Those long school summer holidays are approaching, thankfully there are plenty of local summer camps to be found in Primary Times Leinster to help plan out the months ahead so children can leave the parents at home, gain some independence, have fresh experiences... and meet new friends!


STARCAMP, winner of Dragon’s Den and Ireland’s most renowned and respected performing summer camp is calling all boys and girls aged four to 13 years for an amazing week of fun and performance. Whether born for the stage or shy and less confident, STARCAMP aims to bring out the best in all who attend. Children of all levels and abilities come together for an outstanding week of fun, laughter, song, dance and drama including FROZEN! There is also a Friday Finale Show where all are welcome. Qualified and fully trained music teachers, choreographers and drama coaches will create a safe, fun, professional environment for the eighth year running. STARCAMP will be running in almost 120 locations across Ireland this summer and will run for one week from 9.30am – 2.30pm daily. Children are sub divided by age. Along with energetic, carefully selected songs, dances, games and acting scenes, every child who attends will be in with a chance to perform on a single that will be recorded.  Places are limited: €90 for 1, €150 for 2 siblings, €200 for 3 siblings.  Call 021-4377900, email: and book online at 


Did you know: 2-18 year olds should be active, at a moderate to vigorous level, for at least 60 minutes every day? Did you also know that 4 out of 5 Irish children are NOT meeting this guideline? Children who have co-ordination or social difficulties or who struggle with throwing/catching/movement in general often find it hard to enjoy the competitive nature of some sports camps and can miss out on the fun. Happy Hoppers Summer Camp offers an alternative, fun, non-competitive, active summer camp running in Trim, Co. Meath, in age appropriate groups from 5-17 year olds. The camp is being organised and run by Emma and Niamh, Children's Occupational Therapists with over 20 years combined experience. Happy Hoppers has secured the superb venue of Aura Leisure Centre, Trim which offers state of the art facilities, modern equipment and plenty of parking. Camp activities will focus on enhancing ball skills, balance and co-ordination and also on boosting children's self-esteem, social skills and confidence. Get fit, make friends, have tons of fun at Happy Hoppers this summer. Contact Niamh on 086 2727665 or email


Celbridge Athletic Club is running summer camps at the athletics track behind St. Wolstan’s school in Celbridge weekly from July 28th – August 22nd.  From running sprints and distance to long jump turbo javelin, high jump and shot putt, your little athelete will be able to enjoy all events.  With experienced and qualified coaches, these camps offer fun with all kinds of athletics for boys and girls ages 6-14. Cost €50 for one week or €90 for two. Please contact Tracy 083 3265877 or Sandra 087 6368289 or check out the webs site


The Kings Hospital Summer Camp is now taking bookings. This action packed camp includes the following activities: karate, swimming, athletics, soccer, tennis, basketball, archery, orienteering, hockey, tag rugby as well as some fun and games! All activities will take place on campus in their highly equipped facilities. The aim is to provide a fun filled camp while also encouraging the child’s competitive spirit in his/her own age group.  Bring a packed lunch or avail of a hot lunch for €5 per day. Child minding service available from 4.30-5.30pm €20 per week Tel 01 6436537


ANYONE 4 SCIENCE SCIENCE CAMPS are an ideal way for youngsters to investigate and start to understand how our universe works. Whether it is a curious four year old or a skeptical teen, they have a programme to “edutain”.  At camps from Cork to Dundalk, children will investigate the different states of matter and make slime; temperature, solar energy and make a solar oven; light and the eye; the circulatory system; forensic and rocket science. Divided by age - MicroScientists (10–12 yrs), NanoScientists (7–9 yrs) and PicoScientists (4–6 yrs). Cost €140 (family discounts apply). TEEN CAMPS are for students in the Junior cycle of secondary school with a range of fun activities and daily team challenges. Do chemical syntheses, grow crystals that generate electricity, harness solar energy, learn to solder, make electronic circuits, dissect hearts, and build rockets. Cost €180 per student (10am – 3pm daily).  MATHS WORKSHOPS show 9 – 13 year olds how to crack codes, read minds, primes and patterns, become a wizard at card tricks and puzzles, shapes and pictures. Cost €10 per workshop (2.15-3.15pm). For more details on any of the above, call Theresa on 087-6749608, 0404-40563, email and visit


Back by popular demand, the Drogheda Leisure Park Multi-Activity Kids’ Summer Camps and F.A.I Summer soccer schools are taking place again in July and August this year and are sure to have something to suit the kids during these long summer months. This is their eighth year running camps and they can not wait to see everyone.
The week long Multi-Activity Camps for boys and girls from ages 4-10 year olds will run from Monday to Friday, 10am - 2pm, offering activities such as bowling, indoor adventure play, arts and crafts, discos, movie-time, pool, swimming( over 8s only , selected wks )  and much more.  Camps can be booked on a daily basis and start at €13 per child daily or €50 for the week long camp and family discounts are available.  For camp dates check out the web site or call 041 – 987 77 07.


