Yep, there is a list that’s being made but with 227 days until Christmas…it’s not THAT list! It’s the middle of May and before you know it, the kids will be out of school for summer break. As the saying goes, “Hair gets lighter. Skin gets darker. Water gets warmer. Drinks get colder. Music gets louder. Nights get longer. Life gets better.” Sounds idyllic doesn’t it? It’s also been said a time or two that, “Summer vacation is a time when parents realize just how grossly underpaid teachers actually are.” My fellow parents, do not panic! There’s plenty of time for memory making with the kids AND plenty of optional activities for your children to participate in while you continue keeping the household going. As a spouse of a teacher and the mom of an elementary student, I’m well aware of the excitement that those first days of summer break brings about and then the restless boredom that can creep in before you know it. I’ve taken some time to research what’s out there and I am happy to report, we’ve got a lot of options! I’m sure I will miss a few so please feel free to share any info you have…help a parent out!
- Town of Wake Forest, NC Parks and Recreation Department, offering a large variety of half day, single & multi day programs for a wide age range. Click here to see the full list.
- YMCA Camp Kanata, located on 150 acres, just north of Raleigh, NC. Offering traditional overnight camp activities, such as archery, hiking, swimming, creative arts and water activities. Camp Kanata is a traditional, coed, overnight summer camp for kids ages 6-15. Camp Kanata also offers a traditional summer day camp in one-week sessions, and several overnight weekend camps throughout the fall and spring.
- Camp Nahele, Wake Forest Parks & Recreation, Full day, 7:30-6:00 p.m. June 15-August 14. Academics, arts and crafts, nature education, and recreational, sporting activities.
- The SewinCraft Studio, Half-day 9 a.m.-noon or 1-4 p.m. See website for sessions. Craft sewing and fashion sewing. Year round/track-out offered.
- The Artful Mind, All skill levels are welcome, class intended for children ages 5-12. See website for sessions.
- Wake Forest Renaissance Centre for the Arts, Half-day camps, June-August. Arts and crafts, performing arts and more. Taking the Stage Drama Camp, July 13-July 17, 9 a.m.-noon for ages 9-13; Oceans of Fun Art And Music Camp, July 6-10, 9 a.m.-noon for ages 5-11; “Frozen” Mini Camp, July 21-22, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 4-7; Get into the Act Drama Camp, June 15-19, 9 a.m.-noon, for ages 5-8. See website for more camp sessions.
- Summer Theatre Conservatory, Full day, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.; Wake Forest Renaissance Centre partners with Burning Coal Theatre for a two-week summer camp July 28-August 8 that teaches progressive theater techniques, responsibility and collaboration.
- Dance Dynamics Summer Camp, Half-day, 9 a.m.-noon with some available 5-6:30 p.m. See website for sessions. Arts and crafts, gymnastics and dance. Campers perform a mini show at the end of the week.
- Cool Trackin/Camp Chillin at The Polar Ice House, Full and half-day, 7:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. June 9-August 21. Arts and crafts, basketball, field trips, general sports/games, ice skating, soccer and more. Sibling and multi-week discounts available. Year-round/track-out offered.
- Spanish for Fun!, Full and half-day, 7 a.m.-6 p.m. June 15-August 14. Academics, computers, cooking, soccer and more. Spanish-language immersion. Multi-week and sibling discounts available. Lunch included. Year-round/track out offered.
- Youngs Gym, Most camps will run Monday-Friday,8:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Themes and pricing are available on the website.
- Bricks 4 Kidz, Specially designed Bricks 4 Kidz models, LEGO games galore & plenty of time for free play. Camps are specially designed for kids grades K-8. See website for schedule and registration.
- Happy Trails Farm, Activities such as horse back riding, arts & crafts, swimming, playground, hiking, basketball, horsehoes, fishing, cooking, movie with popcorn.
- Thori Bryan Soccer Academy, providing specialized soccer training in the form of individual, small group, team training and full day soccer camps.
- Hope Lutheran Church “XPlorers”, Campers have fun with friends while playing games, enjoying outdoor sports, taking nature walks, and getting crafty with food, art and science. Full and half day programs available.
- RDU Tennis, With only an 8:1 student/teacher ratio, kids learn the fundamentals of tennis in an energizing, safe environment. Depending upon location, camps operate on different schedules and have varying fee structures.
I’m sure that I have missed some out there but I hope that I’ve provided a few ideas for you! We are here to help at the Kima Real Estate Group!