Birmingham Area Summer Camp Guide, 2015

We’re just a couple of short weeks away from school being out for the summer here in Birmingham.. If you haven’t booked your camp spots yet, you still have plenty to choose from.. Take a look at these options!

Acting Out! Preforming Arts Academy Summer Movie Camp

What is Movie Camp? Only the coolest camp in the South! Where kids will star in a film while working with Acting Out’s coaches to perfect their craft! At the end of the week, we will premier the film at a red carpet premiere at a local theater for friends and family! Our movies have even made it into film festivals!
When: June 1st-5th, July 20th-25th and August 3rd-7th
Where: TBD but in the Vestavia/ Birmingham Area
Times: 9:30-3:00 Monday through Friday
Cost: $325
We are doing 3 movies this summer and as always it is first come, first serve. To register your child, please fill out the information below. You will receive confirmation shortly and more specific camp info the closer we get to camp time. If you have any questions, please call Meg at 205-440-2699 or email her at


Aldridge Gardens

This year’s camps are for children entering Kindergarten through 4th grade, and include the always-popular American Girls in Aldridge Gardens, as well as Chemistry and Construction Kids, Painting, Pounding, Picking, Pressing and Find the Hidden Treasures of Aldridge Gardens.

Register now!

Birmingham Botanical Gardens

Make sure to see our traditional favorites (Parents’ Request) as well as our new topics!

Programs are designed to actively promote your child’s natural sense of creativity and discovery with fun learning experiences in the unmatched setting at Birmingham Botanical Gardens!
Morning, Afternoon and All Day Camps are available.

Summer Camp Shirts included with each registration fee


Birmingham Museum of Art

The Birmingham Museum of Art offers a one-of-a-kind camp where children experience amazing art first hand. This year, Summer Art Camp will focus on art that tells stories. Campers will explore the wonderful world of Birmingham artist Frank Fleming, whose fantastical sculptures have endless stories to tell. Campers will also discover the history and meaning found in Hale Woodruff’s murals, whose stories of struggle, action, and equality attract visitors from around the world.

Along the way, we will discover many different cultures and artists who have shared their stories in art through the ages. Campers will experience a summer of fun-filled experiences and will create visual stories in a variety of media. Let storytelling with the visual arts fill your camper’s summer with extraordinary wonder and imagination. It can only happen here at the Birmingham Museum of Art!

** Discount!! Now through May 1, use the discount code KPG15IDE to receive $50 off camp registration!

Young Artists

For students entering 2nd through 6th grade for the 2015-2016 school year.

Cost per week: $250 Museum Members // $300 non-members

After-care: Available 3-5:30pm for an additional $50 per week per child

Little Masters

For students who have completed 5K and are entering 1st grade in the 2015-2016 school year.

Cost per week: $150 Museum Members // $180 non-members

Birmingham Zoo

Sign up today for a Birmingham Zoo Summer ZooFari Camp! With up-close animal encounters, train and carousel rides, lorikeet and giraffe feedings and guided tours of the Zoo, the best place for fun and learning is at a Birmingham Zoo Camp. For detailed information including camp descriptions, schedules and pricing, click the Information Packet button below.

All camps operate between 8:30am and 3:30pm.
BeforeCare begins at 7:30am.
AfterCare ends at 5:30pm.

Summer ZooFari Camp is available for 4K through 8th grade students. Space is limited, and camps fill up quickly. Please register in advance to guarantee your child a spot.

While attending Summer ZooFari Camp, campers will experience:

  • Live animal demonstrations
  • Train and/or carousel ride*
  • Crafts and activities
  • Guided tours
  • Snacks
  • Animal Biofacts

 *Train and carousel rides are dependent on weather and the availability of the attractions.


Cameron Oaks Farm

Every year, Cameron Oaks Farm offers many camps during the summer, and also over Christmas and Spring Breaks.  They offer both two-day and four-day camps geared at certain age groups and experience.

