

Voice, Acting, and Dance for Younger Kids Day Camp

Musical Theater Intensive Day Camp. Hesperus Arts International MT Training program is a comprehensive musical theater training camp designed for those who love musical theater. Improve your dance, singing, and acting abilities.

1-week sessions beginning July 26th

Ages 5-18 depending on the camp

$195-$350

Whitworth University 300 W Hawthorne Road Spokane WA

Register @ https://www.nbccamps.com/theatre-arts/camps/spokane-theatre-arts

Questions? 1-800-406-3926

Spokane Valley Summer Theatre Conservatory Summer Camps

Play-in-a-week camps. Culminating in a performance for family and friends at the end of the week!

Various sessions July through August

Students in grades 2-12

$180 (some scholarships available)

Eastpoint Church, 15303 E. Sprague Avenue, Spokane Valley

Register @ www.svsummertheatre.com/camps

Questions? Email collin@svsummertheatre.com

Dance Camps

Jubilee Dance Spokane

Several camps and intensives to choose from this summer. Ballet, contemporary, hip-hop, jazz, musical theatre, tap, lyrical, creative dance, as well as art classes!

1-week sessions beginning June 23rd

Ages 3-17

$35-$290

Jubilee Dance Spokane 123 E Mission Ave Spokane WA

Register @ https://www.jubileedancespokane.com/summer-camps-2021

Questions? Email @ office.jubileedancespokane@gmail.com

Prince/Princess Camp

Prince/Princess Camps for experienced young dancers and those wanting to learn fundamental ballet movements. Includes making a craft together. Dance Intensives. Dance intensives provide an opportunity to dance four days a week in order to improve technique and try new artforms; class offerings include ballet of all levels, tap, musical theatre, flamenco, and yoga for dancers!

Prince/Princess Camps: June 28th-30th, July 12th-14th, July 19th-21st

Ages 3-6

1-week Intensive: June 28th-July 1st; 2-week Intensive: August 2nd-13th

Ages 6+

$45-$150

Sandra's Studio of Dance 304 W. 7th Avenue Spokane WA

Register @ http://www.sandraolgardsstudioofdance.com

Questions? Call 509.838.7464 or email @ sandraolgardsstudioofdance@gmail.com

Kids Dance & Cheer Camps

Dance Center of Spokane has several dance camps in various dance forms: jazz, ballet, hip hop. There are also a couple of guest coaches for focused dance classes.

Weekly Sessions beginning June 21st

Dance and Cheer times vary

Ages 3-12

$110-$175 week/session

Dance Center of Spokane 1407 E. 57th Spokane WA 99223

Register @ www.dancecenterofspokane.com

Questions? Call (509) 448-2464 or email director@dancecenterofspokane.com

Dance Center of Spokane also has sessions for older dancers. Check their website for a complete list of all their summer camp sessions.

Day & Overnight Camps

The Salvation Army Camp Gifford

Camp Gifford provides the opportunity to play games, create fun arts and crafts, learn archery, swim, boat, sing, and learn more about God in a fun and uplifting environment! Teen Adventure Camp. Run through The Salvation Army Camp Gifford, provides teen wilderness fun with activities such as hiking, sailing, high ropes elements, and outdoor survival skills.

Weekly sessions from June 21 – July 30

Discovery Camp ages 7-12, Teen Adventure Camp ages 13-17

$420/week, (scholarships are available on the sliding scale for as low as $60/week)

Loon Lake, WA

Register @ https://www.campgifford.org/

Questions? Call 509-435-9023

Camp Fire Camp Dart-Lo Day Camp

A friendly, inclusive, and diverse community of campers and staff who share a love of the great outdoors. Campers enjoy progression-based learning in activities such as nature, hiking, fishing, crafts, and more.

1-week sessions beginning June 21

Ages 3-18

$230 (discounts for multiple weeks)

14000 N Dartford Road, Spokane, WA

Register @ https://campfireinc.org/camp-d...

Questions? Call 509.747.6191

Camp Fire Camp Sweyolakan Overnight Camp

Campers are placed in small groups by age at the beginning of the week and a counselor stays with that group for the entire week. Groups share a cabin, plan their days, and participate in fun activities together.

1-week sessions beginning June 27th

Student in grades 1 -12

$485 (discounts for multiple weeks)

Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID

Register @ https://campfireinc.org/camp-s...

Questions? 509.747.6191

Sports Camps

Spokane Gymnastics

A safe, fun, and productive experience for all ages and experience levels. Campers are grouped according to age and skill level. All camps offer tons of options including adventure, trampoline, tumbling, breakdance, cheer, and ninja zone include structured gymnastics lessons plus games, challenges, crafts, and themed activities.

