Online Summer Camps & At-Home DIY Activities

Online Summer Camps

Whether you’re spending the summer on the road or just looking for at-home activities to keep kids engaged over the summer, check out our list of Online and Virtual Summer Camps below.

Before you stop reading this post and think “Ugh! I don’t want my kids on a computer all summer, I want them DOING THINGS” – trust us when we tell you most of these “camps” are opportunities for kids to learn and explore by DOING, the instructions just happen to be online! Whether you’re looking for self-guided activities kids can do on their own or just want some pre-tested activities with instructions for easy at-home activities, you’ll find something on our list below.

Our list includes both free and paid summer camps and online activities, separated by cost. Many of the free camps do involve hands-on activities where kids will need to use or purchase household materials. The level of parental involvement required varies by camp as well as age level, but many of the activities are perfect for the whole family to do together.

Tips for navigating this list: If a listing is marked “Online Activity” (with or without Hands-On) that typically means you can do it anytime at your own pace. If a camp is marked “Online Virtual Camp” that typically means it requires registration and has set times for live classes. If “Teen” is listed as a theme, that simply means options for teens are available, but it is not exclusive to teens. Click on the name of any camp to read the full description.

If you’re local to Lakeland, FL, don’t miss our list of Virtual VBS Programs and Activity Kits, as well as Take-Home Activity Boxes.

FREE ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS & HANDS-ON ACTIVITIES

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4-H Adventures - Polk County
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Are you ready for an adventure of a lifetime? This summer, Florida 4-H brings you 4-H Adventures – a virtual summer program that will navigate through healthy living, leadership …

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Almost all programs are free, those with a cost to participate are marked on the website.

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Camp Wonderopolis
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Camp Wonderopolis® is the free online summer-learning destination that's full of fun, interactive STEM and literacy-building topics boosted by Maker experiments! Keeping kids and their families le …

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Code with Google
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Code with Google is a comprehensive Computer Science resource for educators and parents. It brings together Google’s free curriculum and programs that build coding skills—from beginner level to advanced—to …

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Jr. NBA at Home
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As part of NBA Together, “Jr. NBA at Home” is an interactive content series providing basketball skills and drills featuring NBA and WNBA players that can be completed individually and in limited space to help …

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Khan Academy
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Khan Academy offers practice exercises, instructional videos, and a personalized learning dashboard that empower learners to study at their own pace in and outside of the classroom. We tackle math, science, …

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Maker Camp 
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Explore + Make + Share with Maker Camp – Join our FREE community for kids who are making around the world, online and in your neighborhood. You can start making projects anytime! Maker Camp is a free, online community for young Makers interested in DIY, making, creating, crafting, hacking, tinkering, and learning. Maker Kits are also available at https://www.makershed.com/collections/maker-camp.
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Michael's Kids Club Online
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Michael's has a selection of DIY Videos for kids arts and crafts projects designed for age 3 & up. Kids can also register for upcoming live classes, the first 1000 students registered will be able to join in live on Zoom. Videos are available on the Michael's website and on YouTube.
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NASA Space Place
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Learn about the Sun, Earth, Solar System, Science and Technology on NASA Space Place. Activities include videos, printables and hands on activities, crafts, video games, and lots more. NASA Space Place's m …

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NOAA Education at Home
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NOAA’s most popular educational resources are available online to help you safely hunker down while learning about the ocean and atmosphere, hurricanes, coastal ecosystems, weather, and much more. From the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Association.
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Numerade Online Summer Camp
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Join our FREE STEM camp sessions taught by top educators. Improve your grades by preparing for the exact STEM-related school courses you’ll be taking this upcoming fall. Two-months of …

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Free

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Science Fair Central with Home Depot and Discovery Education
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Science Fair Central, built by The Home Depot, and Discovery Education have joined forces to help STEAM power classrooms and homes across the …

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SeaWorld Educational Resources
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SeaWorld Orlando has developed standards-aligned resources available to help families virtually explore the wild world of animals and nature for grades K-12.   Parents, students …

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Start with a Book
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Start with a Book – if you’re looking to create a Summer Camp type experience for your kids that involves books, crafts, and any theme you can imagine, Start with a Book has all of the resources yo …

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Tech Scholars Online
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Tech Scholars Programs are offered on a pay-what-you-want basis.  We are committed to making the program accessible to all girls. Open to: High school students, grades 9–12 who self-identify as girl …

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Varsity Tutors Virtual Summer Camp
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Varsity Tutors are offering free Virtual Summer Camps and Classes from June through August. Topics are covered in the form of week-long sessions. Each camp consists of fi …

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Many camps are free, but advance registration is required.

