"It's summertime, summertime -- sum, sum, summertime..." It isn't only the weather. Yard sale signs are popping up all over town, there is watermelon in the grocery store and my daughter has asked when we're going to Knoebels. And for the younger crowd there is the annual last day of school countdown. Of course while they're counting down, parents are asking themselves "What now?" If you're one of those parents (or grandparents) why not check out some of the fun summer camps happening in the next few months.
Libraries, always a great place for kids are stepping it up with great summer reading programs. This year's theme is Summer Quest: a Universe of Stories. Along with reading logs and end-of-the-summer prizes and parties, there are special events and speakers throughout the summer. So even if your child isn't a big reader, chances are they'll find something to enjoy at the library. Some libraries are also running lunch programs to make up for the healthy lunch children would normally receive during the school day. Both programs are starting on June 17 in the Pottsville Library. Contact your local library to see what they have planned.
Penn State Schuylkill Campus will be hosting their Kids College this year for kids in Grades 1 to 4 or Grades 5 to 8. Classes run from Monday to Friday and there are two classes in each session: morning class from 9 am to noon and afternoon class from 1 pm to 4 pm. There are three sessions in June (10-14, 17-21, 24-28) and two sessions in July (15-19, 22-26). Subjects range from coding to engineering to Harry Potter to creative writing. Register by May 25 for a discount. Learn more here.
Tuscarora State Park will be hosting the new Discover E Camps. These mini camps (just three days) focus on the outdoors so dress appropriately. Just $20! There is a separate camp for each age group.
Hide 'n Seekers for ages 4-5 is July 8 - 10 from 9 am to 11 am. Outdoor Explorers for ages 6-8 is August 5-7 from 9 am to 11 am. Penn's Adventures for ages 9-12 is July 22-24 from 9 am to noon. You can register now at 570-467-2404.
Schuylkill County Council for the Arts is holding art related camps that are focusing on "going green" there is one Seedlings Camp for ages 3-5 and a variety of camps for ages 6-9 and 10-14. There are two sessions with each session running two weeks ( June 17-27 and July 22-Aug 1). Classes are held from 9 am to 11:45 am. There's a little bit of everything to choose from: guitar, drumming, pottery, sculpture, vocals, puppetry, mixed media and more. For more info contact firstname.lastname@example.org
Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven is also holding a summer program every Wednesday from 9 am to 11:30 am for ages 7-13 from July 10 through August 14. You can register for just one Wednesday or all six. Learn more and register here. For the 3 to 7 year old crowd there is a Tiny Tots Camp from June 24 - June 27 from 9 am to noon. Learn more here. You can also check out periodic art classes for the young crowd throughout the summer here.