Cary Camps, Part 1: Academic & Arts Camps


Cary, NC — If you’re thinking of summer camp for your kids, now is the time to get cracking. This is Cary, people, and good camps fill up early.

Cary Camps, Part 1: Academic  & Arts Camps

Here’s a handy list of Educational and Arts Camps in and around Cary to help you get a jump on your summer camp planning.

Next week, we’ll focus on sports-related camps.

School-Based Camps

Bright Horizons at Harrison Park
800 Weston Parkway, Cary, NC 27513

Preschool Summer Adventures are specifically designed for children ages 3 -5, and they include: themes and areas that encourage adventure, exploration and development, distinctive summer play spaces, and natural outdoor learning environments.

X-Treme Summer Fun is designed for children ages 5-12. There are weekly themes, a focus on fitness and technology, a summer reading challenge, awesome trips, guests, and cool spaces. Summer Camp at Bright Horizons offers families convenient and safe programs with experienced staff and the flexibility to meet parents’ expectations.

The Clubhouse @ Bright Horizons
2500 Highstone Rd, Cary, NC 27519

The Clubhouse is a full day, year-round camp program including Track Out Camp, Summer Camp, After-School and School’s Out Days to children ages 5-14. We offer a high-quality, state-of-the-art, fully resourced facility with hands on experiences in the Art Studio, Gymnasium, IT Cove, Game Avenue, Construction Zone, theater & music, sports, outdoor activities, water playground, swimming and field trips.

Cary Academy Summer Quest Summer Camps
1500 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC 27513

Summer Quest camps are offered from June 16 – July 25, 2014 (no camps offered July 4 week) in full or half-day sessions. Youth ages 2-12 are welcome at camp where they can participate in activities such as: adventure, culinary arts, enrichment, world language and culture, performing arts, science, sports and fitness, technology and visual and creative arts.

Chyten Premier Tutoring and Test Preparation
1323 Kildaire Farm Rd, Cary, NC 27511
Contact: John Summers

Children in elementary, middle, or high school can benefit from summer programs at Chyten. Chyten’s ESTEEM (English, Science, Technology, Entrepreneurism, Engineering and Math) summer programs are a series of academic enrichment programs for elementary and middle school students. They offer experiential learning that helps to develop academic skills like reading, writing and math, and challenges children to think creatively, analyze, engage in online research and develop presentations.

The RANDD (Reading and Study Skills) program impacts students’ performance in middle school, high school and beyond.

Test preparation classes and boot camps help prepare students to take the SAT/PSAT, ACT, ISEE, SSAT or HSPT tests. In order to stay ahead of the curve, rising sophomores and their parents can take a class comparing the ACT to the SAT to find out which test best suits your child.

Discovery Tech Summer Camps
5103 Grace Park Drive, Cary, NC 27560
Contact: Mike & Ann Marie Dlott

Weekly camps and track-out programs will run from June 16 to August 22 with sessions from 9:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. or 1:00 p.m.-4:00 p.m. Children ages 6 to 12 may attend camp to develop technology skills in a fun environment. Each week there is a different theme: Movie Making, Claymation, Lego WeDo Robotics. Courses are taught by certified public school teachers and students are provided with their own computer to use. Classes are limited to 12 with a 6:1 student teacher ratio. There are breaks during the day for students to have snacks and participate in activities such as ping-pong, board games, and nok-hockey.

Goddard School Summer Camps
1177 N.W. Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27513
Contact: Leigh Edwards

This summer’s theme, “Let’s go Exploring” starts on June 16th and goes through August 22. Some of the activities are: exploring different places, science experiments, arts and crafts, and learning activities that coincide with the F.L.EX.℠ Learning Program. There are also some special cooking events planned for a summer of learning and fun.

The Grove School of Cary
2590 Laura Duncan Road Cary, NC 27513

At Grove Park School children ages 1-6 can go on an Eco adventure this summer. The journeys take campers to six amazing natural places all around the world! The topics for each week are: Under the Sea, Arctic Adventures, Golden Sands and Desert Lands, Where the Green Grass Grows, Bees, Trees and Me, and Outside My Window. Campers will be exposed to loads of new information and take part in activities that will improve fine-motor, math, and science skills.

Open houses are scheduled for March 27th and April 15th, and if you attend on either date, you will be offered free camp registration. The Grove School staff is looking forward to meeting you at the big summer kick-off on May 30th.

Institute For Mathematics and Science Summer Camps
1500 N. Harrison Avenue, Cary, NC 27513

There are full and half-day programs for rising 3rd through 8th graders. Full-day camp encompasses two hours of each IMACS academic program: Logic Puzzles, Computer Programming & Virtual Robotics, and Electronics, and half-day camp is two hours of the first class and one hour of the second. Early drop-off and aftercare are available. Summer sessions begin the week or July 7 for three consecutive weeks. Students are welcome to attend multiple weeks of camp because the material will become more challenging from one week to the next.

