Durham Summer Camp

Explore, Play, and Grow

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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 (8:30am-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.

2021 Summer Camp Registration

To register for summer camp, please apply here.  After completing the application, families will receive an email confirmation and an invoice for total cost.

2021 Durham Summer Camps

Into the Woods

Week 1: June 21 – June 25 | Camping

Get your hiking boots ready as we use our imagination to adventure into the woods on a camping trip! We’ll explore all the different gear we’ll need like tents, lanterns, and binoculars. Using the playgrounds and classrooms, we will set up our own campsite before heading off on bug hunts and forest fun. Gathering around a campfire with friendship and songs? Who could ask for anything s’more?


Week 2: June 28 – July 02 | Forest Friends

We’ve found lots of little paw prints on our playground. Who could they belong to? This week we will take time learning about the forest friends with whom we share our land.  From little squirrels and raccoons to majestic deer, friends will explore habitats, diets, and more! What makes a skunk stink? Does a turtle ever leave its shell? Campers should bring a love of animals and inquiry to this fun forest romp.

Time Twister

Week 1: July 5 – July 9 | Space Adventure

5, 4, 3, 2, 1. . . Blast off! Join us for a week among the stars as we rip through time and space on an adventure to far off places! Starting with our own solar system and then imagining beyond, campers will learn about outer space and dream about what else might be out there. Join us as we study planets, create rockets, and invent aliens in this exciting race into space.


Week 2: July 12 – July 16 | Dinosaurs

Hang on tight as we wind back the clocks to before the dinosaurs disappeared. In this blast to the past, we will meet creatures who roamed the earth millions of years ago during the Mesozoic Era. We’ll learn how big a brachiosaurus was and wonder how long were a T-Rex’s teeth. Campers will delight in the history of these carnivores and herbivores as they stomp to life in this dinosaur romp!

Imagination Station

Week 1: July 19 – July 23 | Tiny Tinkerers

Build, take apart, revision and recreate—is the theme for this camp for hands-on challenges. This camp will allow children to dabble in physics and monkey around with architecture as they find new ways to mess about with a variety of materials.


Week 2: July 26 – July 30 | Big Messy Art

Campers will look at the world through an artist’s eyes as they take on projects where making a mess is paramount. Better wear some old clothes to this camp because the name is no joke. Kids will create, laugh, and be silly in this wildly colorful camp.

Sports and Stories

Week 1: August 2 – August 6 | Games Galore

On your mark, get set, go! Get ready to go because it is game time! As the Olympics will be in full swing, we look forward to recreating some of the events and making up new ones. From relay races to ring toss, baseball to backyard games, campers will explore and try their hand at a variety of games that will keep their bodies moving!


Week 2: August 9 – August 13 | Storybook Smiles

What better way to end a summer than curling up with a good book? Campers and counselors will explore their favorite childhood classics as they spend each day diving into a new book and unwrap it a new way. Through art, dramatic play, and inquiry, these stories will grow in the hearts and minds of friends long after the last page.

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 one time $25 dollar enrollment fee will be charged to summer only families not currently enrolled at OPH.
  • In the event OPH cancels camp, you will receive a full refund.