Kids Summer Clubs 2020
Obviously most of the usual summer clubs are off this year, so the kids are missing out on all those fun activities. Both my kids love science activities, so we will be incorporating a lot of these into our summer activities too. So why not join in with these kids summer camp ideas for 2020.
Dynamic Earth #DEstaycation
Dynamic Earth in Edinburgh has their own summer club this year, focusing on different environments around the world. Each week they travel to a different habitat, including rainforests, desert and polar regions. You can find different videos, crafts and activities to complete each day.
Glasgow Science Centre Spark Magazine and #GSCathome
Every week day Glasgow Science Centre is posting a different science themed video on their social channels. You can check out their #GSCathome schedule here, but we find it’s easier to watch over on their Facebook page each day.
You can also download the summer copies of their new Spark magazine for free. Each copy will have exciting experiments, fascinating facts, plus puzzles and quizzes to complete. You can download the magazine here on Glasgow Science Centre’s website.
Let’s Go Live
Not technically a club, but over on Maddie Moate’s YouTube channel they have an hour long summer episode every Saturday morning at 10am. The first week was Tree-mendous Trees and the second will be Computers & Retro Video Games, so there should be something for most kids taste! I would say that the videos are aimed mostly at primary aged children.
DigVentures Virtual Camp
If you have a budding archaeologist then maybe DigVentures summer club is for them? Learn all about archaeology, how to do it and what people have found.
Kids can decide whether to complete each chapter slowly or to go through them quickly. As they are all online already they can go at whatever pace they choose.
Twinkl Holiday Club
Twinkl is a great resource of educational printables, which both teachers and parents can join to use. This summer they have introduced a free Twinkl holiday club, which gives you access to different free activities each week. Each week is a different theme, starting with Animal Kingdom and finishing off with Under The Sea.
The printables are normally good quality and there’s a range of activities for ages 3-11. Pop over to Twinkl here to have a look.
Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge
The UK libraries often have a summer reading challenge, each week you go into the library to get new books and receive sticker or stamps. However, this year it’s all online! You can sign up to get access to lots of different activities and get online badges for every book you finish during the holidays.
Sign up to the Silly Squad Summer Reading Challenge here.
Barefoot Books – Global Summer Adventure
For more reading fun you can enjoy a Global Summer Adventure with Barefoot books. All you need to do is sign up to receive a weekly email (if you are joining later you will have the emails sent out together) giving you details of which country you will be going to each week. You will also be sent information on videos, book ideas, plus crafts and other activities for each area they visit.
Young People’s Production Arts – RWCMD (11+)
The The Royal Welsh College of Music and Art have a week of online classes available for 11-18 year olds. They are free to use, but you must complete the online application and booking forms to receive the links.
Each day is a different topic, from Introduction to lighting to exploring set and costume design. This is perfect for those who are looking to work backstage as a career.
Kids Art Week With Carla Sonheim
Starting on Monday 27th July your children can join in with kids art week with Carla Sonheim. Each day there is a different art lesson to try from a different art teacher.
The classes are all free and you can find the schedule for the free art lessons here.
Even YouTube has their own summer camp, with videos tailored to children’s interests. You can choose from STEM, arts, sports and adventure. Aside the main camps there are talks (some great playlists about racial injustice), break time with ideas for snacks and quick crafts to make.
There are even field trips where you can virtually explore the globe and even into outer space. Have a look the #CampYouTube channel here.
Nat Geo Family Camp
Check out National Geographic’s summer family camp with a different activity posted every Wednesday for 8 weeks. You can still check back at the weeks you’ve missed too.
They have lots of great activity ideas, including painting a constellation and making a solar oven.
HobbyCraft Kids Craft Club
Normally you can take part in kids crafts each week in Hobbycraft stores. As that’s on hold for the moment you can join their online craft club instead. Each week there is a different easy craft for the kids to complete, all are fairly easy and can be completed by any age.
The first week is making farm rolls out of empty loo rolls! Have a look at their list of online crafts over here.
The Natural History Museum London
Finally, although this isn’t technically a summer club there were too many great activities to miss it out! The Natural History Museum in London has a huge selection of activities for you to try at home.
They have divided the activities into sections from Dinosaurs to Gardens and Crafters. There will be something for everyone in this list of kids activities!
Microsoft Virtual Summer Camps
A bonus summer club for you! Microsoft have free virtual summer camps to join over on their website. Many are US based and so will probably be on later at night, but if you search for the UK summer camps in the search bar then you will find ones at more suitable time for UK kids.
There are camps on a variety of topics, from digital photography and stop motion animations to coding, Minecraft and European backpacking trips! I love that they have such a variety.
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