Resources for Summer Enrichment Learning and Activities

By: Tosh Owens

Last Upated: July 14, 2020

School’s out and it’s time for summer activities!

School has been out for some time now due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Extracurricular school activities, summer camps, and other summer activities for kids have been canceled in many areas around the country. The coronavirus came upon us so suddenly and left many families uncertain about how best to continue educating their children. How do I ensure my child has learned everything they would have learned before COVID-19? Did my child’s learning suffer over that time?

Now parents are faced with a new set of challenges: what your child will do this summer? Are you asking yourself, “If my child participates in summer learning  or summer activities, will they be safe?” With many onsite events and activities canceled or postponed, we have to adapt and overcome by finding summer activities for kids closer to home. Whether you are looking for ways to help your child catch up from missed in-class instruction or something to keep them entertained, we’ve rounded up resources for summer learning and enrichment activities that any family can do from anywhere. Importantly, we’ve made a real effort to include both online and offline resources here. We hear many of you when you say you’re looking for ways to cut down on screen time!

Looking for ways to help your child catch up from missed in-class instruction or something to keep them entertained, we’ve rounded up summer fun and enrichment activities that any family can do from anywhere. Click To Tweet

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We will continue to monitor and update the summer learning resources listed here as new ones become available. Know of any resource we may have missed? Reach out to us at info@schoolchoice.redsharkdigital.com to let us know!

  • Kids Bowl Free

    This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer. Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations.

  • Apple Camp at Home

    This summer, Apple Camp gives kids ages 8–12 free, fun, digital programs to experience from their favorite spot at home. Our easy-to-follow Activity Book shows your Camper new ways to create in video, art & design, and coding. We offer live virtual sessions for valuable guidance and to answer any questions you may have to make the most of your time at Apple Camp.

  • Creative Art Camp

    Summer is just around the corner, and we all want to give our kids amazing camp experiences. But this year, most camps will be closed. So, instead of just watching endless movies and moping around all summer, we’re making our own at-home summer camps!

  • Backyard Camp Fire

    In the mood for pitching tents and building campfires? Travel no further than your own backyard! Here are seven tips for planning a memorable, fun family campout for your kids.

  • DIY Backyard Movie Theater

    There is something totally magical about sitting outside on a warm summer night, with the stars shining above you, with all of your friends sitting on picnic blankets and watching a movie on the big screen. Learn everything you need to know about creating your own DIY Backyard Movie Theater in no time at all!

  • Live Interactive Online Classes & Camps for Kids

    Live online classes and online summer camps for kids provide engaging e-learning experiences from home. Virtual summer camps available for morning, afternoon or all day sessions. Art, kids coding, math, music, science, LEGO, yoga and cooking are popular online courses for kids to do at home.

  • Scholastic Read-A-Palooza: Summer Reading Program

    Home Base Virtual Book Fest is an online celebration where authors and kids can engage with each other in exciting new ways! From themed costume contests to online Q&As to trivia events, kids around the world can enjoy interacting with their favorite authors in real-time.

  • Home and Distance Learning Activities

    The U.S. Census Bureau can help with our Statistics in Schools program, which offers over 200 free learning activities and resources for children in pre-K through 12th grade that can easily be used at home

  • Summer Boost for Pre-K to 6th grade

    Head out on a summer safari to see what you can discover! This week, explore amazing new landscapes, creatures, and plants with this collection of learning activities. Practice, play, and prepare for kindergarten.

  • Kindergarten-Readiness Kit

    Our free resource center features a range of video lessons and printable activities to help your child prepare for their first day of Kindergarten. Get tips on essential school readiness skills like creating stress-free morning routines, how to hold a pencil, basic number recognition, and much more.

  • Summer reading initiatives

    The following resources and articles provide information about summer reading and summer learning loss. Plus you'll discover great activities to encourage kids to learn, read, and have fun in the summer sun.

  • Method

    Method independent study students benefit from SmartFox, a customized online curriculum developed by our own professional curriculum developers. We've learned what works for our students, and we've built an online course solution where they enjoy learning.