Unicorn Camp

This specialty theme camp is perfect for beginning through novice level riders.  In this very focused and intensive short camp, our youngest riders (age 5-8) are introduced to handling and riding horses.In addition to lots of pony time, our campers enjoy everything unicorn: arts & crafts, stories & songs, games& jokes. By the end of camp, they will even get to ride a unicorn! Space is very limited for this camp, so register early!

 2015 Camps (limited availability)   Price is $225.00 plus a $25 supply fee

June 1-4 (FULL!)

June 15-18

July 13-16

For more information or to register, CLICK HERE

Equine Inspirations Camp

June 29- July 2

This unique camp not only further develops intermediate riding skills, it also provides a canvas for artistic expression across a variety of mediums. Each day begins with horse care and a technical riding session with one of the Cameron Oaks trainers. After working with the horses, we’ll retreat to our artist’s enclave to study horses in art and design our own creative expressions. Limited spots available . Camp meets 8:00-12:00 Monday -Wednesday, and 8:00-4:00 Thursday, followed by an evening art exhibit for friends and family.

Cost: $300 +$25 supply fee.

Ages: 9 and up.


Horsemanship Camp     

July 6-9

Our long-loved camp brings old friends back together and introduces new friends to our Cameron Oaks family.  Campers spend their days learning all about horses!  Attention is given to all the basics from the ground up, with lots of time riding every day too!  Camp meets 9:00-4:00 Monday – Thursday.  Parents and friends welcome to join us Thursday at 4:00 for a bonfire and cook-out.
Cost: $450
Ages: 8 and up
Riding Experience: beginner and up.

Fashion Camp

Fashion Camp at The Summit is the premier destination for girls who have a passion for fashion and who want to feel confident and comfortable.  Our professional stylist, Megan LaRussa Chenoweth of Southern Femme, will share the secrets of mastering makeup, the art of accessorizing, dining etiquette and how to develop a personal style all your own. It’s like fashion week in Paris, a Hollywood makeover and an elegant dinner party all rolled into one.  And it’s all at The Summit.

Camp is one day from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. on the date chosen.  Cost is $65 per child. Camp includes lunch, a $20 gift card to The Summit, a special gift and an official graduation certificate.


Fresh Air Family

9am-5pm with before and after care available. $200 for members (Fresh Air Family and Gardens) $225 for non-members for the week.

1st – 4th Grade Only Sessions

Session 1: June 1-5 — Grades 1-4
Session 3: June 15-19 — Grades 1-4
Session 4: June 22-26 — Grades 1-4
Session 6: July 6-10 – Grades 1-4
Session 7: July 13-17– Grades 1-4
Session 9: July 27-31 – Grades 1-4

Grades 1 – 7 & 5th – 7th Grade Sessions

Session 2: June 8-12 — Grades 1-7
Session 5: June 29 – July 3 — Grades 1-7
Session 8: July 20-24 — Grades 5-7


Greater Birmingham Humane Society Critter Camp

All sessions are held at the Greater Birmingham Humane Society. Space is limited and campers will be placed in sessions on a first come, first serve basis. Confirmation letters will be mailed within ten business days of receiving payment. For more information please contact Mary Grace Wilson at or 205.397.8544

Session 1 Registration – Ages 5 & 6
The dates for this session are June 22 – 26, 2015.
Session 2 Registration – Ages 7 & 8

The dates for this session are July 13 -17, 2015.
Session 3 Registration – Ages 9 & 10
The dates for this session are July 27 – 31, 2015

Highlands Summer Camp

A quality summer program for rising Kindergartners through Eighth Graders. Summer at Highlands Camp registration begins in February and offers a variety of programs from creative to athletic to academic–all just plain fun! Camps are filled on a first come, first served basis, so please register for your camper’s favorites early. You don’t need to be a Highlands School student to enroll in our summer camp. Check out the Summer Camp Catalog to view camp descriptions.


