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Get the kids out of the house and ship them off to summer camps. We promise, it’ll be good for everyone.

Malena Lott May 18th, 2011

Kids need a camp to learn, grow, do? The OKC metro is flush with camp options for kids of all ages in all interest areas, from the physical to the intellectual.

Orr Farms
Credits: Shannon Cornman

Many organizations are hosting camps throughout the summer, so finding one that meets your summer schedule is as easy as A-B-C. Here is a sampling:


The YMCA hosts both summer day camps, as well as specialty camps for families searching for either full-day, all-summer solutions or week-long camps.

This year’s theme is “Blast from the Past,” allowing campers to learn and experience activities from the 1890s to the 2000s. Camps are available at multiple locations metro-wide, so check schedules at
Pricing: varies.


Beginning May 31 and running through Aug. 19, the City Arts Center hosts a variety of day camps that run each weekday. The camps cover several art mediums, including clay, acting, painting, puppetry, video production, photography and more.

Pricing: $120-$150 (T-shirt included). For more information, call 951-0000.

Running June 7 through Aug. 5, children ages 4 to 16 can experience thematic camps at the Oklahoma City Museum of Art, from sculptures and painting to photography and movies.
Pricing: $120 members, $130 nonmembers.
Call 236-3100.

Dancers have several camps and classes to choose from at area dance studios and organizations. The Dance Center of Oklahoma City Ballet is hosting a summer intensive from June 13 to July 22. Housing is available for out-of-town students. Visit or call 843-9898.

In Edmond, Dance Phase offers classes in jazz, tap, hip-hop and ballet for students 3 and up, with June and July sessions available.
Pricing: starting at $45 per class.
Call 478-3464.


Science Museum Oklahoma asks “Did You Ever?” at its six weekly educational camps beginning June 20 and running through July 29. Themes include movies, bugs, space and more.
Pricing: $200 for members, $235 for nonmembers (includes daily lunch and a T-shirt), plus a 10 percent discount if you register for two or more camps.
Call 602-3760.

Animal discoveries can be made all summer long at the Oklahoma City Zoo with half-day June, July and August camp options, running Tuesdays-Fridays.
Pricing: $90 for members, $100 nonmembers.
Call 425-0218.

Arts and crafts, hands-on ag lessons and games are on tap at Harn Homestead’s Territorial Fun Day Camp, held June 13-17.
Pricing: $40 per day or $125 for the week (snacks provided). Call 235-4058.

Students in kindergarten through sixth grade can enjoy an old-fashioned summer camp at the Orr Family Farm with two Tuesday-Friday sessions to choose from: June 14-17 or July 11-15. Camp includes hayrides, pony rides, fishing, mining for gemstones, making rope, soap and butter and even a pedal car derby.
Pricing: $160 (lunch and T-shirt provided).
Call 799-3276.

Campfire USA and the Heart of Oklahoma Council presents the 2011 Camp DaKaNi, an Oklahoma tradition for kids and teens since 1956. Students do not have to be a member of Campfire USA to attend. Mini-sessions and full sessions are available, beginning in June. For a complete schedule and locations of the various camps, visit Pricing: varies.


Kids can be a part of the exciting NBA action with Thunder youth basketball camps in six sessions, June through August. The camps are open to boys and girls ages 5 to 16 and focus on basketball fundamentals.
Pricing: $225 per session ($180 for season-ticket holders and Kids Club members).

Got a footballer on your hands? The Old Spice Adrian Peterson Football Camp for boys and girls ages 7-14 is set for June 23-24 at the University of Oklahoma intramural fields in Norman.
Pricing: $199 (T-shirt included).

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