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Here are some resources for kids’ summer events, activities, and camps!




Boys & Girls Clubs

Metro Phoenix: Clubs located in Avondale, Glendale, Peoria and Phoenix;

East Valley: Tempe, Mesa, Chandler, Gilbert, QC, and more;

Summer Day Camp. Arts, sports and fitness, education enrichment, technology, social recreation, field trips, free breakfast and lunch. Dates and rates vary by location and session; $30 annual enrollment fee required; need-based financial aid available. Click the link below to find details for your local club

West Valley:

East Valley:

Childtime Learning Center
Locations in Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Mesa and Phoenix
Way Cool Summer Camp. Ages 5-12. Weekly themes and activities including science, art, sports, nature, cooking, music, field trips and educational experiences. May 29-Aug 4. $100-$200/week (includes extended hours, meals, some field trips, T-shirt, water bottle and backpack); discount for siblings.


La Petite Academy
Locations in Avondale, Chandler, Glendale, Mesa, Scottsdale and Tempe
Great Escape Summer Camp. Ages 5-12. Weekly themes and activities including science, art, sports, nature, cooking, and music. Field trips, educational experiences and healthy meals and snacks. May 29-Aug 4. $150-$200/week (includes extended hours, meal, snacks and some field trips); discounts for siblings.


Tutor Time
Locations in Anthem, Cave Creek, Chandler, Gilbert, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Peoria, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale, Surprise
Best Summer Ever Camp. Ages 5-12. Weekly themes (Spy Camp, performing arts, science, sports, Wilderness Explorer Camp and culinary arts) and field trips to local attractions. May 29-Aug 4. $100-$200/week (includes extended hours, meals, some field trips, T-shirt, water bottle and backpack); discount for siblings.


Valley of the Sun YMCA
Locations in Chandler, Glendale, Goodyear, Mesa, Phoenix, Queen Creek, Scottsdale and Tempe
Ages 5-12. Specialty activities, field trips, swimming, games and more. Programs vary by branch. One-week sessions May-Aug. Full- and half-day options. $125 and up/week based on branch and programming; need-based financial aid available. Register by the Friday before the next week’s session.


Engineering for Kids
Makutu’s Island, 6919 W Ray Road, Chandler
Primavera Learning Center, 2451 N. Arizona Ave, Gilbert
Flipside Entertainment Center, 4874 Val Vista Road, Gilbert
Octane Raceway, 9119 Talking Stick Way, Scottsdale
AZ Air Time, 13802 N Scottsdale Road #145, Scottsdale
Ages 4-14. Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) enrichment programs offered at indoor entertainment centers. Hands-on aerospace, mechanical and chemical engineering, robotics, video game design, programming, and MinecraftEDU. Weekly full-day or half-day camps; extended hours available. $165 per week and up; discounts for early registration.


Sun Valley Community Church
Gilbert: 456 E Ray Road • 480-632-8920
Mesa: 3065 S Ellsworth Road • 480-354-0680
Queen Creek: 20061 E Rittenhouse Road • 480-508-4702
Tempe: 6101 S River Drive • 480-831-5005
Summer Spectacular. Grades K-3 . Kids will play, sing, dance and learn how to follow Jesus while making friends. Morning or evening sessions June 5-8 and June 12-15. $35/session.


AZ Ice
Gilbert: 2305 E Knox Road, 480-503-7080
Peoria: 15829 N 83rd Ave, 623,334-1200
Phoenix: 3853 E Thomas Road, 602-957-9966
Skate, Rattle and Roll Summer Camp. Ages 5 and older. Lessons, broomball, movies, crafts, games, snacks and more. Skate rental included. One-week sessions June 5-Aug 4. 9am-5pm. $179/week; also offers daily rates.



Arizona Museum of Natural History
53 N Macdonald, Mesa •
Dino Discovery Camp. Ages 6-12. Explore paleontology, the history of the earth and dinosaurs and other remarkable creatures that once lived here. Each day includes specialty tours, experiments, fossils, games, crafts and snacks. July 10-14. 8am-noon. $165 ($125 members).


