The Mamas Recommend: Summer Vacation Camps 2022

June 04, 2022 By Mark Schiefelbein 0 Comments

Summer vacation means six weeks off for the kids. And well deserved, too! But what to do?

A holiday day camp is a great option for kids to have fun and learn some new skills while parents get some work done. And the summer vacation has an amazing selection of camps, from arts to sports, and from cooking to free running. We 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: Rivierenbuurt (new location)

Ages: 4-7 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €375 per week

 

Space and Sound Club: ArchiKids

Kids design their own cities, houses, imaginary hideouts, and landscapes and develop creativity, spatial thinking and understanding the role of various senses in art and architecture.

Location: Vondelpark

Ages: 5-10

Dates: 8 August - 11 August; 9:00 - 15:30

Cost: €350 per week (€330 sibling discount); €83 per day (€73 sibling discount)

 

ArtZuid

Work like a mini artist at the ArtZuid camp, studying the masters, making your own work and finishing with an exhibition.

Location: Zuid (new location)

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €365 per week

 

Lo Stivaletto

An educational camp with lots of arts & crafts and sports, all in Italian.

Location: West / Zuid (two locations)

Ages: 4-9 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 9:30 to 17:00

Cost: €295 per week

 

Textile Arts/Fashion

Explore the world of fashion sustainability through mini-lessons, drama, and textile arts!

Location: West

Ages: 11-14

Dates: 18 July- 22 July, 9:00-15:00

Cost: €330 including drinks and snacks every day, catered lunch on Friday and all materials

 

Bikes, Obstacles, Skates

Griffioenoutdoor BMX

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

Location: Nieuw-West

Ages: 7-16 years

Dates: 18 - 21 July, 25 - 28 July, 15 - 18 August, 22 - 25 August, 9:00-17:00

Cost: 4 days from €155

 

Cooking, Dance, Music, Theatre

BeatZone Dance Camp

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

Location: West

Ages: 4-14 years (minis, regular, talents)

Dates: 18 - 21 July, 18 - 21 July, 22 - 25 August, 22 - 25 August, 09:30 - 16:00

Cost: €239 for four days

 

Kinderkook Lab

Learn how to cook in an old nursery in Amsterdam West with veggies from their own garden where possible.

Location: West

Ages: 7-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August

Cost: €315 per week

 

Interacting

This non-profit theatre school, affiliated with Boom Chicago, for young people with autism offers a week of theatre, acting, vlogging and storytelling.

Location: Boom Chicago, Centrum

Ages: 12-22

Dates: 22 August - 25 August, 11:00-14:30

Cost: €180, including lunch

 

Toverknol Theater Camp

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

Location: Center and Zuid

Ages: 5-9 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:30 to 17:00

Cost: €60 per day, €350 per week

 

Dutch Language

Young Expat Services / Sportways

A summer camp where kids learn the Dutch language and play hockey and other sports.

Location: Amsterdamse Bos

Ages: 5-16 years

Dates: 10/11 - 15 July, 09:00 - 17:00 (also sleepover option)

Cost: €429 per week (€629 with sleepover)

 

General

Amity International School Summer Camp

A summer camp packed with excitement, discovery and adventure, where kids explore themes through hands-on projects and daily activities.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 4-12 years

Dates: 27 June - 1 July, 4 - 8 July, 11 - 15 July, 18 - 22 August, 09:15 - 15:15 but early bird English lessons start at 08:00 for an additional fee

Cost: €400 per week 

 

Hockey

Kids Aktief Hockey

Kids Aktief is teaming up with hockey club FIT in Noord for this 3 day hockey camp.

Location: Noord

Ages: 6+ years

Dates: 18 - 20 July, 22 - 24 August, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €150 for 3 days

 

Nationale Hockeykamp

Three days of hockey at HV Myra in Amstelveen and HC Hurley in the Amsterdamse Bos.

Location: Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen

Ages: 6-16 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 8 - 12 August,, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €339 / €439 per week

 

Panasj Hockey

Three or four day hockey camps at hockey club VVV, also suitable for beginners. They have clinics, too, during the Easter and Ascension weekends.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates: 18/19 - 21/22 July, 18+19 Aug, 22+23 Aug, 23 - 26 August, 9:30 to 12:30 (minis) / 16:30

Cost: €79 minis for 2 days - €319 top per week

 

Sportways Hockey Camp

Intensive hockey camps at Amsterdam hockey clubs AH&BC, Athena, HIC, Hurley, Pinoké and Westerpark

Location: Amsterdamse Bos, Amstelveen, Watergraafsmeer, Westerpark

Ages: 5-13 years

Dates : 18 - 20/22 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 24/26 August, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €195 for 3 days - €335 per week

 

Multi Sports

Kids Aktief

Indoor mixed action camp with lots of different sports from boxing to dancing.

Location: Noord, Zeeburg

Ages: 4-12 years

Dates: 18 - 20 July, 25 - 27 July, 15 - 17 August, 22 - 24 August, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €150 for 3 days

 

The Little Gym

Gymnastic themed camps combining fun, sport and creative activities.

Location: Buitenveldert

Ages: 3-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August 9:00 to 12:00 or 13:00 to 16:00 

Cost: €38 per day for three hours, €76 per day for six hours, lunchtime €5 per day

 

Little Star Fitness

Have fun while learning fundamental athletic skills and a healthy lifestyle in this multi sport camp, which has been happening since 2014.

