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Fun summer camps for kids set for 2020

Many summer camps for kids are scheduled for 2020 throughout the Knoxville area.

May 26 - August 7
Knoxville summer campKnoxville Arts & Fine Crafts Center: Summer Camps
1127 N Broadway, Suite B, Knoxville, TN 37917
Offering a variety of camps for ages 8-12, including:
Wheel Throwing, Move/Make/Mindfulness, Hogwarts School of Art, Myths & Legends, Space S.T.E.A.M., Odd and the Frost Giants, Live Action Movie Making, Clay: Pinch pots, Stop Motion Animation, Textiles, Monsters Made with Love, Comic Book camp, and more! This year lunch will be included with the 9am-12pm camps and snack will be included with the 1pm-4pm camps.
*Please drop-off no earlier than 15 minutes before camp and pick-up no later than 15 minutes after camp
*Campers will receive one t-shirt for the 2020 summer camp season.

You can register for camp online, by phone at (865) 523-1401, or in person. Camps that do not meet the minimum enrollment one week prior to camp start date will be cancelled. Fees are 100% refundable if the class is canceled by Knoxville Arts and Fine Crafts Center.

May 27 - July 29
zoo knoxvilleZoo Knoxville: Wildly Fun Zoo Camp
3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr, Knoxville, 37914
Zoo day camps are perfect for children who have an interest in animals, science and FUN. Zoo Knoxville offers a variety of day camps throughout the year. Camp activities include animal interactions, games, crafts, fun activities, excursions through the zoo and trips behind-the-scenes to learn how we care for zoo animals.

May 29 – July 31
ut gardens discovery campUT Gardens: Garden Discovery Camps
2518 Jacob Drive, Knoxville, TN 37996
We have a summer full of gardening, fun, nature and education planned. Our summer camp programs have continued to GROW in popularity, and you don’t want to miss out on the fun! Camp fills quickly, so register today. For a complete list of summer camp sessions visit

June 1 - July 3
our place summer campOur Place: Art Summer Camps
First Presbyterian Church, 620 State Street, Knoxville, TN 37902
Summer Camp sessions for youth ages 7 to 12 & Teen Life Skills Camp ages 13 and up. Full-time camps designed for youth with Autism and other disabilities that provides therapeutic programs in: art, dance, music, and teaching basic life skills. For more information or to register contact

June 1 – July 24
ijams nature center summer campIjams Nature Center: Preschool Summer Camp
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, 37920
Ijams is thrilled to announce the third year of its Nature Preschool Day Camp! Ijams Preschool Summer Camp involves child-led, age-appropriate, and experiential learning for children ages 3-5. Most of each session is spent outdoors, exploring nature and making a strong connection with the environment. Campers learn through play, discovery, and inquiry. Not only do children develop a solid foundation for lifelong learning, but they also cultivate a love of nature that is the basis for a conservation ethic later in life.

Each day of camp runs 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Campers must register for an entire 5-day session to participate. For more information, visit

June 1 - July 28
angela floyd schoolsAngela Floyd Schools: Summer Festival of Fun – Dance & Music
Two locations: North Location, 6732 Jubilee Center Way, Knoxville, TN 37912 and West Location, 10845 Kingston Pike, Knoxville, TN 37934

Dates & time vary – check the website for details! Classes are for ages 2 and up, morning and evening:
Music Camps
Morning Dance Camps for ages 2-6
Evening Dance Classes
Summer Intensives
Class info:

June 1 - July 31
knoxville museum of art summer academyKnoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy
1050 World's Fair Park Drive

Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will nourish and challenge your child. The KMA’s certified art educators provide instruction in small groups with personalized instruction. The end of each week is celebrated with an exhibition and presentations by the students. Classes are held at the Knoxville Museum of Art. Morning classes are offered each week for children ages 3-12. Afternoon classes are offered for ages 13 and up. One-week classes start Monday, June 1, and continue each week through Friday, July 31. Tuition for the half-day class is $100.00 for KMA members and $115.00 for non-members (unless specified otherwise), and includes workshop supplies, instruction, and gallery activities. Classes and scholarships are filled on a first-come, first-served basis.

