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Summer Camps Options in the Valley for Children, Teens and Parents
By Claire Natale - Thursday Jun 02, 2022
For many districts across the Valley, school is now officially out, and the kids are home for the summer! For parents looking to keep the kiddos entertained while still learning through the break, there are a variety of different camp and event options to take advantage of.

Local organizations offering summer camps or children-focused activities include:

Act One
Act One connects Arizona students to the arts through in-person and virtual reality field trips and free passes to arts and cultural organizations. New opportunity for kids this summer – Act One is now available to take their VR field trip anywhere like summer camps or summer school! Learn more!

Brightside Studios
Brightside Studios is a creative space and local business offering well-lit studio workstations for artists, fun art courses, and a music lounge all under the comfort of air conditioning. Or, the Paint and Pour workstation helps artists who want a messier, fun craft time. The music lounge host weekly live concerts on weekend nights while the cafe serves Cartel coffee and delicious bites like flatbread pizza, charcuterie boards and avocado toast. Kids who are home for the summer can enjoy art activities offered on the calendar. To learn more about Brightside Studios you can call (602) 279-5928 or visit. Brightside Studios is located at 839 E. Camelback Rd Phoenix, Arizona 85014.

Hunkapi Programs
Summer break allows children to relax and have fun, but it can also deregulate routines and responsible behaviors built over the school year. Hunkapi Programs, an equine-therapy farm in Scottsdale, is offering three different summer camps to help children and teens transition back into a regimen that is conducive to learning. Counselors and therapists offer activities with children that teach them to expand social skills, maintain focus and carry out responsibilities.

- Summer Camp for Teens : June 6-10
- Summer Camp for Littles : June 13-17
- Summer Camp for Children with Special Abilities : June 20-24

Located on 10 acres with 50 horses, rescued or donated, Hunkapi is a haven for those dealing with PTSD, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Attention Deficit Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, Emotional Disorder, Addiction Disorder and more. Details can be found at

Tortilla Flat
Take your little ones to a fun, old western town this summer! Tortilla Flat is a historic Western town nestled in the Superstition Mountains, boasting a population of six people. While at Tortilla Flat, visitors can enjoy many activities including stunning outdoor hikes, water sports at Canyon Lake, delicious southwest dining at the saloon, world-famous prickly pear gelato at the country store and a look at Arizona’s rich history in the museum – to name a few. Also, you can check out their latest jail attraction—which is a great photo opp. for all members of the family! For more information on Tortilla Flat, visit or follow on Facebook.