Summer vacation is great because it allows for parents to spend time with their children and bond. For some families though, schools may go on summer vacation, but work and life sure don’t. That’s why it’s important to find activities to keep children busy while while parents work. These summer activities for kids range from sending them to day camp to just completing some fun crafts at home. You may even find time to join in on the activities as well!

Summer Activities for Kids in Tucson: Fun Ways to Spend Your Summer Break

Tucson Parks & Rec

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department is hands down the most popular place for parents to enroll their kids during the summer, and this summer is no different–they’re hosting many different summer activities. These activities range from indoors and learning to outdoors and swimming. Each activity has its own schedule, but for the most part, they are from early afternoon until evening.

Girl Scouts of Southern Arizona

The Girl Scouts offer day camps for girls ages 5-17 with plenty of things to do that everyone will love. The best part is, your girl/s don’t need to be a Girl Scout to join in on the fun!

Camp Foothills at CFSD

During these day camps, kids from grades k-5 can partake in educational activities at the Catalina Foothills High School including sports, aeronautics, art, literature, and mindful expression. 

Tucson Botanical Gardens Plant Science Investigators

Another day camp that offers a closer look into botanical sciences, the Tucson Botanical Gardens only offers two camp session and they fill up fast! Age ranges here go from first graders all the way up to 6th graders. However, dates are age specific so keep an eye out for that.

TRAK Tucson

TRAK (Therapeutic Ranch for Animals and Kids) is a ranch day camp that offers the very best of summer vacation. It’s not a summer vacation without a little dirt, and TRAK has plenty of that. Here, kids will learn what it’s like to be on an actual, working ranch complete with horseback riding lessons.

LeadYou Leadership Camp

LeadYou is a unique Leadership camp for kids entering the 6th, 7th or 8th grade. Here, they will learn to work with others to complete various activities, develop leadership skills, and discover their passions.


Kids Ninja Camp

Teaching our children how to defend themselves is great, but teaching them the discipline and knowledge that comes with martial arts is even better. At Ninja Camp, kids ages 6-12 will learn through fun games, activities and traditional training. The last day will feature the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles movie.

High Five Sports Camp

For the first time, Hi-Five Sports Club will be offering a day camp for children! There will be 12 different team sports experiences, and most of the activities will be indoors and out of the hot Tucson summer sun.

Musical Masters

Teach your children how to play the piano and master the art of music through games, reading, and hands-on experiences. The camp is only one week long and lasts for half a day each day, so spots fill up quickly.

Summer Activities for Kids in Tucson: Fun Ways to Spend Your Summer Break