Ah, summer. Blissful beach days, poolside picnics, family vacations…and months of no school. If you’re looking to add some structure and creative learning to your child’s summer days, Play Garden’s summer camps make it easy. Our educationally-enriching camps are designed for children ages 12 months to 12 years.

And when the camp day ends, your child can stay at Play Garden until you’re ready for pick up. Extended nights and weekends will be available throughout the summer at normal hourly rates.

Camps start the week of June 8th and we’re now accepting registrations online. Here’s what’s happening in 2015:

Now Offering Outdoor Explorer Camps!

Monday – Friday | 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.

$195 members | $215 nonmembers
For kids ages 4 – 12

Get out the safari hats and sunscreen and join our CPR-certified teachers for an exploration of Charleston’s sunny parks and sandy beaches. (Note: No swimming involved.) Every week brings a different theme. Each day a new adventure.

June 15 – 19: Nature Navigators
Campers will visit and experience our local county parks through new eyes. Each day’s activities will focus on outdoor exploration, animal tracking and getting our hands dirty. Come learn about nature, new green spaces and outdoor skills with lots of group games.

June 22 – 26: Meet Your Farmers
Come experience the true meaning of “farm to table.” Future gardeners and nature lovers will visit local farms, pick strawberries, learn about plant growth and get lessons on permaculture, composting, seed germination and cultivating produce.

July 13 -17: Nature Navigators
We’re heading back to county parks to learn more about nature and explore green spaces. Campers will enjoy lots of outdoor explorations, group activities and nature lessons.

July 20-24: Coastal Cruisers
Campers will cruise the coast to visit amazing waterfront landmarks. We’ll visit lighthouses, jump in fountains, hike around marshes and learn about a lot of remarkable, mysterious creatures and plants along the way.

Indoor Adventure Camps

Monday – Friday | 9 a.m.- 1 p.m.
$165 members | $185 nonmembers
For kids ages 12 months to 12 years

June 8 – 12: Craft Camp
We’ll fill your child’s days with artistic activities, creative crafting and inspiration. This camp includes painting, mosaics, handmade jewelry, collages and sculpting. Each day children will have a directed project as well as an open art lab to let the creativity flow.

June 15 – 19: Tree Huggers
“The Giving Tree” is not only a great book—it’s a great lesson for children, too. This week we will appreciate our beautiful Lowcountry and all that nature offers us. Children will create leaf prints, make recycled crafts, craft unique art from nature, and understand simple and fun ways to go green in order to be protectors of our planet.

June 22 – 26: Green Thumb
Let your gardens grow with the help of your own little farmers! Campers will learn about different types of gardens and how to compost. Your child will even bring home a plant for the garden.

June 29 – July 3: USA Hooray!!
Join us to celebrate our independence and the beauty of our country. Campers will make patriotic crafts, learn songs, create a parade and be red, white and blue through and through!

July 6th – 10th: Mad Science
Science is fun and functional! This camp will show children the wonders of science and exploration as they learn through interactive and hands-on activities. Campers will participate in experiments and learn how to make hypotheses, draw conclusions and problem solve.

July 13 – 17: Lowcountry Love
This week we will spread learning and love for our low-country parks, lighthouses, plants, beaches, birds and animals. Children will learn about the waterways and islands surrounding our beautiful city. Smiling faces will discover and explore the beautiful places of our home town.

July 20 – 24: Sea, Sand and Surf in South Carolina
Summer time is beach time! Campers will do surf crafts, participate in surf yoga, dance to the Beach Boys, learn about local beaches, create shell art and so much more. Come sandy from the beach or put your hands in the sand at Play Garden!

July 27th – 31st: Star Wars Camp
Whether your child is an Obi-Wan Kenobi, Han Solo, Princess Leia or Boba Fett lover, they will love getting into character and being part of another galaxy. This kid-friendly Star Wars Camp will inspire children through games, trivia, LEGOS, arts and crafts, friendship building and so much more. Campers will enjoy the ever-expanding universe of Star Wars beyond the movies.

August 3th – 7th: Eco Explorers
Get ready to reduce, reuse and recycle during this environmental activist camp. This week campers will learn about sustainability, water conservation and easy ways to make a positive impact on planet Earth. Creative crafts, interactive lessons, group projects and recycled building will fill the week with learning and inspiration.

August 10th – 14th: Globe Trotters
Pack your travel bags and get ready to travel the world this week. Our Globe Trotters camp will explore the different countries, languages, foods, traditions and lands that make up our beautiful planet. Beyond geography and globe fun, campers will construct their own bucket list of places they hope to visit in their travels ahead.