2016 Lego® Engineering Robotics/Minecraft/ Lego Movie Making/Scratch VideoTechnology/American Girl CampsVA! McLean/Falls Church, Alexandria, Arlington Locations!

 2016 Summer Camp Information Will be Available in December! 


Exceptionally Creative! Flexibility for Parents!  Fun plus Hands On Learning for Kids

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LEGO®Education Engineering & Robotics Camps

American Girl Leadership Camps

Minecraft Education & Video Game Design Camps

Lego Stop Motion Movie Making-Minecraft,

Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Super Heroes, Friends and More

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Renaissance Half Day & Full Day Camps & Flex Day Passes-Extended Day Available


 Alexandria                Arlington              McLean

Locations for Summer 2015

McLean/Falls Church-The Surge Community Center- 1988 Kirby Rd. McLean, VA 22101

Alexandria- First Assembly Church-700 West Braddock Road Alexandria, VA 22302

Arlington- UUCA (Universalist Unitarian Church)- 4444 Arlington Blvd, Arlington, VA 22204


Get your artistic juices flowing and Learn Video Design and Video Games
Learn all about LEGO Engineering and Robotics
Learn to create your very own Robots and Machines
Learn to create and design your own video games and movies
Learn to work in Teams in a camp environment

Learn to play Minecraftedu…step up your Game
Make new friends

Make and Direct Your own Stop Motion Lego Movie-You too may Walk The Red Carpet Someday!

Why kids love our camps:

If your child loves Lego’s, American Girl or Minecraft, then he/she will love our camps. The reason is simple. In every Camp, kids take pride in their great “builds” and hands on artistic creations! Kids are so motivated when they are in our camps that they are never bored. They are excited every day and look forward to the next day. There is nothing like the feeling of success  and making new friends and memories in a positive environment! 

We know that active participation is important, so all kids are given a variety of choices throughout the week. We believe in each child’s unique talents and abilities! We give kids quality time and encourage them if they can’t find pieces or have to get over a building “hump” or sewing challenge in order to move on. We are right there for every child, and they know it. We have hundreds of Lego sets, a variety of Robotics for every level and mechanical kits that teach basic engineering. Add to that, free building creations and projects….and it is a wonderful world of Lego’s and American Girl creativity for all levels. Kids also love our staff. They are carefully chosen based on their knowledge, education and ability to relate to kids. They usually loved Lego’s or American Girl themselves when they were growing up, so they get it! Kids receive the kind of encouragement they need to finish projects and then get to present their creations to the group at the end of the day. They love to explain the great “builds”, hand-made items, or imaginative games and videos they have worked on during the day. Star Wars, Jurassic Park, Super Heroes, Chima, Minecraft, etc…we have it and kids love it! 

Why parents trust our camps:

Although meant for kids, our camps are trusted by parents because they know that their child will receive “quality” time and individual attention and respect! “Quality” time means that we do not believe in wasting kids time while they are with us. With so much energy, kids need to have the creative challenges mixed with fun and sun. They get a balance of all the best activities at our camps. We have great teacher student ratios and our staff is trained and background checked to give parents peace of mind. Renaissance enrichment programs and camps are lead by a mom who is also a certified teacher and former independent school principal.  Our staff is comprised of certified teachers, professors and  engineering or architecture majors from top universities. Many parents have enrolled their children in our camps for years and we have watched these children grow up and we know these families well. Our communication skills and customer service is personalized and responsive. Many parents attend our daily meeting before dismissal so that they can hear their child explain his/her  project in front of the group. We value parents and feel that we are partners with our families during the summer to provide the best camp experience possible for their child.

Thank you for considering Renaissance Summer Camps!

Half & Half Camps

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Design your own camp! Half & Half Camp special prices on the “Register” page. Select any two half day camps at any location for the price for a Full Day Camp. Half & Half Camps were requested by moms…and implemented by us so that you get to design your child’s one of a kind camp! We love it too!

