It’s that time again.
Summer is almost here and for some parents that means watching your kids play video games so long that you worry they’ll forget how to write their own name.
We all know the effect that 7-week break has on academic retention, but what can parents do to help?
Enter summer camps.
These days, summer camps are about more than Popsicle stick crafts and corny campfire songs. These days campers can learn anything from robotics to rocketry, French to film, or grossology to geography.
Here is a list of 5 of Tampa’s best camps to beat the summer brain meltdown:
Camp Connect at the Glazer Children’s Museum – Camp Connect is the newest camp on the list, as this is the Glazer Children’s Museum’s first year, but don’t let it’s relative juniority deter you. With innovative, hands-on activities and a broad curriculum, Camp Connect is sure to entertain your elementary school-er physically, creatively and intellectually. Prices vary from $90/$180 a week for members and $110/$180 a week for non-members. Ages 4-10.
What makes it unique: Kids will take classes in either Humanities, STEM (science, technology, engineering and math), and The Arts. Activities lead children through exploring other cultures, construction, architecture, and health science.
Web site:Camp Connect
MOSI Summer Science Camp – The summer program at MOSI is arguably the most extensive. Campers can study anything from Japanese pop culture, to astronomy, to grossology (hey, they’re kids) while making new friends and keeping their minds and hands busy. And opening this summer, The Idea Zone is a do-it-yourself techie lab where kids and adults alike can build, test, and invent to their hearts delight. Prices vary greatly depending on the program from $7 for two hour sessions to $1,080 for residential academies. Ages 2-17.
What makes it unique: No matter the age of your child or your income level, you will easily find a suitable camp at MOSI. Travel camps and residential programs are available for high school kids.
Web site: Camp Fun
The Arts Make You Smart at Carrollwood Cultural Center – With the arts sometimes taking a backseat in public schools, the Carrollwood Cultural Center is there to help fill the gap. Their summer program teaches various themes through the lens of creativity. Math, Technology, Geography and History are all taught in a way that enhances creative self expression. Prices vary from $90/$180 for members and $100/$200 for non-members. Ages 6-12.
What makes it unique: Cartooning, pottery, rock band and podcasting are all some of the unique classes available to campers.
Web site: Arts Make You Smart
Camp Invention – Focusing on science, technology, engineering and math, Camp Invention gives your whiz kid the opportunity to build and invent in a fun environment. Using hands-on activities your child will develop the problem-solving skills necessary to succeed in a rapidly advancing technological environment. Program price is $225.00 for the week and is for children entering 2nd grade through 6th grade. Three locations available in Tampa.
What makes it unique: Role playing is the preferred method at this stimulating camp. Campers might have to work as a team to build housing to help them survive in a new, alien planet or develop eco-friendly technology to clean up a sludgy city.
Web site: Camp Invention
Camp IDS – The Independent Day School, Corbett Campus has a diverse catalog of enriching classes to delight and instruct children of all ages. Academics, Sports and the Arts are all part of their curriculum, with transportation available to some campers. Fascinating classes include Claymation, French Cuisine and Model Rocketry. This camp is ideal for parents with more than one child with conflicting interests. At Camp IDS, everyone can find a class they’d love! Week long camp’s average price is $100. Preschool to 12th grade classes available.
What makes it unique: This camp has an impressive list of culinary classes which integrates math and chemistry with culture and life skills.
Web site: Camp IDS