Summer Camps & Activities

Below is a listing of summer camps and activities offered by members of the Arts & Culture Alliance. Please continue to check back for updates! We recommend you call each organization directly to verify all information.

The Muse Knoxville: Summer Camps

Start date: June 5, 2017

End date: July 28, 2017

Mon-Fri 9-12 and 1-4

516 North Beaman Street, Knoxville, TN 37914

Dates: June 5-9 and July 24-28
Time: Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 12 PM and 1-4 PM

June 5-9
Kids in Space, Ages 7-8
Campers will learn the basics of astronomy by observing the night sky in our Planetarium and learn about the history and future of space flight as they design vehicles for space exploration.
Awesome Oceans, Ages 7-8
Hop on board for an overview of the biological and environmental aspects of the ocean: ecosystems, animal adaptions, and anatomy.

July 24-28
Intro to 3D Printing, Ages 9-13
Students will learn the basics of 3D printing and additive manufacturing in this introductory camp. Using their own laptops or iPads, students will design simple 3D objects with beginner design software.
Awesome Oceans, Ages 9-11
We will inspire and enrich our campers with a variety of marine science labs including dissection labs, build a coral reef, and Gyotaku (Japanese fish print)!

Age range: 7 – 13.
Cost: Range from $85 – $115; $20 non-refundable registration fee per camp
Information: 865-594-1494 or

Knoxville Museum of Art: Summer Art Academy

Start date: June 5, 2017

End date: July 28, 2017


Knoxville Museum of Art, 1050 World’s Fair Park Drive

Dates: June 5 – July 28
Time: Monday-Friday (typically 9 AM – 12 PM or 1-4 PM)

Offers quality educational opportunities that will ignite your child’s imagination through drawing, painting, sculpture, and more. Each week offers a new and exciting age-appropriate art class that will nourish and challenge your child. The KMA’s certified art educators provide instruction in small groups with personalized instruction. Classes are designed to increase your child’s knowledge of art, and help in the development of his or her artistic techniques, fine motor skills, critical thinking skills, and confidence. Each class includes sessions in the museum galleries, relating class activities to works in the collection. At the end of each week we celebrate with an exhibition and presentations by the students. View the catalog of classes at

Age range: 3 and up.
Cost: Weekly tuition for the half-day class is $85 for KMA members and $100 for non-members (unless specified otherwise), and includes workshop supplies, instruction, and guided tours. Classes are filled and scholarships are awarded on a first-come, firstserved
Information: 865-525-6101 ext. 241 or

Zoo Knoxville: Wildly Fun Zoo Camp

Start date: June 5, 2017

End date: July 28, 2017

Mon-Fri 9 AM - 3 PM

3500 Knoxville Zoo Dr., Knoxville, TN 37914

Dates: June 5 – July 28
Times: Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 3 PM. Bring a sack lunch and snacks; drinks will be provided.

Zoo Knoxville offers a variety of day camps throughout the year for kids of all ages and abilities. Camp activities include animal interactions, excursions through the zoo and trips behind-the-scenes to learn how we care for zoo animals. All camps are designed to be age-appropriate. All camps are held at Zoo Knoxville rain or shine. Programs fill quickly and are on a first-come, first-serve basis.

Age range: Ages 4 – 13.
Cost: Zoo Knoxville Members: $155; Non-members: $175.

