The lazy days of summer are fast approaching. For parents, keeping kids occupied while school is out can be challenging — and expensive. Luckily, there is a plethora of affordable summer day camps and other programs throughout the suburbs south of Boston.
Young campers can become immersed in history at Plimoth Plantation, nurture their creative side at one of many arts camps, or stay active with activities such as swimming, tennis, and archery at traditional day camps.
Wild at Art Summer Camp
963 Washington St., Canton
Massachusetts Audubon Society’s Wild at Art day camp combines art and nature. Children ages 4 to 15 will be led by naturalists, artists, and trained counselors in outdoor adventures and art projects such as printmaking, painting, and ceramics. The camp also offers speciality programs on nature journaling, field biology, and nature-inspired pottery. Camps run for two-day or weeklong sessions from June 25 to Aug. 17. Prices start at $125 for members and $175 nonmembers per week. Financial aid and payment plans are available.
137 Warren Ave., Plymouth
508-746-1622, ext. 8107
Plimoth Plantation’s summer camps are rooted in history and give kids ages 5 and up a chance to explore topics such as archeology, 17th-century history, Native American history, and more. During the weeklong sessions, campers can explore the plantation’s museums and spend time with specialists like blacksmiths, potters, and builders to complete their own projects. Camps run from June 25 to July 27. Prices start at $160 for members and $200 for nonmembers per week.
Wind-in-the-Pines Day Camp
360 Mast Road, Plymouth
This Girl Scouts of Eastern Massachusetts day camp welcomes girls ages 5 and up to embrace nature. The camp offers many outdoor activities such as swimming, boating, hiking, archery, and more. Other traditional activities include crafts, campfire cooking, and drama. Prices start at $183 per week. Nonmembers can join the Girl Scouts when they register for a $40 fee. All program fees include bus transportation to and from several South Shore towns. Financial aid is available.
South Shore YMCA
Day camps at various locations
South Shore YMCA day camps allow kids ages 3 to 15 to be active outdoors, and build leadership skills while having fun. A variety of specialty sports and arts camps are offered in addition to traditional day camps. The arts camp in Hanover includes visual arts, dance, musical theater, writing, culinary arts, and more. Other camps include “Match Point Tennis Academy” in Hanover and nature camps in Quincy and Norwell. Prices vary and financial assistance is available.
Day camps at Weir River Farm, 140 Turkey Hill Lane, Hingham; World’s End, at the end of Martin’s Lane, Hingham
The Trustees offers summer camps on Weir River Farm and at World’s End in Hingham. At Weir River Farm, campers age 5 to 13 will be able to help out with barnyard chores such as collecting eggs, feeding the pigs, mucking out stalls, and tending the children’s garden. At World’s End, campers age 7 to 12 will explore the reservation, learning how to use a compass and hand-making binoculars. Half-day sessions at both camps are $265 per week and full-day sessions are $450 per week, with discounts for Trustees members. Week-long sessions in June, July, and August
24 King Oak Terrace, Weymouth
Bay Farm Montessori Academy
145 Loring St., Duxbury
Bay Farm Montessori Academy offers a wide array of summer programs in areas such as cooking, music, science, tennis, and more. The “We’re Going Green” camp will teach campers how to build terrariums and make creative projects from recycled materials. Programs for toddlers up to 3 years old, preschoolers and kindergarteners, and children in grades 1 through 6 are available. Half-day and full-day programs are available, with prices ranging from $230 to $410 per week. Weeklong sessions from June 12 to Aug. 18.
Maplewood Day Camp
150 Foundry St., South Easton
Campers at Maplewood will enjoy a jam-packed, action-filled day. They’ll play sports such as basketball and soccer, try their hand at gymnastics and archery, and unleash their creative side with drama and arts and crafts. Prices average about $500 per week for full-day sessions. Weekly sessions from June 25 to Aug. 24; two- and three-day programs available for younger campers.