ABQ Moms Blog Guide to Summer Camps

The countdown to summer break is on! We know finding camps to keep the kids busy and cared for is on the top of many families’ to-do list. We hope this Guide to Summer Camps helps you plan for a fun and memorable summer!

We are excited to present our readers with the ABQ Moms Blog Guide to Summer Camps. This guide is a one-stop shop for parents as you decide where to send your children to summer camp.


June 1 – July 10, 2020

The Fun Starts at SummerPrep! SummerPrep is for students in grades Pre-K through high school. SummerPrep offers students enriching and creative academic, tech, art, and sports classes – an opportunity to learn new skills or build on existing talents. We foster discovery and exploration and encourage students to enjoy themselves in a safe, supportive environment.

Our classes are small, so each child receives personalized instruction. There are many classes from which to choose, so your child can look forward to fun and exciting experiences at SummerPrep. Make it a summer your child will remember for a lifetime!

Returning favorites include Minecraft, Hogwarts School, Kids Cook, Archery, and Weird and Wacky Science. Among the new classes this year, are Video Game Design, League of Legends, and full theater productions of Moana and The Wizard of Oz.

Before and aftercare programs are available with individualized schedules for each student. Visit SummerPrep’s website to view a camp catalog and to register!

532 Osuna Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87113

Bosque Summer

June 1 – July 24, 2020

Build your own adventure with the flexibility of Bosque Summer. Join us for weeklong half- and full-day summer programs for students entering K-12th grades. Join students from across the Albuquerque metro area where imaginations soar through Creativity, Fitness, and Discovery at Bosque Summer!

Full-day camps are designed for students entering 1st-7th grades, allowing students to choose one class from each section daily. The programs culminate in a Friday showcase for parents and families.

Half-day camps are designed for middle and high school students to delve deep into specific courses of interest.

Whether you are seeking academic enrichment, creative adventures, skill development, physical fitness, or just plain fun, Bosque Summer has you covered!

4000 Bosque School Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Manzano Day School Summer Discovery

June 1 – July 10, 2020

Summer Discovery students will enjoy the following activities and experiences: field trips, gardening, art, movement and games, math, cooking, STEAM, reading, writing, science, studies of countries from around the world, water play and much more!

The Summer Discovery Program ignites Joy in Learning® for children. Our playful environment stimulates creativity and critical thinking in our participants. Children are guided through exploring, experimenting and problem-solving. This provides them with unlimited opportunities to grow their confidence and experience success.

1801 Central Ave, NW Albuquerque, NM 87104

Panther Camp at Menaul School

June 8-26, 2020 & July 6-24, 2020

What makes Panther Camp Different? At Panther Camp, we believe in the value of play. Whether our campers are involved in an organized game, participating in Pig Yoga, creating their own skits and plays, or listening to a story, the most important elements of Panther Camp are the following:

  • Physical exercise and motor skills
  • Relationships! Communication and cooperation skills
  • Exploration and curiosity
  • Problem solving and adaptability
  • Imagination and reflection

Kids need ample time that is under-scheduled and that provides choices, in order to develop healthy habits. As an alternative to screen or couch time, Panther Camp provides a balance of activity which supports social, emotional, and physical health. Students engage in a wide variety of activities without having to specialize in one skill or subject area, or rotate from class session to class session.

301 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Cottonwood Gulch

Cottonwood Gulch Expeditions offers unique expeditions rooted in the culture and landscape of the American Southwest. At the Gulch, we’ll inspire you with all of the places we explore. We’ll take you on word-class backpacking and hiking into pristine wilderness areas. We’ll connect you with hands-on science and nature. We’ll engage you in the art and culture that is the backdrop of The Southwest. Treks with the Gulch are an opportunity to immerse yourself in this majestic land and cultural heritage. 

We offer summer treks for kids ages 10-18 lasting from 2 to 6 weeks. All of our treks spend time at our 540-acre nature preserve basecamp as well as time “on the road” exploring the Southwest. We have a range of specialists in areas like mountain biking, rock climbing, music, art, ecology, and archeology. Sign your child up for an unforgettable summer adventure today!

301 Menaul Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Keshet Dance & Center for the Arts

June 8- July 17, 2020

So many reasons to dance this Summer! 

Dance campers will perform short pieces for their family and friends at the conclusion of every camp!  No experience necessary. $25 Early Bird Discount prior to 4/15/2020. Discounts for multiple camps are offered. Extended Hours packages and Day Rates are available, call for details. Drop off commences at 8:30am.

