We have a number of summer activities for homeschoolers in the Kansas City area! While many of them are local, a few are online and available to a nationwide audience.
See the ones we’ve compiled in this list (and add your own in the comments below). NOTE: Several of these opportunities may not be available this year due to COVID-19 policies. Fees are involved for many of these programs.
Summer camps and classes, grades K-12
- Camp Shakespeare. The Heart of America Shakespeare Festival offers numerous opportunities for children to get involved with the playwright’s works and theatre, with arts programs designed for ages 5-18. Find more info here.
- Camp Wornall/Majors summer camps (starting June 4 and ending Aug. 6). These camps use interactive activities and experiences to introduce children to an exploration of daily life on the frontier. Find more info here.
- Library summer reading programs. Check out your area library’s summer reading programs, since many offer prizes and other incentives for participation. One example is the Johnson County library, which has featured summer programs for years! Find more info here.
- Summer art camps at Wolf Creek Art Studio. From its website: “Our half day, week long Art Camps allow your artist 6-16 yrs to explore a different form of art every day along with a drawing lesson. We hand-build with clay, work with wood, acrylic paint on canvas, plaster-cast, mosaics, textiles, and mixed-media.” Find more info here.
- Johnson County Park & Recreation District (JCPRD) summer camps. Camp offerings include nature, fine and performing arts, leadership, and science. Find more info here.
- Juni Learning: Online coding classes. This website teaches the fundamentals of computer programming in online coding classes with a private instructor. For students age 8-18. More info: Why is Coding Important For Kids To Learn?
- Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art summer classes. Personalize your art-making experience with multiple week sessions, one-time workshops, full-day summer camps, and more! These are virtual only this year. Find more info here.
- Theatre for Young America. TYA offers a range of hands-on workshops from preschool through 12th grade. They do not seem to be holding anything this summer. Find more info here.
- LEARN Science and Math Club. The club’s all-volunteer staffers work to give children ages 5-14 experience playing with robots, developing video games and doing lots of other fun (albeit educational!) projects in its summer camps. They do not seem to be holding anything this summer. Find more info here.
- Summer Youth Enrichment Programs at Johnson County Community College. For children grades 6-12, these enrichment programs feature a range of classes, including science, computers, performing arts, languages and sports They do not seem to be holding any this summer. Find more info here.
- Online animation and drawing classes. Chad Stewart, former Disney animator and homeschool father, is offering online animation course for ages 11-18. He also teaches online drawing classes for elementary and upper-grade level students. Find more info here.
- IQ Weather. Created by local celebrity Mike Thompson, this video-based course on weather and science is designed for grades 4-8. We’ve had personal experience with this course and highly recommend it for budding meteorologists! Here’s our affiliate link:https://www.iqweather.com/a/2147486646/DeWPhWAM
Summer ministry activities
- Summer missionary training programs for pre-teens and teens. The Child Evangelism Fellowship of the Greater Kansas City Area has a Christian Youth in Action (CYIA) and Jr. CYIA program where young people can impact children for eternity and have their own life changed. Many of its participants come from homeschool families. Find more info here.
- Summer of Service with Youth Volunteer Corps of Greater Kansas City. This eight-week program is hosted by the Y and is for youth ages 11-18. Each service project lasts four days and includes ice-breakers, team-builders, volunteering, and service-learning lessons. Find more info here.
Bonus summer (and year-round) activities
- Check out more activities and opportunities for homeschoolers (many offered year-round) on this page.
- Finally, add your own favorite summer activities in the comments below!
We have updated this blog post, originally published in June 2015, for timeliness and detail.