Education Vacation: Exciting Summer Math and Science Camps

To a kid, there are no sweeter words than summer vacation. No more pencils, no more books…. But this doesn’t mean they can’t have fun learning this summer.

Research shows avoiding the “summer slide” can have a profound effect on your child’s learning development. You may already know that DreamBox Learning is a wonderful source for engaging math activities for kindergarten, first grade and second grade students. You also know that the sun is out, the weather is great, and your kids shouldn’t spend their entire vacation in front of the computer. Don’t fret. There are so many summer math and science camp options that you’ll envy your kids’ learning possibilities this summer.

Out of this World Summer Math and Science Camps

Space Shuttle at Space Camp

Rocket at Space Camp

In 1977, while watching students study rockets at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center, Dr. Wernher von Braun commented “We have band camp, football, cheerleading; why don’t we have a science camp?” As the math camps pioneer, the United States Space Camps in Huntsville, AL brings space exploration alive with summer camps, day camps and year-round family oriented activities. My son still talks about Space Camp, even though he’s long outgrown his flight suit! If you’re looking for a space-related camp closer to home, here is a list of space camps throughout the country.

Down-to-Earth Summer Math and Science Camps

Giraffes at SeaWorld/Busch Gardens

Giraffes at SeaWorld/Busch Gardens

If animals catch the eyes of your young ones, the SeaWorld and Busch Gardens Adventure Camps are sure to light the inspirational spark for biology. These resident camps, day camps, or group camps give children of all ages the opportunity to interact with land and sea animals from all over the world. These camps are offered at SeaWorld and Busch Gardens parks in Tampa Bay, Orlando, San Antonio, and San Diego, or here is a list of biological science summer camps throughout the country.

Budget-Friendly Educational Summer Camps

These science summer camps may be convenient, but they’re no less exciting. For math and science activities closer to home, look to your nearest children’s museums or science centers for summer camps. One example that we DreamBox Learning appreciate is the Pacific Science Center’s camp and workshop program, which offers overnight and day camps. This summer, campers of all ages will learn about candy chemistry, GPS adventures, and discover supervised experiments with unstable elements. And the Seattle Aquarium, where one of our own staffers volunteers every week, offers Marine Summer Camps, where kids can get face-to-face with underwater life.

Choosing a Summer Camp

Whatever activity you choose for your little campers this year, make sure the summer camp is connected with the American Camp Association (ACA) to ensure your children are cared for by trained professionals. For a complete list of summer camps of all kinds this summer, visit When your summer is filled with DreamBox Learning and these great summer math and science camps, your children will learn and grow while having a blast this summer vacation.

  • What about some of the great options available online? They are more affordable and flexible with scheduling around the summer (very imp.)
    Check out the articles on for great summer learning options for math.

  • Sue

    The importance of continuing to learn through the summer is clear! I came across a great resource for parents on the Family Education site – ideas for summer activities organized by subject and grade level. (

    And, for folks who want to learn more about the “summer slide”, here’s a resource for some interesting research on the impacts of the summer learning gap between middle- and lower-income children: the National Center for Summer Learning (at Johns Hopkins University – is “focused on ensuring that more children and youth have ongoing opportunities to learn and practice essential skills during the summer months.”

  • joe

    I like that you are telling people about this not a lot of people go but i went and i want more people to go because it was very educational. So if you read this i think you should send your kids to space camp.

  • Sue

    Thanks for getting the word out on space camp. My son got so much out of it that I wanted to go!