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Summer Camps

There are TONS of summer camp options in the Birmingham area – art camps, zoo camp, YMCA camps and more.   We’ll continue to build this listing to provide you with a comprehensive, online resource.  Some of the best options are the hardest to find so let us know about your favorites or the ones that were disappointing. Check out these related articles:  Fresh Air Family’s Gross Out Day Camp.

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ACE TRIBE Spirit Summer Camp
Summer Camps & Birthday Parties - Cheerleading/Dance
3820 Ridgeway Dr
Birmingham  AL  35209
205-868-2370
Tribe Spirit camps combine traditional summer camp activities with the excitement of cheerleading, dance and tumbling!  Weekly camp themes offer a fun and exciting twist on daily activities that are sure to make every camper leave with a smile.  Campers participate in 1-hour cheer/dance lessons and 1-hour of tumbling instruction.  No experience required to participate.  All levels - beginner to advanced, male and female welcome.  Check out Wacky Wednesday camps for prek ages.   

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Gross Out Day Camp by Fresh Air Family
Summer Day Camp
Gross Out Camp is a science / outdoor camp created by Fresh Air Family hosted at Barber Sports or the Birmingham Botanical Gardens, depending on the week.  This 9am-5pm camp keeps kids outside.  Founder Verna Gates says, "We guarantee dirty, tired children at the end of each day."  I sent my daughter to the botanical gardens camp and can also add - happy to that list.   At $200 for non-members ($225 for members), this full day camp is also one of the most reasonable.    Check out their 2014 Brochure and Calendar.  

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Highlands School - Summer Camps
Summer Camp Program
4901 Old Leeds Road
Birmingham  AL  35213
205-956-9731
WELCOME TO A SUMMER AT HIGHLANDS (Camp brochure)
(Open June 2-August 8, No Camp June 30-July 4)
Highlands School Higher Degree of Learning does not end when the school year is over. We offer a quality summer program as well. Summer at Highlands offers challenging activities, talented teachers and quality facilities that you have come to expect from Highlands School. Camp is open to all students Kindergarten through the 8th grade, regardless of the school they attend during the school year.

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Ruffner Mountain Nature Center
1214 81st Street South
Birmingham  AL  35206
205-833-8264
The new Ruffner Mountain Nature Center is open and it's beautiful.  This is a wonderful place to hike and enjoy a picnic near the city.  It also provides a glimpse into Birmingham's history and knowledge of native plants and animals.  We enjoyed a wonderful field trip for 6 yr olds and a great 1/2 mile geological hike.  They have many events that are included on the BirminghamMom.com calendar.

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Alabama Ballet
2726 1st Avenue South
Birmingham  AL  35233
205-322-1874

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Aldridge Gardens - Summer Camp
Art and Nature camp
3530 Lorna Road
Hoover  AL  35216
Aldridge Gardens is offering five, 5-day camps this summer involving nature and art.  Check out their website.

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Altamont School
Summer Camp - Elementary, Middle, High School
4801 Altamont Road South
Birmingham  AL  35222
Courses in theatre, photography, math, english, soccer and basketball for kids of all ages. Credit courses available.   

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Anytown Alabama
Youth Leadership Camp

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Birmingham Botanical Gardens
2612 Lane Park Road
Birmingham  AL  35223
The Birmingham Botanical Gardens are one of the more exceptional locations in the area.  It is free of charge and a great place to get outside with the kids and a stroller.  They host many educational events and summer camps.  Birmingham Moms also enjoy the annual plant sale.   And, this is a favorite spot for photographing children.   

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Birmingham School of Music
Drums, Guitar, Piano, Voice, Violin, Brass, Woodwinds
800 Old Towne Road
Vestavia  AL  35216
205-969-8763
Check out this venue for Rock n Roll Band Camps, Vocal Arts Camp and Drum camp.  Definitely summer camp for you rock star!

