Better Late Than Never: Local Summer Camps Still Waiting to be Filled

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With your schedule jam-packed and your calendar exploding, we don’t blame you for missing the deadline to sign your kid up for summer camp. Fortunately for you, we’ve compiled a list of summer programs around Seattle to keep your little munchkins busy, despite your procrastination.

EXPLORATIONS IN MATH
Maybe math isn’t your child’s favorite subject, but learning and calculating takes on a whole new meaning when combined with pirates, detectives, and the outdoors. Various locations in Bellevue and Seattle including Math ‘n’ Stuff in Mapacle Leaf, 8926 Roosevelt Way NE.
Eligibility: day camp, students entering 1st-2nd and 3rd – 5th grades.
Cost: $150
Dates: weeklong sessions in July and August
Information: explorationsinmath.com

ORLOV CHESS ACADEMY
Rowdy children in need of focus and mental clarity learn chess basics and hone their skills under 1994 US Open Champion Georgi Orlov. Only the best for your brood, right? Various locations in Seattle and the Eastside including Woodridge Elementary in Bellevue, 12619 SE 20th Place.
Eligibility: day camp, students entering kindergarten – 6th grade.
Cost: $199-$250
Dates: weeklong sessions in June, July and August
Information: 206.387.1251; chessplayer.com

METER MUSIC SCHOOL
Jack Black’s School of Rock has met its match. The next generation of rock-stars starts here with camps teaching kids how to form their own rock bands, record their own music and perfect their musical flair. Meter Music School in the Central District, 2110 East Union St.
Eligibility: day camp, kids ages 7-16
Cost: $225-$350
Dates: weeklong sessions in August
Information: 206.792.9039; metermusicschool.com

SAMBICA
Who knew that inner-tubing, wake-boarding, rope-course-climbing, water-trampoline fun could be found just a short drive down the I-90. Trust us, your kids are going to thank you for this one. SAMBICA Summer Camp and Retreat Center in Bellevue, 4114 W Lake Sammamish Pkwy SE.
Eligibility: day camp, students entering 1st – 9th grade, overnight camp, students entering 4th – 12th grade.
Cost: $270-$594
Dates: 1-3 week sessions throughout June, July and August
Information: 425.746.9110; sambica.com

GARDEN ART SUMMER CAMP
Artist Sarah Browning will lead your kiddos in a unique creative experience which includes garden walks, stretching and songs to inspire even more gifts for grandma. Village Green Perennial Nursery in West Seattle, 10223 26th Ave. SW.
Eligibility: day camp, kids ages 8-12
Cost: $250
Dates: weeklong sessions in August
Information: 206.767.7736; villagegreenperennialnursery.com

WILDERNESS AWARENESS SCHOOL
Weather it’s the teen wolf tracking expedition or the survival skill overnight camp, you’ll be glad you enrolled little Billy the next time you find yourself lost while hiking. Various locations throughout Seattle, Bellevue, Kirkland, and Olympia.

Eligibility: day camp for kids ages 4-12, overnight camp for kids ages 11-17, adventure camp for teens ages 13-18
Cost: $150-$895
Dates: weeklong sessions in June, July and August
Information: 425.788.1301, wildernessawareness.org