Choosing a summer camp in Ireland can be a difficult - and expensive - task.
Part of the reason is that there is so now much more available, regardless of whether your child is interested in sports, arts, music, science. Often time parents are just looking for somewhere safe and fun to care for their children while they are at work.
Below are some of the most popular from all over Ireland but there are many more local camps and classes available - some already published on YourDaysOut.
Also, check out our 32-page Summer Guide 2019 - with lots of tips to help you plan the perfect summer!
The Rediscovery Centre has partnered with NCAD to present Green Enterprise summer camps for young and emerging entrepreneurs. The one week camps will run on 8 - 12 July and 15 - 19 July. Second level students will work in groups over five days to develop a sustainable business idea that they will pitch in a Dragons' Den style presentation on the final day. These camps are free to attend but must be registered in advance
Other camps and events this summer include Summer Camp fo kids from the 22nd of July to the 26th of July, Lego® Brick Building Workshop and Sustainable School of Magic.
With over twenty years experience running adventure camps, they now have various options including day camps, residential camps and family camps that includes accommodation in a holiday home.
Brigit's Garden is joining forces with Down to Earth to bring a summer of woodland adventures with forest school inspired summer camps.
I don't think there is a better place for your little stars to feel like superstars than at a camp in the world-class facilities at the National Sports Campus. There are over twenty different sports to enjoy across the week, including fencing, archery, cricket, gymnastics and trampolining.
5) Cúl Camps
Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps provide children with an action-packed and fun-filled week of activity which revolves around maximising enjoyment and sustaining participant involvement in Gaelic Games.
6) Camp Freddo
Family day camp with fun activities including canoeing and biking, with 100% of the proceeds going to Barnardos children's charity.5)
With a philosophy of learning through discovery and experience, the week-long residential camps teaches critical-thinking and problem solving through fun outdoor activities, art and technology. Camps take place in either Rockwell College or Achill Island.
8) Fitzone: Clontarf & Sandymount
Fitzone is a multi-activity camp for 4-12 year olds from 9am - 3pm (longer hours can be arranged) and activities include swimming, soccer, basketball, adventure play zone, arts & crafts, outdoor play, tag rugby and much more.
9) Designer Minds
Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths (STEAM) are subjects that can help shape a child’s future and the Designer Minds camps throughout Munster are the perfect place to have some hands-on fun. The classes are best suited to seven to thirteen-year-olds and the emphasis is on learning through fun with challenging experiments and projects.
With locations around Dublin and Kildare, The Artzone summer camps are suitable for 5-16 year olds have different themes depending including Fashion Academy, Comic Book Illustration and Film Making
11) FAI Soccer School
The FAI Summer Schools host 36,000 children in over 400 camps around the county and are a perfect way to try the game for the first time or develop the skills of the more experienced players.
12) Let's Go
Let’s Go! camps have years of experience in their specialty field...fun. Activities include bouncy castle, zorbee ball roll, human table football, disco dome and older kids can also try the jumping wall and KMX Karts.
Children explore the world of engineering, architecture and movie-making using Lego bricks with camp options including Junior Builders camp (3-5 years). Motorised Lego Technic camp (5-12 years) and Robotics and Coding camp (8-14 years).
Starcamp run their performance, fun and games based summer camps in over 200 towns across 32 counties. It is aimed at all boys and girls aged 4-12, with the emphasis on building every child's confidence through music, dance drama with some arts & crafts and fun games thrown in too.