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Richland County Summer Camps

Do your kids need a summer camp in Richland County? The Columbia area is full of really fun summer camp options, and all of the summer camps on this list are located in Richland County. Find a camp close to home or close to work in Richland County. Here’s your “summer camp near me” in Richland County.

 

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This summer, have a blast learning at Sylvan Summer Camps! Learning and fun are an all-in-one package with Sylvan’s Academic and STEM camps! Our camps engage the mind with the best teaching methods, make learning exciting, and provide social interaction with collaborative learning. There’s something for everyone! 

Our centers in Columbia and Irmo provide a variety of camps that include:

Academic Camps:  Kindergarten Kickstart, Writing Rhythms, and Study Skills Superheroes

STEM Camps:  Mastering Math Facts, Mad Science, and Super Structures

Summer Camps are Buy 1 Get 1 Free until March 31, 2023, and 25% off in April and May! Check your local Sylvan Learning Center’s website (Irmo and Columbia) for details.

Want to help your child make greater gains this summer?  Consider a personalized learning program that helps students grow their skills up to 3 times faster than traditional learning. Our proven instructional methods and reward system motivate students to strengthen their skills, overcome learning loss, jump to higher levels, and gain confidence for academic and career success. Make the most of summer learning with Sylvan. Prevent summer learning loss at Sylvan! Flexible schedules and payment options meet your family’s needs.

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Mad Platter

| 3101 Millwood Avenue, Columbia, SC

Classes: Mud Club, art classes for kids after school.

Summer Camps: Mad Platter offers camps for young kids ages 3-6, older kids age 7 and up, as well as clay camps for kids ages 9 and up.

The official training center of Ann Brodies Carolina Ballet. CDE offers dance classes year round for infants through adults in styles such as ballet, tap, jazz and contemporary. Morning/mid-day homeschool classes also available.

YMCA of Columbia Summer Camps

YMCA of Columbia offers youth sports, summer camps, and more. Youth sports include basketball, soccer, volleyball, football, and tennis.

There are sports, games, crafts, swimming and lots more fun to be found at summer camps at the YMCA of Columbia.

  • Jeep Rogers Family YMCA, 900 Lake Carolina Drive, Columbia (Includes camps for preschoolers, traditional camp, teen camps and specialty camps)
  • Northwest Family YMCA, 1501 Kennerly Road, Irmo, SC (Offers traditional camps)
  • Downtown YMCA, 1447 Hampton Street, Columbia (Offers traditional camps)

City of Columbia Tennis Camp

803.733.8440 | 1635 Whaley Street, Columbia, SC

The City of Columbia Tennis Camp is for ages 6 – 14 and will focus on tennis skills improvement and practice.
Camp Dates/Times: TBA
Cost: TBA

SC Summer Dance Conservatory at USC

| 324 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC

Summer Camps: Open to students 11 and older, the SC Summer Dance Conservatory is a 3-week intensive program for serious students. Entrance is by audition.

Flour Power

| 4517 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC

Weekly cooking classes for preschool age through teens. Master Chef advanced classes are available for teens.

Birthday Parties: Flour Power has several birthday options that include treats and cooking instructions. They offer parties for a variety of ages, including one, especially for tweens and teens.

Summer Camps (and school breaks): Cooking camps when school is out for kids. Learn new skills through cooking. 2024 Camps are out. Camps are available for kids ages 5 to 8 and kids ages 9 to 12.

Kids Night Out: Cooking classes and activities for kids on Friday nights, perfect for parents to plan a date night.

Puretone Music Video School

803-250-1069 | 1160 Longreen Parkway, Columbia, SC

2024: TBA
Check back soon for more information.

Furr Friends Summer Camp at Pawmetto Lifeline

| 1275 Bower Parkway, Columbia, SC

Animal care camps for kids ages 7-12. Kids will play games, meet community helpers that care for animals, and learn how to treat pets.

2023 Summer Camps dates are:

June 17-20

June 24-27

July 15-18

July 22-25

Children’s museum with multiple floors of hands-on fun and learning for children and their families. Cafe on-site and regular events. See our full review of EdVenture.