June 8-25
blount mansion history campBlount Mansion: Kids’ Summer History Camp
200 W Hill Ave, Knoxville, TN 37902
Blount Mansion is excited to partner with J & L Training Institute, headed up by our longtime friend and volunteer Laura Arnett Smith, for two week-long kids’ history camps this summer! Both camps are for rising 5th-10th graders and involve exciting hands-on activities at Blount Mansion and our neighboring historic site, James White’s Fort:
• Colonial History, June 8-11, Mon-Thu 9 AM – 4 PM
• The American Revolution!, June 22-25, Mon-Thu 9 AM – 4 PM
Camp fee: $120 each ($110 when you register 2 or more students together). Contact Laura Arnett Smith
Instructor and Owner of J&L Training Institute

June 8-26
bijou theatre acting campsBijou Theatre: Summer Acting Camps
803 S. Gay Street, Knoxville, 37902
Session 1: June 8-12
Session 2: June 22-26
Age Range: 9-12
The Bijou Theatre’s Summer Acting Camp is packed with learning, making new friends, performing on stage, and most importantly – fun! Campers will experience the art of theatre – learn improv, basic stage skills and work together to write a play they will perform on stage at The Bijou Theatre for family and friends at the close of each week. The Bijou Theatre Summer Acting Camp offers two weeklong sessions that begin daily at 9:00 AM and conclude at 3:00 PM. Cost: $135/session.
Website: or 865-522-0832

June 8 – July 31
ijams adventure campsIjams Nature Center: Adventure Camps
2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, 37920
During each session, campers discover a whole new world in nature through: Canoeing, Pond/Creek Exploration, Rock Scrambling, Insect Collection, Bird Watching, Hiking, Dip Netting, Bouldering, Team Building, Fishing, Wilderness, Survival, and Outdoor Skills, Live Animal Presentations, Arts and Crafts, Camp games, skits, songs, and more! In addition to our standard activities, we are now offering high-ropes course experiences with Navitat Canopy Adventures and caving during select sessions!

Each day of Ijams Nature Adventure Camp runs 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Campers must register for the entire 5-day session to participate. Early Care starting at 8:00 a.m. and After Care until 5:00 p.m. are available for an additional fee.

June 8 – July 31
the muse knoxville summer campsThe Muse Knoxville: Summer Camps
516 North Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914
Join us for some STEAM fun this summer! Registration is online.
What Would The Weather Be? Learn about how to predict the weather and make weather tools to take home to practice your new skills and share with your family and friends.

• Secrets of Flight – Let your imagination soar as you learn about why planes stay in the air and the forces of flight. Use the design process to improve flight of your own prototypes.
• Tech It Out! Use a different tech tool each day! From Bee Bot to Sphero to Dash, learn how to navigate a maze and control the robots with Blockly Coding.
• Insectology – Get buggy as you learn about insects and how to identify and categorize these often misunderstood creatures.

*Pre-K must have turned 4 by September 1st 2019

Cost: $100 per session with 15% off for members. Additional late registration fee applies beginning April 30th.
Contact for more information.

June 15-19
knoxville symphony youth orchestra campKnoxville Symphony Youth Orchestra: Summer String Camp
Final Concert, Friday, June 19, 2:30 PM. Tentative Location: Bearden High School. Cost: $120.00/participant – includes activities and a camp tee shirt. Deadline to apply: Friday, May 29, 2020 String Camp provides an opportunity for new orchestra players to become oriented with ensemble playing and gives players with experience a week of great music making and fun during the summer off-season. Students are placed randomly based on experience and application information. Please make sure you meet all the requirements for the level for which you apply. We strive to keep the competitive feel out of the camp program and put no emphasis on seating and placement, but will move a student in his/her best interest if the level they are in appears too challenging and stressful. Applicants for the Finale Level may be asked to audition.

