Meet the Camps! Washington FAMILY Summer Camp Fair: Fairfax, VA

Balloon demonstrations from Focus Family Martial Arts Academy. | Photo by Heather M. Ross

Camp fair season is upon us. With dozens of options from science to sports to academics, camp fairs are an opportunity to meet camp directors and leadership in person, ask questions and see which camps are a good fit for your child.

With demonstrations, cool merch and visuals, camp fairs help bring the camp experience to life for families—and this year’s fair for the DMV was no exception.

Virginia Ballet Company and School dancer at 2023 Washington Family Summer Camp & Activities Fair
A dancer from Virginia Ballet Company and School dazzles young audience members at the Fair Oaks Mall. | Photo by David Pintzow

On Saturday, Feb. 18 at the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia, families gathered to get the lowdown on the area’s best summer camps, and have some fun, too.

Among attendees were Camp Achva, which offers a variety of activities for kids to enjoy including archery, woodworking, art, sports, drama, field trips and more while learning about Israeli culture.

This year, many camps like Verbal Beginnings had a special focus for children with disabilities in order to offer area families a camp experience that these children often miss out on. Verbal Beginnings’ summer program offers fun social skills lessons, outdoor games and adventures in a safe, therapeutic environment.

Virginia 529 at the 2023 Washington Family Summer Camps & Activities Fair
Virginia 529 helps families save for future education expenses. | Photo by Heather M. Ross

In total, there were about 15 camps in attendance, and kids and families enjoyed science experiments from Mad Science of Washington, dancers from Virginia Ballet Company and School and spinning a giant wheel for VIRGINIA529 to win prizes.

Check out some “mad science” experiments from Mad Science of Washington below.

Another exciting component of the fair was the opportunity for visitors to play a game for a chance at winning raffle prizes.

By picking up a passport at the front entrance and getting it signed and stamped by at least 10 booths they had visited, families were entered into a drawing to win a variety of prizes, with a grand prize of a $100 scholarship to help pay for the camp of their choice.

Emily Liu of Fairfax Station was the lucky winner of the grand prize!

From day and overnight camps such as Camp Griffin and Independent Lake Camp to specialty camps including Art of Problem Solving Academy, there was something for every child to discover.

Here’s a full list of camps and programs in attendance:

Save the date for next spring to see more camp options, and if you are involved with a camp and would like to be participate at one of our camp fairs, get in touch at


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