2021 Summer Camp and Fun Guide

90+ Summer Camp Options in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and Southwest PA

By Emily Papa, Publisher of Macaroni Kid South Hills May 30, 2021

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Summer camps in the Pittsburgh area offer a great experience for children to gain independence, form unique friendships and learn new skills! Camps offer opportunities that simply aren't available in most schools. Whether the camp be a day camp, a neighborhood DIY camp, or a sleep away camp, it allows for your  child to immerse themselves in a whole different world! We know that after last summer, most children(and parents) are looking forward to a summer of semi-normalcy! 

Listed below are some of the MANY summer camps available to your children in the South Hills of Pittsburgh and surrounding areas.  We've featured camps that feel they're the perfect fit for our Macaroni Kid families and are adding more each week! Just click on the image to view the camp's full description and registration options. 

No matter what your summer plans are, we hope you find our 2021 Summer Camp and Fun Guide to be a great resource. In addition to our featured camps, we have camp tips, how to choose the perfect summer camp, 70 additional local camps, and Camp Mom (or dad) ideas for the ambitious DIY types. Please note that as businesses are slowly opening back up in PA at a reduced capacity, some facilities are still unsure of their camp plans and making modifications. Be sure to always double-check with the venue prior to attending and check back to the MacKid Summer Camp and Fun Guide for new camps each week as we will be updating our guide weekly to keep up with changes! Do you find this guide helpful? Then please help us spread the word by sharing the link with your family, friends and neighbors!

Macaroni Kid would like to thank our 2021 Summer Camp Guide Title sponsor :

Have a camp that you'd like to see in the guide? We will be updating the guide weekly through the summer. Please email or submit your information HERE. There's still time to be included!

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Wexford Acting Studio 

The Wexford Acting Studio is committed to instructing beginning, intermediate, and veteran performers in a trusting, safe, studio environment. Building on individual strengths and skill levels, the actor will grow and flourish under the careful instruction of theatre professionals. Want to see for yourself what our classes are all about? Prospective students are welcome to join in the fun by attending a sample session; just contact us in advance, and we will be happy to make arrangements! 

Various locations in the South Hills 

JumpBunch is the leading national provider of mobile sports and fitness programs for children from toddlers to twelve-year olds. With more than 70 different activities we get kids moving, provide a foundation of sports fundamentals, and we make it FUN! Locations range from all over the South Hills with the option of bringing camp right to YOUR neighborhood!


Luminari offers mind-broadening and innovative in-person summer camps for rising 8th-12th graders. Financial aid scholarships are available. Apply at

Three Rivers Summer Rowing

 We are looking forward to a GREAT summer. We will have Learn to Row, Intermediate Sculling, High Performance/Racing, and  U-23 options!

ekfootball camp
Gibsonia, PA

We are the Premier Youth Football Camp in America. The summer of 2021 will mark the 26th year of existence for Eric Kasperowicz's Youth Football Camp "ekfootballcamp."  ekfootballcamp is the longest running camp in the greater Pittsburgh, PA region, and the best, having impacted over 5,000 participants.


Snapology offers the best S.T.E.A.M. camps in the area. We offer camps and workshops year-round, including spring break camps, summer camps, holiday break camp and camps during teacher in-service days. Your kids will love our fun camp topics and themes. Shh, don’t tell them it’s educational!

Dragon's Den

The Dragon’s Den is excited to offer a wide array of summer camp options! All of our camps will incorporate our indoor challenge course and beautiful setting in historic St. Mary Magdalene’s, a unique summer camp experience in the Pittsburgh area! Every camp will also involve an outdoor adventure courtesy of Venture Outdoors, and we will spend plenty of time enjoying the sunshine in our courtyard and the beautiful park across the street.

Bethel Park Rec Center

Boundless possibilities! The Recreation Summer Day Camp Program for children ages 6-10 will provide interesting experiences to spice up your child's summer! Day Camp is divided into week-long sessions with activities developed around a different central theme each week.

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Horses with Hope
Upper St. Clair

For ages 7-15, campers will participate in a riding lesson, horse care and grooming, small animal care, scavenger hunt, games and more!

McKees Rocks

Children's Theater Summer Acting Camps

AR Workshop Youth Summer Art Sessions

Robinson & Pleasant Hills

Check your local Pittsburgh AR Workshop summer schedule for available dates and projects at AR Robinson and AR Pleasant Hills. Macaroni Kid Subscribers can use the code MACKIDS2021 for $20 off!

Summer Musical Theater Camp at Pittsburgh Musical Theater


Summer Musical Theater is a day camp for young artists ages 4 - 18 that offers training in acting, voice, dance, and technical theater.

The first three weeks students train and rehearse at our studios in the city's West End. In the final week of camp, students will experience the excitement of performing in a fully produced show in our open-air, outdoor West End Canopy.

South Hills Dance Academy

Summer Dance Classes, Workshops and Fairytale Camps

Urban Air

EDS - Extended Day Services
Peters Township, USC, South Park, KO, Chartiers Valley & South Fayette

Camps include indoor and outdoor sports, art, crafts, cooking, science, tournaments and much more! We even include exciting reading and math games for each grade level to help students maintain and sharpen their academic skills while having fun! We also offer a variety of fantastic optional workshops and field trips.

Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre School

Weekly and week-long program options and workshops available. Spend your summer dancing with us! Visit

Iron City Ninja

Iron City Ninja offers a parent-child style camp for 3 to 5-year-olds where they can channel their inner ninja doing various obstacles while parents work on functional fitness alongside them.

Gaynor's School of Cooking
South Side

Our major objective during these programs is for the children to discover the fun of cooking and to realize that there is more to enjoy than just hamburgers and pizza. In creating meals themselves they are often willing to try some foods that otherwise they would turn their noses up at.  By starting early not only do we hope they will develop a passion for good healthy food, but also discover a lifelong joy of cooking.

Little Lake
Peters Township

Each summer and fall, we offer 3 plays/musicals just for kids and their families! The 2021 season features some of your favorite characters brought to life on our stage.  Fall brings special shows at Little Lake as well with our Fall Family Matinées and our Holiday performances! This season features classic stories perfect for the entire family.

Camp Invention
Various locations across Pittsburgh

For over 30 years, the National Inventors Hall of Fame® (NIHF) has inspired millions of children through its flagship summer program, Camp Invention®. Available in both at-home and in-person formats, the week-long program is led by certified educators and teaches children in grades K-6 how to cultivate the mindset of an innovator. 

Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program

The signature Girls Who Code Summer Immersion Program will be running virtually in 2021. The 2-week opportunity is available to rising sophomore, junior, and senior girls—trans and cis—and non-binary students. No prior computer science experience is required.

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NXT Up Esports

$30 off Gaming Summer Camps with discount code “MACARONI." It’s like Little League for video games! NXT UP Esports focuses on developing each player’s self-confidence and social skills, as well as helping them get better at the games they love to play.

Do you have a vacation home in another part of PA or even another state? Our MacKid neighbors have the 411 on the local camps in their area too, so you are covered no matter where you plan to summer this year!

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