Unique Summer Adventures for Kids Near Charlotte

By YMCA Charlotte April 22, 2021

Charlotte is a truly unique area for families. You can start your day having fun on the lake, then drive a few miles and create memories in the mountains. The range of cool things to do in this city is almost limitless.

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte does an amazing job of taking advantage of everything the area has to offer. During the summer, they create engaging experiences in their day camps that differ from location, campers get a true summer experience full of splashing and laughing.

Many parents know that YMCA Camp Thunderbird is one of the most popular overnight camps in the area, but did you know they also offer day camps? Summer day Camp at YMCA Camp Thunderbird offers 1.7 miles of pristine lakefront as the backdrop for their high ropes course, zip line, alpine tower, two swimming pools, and over 20 Sunfish sailboats.

Find Aerial Adventures, Archery & More!

The Brace Family YMCA offers day camp at the Hemby Program Center that gives children the unforgettable outdoor experience of overnight camp. Nestled in the woods of south Charlotte, the Hemby Program Center boasts 21 acres of limitless opportunities for campers. They’ll spend their days enjoying:

  • Wooded hiking trails
  • Archery ranges
  • 50-foot alpine climbing tower with a giant swing
  • 40-foot challenge tower and zip-line
  • Aerial challenge course
  • Two outdoor swimming pools
  • Three athletic fields
  • Covered basketball courts

Command the Stage or Capture the Imagination

Summer day camp at The Ballantyne Arts Center is the perfect place to create. The 9,000 square foot facility is filled with chances for campers to show their artistic side. Whether they’re in a ballet camp dancing with grace, a theatre camp getting in character to captivate an audience, or an improv troupe nailing a punchline, true art and artists are made at the BAC.

Far Away Adventure is Not Far From Your Front Door

The YMCA of Greater Charlotte has hundreds of camps to choose from and dozens of locations. As the premier provider for a world-class day camp experience, the Y ensures our programs are safe and despite increased safety precautions, provide an unforgettable summer that campers deserve. Explore all of the summer day camps at the Y and choose one that’s perfect for your child!