Location: Zuid

Ages: 4-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 9:00 to 15:00 or 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €280 for a week of short days, €355 for a week of full days

 

Monkey Moves

Eleven different sports and lots of fun at the Goudsmithal in Amstelveen.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 4-10 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: €275 per week

 

Sportivun

Improve your kids motor skills and spend a lot of time outside.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 3-12 years

Dates: 18 - 20 July, 20 - 22 July, 25 - 27 July, 27 - 29 July, 22 - 24 August, 24 - 26 August, 09:00 - 17:00

Cost: €114/129 for 3 days, €199 per week

 

Ponies

Boerderij op IJburg (fully booked)

A pony camp for everyone, including young kids and beginners. The kids will ride on the ponies, but also care for them and have lots of play time.

Location: IJburg

Ages: 5-11 years

Dates : 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 8 - 12 August, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €230 per week

 

De Hollandsche Manege

A five-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. They have lots of other activities also including birthday parties, pony afternoons, and excursions.

Location: Vondelpark

Ages: 5-11 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 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: 6-14 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €300 per week

 

Outdoors

Het Woeste Westen

Daily adventure days around themes like building rafts, making slingshots, climbing trees or lighting big bonfires at the adventure playground behind Westerpark.

Location: Westerpark

Ages: 7-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 22 - 26 August, 10:00 to 16:00

Cost: €275 per week

 

Licht en Lucht TVB 

A wide variety of outdoor activities in the dunes in Kennermerduinen such as swings, slides, trampolines, tree climbing and playing fields.

Location: Kennermerduinen, Overveen (pick up from various locations in Amsterdam)

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July (fully booked), 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August

Cost: €85 per week (Stadpas €20 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 : 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 16:00

Cost: €234 per week

 

Terragon Nature Lab

A playground where kids are free to explore and connect with nature at their own pace and ways in a safe but wild environment.

Location: West

Ages: 4-10 years

Dates : 20 - 24 June, 27 June - 1 July, 4 - 8 July, 11 - 15 July, 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 09:00 - 14:30

Cost: €316 per week

 

UP Events Kids

A wide variety of outdoor fun and games.

Location: West

Ages: 8-13 years

Dates 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 08:45 - 17:15

Cost: €60 per day

 

Science and Tech

Chalk and Duster

A great mix of indoor and outdoor activities around the STEAM (STEM + arts) themes in Amstelveen.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 4-16 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 09:00 - 18:00

Cost: €300 per week

 

Coderminds

Robots, SCRATCH programming, Minecraft and much more

Location: West

Ages: 6-14 years

Dates: 19 - 22 July, 09:30 - 16:00

Cost: €249 for 4 days

 

Kid-Oh

A camp designed to inspire kids in many ways from science to creativity, from circus to magic, held in a well-designed location right in the middle of De Pijp.

Location: De Pijp

Ages: 4-16 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August,, 09:00 - 15:00/17:00

Cost: €300 per week (short days), €350 per week (full days)

 

New Tech Kids

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

Location: Center

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 10:00 to 14:00

Cost: €284 per week

 

The Science Camp

The Science Camp explores the world through the lens of earth and physical science.

Location: De Pijp

Ages: 5-10 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 9:00 to 15:00

Cost: €295 per week

 

Young Engineers Lego

Build complex Lego models and learn about the engineering behind them.

Location: Bos en Lommer

Ages: 7-11 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €280 per week

 

Sailing

Nieuwe Meer Zeilschool

Location: Amsterdamse Bos

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

Dates : 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 16:30

Cost: €400 per week (Laser), €380 per week (optimist)

 

Sport4Kidz Sailing

A week of sailing in an Optimist, combined with other fun outdoor activities like campfires or building rafts at Jeugdland.

Location: Zeeburg

Ages: 8-12 years

Dates : 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 8 - 12 August, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 16:00

Cost: €279 per week

 

Soccer

Ajax Clinic (fully booked)

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 : 11 - 15 July, 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 1 - 5 August, 16-Jul-2022, 31-Jul-2022, 6-Aug-2022, 30-Jul-2022, 23-Jul-2022, 9:15 to 16:00

Cost: €99 per day, €489 per week

 

Kids Aktief Soccer

Kids Aktief is teaming up with soccer club T.O.S. Actief in Watergraafsmeer for this 3 day soccer camp.

Location: Watergraafsmeers

Ages: 6+ years

Dates: 18 - 20 July, 09:00 - 16:00

Cost: €150 for 3 days

 

Voetjebal

Playful soccer camp for the youngest kids.

Location: Amstelveen

Ages: 3-6 years

Dates : 19 - 21/22 July, 18 - 23 August, 9:30 to 12:30 (half days) / 16:30 (full days)

Cost: €79 (2 half days) to €239 (4 full days)

 

Swimming

Kids Aktief

Work towards your swimming diploma during the vacation.

Location: Noord

Ages: 5-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 8 - 12 August, 22 - 26 August, 09:00 - 11:30

Cost: €320 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: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 15 - 19 August, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 16:45

Cost: €385 for 5 days

 

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

Ages: 6-12 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 22 - 26 August, 9:00 to 17:30

Cost: €259 for 3 days, €359 per week

 

Higgins Tennis

Tennis & Art camp for 4-6 year olds, tennis camp for 7-12 year olds at Club Triaz in Amsterdam Zuid, just north of Amstelveen.

Location: Amsterdam Zuid

Ages: 4-6 years, 7-12 years

Dates: TBC, 9:15 to 11:15 or 9:15 to 13:15

Cost: €149/€199 for 2 hours week long, €249/299 for 4 hours week long

 

Tennis op Maat

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

Location: Vondelpark, Sloterplas, De Meer, IJsbaanpad

Ages: 5-17 years

Dates: 18 - 22 July, 25 - 29 July, 22 - 24/26 August, 9:00 to 17:00

Cost: €209 for 3 days - €390 per week


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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