The bright sunshine and recent warm temps of late are reminders that summer is just around the corner. That means it’s time to sign up the little ones for summer camps to keep them busy, stimulated and refraining from the dreaded summer whine of “I’m bored!”
Here’s Patch’s roundup of regional summer camps that may be a perfect fit for your kids.
Day camps are offered in one-week sessions at Glenlake Park, McKoy Park, and Decatur Rec Center. Special Interest Camps are offered throughout the summer during the weeks when City Schools of Decatur are not in session.
Ages: rising Kindergarteners to eighth-graders
Dates: vary per specific camp
Costs: varies, but financial aid is offered in some cases
You can always visit your local YMCA to find out about summer camp offerings for your little ones.
Find YMCA camps in you area.
The Girl Scouts offer all kinds of overnight and day camps for girls of all ages.
Learn about each of the various Girl Scout camps on the Girl Scouts of Greater Atlanta website.
Check out all the summer camps offered by Westminster: arts, baseball, Camp Wildcats, golf, Leadership in Training, robotics, sports, sports intensive, summer day camps, tennis, theatre advanced, theatre intensive. Westminster also offers before and after care during the summer.
Ages: grades K-12
Dates & Times: vary per session
Cost: $700 per session
The Galloway School offers a variety of summer camps, including unique ones like video game programming camp, for children ages 3-14. The camps are each a weeklong and are designed to help children explore their various interests and talents.
Dates & Times vary per each weeklong session
Cost: $200 and up
Pace Academy offers three general summer camps for specific age groups as well as specialty camps, like the two-week Dangerous Camp for Boys and Girls, which costs $700.
Ages 3 ½ -high school seniors
Dates & Times vary per session
Does your little one adore her or his Easy Bake Oven? Is she or he like a shadow while you’re making dinner in the kitchen, just desperate to help out? Camp Can-I-Cook is offered by the Young Chefs Academy of Sandy Springs.
Dates: vary per each session
Costs: $175- $285
The Fernbank Museum of Natural History is offering various weeklong summer camps. According to its website, educators will guide campers on an exploration of the scientific world: ecology, paleontology, entomology and more. A low counselor-to-camper ratio ensures your child’s safety while providing a unique one-on-one learning experience.
Ages: rising kindergarteners to fifth-graders
Dates: vary per session
Times: Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., depending on program (Aftercare is also available for additional costs.)
Costs: $350 for nonmembers and $300 for members
The Summer Safari Day camps offered at Zoo Atlanta gives children a hands-on learning experience about wildlife and nature. There are full-day and half-day camp options available as well as aftercare.
Ages: potty-trained 4-rising fifth-graders
Dates: May 28 - August 9
Nonmember Costs: $175 for half-day; $295 for full day
Participants will enjoy instruction in traditional Taekwondo forms (Palgwe) and sparring (Olympic Style). Master Wallace Taylor will be teaching all weapons seminars! All participants will learn Nanchaku, Bojutsu(Staff) and Bokken(Sword)!
Dates: Session 1: June 24-28; Session 2: July 8-12
Times: 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Costs: $250 if you register before April 30
Children get to take part in a wide variety of activities that includes: gardening, crafts, games, cultural enrichment, music, Capoeira, storytelling, African history & art, dance, field trips, and weekly visits to the swimming pool.
Dates: not yet available for 2013
Times: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday
Costs: $875 (based on 2012 costs)
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