UT Gardens, Knoxville: Garden Discovery Camps

Start date: June 6, 2017

End date: August 4, 2017

UT Gardens, 2431 Joe Johnson Dr, Knoxville, TN 37996

Dates: June 6 – August 4

  • June 6-9: Garden Explorer Camp (ages 6-11) – Tuesday-Friday, 9 AM – 2 PM. Grow into a gardener from the ground up with this fun-filled camp hosted by the Knox County UT Extension Master Gardeners. Cost: $45 ($35 for members)
  • June 12-16: Growing Art & Gardens for Lil’ Gardeners (ages 4-5) – Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will learn how to find art in nature and put nature into art using observation, collection, patterns, and manipulation of found objects to create two and three dimensional art. Cost: $130 ($110 for members)
  • June 19-23: Art & Nature for Teen Thrive (ages 11-13) – Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Learn about botany, horticulture, plants and landscaping through creative arts exploration. Cost: $130 ($110 for members)
  • June 26-30: Fantastic Beasts & Where to Find Them in the Garden for Explorers (ages 6-10) – Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Share in the excitement as Newt Scamander helps us explore the many beasts that we find crawling and flying around the garden. Cost: $130 ($110 for members)
  • July 10-14: Cultivating the Edible Garden for Explorers (ages 6-10) – Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. We will learn how to plant, maintain and harvest seasonal vegetable gardens. Cost: $130 ($110 for members)
  • July 17-19: Camp Cultivate: Food Allergy Friendly Camp for ages 6-12 (Children under 6 may attend with a parent) – Monday-Wednesday, 9 AM – 12 PM. This is an opportunity for kids with food allergies to learn healthy coping skills in a beautiful garden setting. Free.
  • July 24-28: The Garden as a Science Laboratory for Explorers (ages 6-10) – Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. Participants will learn how plants grow, the movement of materials through plants, the life cycle of plants, the water cycle, the nitrogen cycle, decomposition and more! Cost: $130 ($110 for members)
  • July 31 – August 4: Lil’ Gardeners on the Farm for Lil’ Gardeners (ages 4-5) – Monday-Friday 8:30 AM – 3:30 PM. We will explore the ideas of gardening, farming, producers, consumers and food chains. Cost: $130 ($110 for members)

Age range: 4 – 13.

Dances Studio: Summer Arts Intensives

Start date: July 31, 2017

End date: August 4, 2017

M-F 9 AM - 4 PM

Dancers Studio, 4216 Sutherland Avenue, Knoxville, 37919

Dates: July 31 – August 4
Time: Monday-Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM
Dancers Studio is offering a day camp experience that is full of fun with dance, games, arts and crafts, snack time and much more. Give the kids something fun and constructive to do with their time off! Participants should bring a lunch from home. 2 snacks will be provided per day. Athletic attire required daily.

Age: K-8th grade
Cost: $200 for the week or $50 per day
To register, call (865) 584-9636.

Ijams Nature Center: Outdoor Adventure Camps

Start date: June 5, 2017

End date: August 4, 2017

Mon-Fri 10 AM - 4 PM

2915 Island Home Avenue, Knoxville, TN 37920

Dates: June 5 – August 4
Time: Monday-Friday, 10 AM – 4 PM (morning camp & after care available). Lunch and snack included.

  • June 5-9 and July 10-14: Nature’s Heroes and Villains Week. There are many wonderful things we love about nature, but there are also things we fear or dislike about nature. The oft-dreaded poison ivy creeps up tree trunks and lines the trails, but is it a villain in nature?
  • June 12-16 and July 17-21: Exploring Ijams Wilderness Week. Do you have what it takes to survive a week at Ijams? Adventure awaits as you make your way across the wilderness in search of shelter, water, and food. New and exciting discoveries are around every turn.
  • June 19-23 and July 24-28: Time Traveling Explorers. Ijams holds many secrets about its past; join us as we travel through time to meet some of the pioneers of the land, study geologic formations, and uncover artifacts that were long forgotten.
  • June 26-30 and July 31 – August 4: Aquatic Adventures. Discover the amazing and sometimes elusive world of aquatic life at Ijams. This week is dedicated to getting up close to the plants and animals that call the ponds, creek, and river home.

Age range: Open to ages 6 through 12 (or must have completed one year of Kindergarten to attend).
Cost: Camp rate is $255 each week ($230 for current Ijams members) plus additional fee for morning/after care. Information: (865) 577-4717.

4th Annual Knox Asian Festival

August 27, 2017

11 AM - 6 PM

Celebrate Asian Culture with martial arts, music, dancing, authentic food, fashion, crafts, kids activities, and more! Join everyone downtown for an exciting – and delicious! – celebration of all things Asian culture. We are inviting Professional Japanese Drum players from Disney World Epcot! We’ll also have passports for children to “travel to” each country.

Knox Asian Festival aims to promote diverse cultures and celebrate traditions and talents from the Asian continent. The Festival aims to bring together people from various cultural backgrounds, to promote peace, harmony, unity and healthy life styles. Each participating country will showcase its unique music, dance, food, fashion, handicrafts and other products.

The event is free, family friendly and FUN! On Market Square in downtown Knoxville. Presented by the Asian Culture Center of TN.



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