Mesa Arts Center
1 E Main St, Mesa •
Summer Arts Camp. Grades 1-7. Drama, dance, music, puppetry and art classes taught by trained artists/educators. Four- and five-day sessions June 5-July 28. $144-$180; scholarships available.


Good Earth Montesssori
1704 N Center St, Mesa
Ages 3-9. Arts, crafts, cooking, science and water play. Weekly sessions June 5-29. 8am-noon, 8am-4pm or 9am-4pm. $125-$175/week, $475-$640 for all four weeks; discounts for siblings. Register by May 15.


Dobson Montessori K-12
745 S Extension, Mesa
Super Summer ’17. Grades K-12. Weekly workshops include sessions in Fantasy Role Play, Science Mysteries, Animal Experience, Makers Workshop, Drama, Around Town, Film Studies, Engineering, Art Investigations and more. Academics (including K-6 reading and math skills), field trips, swimming, cooking, animal care, and more. Overnight camping trips for junior high and high school grades. Weekly and monthly sessions May 30-Aug 25. 9am-3pm or 6:30am-5:45pm. $150-$185/week; discounts for siblings.


i.d.e.a. Museum
150 W Pepper Place, Mesa
480-644-2468 or
Monster Mayhem. Ages 5-10. Enjoy the summer exhibition “My Favorite Monster” and explore everything from spiky, crawly and creepy to silly, kind and hairy monsters. This STEAM camp will include art activities, science experiments, games and fun from the prehistoric to the peculiar with a special field trip back in time to visit the dinosaurs at the Arizona Museum of Natural History. 8:30am-noon or 8:30am-4pm Mon-Fri July 10-14. $85 half day ($70 members); $190 full day ($175 members). Children registered for full day must bring lunches.


Full List of Mesa Parks and Recreation Camps/Programs:



Kyrene Bienvenidos – Dual Language
Kyrene del Norte, 1331 E Redfield Road, Tempe
Ages 3-5 years old or incoming kindergartners. Dual language summer program supports the individual discovery and learning styles of young students through hands-on activities where students apply language in its natural environment. Half or full days three, four or five times a week May 30-July 26. $120-$145/week; scholarships and extended care available.


All Around Learning Center
Bethany Christian School, 6304 S Price Road, Tempe
Ages 4-14. More than 20 different summer camps including robotics, Minecraft, coding, computer game design, sciences and more. One-week half- and full-day camps June 5-July 21. $249-$348; discount for registration by Mar 31.


Gold Medal Gymnastics
1700 E Elliot Road, Tempe
480-557-0006 •
Summer Adventure Camp. Ages 3 and older. Gymnastics, arts and crafts, morning snack and themed activities. No prior gymnastics experience required. Weekly camps May 30-July 27. 9am-noon or 9am-3pm. $125-$225/week; discounts for siblings and registration by Apr 15.


Sun Devil Kids’ Camps
Mesa: 7332 Sun Devil Mall, Mesa
Glendale: 13351 N. 47th Drive, Glendale
Tempe: 400 E Apache Blvd, Tempe
Affiliated with Arizona State University. Ages 5-12. Swimming and sports-related games focused on physical fitness and sportsmanship, arts and crafts and more. $125. May 24-Aug 2. Field trips to museums, a trampoline park, and an aquarium available for additional cost. Half and full-day sessions; $48-$155/week.


Full List of Tempe Parks and Recreation Camps/Programs:



New World Learning Academy
900 E Pecos Road #8A, Chandler
KidQuest Summer Camp. Ages 3-7. Reading, writing, math skills, creative thinking and problem-solving skills. Themes include Treasure Hunters – Pirates and Princesses, Super Heroes, Under the Sea, It’s a Jungle Out There, Stars and Stripes and Under Construction. One-week sessions June 5-30 and July 10-28. 9am-noon or 9am-3pm; extended hours available. $120-$200/week.