  • Dance Camp Sampler (ages 6-14): June 8-12, 8:45am-4:00pm; $295
  • Jazz and Hip Hop Dance (ages 6-14): June 15-19, 8:45am-4:00pm; $295
  • Musical Theater Workshop (ages 6-14): June 22-26, 8:45am-4:00pm; $295
  • Dance Camp Sampler (ages 6-14): July 6-10, 8:45am-4:00pm; $295
  • Little Movers Dance Camp (ages 4-5): July 13-17, 9am – 12:00pm; $180
  • Young Choreographers (ages 10-18): July 13-17, 1:00pm-4:00pm; $180
Weekly dance classes during the Summer Session for ages 2 thru adult are held on Tues/Thurs/Saturday.

4121 Cutler Ave NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

Lil' Kickers

June 1-27, 2020 & July 6- 31, 2020

Child Development Fueled By Fun!! Our fun and exciting Lil’ Kickers Camp is tons of fun.

Children learn soccer skills, as well as educational skills, and have a blast doing it! Our awesome camp will help your child develop their physical, cognitive, social, and emotional aspects of their being.

Each day, children will play games from our Lil’ Kickers classes, have creative classroom activities and games.

Accepting campers as young as 3 years old. All children must be potty trained.

1311 Cuesta Arriba Ct NE Albuquerque, NM, 87113

Camp Invention

Tierra Antigua Elementary: June 8-12, 2020

St. Therese Catholic School: July 13-17, 2020

Imaginations will soar this summer in the all-new Camp Invention® program, Elevate!
Campers in grades K-6 will spark their creativity and build collaboration skills while controlling their very own flight simulation robot, protecting Earth’s ecosystems, designing the ultimate sports complex and learning the value of their ideas! Local educators will lead fun, hands-on STEM activities inspiring children to ask questions, overcome obstacles and be confident in their innovative ideas.
Use promo code SUM25 to save $25 (expires 5/12) or SUM15 to save $15 (expires 6/30)

2 Camp Locations for 2020

The Little Gym

May 31- August 8, 2020

Day camp at The Little Gym of Albuquerque gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy, and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and LEGO play, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym. 

  • Super Quest Camps (Ages 3-10)
    • Your child will spend three adventure-filled hours a day on a unique, exciting quest with their friends. Each week revolves around an interactive learning theme with different creative lesson plans that will keep your child engaged.
  • Grade School Skill Thrill (Ages 6-12)
    • Thrill seekers wanted! Your child will take their gymnastics skills to the next level through a special three-hour program, focusing on specific beginner, intermediate or advanced moves. By the end of the summer they’ll stick the landing when they handspring back to school.
  • Dance Camps (Ages 5-12)
    • Dance camps offer a wonderful option for your dancer to review, refine and reinforce their dance skills. Each camp will focus on a specific dance style, ending each class with a performance opportunity.

 8201 Golf Course Rd NW Suite B-1, Albuquerque, NM 87120

Harwood Art Center

June 1 – July 24, 2020
Harwood Art Center offers a multi-disciplinary summer arts program for youth entering grades 1-9.
At Harwood, campers immerse themselves in the arts with a group of inspired peers and accomplished instructors. Summer Art Camp unleashes imaginations, opening doors to new experiences, creative innovations, and a rich array of performing and visual arts. Choose an adventure your child will remember!
Sessions Run: June 1– 12 / June 15 – 26 / June 29 – July 10 / July 13 – 24 Full / Half Day Rates Per Session: $475 / $275 (Family Membership Discounts & Financial Support Available)

1114 Seventh St. NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

Rock 101 Music Academy

June 1- August 7, 2020

The Rock 101 Summer Sessions aims to empower youth through music. Small group lessons, guest band performances, and hands-on educational workshops will help you gear up to perform a live show with your own band! Seasoned musicians and beginners alike can rock out on guitar, bass, drums, piano, ukulele, and vocals. Camps run 9 a.m. – 3 p.m., Monday – Friday + Friday Concert .Young Guns: Ages 6 – 11 | Old School: Ages 12 – 17

In addition, Rock 101 NM is now offering one-week, mini sessions to give young beginners (ages 4 – 6 yrs) the opportunity to learn and explore musical instruments this summer! FreeBirds will learn the basics from Rock 101’s seasoned Instructors & Interns in small group workshops focusing on rhythm, tempo, dynamics, singing, and music collaboration. All music instruction will be geared toward a group performance at the end of the week! Join the Rock 101 community as a FreeBird and discover the magic of music! 4 p.m. – 5 p.m., Monday – Thursday + Friday Concert

9315 Candelaria Rd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87112

Nature Discovery Kids

June 8- July 23, 2020

Discover and learn about the science, animals, and plants of the Nature Center.