Fantastic camps mixed with detailed instruction and inventive building strikes a fun balance between creativity and structure. Let your child be one of the first to experience the computer based Robotics program designed by MIT and Carnegie Mellon University for Lego Education(not available in stores). Renaissance Summers inspire your child’s creative thinking and curiosity with fun and STEM educational science and engineering projects that help to develop critical thinking and problem-solving using an award-winning computer based program and Lego models. We add sun and fun in the park or playground as well as the best-trained Lego coaches to help make the full day complete! Spaces are limited!

Our pro­grams have:

  • Excit­ing STEM based hands-on activities
  • Expe­ri­enced State Cer­ti­fied Teach­ers and Edu­ca­tion Majors
  • Low child to staff ratio
  • Activ­i­ties based on National Standards
  • A safe, fun, enrich­ing environment
  • Hands-on activ­i­ties that keep all campers actively engaged
  • All  campers actively participate and receive encouragement and instruction from our great instructors



Lego Action Jrs. Engineering Camp– for the younger group of builders who are starting to build and can complete simple projects but may not be ready for a robotics program. This is the camp to select of your child is not using a computer. This is the beginning engineering class for your future architect , engineer or scientist. Builders make simple machines either by following instructions or by constructing their own creations using their own talents and imagination. Action Lego®s Engineering puts fun in motion as students learn how to use gears, motors, potential energy, and balance to create numerous contraptions. Children will get excited about building as they explore simple motorized machines.

Your student will learn cooperation as they work in teams of two learning the scientific concepts of Gears, Levers, Pulleys or Wheels and Axles. This program will improve your child’s problem solving skills while encouraging team work but they will just think they are having FUN! Through the excitement of building, our summer camp students see firsthand how gears translate motion and how different types of energy can propel vehicles and machines. Our beginning engineeers are engaged in STEM education by constructing unique, exciting Lego projects. We focus on creating a fun, friendly and caring environment for our youngest Lego builders!

LEGO® Education WeDo™,EV3 and Mindstorm NXT Robotics-for campers ages 6 and up who want to take Lego’s to the next level. We are using Windows-based computers that run WeDo©, LEGO Education©’s award-winning construction kit and software designed for kids ages 6 and up. We provide the laptops and the model kits. Every student has his/her own Lego “WeDo” Robotics kit. Why is this important? We know that each child wants to build and that is why we provide each child with an individual  robotics kit. Lego models need to be built sequentially and it is impossible for 2 kids to actually build kits that are meant to be completed step by step. We prefer to encourage our kids to build and not watch. As active participants in the building process, every camper gains the maximum experience. After models are built, then kids are encouraged to share with friends and they love to experiment with the models (robots) when they learn to program them. There is always plenty of collaboration and cooperation in our camps, but we know some tasks are not meant for two. It is just like watching a sport, such as tennis or baseball, one can enjoy the sport, but they really can not play it themselves until they practice on the court or field. After learning the computer program, many students are able to design their own Robots and program them successfully. Some students even draw their model before building it and their ideas and creativity are truly amazing.

In Renaissance Lego Robotics Camp, students progress to new levels as they begin to internalize the concepts of robotics. Renaissance has a comprehensive robotics camp which offers exciting new challenges to every camper. We provide the next level of robotics to each child when the child is ready. That is why we can not predict exact ages for our camps. Mindstorm is a more advanced level of robotics and EV3 is the newest version of Mindstorm. There is a progression for each child when he/she can progress and take on the next challenge in robotics. All campers learn the basics of mechanics (axles, pulleys and gears, sensors, etc.) as well as elementary concepts of computer programming – all in a fun environment.This hands-on active learning, lab is a great way to engage students in STEM education without them even realizing it! Our program offers kids new skills and a positive learning opportunity on many levels. LEGO® WeDo ROBOTICS was developed by Carnegie Mellon University and is an educational product of Lego Education.