Birthday Parties: Birthday packages include all-day admission for guests and 180 minutes in a private party room.

Summer Camp: Summer Camps exist to ignite curiosity, discovery, and adventure in children ages 4-10. Camps are open to the public, and there are a variety of camps to choose from. Space is limited, and all campers must be potty-trained.

Sylvan Learning Center of the Midlands

This summer, have a blast learning at Sylvan Summer Camps! Learning and fun are an all-in-one package with Sylvan’s Academic and STEM camps! Our camps engage the mind with the best teaching methods, make learning exciting, and provide social interaction with collaborative learning. There’s something for everyone!

Barron Academy Summer Camp

Barron Academy offers Camp XCEL, a full-day summer camp at various locations in Richland County.

City of Columbia Kids Art Camp

803.545.3093 | 1227 Taylor Street, Suite C, Columbia, SC

Kids ages 5 – 16 can enjoy painting, drawing, pottery, and more with the City of Columbia Kids Art Camps at the Columbia Art Center

Dates/Times: TBA
Cost per session: TBA

 

Saint Joseph Catholic School

803.254.6736 | 3700 Devine Street, Columbia, SC

Saint Joseph Catholic School offers a summer camp to current Saint Joseph students (rising 5K through 6th grade). Campers will take part in field trips, water play, music, arts and crafts, games, exercise and sports, and imaginative play.

Check back soon for 2024 camp details

All Star Gymnastics

803.561.9682 | 4046-D Fernandina Road, Columbia, SC

All Star Gymnastics offers a Gymnastics classes for a range of ages along with Summer Camp. Please call the gym for more information.

Richland County Recreation Commission

803.741.7272 | 7473 Parklane Road, Columbia, SC

Richland County Recreation Commission offers a full-day Summer Mania camp at multiple locations for ages 5-12 that is designed to meet the physical, creative and social needs of kids. A variety of activities are offered including recreational activities, games, arts and crafts, and conservation activities.

Classes: Recreational youth sports available include track, basketball, tennis, flag football, soccer, and more. Youth programs begin at age 3.

Lake Murray Gymnastics

803.233.1460 | 110 Hunter Village Drive, Irmo, SC

Classes: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers gymnastics classes for all ages of children, from just walking through the 12th grade. Classes are offered during the school year and summer. They also offer Ninja, Cheer, and a parent’s night out program.

Birthday Parties: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers birthday parties that include one hour of time in the gym with balance, foam pits, trampolines, and more, plus 30 minutes in the party area.

Summer Camps: Lake Murray Gymnastics offers summer camps for preschoolers to school-age where campers will train in small groups and practice gymnastic skills. Kids will also participate in arts & crafts, games, and strength training.

Parent’s Night Out: Ages 4 and up on Friday nights from 6:30 pm to 9:30 pm. Register in advance.

Pony Gang

803.374.2155 | 223 Hennesy Lane, Hopkins, SC

Pong Gang offers equestrian classes year-round. Classes offered include Western riding, English riding, and a Tiny Tots class.

Summer Camp: Pony Gang is a private residential and day camp for ages 6-14 years old. The camp is focused on helping campers build self-confidence, self-awareness, and self-acceptance. Campers will spend lots of time outside. No horse experience is necessary. There are limited spots available so be sure to register quickly. There’s also an overnight option (girls only).

Palmetto Performing Arts

803.760.6374 | 13 Calendar Court, Columbia, SC

Classes: Palmetto Performing Arts offers performing teams, Hip Hop, Jazz, Ballet, Lyrical, Contemporary, Tap, and Acro. Classes are available for all ages and skill levels.

Birthday Parties: You can host your next birthday party with Palmetto Performing Arts. Contact the center for more information regarding pricing and details.

Summer Camp: Summer camps are available, and are based on themes. Camp ages range from 3- 18, and are grouped by age range.

Classes: Classes for kids beginning at 3 years-old through adults.