ONLINE SUMMER CAMPS & ACTIVITIES – COST INVOLVED

Boomwriter Haunt
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The Haunt is designed to address the needs of parents who now find themselves at home with their children and are looking for ways to keep their child engaged in meaningful learning activities. The Haunt pr …

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$59 per month

Coding with Kids - Live Online Coding Camps and Classes
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Are you in need of a fun flexible way to keep your kids busy, happy, and learning all summer long? Here's how Coding with Ki …

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From $119/week, most of the camps $219/week

Connected Camps
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Kids learn together online in live, hands-on, interactive programs run by expert online mentors. Kids can design, create, play, and code together in a small group setting, leading to fun and friendships. Year …

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Varies by course

DIY.org
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DIY.org is a website and app for kids to discover new skills through challenges in over 130 categories. Step by step video is provided for thousands of projects. Skill areas include art, athletics, business, building, citiz …

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14 Day Free Trial, then $15-25/month depending on the number of kids in your family and whether you want to be billed monthly or annually.

Dreams Come True Entertainment Digital Events
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Join DCTE  for fun, unique and creative magical events from the comfort of your own kingdom. All activities feature a favorite princess, superhero, or other character. You can also sign up to be Pen Pals with a Character, receive a personalized live video call, and other digital services this summer.
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Varies by activity – see website for details

Mission to Mars! A STEM Adventure
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Week-long virtual STEM camp for kids 8-11- June 15-19 or June 22-26. Campers will enjoy Martian crafts, edible "Snacktivities," and a host of interactive games and exercises …

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$250 / week

Orlando Magic Virtual Youth Basketball Camps
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Enjoy all new Orlando Magic Virtual Youth Basketball Camps presented by UnitedHealthcare. Get ready for an innovative way to work on your basketball …

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$50 Per Participant

Outschool
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Outschool​ is a marketplace of live online classes for kids ages 3-18. Classes meet in small groups over live video chat where students are safely connected with teachers and classmates who share their interests. Discover fun, social, and safe learning experiences for kids led by passionate teachers. Over 15,000+ classes available. Financial assistance is available, click here for details.
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Classes start at $10

Sarasota Film Camps
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Sarasota Film Camps is now able to offer its unique curriculum online for students 8-14. Film professionals with decades of industry experience in Hollywood as well as educators from the 22-year-old S …

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$175 / week

Summer Online Teen Life Skills Course
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We offer an online self-paced life skills course to teenagers. Course includes money management, stress management, independent living, law awareness, career choices, cyber safety, communication skills, time management, and more. Our MISSION: For every paid course we donate one course to a teenager who lost a parent. Click here to refer a teen
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$49

That Farm Charm Virtual Summer Kid's Camp
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Crafting, painting, and having fun. That's what That Farm Charm's Virtual Summer Kid's Camp is all about! DAY ONE we will be painting a Pineappl …

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$34.95 for both days OR $24.95 for any one day.

Victory Training's Virtual Lessons
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LEARNING OUTCOMES At the conclusion of this course, students will be able to create a functional website, connect a personalized domain, and perform search engine …

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$199

The next session starts July 1st, 2020.

Virtual Tech Camps from iD Tech
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Virtual Tech Camps from iD Tech are the perfect way to sharpen your STEM skills and bond with new friends, all online from the comfort of home. With the highest quality remote …

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$399 with code TOGETHER as long as social distancing is in effect (you save $100)

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Be sure to check out our Summer Fun Guide for Summer Camps, Things to Do Around Lakeland, Things to Do at Home, Open Playgrounds, Places to Play Outdoors, FREE Bowling, Swim Lessons, 4th of July Events, Reading programs, Online Camps, and much more!