The classes include various activities such as games, art, and nature hikes with experienced teachers. You may register your child for a class either by mail (using either a check or a credit card) or by faxing the registration and credit card forms. We accept Visa and MasterCard only. We do not have an electronic registration system $65/ $58.50 FRGNC members. Classes are 9:00am-11:30am Mon.-Thurs.

  • June 8th-11th Nature Discovery
  • June 15th-18th Tracking
  • June 22nd-23rd Raptors & Birds of the Bosque
  • July 6th-9th Predators of the Bosque
  • July 13th-16th Insects and Arachnids
  • July 20th-23rd Amphibians and Reptiles

2901 Candelaria Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Canvas & Kids

June 8 – July 24, 2020

Summer Art Camp is for campers 6 (entering 1st grade) -13 years old. Your child will experience hands on learning about ART! He/she will work on a several projects and use a variety of materials. Your child will learn about a famous MASTER and try their hand at creating their own Masterpiece in that artist’s style. We will also enjoy walks on the Acequia to appreciate ART in nature.

Tuition includes a fun/nutritious snack each day. $150 + $50 materials fee (due first day of camp). 4 sessions available June 8-12; June 22-26; July 6-10; July 20-24

6700 4th St. NW, Los Ranchos, NM 87107

NM Natural History Museum

June 1- August 7, 2020

The Young Explorers Camp program offers summer camps for children ages 5 to 12. Each camp lasts one week as campers investigate a scientific topic in depth. Our knowledgeable instructors guide students on a fun filled week of learning and adventure. There’s a camp for everyone as we explore all the science topics you can think of, including space exploration, dinosaurs, volcanoes, engineering, and so much more! If you’re camper loves bugs, astronauts, art, or crystals we have a camp for them. Campers will also participate in hands-on science, tours of the exhibits, and interactions with our museum scientists!

1801 Mountain Rd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87104

Glorieta Day Camps

June 1 – August 7, 2020

We can’t wait to see your kids at Glorieta Day Camp!

All kids, ages 5 through 14, are invited to our Christ-centered camp in beautiful Glorieta, New Mexico! Our week-long sessions, running from June 1st through August 7th, are full of activities and adventures your kids will love.

Register your kids for one session or sign them up for a whole summer of fun! And don’t worry about dropping your kids off – we can pick them up! Connect with us today for more information!

Each session of camp is $180 per camper. Act fast! Registration will raise to $220 per session after May 14th

11 State Route 50, Glorieta, NM 87535

Camp Innovate at La Petite Academy

la petite academy

June 1- August 7, 2020

Invent your summer. Camp Innovate, at La Petite Academy®, is a great place to discover all the joys of summer. Your child will enjoy weekly themed experiences (exploring interesting subjects such as science, art, animals, history, and games), engaging activities, fun field trips, and healthy meals and snacks. Choose your favorite weekly camp themes, or spend the whole summer with us. Plus, campers will get a brand-new T-shirt, water bottle, and backpack for summer adventures! 

14 NAEYC Accredited schools in the ABQ area


June 2- August 7, 2020

Stitchology Sewing camps are SEW-much fun and are a great way for kids to learn how to sew or to improve skills they already have. In each camp, the kids will spend a week making fun projects and new friends. Depending on the camp, projects include pajama bottoms, skirts, dresses, stuffed animals, rag dolls, bags and more! Give us a call to learn more. We can’t wait to meet you.

2502 Rio Grande Blvd NW, Albuquerque NM, 87104

Girl Scouts of NM Trails

June 2 – August 5, 2020

Camp is for EVERY GIRL!

Girl Scout camp is about trying new things, meeting new friends, and having fun. Whether you’re interested in hiking and backpacking, horses, archery, canoeing, rock climbing, environmental stewardship or want to try it all, Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails summer camps are open to all girls (members and non-members) in grades 1st – 12th!

We also offer weekend camps for families and troops. Early bird pricing and financial aid available.

Are you 16 years old or older? Girl Scouts of New Mexico Trails owns two resident camps—Camp Elliott Barker and Rancho del Chaparral—and we want YOU to be part of our incredible staff. We are currently hiring horse staff, lifeguards, counselors, and supervisors.Contact [email protected].

