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Free Summer Camps for Kids

Summer camp can be expensive, and it can be difficult to find enough low-cost activities to keep kids busy all summer long. Here are a few free (and fun) summer camps to add to the mix.


This summer, the Microsoft store at Park Meadows Mall is offering free YouthSpark Summer Camps—where kids of all ages learn computer science through fun labs that teach coding, game creation and app building. YouthSpark camps occur over four consecutive days for two hours per day. Check out the class options below, and visit their website to register.

Kodu Makerspace


Dates: June 13 and 27; July 11, 18 and 25;  Aug. 1, 8 and 15

This beginner-level camp, for kids age 8 to 11, lets kids create rich and exciting games with the Kodu Game Lab. Kids learn coding fundamentals and game building techniques in a fun, hands-on environment that fosters creativity, curiosity and collaboration.

Learn to Code Flatverse

Dates: June 13 and 20; July 11, 18 and 25; Aug, 1 and 8

In this intermediate-level camp, recommended for kids 12 and older, students build a Flatverse game using TouchDevelop. Kids learn coding fundamentals and get hands-on instruction on how to read and write basic code themselves.


Start Your Own Business

Dates: June 13, 20 and 27; July 18 and 25; Aug. 1 and 8

This camp offers entrepreneurial kids age 13 and older the knowledge, tools and support they need to make their business idea a reality. Kids learn key concepts from testing their product or idea to protecting it, and receive training on how to create their own business pitch. Students leave with a basic business plan and polished pitch, and the opportunity to present their idea to local entrepreneurs.


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