Summer vacations can be challenging for working parents – this year more than ever. 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
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, many summer camps are not opening, and others are offering limited hours and options. 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.
Harvard Campus Programs
Various summer programs typically operate on Harvard’s campuses:
- The Harvard Museum of Natural History typically offers half-day, weeklong summer science programs, with a wide range of activities, games, and hands-on learning activities for various ages, taught by the museum's professional educators. This year, these programs are virtual.
- Harvard Athletics facilities typically host various sports-focused summer camps, most of which are operated by coaches’ associations and other private entities. Many of these are canceled for 2020, but check the list for details.
- Harvard generally offers a one-week School Vacation Program during the last week of August (depending on school district calendars and when Labor Day falls). This is cancelled for 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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 Programs
For benefits-eligible faculty and staff, Harvard has previously offered a School Vacation Camp program for children ages 5 to 12. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we are unable to offer the camp in 2021.
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