  • Ballet
  • Hip/hop
  • Modern
  • Acting and Improv
  • Stretching/Strength
  • Homeschool Performing Arts

Summer Camps: Aletheia Dance Inc. offers a 1-week Summer Camp Intensive for ages 3+. Campers are able to choose from one of 3 intensive tracks, and camp will also include 1-2 enrichment classes.

The University of South Carolina offers football camps for kids to learn new techniques and become overall better football players. Campers will be able to learn from current assistant football coaches and current student-athletes at USC.

2024 Camp information TBA

Shandon Weekday School

803.799.8533 | 607 Woodrow Street, Columbia, SC

  • Full-Day preschool and childcare for infants through 4K
  • After-school program for 5K-8th grade (year-round or school year only)
  • Full-Day Summer Camp for 5K-8th grade

Summer Discover Camp: Program is a full day from 7 am until 6:30 pm. Kids are divided by grade level and participate in extra mini camps (with no additional charge) like Art, Soccer Shots, Literacy Legends, Sports Superstars, and Clay Sculpting.

Sawyer Equestrian

978.857.8109 | 300 Saddlemount Drive Hopkins, Hopkins, SC

Classes: Sawyer Equestrian offers riding lessons all year for all ages and skills. Lesson ages begin at age 2 with private lessons for 3o minutes per week. Additional packages are available for hour-long lessons for older riders.

Summer/Winter Camps: Day camps are offered and involve grooming, tacking, riding, and horse education. Art projects are made and team-building games are played. Camps are available for ages 5 – 15.

City of Columbia Kayak Camps

803.315.9275 | 312 Laurel Street, Columbia, SC

Children aged 8 – 16 can enjoy Kayak Camp with the City of Columbia park rangers at Riverfront Park.

2024 Dates/Times: TBA
Cost: TBA

Call 803.315.9275 for additional information

Challenger Learning Center

803.929.3951 | 2600A Barhamville Road, Columbia, SC

Challenger Learning Center has several different camp options for children ages 7-18. Camps include Astronaut Academy, Robotics, Rocketry, Drones, Aviation, and more! Camps run various lengths.

Art Smart Academy

803.667.9912 | 7106 Broad River Road, Irmo, SC

Fine Art and Pottery studio

Classes: Art classes for kids and teens, adult classes, family events, and private art lessons.

Camps: Offers summer art camp, both half-day and full-day, pottery wheel camp, and teen camps.

After School: After-school program with pickup for all District 5 schools. After school helps with homework assistance and math tutoring.

University of South Carolina Youth and Teen Summer Camps

University of South Carolina Youth and Teen Summer Camps offer camps for kids and teens in sports, music, dance, and academics including SAT/ACT prep, soccer, chorus, opera, drums, color guard, engineering and lots more.

AR Workshop Columbia

| 4711 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC

DIY projects, classes for adults, kids, and families to complete projects together.

Birthday Parties: Parties for ages 7 and up that include all materials, prep, and clean-up. There are a wide variety of crafts to choose from and everyone goes home with the project they have made.

Summer Camp: ages 6-17 – 4 day morning summer camps, afternoon camps, 1 day camps – Each week is a different project and crafting focus. Complete projects like tie-dye, string art, pillows, dream catchers, and more. Be sure to look them up to see which camp is the best fit for you.

 

 

Girls Rock Columbia is a week-long day camp where campers learn to play an instrument, form a band, write an original song, and at the end of the week, perform at a concert in a live music venue for the community. Camp is open to ages 8-17. Stay tuned for 2024 summer camp information.

SC State Museum

| 301 Gervais Street, Columbia, SC

Shark at the SC State Museum

The SC State Museum has four floors of changing and permanent exhibits, a planetarium, a 4D interactive theater, and plenty of places for kids to play and explore indoors. The museum offers year-round programming and events to suit every learner.

Summer Camp: Week-long summer camps with natural history, astronomy, art, STEAM and more.

  • Ages 6 to 12
  • 8:30 am to 3:00 pm with extended day options to 5:30 pm

Heathwood Hall Summer Camps

| 3000 South Beltline Blvd, Columbia, SC

Heathwood Hall offers a wide variety of summer camps for kids and teens including early childhood options, camps for teens, science, art, sports, and chess camps.

