Summer Fun for Kids at Wesleyan

Summer at Wesleyan is a great time to explore campus and attend exciting events for both kids and adults.

Check out these kid-friendly opportunities going on during summer 2019:


Lauren Coleman leading a Wesleyan RJ Julia Story Time

Summer Adventures at Wesleyan RJ Julia

The bookstore is hosting a number of events for kids of all ages throughout the summer. Attend a Choose-Your-Own Path Writing Workshop, a Where’s Waldo Celebration, a Harry Potter Maze and more. For high school age youth and older, there are free Open Mic Nights, Philosophy Nights, author events and more!
Check out their event calendar.




Cognitive Development Labs

The labs’ research projects explore how young children perceive, learn about, and think about the world. They use simple (and fun) games to find out more about how kids think about numbers, space, language, and people. They are currently looking for local families and children 11 years and younger to participate in studies throughout the summer and academic year. Learn more about their research and how to participate at their website, or contact them at



Arts + Crafts at Kindergarten Kickstart

Kindergarten Kickstart

Join Wesleyan students who will be running Kindergarten Kickstart’s high-quality, engaging activities at Russell Library. New activities each week – look for math, art, science, and more!
3-6 age (preschool – Kindergarten), siblings welcome
Wednesdays, 10:00-11:00 am, June 19-July 31, 2019




iD Tech Summer Camps

At iD Tech, kids and teens of all skill levels discover coding, AI, machine learning, film, robotics, and game design, developing the in-demand skills needed to compete in Connecticut’s booming startup scene. There are multiple weeklong courses for youth aged 7-17, with both day and overnight camp options.
See their schedule for more information.



Sports Camps

Wesleyan Athletics hosts a number of residential and day camps for soccer, squash, basketball, football, volleyball, and baseball. Camps for athletes in grades 3-12.
See their website for more information.

Cardinal Elite Basketball Camp works with Wesleyan Men’s Basketball Staff


Summer at the Center for the Arts

The Center for the Arts will host a number of free all-ages events this summer from outdoor performances by Phat A$tronaut and Bread and Puppet Theater to noontime talks with actors, artists, and creatives.
See their website for more information.

Bread and Puppet Theater: The Diagonal Life Circus

Films on Foss is a yearly youth-led event that brings together people of all ages.


Films on Foss

Join us on Foss Hill for an outdoor movie series created by the Middletown Mayoral Youth Cabinet. All events start at 7:00 pm with a community picnic with games and food trucks, and the movies start at 8:30 pm. This year’s films are Princess and the Frog, Black Panther and the Goonies.






Wesleyan Summer Scavenger Hunt

Check out this slideshow to learn about cool places on campus that are open to the public. Learn where to find duck eggs, fossils, a labyrinth and more.





Wesleyan K-12 Programming

Check out the Wesleyan K-12 Programming page to learn about other year-round opportunities for your children.
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Cardinal Kids is a Wesleyan student teaching collective that brings interactive after school programming to the community.

Have fun exploring Wesleyan’s many resources and activities! If you have any questions, contact us at