Microsoft – FREE Summer Camp For Kids on Technology (Enroll Now)
Microsoft is offering great FREE Summer Camp program for kids 6 – 14. You can choose from a variety of different camps, and all of them are offered for FREE, and will teach kids about different aspects of technology (ie, a learning camp!). We shared about this camp late May last year, and the camps filled up really fast. So I highly recommend signing up early if interested!
The Microsoft Store has offered free summer camps dedicated to teaching kids technical skills to pursue their passions since opening its first store in 2009. This year’s new camps such as “Harry Potter Creative Coding Camp” and “Design and Create Your Own Video Game with MakeCode Arcade” not only encourage an interest in STEM and explore abilities future professional gamers, developers and coders need for success, but also provide life skills that translate outside of the classroom.
Registration for Summer Camps opened in April, with camps taking place in May through August, and specific dates and times will depend on local store and school schedules. To register, visit your local Microsoft Store in person or online. I just checked my area & there are still camp times available.
You can sign your kids up for the Microsoft Seattle (University area), Bellevue or Portland locations for local folks (they are at many other locations across the country too), but you may want to keep an eye on their page in case they go ahead and add on new locations. These classes have filled up quickly in the past, so be sure to sign up soon if you’re interested!
To register or find date information:
- Head to the Microsoft site here.
- Scroll down and type in your city or zip to find stores near you.
- Select the camp you are interested in and RSVP to sign up for that event.
I imagine space may fill up fast for these camps, so I recommend registering soon.
(note – a parent/guardian has to stay with kids for these events).
Here is information about the Microsoft Summer camps::
This years line of up Microsoft Summer camps available for 2019::
- Harry Potter Creative Coding Workshop, ages 6+
- “Harry Potter Kano Coding” is the perfect camp for first time or beginner coders. Students ages 6+ get free hands-on access to the Harry Potter Kano Coding kit, available at Microsoft Store. In this immersive Harry Potter experience, students use their very own wand to build a coding skills foundation by casting spells to make sparks fly and even feeding Fluffy.
- Harry Potter Creative Coding Camp, ages 8+
- With “Harry Potter Kano Coding” camp, students ages 8+ not only get free hands-on access to the Harry Potter Kano Coding kit, available at Microsoft Store, but get an immersive experience using their very own wand to create, explore and learn code in the popular world of Harry Potter by casting fan-favorite spells like Wingardium Leviosa and competing in a Quidditch match.
- Gaming Summer Camp: Grow Your Passion for Gaming and Learn Positive Life Skills (Ages 8+ and Ages 13+)
- “Gaming Summer Camp” supports the next generation of gamers by offering ways to explore life skills and practice healthy habits that can be used in gaming and everyday life. Students explore teamwork, effective communication and resilience while strategizing how to put these skills into action during Rocket League and Fortnite tournaments each day of the camp.
- Design and Create Your Own Video Games with MakeCode Arcade (ages 8+)
- “Design and Create Your Own Video Games with MakeCode Arcade” teaches students the basics of building video games with MakeCode Arcade, while introducing them to computer science fundamentals and video game concepts. The camp culminates in a tournament where students play the video games created by their peers. At the end of the camp, students are encouraged to publish their games to MakeCode Arcade so they can continue the game play at home and share it with friends and family!
More Summer Opportunities for Kids:
Here are a few more summer opportunities for kids for free or low-cost::
Cinemark Summer Movies – As low as $.50 with pass or $1/show
AMC Kids Summer Camp – Movie + Snack Pack for $4