School’s Out; What’s Next?: 10 Summer Camps for all Ages

Summer has finally arrived! Although many of us are excited to relax, a question you may be asking yourself is, “What’s next?”. The answer could be Summer Camp. Summer Camps provide exciting new adventures that all ages can enjoy. The camps allow kids to feel independent and confident through decision-making and socializing with fellow campers. The truth is, many parents may struggle to find time or ways to make their child’s summer spectacular. Many parents that work throughout the summer can find it hard to keep up. Summer Camp could be the answer to all your problems! There are many great summer programs here, in Lafayette, that your child could be apart of! Here are some of the Summer Camps of 2018 near Lafayette, Louisiana.


  1. The Little Gym of Lafayette (ages 3-12)

Rates: starts at $30/a day

Location: 4422F Ambassador Caffery Parkway

“Day camp at The Little Gym of Lafayette gives your kid the summer camp experience without the bug bites, poison ivy and week-long commitments. Combining fun physical activity, games, and arts & crafts, we’ll help your child beat the summer heat by staying cool at The Little Gym. Our fantastic camps in Lafayette are also available during some of the school breaks!

This year you can also choose your own adventure! Camps at The Little Gym come in all shapes and sizes. Super Quest camps and Grade School Skill thrill camps give your adventurer something unique.”



     2. Sky Zone Lafayette (ages 6-12)

Rates: $165/per week or $35/a day

Location: 3814 Ambassador Caffery, Lafayette Louisiana

“Have an epic time at Sky Camp Lafayette! Kids can have fun while staying active, with instructor-led activities like age-appropriate exercise and Ultimate Dodgeball. It’s easy and hassle-free for parents: Drop ’em off and we’ll make sure they have the best experience ever. A lunch and 2 snacks are included each day! Rest time is also provided throughout the day where the children enjoy movies and arts and crafts. What a way to spend the Summer!”



     3. ESA Summer Adventure (Pre-K-12th Grade)

Rates: starting at $100

Location: 721 E. Kaliste Saloom Road, Lafayette La, 70508

“ESA Summer offers adventures in art, music, theater, athletics, science, math, writing, cooking and much more. ESA teachers and special guests lead campers in hands-on activities, games and explorations on both the Cade and Lafayette campuses of ESA and at other locations throughout Acadiana. View details at Adventure Awaits!”



     4. Camp in the City (Kindergarten-5th Grade)

Rates: starting at +$200

Location: Trinity Bible Church, 130 E Broussard Rd, Lafayette, LA 70503

“Camp in the City is a summer camp program right in your neighborhood! You’ll know you’ve arrived when you see the waterslides, rock wall, and eurobungee outside, and you’ll be glad you came after spending time with super cool counselors and new friends inside. Kids completing Kg-5th Grade, join us on May 28-June 1 at Trinity Bible Church, from 9:00 am-4:00 pm each day.”



     5. Camp Oakbourne (ages 4-10)

Rates: Registration fee: $40, Weekly: $180/for members or $215/non-members

Location: 3700 East Simcoe, Lafayette, LA 70501

“Camp Oakbourne offers the unique balance of a traditional day camp experience in the convenient and familiar setting of the country club. With a combination of outstanding amenities, exciting programming, and an experienced and energetic staff team, our structured and fun day camp will be the perfect place for your child. Each day of camp will be a new and exciting experience for our campers as no two days with KECamps are exactly alike! Our days begin with Hello Camp, a morning meeting of sorts where, through an assortment of organized activities, campers and staff get to know each other, review the day’s schedule and sing our special camp song! Similarly, we will end our days with Goodbye Camp, a time for wrap-up activities and reflections, SMILE Bands, snacks, and “see you later’s”. The bulk of camp will be spent participating in a wide variety of activities throughout the day that may include: golf, tennis, swimming, arts and crafts, group games, fun with foods and STEM challenges.”



     6. Camp of Acadiana (ages 5-11)

Rates: $100/child for full summer or $20/child per week

Location: KC Hall/Youngsville Center, 727 Young Street Youngsville, La 70592

“Our goal is to provide an amazing summer camp experience for kids of all backgrounds. We will provide a safe environment where kids can spend their summer with positive role models, while developing their social skills as they make new friends. Our summer camp will allow kids the chance to create fun memories and have an incredible summer camp experience.”



7. Zoosiana’s Jungle Camp (ages 5-12)

Rates: $25 to reserve a spot & $135/per child per week

Location: 5601 US Highway 90 E, Broussard La 70518

“A week in Jungle Camp exposes the campers to all of the wonderful things Zoosiana has to offer, including:
Daily zoo tours
Arts, crafts, and activities
Playground time
Behind the scenes tour
Feed-the-Parakeets interactions
Special “Friday only” activities
Educational animal programs (to include up-close enjoyment!)
And more!”



     8. Crawfish Aquatics (ages 6 months & up)

Rates: $130-$140 two week rate

(Note: this is not a traditional day camp. Crawfish Aquatics offers 1 and 2 week sessions of swimming lessons)

Location: 107 Susan Street, Lafayette La 70506

“Dive in to Summer Swimming with Crawfish Aquatics and enjoy lesson classes driven by our proven curriculum and passionate instructors. With the main focus being safety, Crawfish Aquatics swim lesson programs help children learn how to swim, instill confidence and foster a lifelong love of swimming. We love to teach adults too! Small class sizes (3 or 4:1 ratio for group lessons) means more swimming and less sitting on the side watching. Our instructors are CPR-certified and our Deck Supervisor monitors student’s progress during the session. With our indoor heated pool, we never rain out!”



     9. Kidcam Summer Camps (ages 5-13)

Rates: $104/per week including discounts

Location: First United Methodist Church, 703 Lee Ave. Downtown Lafayette and Youngsville Christian School, 214 Church St.

“For over 43 years, Kidcam Camps has been the leading summer camp provider for campers ages 5-13. Offering flexible, weekly scheduling, our programs are made for parents, and built for kids. Weekly field trips are included. Pay by the week, or Build-a-Session for 10% savings on any 3 or more weeks. Save even more with the Full Summer Session savings of 20% off total tuition cost. Tuition is tax-deductible. Online Registration and account management is available.”



     10. Summer Art Camps at AcA (ages 6-14)

Rates: $40/per week

Location: 101 W. Vermillion Street, Lafayette La 70501

“Acadiana Center for the Arts’ Summer Camps offer creative, challenging and fun hands-on experiences for children ages 6–14. We believe in an approach to teaching and learning that employs stimulating ideas like inquiry and self-expression. With different camps offered each week, led by our talented team of teaching artists, there’s something for everyone!”