LEGO® WeDo Robotics PLUS Scratch Camp– for campers ages 7 and up that love to build with Lego’s and would love to learn a fun programming environment called Scratch to make animations and games. This camp is the best way to introduce cool programming to kids. Campers get hooked on programming using Scratch, the simple drag-and drop multimedia programming language developed by MIT’s Lifelong Kindergarten Project. Students will learn how to design and animate their own characters. Best of all, they can bring a flash drive to camp and take their projects home. No prior experience is necessary. Campers also experienced with Scratch are included in this camp since both Lego’s and Scratch are both very open-ended projects. Our staff works with every camper to take him/her to the next level no matter what his/ her beginning point may be.

Programming with Scratch Created by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a programming language designed for kids. With a strong following in the education community, Scratch lets kids create and share stories, games, and animations using a super kid-friendly drag-and-drop interface. What kids can learn: beginning engineering, programming, creative thinking, reasoning, and communication, collaboration. You will be amazed at what the children create as they expand their programming skills with Scratch programming to create their own video!
There is so much more we cannot begin to cover it here,the only question is will you send your child or yourself to this Incredible Camp!

American Girl Leadership Camp– for the girl that loves American Girl books and dolls. Campers bring their dolls. However, we do much more than play with dolls. Sewing, art, jewelry making, fashion design and singing, dance and writing are just some of the activities our “American Girl Stars” of this camp combine for a perfect week. This camp gives girls the chance to share their love for their American Girl dolls and collaborate with friends who share the same enthusiasm and love for everything American Girl. American Girl Camp – Girl of the Year Every year, the popular American Girl series introduces a girl with a story about finding success in the face of challenges today. From the challenges of moving to volunteering each Girl of the Year discovers something new about herself and the world around her. Learn about their history and their stories and learn how you too can make a difference! We know that every young girl is an artist, engineer, architect and visionary at heart!

Minecraft Education Adventure Camp-for ages 6 to 12-Using Minecraft™ as a learning tool, campers utilize various Minecraft skills to customize and create their own legendary worlds! Similar to our Lego Robotics program, our new Minecraft camp combines the very best of popular technology (Minecraft!) with opportunities for collaborative learning, creativity and innovation all in a safe and fun setting for your children. Utilizing the educational version of Minecraft, campers will be encouraged to explore their creativity by building villages, castles, monuments, working machines, and countless other possibilities within the confines of this virtual world. The emphasis will be exploring how a game kids clearly love can be utilized foster students’ important 21st century skills, including invention, collaboration, communication, and digital citizenship. Campers may choose to work with other campers or on their own, but group participation is highly encouraged. By working in the same world with multiple players, campers assume different roles (builder, architect, resource gatherer, protector, team leader etc…) where communication and fulfilling one’s role is very important to achieving the group’s collective goals. This is a half day camp and is available at our Arlington and Alexandria locations only. Not all programs are offered at all locations. Minecraft can be either a half day camp or may be combined with another half day camp for a week of double the fun and learning. Please email us for a Half & Half camp form it you want Minecraft to be a part of your Half and Half Camp. Please contact us for more information. 703-244-0585

Stop Motion Movie Making-Minecraft, Star Wars, Super Heroes, Jurassic Park,  Lego’s Stop Motion Movie Making-Build your favorite movie set out of Lego’s and direct your own movie. Add Lego mini figures to make your own spectacular red carpet (well almost) action movie! Example:Minecraft is the game phenomenon focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build environments out of textured cubes in a virtual 3D world. You’ll be introduced to Minecraft in real life with our customized Legos, and finally film a stop motion movie using Minecraft-inspired Lego creations. The focus will be on creating Minecraft-inspired worlds and filming. Take home 2 Lego Microfigs and an animated movie to show off your creations. All Locations! PICK YOUR FAVORITE LEGO THEMES AND DIRCT AND CREATE YOUR OWN STOP MOTION LEGO MOVIES!

*Flexible Weekly Scheduling-Mix and Match camp programs as much as you’d like, we’ve got you covered in our Half & Half Camps

See What’s New for Summer 2015!