Happy summer days at Tricky Tricksters Magic Castle once again. Not just a play centre but something for all the family and great for visits with summer camp groups and summer projects. Free Wi Fi, baby changing, safe, spacious parking, tasty food at a reasonable price, great coffee, magazines & papers to catch up on the latest news, the all new Museum of Magic (featuring numerous magic gems from over 16 years of magical entertainment), Body Zorbing & Laser Zone (for parties & group bookings over 20 in number), Sumo & Soft ball soccer Sportszone, mad disco dancing competitions, open microphone for songs & stories and much, much more!  Ask for a laser storm demonstration (bestselling party for kids  8 years or more) if you are looking for something exclusive for your party! Book now by calling 045 409192 or check out the web site on Experience it first at Tricky Tricksters Magic Castle, Newhall, Naas. Don’t forget to register your vote for best tour venue or party venue at


Let’s Go! Summer Camps are Ireland’s No. 1 multi activity summer camps. An action-packed sports camp featuring the Lets Go! Super Slide (its almost 30 feet high!), along with the ever popular Zorbee Ball Roll, thrilling KMX Karts, Wrecking Ball, Wobbly Ladder and brand new activities; Air Mountain, Disco Dome and Roller Racers. Let’s Go guarantee no other summer camp can match the fun-filled range of activities that the children will enjoy throughout the week.  It’s the diverse and novel range of activities that bring the children back year after year. Let’s Go! iPad summer camps are also running again this summer in selected venues. The camps aim to immerse children in technology, with the added bonus of the best of Lets Go! sports activities enjoyed during the week - it’s technology on the move! All Let’s Go Camps are expertly organised and supervised by fully qualified and Garda vetted teachers. Camps run Monday to Friday 9.30am - 3.30pm. Places are limited – please call 1890 letsgo (1890 538 746) for venues, dates and availability and check out to book online.


eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Schools – camps are filling fast! Get active, make new friends and learn lots of new skills! What better way to spend your summer? 5 full days of top quality coaching for just €65. They also offer specialised Goalkeeper Camps for just €50! Participants also receive an exclusive kit, football, backpack and certificate. Can’t get enough of Summer Soccer Schools? Book a place on a second camp for just €50. As part of this extra time offer you will receive a new football.
World Cup fever – with all the flare and skill that’s sure to be on show in Brazil at this year’s World Cup, they are introducing a ‘Skill of the Day’ to the camps. Who knows, maybe you might be showing off these skills for Ireland at a World Cup some day in the future?
Book now at or by calling 1890 653 653


WHIZZKIDS Computers are cool and if you don’t believe it, just check out what the kids at Whizzkids Summer Camps will be getting up to this summer. These camps are all about empowering kids to use IT safely and creatively. Imagine how cool it is to design and program your own video game, create a website about your favourite band/football team or learn how to track down double agents in the ever popular Spy Academy.
New activities are added each year and the kids get to bring home a DVD of their work so that they can impress friends and family with their hi-tech creations. Camps offer a mix of indoor and outdoor activities, so regardless of the weather; the kids will have a great selection of activities each day. There are half-day, full-day and residential options available and camps are ‘almost nationwide’ with venues in Dublin, Kildare, Cork, Kerry, Limerick, Tipperary and Galway. There is good news for schools too as Whizzkids has launched a great range of In-school Programmes to bring technology courses to primary and secondary school children nationwide. Providing a complete solution including a laptop for each child, the future looks bright for Irish Whizzkids everywhere! To book a place at Ireland’s No. 1 Tech Camp since 2003, call 061-339178 and visit


