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2013 Alexandria Summer Day Camp Guide

Cool camps for kids with a focus on everything from pets, robots and musical theater to the Civil War.


Looking for some great summer day camps for the kids? Alexandria and the communities right next door are full of them.

As summer approaches, many of these camps will have more details available, but here’s a start put together by Patch.

To find out about the many more area camps, families are invited to the 2013 Summer Camp Fair sponsored by the PTA Council of Alexandria. The 2013 fair is Feb. 20, from 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the cafeteria of T.C. Williams High School, at 3330 King St. Printed directories featuring the more than 50 camps in attendance will be available.

Alexandria Patch Summer Day Camp Picks:

Animal Welfare League of Alexandria — Rising 3rd through 8th graders can register for sessions tailored for their age group and specific interest. Camp sessions run from 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. and last one week. Registration opens for summer camps mid-February.

The Art League — This camp, which operates out of the league's Madison Annex, offers a multitude of arts experiences for ages five to teen, including drawing,  painting, sculpture, cartooning and more. The first session of art camp begins June 17. Summer camp registration opens Feb. 11.

Browne Academy — This private school offers sports, arts and swimming activities for ages three to 13, along with field trips. The day camp operates from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. with extended day available. Registration opens Feb. 1.

Burgundy Farm — This private school offers daily swimming, activities and special events on Burgundy’s 25 acres including a forest, field, pond, barn and ampitheater. Programs are available for ages three years, eight months through 12. Camp hours are 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with morning and afternoon extended day options. Summer registration is now open.

City of Alexandria — The city releases its program of summer camps and activities Feb. 20 at the T.C. Williams Summer Camp Fair. Registration begins late March.

Del Ray Performing Arts Center — This conservatory on Mount Vernon Avenue offers acting, musical theater, Shakespeare and even clown camps for kids. Financial assistance available for low-income families. Registration information is not yet available.

Mad Science, DC Chapter — This camp offers different themes for different weeks, including investigating crime scenes with chemistry, building robots and constructing rockets. Currently, Mad Science plans to host 2013 summer camps at Waynewood Elementary School and Mount Vernon Recreational Center, but plans to announce another Alexandria location before the summer. Registration is currently open.

St. Stephen’s & St. Agnes School — This private school offers camps for ages three through 18. Weekly themes include ballet, Civil War, Filmworx movie making and junior veterinarian. Registration is currently open.

Synetic Theater — This theatrical camp located next to the Crystal City Metro offers summer experiences for ages four through 14. This season’s theme is “Hobbit Land: Journey to Middle Earth,” where creatures abound and adventures await in this camp taught by artist-teachers from Synetic.

Winkler Botanical Preserve — To participate in this camp, you must be on the preserve’s mailing list in order to receive the registration form. The forms will be mailed late January/early February. If you’re not on the mailing list but would like to be, call the park at 703-578-7888 and leave your name and mailing address. No website available.

YMCA Alexandria branch — The YMCA on E. Monroe Avenue offers summer day camps for tots to teens. Subjects include specialty swimming, art and sports camps. Before and after-care available. Registration is currently open.

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KidNimble Team

6:56 am on Monday, January 14, 2013

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ruth reeder

7:07 am on Monday, January 14, 2013

Alexandria Archaeology Summer Camp for 12 to 15 year olds. A unique opportunity for kids to work alongside the City’s archaeologists at a real dig! Session runs from July 15-19, 2013.


Marianne Hetzer

7:38 am on Monday, January 14, 2013

Thank you, Patch, for the Camp Fair shout-out! The Alexandria PTA Council Summer Camp Fair will be bigger and bolder than ever this year at our NEW location - T.C. Williams King Street (main) campus, 3330 King Street. Like us (Alexandria PTAC Summer Camp Fair) on FB!


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