  • Upparent

    Parents recommend and review the best free typing games for kids! These favorites will help kids learn typing skills and practice speed and accuracy while having fun. Some all-in-one online programs offer typing lessons for free from the beginner level. Other standalone kids typing games give fun typing practice to children who already understand the basics of hand position and keyboarding. We're rounding up the best of both!

  • Free Online Virtual Summer camps

    For families who want to keep their children's education growing over the summer but are worried about being able to afford it, here are some completely free online summer camps to keep your child's mind active and continuously expanding their knowledge.

  • Full STEM Ahead+ Classes & Camps

    Register for our live, instructor-led online classes and camps. Our small class sizes ensure your child or teen receives personal attention, and our experience operating clubs and camps enables us to deliver learning and fun in an online environment.

  • Time 4 Learning

    The Time4Learning summer school program takes an entire year’s worth of learning materials and makes it available throughout the summer. No matter what areas your kids need to brush up on this summer, you can find lessons, practice activities, and reinforcement materials in our flexible and affordable summer school program!

  • Excel High School Programs

    Excel High School offers accredited, online high school diploma programs, credit recovery courses, online summer school courses, and an honors/AP level college preparatory diploma curriculum.

  • International Connections Academy

    International Connections Academy, An Accredited, Online Private School, Offers Hundreds Of Dynamic Teacher-Led, Student- Focused Courses In All Subject Areas For Grades K–12.

  • Online summer School

    VHS Learning offers a variety of programs and curriculum to meet the needs of schools, students, and families. Our program is accredited by both Middle States Association Commission on Elementary and Secondary Schools (MSA-CESS), and AdvancED and our courses are approved for NCAA initial eligibility. Students choose from 200 unique courses including over 20 AP® options, core courses, engaging electives, credit recovery and other formal and informal learning opportunities.

  • Online Summer School

    Are you looking for an online summer school program that won’t force your student to sacrifice summer fun? Our flexible, online courses give your student the opportunity to meet their summer academic goals without giving up family vacations, athletic activities, or summer jobs.

  • Online Summer School Courses

    Whether you want to use the summer months to catch up on your coursework or get ahead, K12 has condensed-length summer school courses available with multiple start dates for students in grades 9–12. Summer school courses are completed on a 20-day schedule, and 28 courses are available. Condensed summer courses are not NCAA approved.

  • Cybersecurity Remote Camp

    Our modules are fun and engaging and build your child’s confidence as they reach new milestones. It’s this combination of challenge and reward that improves retention long term. During this camp, students learn the following lessons: What is Cybersecurity Cyber Awareness Cyber Ethics Password Protection Think Like A Hacker. Discount Code: PARENTSUPPORT

  • Kindergarten Kounts from FUNdamentals of Learning

    This course will teach students how to build a strong math foundation. Built and grounded in mathematical practices based on national math and common core standards. Coupon code: parentexchange2020

  • The Ocean Institute

    Join Ocean Institute for 10 weeks of themed virtual education with new content every weekday. Each week will have a different theme related to ocean science or maritime history. Content will include themed at-home activities, real-life applications, and an interview with an expert on that topic!

  • Smithsonian Summer Adventures

    Discover the Smithsonian collections and themes during these specially designed week-long sessions, hosted by many of your favorite amazing summer instructors. Live, facilitated activities with peers online, and additional challenges and projects to work on offline, provide new summer adventures with the Smithsonian you know and love.

  • Destinations Career Academy

    This summer, rising 9th–11th graders can earn 0.5 high school credit while exploring the wide variety of high-demand careers in one these tuition-free online summer school courses: Business and Marketing Explorations Healthcare Explorations Information Technology Explorations Our online career exploration courses begin on June 24, 2020, and must be completed by July 22, 2020.

  • Online summer school

    We offer courses, for either your teachers or ours to provide instruction, that let students complete their extended school year, work on original credit, or recover credits. Pearson’s online summer school addresses a variety of academic needs with the flexibility of online learning.

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