For questions or more information, contact Kathy Hart, KSYO Manager and Camp Coordinator: or (865) 680-8125 Website:

June 15 – July 24
knoxville childrens theatre summer classesKnoxville Children’s Theatre: Summer Intensive Classes
109 E. Churchwell Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37917
For age groups 4-5, 6-7, 8-9, 10-11, 12
and up.
Classes include:
Tiny Thespians presents The Monsters on the Bus; Page to Stage Presents Monster Academy; Page to Stage presents Over in the Meadow; Page to Stage goes Under the Sea; Introduction to Acting; Character and Movement; Lions And Beavers, And Fauns, Oh My! Exploring the World and Characters of C.S. Lewis; The Wonderful World of Roald Dahl; Life in Narnia; Rehearsal Technique & Scene Study; Musical Theatre: Move, Sing, Act!; Into The Wardrobe; Monologue Writing: Power of Your Personal Stories; Advanced Acting: Physical Transformation; Lighting from Page to Stage: Lighting Design Practicum; Stage Management Essentials (one-day camp).

For more information/to register:

June 17-19, 9 AM - 2 PM
UT Arboretum Society: Bug Camp
901 S. Illinois Avenue, Oak Ridge, 37830
BUG CAMP 2020 will be led by University of Tennessee entomologist, Dr. Jerome Grant with the “UT Insect Zoo.” The camp, open to rising second through fourth grade students, will be held Wednesday, June 17 to Friday, June 19 from 9:00 2:00 p.m. each day. Other ages will be considered as space allows. Limited to 16 children, the camp tuition is $75 for non-members of the UT Arboretum Society or $60 for members. For more information and registration, contact Michelle Campanis at 865-483-7277 or

At BUG CAMP 2020, the children will get up close and personal with insects. They will learn why we can’t live without insects and about the value of different insects. They will explore the good, the bad and the “buggly” of our relationship with the insect world. Each participant will have an opportunity to take home and “host” an insect if they choose during the session. Bugs are good, bugs are fun! Come to BUG CAMP and find out why as we explore insects through bug crafts, nature walks, science activities and the UT Insect Zoo!

July 6-17
clarence brown theatre acting workshopClarence Brown Theatre: Acting Workshop
Mon-Fri 9 AM - 4 PM at Clarence Brown Theatre (CBT) complex on the UT campus The Clarence Brown Theatre Acting Workshop is designed to give young actors training in several different skills; basic acting technique, voice, movement and improvisation and musical theatre. While many will have had introductions to these skills and approaches to the craft of acting, our aim is to give workshop participants intensive exposure to tools they will need to pursue as they develop as actors. Theatre is a collaborative art, and all students will be working together toward the final performance. Therefore, daily attendance is mandatory and all workshop participants must be available for the final performance. NO EXCEPTIONS.

The workshop is for 9th through 12th graders and rising college freshmen. Prior performance experience is not required. Twenty-four participants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis. The final showcase performance will be held at the Ula Love Doughty Carousel Theatre, which is the theatre space directly adjacent to the CBT. Built on the UT campus in the 1950s, the Carousel Theatre has one of the few continuously operated true arena stages in the United States.

INSTRUCTORS: Instructors for the workshop include UT Theatre Faculty David Alley and Carol Mayo Jenkins who lead the acting portion of the program. UT Department of Theatre Distinguished Lecturer Terry Silver-Alford heads up the musical theatre area. These instructors are supported by MFA in acting candidates as well as other professional theatre artist in the Knoxville area.

Each session is $525.

multicultural fine art campJuly 20-24, 9:30 AM – 12:30 PM
Multicultural Fine Art Camp
Location and cost TBA. For ages 6 – 14, 30 students maximum capacity. Topics include environmental art, watercolor painting, color theory, photography, music, clay sculpture, drawing, and much more! For more information, visit the website or call James at 240-455-8230.

August 30, 10 AM – 6 PM
asian culture center asian festivalAsian Culture Center of TN: 7th Knox Asian Festival
Location: World's Fair Park
Knox Asian Festival aims to promote diverse cultures and celebrate traditions and talents from the Asian continent. The Festival strives to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony, unity and healthy lifestyle. Each participating country/region showcases its unique music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts, and other products. ACCT enhance bilateral trade and investment and boost job growth in Tennessee.

Published April 22, 2020

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