Apple Camp fires up free activities for kids stuck at home this summer

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Apple Camp at Home replaces the in-store version.
Apple Camp at Home will teach kids about making art or coding with Apple devices.
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Apple’s educational summer camps for children are moving online. They’ve been redubbed Apple Camp at Home.

In previous years, Apple Camps were held in the company’s retail stores. But this year, they’ll be teaching video, art and design, and coding through a self-guided Activity Book and virtual sessions.

In the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s no surprise that children aren‘t being invited into Apple Stores to learn moviemaking or the basics of programming. Apple is still in the process of reopening its retail locations around the world. Only about 30% of these in the United States are open now.

How to attend Apple Camp at Home

The 2020 version of Apple Camp won’t be like attending school online. Exactly. Apple promises kids ages 8–12 “fun, digital programs to experience from their favorite spot at home.” The centerpiece is an Activity Book that’s a document in Apple Pages. But there’ll also be virtual sessions hosted by Apple Store Creatives.

Details are a little sketchy at this point, but the company hasn’t even begun the registration process yet. Visit the Apple Camp at Home page to sign up to be notified when registration begins.

In the mean time, older kids, and their parents, might also tune in to the Today at Apple at Home sessions. These teach users how to get the most of their iPhones, iPads and Macs. There are videos on drawing “playful portraits” on iPad, creating “striking” photographs with the iPhone camera, and shooting photos “full of personality” with iPhone. And that’s just the start.