The Mamas Recommend: Summer Camps 2021

June 07, 2021 By Mark Schiefelbein 0 Comments

Art, Hockey, Theatre, Science, Riding, BMX, General Sports, Sailing, Soccer/Football, Tennis, Cooking .... and more! Here are some summer camp options for your kids in Summer 2021.

Day camps are getting more and more popular amongst kids and parents in Amsterdam. They’re great for the kids to learn a new skill or make new friends, and help parents keep the kids busy during the vacation. Summer vacation historically has the biggest selection of all vacation periods and the summer vacation 2021 is no different. So here’s an extensive list of fun camps organized by activity, with dates, times, location and costs provided. Please do get in touch with the organizer directly to see if the camps will indeed go ahead and to book.

We’ll update this list as much as possible when we find out about new camps or cancellations. To check for updates, also see Mark's website.

Arts & Crafts

3-in-1 Camp

The best of My Little van Gogh, Toddler Sense and Mini Professor all in one place.

Location: De Pijp

Ages: 4-7 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €375/week

 

ArchiKids Camp by Amsterdam Space and Sound

Location: Oud West, near Vondelpark

Ages: 5-11 years

Dates: 9-13 August

Cost: See website for details

 

ArtZuid

Learn about arts and do it yourself at this one week camp by the organizers of the bi-annial Art Zuid art exhibition.

Location: Zuid / WTC

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €365/week

 

Dance, Music, Theater, Cooking

BeatZone Dance Camp

A different style of urban dance every day and a mini performance at the end of the week.

Location: West

Ages: 4-15 years

Dates : 12 to 15 July, 19 to 22 July, 9 to 12 Aug, 16 to 19 Aug, 9:30 to 17:00

Cost: €239 for four days

 

Kinderkooklab

Learn how to cook in an old nursery in West with veggies from the own garden where possible. Kids will take home everything needed to set up a dinner for four.

Location: West

Ages: 7-12 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 10:00 to 16:00

Cost: €285 for including food to take home

 

Musical4Daagse

Learn to sing, dance and act and work towards a performance at the Schouwburg Amstelveen.

Location: Houthavens

Ages: 6-18 years

Dates : 12 to 15 July, 9:00 to 14:00

Cost: €160 for four days

 

Toverknol Theaterkamp

Discover acting in a playful way by attending one of the daily workshops with various themes.

Location: Zuid and Center

Ages: 5-9 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:30 to 17:00

Cost: €60/day

 

General Summer Camps

Amity International School Summer Camp

Location: Amstelveen, Amity International School

Ages: 4-12 years

Dates: 4 weeks in July from 5 - 28 July; 9:15-15:15 but early bird English lessons start at 8:00 for an additional fee

Cost: €385/week including lunch and snacks

 

Summer Camps Holland

From the Ardennes to Friesland, many different activities and locations are offered for children between 8-12 (Kids Camps) and youths from 12-16 (Youths Camps).

See website for details.

 

UpVenture

Location: West

Ages: 8-13

Dates: 12 July - 20 August

Cost: €64/1day, €123/2 days, €177/3 days, €226/4 days, €269/5 days. Sibling discounts are offered.

 

Academy of Sports 

Location: Diemen (also Uithoorn)

Ages: 5-12 years old

Dates: 16-18 August

Cost: €195/3 days including snacks and fruit

 

Hockey

Nationale Hockeykamp

Three days of hockey practice for advanced and top players taught by top athletes.

Location: Amstelveen, Amsterdamse Bos, Nieuw West

Ages: 6-16 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 2 to 6 Aug 9:30 to 16:30

Cost: €339 / €439

 

Panasj Hockey Clinic

Three or four day hockey clinics that are also suitable for beginners.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 12/13+16/17 Aug, 9:30 to 12:30 (minis) / 16:30

Cost: €289 for 5 days

 

Sportways Hockey Camp

Intensive hockey camps at various Amsterdam hockey clubs.