Legacy Gymnastics

Open to boys and girls ages 4-12. You do not have to have gymnastics experience or be enrolled at Legacy to participate.


Mason Music

Stars Preschool Music Camp

May 18-22 (9:00-11:00 AM)

June 15-19 (9:00-11:00 AM)

July 6-10 (9:00-11:00 AM)

For little boys and girls 3-6 years old (who are potty trained) and interested in learning about music in a creative and fun environment, we offer a five-day camp at Mountain Brook Community Church’s Children Worship Room (3001 Hwy 280 East Birmingham, AL 35243).* The cost for this camp is $125.*Please note: The Google Maps app is useful for getting directions to the church. The Maps app on the iPhone gives incorrect directions.

Mason Music Camp for Beginners
August 3-7

For students 6-9 years old who have little or no experience with music and may be wondering which instrument is right for them, Mason Music offers a half-day music camp from 9:00 AM-12:00 PM at our Cahaba Heights Studio (3187 Cahaba Heights Road, Birmingham, AL 35243). The Mason Music Camp for Beginners allows each student the opportunity to learn how to sing and play instruments like the guitar, piano, drums and violin. Each student will spend time with a teacher in small groups working and learning the basics of these instruments. There are also larger group activities and games that will involve the whole camp. The goal of this camp is to allow students to explore their interest on several instruments and learn general music concepts like pitch and rhythm. The cost of this camp is $175.

Rock Band Camp
June 22-26
Rock Band Camp, similar to our Rock Band League, is for students who already have a grasp of their instrument and are ready to take it to the next level. Students are placed into bands and learn how to play music in a group setting. This full-day camp takes place at our Cahaba Heights Studio (3187 Cahaba Heights Road, Birmingham, AL 35243) from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM with a break for lunch (please bring a sack lunch labeled with your name). The week-long camp will culminate in a “battle of the bands” at a local venue. The cost for this camp is $350.

Advanced Rock Band Camp
July 20-24
For students who have extensive training in their instrument and experience with either our Band Camp or Rock Band League, we are offering an Advanced Rock Band Camp where students have the option of signing up as a band, or as individuals to be placed into bands and play together in a group setting. We are looking for drummers, bass players, acoustic and electric guitar players, keyboard or piano players, singers and violin players. This will be a full-day camp at our Cahaba Heights Studio (3187 Cahaba Heights Road, Birmingham, AL 35243) from 9:00 AM-3:00 PM with a break for lunch (please bring a sack lunch labeled with your name). The week-long camp will culminate in a “battle of the bands” at a local venue and the winners of the “battle of the bands” will be awarded a day in Mason Music’s Recording Studio to record a song of their choice.
The cost for this camp is $350.

McWane Science Center 

A week of fun and learning awaits your child at McWane Science Center Summer Camp. Weekly camps June 1st through August 7th.
New This Year! – Week 11 (August 10th-14th) will be offered as daily camps; you will be able to register your child for individual days. Registration will be available in May

Campers should be registered in the camps of the grade they will be attending in the fall of 2015. Each of our classes is designed for the skill level of that particular camp: therefore, the grade levels must be observed. Enrollment is limited to ensure a quality experience. Registrants may attend only those camps for which they are registered. Registrations are not transferable.

4K – K Registration FormCampers entering 4K or Kindergarten classes for the 2015-2016 school year

1st – 2nd Grade Registration FormCampers entering 1st or 2nd grades for the 2015-2016 school year

3rd – 4th Grade Registration FormCampers entering 3rd or 4th grades for the 2015-2016 school year

5th – 6th Grade Registration FormCampers entering 5th or 6th grades for the 2015-2016 school year

7th – 9th Grade Registration FormCampers entering 7th, 8th, or 9th grades for the 2015-2016 school year

Week 11 Camps – Daily registration for each camp level

All fees are due in full at time of registration. All fees are subject to %10 tax
Weekly Full-day camps $300 per week (McWane Science Center Members receive $50 discount)
Weekly Half-day camps $150 per day (McWane Science Center Members receive $25 discount)

