Guide To The Best Summer Camps New Orleans Kids Will Love

Summer in New Orleans is hot and LONG. It’s endless days of cooling off at Cool Zoo, enjoying snowballs from our favorite stands, vacations and fun.  On top of al all the fun, a lot of us have to work and keeping the kids entertained and safe all summer long can be exhausting and expensive. Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. We can help you find the BEST Summer Camps in New Orleans that your children will LOVE. Our Guide to the Best Summer Camps New Orleans Kids Will Love is filled with the best camps in New Orleans and surrounding areas for every budget, day camps, sleepover camps and even a few FREE camps. Check it out, it won’t disappoint.

New Orleans Summer Camp Guide Sponsors 

Yonsei Martial Arts Academy

2530 Florida Avenue, Kenner; Ph 504-465-5353

Do you need focus, fitness, confidence, self-control, self-defense, bully defense, discipline?

We can help!

Pre-register for our Summer Program, June 3-August 3, and SAVE A BUNDLE. Included is 1 FREE uniform and 16 classes. Offer ends soon! Don’t miss it!

Martial Arts at Yonsei offers you a fun challenging program that builds friendships, deters bullying, promotes agility, physical and mental strength, respect, focus, and self-control in personalized classes to empower you for success in life!

“THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING I COULD EVER HAVE DONE FOR MY DAUGHTER!!!! and yesss I’m yelling at you. ” 

Latasha Walker

Arden Cahill Academy’s Camp Corral

3101 Wall Blvd., Gretna, LA; Ph. 504-392-0902

Have a “whale” of a summer on the 12-acre country campus of Arden Cahill Academy’s Camp Corral.

Cahill Camp Corral offers a relaxed environment where children continue to grow and develop during the summer months under the supervision of qualified teachers and experienced instructors. A

ctivities and amenities include horseback riding, swimming, art, theater productions, sports, game room, petting farm, laptop lounge, academic enrichment classes, field days, color relay, luau, 80’s glow party, fishing, water slide, bounce house, overnight camp “in”, archery, riflery, STEAM lab, discovery and much more.

Check out our website for weekly themes!

Campers ages 3-14 are welcome to attend (camper must turn 4 by Sept. 30). Conveniently located on the West Bank (10 minutes from the GNO Bridge), the camp runs 9:00am-3:00pm with before and after-care available.

Hot lunches can be provided for an additional fee.

Session 1 dates are May 28 – June 28 and Session 2 dates are July 1 – August 2 with an option for weekly rates.

For more information or to register now, visit Camp Corral online at ArdenCahillAcademy.com or give us a call at 504-392-0902 between the hours of 8 am and 4 pm M-F.

It’s hard to put into words how happy, pleased and thankful we are with our daughter’s camp experience at Camp Corral.

I will try and be brief. I was so nervous dropping her off on the first day because at the time we didn’t know anyone else attending. She attends a different school and she had never attended a summer camp before.

The schedule was a perfect rotation and she actually enjoyed her study times for Reading & Math as well as the other activities. I knew she was enjoying herself there when I arrived at after-care to pick her up and she wasn’t ready to leave.

The teachers, counselors, and before/after care staff have done an amazing job and we are grateful for their time and dedication. We are very thankful for such a caring & safe environment. She always came home with fun stories about her day.

We feel camp has helped her become an even better kid as she has made many friends and is continuing to grow socially. So we would just like to thank you all again for this experience in ensuring she has had a wonderful fun-filled summer!

As we wrap up our week, we will miss you all and look forward to seeing you all again next summer!

Lolo’s Youth Yoga + Fitness

6107 Magazine St., NOLA; 415-786-3317

Lolo’s is a health and wellness and youth empowerment studio. We use art, fun fitness, yoga and meditation to build strong, healthy bodies for life. Kids are reporting higher levels of stress and anxiety. At Lolo’s, we help kids have fun and learn how to destress, relax and tune into their bodies and emotions.

I love it because it helps me to relax. I always feel so much better after yoga.

Mark, 10 years old

Ursuline Academy – Camp U: A Camp for Every Girl 

2635 State Street, New Orleans, LA 70118; 504-861-9150

Ursuline Academy presents “Camp U: A Camp for Every Girl.”

Camp U offers four camp styles for girls to mix and match – allowing them the opportunity to explore their interests and talents.

At Ursuline, girls find the confidence to challenge themselves beyond academics and explore who they want to be. Camp U offers just that!

Rising Toddler 3 through 7th grade will have the chance to explore everything from STEM to soccer, singing to ceramics, and acting to sewing.