Garden Guardians

July 20 – 24, 2020

Working together, children entering grades 1-6 learn to become guardians of the Earth through experiments, games, and crafts. On Friday, families come into the garden for their tour of “Super Pollinators,” our theme.

Our goal is to help children develop a life-long love of gardening, a passion for giving back to our world, and above all to have fun!

Bring lunch, a hat, and sunscreen. We provide morning snack. Camps are 8:30 a.m. – 2 p.m. Please register by July 8, 2020.

10120 Lomas. Blvd. NE Albuquerque, NM 87112

Sol Acting Studios

June 1 – July 31, 2020

Summer Movie Camps at Sol Acting Studios
Learn the process of filmmaking and spend one week working with fellow campers to write, produce and act in a professionally shot short film! Three sessions throughout the summer! 5 days for $350.

  • June 8 – 12; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 12-16
  • June 22 – 26; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-11
  • July 27 – 31; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-14

Summer Comedy Camps at Sol Acting Studios
Students will learn the power and possibilities of comedic performance then use it to create hilarious characters and sketches. The scenes will be workshopped with our instructors and performed on the final day for friends and family! 2 sessions. $300

  • June 1 – 5; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-11
  • July 13 – 17; 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; ages 7-14

5500 San Mateo Blvd NE #114, Albuquerque, NM 87109

LEAP International Montessori

June 1 – July 31, 2020

We focus on aspects of STEAM and Culinary Arts, outside water play, gardening and playing in the mud. Each of the 9 weeks have a theme: Biology and Gardening, Green Engineering and Earth Love, Culinary Exploration and Chemistry, International Hand and Artwork, Archaeology and Historic Projects, Arithmetic and Physics, Rhymes and Fine Arts and Astronomy.

1598 Sara Rd, Rio Rancho, NM 87124

UNM Children's Campus

June 1 – July 31, 2020

Join the UNM Children’s Campus this summer for a series of fun and exciting school-age and middle school camps! We offer four two-week camps for each age group with a variety of field trips and activities planned. Explore breathtaking New Mexico landmarks in Nature Unleashed and Unplugged!, break a sweat in Bases Loaded and Grand Slam!, experience new adventures in The Great Escape and Adventure Seekers, or cool off during Take the Plunge and The Ripple Effect!

Camps run 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday with before camp care available for an additional fee. All meals are included and each camper receives free camp gear!

1210 University Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87102


June 8 – July 31, 2020

Summer Dance at The Hiland Theater

  • Summer Dance Intensive, July 6 – July 24, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., Ages 9-18: Advanced classes in Ballet, Jazz, & Modern.
  • Young Children’s Division Summer Trimester, June 8-July 31
  • Creative Movement, 45 Minutes, Ages 3-4: Gives the youngest dancer a joyful way to experience movement & music.
  • Pre-Ballet, 1 Hour, Ages 5-6: Introduces dance technique, vocabulary, & class etiquette.
  • Open Summer, June 8 – July 31, Beginner Ballet, 75 Minutes, Ages 7-9: Once or twice per week
  • Hip Hop levels I-III, 75 Minutes, Ages 7 – 18: Once per week.

All tuition on NDI New Mexico sliding scale.

4800 Central Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Learner's Chess Academy

June 1- August 7, 2020

We are a local non-profit and we have been teaching chess as a tool to help kids develop cognitively, socially, and leadership skills since 2010. Our summer camps are where many of our students make the most progress in their maturity through the game of chess. 

Our summer chess camps have proven to be fun and enriching experiences for chess students of all skill levels! Come join our experienced and engaging chess coaches for an unforgettable and and invaluable educational summer experience! Our camps run in week-long sessions in both Albuquerque and Rio Rancho.

1 week of half days: $145        1 week of full days $245
Sign up by March 29th for $30; April 26th for $20 off; up to three days before each week of camp for $10 off. 
Sibling discounts and multiple week discounts are available. Check our website for updates about our specially themed Girls’ Weeks, when girl chess learners will be discounted.

532 Adams St. NE, Albuquerque, NM 87108

Children's Choice

May 26 – August 7, 2020

Field Trips • Enrichment Activities • Swimming • Clubs

Our Summer 2020 theme is “Around the World”! Each week is themed for around a different part of the world. We will be writing songs and skits, creating art, conducting experiments, taking field trips, and having a lot of fun! Typically, children will either go swimming or enjoy water play twice a week. Additionally, children will enjoy weekly and/or biweekly field trips at no additional cost. Curriculum is theme-based and created by our staff and children ahead of time. We provide a morning and afternoon snack. Each child needs to bring a sack lunch every day. Camps are for children ages 5-12 and run Monday – Friday 7 a.m. – 6 p.m.

