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.
For summer 2020, Harvard is offering its affiliates access to a free, virtual summer camp experience. Camp Kinda is program designed to keep kids engaged, asking questions, and having fun even while they’re stuck at home. Each weekday through September 1, participating families will get 3-4 hours’ worth of daily activities, all connected to a weekly theme. With a mix of online and offline activities, Camp Kinda is flexible enough to let parents pick and choose what you put in front of your kids (and when), but kid-driven enough to let you step away. See the Camp Kinda flyer. To learn more and sign up for free, visit CampKinda.org. Enter registration code: HVD20
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 August 2020.
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