Kids ‘R’ Kids of Cary Summer Camps
150 Towne Village Drive, Cary, NC 27513
Contact: Brooks & Julie Moye

Full day summer camp is open to children from kindergarten to 12 years old. The theme for camp this year is Camp Nature Kids, focusing on ecology, biology, and the environment. All of the subjects are related to the bugs, animals, and dirt found in our North Carolina backyards.

Nature camp is a ten week odyssey where campers investigate the wide and wonderful world of nature- all while building positive character traits, vocabulary, and knowledge and having fun with a variety of activities. Children will play with dirt, count insects, observe worms, and travel to exotic destinations. Summer camp ends by going “off the beaten path”- campers put up tents, “sleep under the stars,” and follow the directions of a compass.

Mathnasium Summer Camps
489 James Jackson Avenue, Cary, NC 27513

Mathnasium has a variety of camps for children from 2nd to 12th grade from high school prep to middle school geometry to elementary computation. Students can review topics or get a jump-start on classes like Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1, and more. Camps this summer consist of: numerical fluency, multiplication madness, divide & conquer with fractions, middle school geometry, Pre-Algebra, Algebra 1 readiness, and high school prep and review.

Oxford Learning Center Summer Camps
1229 NW Maynard Road, Cary, NC 27513
Contact: Bob Schmitt

Oxford/Grade Power Learning’s Summer Brain Camp keeps kids’ brains active over the during the long summer break.  The first week of camp begins on June 23 with a total of five weeks. Camp runs Monday-Friday from 8:15 – 11:45 a.m., and camp days are divided into two parts. The first part is one hour dedicated to addressing student’s individual needs in reading, writing, or math based on a brief academic assessment and parental input. The second part of the daily program is a group of fun activities revolving around the week’s theme. All themes incorporate more reading, writing, geography, history, math, science, and art as the theme allows.

Oxford/Grade Power Learning also has two new Lego Robotics Camps for Grades 4-5 (August 11) and for Grades 6-8 (July 14). These Lego-based camps show students how to apply simple programming with daily challenges. The camps conclude with a fun final challenge.

Spanish For Fun Summer Camps
100 Endeavor Way, Cary, NC 27513
Contact: Monica Andrade

Children from two months old to six years old can attend Spanish Immersion Summer Camp where they can do arts and crafts, have computer lessons, play games and sports, and take cooking lessons, for example. This is a unique opportunity for your child to learn Spanish in a fun and natural way, without traveling to a foreign country. Along with an introduction to a new language, campers will develop other skills and meet many new friends.

Time to Shine Preschool
1867 Lake Pine Drive, Suite A Cary, NC 27511
Contact: Brooke Saunders

Time to Shine Preschool, is a new half-day academic preschool. The goal of Time to Shine is to instill a love of learning in all students through a challenging curriculum, fun activities, and plenty of praise! There is ample time for play and learning to get your kids ready for kindergarten. This summer, camps primarily focus on art, play, science, and music.

WHIZard Academy Summer Camps for Mathematics & English
3647 SW Cary Parkway, Cary, NC 27513
Contact: Rosemary & Tom Wyrick

Back again is the WHIZARD Robotics Camp, featuring LEGO MINDSTORMS NXT 2.0 technology. Your child can become a Robot Master by learning to design, build, and program robots while simultaneously improving problem solving, teamwork, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills. The Cary WHIZard Academy will host this five-day summer and track-out camp during the weeks of July 16-20 and August 13-17. Children ages 8 to 14 can register, and no experience is necessary. There will be new activities for all returning students in order to keep them challenged and engaged.

Camps run either 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. or 1:00- 4:00 p.m.

Arts Camps

Art Buzz Kids
483 James Jackson Avenue, Cary, NC 27513

Your budding artist can put his/her skills to work at Art Buzz camps. Camp begins the week of June 16 and lasts from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. each day. There are six different weeks of camp with different themes from Under the Sea to Doll Camp Week. No matter which week you choose, your child is sure to come home with a bundle of new art creations.

Cary School of Creative Arts
964 High House Road Cary, NC 27513

Get ready for SummerRocks! There are half-day camps each week during the summer for children as young as 6 years old. Intro to Digital Keyboard is from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. and Intro to Guitar is 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. each day for a week. These classes are open to children age six to nine. Children eight and older who have at least one year of experience playing an instrument have two class options. Rock University, from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., brings together, to create a band. Children have just five days to come up with a band name, logo, and put on a concert. The Songwriter’s Studio also from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., helps piano and guitar students understand the music theory and basic components necessary to write their own songs.

Paint Your Pot
2755 NC 55, Cary, NC 27519

Camp is every week, Monday through Friday from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. until the end of August. Campers enjoy learning about clay, painting techniques, tie-die, and making dinner plates. No experience is necessary to join in the creative fun.


Story by Jamie Buning. Photo by Martin Cron.


The Cary Camps Guide is sponsored by Grove School of Cary and by Carolina RailHawks.

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