Early Bird deadline:  April 12th   by midnight
  • 3-Day Option  $115/week
  • 5-Day Option  $135/week

After April 13th:

  • 3-Day Option  $125/week
  • 5-Day Option  $145/week
  • Bandelier Elementary
  • Georgia O’Keeffe Elementary
  • John Baker Elementary
  • Manzano Mesa Elementary
  • North Star Elementary
  • Sombra del Monte Elementary

Pando Little School

June 8 – July 31, 2020

This summer, treat your preschooler to a fun filled, nature inspired camp experience! Our summer camps are designed to perfectly suit the curiosities and capabilities of your 3 to 5 year old. We play, explore outside, form friendships, relax, and dig into some very cool themes. Each 2-week camp is capped at 16 children and facilitated by 2 to 3 educators.

3538 Anderson Ave SE, Albuquerque, NM 87106

Camp BioPark

June 1 – August 7, 2020

Camp BioPark is educational and great fun! Typical camp days include
  • Guided walks to see animals and plants
  • Indoor and outdoor activities
  • Games and crafts
  • Time for snacks and lunch
  • Quiet time for reflection and reading

From butterfly discovery to biology treks along the Rio Grande, Camp BioPark has curriculum for youth of various ages. Camps are designed for students from preschool through grade 9

903 10th St SW, Albuquerque, NM 87102

SiSu Dance Academy

July 6 – 23, 2020

Summer Dance with SiSu Dance Academy is for ages 2.5 to adult! Ballet, Cecchetti, Pointe, PBT, Cross Conditioning, Jazz, Tap, and Acrobatics! Keep your dancing skills going over the summer and learn new ones as well!

Contact us for more detailed information and pricing!

3321 Candelaria ST NE, Albuquerque, NM 87107

Playbox Discovery Center

June 1 – July 30, 2020
Summer activities and themes emphasize STEAM concepts- Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Mathematics! EACH CAMP HAS A MAXIMUM OF ONLY 10 CAMPERS. Ideal camp participants should be between the ages of 3-6 and MUST be potty trained. A healthy daily snack is included in all camps.
There are two sessions available for each summer camp. Curriculum and lesson planning has been developed by New Mexico State Certified Teachers. Camp hours are 1:30-3:30 M-TH. Friday summer open play is included for all camper for the week of their camp!
1510 San Pedro Dr. NE Suite A, Albuquerque, NM 87110


May 26 – August 7, 2020

At the Y kids experience friendships, accomplishments and belonging through programs ranging from Summer Day Camp to Sports. Children will explore new adventures every week through crafts, field trips, games, swimming and more. Your child will make new friends, create lasting memories and have FUN in an environment based on the Y’s core values of caring, honesty, respect and responsibility.

The Y will be holding summer program registration on March 21, 2020 from
9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Visit any YMCA branch to enroll in the following programs:

  • Summer Day Camp
  • Teen Day Camp
  • Resident Camp
  • Swim Lessons
  • Swim Team
  • Basketball
  • Volleyball
  • Soccer

Horn Family YMCA, 4901 Indian School RD NE, Albuquerque, NM 87110

McLeod Family YMCA, 12500 Comanche RD NE, Albuquerque, NM 87111

Bricks 4 Kidz

June 15-19, July 13-17, July 20-24

Bricks 4 Kidz is an interactive camp that will bring out your student’s inner engineer!

We use Lego bricks to build motorized and character models! This camp is perfect for students kinder- 7th grade! 

Our older students will be challenged with our more complex models and our younger students will focus on the basics of building with our easier models! Either way your little engineer will be learning without even knowing it. Our camps are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. and spaces are limited. Have your student come learn, build, and play with us this summer with multiple camp dates available.

6001 San Mateo Blvd NE, Albuquerque, NM 87109 

Additional Summer Camps

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Part of our mission is to help connect Albuquerque moms (and dads too!) with local businesses, and that includes all of the camps in our area. Partnering with us allows your business greater visibility with a large targeted market of local families. Get in touch to learn about this and other partnership opportunities! 

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3 Responses to ABQ Moms Blog Guide to Summer Camps

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    Mia Lee March 11, 2019 at 7:16 am #

    I love this blog site! I have been thinking about doing a summer camp using miniature horses this summer. Just wondering if there would be an interest in this camp idea. Hhhhmmmmmmm. This might be the spot to advertise!

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