Before 2020, virtual summer camps were little known, not particularly popular and not offered by many companies. However, Covid-19 and the lockdowns have changed that and it appears that ‘in person’ camps will continue to shine brightest during the hottest months of the year, however online camps have secured a permanent place in the annual calendar for some children and teenagers.
For some it’s the convenience of being able to learn a new skill from the comfort of their own home, for others it might be more of a necessity (e.g. due to a disability), but for whatever reason, virtual summer camps seem to be that be here to stay.
If you are looking for in-person camps, click here for our summer 2022 sports-related camps guide or click here for our non-sports-related camps guide.
Otherwise, below are some school holiday options for virtual summer camps that may appeal to parents, children and youth.
ACADEMY OF CODE
Learn to code this summer with Academy of Code, online coding camps for kids and teens. These camps are perfect for beginners and advanced. Students interact with tutors via screen sharing, classes are small (6-8 students), and interactive programming games and challenges keep students engaged. Older or more experienced students learn “Processing”, a Java-based programming language.
format Via Zoom (about 6-8 to 1 teacher to student ratio). Camp options include Regular Programming Camps (1, 2, or 4 week camps), Mobile App Development Camp, and Roblox Game Development Camp. Events Multiple summer start dates – June, July and August age Parent & Child (7-8 years), Fresher (9-11), Junior (11-13), Senior (13-18) Costs From €55 website theacademyofcode.com
The Alliance Française Dublin offers its summer camps online through its e-learning platform. While these holiday programs are designed to be as lively and fun as possible, their content is consistent with the curriculum requirements.
format Via Zoom Events June, July and August. One or two week camps available age 4-6, 7-11, 12-15 and 16-18 Costs From €72 website alliance-francaise.ie
Artzone is hosting two online art camps this summer on painting, drawing and collage with qualified art teachers. Materials can be easily sourced locally, or Art Camp Kits can be booked on artzone.ie (for collection or for shipping nationwide).
format One hour each day live on Zoom (workshop recordings are broadcast after class for catch-up, completion or review) Events 11-15 July from 11 a.m. to 12 p.m.; August 15-19 age 5-12 Costs €50 website artzone.ie
The stop motion animation camp allows you to make your own action film. All you need is your favorite Lego character and your imagination. Learn stop motion animation tips, tricks, and techniques. If you’re looking for a creative way to entertain a tech-savvy kid over the summer, then BrickFlicks Summer Camp might just be for you.
format zoom dates and times Five days, July 11-15 from 10am-11am age 8-12 Costs €80 website createschool.ie
These are pre-recorded so your child can bake at a time that suits them (and you). The recordings have no expiration date, so you can take your time without pressure. One is a mix of cooking and baking and one is all baking.
format Pre-recorded so watch anytime age Every age Costs 40€-50€ website ciarakitchen.ie
Teens and tweens learn how to prepare simple, no-fuss, nutritious foods. To help children become confident, independent, skilled cooks, have fun and learn life skills,
format Via Zoom dates and times 12-14 July and 26-28 July daily from 12.00 p.m. to 1.30 p.m age 11-15 Costs €50 website cookalicious.ie
The Hustle specializes in showing young Tik Tokers and Instagramers how to break through in the competitive world of influencer. The teenage hustlers meet celebrity influencers, agents, and wellness gurus to help them navigate the competitive online world. There are fun learning activities and tutoring.
format zoom dates and times June 27th to July 1st age 15-18 Costs Free website itcarlow.ie
From Fiona McEvoy’s kitchen to yours every Tuesday, for kids who love to knead, roll, chop, stir, bake, beat and dice – and for parents who love to eat. Fiona also offers private cooking classes and those for birthdays.
format Classes via Zoom are at 4:30pm, with children being guided through a recipe for around 45 minutes age Every age Costs €35 every four weeks (or €10 per class) website Healthyeverafter.ie
Inspireland offers summer tutorials in stop motion, claymation, pixelation, illustration, street art, mask making, collage, graphics, creative writing, sculpting, model making, book crafting and puppetry. There is a kids camp for 8 to 12 year olds and a teens camp for 13 to 18 year olds. Required materials will be sent to each participant before the start of the camp. Students also get unlimited access to the Inspireland Online Art Space for a month, which features an impressive portfolio of art, animation, and creative writing tutorials.
format zoom dates and times 25-29 July. The live online tutorials take place at regular intervals between 10:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m age 8-18 Costs €160 website inspireland.ie
The global organization promoting Spanish language and culture hosts weekly online camps. Live teacher-led classes in small groups with a maximum of 10 students. The young participants have the opportunity to learn and practice Spanish in a fun and friendly atmosphere while interacting with new friends from the comfort of their own homes. There are special camps for beginners and for those with some previous knowledge of Spanish.
format zoom. Maximum class size of 10 dates and times Five-day courses, June 13th to August 19th age Adolescents from 1.-6. age Costs €94 (a four-day course in August costs €75) website dublin.cervantes.es
CHILDREN IN THE KITCHEN
Jolene Cox’s online cooking club is passionate about getting kids in the kitchen to teach them lifelong cooking skills and that healthy eating can be fun. It is designed to bring families of all ages together to interact and be part of an inclusive cooking community. And it promises easy-to-follow, delicious recipes cooked from press to plate in minutes with accessible ingredients.
format Live Cook Along Zoom classes every week with new video and recipe content weekly dates and times Cooking classes every Tuesday at 5 p.m Costs €10 per month or €100 annually website oneyummymummy.com.
Little Lingua is an award-winning online language school for children. They teach Irish, French and Spanish in a fun and interactive way. Activities include crafts, singing and dancing, drama and interactive games.
format zoom dates and times Five day camps with four week courses in July and August age 8-16 Costs €60 website littlelingua.com
Susty Kids is run by Whole Foods Chef Rozanne Stevens, who takes all the good stuff from her sustainability job and creates fun, eco-friendly cooking classes for kids. Building on the success of the last two Susty Kids Summer Camps and to celebrate plastic-free July, this year they’re going plastic-free in the kitchen – the Plastic-Free Party and Picnic Food Cookalong Camp.
format Live via Zoom, with replays available for six months dates and times 18 to 22 July daily from 4 to 6 p.m age 9-13 Costs €75 website rozannestevens.com
ART CAMP FOR TEENAGERS
Artist Kevin McSherry promises your teen will work to create art from their imagination. It could be a favorite book, music, or character. Creative lettering is also covered.
format zoom dates and times Five days, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m age 13-17 Costs €125 website mcsherrystudio.com