July 30, 2017
Published: July 30, 2017

Several organizations are offering day camps and other activities for kids and teens in the Tri-Cities during the summer of 2017. Check back for updates.

Academy of Children’s Theatre (ACT)

Academy of Children's Theatre offers camp, classes and programs for kids of all ages in the summer. Our camps run Monday-Friday and have a new theme each week! From Princesses to Star Wars and Harry Potter to Musical Theatre there’s something for every kid! Each camp ends in a sharing day!
Location: 213 Wellsian Way in Richland
Info: http://www.academyofchildrenstheatre.org/classes/classes/

Allied Arts Association

Allied Arts Association is offering a variety of children’s summer art workshops for ages 7-15. Workshops begin June 19 and end August 17.
Location: 89 Lee Blvd. in Richland
Info: http://www.galleryatthepark.org/childrens-workshop/

Boys & Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties

The Boys & Girls Club is offering summer camps at two locations in Pasco. Their activities are designed for fun as well as to aid in the prevention of summer learning loss. Each week is a new adventure centered around a theme. The camp runs from June 19 - August 25. Call (509) 543-9980 for more information.
Locations: Main Branch, 801 N 18th Ave &
Maya Angelou Elementary, 6001 Rd 84 - both in Pasco.
Info: https://greatclubs.org/camps/summer17/

Boys and Girls Clubs of Benton and Franklin Counties - Music and Art Center

Summer Day Camps at the Music and Arts Center are designed to give your child an in depth look at a variety of subjects including technology, music, art and healthy living. The camp runs from June 19 - August 25. Call (509) 582-4090 for more information.
Location: 20 N Benton St. in Kennewick
Info: https://greatclubs.org/programs/mac/

Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu Summer camp

Legacy Jiu-Jitsu in Richland is offering two summer camps July 17-21 and August 14-18 designed for kids, ages 7-13, of all skill levels to learn how to defend for themselves. Each camp runs Monday-Friday from 9 a.m. - Noon. The fee is $150 for non-members and $130 for members.
Info: https://www.legacyjiujitsu.com/

Camp Invention

Your child will not want to miss out on the chance to imagine, tinker and invent prototypes that they can take home with them this summer! The Illuminate curriculum features four energetic and fun-filled modules that incorporate Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) activities. This camp will be held July 17-21 at Mid-Columbia Partnership and is for those entering grades K-6.
Location: Mid-Columbia Partnership, 201 South Garfield St. in Kennewick
Info: https://inventnow-web.ungerboeck.com/programsearch/moreinfo.aspx?event=17946

Camp Trios - July 25-27 (registration due June 30)

Helping kids with diabetes stay happy and healthy
Location: Southridge Sports Complex and Tri-City Court Club

The Trios Diabetes Education Department and Trios Foundation is offering a 3-day camp for kids who have been diagnosed with Type-1 diabetes. The camp is available for children ages 6 to 14.

At camp, participants have the opportunity to build relationships with peers with similar health situations, learn how to manage their diabetes, and interact closely with mentors and volunteers who can relate to their experiences and offer advice - all while having fun. They’re also looking for teens ages 15-18 with Type 1 diabetes to help mentor younger children.
Info & registration: http://www.trioshealth.org/about-trios-health/support-trios/trios-foundation/foundation-events/camp-trios/default.aspx

Challenger Sports Soccer Camps

There will be three Challenger Sports Soccer Camps offered this summer. Challenger Sports' British Soccer Camp will help young players improve their core techniques and become more confident on the ball. The curriculum includes a variety of foot skills, technical drills, tactical practices, freestyle soccer, small-sided games and coached scrimmages.
Info & registration: https://challenger.configio.com/shoppingcart.aspx?com=productlist&m=0&cid=310&zip=99301&zipdis=30

Columbia Basin College Summer Camps

Mobile Game App Code Camp
Create your game app on android phones and tablets.  No experience needed, we will teach you. Make friends and a game in our fun and exciting computer lab.
- Summer Girl coding camp (middle school age), July 10–13 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
- Summer Boy coding camp (middle school age), July 17-20 from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
Email jbee@columbiabasin.edu or call 509.542.4892 to request registration packet., due June 30

Columbia Basin Racquet Club

Health and fitness for 5-13 years old! Kid’s Club Campers will have fun participating in a variety of activities while learning sportsmanship, leadership, and teamwork! Camp activities include: swimming, gym games, rockwall climbing, racquetball, arts & crafts, basketball, soccer, hockey, dodgeball and more!  Summer camp begins June 12.
Location: 1776 Terminal Drive in Richland
Info: http://mycbrc.com/kids-programs/kids-club-camps/

Dance Connection

Register online for our Summer Camps, Classes, and Intensives. Featuring Fairytale Ballet, American All Stars, Hip Hop, Ballet, Clogging , Broadway Dance, Tap, Jazz, Future Choreographers, Dance Education & more!
Info: http://www.eteamz.com/diamondridgecloggers/

Expedition Einstein Summer STEM Camp

Expedition Einstein is a one week summer STEM camp for elementary students in grades 3-5 (for the 2016-17 school year). Throughout the week, campers will have the opportunity to learn about STEM, conduct a variety of safe, fun experiments, and make new friends!

