Spokane Summer Camps 2022

Summer is just around the corner. Can you feel it in the air? As a mom of three young active kiddos, I have begun to check 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 to keep these kiddos entertained and active this summer in 2022. The search for fun activities and kids camps to add to our summer calendar has officially begun!

The Best Kids Summer Camps in Spokane, WA

First of all, I am thrilled there are so many options for our little ones to 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.

This list of Spokane summer camps and activities for 2022, should streamline your search in finding a wonderful opportunity for your kids this summer. So, take a minute to sift through the information, find the camp that's right for your kiddos, and then, by all means, get them registered!

  • Spokane City Parks and Recreation
  • YMCA
  • Academic Camps
  • Day/Overnight Camps
  • Dance Camps
  • Theater Camps
  • Sports Camps
  • Spokane Public Library
  • Summer Activities

Spokane City Parks and Recreation

Parks and Rec have options galore when it comes to activities and day camps for your little ones this summer in 2022. Sewing, pickleball, climbing, kayaking, swimming, survival, sculpting, treasure hunting and so much more. This year there are over 200 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: day camps, outdoors, adventure, aquatics, sports, and overnight 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 adventurous tween to paddleboard, raft, climb, and all things exciting you are going to find the perfect camp for your child 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 can 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.

WHEN:
1-week sessions beginning June 20th


TIME:
9 am – 4 pm

WHO:
Ages 7-11

HOW MUCH:
$179 weekly

WHERE:
Dwight Merkel Sports Complex 5701 N Assembly Spokane WA

REGISTER
@ SpokaneRec.org

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.625.6625 or email aeva@spokanecity.org


Funshine Day Camp

A fun-filled camp for those with developmental and/or physical disabilities. Each day, campers will have the opportunity to interact and socialize with their peers through crafts, music, science experiments, books, board games, swimming, group activities and so much more.

WHEN:
1-week sessions beginning June 27th

TIME:
9am – 2:30pm

WHO:
Ages 6-21 (Two weeks of 18+)

HOW MUCH
: $239 weekly (Limited scholarship funds available)

WHERE:
Shadle Park 2111 W. Wellesley Ave

REGISTER
@ SpokaneRec.org or call 509.755.2489

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.625.6245 or email abusch@spokanecity.org


Keep in mind these are only a couple of the over 200 options offered by Parks and Recreation. Be sure to read the complete 2022 summer camp guide to pick out the perfect option or options for your little one this summer.

Spokane 2022 Summer camps and activities for kids

YMCA Summer Camps and Activities

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 the YMCA summer camp 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.

WHEN:
Saturday, June 18th (Various other dates offered)

TIME
: 9 am (Runs every 30 minutes)

WHO:
All Ages

HOW MUCH
: $15.00 - $20.00

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

REGISTER
@ https://operations.daxko.com/Online/5180/ProgramsV2/Home.mvc

QUESTIONS? Contact Katrina Nebel @ (509)777-9622 or knebel@ymcainw.org




Camp Reed

Mini-camp for campers entering grades 1- 2, a three-day and two-night opportunity to experience camp under the watchful eye of counselors and junior counselors. Or the traditional full week camp for those entering grades 3-9. Groups will get to swim, boat, and participate in traditional camp activities.

WHEN:
Week beginning June 19th

TIME:
Overnight Camp

WHO:
1st - 9th graders

HOW MUCH:
$260 - $550

WHERE:
YMCA Camp Reed 1126 N Monroe

REGISTER
@ https://operations.daxko.com/Online/5180/ProgramsV2/Search.mvc?category_ids=CAT729

QUESTIONS?
Email campreed@ymcainw.org or call 509-777-9622



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.

2022 Spokane Kids Summer Camps

Spokane Academic Summer Camps

Camp Invention

Fuel the imagination of your future world-changer with an innovative and FUN hands-on STEM experience. Give your young innovator an unforgettable adventure! All-new, hands-on activities will launch their imagination and get their confidence soaring as they explore STEM fun from the oceans to outer space.

