Unique summer camps: Minecraft®, sewing, rock’n’roll and so much more

Let your kids express themselves in art camp at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts (Courtesy of PAFA via Facebook)

School is either out or will be later this week and your kids can’t contain their excitement about schedule-free days of fun and freedom. You, on the other hand, might be dreading how you are going to keep them occupied and safe during the long, hot summer months. You are in luck though. There are still many unique summer camps that both you and your children will love.

If you have techies and gamers at home like I do, then you will want to check out the Minecraft® Summer Camp offered by Lavner Camps and Programs at Rosemont College in Rosemont, PA. Your child must have his or her own Minecraft® account for a PC to attend. Projects include the construction of a train system or roller coaster allowing all players to tour and travel inside the Minecraft world together. There are many weeklong sessions this summer, including Monday, June 23 to Friday, June 27 and Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. The day will run from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Keep in mind there are half day options as well. Lavner is also holding this camp at the University of Pennsylvania and the Cynwyd Club throughout the summer.

At The Perkiomen School in Pennsburg, PA, your whiz kid can learn the basics of robotics. This camp is geared for students in the 5th to 8th grade. Session dates include Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25 and Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 1.

Take your fashion lovers to SEW Philly Camp at Butcher’s Sew Shop in Italian Market, There are two age groups the Super Stitchers (ages 8-11) and the Creative Threads (ages 11-14). While the younger class will focus on hand stitching and machine sewing, the older students will get into more textures and patterns and textile painting. The classes run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. with just morning options as well. Sessions include Monday, July 7 to Friday, July 11 and Monday, July 21 to Friday, July 25.

The Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts is offering a camp for aspiring artists in its historic Cast Hall on Broad Street from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday, June 30 to Friday, July 3 and Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18. Classes for younger kids ages 5-7 will discuss the foundations of sculptures, drawings and paintings. More advanced students will take classes in graphic novel design and urban planning.

Does your child dream of being a rockstar? Reality television isn’t the only option for your budding star. The Doylestown School of Rock offers various summer camps this year including one on Grunge, Monday, July 21 through Friday, July 25, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

At The Miquon Day Camp, kids ages 4-10, can discover more about what they love to do and who they are with a variety of activities like arts and crafts, music, drama, athletics, swimming, nature exploration and even a small community service project. Located in Conshohocken, this day camp will take place between 9 a.m. and 3:15 p.m. One of the sessions offered is from Monday, June 23 to Friday, July 18.

If you have a budding marine biologist in your house, then check out the Summer Sea Camp at Adventure Aquarium in Camden, NJ. They are offering themed weeklong camp sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Monday July 7 through Friday, July 11 during “Lionfish King,” children will learn about sharks, lionfish, and other sea creatures  During “Seastar Wars” Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18, the focus will be on underwater invertebrate and how they survive.

Your little Indiana Jones might prefer the Explorers Summer Camp at the Academy of Natural Sciences on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway. Their camp breaks up kids into three age groups, 5-7, 8-9, and 10-12. In “Unnatural Science” being held Monday, July 14 to Friday, July 18, kids can learn about cryptozoology and the truth about the real animals that inspired mythological creatures like Bigfoot and the Jersey Devil. “Science Challenge” in which the kids will get to experiment and put their problem solving skills to test, will be held Monday, July 28 to Friday, August 1 Final payment for this camp is due this Friday, June 20.