NEW! Stop Motion Movie Making-Lego Themes Minecraft, Star Wars, Jurassic Park , Super Heroes, and Friends Meet Stop Motion-A RED CARPET EXPERIENCE

Lego Theme Stop Motion Movie Making

EXAMPLE:Minecraft is the game phenomenon focused on creativity and building, allowing players to build environments out of textured cubes in a virtual 3D world. You’ll be introduced to Minecraft in real life with our customized Legos, and finally film a stop motion movie using Minecraft-inspired Lego creations. The focus will be on creating Minecraft-inspired worlds and filming. Take home 2 Lego Microfigs and an animated movie to show off your cool creations. OTHER LEGO THEMES AVAILABLE: STAR WARS-JURASSIC PARK-SUPER HEROES-FRIENDS, AVENGER AND MORE!


gbl-side-link-3 New! For Minecraftedu Adventures Camp for ages 6 to 12. Minecraft, but better!

New in  Arlington and Alexandria Locations


Explore your opportunity to take part in our Minecraft Adventure Camps in Arlington and Alexandria! Collaborate with friends while you meet new challenges. This camp is for the beginner as well as more advanced Minecraft Adventurer. Our adventure will be to build spectacular cities and to collaborate with friends to help with daily challenges. We supply laptops and utilize our secure Minecraftedu server. Campers play together in the same game to collaborate and solve challenges. Our secure server insures a user friendly experience without the mischief often found on public servers.

Education through Minecraft? Really?  Yes! Minecraftedu provides the best possible experience for Minecraft fans of all ages. Available only to educators, Minecraftedu is the newest way to explore and learn in a safe environment (private server) and take Minecraft gaming to a whole new level. We are licensed by teachergaming and very excited to offer this unique Minecraft camp this summer! 
BUILD MASSIVE CITIES AND STRUCTURES. Learn to build castles, fortresses, cities, and more!
Minecraft has fast become an immensly popular game, and the recent advent of ‘Minecraft.edu’ has provided tech-savvy teachers with the ability to create immersive and entertaining adventures for students to experience right in the game.
Participants in the program will experience a new adventure each week with a different goal and unique environment, each with a specific fun and educational goal.
If your student is one of the  awesome of Minecraft fans, this summer camp could be a dream come true!

New Renaissance Amazing Tech Camps

We research and develop the newest tech learning tools for young engineers! 

What is ScratchJr?
ScratchJr is an introductory programming language that enables young children (ages 5-7) to create their own interactive stories and games. Children snap together graphical programming blocks to make characters move, jump, dance, and sing. Children can modify characters in the paint editor, add their own voices and sounds, even insert photos of themselves — then use the programming blocks to make their characters come to life.
ScratchJr was inspired by the popular Scratch programming language (http://scratch.mit.edu), used by millions of young people (ages 8 and up) around the world. In creating ScratchJr, we redesigned the interface and programming language to make them developmentally appropriate for younger children, carefully designing features to match young children’s cognitive, personal, social, and emotional development.

Why Do We offer ScratchJr?
Coding (or computer programming) is a new type of literacy. Just as writing helps you organize your thinking and express your ideas, the same is true for coding. In the past, coding was seen as too difficult for most people. But we think coding should be for everyone, just like writing.
As young children code with ScratchJr, they learn how to create and express themselves with the computer, not just to interact with it. In the process, children learn to solve problems and design projects, and they develop sequencing skills that are foundational for later academic success. They also use math and language in a meaningful and motivating context, supporting the development of early-childhood numeracy and literacy. With ScratchJr, children aren’t just learning to code, they are coding to learn.

Programming with Advanced Scratch

Created by the MIT Media Lab, Scratch is a programming language designed for kids. With a strong following in the education community, Scratch lets kids create and share stories, games, and animations using a super kid-friendly drag-and-drop interface.
What kids can learn: creative thinking, reasoning, and communication.

Stop Motion Lego Theme Movie Making-  A great way to combine your child’s favorite Lego Themes  and movie making. Your child will pick a favorite Lego theme such as Minecraft then direct and create their own movie!  After building Lego sets to form background scenes of his/her  own stop motion movie., your child will develop story boards and become the Director of their own stop motion movie. Lego and stop motion are meant to work together and increase your child’s creative skills as well. Using Lego Themes such as Minecraft or Super Heroes , campers will build and then make their own stop motion movie!  Excitement grows as campers develop and direct movies of their own and then share them with friends and take them home. Please provide a flash drive for this class!