WHEN:
June 27th-July 1st

TIME:
9am - 3:30pm

WHO:
Students entering grades K - 6

HOW MUCH:
$245

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

REGISTER @
https://invent-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=37608 or call 800.968.4332

QUESTIONS?
Email campinvention@invent.org




Creative Minds Bright Minds Preschool STEAM Camps

Immerse yourself in the world of art, science, and math. Each week is a new theme ranging from art to insects, and even a water week filled with pirates and mermaids. There will be an end-of-week performance.

WHEN:
Monday- Thursday sessions beginning June 27th

TIME:
9am - 12pm

WHO:
Ages 3-5

HOW MUCH:
$190 a week (Multiple week discounts available)

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

REGISTER @
www.dancecenterofspokane.com

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.448.2464




The Science Factory

Have you ever held strawberry DNA in your hand? Exploded an egg with hydrogen gas? Dug for dinosaur fossils? Join this camp's first-ever debut in Spokane Valley for crazy experiments, fun art projects, and awesome games. Since this year's camp is only one week long, each day will cover a new topic, including Expert Engineering (Mon), Shapes and Patterns (Tue), Space Exploration (Wed), and Crazy Chemistry (Thu). The week will conclude on Friday with a fun-filled day of trivia, hands-on science activities, and games. Highlights of the week will include a rocket launch, color-changing chemistry, and awesome science demos.

WHEN: Monday-Friday August 8-12th

TIME: 9am - 3pm

WHO: The target age range is 6-10, but students are welcome up to age 13

HOW MUCH: $250

WHERE: Eastpoint Church 15303 E Sprague Ave, Spokane Valley, WA 99037

REGISTER @
https://www.sciencefactoryspokane.com/

QUESTIONS?
Call (509) 850-9185 or email sciencefactorycamp@gmail.com

Spokane Theater Summer 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.

WHEN
: Monday-Thursday sessions beginning July 5th

TIME:
9am -12pm or 9am - 5pm (depending on camp session)

WHO:
Ages 6-19

HOW MUCH:
$149-$349

WHERE:
River City Church 708 West Nora Ave Spokane WA 99205

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

QUESTIONS?
1-800-406-3926




Spokane’s Children Theatre

Spokane Children's Theatre provides multiple camps throughout the year for various ages of students to learn the art of theatre and hone their talents! Camper's days are filled with acting, singing, and dancing. They will also be learning theatre etiquette, stage direction, how to audition, improv, and so much more!

WHEN: 1-week sessions beginning June 20th

TIME: 9 am - 3 pm (Showcase for 15-20 minutes at the end of the last day)

WHO: Ages 5 - 13

HOW MUCH: $200

WHERE:
2727 N Madelia St. #5 Spokane WA 99207

REGISTER @
https://www.spokanechildrenstheatre.org/_files/ugd/d4edf8_df75f6cdec924731b545231831b7b63a.pdf

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.328.4886 or email office@spokanechildrenstheatre.org

Dance Camps in Spokane

Children’s Camp

Great for boys and girls, includes age-appropriate dance, storytelling, craft, and yoga. Dance Intensives. Dance intensives provide an opportunity to improve technique and try new art forms before beginning full-time classes.

WHEN:
Children’s Camps beginning week of June 27th, Mondays-Thursday

TIME
: Varies

WHO:
Ages 3-6

HOW MUCH:
$60

WHEN:
1-week Intensive: June 27th-June 30th; 2-week Intensive: August 1st-11th (Monday-Thursday)

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

REGISTER @
https://www.sandraolgardsstudioofdance.com

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.838.7464 or email spokanestudioofdance@gmail.com




Kids Dance & Cheer Camps

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

WHEN:
4-day sessions beginning June 20th

TIME:
Dance and Cheer times vary

WHO:
Ages 3-12

HOW MUCH: $125-$155

WHERE:
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 the Dance Center website for a complete list of all their summer camp sessions.

Kids Summer Camps in Spokane 2022

Day & Overnight Camps in Spokane

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.