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Birmingham Southern College
Summer Camp Program
Enjoy camps for all ages in multiple areas...Athletic campsTheatre arts and Music   

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Birmingham Zoo
2630 Cahaba Road
Birmingham  AL  35223
205-879-0409
For camp information email camps@birminghamzoo.com. For party planning information contact party@birminghamzoo.com.
From a local mom:  "Birthday party at the zoo for a 5 yr old and everyone had a great time.   Refreshments were provided and served.  The kids got to touch some animals, ride the train and the carousel. No clean up so I go to enjoy the party with everyone else."

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Desert Island Supply Company (DISCO)
Summer Camp - Arts / Writing
5500 1st Avenue North
Birmingham  AL  35212
DISCO is offering an entire summer of half day camps to foster creativity, exploration and writing at the most reasonable rate in town - $90/week.  Check out the interesting weekly topics.  The camps are from 1pm-5pm each day and there are several weeks geared toward high school aged campers (grades 8-12).  

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Do It Yourself Crafts
Birthday Parties, Summer Camps
1909 Oxmoor Road
Homewood  AL  35209
205-868-4346
An exciting 6 weeks of summer camp at DIY Crafts in Homewood.  
Classes are 5 days of the week from 10am-2pm, class size limited to 10 per.  Visit the website for information and registration.  

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Family Care Center
Summer Camp
1800 John Rogers Drive
Birmingham  AL  35210
From a local mom:  "My son attended Summer Camp and this camp was great! It was so great that we decided at the end of the summer we would be back. The camp takes three field trips every week to great places like Noccalula Falls, Rickwood Caverns, Southern Museum of Flight, Ruffner Mountain and much more. They get great meals prepared by an in house chef and a nutritious snack. My son had fun and learned a lot. I can't think of anything else they could pack into the time they have. Music, dance, etiquette, and financial education are offered. And the camp is open from 7am-6pm Truly a great value!

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First Avenue Rocks
Birthday Parties, Rock Climbing, Fitness, Summer Camps
2417 1st Avenue South
Birmingham  AL  35233
205-320-2277
For summer camp information and schedule click here.  

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McWane Science Center
200 19th Street North
Birmingham  AL  35203
205-714-8300

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School of Performing Arts at North Shelby Baptist Church
Summer camps, Music and Performing Arts Classes
4100 Belcher Drive
Birmingham  AL  35242
The North Shelby Baptist Church offer music lessons in piano, violin, voice, drums and guitar as well as group lessons in ballet, tap, jazz and hip-hop.  They are offering several camps this summer.  

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The Red Pincushion
Summer Camp - Sewing/Craft
3735 6th Avenue South
Birmingham  35222
New Camp -- The Red Pincushion is offering half day camps for children ages 8 and up to teach the art of sewing.  Campers will make lavender sachets, pillows with an applique, book covers and more.  

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Turkey Creek Nature Camp
Outdoors - 3rd-5th Grade
205-680-4116
Become a Turkey Creek Junior Naturalist -- 3 summer sessions:  June 2nd-6th; June 9th -13th and June 16th -20th.  Class size will be small at 15 children.  Make reservations soon.  9am-3pm; $225/child.  

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Valley View Ranch
Equestrian Camp for Girls 8-17
606 Valley View Ranch Road
Cloudland  GA  30731
706-862-2231

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Wacky Nanny Art Camp
Summer Camp - Art
Community Education South
1220 50th Street South
Birmingham  AL  35222
Alley Bulka (aka the Wacky Nanny) is fantastic and has a following of devoted families.  The camps run weekly, depending on age, from 9am - 1pm.  $125 / child

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YMCA
Multiple Locations
2101 4th Avenue North
Birmingham  AL  35203
The YMCA offers countless opportunities for Moms to keep themselves and their families healthy and active. YMCA branches are located throughout the Birmingham area and offer classes, childcare, summer camp opportunities, sports camps, Spring Break camps and a wide variety of opportunities.

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Youthserve
Summer Urban Service Camp
205-521-6651
One of our favorite camps for teens.  Join peers from around the city to volunteer and learn about service!!
SESSION I: JUNE 24TH-28TH  SESSION II: JULY 8TH-12TH SESSION III: JULY 22ND-26TH

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