Chester County Summer Camps

Summer Camp options for kids in Chester County

By Jen Anderson - Publisher, West Chester Macaroni Kid February 17, 2023

Looking for great summer camps and activities for kids in Chester County? We've got a lineup of camps to choose from in Downingtown, Kennett Square, West Chester, Exton, Media, Newtown Square and in between! 

This year's guide to great local camps includes themes such as Photography Camps, Nature Camps and Outdoor Camps, Theater Camps, eSports Camps, Dance Camps, Art Camps and more. 

Explore each local camp option below - contact the camp to register or visit their site for more details! 

Advent Preschool Summer Camp

Our weekly summer camp serves children ages 3-6 in a half-day, play based program.

Ages: 3-6 years
Schedule: Half-day camps

Advent Preschool Summer Camp Website
1601 Green Lane West Chester PA 19382
Phone: 610-436-0807

Art Camp with Young Rembrandts

Our fun half and full day weekly camps expose our students to various coloring media and styles, while exploring drawing, cartooning, anime, still life and more with age-appropriate instruction! No experience necessary and all the materials are included.

Ages: Junior 3-5, Elementary 4-13
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options available

Young Rembrandts Chester County Camp Website
Various locations in Chadds Ford, West Chester, Malvern, Phoenixville, Downingtown
Phone: 610-864-0018

AR Workshop Malvern Summer ARt Camp

AR Workshop Summer ARt Camps promote creativity and hands-on STEAM learning in a fun and social environment! Get your D.I.Y. On - no experience necessary!

Ages: 7-14 (standard camps), 6-9 (lil’ crafters series), 13-17 (teen series)
Schedule: Half-day camps

AR Workshop Malvern Summer ARt Camp Website
233 E King St.,  Malvern PA 19355

Benchmark Camp

This five-week day camp program from June 26-July 28 in Media, PA includes Benchmark's internationally recognized language arts program, executive function skills instruction, and design thinking activities, as well as swimming, art, and sports on our 23-acre wooded campus. For children in grades 1-6, and especially well-suited for children with ADD/ADHD, dyslexia, and other learning differences.

Ages: Grades 1-6
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options and After care are available

Benchmark Camp Website
2107 North Providence Road, Media, PA 19063
Phone: 610-565-3741

Camp Wonderkin

Nestled in the rolling hills of beautiful Chester County and surrounded by forest and field, Natural Lands' ChesLen Preserve offers the perfect setting for Camp Wonderkin - a nature based STEAM camp designed for age 5-10. Each day of this unique camp experience will focus on various concepts of the STEAM acronym - Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Math.

Ages: 5-10 years
Schedule: Full-day camp

Camp Wonderkin Website
ChesLen, 1199 Cannery Rd, Coatesville, PA
Phone: 717-269-1045

eSports Summer Camp

Uplink weekly Summer Camps rotate through Roblox, Minecraft, Fortnite and esports with gaga ball, corn hole, and other outdoor activities.  We also cover a special topic each day including: online safety, stress management, online etiquette and more!

Ages: 7-13.5 yrs
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options available | Before care AND after care are available

Uplink eSports Camp Website
1230 Pottstown Pike, Glenmoore, PA
Phone: 484-500-4200

Girls in Science & Technology and AHMEC Flight School

Join us for GIST, our girls-only science program as we explore chemistry, biology, astronomy, electricity, and physical science, July 17-21, 10 am-3 pm, and AHMEC Flight School, a week-long program for boys and girls ages 6-12 who have an interest in science and how things fly, August 7-11, 10 am-3 pm.  

Ages: 6-12 years
Schedule: Half-day camp

American Helicopter Museum and Education Center Website
1220 American Blvd., Ste. 1, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-436-9600

Goshen Friends School Summer Camp
Goshen Friends School’s Summer Camp for preschoolers, pre-kindergartners, & rising kindergartners offers seven weeks of splishing, splashing, socializing, and outdoor fun on our beautiful 10-acre campus just outside West Chester. It is a popular choice among local families looking for a fun, affordable summer camp option for their young child. Full for 2023!

Ages: Preschoolers, Pre-K and Rising Kindergarteners
Schedule: Half day camp

Goshen Friends School Website
814 N. Chester Road, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 610-696-8183

iCORE Ninja Warrior Camp

Campers Ages 6 to 14 are put through a wide variety of extreme Ninja training, parkour, sports and free play. iCORE is the only place to be for the active summer camper!

Ages: 6-14 years.
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options available

iCORE Ninja Warrior Camp Website
300 Lawrence Drive, West Chester PA 19380
Phone: 484-887-8607

I Love Photography Summer Camps!

