Summer vacations can be challenging for working parents at the best of times. The effects of the pandemic continue to be felt. Below you will find information about summer and school vacation programming. Be sure to contact the program directly to see if it’s a good fit for your family.
Summer Camps and Programs
Benefits-eligible faculty and staff can use Harvard's Employee Assistance Program (EAP) to help locate in-person camps that meet your family's needs. The EAP will provide a list of summer camps that meet your specific criteria, free of charge. Call 877-EAP-HARV (877-327-4278) for assistance.
Benefits-eligible Harvard employees can sign up for Camp Kinda free of charge. Use your Harvard email address and enter the code when prompted. Codes can be found on this flyer.
Every summer, we know many parents try to find engaging activities to keep their kids busy — never an easy task. Provided by Ed Navigator, Camp Kinda is an exploratory learning experience designed to keep kids ages 3-13 engaged, curious, and having fun over the summer. It’s like summer camp (kinda).
Camp Kinda was initially an invention born from the necessity of the COVID-19 pandemic. It has become a flexible, virtual summer learning experience that fills the gaps between parks, pools, in-person camps, and dinnertime. It’s not summer school. No worksheets. But kids cannot help but learn.
Developed by education professionals and parents, it includes more than 250 hours of daily on- and offline activities that kids can complete on their own schedule, as well as special “CK Jr.” adventures specifically for younger children (ages 3-6).
Harvard Campus Programs
Various summer programs typically operate on Harvard’s campuses:
The Harvard Museums of Science & Culture weeklong summer science programs, taught by the museum's professional educators, will run virtually this year! Offer your 1st to 6th grader a chance to learn something fun about the world around us, like earth sciences, ecology, and animals, in a short morning program featuring small-group zoom sessions. Advance registration required: https://hmsc.harvard.edu/calendar/upcoming.
- Harvard Athletics facilities typically host various sports-focused summer camps, most of which are operated by coaches’ associations and other private entities. Check the list for details.
Other resources for identifying summer programs include:
- The American Camp Association allows you to search accredited camps by geography or interest area, as well as access a wealth of camp-related resources and information.
- Boston Summer Stuff provides information on sports, jobs, courses, internships, volunteer opportunities, recreation programs, projects, and activities for Boston youth, produced by the Boston Public Schools.
- The Cambridge Department of Human Services provides information on summer programs, camps and services in Cambridge.
School Vacation and Summer Programs
Other organizations to consider include:
- Arlington Children’s Theater, Arlington
- Arlington Center for the Arts, Arlington
- Boston University School Vacation Program, Boston
- Brookline Center for the Arts, Brookline
- Drumlin Farm and Wildlife Sanctuary, Lincoln
- East End House, Cambridge
- Gymnastics Academy of Boston, Cambridge
- Harvard Museum of Natural History, Cambridge
- Margaret Fuller Neighborhood House, Cambridge
- Mass. College of Art, Boston
- Museum of Fine Arts , Boston
- New Art Center, Newton
- New School of Music, Kids’ Cabaret Program, Cambridge
- Newton Indoor Sports, Newton
- Parts and Crafts, Somerville
- Wheelock Family Theatre Classes, Boston