30 Pittsburgh summer camps your kids will love

This article first appeared in Kidsburgh.org, a media partner of NEXTpittsburgh. 

After last year’s disappointing summer, kids and their grownups are thrilled to see the return of many day camps throughout Pittsburgh. Most plan on in-person sessions with all the Covid safety precautions — masks, temperature checks and social distancing — we’ve come to know so well. Class sizes tend to be smaller, which means camps are expecting to fill up faster than usual. But camp activities remain supersized for kids who deserve a break from routine pastimes. Many offer tuition assistance, too. Check out these incredible opportunities for kids this summer.

Note: Some photos were shot pre-pandemic without masks.

14. Sweetwater Center for the Arts

Kids ages 4-16 can find their muse through a wide variety of mediums at Sweetwater Center for the Arts’ summer camps. From ceramics and watercolor to animation and graffiti, kids will find exciting ways to express their creativity. Cooking classes, STEM circuitry and acting are included, too. Most classes are in-person, but some virtual sessions are available as well. Browse the 80-plus options and register here.


When you or a family member is looking to take an art class, view an exhibition, or attend a cultural event, where do you turn? If you're like most in our community, you go to Sweetwater Center for the Arts.

$1,000 Sponsors an event.
$750 Covers building operational costs, upkeep, and preservation.
$500 Provides technology updates and improvements.
$400 Aids Outreach Programs for at-risk youth and underserved communities.
$250 Sponsors a teaching artist.
$100 Supports the purchases of ceramic studio glazes and supplies.
$50 Provides one art supply package for classes and workshops.

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