Location: Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen, Westerpark

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates: 12 to 16 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 12:30 or 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €265 for 5 days

 

Young Expats Services

Hockey and Dutch language training!

Location:

Ages: 5-10, 11-16

Dates: 18-20 August, 9:00-17:00

Cost: €265

 

Language

Engels voor Bengels: Learn English the Fun Way!

Location: Ijburg

Ages: 4-11

Dates: 12-16 July, 19-23 July, 16-18 August

Cost: €295 for 5 days, €195 for 3 days

 

Young Expats Services

Learn Dutch and hockey at the same time. See listing above under Hockey

LEGO

Lego Summercamp

Location: West

Ages: 7-11 years old

Dates: 12-15 July, 19-22 July, 9-12 August, 16-19 August; 9:00-16:00

Cost: See website for details

 

Multi Sports

Kids Aktief

Various programs including swimming, soccer, hockey, surfing, and mixed action.

Location: Noord

Ages: 4-12

Dates: Dates depend upon sport - See website for details.

Cost: From €130 - €300

 

The Little Gym

Gymnastics themed 2 hour camps

Location: Buitenveldert

Ages: 3-10

Dates: 6 weeks between 12 July through 20 August; morning and afternoon sessions

Cost: 2 hour camp €28, 10 camp card €260

 

Little Star Fitness

Have fun while learning fundamental athletic skills and a healthy lifestyle in this multi sport camp.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 4-12 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 9:00 to 15:00 or 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €275 for a week of short days, €350 for a week of full days

 

Monkey Moves

Eleven different sports and lots of fun at MHC in Amstelveen.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 4-10 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug

Cost: €275 per week

 

Sport4Kidz

A variety of water- and outdoor sports activities, held at Watersport Jeugdland in Amsterdam East.

Location: Zeeburg

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 16:00

Cost: €219/week

 

Ponies/Riding

Boerderij op IJburg

Ride on the ponies, feed and clean them, and have lots of fun around the horse farm.

Location: IJburg

Ages: 5-18 years

Dates :12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €200/week

 

De Hollandsche Manege

A two-day pony camp in the historical horse riding school right next to Vondelpark. Kids will care for the ponies, ride them and do lots of play.

Location: Vondelpark

Ages: 5-18 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €350 per week

 

Stichting Waveren

The horse riding school is on the edge of the city, bordering fields and parks. The kids will take care of the ponies and also take them for small excursions.

Location: Bijlmer

Ages: 5-18 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €275 per weekl

 

Outdoors

Griffioenoutdoor BMX Zomerwekend

Ride BMX bikes and learn the ropes at the Griffioen outdoor center in Ookmeer.

Location: Nieuw-West

Ages: 7-16 years

Dates: 12-15 July, 19-22 July, 9-12 August, 16-19 August

Cost: 4 days from €155

 

Licht en Lucht

Location: 5 locations in Zuid, de Pijp, Rijnbuurt and Nieuw Sloten

Ages: Basisschoolleeftijd

Dates: 12-16 July, 19-23 July, 26-30 July

Cost: €75/week (€20 with Stadspas)

 

Naya Nature

Location: Beatrixpark, Zuid

Ages: 5-9 years old

Dates: 5-9 July, 12-16 July; 12:30-17:00

Cost: €40/day, €38/day if enrolled for 5 days. Organic snacks and drinks provided.

 

Rimboe

Lots of creative fun and adventure outdoors in a large outside play area in Amsterdam Noord.

Location: Noord

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 12 to 15 July, 19 to 22 July, 26 to 29 July, 2 to 5 Aug, 9 to 12 Aug, 16 to 19 Aug, 9:00 to 16:30

Cost: €242 for four days

 

Terragon Nature Camps

Location: West (Gardens of West) Pickup service available

Ages: 4-10 years old

Dates: 21-25 June, 29 June - 2 July, 5-9 July, 12-16 July, 19-23 July, 23-30 July, 2-6 August, 9-13 August

Cost: See website for details.

