Summer fun, summer options

By Jeanne e. Fredriksen

With the summer fast approaching and the traditional calendar schools near- ing the end of the year, we put together a list of area options for kids.



Art Buzz Kids Summer Camp.

Ages 5-9. 3325 Rogers Rd, Ste 115, Wake Forest. (919)453-0552. Half-day camps, arts and crafts.


Artful Mind, The.

Grades K-12. 1952 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)556-1285. Theme-based integration of the arts.


Dragonfly Art Camp.
Grades 5-8. 15633 Andover Ln, Wake Forest. (919)946-1264. Arts and crafts, backyard camping, cooking, nature hikes and more.

Sunflower Studio Art Camp.
Ages 6-up. 214 East Jones Ave, Wake Forest. (919)570-0765. Art workshops are two days per week and focus on the fundamentals of drawing and painting.


EasiHorse Farm.
Ages 5-up. 2309 Easy Horse Trail, Wake Forest. (919)528-773. Experience the joy of working with horses and other animals while learning kindness to animals.

Happy Trails Horse Farm.
Ages 5-13. 704 Dogwood Hill Lane, Wake Forest. (919)528-7968. No horseback riding experience is necessary. Kids enjoy other activities such as arts & crafts, swimming, playground, hiking, basketball, horseshoes, fishing, cooking, movie with popcorn.

Moonshine Farm.
Ages 6-up. 1009 Lawrence Rd, Wake Forest. (919)656-5611. Day or weekly camps available. Demonstration of basic equine knowledge; how to behave around and handle a horse; and a horse ride.




Spanish for Fun.
Ages 2 mos-6. 222 Capcom Ave, Wake Forest. (919)883-2061. Spanish Immersion Camp is a unique opportunity for your child to learn Spanish in a fun and natural way.





Rock Music Camp.
Ages 8-18. 1839 S Main Street Ste 340, Wake Forest. (919)453-1688. Summer camp “rockers” will work in a band with like minded musicians to write and perform an original song along with cover tunes in a grand finale concert to conclude the camp week.




Camp Invention.
Grades 1-6. 1753 Long Mill Rd, Youngsville. (800) 968-4332. Solve real-world challenges in preparation for the 21st century.

Robotics & Innovation.
Ages 8-up. 1839 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)355-6263. Theme-based adventures requiring no previous Lego Mindstorm robotics knowledge encompassing science, technology, engineering, and math principles.


Camp Chillin’.
Ages 5-12. Polar Icehouse at The Factory, 1839 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)229-4989. A week long activity camp emphasizing sports-based activities in a non-competitive environment organized by a professional staff.

Challenger Soccer Camp.
Ages 3-16.121 Redford Place Dr, Rolesville. (800) 878-2167. Challenger Sports’ British Soccer Camp is the most popular soccer camp in the country based upon one of the most innovative approaches to coaching youth soccer in the US and Canada.

CrossFit Wake Forest Kids.
Grades K-5. 5101-M Unicon Dr, Wake Forest. (919)348-9311. Call for sessions. Health, fitness, field trips and more.

Granite Falls GF4 Summer Camp.

Ages 4-13. 800 Granite Falls Blvd, Rolesville. (919)562-8895. GF4 is short for Granite Falls Fitness, Fun, and Friends. Summer camp sessions are fitness focused and include daily swim lessons and recreational swim time as well.




Camp Blazing Trails.
Rising grades 1-5. 701 Harris Rd, Wake Forest. Contact Half-day camp focuses on respect for the environment and the great outdoors. Activities may include hiking, exploring Mother Nature, crafts, service projects and educational sessions with special guest speakers.


Camp Kanata.
Summer Day Camp: Rising grades 1-6; Overnight Summer Camp: Ages 6-15. 13524 Camp Kanata Rd, Wake Forest  (919)556-2661. Through the YMCA, Camp Kanata offers summer day camps, summer overnight camps (M-F), and weekend mini-camps that feature horseback riding, canoeing, sports, drama, water safety, kayaking, swim lessons, and much more.


Camp Kerr.
Rising grades K-5. 2500 Wakefield Pines Dr, Raleigh Contact Camp Kerr is a full-day summer camp located in Northeast Raleigh which offers swimming, playing sports, singing songs, and participating in activities, such as archery, arts & crafts and YMCA games. Camp


Funtastic Kids.

Ages 5-12. 6410 Rogers Rd, Rolesville. (919)453-6445. Creative theme weeks give campers a chance to explore and have hands-on experience: Science, Music & Dance, Sports, Health and Nutrition, Art, Community, Reading, and Math Weeks.

Kids Educational Center III.
School age. 1020 Jones Dairy Rd, Wake Forest. (919)554-3721.
Kids Educational Center VI
School age. 3250 Forestville Rd, Raleigh. (919)266-0346.
Summer activities and field trips, including swimming, bowling, movies, libraries, parks, museums, dance classes, cooking/baking.

Kids R Kids.
Kindergarten to 12 yrs. 1941 Heritage Branch Rd, Wake Forest.  (919)453-2543. Nature Kids is a summer camp that provides 10 weeks of discovery, creativity, and learning based on the natural world that lives right in our own backyards.

Primrose School.
Ages 5-10. 844 Heritage Lake Rd, Wake Forest. (919)453-2554. Arts and crafts, computers, field trips, general sports/games and more.

Right Time Kids.
Ages 5-12. 918 Gateway Commons Cir, Wake Forest. (919)554-8030. Arts and crafts, basketball, computers, general sports/games, rock climbing and more. Call for sessions.

Town of Zebulon Summer Camps.
Ages 6-14. 1003 N Arendell Ave, Zebulon. (919)823-0432. Various sports plus sewing, weather, cheerleading, science activities, etc.

Tumble Gym.
Ages 4-12. 1839 S Main St, Wake Forest. (919)569-9547. Gymnastics, tumbling, playing games, making art projects, outside time, and so much more.

Wake Forest Parks and Recreation.
Ages 6-12. 301 S Brooks St, Wake Forest. ( 919)435-9560. A full-day recreational summer camp program designed to enhance your child’s summer experiences through arts and crafts, education, nature, and recreational and sporting activities.


Always check or ask about locations where activities will be held; what your child should bring; prerequisites for enrollment, and when camps/classes/sessions will be held that are appropriate for your child. Some camps offer sibling discounts.