Camp Invention, the only nationally recognized, non-profit summer enrichment program for kindergarten through 6th grade, empowers girls to take on fun challenges that emphasize STEM, creative problem-solving, collaboration, and entrepreneurship through innovation.

Camp Create offers a variety of fun classes in art, acting, singing, cooking, decorating, baking, sewing, creative writing, cross stitch, piano, music, ceramics, sports, swimming and more!

Camp Starstruck lets shining stars have fun while gaining valuable performance skills. Campers will play “improv” games, learn about stage makeup, and rehearse for the finale, Cinderella.

Camp of Champions offers athletic camps, led by both district and state-winning coaches, as well as former college athletes, and includes volleyball, softball, basketball, running, cheer, tennis, and soccer.

These camps offer helpful extras like before and aftercare, as well as lunch programs – allowing you to choose exactly what fits U!

For more information, visit www.uanola.org.

ACADEMY OF THE SACRED HEART SUMMER CAMP

Ph. 504-269-1230

Calling all girls & boys, ages 1–13! 

ASH is excited to offer a wide variety of festive and fun summer camps and enrichment opportunities.

Arts, sports, water fun, math, cheerleading, Jump Start and so much more. 

This year’s theater camp is “Sacred Heart Showstoppers: A Musical Journey.” 

Middle Schoolers don’t miss the return of Creative Choice for Middle School. This program features dance, baking, arts, yoga, sports, fitness, and more. 

Academy of the Sacred Heart’s mission is to inspire girls and boys to develop their gifts, talents and skills through active, creative and engaging activities that foster growth in an atmosphere of faith, wise freedom and fun.  

Registration is on a first-come, first-served basis.

 Lunch is included and before/after- care are available for all camps from June 10 through July 26. 

Camp begins at 9am with before-care starting at 7:45am.

Great New Orleans YMCA

The YMCA of Greater New Orleans began in 1852 to assist in the yellow fever epidemic. More than 165 years later, we are still more than just a gym — we’re a cause. As one of the nation’s largest and most trusted non-profits we work with individuals and families, organizations and communities, to help people live well, reduce their risk for chronic disease, and reclaim their health.

We are the 5th oldest YMCA in the country, and for more than a century, our mission has been to provide critical programs that build a healthy body, mind, and spirit for all.

With a focus on Youth Development, Healthy Living, and Social Responsibility, the Y responds to society’s most pressing needs by developing innovative, community-based solutions, and uniting people from all walks of life to work for positive social change.

Our 5 branches serve as wellness centers, family centers, and community centers in Belle Chasse, Lower Plaquemines (Port Sulphur and Buras), East Jefferson and Covington. Beyond these community campuses, our Y’s mission-critical programs include: the YMCA Diabetes Prevention Program, which helps individuals with prediabetes reduce their risk of developing Type 2 diabetes; YMCA Educational Services (YES!), our adult literacy and workforce development program; YMCA Children’s Unified Benefits and Services (Y CUBS), which works to improve the lives of children living with autism; the Car Seat Safety Outreach program, our vehicle-occupant, safety-education program that provides car seats to low-income families within our Hispanic, immigrant, and refugee communities; and H2Geaux, the Y’s free, mobile, water-safety and –survival course.

Annually, our Y gives over $1 million in financial assistance to nearly 10,000 lower-income families, members, and program participants, including 600 children and youth. Across our association and community programs, we have work with over 40,000 people each year, including 4,000 seniors and 12,000 children.

Mount Carmel Academy Summer Camp

7027 Milne Blvd, New Orleans, LA 70124; 504-288-7626

Choose your adventure at Mount Carmel’s Summer Camp!

Campers customize their summer fun by picking their favorite classes from a diverse and exciting selection.

They will enjoy being artists, scientists, dancers, athletes, cheerleaders, chefs, detectives, designers, actresses, and so much more!

Campers will explore their individual interests and uncover new talents as they make friends and have a blast!

Camp is divided into two sections: junior camps for girls entering grades 2-4 and specialty camps for girls entering grades 5-8. 

 MCA Summer Camp is June 3-28 and campers can choose to attend by the week.

Morning sessions are 9 a.m. to noon and afternoon sessions are from 1 – 4 p.m. Classes are led by Mount Carmel faculty members with assistance from MCA students.

A lunch program is offered and before care and after care are available.

Please visit MCA’s website to register and then get ready for a fun-filled summer at MCA  

University of New Orleans Summer Day Camp

2000 Lakeshore Drive, NOLA; Ph. 504-280-6009

Join us this summer at the University of New Orleans Summer Day Camp, a recreation and sports day camp that is open to boys and girls ages 5 – 11 years old.

