How To Find the Perfect Summer Camp

Perfect Summer Camp Tennis

School is almost over, especially if you live in South Florida.  One more month of homework, pencils and backpacks and then the kiddos are home.  If you are opting to send them to a summer camp and have not yet done so, I highly recommend you add that to your to-do NOW list.  Camps are filling up but most importantly, you want to find the perfect summer camp for YOUR child.

While word-of-mouth recommendations from friends or relatives is ideal, when choosing a summer camp I advise on taking your children’s interests and personalities into account.  Here are four camps that help you to see why I go this route.  Even if you are not in the Palm Beach County area, you can easily search up similar camps online!

WPBF: FINDING THE PERFECT SUMMER CAMP

Check out my latest news segment where I introduce four local day camps and scroll down below to get detailed info on each of them!

TENNIS, ANYONE?

Perfect Summer Camp Tennis

If you have a junior Serena or Venus living in your household, your child should be attending the Johan Kriek Tennis Academy’s summer camp in Palm Beach Gardens. Johan was #7 in the world and knows his way around the net and court. He and his instructors will be able to teach your child (and even adults – this camp is not limited to children and non-pros) all the basics of the game of tennis including serving, volleying, keeping score and backhand skills. Your child will also learn how to play in a single or doubles scenario. Johan’s camp will keep your child active and is an ideal choice if you’re trying to get your kid off their phone and get him or her more physically fit.

Ages: 3 – adult

Dates: June 5 – August 26; Monday – Saturday 10:30a – 4:00p

Pricing: Varies on whether you are an Academy player, how many weeks you sign up for, and a la carte options if chosen.  Click HERE for full details.

Website: http://www.johankriektennis.com

Phone: 561.814.3655

Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram / YouTube 

CALLING ALL DRAMA KINGS AND QUEENS!

Perfect Summer Camp Drama
If your child is a ham and is dancing and singing in your home 24/7, then you just may have a drama king or queen living under your roof and I highly recommend enrolling them in the Levis JCC Marleen Forkas Theater Camp in Boca!  The JCC offers many camp programs, but the Theater Camp, in partnership with Chicken Coop Theatre, is dedicated solely to performance and musical theater.

What sets this theater camp apart from others is that the campers also get to experience classic summer camp activities such as go carts, swimming, field trips, a carnival, and my favorite – a real flying trapeze!  The two productions slated for this summer are Beauty and the Beast Jr. and Seussical Jr.  (The junior versions are very similar to the originals, yet adapted to better suit the stamina of the younger performers.)

At the end of each session your child gets to take home a commemorative DVD of their performance!

Ages: 7 – 14

Dates: 2 sessions – June 12 – July 7 & July 10 – August 4

Pricing: Click HERE to inquire about pricing and register!

Website: http://www.levisjcc.org

Phone: 561.558.2512

Social Media: Facebook / YouTube

IS YOUR CHILD THE NEXT PICASSO?

perfect summer camp art armory

I personally can’t even draw a stick figure, but perhaps your child is the next Picasso, or the next Coco Chanel? If you have a creative type that loves to doodle, draw or paint, the Armory Art Center in West Palm Beach is an ideal fit for them. They have a numerous variety of ‘summer art experience’ camps for kids from 1st grade to 12th grade that include – but are not limited to – newer programs like jewelry class, ceramics class, and even 3-D printing for the digital arts. They also have different themes each week to stimulate all your kid’s creative juices and when all is said and done, 1 of your child’s works will be featured in a public exhibition to boot!

You have the flexibility to register for one week at a time, a few weeks or the whole summer!

Ages: grade 1 – 12

Dates: June 5 – August 4; 9:30 am – 4:30pm with before and after care available at a small cost

Pricing: $235 per week includes a t-shirt and all art materials.  Click HERE for more details. Note that there is a discount if you register for multiple weeks and/or if you register more than one child!  (Weeks 2 and 6 have an additional fee as there are field trips scheduled during those sessions.)

Website: http://www.armoryart.org

Phone: 561.832.1776

Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / Instagram

LET THE EXPERIMENTS BEGIN!

perfect summer camp mad science
Mad Science of Palm Beach is the perfect camp choice for your S.T.E.M. minded elementary aged child over the summer.  Building circuit robots, launching rockets, inventing & exploring and more. Children can even become a Spy for the week learning about DNA and fingerprints. Do you have a young chemist at home? The Fizz-cal Science camp is the perfect camp for potions and concoctions. Oh…and what about engineering? Building geodomes, bridges and catapults. Mad Science has something for every Jr. Mad Scientist! 

I like that the camps are offered throughout Palm Beach County – Jupiter, Boca, Wellington, Palm Beach Gardens, Boynton Beach, and also Fort Lauderdale.

Ages: grade 1 – 6 (as of Fall 2017)

Dates: June 5 – August 4; 9:00 am – 3:00pm

Pricing: $260 per week.  Click HERE for more details. Note that there is a discount if you register for multiple weeks.  Sign up before May 15th using the code SCIENCE and get $20 off per child!

Website: http://palmbeachbroward.madscience.org

General Camp Info: http://palmbeachbroward.madscience.org/campexperience.aspx 

Topic Info & Pricing: http://palmbeachbroward.madscience.org/campinfo.aspx

Summer Schedule: http://palmbeachbroward.madscience.org/2017summercamps.aspx

Locations: http://palmbeachbroward.madscience.org/address.aspx

Phone: 561.747.3033

Social Media: Facebook / Twitter / YouTube

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