School is out, the weather is hot and the kids are bored witless. What to do? Enroll them in one of the many daily or weekly camps being offered in the area this summer.

These diverse programs let kids hone their interests and skills during the summer break. They may even teach you a thing or two by the end. All of which is better than letting them run in circles until they tire themselves out or stare at a screen for the season. 

So, here it is -- the ultimate resource for summer camps in and around Northern Nevada.

Kids University

From exploring ancient Greece to becoming a Jedi knight, KIDS University at the University of Nevada, Reno covers nearly every fathomable interest base with their camps for children in grades 2-8. Camps run from June 12-July 28. Call 775-784-4062 or email

Arts for All Nevada Art and Author’s Camps

Taking place at the historic Lake Mansion in downtown Reno, the nonprofit arts organization offers weeklong camps taught by teaching artists for kids ages 6-14, depending on the camp. Most take place in the mornings, with two exceptions. Call 775-826-6100 ext. 2#.

Great Basin Naturalists at Galena Summer Camp

Galena Creek Recreation Center off Mount Rose Highway plays host to edifying summer exploration for kids and teens with multiple weeklong camps. Children ages 8-12 and teens ages 13-17 can learn about wilderness survival, the local ecosystems and much more between June 12 and Aug. 4. Call 775-849-4948 or email


University of Nevada, Reno Wolf Pack Sports Camps

Starting at age 5, athletically inclined kids can get a head start on sports with Wolf Pack pros. The university offers several sports camps in June, July and August, including baseball, basketball, football, volleyball and cheer, to name a few. Visit the website for details.

Lake Tahoe Music Camp

Middle- and high-school students can make music while overlooking Lake Tahoe from July 2-8 at the University of Nevada, Reno’s 61st annual music camp. Located in Stateline the weeklong musical experience involves rehearsals, concerts and clinics taught by professional musicians and educators, with housing and meals provided. Call 775-784-4278.

Amplify Life and Camp Lotsafun

Parents of special needs children ages 7 and older who have attended Camp Lotsafun in previous years can send them on an Eagle Lake adventure, near Susanville, from July 17-22. Alternately, special-needs kids ages 14 and older can attend two free Reno-based Amplify Life camp sessions in June and July that teach empowering skills that focus on independent living, socialization, self-advocacy and work experience. Space is limited, call 775-827-3866 or email

Nevada Museum of Art’s Camps for Kids

Daily and weekly interactive art classes and camps studying a variety of mediums are provided at the NMA’s E.L. Cord Museum School for children 7-12, beginning June 12. Each fills up quickly, visit the website for details and to register.

Discovery Museum’s Camp Discovery

Kindergarteners through seventh-graders can take advantage of nine weeks of themed, weeklong camps at the Discovery Museum in downtown Reno. From June 12-Aug. 11 between 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., kids can get hands-on education on Bugs & Butterflies, Jurassic Journeys, engineering, science or training to become a superhero.

Call 775-398-5954 or


City of Sparks Summer Outburst

First- through seventh-graders in Sparks can enjoy a recreation-filled summer between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. starting June 12 through Aug. 4. Activities like field trips, arts and crafts, swimming, bowling, water park visits, skating and much more are included within the registration fee. Call 775-353-2376.

City of Reno Vacation Station

Multiple locations around Reno are offering weeklong camps as part of the city of Reno’s program. Kids ages 6-12 1/2 can take music, outdoor adventure, bicycling and performing arts camps from June 12 through Aug. 4 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. Register online or call 775-334-4280.

Camp Rocksport Summer Climbing Camp

Little climbers age 6 and older can learn to scale things safely at Rocksport Indoor Climbing Gym. Weeklong, half- and full-day camps begin June 12 and run into late-July, with beginner and advanced options. Call 775-352-7673.

Kidscape Productions’ Summer Camps

Children with a flair for the dramatic may love these three, weeklong Reno theater camps in which either a one-act or full play is rehearsed and performed. Another camp in Truckee teaches improvisation skills through a program developed at Juilliard and the Yale School of Drama. Call 775-787-3900 or


Truckee Meadows Parks Foundation Student Stewards Summer Camp

A STEAM-based summer camp for children ages 8-12 incorporates science, technology, engineering, art and math into their projects, hikes and weekly topics such as Weather Wizards and Geology Geniuses. Camps meet at Idlewild Park in Reno, but explore various parts of Washoe County, from June 12 through Aug. 4. Each runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and extended hours for busy parents are also offered. Call 775-453-0278 or email

Challenge Island Camps

Whether it’s the Wonderful World of Wizardy, Super Hero, Girls and Dolls or any of the many camps taking place the Fly High Trampoline Park in Sparks, the goal of these weeklong sessions is to engage kids ages 6-13 in STEAM activities in a fun manner. Call 775-843-2118 or email

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