Activities include: sports, games, field trips, drama, art, dance, swimming, year-end talent show.

Fee includes Morning supervision, lunch, & field trips.

Aftercare supervision and swim lessons for an additional fee.

Camp dates: Session 1 June 3rd – 28th; Session 2 July 8th – August 2nd; no camp week of July 1st – 5th.

Cost: $675 per session, $40 registration fee includes (1) t-shirt.

Contact info: Camp Director – Kassie Thibodeaux; 504-280-6009; kthibode@uno.edu; University of New Orleans – Recreation & Fitness Center 2000 Lakeshore Drive, NOLA 70148. www.ris.uno.edu

Vamonos NOLA

Education building of Parker Methodist Church at 5818 Perrier St, New Orleans; Ph. 504-495-2345

At Vamonos NOLA, play is the cornerstone for learning the Spanish language and culture, giving children (3–8) of all language levels the opportunity to become global citizens, all while fully experiencing the PURE FUN of being a kid!

Exploring a different Latino country each week, our summer camp provides a healthy balance of OUTDOOR FUN like daily water play and ENGAGING ACTIVITIES like innovation and super heroes with special guests like Capoiera (Brazilian Martial arts), and the Tumblebus bringing the action to us.

With our dual language, play-based methodology, every camper leaves having had a great time with the benefits of a second language.

Whether your child is bilingual or has NO Spanish language experience at all, we’ll send them home proudly displaying their new skills with the seeds of a life-long love of learning language and international culture!

As moms with over 20 years of experience in education, we know what’s important to you: small groups, personal attention, loving teachers, communication and a safe, healthy environment where your child feels included, makes friends, builds confidence and is HAPPY!

Our dedicated staff of fully fluent adults are CPR certified and are each supported by a mentor teacher and/or volunteer, providing a 10/1 minimum ADULT to camper ratio (not counting volunteers, interns or directors).

Check out our Jr. Counselor Program, where young adults ages 11 and up can practice their Spanish and experience the power of contribution and leadership. (Apply for an interview via the website).

Dates:

  • Session I: May 20-31st
  • Session II: June 3-28th
  • Session III July 1 – 26th
  • Session IV: July 29 – Aug 23rd Times: 9am – 3pm

Before Care starting at 7:30am ; after Care until 5:30pm

Cost: Starting at $160 per week; $5 Before Care & $15 After Care; $50 Registration Fee

OPEN HOUSE: Feb 20th, March 25th, May 10th 4-7pm (register to win a FREE WEEK of Camp)

Discounts: Sibling Discount, Teacher/Military, Multiple Session

LSU Health Fitness

2220 Constitution St. New Orleans, LA 70114; Ph. 504-669-3301

Summer Camps at LSU Health Fitness will be sports oriented, teaching skills to the campers so that they can improve and learn the sports we play.

From beginners to advance athletes our camp provides something for everyone to enjoy.

PLUS — Swimming everyday!

Reading Success Center

260 Hickory Avenue, Harahan, LA; Ph. 504-458-1475

The mission of the Reading Success Center is to offer low-cost, small group and individual academic tutoring in reading, writing and math for children in grades K-12.

We believe that literacy is essential for success in both school and life, and that every child should have equal access to exceptional educational services.

View our website for summer camp options.

ID Tech Stem camp at tulane 

iD Tech is the world leader in summer STEM education, with 400,000 alumni since 1999, and 150 prestigious campus locations including Tulane, Stanford, and NYU.

Students ages 7-17 learn to code, design video games and Fortnite-inspired levels, mod Minecraft, create with Roblox, engineer robots, model and print 3D characters, work with AI and machine learning, and more!

Weeklong, day and overnight summer programs that instill in-demand skills and embolden students to shape the future.

Just 5-10 students per instructor (maximum 10) so students can enjoy personalized learning at their pace.

More Summer Camps Near Me 

Would you like to become one of our Summer Camp Guide Sponsors? Learn more here or email cara@pintsizednola.com for more information. 

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About the Author

Cara
Cara was born in Florida but raised in New Orleans. After living in New Orleans for over 30 years, the beach called her back home. She now lives in Pensacola, FL in her almost beach house. Cara is married to her high school sweetheart and they have 2 kids and 3 dogs. Cara loves all things Disney, the British Royal Family and photography. When she's not working or driving her dancer to 50000 dance classes a week she can be found at the beach!

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