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Top Summer Camps in Nashville, TN

Published Jan 27, 2020 | Updated Feb 19, 2020

Plan early for your kids' summer camps this year! In the Nashville area, there are several choices available, whether your kids are interested in sports, wilderness camps, arts and crafts, or just about anything else!

Once upon a time, the biggest summer camp choice was whether to choose the overnight camp or a day camp.

Today's camp selections are much greater, with special interest themed camps available to suit anyone.

If you want to make your search easier, we suggest browsing through our complete directory of summer camps in Music City. Local businesses add to this list regularly, so be sure to check back if you can't find what you're looking for.

To get you started, we've highlighted some of our favorites below. 

Firstlight Art Academy

Since its founding in 2006, Firstlight has mentored over 1,300 art students in the middle Tennessee Area. In addition to their top-notch school-year training courses, Firstlight hosts weekday morning summer Camp-Classes, which combine traditional art classes with the popular summer camp concept. 

Their camps are open to children ages 4 to 14 years old. Class sizes are kept small, with 12 to 16 students max in each camp and two instructors in the younger classes. Each day is really fun like camp should be while also being really instructive and engaging. Kids will have a blast!

All camps run Monday to Friday from 9am to 12pm. 

iD Tech Camps

Got a tech-savvy kid? A great camp to consider this summer is iD Tech camps. iD Tech is a leader in summer STEM education programs for students ages 6–18.

Kickstart your kid's future in STEM with over 50 cutting-edge courses. From coding and game development to robotics and design, students will build in-demand skills and innovate like a pro with industry-standard tech tools.

Their camps are inclusive and offer fun learning environments where students are empowered with the skills they need to reimagine our tech-driven world.

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A New Leaf

Although A New Leaf is a preschool during the school year, their summer camps are ideal for kids ages 3 to 12 year old. Weekly camp themes range from "Reclaiming Outdoor Living", "The Storytelling in Art", "Flight and Space", and "The Playmobile Movie" among others.

The school's belief is that every child is gifted, and has the right to explore a rich and safe learning environment.

Franklin School of Performing Arts

In addition to musical theater, ballet, tap, jazz, and modern dance classes at various levels, the Franklin School of Performing Arts also offers ballet princess camps where students are introduced to lead characters in different ballet stories.  

As a special offering this year, they will also be offering a "Frozen" Dance Camp where students will dance to songs from the popular musical, and also have story-time, and arts and crafts!

Camp Brick

What's more fun than LEGO®? A LEGO® Adventure Day Camp! Camp Brick offers several different themed LEGO camps geared towards different age groups ranging from 4 to 14 years old. At Camp Brick your child will learn basic LEGO® building techniques that will stimulate creativity and imagination.

While at camp, your child will learn hands on techniques that will allow them to become creative thinkers, problem solvers, and effective workers in organized team activities.

Adventure Science Center

ScienceQuest Camp at Adventure Science Center provides a wide range of science enrichment programs for youth in grades K-9. Programs combine science, technology, engineering, and math in ways that encourage kids to actively discover and examine concepts for themselves.

These camps inspire a life-long passion for learning and teach kids creative problem-solving skills, teamwork, persistence and follow-through in a fun learning environment.

Bricks 4 Kidz

Bricks 4 Kidz Camps will be offered in the Franklin, Green Hills - Forest Hills, and Murfreesboro areas. As camps cover a variety of different topics, you're sure to find something of interest for your kids.  

The Bricks 4 Kidz goals are for children to play and socialize with friends while learning fundamentals of engineering and architecture in a noncompetitive setting. By building problem-solving skills, they provide students with an opportunity for creative expression and an appreciation of how things work.

Rock Zone School of Music

On a hot summer's day in New York City a group of Rockers decided that they wanted to bring a piece of the Big Apple back to Nashville.

Rock Band Summer Day Camp is designed for students aged 6 to 16. Campers will learn how to rock out on their instruments, and write and record the music they love. At the end of the camp, students will put on a concert at the studio to showcase all of their hard work!

Frist Center for the Visual Arts

Discover a world of inspiration and creativity at Summer Art Camp! Age-appropriate classes are designed to encourage artistic expression, creativity, and imagination for kids ages 5 to 18. Each class is geared towards children within two years of their own age.

Week-long camp sessions are taught by experienced teaching artists, instructors, and museum educators. Explore Frist Center summer exhibitions, interact with original works of art, and experiment with fun, new art processes. No previous art-making experience is necessary!

Ms. Biz Entrepreneurs

Students from grade 3 to 10 can participate in one of Ms. Biz Entrepreneurs' very creative Code Camps or Entrepreneur Camps.

As a sample of their originality and range, students could learn how to create a banana piano at the CODE & Create Interactive Art & Music Camps, become a socially responsible entrepreneur, or start their own business at the Teen Entrepreneur Camp!

Leadership Academy

At Leadership Academy, it is believed that every child needs time outdoors to play in an imaginative way with nature. This kind of play increases creativity, confidence, social intelligence, and resilience.

They offer summer camp adventures for people of all ages. Their day camp programs include Camp Warner Park, GROW Enrichment Camp, Nashville Sail Camp, Camp Bells Bend Beaman, Teen Leadership Adventure and Mountain Bike Camp. The goal is to get more people outside, exploring, learning, playing and having fun so they develop a strong sense of self and a deeper connection to nature.

Nashville Zoo at Grassmere

Campers ages 4 to 18 can join for day camps full of Zoo favorites and new adventures. All camps incorporate animal trail exploration, games, crafts, WILD hands-on activities and up-close animal encounters.

Most camps run from 9am to 3pm each day, with before-care available starting at 7:30am and after-care available until 5:30pm for an extra fee.

Davidson Academy

Davidson Academy Bear Country Camp is a full or part-time fun, summer program for boys and girls PK4-sixth grade. Campers participate in cooking, art, crafts, science, reading, math, drama, swimming, water play, field trips, special guests and much more.

The Jam Advanced Music Camp

The JAM Advanced Music Camp is a non-profit two week music camp in Nashville dedicated to educating and nurturing young passionate musicians and vocalists in a mentoring environment of peers and professionals.  The JAM offers students an opportunity to improve their skills to an advanced level and to showcase their talents in band performances, empowering them both personally and musically. They provide students with knowledge on all aspects of a real-life pursuit of success in becoming a self-sufficient representative of their craft.

Music City Mizfits

This free camp is for young women ages 5-14. The ladies will be learning basic football skills, drills and concepts from coaches and players with the Music City Mizfits and Derby City Dynamite. Water and snacks will be provided. Campers should wear tennis shoes/cleats, shorts and t-shirt.

Do you know of an amazing camp that should be on our lists? Camp schedules can be added for free, or you can email us at community@chatterblock.com to let us know.

Looking for more awesome things to do with your kids? Check out our popular blogs:

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