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DIY Summer Camp at Home

Summer camp is one of the greatest things about childhood. At no other point, can you leave your home for a week of carefree fun and memory making. But summer camps may not be in the cards for your kiddos this year! Camps are expensive and take a ton of work to organize but just because you can’t send your kiddos away for the week doesn’t mean they should miss out! Instead, try hosting your DIY summer camp at home this year!

This is the next best thing to sending the kids away for the summer: DIY Summer Camp at home! These ideas are perfect for all ages and all the planning is done for me!

Thinking back to the things I enjoyed most about my camp days, I’m always brought back to the same things: yummy food, lots of laughs, days packed with organized activities and most of all, a routine. These are all things you can incorporate in you own DIY summer camp to make the very most of it.

DIY Summer Camp at Home

Get ready for 9 weeks of jam-packed fun days at home with our DIY summer camp ideas! Do one activity or do them all, it’s up to you! We’ve gathered up 9 of the most popular themes that all kiddos will love to make sure your camp is perfect for kids of all ages! Best of all, you get access to our free printables when you join our weekly mailing list!

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Weekly themes include:

  • Space Week
  • Disney Week
  • SuperHero Week
  • Pirates Week
  • Under the Sea Week
  • Dinosaur Week
  • Olympics Week
  • Steam Week
  • Hawaiian Week

Each week of our DIY summer camp includes fun ideas to do at home:

Learn & Explore:

This list of educational activities will keep little ones wanting to learn more! The ideas are simple to do but spark their interest and keep them engaged in the topic.

Fun & Creative Ideas:

Easy arts and craft projects bring the themes to life! Whether you’re painting or crafting, kiddos will enjoy these projects and you’ll love how easy they are to do.


If you’re wondering how you’ll incorporate exercise into your day, we’ve got you covered! Each theme has fun ideas to help keep the “wiggles” away!

Watch & Listen: 

Movies are a great way to end the night, so we’ve included a few of our favorite picks to bring it all together! For extra fun, set up an outdoor theater and enjoy your movie under the stars.


Podcasts are all the rage so we couldn’t forget them! Kiddos will love listening to others talk about the topic. I love using podcasts during art time, as a bedtime story or when I’m cooking dinner. Give the kiddos something to keep their hands busy and they will fall in love with listening to podcasts!

Hosting your own DIY summer camp at home doesn’t have to be hard! Using our ideas, you can whip together a cheap and easy summer camp that your kiddos will remember for the rest of their lives!

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This is the next best thing to sending the kids away for the summer: DIY Summer Camp at home! These ideas are perfect for all ages and all the planning is done for me!

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