Minecraftedu Game Design
If your kid plays Minecraft he — or she — can take the game to the next level with this engaging (some might say addicting) world-building game. Using the program’s teaching module, MinecraftEDU, kids learn how to create new games, design levels, and host other players on a server.
What kids can learn: creativity, spatial reasoning, geometry, teamwork

Scratch Programming & Lego Robotics (Combination Camp)



Scratch Programming Plus Lego Robotics: Here is the program your technology minded student has been waiting for. With Scratch, your child will learn how to create computer programs using drop and drag technology that will bring their imagination to life right before their eyes! They will have the opportunity to make cartoons, movies, video games, animate their stories and compose music all done with Scratch. When your child comes home every evening from camp ask them to show you what they created. You will be amazed!! Even better, your child still has a chance to build all the GREAT Lego projects he/she loves! Scratch Programming By M.I.T. Kindergarten Lab Project     

American Girl Arlington and Alexandria

Bring your favorite American Girl doll and enjoy a summer camp filled with crafts, sewing, cooking, a tea party and a movie/pajama day. Bring the doll to camp every day and label your child’s doll and accessories. Each child will come home at the end of the week with lots of handmade items for their dolls!  Our American Girls will have a great time learning about the history of the “American Girl” doll series, making  fun crafts for themselves and their doll, and participating in a number of creative activities focused on our belief that girls all have star power!  Dolls are invited to attend. 

Indoor and outdoor fun for rising grades K-6

Weekly Camps (All Locations) plus Flex Day Camps in Alexandria

(no camps the week of July 4th)

June 22 through August 21st
Full Day 9am – 4am
Half Day 9am – 12am or 1pm – 4pm

***Before & After Care Options  at  all  Locations*** 


  •  Campers have a wide variety of summer camps to choose from based on their individual interests and hobbies. Campers may combine 2 different types of camps in the same week to experience the best of both worlds!
  •  Lego® camps, Technology camps, American Girl, and Creative Art camps categories.
  •  Multiple summer camp choices and locations within each category plus outside play.
  •   Discounts are available for siblings and multiple camp registrations. Early Bird Discounts until  February 28th.
  •  Design your own camp! Half & Half Camps are so popular because they are designed by you and give your child the best of both worlds-Lego Robotics Half Day/American Girl Half Day in the same week or Minecraft Adventures/Stop Motion Movie Making in the same week. Other great combinations are available too!

NEW!        EXCITING!        CREATIVE!



 Register in Alexandria for Weekly Camps or Register for Flex Pass Option (Select 5 days of Camps that suit your schedule)

 What is Flex Pass

Cost $160 (half day) $300 ((full Day) For 5 Flex Pass Days
Notes The Flex Pass is good for the 2015 calendar year. The Flex Pass is per camper. They are not transferable or refundable and we do not prorate the Flex PassThe Flex Pass OPTION will be available at our Alexandria location only.


Flex Pass FAQ’s

  • What is the Flex Pass
 The Flex Pass is a plan of 5 days you can purchase to have the flexibility to come to any 5 days of one of our Super Terrific Lego  Camps or Cool STOP MOTION Movie Making Camps. You can customize your child’s camp days to fit your schedule. It’s the perfect break for kids (and parents) during the long summer months.
  • How does the Flex Pass work?
 The flex pass gives you the flexibility to choose which days of camp you would like to come during any week. Your child would participate in the activities planned for that day. We ask that you give us at least 48 hour notice, if possible, of the day your child will be coming to camp.
  • What is the Advantage of the Flex Pass?
 The advantage of the Flex Pass is the flexibility it gives you to choose which days of camp you would like to come to.  Instead of committing to a specific week of camp, you are purchasing 5 days to use at your leisure during the 2015 calendar year towards camps we offer.
  • Can I purchase more than 5 days?
 The Flex Pass is sold in packages of 5 days. You can purchase a minimum of 1 book (5 days) to a maximum of 6 books (30 days) per child. The more Flex Pass packages you purchase, the more discounts you receive!
  • Can I use the Flex Pass for any Renaissance Camp?
 The flex pass can only be used for the Lego Camps or STOP MOTION LEGO Movie Making Camps at our Alexandria location.
  • Can siblings share a Flex Pass book of days? Each child will need to have their own package of Flex Pass days.
  • Can I receive a refund for the days I do not use?
 There are no refunds or transfers available for unused Flex-Pass Days.

