Durham Summer Camp

Learn, Play, and Explore


Summer Camps at Our PlayHouse encourage hands-on learning as children explore their interests in our indoor and outdoor classrooms. As children talk, hypothesize and problem solve with their peers, they gain a richer understanding of each topic. Topics include a curriculum based on daily sensory, art, building and movement activities, along with plenty of outdoor play!

Each 2-week session of camp will focus on students’ interests within the topics of gardening, outdoor explorations, tinkering and art. During the sessions, teachers will work to provide materials and provocations to allow children to explore each topic in greater depth.

Summer camps are for children age 2-5, with morning (12:30 pm) and extended day (3:00pm) options. Incoming younger 2-year-olds must be registered for our fall program to attend summer camp.

Willow House: 2 Year Olds | 12:30 – $270 | 3:00 – $450

Cedar House: 3 Year Olds | 12:30 – $260 | 3:00 – $425

Maple House: 4/5 Year Olds | 12:30 – $250 | 3:00 – $400

2022 Summer Camp Registration

To register for summer camp, please apply here. Full payment is due at the time of registration. After completing the registration, families will receive an email confirmation.

2022 Durham Summer Camps

Outdoor Explorers

Week 1: June 13 – 17 | Discovery Week

Come identify and look for birds, insects, and edible plants as we explore the creek and garden on our beautiful campus tucked away in the woods!

Week 2: June 20 – 24 | Art in Nature

Calling all future Andy Goldsworthy apprentices! We will be finding art in nature and creating our own masterpieces as we learn how nature provides us with ample beautiful patterns, colors, shapes and designs.

Water Wows

Week 3: June 27 – July 1 | Experiment Experiences

Water colors, spray bottles, sponges oh my! Campers will explore with different textured materials and art mediums as they discover all of the ways water can be used in making art and science experiments this week! 

Week 4: July 6 – 8 | Game Time!

Come cool down with some good old fashioned water play during this short but sweet week of camp!

Land Before Time

Week 5: July 11 – 15 | Dinosaurs

Head on back to the Jurassic Period for a week of Dinosaurs! Learn about different dinosaurs, dig for dinosaur fossils, and maybe find a few dinosaur bones lurking around!

Week 6: July 18 – 22 | Prehistoric Animals

Travel back in time to a land of giant animals: wooly mammoths, sabertooth tigers, and more will be brought back to life as we examine prehistoric animals that once roamed the earth.

Sensory Sensations

Week 7: July 25 – 29 | Sound Off

Bring the noise AND the funk as we create our own musical instruments this week. Campers will work with a variety of instruments, learn how music can tell stories, and make their very own musical creations to bring home!

Week 8: August 1 – 5 | Slime City

Get ready to get messy as we make bright, colorful oobleck, flubber, playdough, slime, cloud dough, and more sticky sensory sensations this week!  Campers will learn the science behind combining ingredients in order for them to transform into sensory sensations for our final week of camp!

Camp Policies

  • Discount Deadline March 1st: A 10% discount will be given to families who register and pay by March 1st.
  • No refunds will be issued after May 31.
  • Prior to May 31, you will receive a refund minus a $50 processing fee per week.
  • Pending availability you may add to your schedule at any time.
  • We cannot reserve your child’s space until full payment has been received.
  • Summer Camp Handbooks will be emailed prior to the start of camp.
  • A 3% processing fee will be added to all credit card payments.