Week 11 (August 9th – 14th)
Daily Full-day camps $80 per day (McWane Science Center Members receive $20 discount)
Daily Half-day camps $40 per day (McWane Science Center Members receive $10 discount)


Mountain Brook Gymnastics

When school is out, summer day camp at MBG is the place to be! We are offering 11 weeks of co-ed summer day camp for students starting at just 3 years old. Campers are grouped by age into Preschool groups (3 yr olds & 4 yr olds) and Junior groups (ages 5 and up). Group games, crafts and activities balance out an hour of gymnastics instruction to ensure that your children have an amazing fun-filled day! On Thursdays, the ice cream man even pays us a visit for our camp snack! -Junior Campers have the option to stay for half day camp from 8:00 am until noon as well as add on extended care from 12pm until 4pm.
-Preschool Campers will only be allowed to stay for half day camp.
-Junior Campers have the option to stay for half day camp from 8:00 am until noon as well as add on extended care from 12pm until 4pm.
-Preschool Campers will only be allowed to stay for half day camp.
Premier Gymnastics
Camp Info

Session 1: June 8-12 (Sharks & Mermaids)
Session 2: Cheer/Ninja (June 15-19)
Session 3: Superheroes (June 22-26)
Session 4: Rock Star (July 13-17)
Session 5: Exploration & Discovery (July 27-31)

Half Day: 9am-12pm (ages 3* – 12)  *must be potty trained

Lunch Bunch: 12pm-1pm* (All camps end at 12pm on Friday for end of camp performances)
*bring sack lunch

Cost per session:
If registered before April 30:
1 week:    $165/week
2 weeks:  $155/week
3+ weeks: $145/week

If registered after May 1:
1 week:     $180/week
2 weeks:   $170/week
3+ weeks: $160/week

*Lunch Bunch=$5/day

A $100 non-refundable, non-transferable deposit is required at the time of registration.
Balance must be paid 30 days prior to camp start date


Ruffner Mountain Nature Center

It’s time to sign up for Ruffner’s 2015 Summer Camps! Camps available for 4k – 8th grade.  Something for every young naturalist, whether your child is into outdoor adventure, art, silly games, animals, or anything in between, Ruffner camps have it all!
Extended Care is available for every week of camp (Morning: 7:30 – 9 am, Afternoon ends at 5:30 pm)


Villager Yoga

Fit & fun, cool & calm, our summer camps are offered in-studio and at various locations around town. Through week-long camps, kids to find their inner and outer strength while being creative, expressing themselves and bonding with friends. Group exercises and games teach considerate peer interaction and leadership skills in a non-competitive environment. Each day, new yoga poses will be introduced around a theme and camp will include the thoughtful enjoyment of a healthy snack, group activity time, creative art project, mindful breathing, and visualization exercises and relaxation.

June 8 – June 12 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | In-studio | Grades K – 7 | May choose from single days or full-week

June 15 – June 19 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Highlands School | Grades K – 6

June 22 – June 26 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Grades K – 7

July 13 – 17 | 9:00 am – 12:00 pm | Highlands School | Grades 3 – 8 (Mind-Body Camp)

July 20 – July 24 | 9:00 am – 1:00 pm | Birmingham Botanical Gardens | Grades K – 7

July 27 – July 31 | 1:00 – 5:00 pm | In-studio | Grades K – 7 | May choose single days or full-week


Volleyball Camp

Check out Dex Volleyball Camps to sign up for our 2015 Summer Camp Dates as registration has begun. Be one of the first to sign up to make sure you have a spot in our energetic, competitive, learning and also fun volleyball camps. We have individual and team camps to offer our knowledge of volleyball. If interested in attending with your Middle/High School please have your Coach reach out to us at Samford and will explain to them our Team Camp process.
Grades K-12


Have a favorite camp you’d like to see on our list? Drop us an email and we’ll be sure to get it added!


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