Kyrene Early Learning Camp
Kyrene de las Brisas, 777 N Desert Breeze Blvd East #1, Chandler
Ages 3-5 year or incoming kindergartners. Weekly themes, on-site events and a variety of activities to keep children engaged. Children will participate in water days and pancake breakfasts, learn about favorite story time characters and develop a love of learning. Special guest weekly. Full- and half-day options three, four or five days a week May 30-July 26. $120-$145/week; scholarships available; extended care available


A World of Music
50 S McQueen Road, Chandler
Affiliated with Trinity Christian Fellowship. Grades K-6. Learn several large ensemble numbers and choose two one-hour sessions that match musical interests (musical theater, singing, sign language, dance, rhythm and more). June 12-16. $55 (includes T-shirt and snacks); discounts for siblings and registration before May 1.


Aspire Kids Sports Center
50 S Hearthstone Way, Chandler
Ages 3-12. Gymnasts of all levels, from beginners to advanced, learn new skills and master old ones. Full-day campers also enjoy swimming, arts and crafts, and more. May 24-26, May 30-June 2 and one-week sessions through July 28 (closed July 3-4). $155-$225/week.


USA Youth Fitness Center
1530 S Gilbert Road, Gilbert
Summer Day Camps. Ages 5-12. Gymnastics, special guests, crafts, trampolines, obstacle courses, foam pits, dance, games, field trips, swimming, contests, weekly themes and more. One-week half- or full-day sessions May 29-July 28. $125-$210; extended hours available at additional charge; discounts for sibling and multi-week registration. Also offers daily rates.


Full List of Gilbert Parks and Recreation Camps/Programs:



Children’s Museum of Phoenix
215 N 7th St, Phoenix
Ages 5-8. Hands-on learning, games and activities designed to cultivate minds and muscles. Each unique camp includes relevant literature exploration, art activities and plenty of free play within all three floors of the Museum’s imaginative exhibits. One-week sessions June-July. $280/week; $235 members; discounts for siblings.


AZ Science Center- Camp Innovation

600 E. Washington Street, Phoenix


Camps for ages 3-17. Arizona Science Center’s CAMP INNOVATION provides informal STEM-based programs featuring fun and engaging science exploration. Join us this summer to explore amusement park design, journey to Mars, and experience science using all five senses!  From learning about astrophysics, chemistry, biology, and engineering to discovering the world of game design and animation, campers will develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while engaging in science.

Register online at or call 602.716.2028. Prices vary depending on age of child/camp selected. Click HERE to view details for each age group.Limited scholarships may be available. For additional information email


Little Big Minds Spanish Immersion
4601 N 34th St, Phoenix
additional location: 6315 E Thunderbird Road, Scottsdale
Ages 3-5. Learn Spanish through play, music and movement, games, special events and crafts. Themes include Lego Lands, Mad Science, Flavors of the World and Water Fridays. One-week sessions June 5-July 24. 9am-1pm; extended hours available. $175.


Phoenix Zoo
455 N Galvin Parkway, Phoenix
Camp Zoo. Grades K-8. Up-close animal encounters, hands-on activities, art projects, stories, games, in-depth investigations, nature play, water play and hiking. One-week full- and half-day sessions vary by theme June 5-July 28. $170-$275/week ($155-$250 members); extended hours and scholarships available.


Flip Dunk Sports
1515 E Bethany Home Road #160, Phoenix
Summer Camp. Ages 3 and older. Open jump, scooter races, tug of war, obstacle courses and more. 9am-noon Mon/Wed/Fri (ages 3 and older) or weekly half- or full-day session (ages 5 and older) May 22-Aug 18. $85-$230.
Gymnastics Camp. Ages 7 and older (beginner to advanced). Daily practice with uneven bars, balance beam, floor and vault. 2:30-4pm Tues/Thurs June 6-Aug 17. $55/week.
Summer Tumbling Camp. Ages 7 and older (beginner to advanced). Drills, strength training, skill repetition and flexibility work. Noon-2pm Tues/Thurs June 6-Aug 17. $60/week


5410 E High St #105, Phoenix
DIY Makers Gonna Make Summer Camp. Ages 5-17. Pinterest-inspired DIY projects with related themes and activities. One-week sessions June 12-30 and July 10-Aug 4. 9am-noon. $225/week; discounts for siblings.


