Are your kids B - O - R - E - D already? You can admit it, I won't be shocked. If they are nature lovers I might have just the thing for you. Sweet Arrow Lake County Park has several upcoming programs just for the younger crowd.
Wednesday, June 20
Meet at the Waterfall Parking lot Pavilion for King Frog Visits the Pond
From 2 to 3 p.m. Dave "Big Owl" McSurdy will share information about frogs, coyotes, crows and turtles with the help of a few wooden frog puppets.
Thursday, June 21
Meet at the Large Pavilion for Monarch Butterfly and Pollinator Program
This one isn't just for kids but kids love butterflies so...from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. don't miss this information about how to attract butterflies and other pollinators to your backyard. there will also be a short walk so wear appropriate shoes,.
Tuesday, June 26 to Thursday, June 28
There will be two sessions of Wildlife Day Camp : kids ages 4 to 6 will meet from 9:30 to 11 while kids ages 7 to 9 will meet from 1 to 2:30. These camps are donation only so, even if you didn't think you (or your neighbor) could afford a camp they may be able to swing this by giving what the can afford and still have a memorable experience for their child. Campers will learn about wildlife, insects, plants as well as do fun activities each day. You MUST pre-register at 570-391-3326 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Several other places throughout the county are offering camps and classes at different times during the summer. the Schuylkill YMCA is offering camps for kids ages 5 to 12 through August 17. You still have time to register for the camp session beginning June 25 -- can sign up for a week at a time or the entire summer. Each week has a different theme so you can choose a week you think your kids would love. There is also some financial aid available. For more information visit here.
Do you have a budding Picasso in your house? There's still time to sign up for the Schuylkill County Council for the Arts summer camp session that runs July 16 to July 19 and July 23 to 26. There are classes for ages pre-school through 14 and, although pre-schoolers all attend one camp, older kids(ages 6 to 14) can chooses from a variety of camps where they learn different musical instruments, arts, even cooking. Check it out here.
Walk In Art Center, Schuylkill Haven has a variety of one day classes (not all art related) for kids ages 7 to 13 on Wednesdays from 9 to noon. Check them out here. There are also a few 12+ or 10+ classes for your middle school and high school students -- painting, copper etching, jewelry making and pottery . Check them out here
The Arts Barn in Orwigsburg has a few camps for the 6 - 8 years old group starting in July. Check them out here.
Penn State Schuylkill is also hosting a few camps for students in Grades 1 through 8 that will give them a peek at the areas or careers they're interested in pursuing. Check them out here.
If you don't have the funds or time to commit to a structured camp, head to your local library. Most are having a FREE summer reading club that consists of two parts: keeping track of the summer reading you do (and possibly winning a prize) and weekly meetings or programs your kids can attend. Library club is for readers from age 2 all the way through Grade 12. Some libraries will also have additional programs for writers as well as various other activities your child may be interested in once they get to the library and learn what's happening.