WHEN:
Weekly overnight sessions from June 27th – August 5th

TIME:
Overnight Camp

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

HOW MUCH:
$60 a session

WHERE:
Loon Lake, WA

REGISTER @
https://give-nw.salvationarmy.org/event/the-salvation-army-camp-gifford-summer-camp-registration-2022/e398253

QUESTIONS?
Call Elisha at 509.233.2511 or email elisha.roberts@usw.salvationarmy.org




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.

WHEN:
1-week sessions beginning June 20th

TIME:
8:50am - 4:15pm

WHO:
Ages 3 - 18

HOW MUCH:
$235

WHERE:
14000 N Dartford Road, Spokane, WA

REGISTER @
https://campfireinc.org/summer-camp-schedule/

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.747.6191




Camp Fire Camp Sweyolakan Overnight Camp

Camp Fire Camp Sweyolakan on Lake Coeur d'Alene helps youth build strong character, values, and life skills. Geared for campers 1st - 12th grade, with several options for week-long 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. First-time camper? Shorter sessions for those just wanting to get their feet wet in a 2-night experience. Not ready to stay overnight? Camp Sweyolakan offers three 5-day Day Camp Sessions. Check out their website for all the details of each option.

WHEN:
1-week sessions beginning June 25th

TIME:
Overnight Camp

WHO:
Students in grades 1 -12

HOW MUCH:
$235 - 580

WHERE:
Lake Coeur d'Alene, ID

REGISTER @
https://campfireinc.org/camp-sweyolakan/

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.747.6191

Spokane Tennis Summer Camp

Summer Sports Camps

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!

WHEN:
1-week sessions beginning June 20th

TIME
: Times vary

WHO:
Ages 5-14

HOW MUCH:
$45/1.5 hours, $115/4 hours, $175/8 hours

WHERE:
Comstock Park OR Sky Prairie Park

REGISTER @
https://rectennis.com/city/spokane/

QUESTIONS?
Email nathan.vandell@pnw.usta.com




Spokane Gymnastics

Week-long day camps taught by knowledgeable, engaged, and encouraging coaches with fast-paced rotations focusing on the development of strength, balance, agility, coordination, and flexibility. Previous experience is not required as campers are grouped according to age and skill level. All camps include structured gymnastics lessons plus games, challenges, crafts, and themed activities.

WHEN:
1-week sessions beginning June 20th

TIME:
Morning 8am – 1130am Afternoon 12:30pm – 4:00pm or Full Day 8am – 4:00pm

WHO:
Ages vary

HOW MUCH:
$139 -$299

WHERE:
Spokane Gymnastics 2515 N Locust Road Spokane Valley WA

REGISTER
in person or call 509.315.5433

QUESTIONS
? Call 509.315.5433 or email servicedesk@spokanegymnastics.com


Nigel Williams-Goss Youth Skills Basketball Camp

As a participant in the Nigel Williams-Goss Youth Skills Camp, you will receive very detailed instruction from Nigel Williams-Goss and a collection of top-notch coaches. With our 1 to 10 coach to camper ratio, each attendee will be sure to get the personal attention he or she deserves. Boys and girls of ALL skill levels are encouraged & welcomed to register.

WHEN:
Three-day session August 1st-3rd

TIME:
9am - 4pm

WHO:
Ages 7-15

HOW MUCH:
$275 ($250 if registered by May 13th)

WHERE:
HUB Sports Center Liberty Lake, WA

REGISTER @
https://hub.configio.com/pd/1762/nigel-williams-goss-skills-camp-2022

QUESTIONS?
Call 509.927.0602

The Hub Sports Center also has several other sports camps scheduled this summer. Check them all out https://www.hubsportscenter.org/activities/camps/

Spokane Public Library Camps

The Spokane Public Library has events all summer long. Including the return of their summer reading program and magazines for kids and teens with book recommendations, science experiments, activities, and much more that can be picked up at any Spokane Public Library location. Check out their website as it is periodically updated to include more details and events.