Summer at Hammond

| 854 Galway Lane, Columbia, SC

Full-day and partial-day camps on a variety of topics including arts, sports, STEM, engineering, and academics.

2024 Registrations now open

Classes: Legacy Martial Arts offers classes for young children beginning at age 4, all the way through teens and adults.

Birthday Parties: Legacy Martial Arts birthday parties are fun for all kids, whether they have marital arts experience or not. Parties include some basic instruction as well as activities and all set-up and clean-up.

Summer Camp: Legacy Martial Arts offers a Summer Camp for kids with fun and active educational activities of all kinds.

After School Program: Legacy Martial Arts offers an after school program that provides a positive place for kids to spend time after school.

Four locations: 

5225-C Sunset Boulevard, Lexington, SC
7579 St. Andrews Road, Irmo, SC
494-4 Town Center Place, Columbia, SC
4711 Forest Drive, Columbia, SC – Suite 10

 

Town Theatre

803.799.2510 | 1012 Sumter Street, Columbia, SC

Town Theatre offers a youth theatre program with a variety of classes and production experiences for youth and teens.

Summer Camp: Town Theatre offers various summer camps for rising kindergartners through rising 12th graders. From cabaret skills to tap dancing to musical theatre and more… there are plenty of options to satisfy the kid who loves performing.

Columbia Ballet School

803.783.5258 | 132 Gills Creek Parkway, Columbia, SC

Classes: Ballet classes are offered for beginning through advanced students, or age 3 through adult.

Summer Camps: TBA – Check back soon!

City of Columbia Golf Camp 2024

803.255.8920 | 2901 Slighs Avenue, Columbia, SC

Kids ages 8 -16 can learn new golf skills or improve on their already-known skills at Golf Camp with the City of Columbia at the James E. Clyburn Golf Center.
Dates/Times: TBA
Camp Cost: TBA

 

 

First Baptist Columbia

803.256.4251 | 1306 Hampton Street, Columbia, SC

First Baptist Columbia has several summer camps for kids ages 4-18. Activities and camps revolve around sports, arts, music, and dance to make sure all interests are accounted for.

Historic Columbia Summer Camps

| 1616 Blanding Street, Columbia, SC

Summer camps for kids 8 to 12 who love history.

2024 Camp Dates TBA

Palmetto Conservatory of Dance

803.782.8847 | ​25 Forest Lake Place ​, Columbia, SC

Classes: Offers group classes for Level 1 – Level 5 in Ballet, Pointe, Tap, Lyrical/Jazz, Adult Intermediate/Advanced Ballet, and Variation. They also offer private lessons.

Summer Camp/ Summer Intensives: Summer Intensive camps are offered based on age and skill for ages 3 and older. There are multiple dates to choose from.

Riverbanks Zoo Camp

| 500 Wildlife Parkway, Columbia, SC

Riverbanks Zoo Camps bring kids and nature face-to-face with animal interactions and more through themed and age-appropriate camps. Camps are for K5 through 6th grade. There is also an option for 3 and 4-year-old camps with an adult.

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission

803.772.3336 | 200 Leisure Lane, Columbia, SC

Irmo Chapin Recreation Commission offers a variety of summer camps offered for all ages and interest at the parks. Check the camp guide for fees, dates, times, and detailed information.  Registration forms should be returned to Crooked Creek Park or Seven Oaks Park. If you want to email your form, call the park for an email address.

Crooked Creek Park @ 803-345-6181

Seven Oaks Park @ 803-772-3336

Chesterbrook Academy

803.575.3277 | 1050 Wildwood Centre Drive, Columbia, SC

Chesterbrook Academy’s Summer Camp has many activities to keep your child excited and engaged, including field trips, sports, STEM projects, arts and crafts, music, dance, and drama. Full Day Camp is available for rising 1st-5th graders. There’s also a Kindergarten Enrichment program for rising Kindergarteners. The Summer Enhancements Program is for ages 1-4.