New River Valley Summer Camps and Programs Guide

In and Around New River Valley 2021 guide

By Macaroni Kid New River Valley February 21, 2021

Try something new! Summer is a great time to explore new interests and refine others, and our Summer Camps and Programs Guide is filled with active programs for all ages and interests in and around New River Valley.  The NRV Macaroni Kid Publishers are personally familiar with a significant number of these programs as parents, and we and all of these programs welcome questions and can help you decide if these programs are a fit for your family. Please tell them Macaroni Kid sent you - our sponsors make our free resource possible! If you don't already get our free Thursday morning scoop of local events, activities, and ideas to entertain, stimulate and exhaust your kids request yours here.

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Adaire Theatre

Adaire Theatre offers a variety of theatre programs that encourage students to be confident in who they are and take ownership of their talents and abilities. Whether it’s weekly theatre classes or our summer camp, Adaire Theatre has something that promises to be a good fit. Adaire Theatre ensures that theatre can be home for all people and all skill levels.

Adaire Theatre’s summer theatre camp is for rising 2nd graders - 12th grade. Students will work towards mounting a full scale musical production while learning life skills through theatre. This year there are two camp options. Learn MORE.

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Does the fall return to school have you worried?  Enroll your child in a fun and intensive summer academic program that will help to close the COVID gap and ensure your child is ready for new learning experiences. Learn MORE.

Wilderness Adventure at Eagle Landing

Wilderness Adventure has been offering programs that build confidence and leadership abilities for over 30 years. Each trip is based on the W.A.E.L formula for building confidence, leadership, and teamwork, and the principles of backcountry expeditions. Programs include one, two, and three-week trips including Adventure Camps, Wilderness Leadership, Mountain Biking, Rock Climbing and River Specialty Camps, Camp Like A Girl and more. WAEL can also host your family or group for a custom adventure with multiple lodging options. 

2021 Summer programs are a go, and WAEL is offering WEEKEND HANGOUTS all summer where families can tent or rent a cabin or bunkroom and kayak, float in the creek, ride the zip line, play lawn games and enjoy some live music! Learn MORE

Parkway Summer Camp

Parkway Summer Camp is a weekly day camp for rising 1st - 6th-grade kids. They have different themed camp activities each week in a safe, secure, supervised environment. Their flexible schedule allows for daytime activities to keep kids busy as well as a full-day care option for working parents at an affordable cost. Learn MORE.

Virginia Techniques

With the best-themed summer camps in the NRV,  Virginia Technique's summer programs will take your children on imaginative adventures that may include training as superheroes, explore the magic of Hollywood, sailing the sea with pirates, or entering the royal castles with a princess.

They offer half and full-day options that include top-notch gymnastics instruction, arts and crafts, special guests, obstacle courses, games, and more. All full-week campers will receive a free camp t-shirt. Their camp directors and coaches love working with children and their supervision will ensure your camper has fun while making new friends and trying new activities. Make sure to sign up early, as camps fill up quickly. Learn MORE.

Art Buzz Kids Summer Camps

Art Buzz Kids Summer Camps offer creative programs for kids ages 5 and up with full and half-day options and even virtual classes. Children create multiple pieces of art daily using acrylic, clay, watercolor, mixed media, pen and ink. They receive an introduction to many types of artwork. Art Buzz Kids is the Children's Division of Wine & Design. They also offer birthday  and private parties, parent/child painting session, adult classes, one time events, holiday and out of school day programs. Summer programs are available in person or virtual, paint projects are available for contactless pickup. Learn MORE

Shake it up this summer with's full range of summer programs! Their exciting themed camps, master instructors, and weekly drop-in classes are sure to delight dancers of every age. Whether you're a beginner interested in trying out a variety of styles in a fun and energetic atmosphere or an advanced dancer looking to enhance your skills with masterclasses from the best in the industry, has an offering to suit your needs. By following Safer Studio Guidelines they are able to successfully ensure each dancer is happy and healthy here at With a focus on safety and age-appropriate training combined with passion, energy, expertise, and fun, they are here to help every dancer reach his or her goals! Learn MORE.

Elite Soccer Academy for Girls at Virginia Tech

The Elite Soccer Academy offers multiple options for camps and clinics held on the campus of Virginia Tech. Whether you are just starting or looking to take your game to the highest level, ESA has an option for you. Please check out their camp options on their home page to find the right fit in a fun and encouraging environment. Learn MORE.
Camp Bethel

When we live and play together in an intentional community, even for only one week, we gain person-to-person relationship skills to benefit our families, schools, communities, and the world. Campers enjoy hundreds of activities led by excellent counselors during resident camps, day camps, adventure camps, skills camps, and trips. Trusted by thousands of Virginia families since 1927; safe-and-healthy in 2021! Learn MORE.

In Balance Yoga

In Balance Yoga yoga offers classes for all ages and abilities.  Class options include online live and on-demand online classes plus, live outdoor, socially distant in-studio, and private sessions. They are open every day offering a variety of classes to meet each student where they are. Examples of classes inlcude Hot Yoga, Flow, Yoga Basics, Gentle, Deep Stretch, Restorative, Pilates, Aerial, and Barre, plus over 60 on-demand yoga recorded sessions and an audio library.  Safety is very important to In Balance Yoga and classes are limited to allow 10 feet between students. Book a private party for adults or children at the studio with Kid's Yoga, Kid's Fitness or Kid's Aerial with In Balance Yoga- read about our youth aerial yoga party here.  New students receive your first class free- tell them Mac Kid sent you! Learn MORE.