Expedition Einstein is offered in two sessions, both one week each. Session 1 is July 17-21 at Tri-Cities Chinese Alliance Church from 9am-12pm. Session 2 is July 31-August 4 at the Richland Public Library from 10am-1pm.

There is a one-time registration fee of $50. This cost covers a camp t-shirt, lab materials for experiments and take-home creations, goggles, aprons, healthy snacks, and drinks. Registration form must be completed and payment must be sent in by July 1 for Session 1 or July 17 for Session 2.
Info & Registration: https://richlandsummerstem.wixsite.com/2017

French Camp - OUI à la Francophonie! - June 26-30

Knights of Columbus Hall in Richland
From 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. each day
Open to children ages 3 to 12, $75 per child with 10% off when registering 3 or more children
Space is limited to 30 kids!

This year's theme is "OUI à la Francophonie!"

A celebration of French speaking countries. Camp is 5 afternons for two hours. Each day we will focus on a different French speaking country from our world. We will learn vocabulary, play games, make art projects, hear stories, learn songs, and cook foods that come from that day's country!

The evening of Friday June 30th we will have our annual Défilé de Mode- Fashion Show - from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Fashion show includes a catered dinner. All families who participate in camp will get a discount on the fashion show when fashion show tickets are purchased online.
Info & Registration: http://www.bonvoyagefrance.com/p/ca.html

Hanford Drama's FAME Camp

A singing, acting, dancing and tech day camp for middle school students (entering grades 7-9). Campers will interact one-on-one with both adults and older students, all of whom bring diverse experience and interests to the FAME program. The camp runs July 17-28, Monday - Friday from 12:45 p.m. - 5 p.m.
Info: http://www.hanforddrama.org/fame

Happy Horse Riding School

Learn to ride & care for horses during one of the five 5-day sessions for ages 5-17 being offered throughout the summer.
Location: 548 Tuttle Lane in Burbank Heights
Info: http://www.happyhorsetricities.com/

Kennewick School District Summer Camps

Kennewick School District is offering sports related summer camps:
- Kamiakin High School: http://kamiakin.ksd.org/Athletics/Summer/Camps
- Kennewick High School: http://kennewickboosters.org/camps

Kingspoint Christian School - Summer Enrichment

The Summer Enrichment program is an opportunity for students, K - 5th Grade, to continue engaging in educational opportunities throughout the summer. Summer Enrichment provides academic instruction, themed activities, events and field trips. The program begins June 22 and ends August 14. Kingspoint Christian School is located at 7900 West Court Street in Pasco. Cost: $220 registration and curriculum, $900 tuition and activities.
Info: http://www.kingspoint.org/District/Portal/summer-enrichment-program

Lisa Day Designs - Clay Arts, Craftapaloosa & Jewelry Camps

Lisa Day is offering two different camps from July 17-20 for ages 6-14 with sessions in the morning and afternoon . The two camps are clay arts and craftapaloosa. Call (509) 948-0258 for more information.
Location: 4011 Tamarack Rd. in West Richland 
Info: https://sites.google.com/rsd.edu/summer-camps/non-rsd-sponsored-camps

Mid-Columbia Boys' Choir Summer Camp

Imagine singing all morning for a week this summer! The Mid-Columbia Boys' Choir is pleased to be hosting the annual Summer Camp with directors JoLyn Glenn and Kurtis McFadden. The camp will be held August 15-18 from 8:30-11:30 a.m. at Vista Elementary. This is a fun and exciting program for singers entering grades 4-8 to develop their vocal skills.
Info: https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ee48sl16d06b9eb1&oseq=&c=&ch

Pasco Youth Football Summer Conditioning Camp - July 17-20

Don't miss out on our Free Annual Pasco Youth Football (PYF) Conditioning Camp. Event is hosted by PYF Board Members and Coaches. Everyone is welcome to attend.

