5 Peoria-Area Summer Camps and Classes

The school semester is halfway over, and Summer is soon arriving. The kids are getting anxious, and adults are wondering how they will keep their children occupied before school starts again. Here is a list of Peoria, Illinois-area educational summer camps and classes.

Illinois Central College’s College for Kids

Illinois Central College has offered College for Kids as a summer staple. Enrollment begins April 18, 2011 at 8 am. It is offered twice during the summer, with Session I on June 13-23 and Session II going from July 11-21. The Monday-through-Thursday classes cost $70.00. It offers a wide range of classes ranging from theater to drawing to chemistry and much more. Please visit http://apps.icc.edu/cfk/index.php for more information.

Bradley University’s BU Kids

The prestigious Bradley University offers BU Kids as a way to get middleschool and high school-aged kids into the swing of college. These classes are valuable tutoring lessons to help one’s child succeed, and include: Bradley’s America Reads Tutoring Program, Jim Les Basketball Camp, Multicultural Broadcasting Workshop, the Paula Buscher Basketball Camp, Reading Programs for Children and Adults, Summer Forensics Institute, and World of Wonder. The courses have varying costs, with America Reads being the least expensive and Summer Forensics Institute being the most expensive. Please visit the links at www.bradley.edu/bukids /.

Peoria Park District Summer Activities

Peoria Park District is a great way to entertain and educate your kids over the Summertime before school starts again. It has a wide range of classes that are going on all the time which go from Yoga to teaching kids about wild animals to basketball and kick-boxing aerobics. These activities are always playing in Peoria in the regular schedule book. The courses generally have a $4.25 drop-in fee and are $45 for 12 visits. More information can be found at http://www.peoriaparks.org/.

Lakeview Museum Classes

Peoria Lakeview Museum offers fun Summer classes for your kids. These classes include a Lego® Brick Camp, an Art and Science Camp, Moneyville Camp, and Skies Over Hogwarts. For Lakeview members it costs $152 for full-day camp and $92 for half-day, while for non-members a full-day is $170 and a half-day is $110. Full information can be found at http://www.lakeview-museum.org/Web/Edit-Lakeview/default.aspx.

Peoria River Plex

The Peoria River Plex is an excellent fitness center along the riverfront to take your family. Its activities include swimming lessons, group and party recreation, weightloss resources, youth outreach programs, and group exercise classes. Membership is always open and has a $100 initiation fee to join, and includes a “group orientation led by our Certified Personal Trainers.” (Membership Rates pdf) Additonally these memberships include Individual, Family, Joint, and several others. Please visit their official site here at http://www.riverplex.org/home to learn more.