Nobody wants to go to summer school--but they might if it's the right summer school! There are plenty of opportunities for kids to learn in a fun way during the summer months. A few of the camps and classes are:
At Sweet Arrow Lake County Park from June 22 to June 24
Ages 4-6 from 9:30 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. and Ages 7-9 from 1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Camps will be led by Porcupine Pat McKinney and you can attend one, two or three days. Freewill donations are welcome. You must pre-register by contacting Porcupine Pat at 570-622-4124 ext. 113 or firstname.lastname@example.org YOu can learn more and find the registration form here.
Summer Youth Academies
At Penn State Schuylkill students in grades 1 through 8 can learn more about STEM, health professions or agriculture at week long camps. Learn more here.
Walk-In Art Center
Let your child explore their creative side with reading/art classes, theatre camp, potato print class, art/music class. Learn more here.
Summer Art Camp
The Schuylkill County Art and Ethnic Center in Pottsville is having art classes for pre-schoolers as well as several for older kids on music, theatre, art to eat, 3-D design, guitar, pottery, painting and percussion. Learn more here.
The Arts Barn in Orwigsbirg is offering camps for three age groups: 3-5, 6-8 and 9-11. They combine nature, art and lots of fun (plus snacks). Learn more here.
Fun Out of the Sun
The Schuylkill Mall is bringing back their Wednesday Kids Days which include a movie for $1, free lunch and craft for kids under 12. This Wednesday is the Croods and making a kite. Chech out the whole line up for June and July here.
Both of my daughters and my son are runners...completing various 5Ks and cross country meets. I have managed to cross the finish line (barely) in a few 5Ks and it looks like the running mania is spreading. My mom wants to try a 5K. Of course since she's been retired for quite a few years, she's planning on walking instead of running. For her first appearance on the race circuit she's heading to a neighboring town--Port Carbon for their Firecracker 5K on July 4.
If you're a newbie think about the Firecracker 5K , it's mostly flat and lots of fun, not to mention that it benefits the town's parade and fireworks. You can register at Pretzel City Sports or email email@example.com for a paper registration form. Registration is $20 until June 15 and $25 until June 29. First 200 registered runners/walkers receive a free t-shirt. You can also purchase a t-shirt for just $10 (call Deniece at 570-573-1946). Registration is July 3 between 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. at the gazebo next to the library.
Not feeling competitive? How about a local hike instead? There are several coming up and the weather is perfect!
Saturday, June 11
PPL Susquehanna Riverlands/Wetlands Hike from 10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
You MUST register by calling Robin Tracey at 570-467-2506. No dogs allowed.
This 6.5 mile hike is rated moderate.
Sunday, June 12
Kaufman Run Caper from 1:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet at the south end of the Schuylkill Mall parking lot.
This 4 mile hike is rated challenging.
Saturday, June 18
Yoga and Mindfulness Walk from 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Meet at Waterfall Road Pavillion, Sweet Arrow Lake County Park for a walk that combines the practice of mindfulness and yoga (beginner, standing poses only -- no mats needed). For adults and teens. Call Susan at 570-624-3018 to register.
Saturday, June 18
Old Schuylkill Haven Water Dam Hike from 1:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Meet at Ketner's Road of Panther Valley Road, west of Cressona for a hike that leads to a site that is surrounded on three sides by the Second Mountain Tract of Weiser State Forest.
This 4 mile hike is rated moderate.