July 17 & 18 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for ages 5-9 years old
July 19 & 20 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. for ages 10-14

This event helps kids get ready for the upcoming fall Pasco Youth Football season. Please make sure to bring lots of water. We will have Walk in Football Registrations on all four days.
Info: https://www.facebook.com/pascoyouthfootball/

Reading and Spelling Camp

The annual reading and spelling camp in Richland will teach participants penmanship, reading and comprehension skills, spelling rules and grammar. The camp runs June 27 - July 26, Monday-Friday, 8:15 a.m - 12:00 p.m. and is for students 2nd grade and up. (Note: the website shows 2016 in the headings but the information has been updated for 2017)
Northwest United Protestant Church, 1312 Sacramento Blvd. in Richland
Info: http://www.riggsinst.org/SpellingCamps.aspx

Responding to Autism

Enrollment is now open for the following summer classes:
  • Social Skills Class: Developmental Ages  4 - 5, Wednesdays 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m., June 21st - July 31st 
  • Social Skills Class: Developmental Ages  7 - 9, Tues. & Thurs. 1:00 p.m. - 2:30 p.m., June 20th - August 2nd 
  • Lego Social Building Class: Developmental Ages 11 - 14, Wednesdays  2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m, June 21st - July 26th 
  • Next Steps Transition Class: Developmental Ages 16 - 18, Mondays  2:00 p.m. -  3:30 p.m., June 19th - July 31st
Info: https://www.respondingtoautism.net/family--community

Richland School District

Richland School District is offering a variety of sports related camps this summer: https://sites.google.com/rsd.edu/summer-camps/

Safe Harbor - Imagination Yoga

Safe Harbor is offering three different Imagination Yoga sessions for three different age groups: 3-5, 6-9 and 10-12. Yoga mats and other materials needed for class will be provided.
Info: http://safeharborsara.wixsite.com/safeharbor/copy-of-imagination-yoga

Safe Harbor - Taming the Dragons

This program is designed for children ages 5-9 who have experienced trauma, or who are exhibiting extremely challenging behaviors. During our program, children learn to identify and cope with their emotions in a positive and appropriate way, through age-appropriate discussion, activities and crafts. Call (509) 783-5734 for more information. Starts June 21.
Info: http://safeharborsara.wixsite.com/safeharbor/taming-the-dragons

Salvation Army Discovery Camp - June 26-30

Summer Opportunity for kids ages 8-12. Our location at Camp Arnold currently has 10 spots. Cost $50. If you are interested in sending your kid to camp, or for more information contact Major Toni Halstad at 509-943-7977.
About Camp Arnold: http://tsacamparnold.org/

Sandy's Fabric & Machines - Summer Sewing Camp

A summer sewing camp for children ages 9-15 will be offered during the month of July and August. No experience is necessary! During class kids will learn sewing basics, safety, and how to operate a sewing machine while completing 3 fun projects.
Info: http://www.sandysfabrics.com/module/class.htm?classId=88323

Synergy Dance Project

Synergy Dance Project in Kennewick is offering three day mini dance day camps for ages 3-7. Each camp is based on a different theme. The first session begins July 11.
Info: http://www.synergydanceproject.com/

Summer Chess Classes

Kids from Kindergarten and up (and adults) can join this group. There will be lessons and time to practice your skills playing against other members of the group. Find us in the Richland Library STEAMSpace. This is a 6 Wednesday program that begins June 21. The group will meet between 6:30 p.m. and 8 p.m.
Info & Registration: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/summer-chess-lessons-tickets-33899530408

The Arc of Tri-Cities (The ARC)

The ARC is offering two summer day camps that are focused on children, teens, and young adults with disabilities.
Location: 1455 Fowler in Richland
Info: http://arcoftricities.com/ 

The REACH Summer Camps

Cost per camp: non-members $65, members $50
For ages 8-12
Each camp runs from 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.

Ice Age Camp - Friday, June 23 (registration deadline June 20)
Visit the Coyote Canyon Mammoth dig to see evidence of the ice age floods and how paleontologists work. Learn about the beasts that roamed Washington during the ice age, and try your hand at some primitive survival skills.

Solar Camp – Thursday, June 29 (registration deadline June 26)
Visit a solar power project to see how sun is turned into electricity. Learn how to use the sun for cooking, heating water, and making your own solar electricity project. Learn how to safely view the sun to watch for sunspots and the upcoming eclipse.

Agriculture Camp - Wednesday, July 12 (registration deadline July 7)
Visit a local farm to see how our food is grown, then learn about plants at the REACH garden with science activities.

