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No Summer Camp This Year? Here’s What to Do With Your Kids Instead

Summer 2020… is already weird. After months of taxing distance learning, summer camps would have been a light at the end of the tunnel for stressed-out parents and kids alike. But as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on, plenty of camps are closed, and the ones remaining open have parents asking some questions. Namely: Is it really safe to send my kid to camp this year? And: What on earth am I going to do with them if I don’t?

As companies adapt to the current vortex that is life right now, many are releasing “summer camp in a box” options that get delivered right to your door, or virtual classes and workshops, or even a ton of free offerings for those of us whom the pandemic has left without disposable income. So if you’ve chosen to keep your kids home this summer, don’t panic. Ditch the bug spray (and parental stress of providing your kids a “perfect,” educational, coordinating-outfits kind of summer camp experience) and check out these contenders to make summer 2020 the best staycation ever.

From PBS Kids’ e-camp to a Vermont farm camp in a box, from virtual visits to National Parks to the New York Botanical Gardens (and 100+ more museums), we’ve got summer “camp” activities for kids of all ages, all genders, and all interests. Um, can adults sign up too?

A version of this story was originally published in June 2020.

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