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Summer camp theme ideas

Summer camp theme ideas and fun camp activities for kids

Summer camps are a great way for kids to have fun and create nice memories. With various summer camp activities, children can develop their skills and explore new things. Also, they can enjoy the educational holiday period and make new friends. 

Also, every working parent has the same nightmare after their kids finish school. The main reason and fear is that children can spend the whole day in front of a screen and the internet. This is why summer centers are the best idea to get out of this situation.

As a summer camp manager, you have a huge responsibility to make the children’s holiday more fun and instructive. From this concern, we are here with summer camp theme ideas that liven up kids’ holidays.

Summer center activities for children aged 0-3 years – Toddlers

  • Water games for children
  • Spray Bottle Art 
  • Finger Painting Fun
Summer center activities for children aged 0-3 years - Toddlers

Water games for children

5 Little Ducks Activity is the best water game for Toddlers. Sing the 5 Little Ducks song and create a fun atmosphere. It is also easy to set up, and babies enjoy it. Colour Mixing Water Play, Water Balloon Tennis, and Sponge Water Bombs are good Water games for children. It will give a refreshing mood for kids in the hot summer. Furthermore, these games help kids to explore new things, smells, and textures of nature.

Spray Bottle Art 

Spray Bottle Art is an engaging and colour learning fun game for babies and Toddlers. Take spray bottles and different colours to arrange the fun game. Children can create art, colour their toys, and make paintings on big paper. 

Also, you can make it more fun by adding a spice of science. Its name is Squirt Gun Science game, and you can make it using baking soda, vinegar, and spray bottles. Also, you need a measurement cup or bowl, food clours, protective eyewear, and squirt guns. 

To make Squirt Gun Science games with water guns:

  • Gather your materials
  • Add colour dots on the pan
  • Cover it with baking soda
  • Fill squirt guns with vinegar.
  • Wear protective glass and go on.

Finger Painting Fun

Finger painting games are most loved by children of every age. It helps children develop sensitivity, creativity, and self esteem. You can make the colour by yourself with water, cornstarch, and a few drops of food coloring. Kids can make:

  • Fingerprint Snowmen
  • Perfect Rainbows
  • Footprint Rocket
  • Handprint Duck and Chicks  
  • Fingerprint Fall Tree 
Activities Summer centers 3-6 years - pre-school

Activities Summer centers 3-6 years – pre-school

  • Science and Technology
  • Art and Crafts
  • Adventure Camp 
  • Bubble Fun

Science and Technology

Make learning fun at summer camp with science and technology games. It will encourage children to use their brains in science. There are many experiments you can divide it into by age. The most popular and exciting experiments are:

  • Solar Oven Cooking
  • Volcanoes
  • Alka Seltzer Rockets
  • Shaving Foam Rain Clouds 
  • Rainbow Science Activities
  • Squirt Gun Science
Summer camp theme ideas - Arts and Crafts

Arts and Crafts 

Arts and Crafts is the most favorite game of children. They like it not only for summer camp play but also at home. Even every age of kids loved to do Arts and Crafts. You can arrange the Arts and Crafts week with:

  • Puffy Paint Art
  • Foil Painting
  • Salt Painting
  • Ice Paints
  • Boat Crafts
  • Flip-Flop Craft
  • Plate Crab Craft
  • Sponge Balls
  • Painting Rocks
  • Splat Art Butterfly
  • Rocking Sailboat Craft

Adventure Camp 

Kids love to do adventurous things, explore the world, and experiment. You can arrange an Adventure Camp week to make the summer camp more enjoyable. You can arrange:

  • Adventureland
  • Haunted Camp
  • Junkyard Wars
  • Campfires
  • Camp Magic
  • Water Park
  • Outdoor Explorers
  • Superheroes and Villains
  • Nature Scavenger Hunt
  • Life-Sized Board Games

Bubble Fun game theme

Bubble fun is the most exciting and enjoyable game that kids love to play not only in summer camps but all vacations. And the interesting thing is that not only children but also adults love this water bubble game. This is the most guaranteed cool down fun game of the summer. For children, you can arrange water bubble fun games like:

  • Bubble colour shots
  • Bubble Wands
  • Balloon Games
  • Painting with bubbles
Summer games for children - school age 6-11 years

Summer games for children – school age 6-11 years

  • Talent Show
  • Tie-Dying
  • Swimming Practice or competitions
  • Hiking and Climbing

Talent Show Theme ideas for summer camp

Engage children to show their talent by creating a show like “My Camp Got Talent.” Every child has a unique talent, and camp is the best opportunity to show them in front of friends and family. From magic tricks to dance, every talent is appreciable. They can demonstrate their talents such as:

  • Magic tricks
  • Dance
  • Singing
  • Perform a Circus Act
  • Jump Rope
  • Puppet Show
  • Recite a Poem
  • Painting and much more.

We need to encourage them to find their talents and perform them. You can give them a small gift. It will make them bold and engage them to explore their talents better.


Tie-dying is a must do summer activity for children. It has a huge benefit that children can create memories of summer camp. You can get tie-dye kits on Amazon that are less messy and time saving from handmade. This craft works best with cotton and natural materials. You can try these crafts on shoes, socks, towels, a t-shirt, a headband, and more.

Swimming Practice or competitions

You can organize swimming competitions for those who know swimming to make the camp more adventurous. It also has many health benefits. And organize swim practice weeks for kids who are just learning. But remember safety because safety is your first duty.

Hiking and Climbing

The most wanted summer camp activities are hiking and climbing. Group hikes are the easiest way to get outside and do an activity. It engages children in teamwork and builds trust. Find a kid-friendly hike and ensure safety. Also, you can arrange tree climbing, rock climbing, bridge swing, climbing wall, and more. It will be fun!

Other Summer camp theme ideas

Other Summer camp theme ideas 2023

  • Parachute Games for Child
  • Diy Wooden Boat
  • Food Pyramid Games
  • Storytelling Games
  • Water Balloon DodgeBall
  • Tie-Dying
  • Indoor Games
  • Build a Campfire
  • Leaf Crown
  • Crayon Rubbing Art
  • Diy Pizzas
  • Learning Density with Rainbow Jars
  • Laboratories Ideas for Summer Centers
  • Cooking Shows


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