Agriculture Camp - Wednesday, August 2 (registration deadline July 28)
Visit a local farm to see how our food is grown, then learn about plants at the REACH garden with science activities.

Fishing Camp – Tuesday, August 15 (registration deadline August 11)
Visit a fish hatchery and dam to learn about the life cycles of river fish, then spend some time learning catch-and-release fishing skills.

Watch our website for more details: http://visitthereach.org/. To register contact Laura at (509)943-4100 Ext. 107 or diannam@visitthereach.org.

The Tri-Cities Steel Band Association (TCSBA)

If your child is in grades 4-12, we invite them to join us for some musical fun. TCSBA offers steel drum and marimba classes for children. Our classes teach music fundamentals in a fun, creative and energetic environment.
Location: TCSBA Studio, 1857 Terminal Dr. in Richland
Info: http://www.tcsba.org/classes/

Thrive Creative Dance

Thrive Creative Dance is holding children's creative dance camps in local parks for three age groups. Creative dance uses movements the kids chose and it is through their choices they can understand and explore different elements of dance. Kids will engage in problem solving, imaginative play, and improvisation. Camp fee is only $35 for each class: June 19-22 or June 26-29.
Info & Registration: https://www.thrivecreativedance.com/summerdancecamp

Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music

The Tri-Cities Academy of Ballet and Music offers several summer camp programs including:
- Children's Themed Summer Dance Camps and Activity Camps
- Ongoing Summer Ballet Classes
- Summer Music Lessons
- Summer Ballet Intensive

- Summer Guitar Camp
Location: 21 Aaron Drive in Richland
Info: http://tricitiesacademy.com/?ID=48&B=48

Tri-City Court Club

Tri-City Court Club offers two camps: one for ages 6-9 and another for ages 10-13. Kids participate in a variety of activities that include a roller rink, movie theater, miniature golf, rock climbing, bowling, and the SplashDown Cove Water Park. Camp is daily, Monday through Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 5:15 p.m. and runs from June 19 through August  25.
Location: 1350 N. Grant Street in Kennewick
Info: http://www.tricitycourtclub.com/kids-summer-camps/

White Bluffs Quilt Museum

White Bluffs Quilt Museum will be teaching a variety of children’s textile art programs. Join us as we learn to sew, quilt, weave, knit, make a basket and create unique jewelry. Class projects will be on display at the White Bluffs Quilt Museum.
Location: 294 Torbett St. in Richland
Info: http://www.whitebluffscenter.org/index.php?ID=22

WSU Tri-Cities Summer STEM Camps

Washington State University Tri-Cities offers seven different, hands-on camps to challenge and engage students this summer. Space is limited so sign up now.

Elementary School: Two different day camps are
specifically designed for students who are entering 4th & 5th grades and are held in Richland from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. 
  • July 10 – 14: Creatures, Critters, and Creepy Crawlies
  • July 17 – 21: LEGO WeDo Robotics
Middle School: Five different day camps are specifically designed for students who are entering 6th, 7th & 8th grades and are held in Richland from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday.
  • July 10 – 14: Scratch
  • July 17 – 21: Fantastic Flight
  • July 17 – 21: Anatomy Academy
  • July 24 – 28: CSI Science
  • July 24 – 28: Robots Rule
  • July 31 – August 4: LEGO Mindstorms EV3
High School: Two different day camps are designed to provide fun, learning challenges for entering freshmen through seniors; camps include:
  • July 24 – 27: Nursing & Biomedical Sciences (update: this was cancelled)
  • July 31 – August 3: Robotics
Info: https://tricities.wsu.edu/summersciencecamp/


Summer is a blast with YMCA Camps!  We offer a variety of unique programs for kids ages 5-12; there’s something for everyone!  Camp Plus+, Discovery Camp and Explorer Camp will follow the same weekly themes with activities that are specially designed for each age group.
Info: http://ymcatricities.org/child-care-camps/summer-day-camp/

City Parks and Recreation Departments

Don't forget to check out the activities available from the City Parks and Recreation Departments!

Summer Youth Bus Passes

Ben Franklin Transit is selling summer youth passes for $25 which are good for unlimited boardings during June, July, and August. They are available to youth up to 18 years of age or through high school.

The Youth Passes are available at:
Yoke's Fresh Markets
Three Rivers Transit Center in Kennewick
Fred Meyer
Senior Center in Kennewick
Fiesta Foods in Pasco
Finley Shopper
Food Depot in Prosser
City Hall in Benton City
Flyer: http://www.bft.org/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/SummerYouthPass-Flyer.pdf

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