Summer Reading Program

Starts June 1 and will run through September 15. The online experience is spl.northwestreads.org, but more information can be found at https://www.spokanelibrary.org/kidsteens_summerreading/. Anyone 18 and under can win a prize book when they read 15 hours throughout the summer.




Pollinator Party

Learn about the wide variety of creatures that help put food on our plates by pollinating the plant world. We’ll also learn ways to help them and take home some fun creations.

WHEN:

  • June 30th @ Shadle Park Library
  • July 7th @ Hillyard Library
  • July 12th @ Liberty Park Library


TIME: 1pm - 4pm

WHO:
ages 0-5 (Early Learners)




Art Journals

Get the creativity flowing and make some art! Join us any time between 1 - 4 PM to create your very own art journal. We'll provide instructions, prompts, and TONS of fun art supplies with which you can express yourself. Bring your imagination and be ready to get a little messy!

WHEN:

  • July 14th @ Shadle Park Library
  • July 19th @ Liberty Park Library
  • July 21st @ Hillyard Library

TIME: 1pm - 4pm

WHO: grades K-5 (Kids)



Launch It!

Are you ready to make things fly? Drop-in from 1 to 4 to explore the physics of flight with some fun activities!

WHEN:

  • July 26th @ Liberty Park Library
  • July 28th @ Shadle Park Library
  • August 4th @ Hillyard Library

TIME: 1pm - 4pm

WHO: grades K-5 (Kids)




Escape Rooms

Work together with other teen participants to solve clues and puzzles to "escape" from The Abandoned Attic.

WHEN:

  • June 27 @ Hillyard Library
  • June 28 @ Shadle Park Library
  • June 29 @ Liberty Park Library
  • August 8 @ Liberty Park Library
  • August 9 @ Hillyard Library
  • August 10 @ Shadle Park Library

TIME: 1pm - 4:30 pm

WHO: Teens




Nerf Wars

Join us for a Nerf Battle with other teens. We will provide Nerf guns, Nerf bullets, and eye protection for all participants. If you would like to bring your own Nerf gun, you are welcome to. Just note that during the battle each participant will only get to use one gun per person (to keep things fair). 5-6:30 pm at all locations

WHEN:

  • July 15 @ Hillyard Library
  • July 22 @ Liberty Park Library
  • July 29 @ Shadle Park Library

TIME: 1pm - 4:30 pm

WHO: Teens



Touch-a-Recycling-Truck and Envirokids Fair

Visit a recycling truck in the Hillyard Library parking lot, courtesy of the City of Spokane Solid Waste Department. You’ll get to sit in the recycling truck, talk to the driver, and learn how garbage and recycling are picked up in our community. Then learn where the trash goes and how it is used to make electricity at the City of Spokane’s Waste to Energy Facility with their new kid’s book!

WHEN:
Wednesday, June 29th

TIME:
11am - 1 pm

WHO:
All ages welcome (under 8 must be accompanied by an adult)

WHERE:
Hillyard Library Parking Lot 4110 N Cook Street 99207

Spokane Summer Activities 2022

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.


Spokane Indians

How about a summertime classic! Take in a baseball game with the kids. Here is the schedule for the 2022 Spokane Indians season: https://www.milb.com/spokane/schedule/2022-05. By the way, kids sitting in your lap don’t need a ticket. Get to the game early and let the little ones warm up in the batting cages over in the expansive kids’ section. This year Sunday's catch on the field after the game is back (Yay!!) so bring your mitts! Be sure to check out all the planned events as there are many fun-themed nights like Princess, Bark in the Park, and Marvel Superhero!


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 offer dinner, dessert, live music, a variety of food, cherry pies, and other delicious goodies.

WHEN:
Thursday, July 21st

TIME:

  • 5:00 pm Registration Opens – Food & Vendors
  • 5:30 pm Cherry Pit Spit
  • 7:00 pm Cherry Pickers Trot 6.4K (4 Mile) Race

REGISTER @ https://runsignup.com/Race/WA/Colbert/CherryPickersTrot

QUESTIONS?
gbgrange300@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.

Don't Miss Out This Summer!

As you can see Spokane is 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

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