Summer is here and that means summer break for your kids. You have their summer all planned out, right? Yeah, neither do I.
While many people have their kids’ schedules planned far in advance, some of us aren’t as quick to get things sorted. There are many different camps, clubs, and classes that are still available and ready to be filled by your family, so don’t fret. From rec centers to specialty camps and classes, there is something for everyone with a variety of interests and scheduling needs.
Check out some of these great programs in the Denver and surrounding areas.
The YMCA has been around for over 160 years and services over 10,000 neighborhoods across the country. They are one of your best choices for camps and classes for your sporty, artistic or just plain energetic kids. Some classes are only half day, but they give you the option of before and after class care that work around normal working hours. Also, with the variety of YMCAs around, you will be able to find something close to you that suits the interests of your child and the needs of your schedule. All of this, plus affordable pricing makes it a win for your family’s summer schedule.
Your local rec center has a lot of the same benefits as the YMCA and you might get discounted pricing for living in the city the centers are based. For example, anyone can go to the Wheat Ridge Recreation Department, but if you are a Jefferson County resident, you get a little cheaper price. If you are a Wheat Ridge resident you get an even bigger cut. One of the benefits of the Lakewood Recreation Division, is there are multiple locations all over Lakewood that you can access. Again, you get a little discount for being a resident, but anyone is welcome. You also have the option to add some day care hours before, in the middle of, or after your kids’ classes.
My kids like athletics but they also love science and learning. Here are some affordable programs where they can exercise their brains. An added bonus is that many of these programs offer birthday parties so your kid may find something great to do with their friends, that doesn’t involve a ball pit and mediocre pizza.
Bricks 4 Kidz
This program shows there is more to Legos than just what the instructions tell you. Want to make a movie with Legos? You got it. Want to build a robot and have battles? You got it. Teaching a kid to use their imagination is one of the most important lessons they can learn. Your future filmmaker or engineer will love it and you will appreciate the time they have there.
Are you raising a future astronaut or paleontologist? Or do you just know your kids would be thrilled by chemical reactions, spy gear, and building rockets? Then you'll want to check out the programs through Mad Science. There are a variety of locations and too many programs to list here. They offer full-day, half-day, and even week-long camps for your budding scientist to enjoy. Summer isn’t the only time to get your science on -- with after-school programs and winter camps, you may get hooked on this program for year-round fun.
Have you got a little role-player in your house? Check out the quests they can go on through Renaissance Adventures. They offer half-day, full-day, and overnight adventures to fit anyone’s schedule or budget. It will be a unique summer activity they won’t forget.
Does your kid know more about animals than you do? Maybe they would like to spend a week at the zoo learning even more. Their affordable day camps can fill up quickly but they are worth checking out. They even have times available for before and after camp care. Offering a variety of age-appropriate activities, they have something for every animal-loving soul in your house.