Play Roanoke Summer Camps

Roanoke Parks and Recreation hosts multiple summer camps between June and August each year. The dates vary based on the Roanoke City Public School calendar.  Click below for the latest information about camps scheduled for Summer 2023.

2023 P.L.A.Y. Spring Break Camp

spring break camp

Ages 5-11  |  April 3-7  |  7:30 A.M. TO 6:00 P.M.

Our P.L.A.Y. After School program will be holding a day camp the week of April 3-7. This Spring Break Camp will be offered at Eureka and Preston Rec Centers from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. each day. The cost is $85/camper. Breakfast and snack will be included, campers need to bring their own lunch. Space is very limited, please contact the center directly to sign up!

Preston Rec Center: 540-853-2770
Eureka Rec Center: 540-853-2675

2023 Outdoor Camps

Outdoor Exploration CampOutdoor Exploration Camp

Ages 8-11  |  MONDAY-FRIDAY  |  8:30 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

Get outside this summer with Roanoke Parks and Recreation Outdoor Exploration Camp! This camp is designed to keep your child engaged outside with nature activities including wilderness survival, GPS capture the flag, nature crafts, river ecology. Campers will also experience outdoor recreation activities like hiking, caving, water sports (canoeing, kayaking, tubing or Stand Up Paddle Boarding), mountain biking, slackline, and indoor rock climbing. Outdoor Exploration Camp will meet at various parks throughout the city and travel each day to a new adventure.

Cost: $270 per week

Two weeks to choose from, register below:

JUNE 12-16

AUGUST 14-18


Big Adventure Campyouth kayak

Ages 12-14  |  MONDAY-FRIDAY  |  8:30 A.M. TO 5:00 P.M.

Get outside this summer with Roanoke Parks and Recreation Big Adventure Camp! We’ve created a new summer camp experience geared toward different, more challenging excursion for older youth. While similar to Outdoor Exploration Camp, we’ll be exploring different venues and building various adventure skills for a new, engaging experience. Returning campers and first time participants are welcome! Our activities may include hiking, caving, water sports (canoeing, kayaking, tubing, or Stand Up Paddleboarding), mountain bikings, slackline, and rock climbing. Big Adventure Camp will meet at Fishburn Park and travel to a new adventure each day.

Cost: $270 per week

Register below:

JULY 17-21

All-Day Summer P.L.A.Y. Camp and After-School Summer P.L.A.Y. Camp
2023 Summer Details coming soon. 2022 information available below for reference.

All-Day Summer P.L.A.Y. and After-School Summer P.L.A.Y. Damp Camps

(K-5th grade only; must have completed Kindergarten). Join us for a summer packed full of activities! With convenient weekly sessions at three locations, the All-Day program is a summer version of our school year P.L.A.Y. program and includes sports and games, speakers/instructors, arts and crafts, and various field trips, all with a focus on overall youth development. The All-Day program runs Monday – Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  The After-School program runs Monday – Thursday from 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., and Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.  Special activities will be provided during the morning hours that will not be available for After-School program participants. Breakfast and lunch are provided to participants in the All-Day program, and snacks are provided to both programs.  Qualified, trained, and experienced staff will initiate fun and interactive activities for all participants. 

To register for this camp, visit our offices at 215 Church Ave, SW, Suite 303, or at Preston, Eureka, and Grandin during the after school program. Please call 540-853-2236 for more information. Space is limited and this is contingent upon RCPS+ school schedule.

  • Registration is taken on a first-come, first-served basis
  • Cost for All-Day Program: $80 per week
  • Cost for After-School Program: $50 per week
  • Multiple-child discounts available
  • Participants can register weekly or for the entire summer
  • All-Day Program Times: Monday – Friday 7:30 a.m. – 6:00 p.m.
  • After-School Program Times: Monday – Thursday 2:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m., Friday 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Dates for 2022 All-Day and After-School Summer P.L.A.Y. are: 

  • June 21-24, 2022 (closed June 20th for Juneteenth)
  • June 27-July 1, 2022
  • July 5-8, 2022 (closed July 4th)
  • July 11-15, 2022
  • July 18-22, 2022
  • July 25-29, 2022
  • August 1-5, 2022
  • August 8-12, 2022