by Natalie Miller-Moore
It's hot and the kids are complaining that there's nothing to do. If you've looked through a summer camp catalog lately, you know that's not true.
Summer is an opportunity to learn something a bit offbeat, or immerse your children in something to develop their skills in a way that's not possible during the busy school year. It's also surprising how many local options there are. From The College of William & Mary, to the local city and county camps, there's a ton to choose from. Here are a few interesting selections - but you'll find one for nearly any interest.
Summer Art Camp for Kids
A great way to cultivate a budding artist and put those creative juices to work. It's for kids who've completed kindergarten up to rising 5th graders. Camps are Monday through Friday each week July 16 through August 10, 2012. All camps are at the new This Century Art Gallery's Art Education Center on 110 Westover Ave, between Richmond Road and Lafayette. Each camp has a different theme and different techniques are taught, including things like Animal Art using papier mache and Landscapes using pastels. Call 229-5549 or 229-4949, mail-in registration, or visit the gallery. http://www.thiscenturyartgallery.org/classes_SACK_RegForm.pdf
Yoga Camp for Teens
Your teenager may desperately be in need to relax and chill out - and this camp would be a great way for them to learn some Zen skills. Plus, you'll both get some much needed alone time! Try the Anahata Yoga Camp for Teens located at 104 Bypass Road, Suite 201. The contact is Ann Swanson at (757) 253-0080, email@example.com or www.williamsburgyoga.com
Nike Tennis Camp
This intense camp at The College of William and Mary will give your budding Wimbledon champion some excellent practice, with guidance from professionals. It's at the McCormack-Nagelson Center, a top-notch tennis facility. The Camp Director is Meredith Geiger-Walton, (757) 561-7873. For more information, try www.ussportscamps.com
Spanish Immersion Camp
This growing area of language skill development can help children enhance their practical Spanish, but also stretch themselves as they become immersed in Spanish for the duration of the camp. Children ages 4-12 will engage in Play-based activities and projects, including treasure hunts and play dough. Teacher Lisa Hatcher will lead students at the Windsor Forest Clubhouse for two sessions: July 9-13 and August 13-17. Cost is $199. Contact Lisa at (757) 218-6301, info@PuraVidaAcademy.com, or www.PuraVidaAcademy.com
College of William and Mary, Sadler Center and Campus Center
Camp Williamsburg gives local kids a way to immerse themselves in our rich local history. Held each week on the campus of Historic William and Mary, campers will get the feeling that they are stepping back in time to the 18th century, including costumes. Susie Butler, (757) 714-1958, CampWilliamsburg@gmail.com, www.CampWilliamsburg.com
WISC Sports Camps
This year WISC is offering a variety of sports camps - gymnastics, soccer, cheer, flag football, soccer, art and field hockey! (757) 253-1947, www.thewisc.com
This is a great way to get your kids to develop their computer skills somewhere besides your home office - these classes are taught with customized instruction.
Classes include Digital Video Editing, Web Design and Flash Animation, and Adventures in Comic Creations. Learn more about these classes here.
Summer Camps on the River
Are your kids interested in exploring sailing, marine science and fishing? If so, check out ChristChurch School's Summer Camp Programs on the Chesapeake Bay.
So, tell your kids to cool off - there's a ton of fun to be had during the summer, in lots of different places. They might beg you to go back next summer.
Natalie Miller-Moore has been a resident of Williamsburg, Virginia for six years and is serving as our monthly guest columnist and local expert. On most days, Natalie can be found spending time with her historian husband and young son, tending to her thriving vegetable garden or enjoying all the thrills found right here in Williamsburg.
You can also enjoy Natalie's writing in the Daily Press.
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