Anne Marie Tobin is running a children's cookery and art summer camp in Co Kildare. This year’s theme is Animals so children can expect to make animal cupcakes, watermelon pigs, bagel snakes, homemade lemonade, salt dough creatures, including indoor and outdoor games.
Groups are limited to 12 and are suitable for children aged 6-12 years.  Annemarie has worked with Annabel Karmel on her children's TV cookery programme and is a trained youth arts facilitator. Week 1. June 30-July 3rd. Week 2 July 14-July 17th Cost €60 with discount for multiple children. 086-2265146


Brennan Performing Arts & Agency is running Summer Camps For Children & Teens Age 3 – 17 in Gorey, Co Wexford & Maynooth and Enfield, Co Kildare. Whether you are looking for a local camp or are in Wexford on your summer holidays, join them for a fun-filled action packed week of Drama, Dance, Singing, Acting on Camera, Presenting, Microphone Technique & much more with classes taken by highly experienced teachers from the West End Stage to TV & Film. Showcase Finale on last day for family & friends to attend. Gorey Community School 7th – 11th July, Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield 14th- 18th July & Girls Presentation School Maynooth 21st – 25th July. Sibling discounts offered – no payment until first day of camp. Limited Availability so to book your place email or download summer camp form from the website


Coláiste Naomh Eoin’s philosophy is to provide a comprehensive programme that enables all students to achieve their maximum potential in speaking, writing and understanding the Irish language irrespective of their current knowledge. In recognition of their high standards, its vibrancy, and richness in culture, the Coláiste was awarded the prestigious Memorex Culture Award. Through formal classes, sports, games, competitions, ceol & céilí, arts and drama, every effort is made to ensure that the students are comfortable and that they use whatever Irish they have, in a relaxed atmosphere, to create a positive attitude to the Irish language and culture. Students progress at their own pace and special help is given to students with little or no fluency. Early booking recommended Call: 01 2985287 or  


Set on 120 acres of stunning parkland landscape, Johnstown House Hotel, Enfield is based around a magnificent 1750s Georgian rural residence just 40 minutes from Dublin city centre. This elegant and sophisticated spa hotel also makes a brilliant base for exciting family holidays, with Kids Camps running Tuesday to Saturday during July and August. Morning Camps run from 10am to 2pm, with a packed lunch required, and evening camps from 5.30pm to 9.00pm with High Tea provided. Programmes change every week, tailored to the numbers and ages of the kids participating, and activities include arts & crafts, baking and games in the mornings with High Tea, movie nights, discos and games in the evening. For children from 5 to 12 years of age, the Kids Camps cost from €5 per child per morning session to €10 per child for the evening sessions. There are also great discounted rates to nearby Tayto Park of €10.50 per person for Johnstown House Hotel guests. From June to September, the superb modern 2-bedroom apartments at Johnstown House Hotel are available on a self-catering basis from €150 per apartment per night or from €700 for a 7-night stay.


If you are looking for something different in a camp this summer then The Craft Corner has what you need.  The numbers are kept small so each child gets individual attention; the projects are diverse, challenging and fun. And in September they host an exhibition of all the fabulous work done during the summer months.  A great hit last year with all the family.  At Craft Corner, they believe that teaching your children crafts from a young age gives them a confidence in their ability to think independently. The craft projects are designed to enable the children to create in their own way and let their imagination take hold. No two projects look alike and that is the beauty of it.
Camps are suitable for ages 5 -11 and run 10am – 2pm daily  €95/child (€90 for each additional child). Dates: 14th – 18th July at The Acre Project, Salesian College, Maynooth Road, Celbridge and weekly from 21st July – 22nd August at The Children’s House, Sallins, Co. Kildare. 4th – 8th August (4 day camp) price €85/child (€80 for each additional child). Contact Vanessa on or call 086 2331996 / 01 4434606 


This year the National Aquatic Centre has changed their traditional camps to embrace the all new multi sport National Sports Campus Summer Camps. With new synthetic football, GAA and hockey pitches, plus fencing and gymnastics arena it’s no wonder that all of these new sports have been added to the Camps to go hand in hand with the traditional water sports and visits to AquaZone.
The Camps include over 20 sports such as Fencing, Olympic Handball, Cricket, Dodgeball, Archery, Ultimate Frisbee as well as the more traditional sports.  Some of the Camp leaders will be well known faces too! The good news doesn’t end there with prices almost half the price of last years camps due to the extra capacity! Summer Camps at the National Sports Campus, Blanchardstown, 5 full days of diversity & FUN! 
For more details see, email or call 01 6464 300 (Option 1) to book.


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