alternate title: School’s out for summer!
Preschool has already ended for the school year. 1st grade ends next week.
I admit. I’m not one of those moms that gets all excited about summer home with all of the kids. We all do better with breaks from each other. Including the kids getting breaks away from each other. They just get along better. We all get along better.
I got a bit of a late start this year, but I have my “go to” list of summer activities to get the girls signed up for. Some cost money, some require a donation and some are free. This is to give you an idea of camps you can register for in Atlanta, and if you aren’t in Atlanta, check out other similar ones in your area (some of these aren’t regional, either).
Winshape camps are both overnight camps and day camps throughout the community. They are for children that have completed 1st grade through 6th grade
We have registered our oldest for a week at the camp closest to us. There is something for every child there, and you get to actually pick 6 from a list of preferred activities, and their computer program will select three randomly. There are things like soccer, science, “girls” and “boys” activities and many more! The camp will combine sports, recreation, arts, Bible study and worship and smash it into one week in the community. Don’t forget to check into scholarships!
Summer Tennis Camps
Working on athleticism and coordination is another summer goal for us. If you are in the Atlanta area, check out the tennis camp at Concourse Athletic Club in Sandy Springs.
They have an entire summer of camps (starting June 2) available that run from Monday-Friday, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Their tennis camp is for kids ages 5 to 12+ and then accept all levels and abilities. The students will be divided into groups according to their abilities and age with no experience necessary (thank goodness) And, it’s not going to be 5 hours of tennis, they will also have lunch time and an hour of swimming to make new friends. For more information, you can contact the Tennis Desk or Isaac Yarell at 770.698.2080 or firstname.lastname@example.org or check out the registration brochure.
They also have other options like basketball, tennis, kayaking and fencing!
Check with your local gyms to see what summer camps they offer. And, don’t let a membership requirement push you away because many clubs/gyms make exceptions for the summer and/or camps.
We always hit up our church for VBS, or Vacation Bible School/Camp. The good thing is, they accept anybody, so even if you aren’t a member, you can get your kids in. My two lodes have a great time. Most of the VBS Camps start at age 3-4 and go through middle/junior high school. It is a morning of activities, learning, singing and playing and the girls love it. We actually tend to go to 2-3 different camps at local churches/ friends’ churches or previous churches.
I dropped the ball on this one. I didn’t call our swim instructor until a month ago, and that was too late. But, we have lessons scheduled for the first of July. Better late than never. With four kids, I need to have as many strong swimmers as I can. Even though the oldest two had lessons last year and have done a couple swim trips this year, they are getting official lessons again this year. Peace of mind.
I have heard nothing but good things about the camps at the Y. There are a ton of options for different activities, age groups and times. If you have a YMCA nearby, you should definitely check out their camp options. Also, don’t forget to ask about scholarships. I know they have many available, especially if you have a large family.
The YMCA day camps can offer new experiences, skill building, a sense of community and lasting friendships while still allowing children to return home in the afternoon everyday. YMCAs across the nation offer day camps for elementary children and some have offerings for pre-schoolers and teens.
What do you have planned for your kids this summer?