Alexandria Flex Pass Days 

Flex Pass is the NEW way for your child to enjoy Camps at Renaissance. With the Flex Pass, your child can choose to come to specific days of camp instead of choosing a whole week of camp.

  What Renaissance Parents Have to Say

“My son absolutely loved this camp. As parents, we liked it too because of the great instruction, quality care, and attention the staff provides. It is great that you give the kids so much individual attention and encouragement. Thanks!!” – Parent of a 2nd graderIMG_0089175

“My kids both really enjoyed the camps this year, as well as last year. My daughter was always excited to show me what she had learned. My son also had a great time in your camp, where he learned how to make his own computer games. He was thrilled to learn these new concepts, and I was very impressed with the new knowledge that he came home with.” – Parent of a 4th and 5th Grader


“I just wanted to let you know that my daughter had a wonderful experience at the American Girl Camp in Falls Church.  This was her first time ever in a summer camp and she loved every minute of it.  From the counselors, especially Counselor Katherine, to creative play, and all the art, my daughter Olivia had a smile from ear to ear. We will absolutely be there next year and will recommend this camp (American Girl/Lego) to everyone we know. “-Parent of a First Grader

“Your camps were fantastic. My son had a wonderful time and loved it. The instructors gave the kids challenges, but also the freedom to explore on their own. The (lead) instructor was fantastic. He had great classroom management techniques. He commanded great respect from the kids, but let them goof off just enough to enjoy the difference between camp and school. My son gained a better understanding of motors and how they work, and the confidence to believe he can build whatever he wants. Also, he loved building the video game, and I think that is a great experience for them to begin to learn programming techniques.” – Parent of a 3rd Grader

“My son is at your camp this week in Alexandria and loves it so much he didn’t want it to end. So we signed up again for next week. Just wanted to tell you thanks! He is having a great time and loves all the projects.”- Parent of a 2nd Grader

“I just wanted to share some feedback with you on this past session. Lego robotics was a huge hit. My kids are Lego fanatics and I love that you offer so many different Lego building projects as well as robotics.”-Parent of a 1st and  4th Grader.

 “I had to tell you that my son’s only complaint about your camps is that they are not overnight camps! As you can tell, he could build with Lego 24/7 with you. He loves your great staff too, especially Paul. You are really making him feel welcome! Thank you for the great job that you do!” – Parent of a 3rd Grader

“I wanted to explicitly commend you for the excellent Lego Summer Camp my 6 year old son Julian attended at your Old Town location.  From what I observed and heard from my son, the two camp counselors, Nathan and Eric were extraordinarily thoughtful and capable camp counselors. On a number of occasions I heard them talk with the children in a respectful and engaging manner aimed at boosting the children’s self-confidence and problem solving skills. I was all the more impressed to find out Nathan and Eric were college graduates with engineering degrees and as such serve as excellent role models for young children, a fact that I discovered only on the last day of camp.
Julian loved the camp as it not only indulged his love with Legos, but also enabled him to form friendships and build teams with new children working together consistent with the traditional Montessori philosophy.”-Parent of 1st Grader



  • Toddler Mommy and Me Classes - 2 to 3 years of age
  • The Center for Talent Development - 3 to 12 years of age for gifted and talented students
  • Afterschool Classes In Art, Reading, Math, Foreign Languages - 3 to 12 of age
  • Kaleidoscope! - The enrichment creative ART STUDIO Program - 3 to 12 years of age
  • Leadership Coaching and Social Skills Classes 3 to 12 years of age
  • Montessori Education - Toddlers through elementary
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