For many, the phrase “summer camp” conjures memories of roasting marshmallows, swimming in the lake and color wars. But there are many unique summer camps out there that promise a more niche experience – giving kids a chance to explore new and exciting activities not oft found at conventional summer programs.

From Lego Camp to Magic Camp, here are 8 of the most unique summer camps for kids:

1. First Stage Summer Theater Academy

Location: Milwaukee, WI
Age Range: Students entering K5 through 12 this fall
Price: Weekly sessions start at $160 per week
Dates: June 12 – August 4, 2017

First Stage Theater Academy is the nation’s leading theater training program for young people, offering summer camp opportunities for students entering grades K5 – 12 this fall. With classes led by Milwaukee’s finest professional theater artists, students will learn acting, musical theater, improvisation, and much more while gaining valuable life skills in a positive, supportive environment.

2. Westchester Circus Arts Summer Camp

Location: Ardsley, NY
Age Range: 5 to 18
Price: Single day sessions from $110/day
Dates: June 26 – August 4, 2017

It’s not often campers get to say they defied gravity this summer! And that is just one of the incredible elements of circus camp. From juggling to flying trapeze, all campers are inspired to accomplish more than they ever dreamed possible.

3. Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Camp

Location: Across the U.S.
Age Range: 5 to 12
Price: Varies by location
Dates: Varies by location

Bricks 4 Kidz programs provide an extraordinary atmosphere for students to build unique creations, play games, and have loads of fun using LEGO® bricks. The activities are designed to trigger young children’s lively imaginations and build their self-confidence.

Programs provide a safe, relaxed learning environment where initiative is invited and self-expression is celebrated.  Model-building provides opportunities for problem-solving and helps kids develop an appreciation for how things work. All this takes place while kids are having fun and socializing in a non-competitive atmosphere.

4. Magic Camp

Location: Miami / Boca Raton, FL
Age Range: 5 to 12
Price: Starts at $475 for 2 weeks
Dates: June 12 – August 18, 2017

One of the most unique summer camps in southern Florida, MagiCamp has taught over 35,000 MagiCampers the many variations of magic, juggling, and drama. Campers will learn how to amaze their friends and family by making things appear and disappear in the blink of an eye!

5. Destination Science Day Camp

Location: CA, WA, TX, NY, NJ
Age Range: 5 to 11
Price: Varies by location
Dates: Varies by location

Science is experimental, exploratory, and exciting! It’s about the Aha! moments in life – like when you figure out how something works, or realize that science and cooking go hand in hand. At this camp, kids will develop superb skills and bring that enthusiasm and knowledge home with them so the learning continues. Destination Science recruits kid-friendly educators to guide these science leaders of tomorrow through the best summer of their lives.

6. USA Chess Camp

Location: More than 100 camps across the U.S.
Age Range: 5 to 16
Price: Varies by location
Dates: Varies by location

Active Learning Services provides exciting and enriching summer camps for children ages 5-16. Programs include chess camps where professional chess instructors teach children of all abilities to play and improve their games. Instructors use a range of teaching tools including demo boards, computer tutorials, worksheets, stories and historic games to keep class time exciting. Each half-day consists of two hour-long chess lessons tailored to the ability of the children and one hour of practice to play against other students and instructors.

7. Future Stars Sports Camps

Location: Westchester, Manhattan, & Long Island, NY
Age Range: 4 to 16
Price: Varies by program & location
Dates: Varies by location

Rising Stars Day Camp offers a multisport experience to nurture Future Stars’ youngest campers as they enter the world of athletics and life. Campers participate in an age-appropriate program covering fundamental skills of the ‘core’ sports, as well as enjoying additional activity periods where creativity, education and character development are the focus. Rising Stars campers also receive instructional swim periods designed to build both confidence and competence in the water. For ages 4 to first grade.

Programs include: Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Circus Arts, Diving, Football, Horseback Riding, Lacrosse, Magic, Multi-Sports, Soccer, Softball, Swim, Tennis, Volleyball, Engineering for Kids, Field Hockey, Racquetball, Squash

8. Engineering For Kids

Location: 121 locations across the U.S.
Age Range: 4 to 14
Price: Varies by program & location
Dates: Varies by location

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids ages 4 to 14 in a fun and challenging way through classes, camps, clubs, and parties. EFK is proud to inspire children to build on their natural curiosity by teaching engineering concepts through hands-on learning.

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