A while back it was the summer holidays and my two kids and I took a holiday in Ireland to visit relatives. Chatting to one of them we got talking about the summer holidays and then summer camps. She asked me if I knew any good ones in Ireland, i have heard plenty of stories from kids about summer camps they had attended in the UK, but this got me thinking. What good summer camps ARE there in Ireland? So I did some research and I put a list together of all the great ones I could find, on recommendation and online! I hope some of this is useful for you wonderful parents in Ireland (and beyond!)
The Independent Theatre Workshop
What? A versatile performance hub that ensures its students — from three-year-old tots to 15 year olds — leave their courses with show-stopping confidence.
Where? ITW centres are situated in Dublin’s Ranelagh, Drumcondra and Clonskeagh.
When? A variety of children’s summer courses run from June to August.
Dance Theatre of Ireland
What? An intensive week of dance classes covering contemporary, street (hip-hop) and stage dance taught by leading professional dancers.
Where? The Centre for Dance, Bloomfields shopping centre, Dun Laoghaire.
When? Week one, catering for ages 13-17, runs from June 27 to July 1, while younger dancers aged 7-12 can attend on July 4–8.
What? A diverse, one-week performance camp that involves singing, dancing and acting, arts and crafts recreation, and outdoor games. Participants are given confidence-building activities in a nurturing environment in the hope that self-esteem levels will blossom.
Where? 130 locations across Ireland. See the website for details.
When? Courses are available throughout July and August, catering for boys and girls aged 4-12.
Gaiety School of Acting
What? A choice of nine different courses, from weekend masterclasses to week-long camps, from the national theatre school that catapulted the likes of Colin Farrell and Olivia Wilde to international success.
Where? Temple Bar, Dublin
When? The 2016 Youth Summer Courses (catering for ages 4–19) start at the end of June and run until late August.
Dunmore Adventure Camp
What? Situated in the seaside village of Dunmore East in Co Waterford, this activity camp holds year-round courses and school tours, but comes into its own in the summer. A multitude of water-based sports are on offer for adventurers aged 3–17 with plenty of dry-land activities for those who prefer terra firma.
Where? About 20 minutes drive from Waterford City.
When? The summer 2016 timetable kicks off on July 4 and ends on August 26.
Kellogg’s GAA Cul Camps
What? The camps offer an action-packed, fun-filled week of game-based activities with an emphasis on boosting skills. Sports are organised in an age-appropriate way, with a view to optimising learning, enhancing friendships, improving physical and psychological wellbeing, and promoting school and club links.
Where? At least one Cul Camp course will take place in all 32 counties this year.
When? This year’s Cul Camps will continue throughout the summer, on various dates depending on your centre of choice.
What? A camp for digital entrepreneurs in the making. There are graphic design and Scratch programming camps for 8-10 year olds, animation and 3D digital design camps for 10-12 year olds, and HTML coding and app development camps for 12-15 year olds.
Where? Courses are held at various universities and institutes of technology across the country, including a residential camp for 13-17 year olds in Limerick, and day camps in Dublin, Cork, Galway, Kildare, Kerry and Tipperary.
When? From late June to late August.
Academy of Code
What? An initiative offering a variety of computer coding courses: Junior Summer Camp introduces primary-aged children to programming, while Taste of Computer Science is a 10-day college-level course open to 15-19 year olds that gives a grounding in computer science basics.
Where? Raheny and Stillorgan, Dublin.
When? Weekly from June 27 to July 29. Taste of Computer Science runs from June 27 to July 8 and from August 2 to 12.
Do your children attend summer camps? Have they been to any of these listed above? I’d love to hear from you! Get in touch via the contact page!