1-week sessions beginning July 5th

Morning 8am – 12pm Afternoon 12:30pm – 4:30pm or Full Day 8am – 4:30pm

Ages vary

$59-$249

Spokane Gymnastics 2515 N Locust Road Spokane Valley WA

Register in person or call 509.533.9646

Questions? https://spokanegymnastics.com/camps-more/camps/

Nigel Williams-Goss Youth Skills Basketball Camp

Instruction from Nigel Williams-Goss and a collection of top-notch coaches. Boys and girls of ALL skill levels are encouraged & welcomed to register to work on form shooting, defense, ball handling, conditioning, offensive and defensive training, 1 on 1, and 5 on 5 competition.

August 2nd-4th

9am-4pm

Ages 7-15

$275 ($250 if registered by July 2nd)

HUB Sports Center Liberty Lake, WA

Register @ https://hub.configio.com/pd/1082/nigel-williams-goss-skills-camp-2021

The Hub Sports Center also has several other sport camps scheduled this summer. Check them all out here.

Spokane Public Library

Summer Reading Program starts in June

Kids who read 15 hours over the summer can get a free book courtesy of Friends of the Spokane Public Library. Log their time online at spl.northwestreads.org on a fun website to earn badges for activities.

Summer Zoom programs for kids and families to attend

August 3rd @ 11 am Engineering@ Home

July 13th @ 11 am Meet local author Kenn Nesbitt

July 15th @ 6:30 pm NIGHT SKY EVENT

July 20th @ 11 am Color Changing Milk event

Register at https://events.spokanelibrary.org/events

Storytime at Ice Age Floods Playground

The library is partnering with Riverfront Park to bring storytime outside this summer.

July 12th @11 am

July 24th @11 am

August 9th @11 am

Four new and renovated libraries will be opening this summer

Shadle Park - Tuesday, August 10th

The Hive - Thursday, August 12th

Liberty Park - Tuesday, August 31st

Hillyard - Thursday, September 2nd

Other Summer Kids Activities

Ice Age Playground in Riverfront Park

Have you been anxiously awaiting the completion of the new Ice Age-themed playground located at the Spokane Riverfront? My kiddos have been asking daily at this point. Don’t be surprised if we are the first ones on the equipment @ noon on May 21st, at the exact moment it is slated to open to the public. Check out the virtual ribbon cutting @ 11 am.

View event here

Hikes

Looking for a family-friendly hike complete with spectacular water views? What about crossing over the Spokane river by way of a gigantic, and it bears mentioning a very sturdy, wooden bridge? Need plenty of little stops along the way? Yes! Then look no further, Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail in Riverside State Park is the hike for your crew. Offering a fairly level 2-mile well-groomed loop trail, it is a great option for all ages and skill levels. There are quite a few stairs so pack a child carrier and skip the stroller option for the littlest ones on this adventure. Grab a water bottle, a couple of snacks, or even a coffee and get going! Bowl and Pitcher Loop Trail is located North West of downtown Spokane in Riverside State Park. I used the All Trails directions on my Google maps to find my way. The directions led me directly to the trailhead, easy peasy lemon squeezy.

More hiking Trails

Spokane Indians

Take in a baseball game with the kids. The complete schedule is now on their website. Kids sitting in your lap don’t need a ticket. As of right now, restrictions are still limiting the kids club offerings including playing catch after Sunday games. But stay tuned this summer as they may open up.

Green Bluff Trot + Pit Spit

A 6.4K (4 miles) run through Green Bluff’s orchard country complete with a cherry spitting competition. Walker/strollers welcome. Even the little ones can have fun in the free Tot Trot. A short trot for kids 5 and under. Vendors offering dinner, dessert, live music, a variety of food, cherry pies, and other delicious goodies.

5 pm Registration Opens

5:30 pm Cherry Pit Spit

6 pm Tot Trot

7 pm 6.4K (4 Mile) Race

Register @ https://greenbluffgrowers.com/...

Questions? cherrytrot@gmail.com

Not a runner? Me either! The last time I ran, and I use the term ran here very loosely, I couldn’t walk the next day. Like at all. Green Bluff still has something for you. Visit in June to pick strawberries, July for cherries, and August for peaches.

As you can see Spokane is absolutely full of summer camps and activities for kiddos of all ages this summer. Hoping this resource was a starting point to guide you and save you some time with concise information. Looking forward to seeing you and your little ones at one of these fabulous events or camps around town this summer.

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Kileigh Knott

Kileigh Knott

Hi! I'm Kileigh, the mom behind The Road Knott Taken. We inspire everyday families to get out and adventure by offering quick and easy tips, travel ideas, packing lists, must-see destinations, and product recommendations. Check out our blog, The Road Knott Taken to join in the journey.