The Salvation Army
1375 E Broadway Road, Phoenix
Camp Kroc. Grades 1-8. Daily, bible-based chapel, rock climbing, swimming (indoor water park), fine arts, theatre arts and improv, music, crafts, indoor court games, camp-wide challenges and all-camp activities, weekly field trips, character development. One-week sessions May 22-July 28 (closed May 29 and July 4). $115-$162/week; need-based scholarships available.



Rachel’s Young At Art Studio
6990 E Shea Blvd #115, Scottsdale
Ages 3-9. Arts and crafts, sensory experiments, games, dramatic play, story time, instructor-led art projects. Weekly sessions June 5-Aug 4. 9am-1pm or 9am-3pm. $250-$300/week; discounts for siblings and early registration.


Scottsdale Gymnastics Summer Camp

9321 N 94th St, Scottsdale

Ages 3-12. Half-day and full-day available (must be age 5 for full day). Trampolines, tumble track, foam pit, zip-line, music, and more! Weekly themes May 30th-August 4th. 9am-3pm for full day camp. $175-$250/week; sibling discounts available.


North Scottsdale United Methodist Church
11735 N Scottsdale Road, Scottsdale
Vacation Bible School – Hero Central. Ages 3-12. Music, science, crafts, “heroic recreation” (including a 14-foot waterslide on Friday) and interactive Bible stories help kids discover their strength in God. 9am-noon June 19-23. $45/child.


Celebrate Mesa (4/22)

Noon- 4pm

Hohokam Stadium (1235 N. Center, Mesa 85201)



FREE! Celebrate Mesa is a free family event that brings the community together to enjoy games, carnival rides, entertainment and more! Some of the fun family activities have included:

  • Living Green Village
  • Bounce Houses and Kids Games
  • Entertainment, Contests and Give-aways
  • Kids run the bases!
  • Information Vendors
  • Food Trucks
  • Carnival Rides ($5 wristband for unlimited rides. Age and height restrictions may apply)


Law Day for Women (4/29)


Fresh Start Women’s Foundation (1130 E. McDowell Rd, Phoenix)



Open to all women in the community, Law Day for Women offers one-on-one meetings with volunteer attorneys from a variety of legal backgrounds to answer questions. Appointments are scheduled on a first come, first served basis. English and Spanish Appointments available. Once registration is available, please register for the area of law you would like help with so we can ensure that there are plenty of volunteer attorneys available to answer your questions. No child care available. Please do not bring children.


Register by April 27th:

Registration is Free. $10 fee due at the door on the day of the event.


i.d.e.a Museum Family Day (4/29)


i.d.e.a Museum (150 W Pepper Place, Mesa 85201)



Admission is $8 for nonmembers. Members are free. For all ages! Bring your entire family. Join us for a day of fun activities inspired by our Caped Crusaders & Everyday Heroes exhibition. Participate in the additional hands-on fun for free with museum admission.

Event Details:


Fiesta del dia Nino (4/30)


2301 N Central Ave, Phoenix, Arizona 85004

(602) 252-8840


FREE! The Heard will celebrate Children’s Day with a community fiesta! Bring the entire family out for a day of fun, arts, storytelling, music, dance, games and activities for kids of all ages! Enjoy free samplings of food and agua fresca provided by Paletas Betty, the Heard’s Courtyard Café, and Sysco Systems restaurant partners. Best of all, admission to the museum and Frida Kahlo & Diego Rivera is free for children 12 and under as well as up to two parents or guardians who accompany them.


Summer Movies

Ø  Movies in the Park (April-May)- see flyer for dates and times

Bring your blankets, snacks, and the entire family to enjoy a great movie in the park! All events are free and open to the public. Flyer includes Gilbert, Chandler, Tempe, and Mesa dates.


Ø  Harkins Summer Movie Club

It’s summertime, that means two things; blockbuster movies and the Harkins Summer Series program. Guests ages 14 and above can enjoy a movie a week for 10 weeks, for less than $1 per film! The program provides an exciting opportunity for groups to enjoy family-friendly films and keep cool during the summer. A season pass costs $7 and individual movie tickets cost $2. They will also offer a Harkins’ kids combo meal, which includes popcorn, fruit snacks and a drink for $4.75.


Tickets go on sale April 14th, 2017. For more information please contact us at (480) 627–7777 or

**See attached flyer for locations and schedule**