It's hard managing your family schedule when both parents work full time; even more so if you're a single parent with a full-time job. By the time you get the school year running smoothly, it's already time to plan for summer. Arranging a full summer of child care is the annual task most moms dread. The lack of true full day options can be frustrating and make you feel like you're the only mom who has a normal 9-to-5 job.

That's why Summer Camp Guru has search filters that allow you to pinpoint camps by drop-off and pick-up times. We also provide the details on extended care for each weekly session. See how it works:

Find a Triangle Day Camp


Combining Half Day Camps

For more variety, you can often combine two half day camps at the same location. Include half day options in your search, and then look for "yes" under full day combo. Just be aware that it's often more expensive than a single full day camp.

Camp providers that offer this with coverage from 8:30 to 5:30 include:

  • Artspace (Downtown Raleigh)

  • CraZBrain (Durham)

  • Durham Academy (Durham)

  • GRACE Christian School (West Raleigh)

  • Montessori Children's House (Durham)

  • Morehead Planetarium (Chapel Hill)

  • Saint Mary's School (Downtown Raleigh)

  • St. Timothy's School (Northeast Raleigh)

  • The ArtsCenter (Carrboro)

  • Wake Christian Academy (South Raleigh)


So how much is it going to cost?

Cost varies widely and depends on the activity type, counselor ratio, and amenities. You will get a very different experience from a traditional day camp where you play games and go on field trips vs. a high-end technology camp with certified classroom teachers. However, there is something for all budgets and interests (albeit not all locations).

The average cost of a full day Triangle summer camp is $283, ranging from $80 to $525.

  • based on weekly session data from 250 camp providers in the Triangle area

  • includes the cost of before- and aftercare if applicable

  • coverage from 8:30 AM to 5:30 PM - there are 101 providers

  • does not include combining half day options


Providers with camps under $200:

  • Active Tracks Camp (Holly Springs)

  • Black Belt World (Knightdale)

  • Camp Trinity (Northwest Raleigh)

  • Durham Parks & Recreation (Durham)

  • Durham Public Schools (Durham)

  • Fun Works (Durham)

  • Gamesturz (Northeast Raleigh)

  • Giggles Drop-in Childcare of Cary (Cary)

  • Grey Stone Kids Camp (Durham)

  • Holly Springs Parks & Rec (Holly Springs)

  • Hux Family Farm (Durham)

  • Lee Brothers Tae Kwon Do (Northeast Raleigh)

  • Orange County 4-H (Hillsborough)

  • RDU Tennis (Various)

  • Right On Track (Morrisville)

  • Town of Cary (Cary)

  • Triangle Camps for Kids (Apex)

  • Wake Forest Parks & Rec (Wake Forest)

  • Wythabalance Yoga (Durham)


Also, don't forget about your nearest YMCA! Unfortunately we were not able to include those camps in our database due to the difficulty of obtaining the information.


To get details on a specific camp, use the keyword search at the bottom of the camp search criteria page. You can use the cost filter to set your weekly limit.

Don't forget about financial assistance! Many camps offer this, but you need to apply early. Check the scholarship box in your search criteria to get a list of camps that offer financial aid.

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