Mill Mountain Zoo Spring Break & Summer Camps

Spring Break and Summer Break camp available! Mill Mountain Zoo’s popular summer camps are a terrific way to introduce your child to the animal kingdom or to foster an existing interest in the feathered, furry and scaly critters we share the planet with. Each 3-day camp is designed to encourage a child’s respect and enthusiasm for the natural world through hands-on, fun, and educational activities. Learn MORE.

Star Music Lab

Star Music Lab provides music lessons for students of all ages and abilities. We service Blacksburg, Christiansburg, and Roanoke. Music lessons are available in-person or online. Guitar, ukulele, piano, bass, drums, and bass instruments. Ask about our special lesson packages.
Special Offer: FREE personal music lesson (online) for Macaroni Kid readers. Learn MORE

Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness

Boxing is a safe, fun, effective way to get in shape and blow off some steam, and Blacksburg Boxing and Fitness offers a wide variety of fitness classes for adults and teens of all fitness and experience levels. Macaroni Kid readers are invited to try your first class free. Classes are being held live, outdoors, and also online. Learn MORE.

Virginia Outside

For over a decade, Virginia Outside has provided youth across the state with countless experiences on the water and fishing stories to last a lifetime! A week with Virginia Outside offers campers the opportunity to explore the wide variety of freshwater fishing in both ponds and rivers around the Roanoke Valley. Safety is their number one priority and all campers will always wear life jackets when in the water or on a boat. Additionally, they maintain a 1:4 counselor-to-camper ratio. Camps have limited spaces, so sign up early! Learn MORE.


Across-the-Way Productions, Inc. invites patrons to embark on an ‘Odyssey’ to celebrate FloydFest 21, the latest annual offering of the Southeast’s premier summer outdoor music festival, taking place Wednesday to Sunday, July 21 to 25, 2021 in Floyd, Va.  FloydFest once-again was named Best Music Festival (Overall)’ and ‘Music Festival Missed Most in 2020’ by thousands of readers in Blue Ridge Outdoors Magazine’s 2021 Best of the Blue Ridge Awards, the most celebrated outdoor awards in the Southeast.FloydFest also received runner-up honors for *‘Best Family Friendly Festival’. Tickets are available for single and multiple-day options, plus a variety of camping options.  Learn MORE.

Note: Your publisher has attended with kids 4+ times. Read more HERE

Blacksburg Chinese School

Blacksburg Chinese School's mission is to promote cultural awareness and harmony and to be an active and contributing member of our diverse society. Established over 40 years ago, they've built an experienced team of talented teachers. BCS offers Mandarin Chinese Beginner Classes for both kids and adults. They will be offering two summer camp programs from June 21st to July 2nd. Learn MORE.


Is your teen in the Roanoke Valley looking for a summer camp? Join Hollinsummer for an adventure this summer! This pre-college summer program is for young women with interests in everything from creative writing and STEM to social justice and theatre. Hollinsummer is for rising 9th-12th grade girls, July 18-24 on the Hollins University campus. Learn MORE.

Camp Eagle

Camp Eagle's uniqueness is a great value and definitely worth the trip. They are one of the few camps with entirely air-conditioned facilities, and they have renovated and updated every facility on the property!

Day camps, short overnight, and weeklong overnight camps are available. Each staff member is carefully selected and interviewed extensively regarding their Christian walk, spiritual growth, attitude of service, and willingness to learn and they have two staff members per ten-twelve camper groups. All staff submit to a federal background check, are rigorously trained, and ready to build relationships with the campers. Learn MORE.

Alta Mons

Alta Mons is the outdoor ministry of the Roanoke District of the United Methodist Church and encompasses over 850 acres of beautiful land in Shawsville, VA. Every year we have summer camp, which offers week, half-week, or day-long camping experiences for youth from kindergarten through 12th grade. Throughout the week our chaplain speaks to the campers about Christian topics like prayer, the church, and the love of Jesus. At night campers worship together around a campfire. Campers experience small group bonding with their units during arts and crafts, field games, and sessions at the Nature Hut.  Each Wednesday all resident campers participate in Home in the Woods, where campers and staff set up campsites, cook their dinner over a fire, and sleep under the stars. Every camper receives a camp t-shirt (included with the cost of registration) that they will tie dye during their time at camp. Don’t miss out on the experience of a lifetime—register today! Learn MORE!

Wonder Universe 

Join us for a unique day camp experience in fun, COVID-safe, small groups at Wonder Universe. Choose from five different weekly camps full of exciting activities and programs designed especially for kids entering grades 1-5 next school year. Each camp is 5 half days, 9am to noon daily. Registration is required. Learn MORE!

Teen Connections

Teen Connections empowers youth with the facts when it comes to teenage pregnancy prevention and STI transmission, as well as builds important life skills such as communicating boundaries and how to have healthy relationships. Programs are offered separately for middle and high school-age students. Students graduate from the program as Peer Educators and are invited to continue participating as Teen Connections Alumni, meeting during the course of the year for monthly meetings, volunteer events, and other activities in the local community. Students who graduate from the Teen Connections program receive a $100 stipend. Learn MORE!

New River Valley Lacrosse Club

 Lacrosse is the fastest-growing sport in the country and it's growing a lot in the NRV as well!  The New River Valley Lacrosse Club is offering a camp for boys and girls in grades K-8th at Nellies Cave Field in Blacksburg. Come learn a new sport or improve your growing skills- both new and experienced players are welcome. This camp will be coached by current and former college players.  The Club can provide equipment for those who need to borrow it. Learn MORE!

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