 

The Ability Kids

Sports and outdoor fun like building forts or treasure hunts.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 16:30

Cost: €75/day, €295/week

 

Watersports - Rowing and Sailing

Nieuwe Meer Zeilschool

Location: Amsterdamse Bos

Ages: 7-12 years (Optimist), 11-14 years (Laser Pico II), 15-16 (Laser Pico I)

Dates: 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug 9:00 to 16:30

Cost: €360/week (Optimist), €380/week (Laser)

 

Roeicentrum Berlagebrug

Location: Amstel River

Ages: 10-16 Years old

Dates: 12-16 July, 19-23 July, 9-13 August, 16-20 August; 13:30-16:00

Cost: €129/week

 

Other Sports

Big Shots Mini Camp Amsterdam

Basketball camp organized by former professional players to get more kids interested in the sport.

Location: Nieuw West

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates: 12-15 July

Cost: €160

 

Science

Dexterity Club (Computer Programming)

Location: The Hague

Ages: 8-12

Dates: 26-30 July; 10:00 - 14:00

Cost: €290

 

New Tech Kids

Learn the basics of computer programming while building robots during 5 workshops at the central library.

Location: Center

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 10:00 to 14:00

Cost: €291/week

 

 

Soccer

AFC Soccer Camp

5 days of soccer and fun!

Location: Buitenveldert

Ages: 6-13

Dates: 12-16 July, 9-13 August; 9:15-16:00 

Cost: €285/week

 

Clubvoetbaldagen

Location: Watergraafsmeer

Ages: 6-13

Dates: 12-16 July, 16-18 August; 9:00 - 16:30

Cost: €120/3 days

 

Ajax Clinic

One day themed soccer clinics for kids of all ages and levels, with special clinics for girls and keepers, at the Ajax facilities next to the famous Johan Cruijff ArenA.

Location: Zuidoost

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates : 17 July, 24 July, 31 July, 7 Aug, 9:15 to 16:00

Cost: €99/day

 

Powerleague Soccer

Fun soccer camp on the small pitches of Powerleague. Suitable for beginners and more experienced kids.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 23 to 27 Aug, 9:30 to 15:00

Cost: €25/day, €112,50/week

 

Swift Soccer Camp

Soccer camp with three different levels, fun, regular and advanced, at the Swift soccer club in Amsterdam Zuid.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 6-14 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 26 to 30 July, 2 to 6 Aug, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 09:00 - 11:30 and 12:00 - 14:30

Cost: €175 per week for fun and regular, €315 for advanced

 

Voetjebal

Playful soccer camp for the youngest kids.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 3-6 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 12/13+16/17 Aug, 9:30 to 12:30 (minis) / 16:30

Cost: €99 for the minis for 3 days, €289 for 5 days

 

Tennis

Amstelpark Tennis

A sporty holiday full of tennis and fun at the entrance of the Amsterdamse Bos.

Location: Amsterdamse Bos

Ages: 5-18 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 16:45

Cost: €385/week

 

Drive ITT Tennis Linnaeushof

Tennis camps at different levels, combining fun and competition, at the tennis club Linneaushof right in the middle of Oost.

Location: Oost (also options at USC and Strandvliet)

Ages: 6-15 years

Dates: 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 9 to 13 Aug, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:30

Cost: €325/week

 

Tennis op Maat

Lots of tennis mixed with other fun and games at the Kattenlaan tennis park in Vondelpark.

Location: Vondelpark, Olympic Stadium or Sloterplas

Ages: 5-17 years

Dates : 12 to 16 July, 19 to 23 July, 16 to 20 Aug, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €325/week (Sloterplas) or €375/week (Vondelpark)


This list was compiled by Mark Schiefelbein, an Amsterdam Papa whose kids have attended many camps and who also maintains vakantiekamp.amsterdam, an easily searchable list of all vacation day camps in Amsterdam. Mark started blogging in 2007, serving the best Amsterdam restaurant recommendations to foodies at dutchgrub.com.

 

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