Weekly FUN and educational photography camps for kids and teens ages 9-16 at 8 amazing locations. Half-day and Full-day camps. Multiple locations including East Goshen Park, Longwood Gardens, Limerick, Chester Springs, West Chester, Swarthmore College and more

Ages: 9-16
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options available

Photography Workshop Website
Various locations - Chester, Montgomery and Delaware Counties, PA 19380
Phone: 484-604-2004

KWS Summer Adventures Camp 2023

 Every day of summer should be filled with adventure: exploring our campus’s forest and creeks, riding bikes, arts and crafts, creative play and fort-building, picnics, games, sports, and so much more. Cool off with water play, sample the tasty summer bounty from our organic farm, and make friendships that will last a lifetime. 

Ages: 1st to 6th grade | Full-Day Camp | Before care and After care are available

410 West Seven Stars Rd.
Phone: (610) 933-3635

Makoto Martial Arts Summer Program

Looking for something other than the same old art, day and dance camps? Then check out the full-day Makoto Martial Arts Summer Program where your kids will go on 3-4 adventures every week... gain some cool ninja skills (even earn belts)... and make a whole lot of new friends. Select any or all 11 weeks and get ready for the best Summer yet. 

Ages: Youth Camp 6-11yrs  |   Teen Camp 12-16yrs

Schedule: Full day camp | Before care AND after care are available

Makoto Summer Programs Website
Youth Camp:  14 N. Village Ave. Exton, PA  19341   |   Teen Camp:  412 Newcomen Rd.  Exton, PA  19341
Phone: 610-280-0873

Martial Arts Camp

An introduction to Taekwondo for ages 7-14. Learn the basic White Belt program (3 months) in one fun and challenging week. Many of our current Black Belts began with camp weeks. 

Ages: 7-14 years
Schedule: Full-day camp; Before care AND after care are available

Camp Website
Lupo Taekwando  - 3949 Lincoln Hwy - Caln Village Shopping Center- Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: 267-290-8080

My Gym Summer Camp

Summer Camp will be super fun in our brand-new facility! We will be following all state guidelines and making sure that we are providing the safest and of course, most fun experience we can for your child. 

We activate the fun at My Gym camp with different themes, arts & crafts, gymnastics, obstacle courses, activities, games and more! These 3-hour drop-off camps have limited space, so register today!

Ages: 3-13 years
Schedule: Half-day camp, Morning or afternoon sessions; Lunch Bunch can be added

My Gym Summer Camp Website
3955 W Lincoln Hwy, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: 610-363-6090

People's Light SummerBLAST

At this one-of-a-kind theatre camp, professional teaching artists help young people collaborate and create their own original performances. Macaroni Kid readers can enjoy a $25 discount on any 2023 SummerBLAST session — just use code MACARONI25 at checkout.

Ages: Students entering grades 2–8, split into sessions for grades 2–4 and 5–8
Schedule: Full-day camp with  Before and after care are available

SummerBLAST at People's Light Website
People's Light: 39 Conestoga Road, Malvern, PA 19355
Some sessions are held at the Duportail House: 297 Adams Drive, Chesterbrook, PA 19087
Phone: 610-647-1900 x187

Philadelphia Rock Gyms - Summer Camps

Take your child's summer to new heights at one of PRG's indoor or outdoor rock climbing camps! 

Ages: 5-15 years
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options available | Before care and after care are available

Philadelphia Rock Gyms - Summer Programs Website
57 Lancaster Avenue, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 877-822-ROPE (7673)

Sky Zone Trampoline Park - Glen Mills

Perfect place for camp field trips on hot days or rainy days or ANY DAY the kids need a change of pace.
Sky Zone has open jump times, hosts birthday parties and groups and offers special programs such as Glow night and Little Leapers. Check the website to plan your summer fun. 

Ages 5-14
10 Conchester Road, Glen Mills, PA 19342

Sophisticated Bling Summer Art Program

We are offering six fun-filled weeks of arts and craft activities throughout the summer that each child will love. Daily each child will work on a project consisting of blinging, painting, drawing, tracing, and more.

Ages: 8-14
Schedule: Half-day camps

Sophisticated Bling Summer Art Program Website
110 North Union Street, Kennett Square, PA 19348
Phone: 610-333-7734

Summer Camps at West Chester Studio at Uptown!

Join WCStudio at Uptown! for a summer of theatre fun and exploration, where your performer can learn practical theatre skills, develop their imagination and find their own unique voice.

Ages: 4-18
Schedule: Half and full-day options are available; After care available
Specials: Early Bird Specials or Multiple Camp discounts available

WC Studio  / Uptown Website
Uptown Knauer Performing Arts Center
226 N. High Street, West Chester PA 19380
Phone: 610-356-2787 X3

Summer Camps at YMCA of Greater Brandywine Locations

Our eight campuses across Chester County offer acres of amenities and leverage all of our robust indoor and outdoor spaces to keep each day fun and exciting – rain or shine! Some fun activities include: daily swimming, gaga pit, slingshots, archery, inflatables, arts and crafts, canoeing and more*.YMCA Summer Camps provide campers with a summer they'll never forget. Campers have an opportunity to make friends and participate in a variety of camp activities including arts & crafts, sports, free swim, field games, community service and weekly themed activities. Locations include: Coatesville, Octorara, Jennersville, Kennett, Exton & West Chester.
Schedule: Half-day and Full-day options available  |  Aftercare is available at no additional cost

YMCA - Greater Brandywine Website
Phone: Contact Your Preferred Branch
Email: Contact Your Preferred Branch 

Summer Career Academies

Discover what it's like to be a professional in STEM and Healthcare Fields!  Surgeon - Nurse - Forensic Scientist - Veterinarian and MORE! This hands-on summer camp is for ages 10 to 16 with field trips, activities, career exploration and FUN!

Ages 10-16 - Full-Day Camp

Summer Career Academies  - STEM Innovation Website
737 Constitution Drive Exton, 19341
Phone: 610-321-8228 

Summer Dance Camp at Time to Leap Dance Studio
All Camps will include plenty of age-appropriate dancing, along with crafts, snacks, camp t-shirt, and a presentation at the end of the week. Each week will highlight a different theme, including Royalty Training, Ice Castles & Snowmen, ‘Encanto’ Inspired, Broadway Bound, and MORE.

Schedule: Half and full-day options are available
Ages: 3.5 yrs +

Early Bird Pricing: $225 for half-day sessions. 

Early bird expires May 1st.
After May 1st, tuition is $250. Sibling and multi-camp discounts are available.

Time to Leap Summer Camp Website
533 E. Gay Street, West Chester, PA 19380
Phone: 484-547-5330

Summer Discovery at Newlin Grist Mill

Summer Discovery at Newlin Grist Mill offers history- and nature-based experiences in an engaging, inclusive, outdoor environment for children ages 4-12. Summer Discovery is the place where learning is fun!

Ages: 4-12 years
Schedule: Half-day camps

Newlin Grist Mill Summer Discovery Website
219 Cheyney Rd, Glen Mills, PA 19342
Phone: 610-459-2359

Summer Friends at Media-Providence Friends School

Campers ages 3-10 are free to explore, play, and express themselves in the safe community found year-round at Media-Providence Friends School. 

Ages 3-10 | Full-Day Camp, After-care available

Summer Friends at Media-Providence Friends School Website
Phone: 610-405-5537

Synergy Gymnastics Summer Camps

Join us for a fun-filled, interactive week of play, gymnastics and activities in our beautiful facility! 

Weekly Themes include: Welcome Summer!  -  Who’s Your Superhero?  -  Christmas in July  -  Disney Week  -  When I Grow Up  -  Shark Week  -  Sports Week  -  Summer Luau
Ages: 5–13 years  
Schedule: 9 a.m.–1 p.m.

Synergy Gymnastics Training Center Website
580 Lancaster Ave, Malvern, PA 19355
Phone: 610-545-9374

Touch of Class Dance Summer Camps and Classes

TOCD Summer Dance Camp is a 5-day long camp from 9:00am - 3:00pm, offered at both Broomall and Downingtown locations. A dance camp day will be filled with crafts, learning fun dances, playing games, and more! 

Ages: 5-8 years
Schedule: Full-day camp 

Touch of Class Dance Website
150 E Pennsylvania Ave Downingtown PA 19335
Phone: 610-518-2130


Get ready for the best days of your child's summer! Twirl dance/acrobatics/performing arts camps are packed with fun - with awesome themes like Zombies 3, Super Mario Brothers, Dinosaurs, Pixar Dance & Acro Party, Remy's Baking Adventure (in partnership with Hippie Chic Cakes!), Stranger Things Encounter for middle schoolers, Twirl Summer Dance Intensive, and MORE!

Ages: 3.5 years+
Schedule: Half-day camps

Twirl Summer Programs Website
3544 West Chester Pike
Newtown Square, PA 19073
Phone: 484-424-7307


United Sports

Day camps, sports camps, and specialty camps for ages 3 to 13; voted "Best of Chester County" in 2021 and 2022!  Full-day and half-day choices with flexible registration options.

Ages: 3-13 yrs
Schedule: Full and Half-day camps available | Before care AND after care are available

United Sports Website
1426 Marshallton-Thorndale Road, Downingtown, PA 19335
Phone: 610-466-7100

West Chester Dance Works / Diane Matthews School of Dance
Join West Chester Dance Works this summer to explore new styles, try dance classes for the first time or enjoy a workshop or half-day camp. All activities are led by our experienced, skilled and friendly instructors and there is something for dancers of all ages. Early-bird discount available when you register before April 30th.

Ages: 3.5-18
Schedule: Half-day Camps (9am-12pm), Evening Workshops and Classes are available.

315-9 Westtown Road, West Chester, PA 19382

Young Writers/Young Readers

The West Chester Writing Project welcomes students to the Young Writers/Young Readers Summer Enrichment Camp! In this 2-week camp, students are tasked with writing in various genres and modes, sharing ideas, and completing the steps of the writing process.

Ages: 1st-12th grade
Schedule: Half-day camps

Young Writers/Young Readers Camp Website
720 S. High St., West Chester University, West Chester, Pa. 19383
Phone: 610-436-2598