Coding, movie making, and robotics are all the rage these days, and there are plenty of great STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) camps in and around Boston for kids to learn those skills. But what if you just want your child to get a taste before committing to a full week of summer camp, or those camps don't fit your budget? The solution is here, in this roundup of free summer camps and workshops where kids to learn how to design video games, combine electronics with everyday crafts, make movies, use iBooks, become makers, and more.
How is end of school year stressful? Let's count the ways. Oh, sure, there's the silver lining of not having to get the kids to school or arguing about homework for the blissful weeks of summer; but blissful loses its luster pretty quickly in the face of "What are we going to do today?", particularly if you already know that what YOU have to do today doesn't involve sprinklers or beaches. We know we should have figured out summer camp by now, really we do. We have a stack of flyers for neato programs that are probably filled up now with kids whose parents got on this weeks (or months) ago.
Summer vacation may be staring you in the face, but there's no need to panic; every one of the neato summer camps listed below still has space available as of this publish date.
The theater provides opportunities for kids to be creative, gain confidence, and learn the value of teamwork. And summer theater camps are a wonderful way to experience the thrill of the stage: Students and the instructors alike can immerse themselves in the creation of a production without the cares of school, other extracurricular activities, or homework. All over the Boston area, there are opportunities for kids from preschool through high school to spend their summer days making theatrical magic. Here's a roundup of some of the best summer theater programs in Boston, Cambridge, and the suburbs.
About our Summer and Vacation Camps Guide: In addition to our Camp Directory, our editors provide up-close information about camps in the area, which you'll find as you scroll through this guide. All of our camp-related posts are here and separated into categories: Summer Camps, February School Vacation Camps, April School Vacation Camps, and December Vacation Week Camps. Among the Summer Camps, you’ll also find advice for choosing a camp and information about this year's summer camp fairs. Be aware that some of our posts are from last year, but we will be updating them as we go along. So, take a look now and check back whenever you need new ideas. There are plenty here!
Aside from offering an excellent solution to your childcare dilemma, camps can be wonderful experiences for children. They may provide academic enrichment, boost athletic skills, get kids outside and into nature, encourage creativity, or just focus on fun. However, finding camps, getting the information you need, and deciding on the right one for your child isn’t always easy. That’s why we have written about all kinds of camps held during the summer and school vacations, from techy programs to nature explorations, and have put them into this handy guide for Boston families.
If you are the owner or manager of a camp that we have covered in this guide and see information that needs updating for 2014, please contact us and we'll make the appropriate updates.
February Vacation Week has come and gone, and it's already March, which means it's time to start thinking about April Vacation Week! If you want to be sure to get a spot for your child in a great camp, this is the time to start considering the options.
My first roundup of 2014 April Vacation Week camps highlights programs that get kids outdoors, exploring nature. These camps also give campers a preview of the traditional summer camp experience. Read on to find out more about 4 nature-centric vacation camps you won't want your kids to miss.
This time of year, the planners, the worriers, and the Type A personalities among us start obsessing about finding the right summer camp for our kids. The bad news is that most of the camp fairs have already come and gone. The good news is that the open houses are just getting started. (To find upcoming camp open houses in Boston, use the keyword search in our Events Calendar.) That’s great, but you might be wondering where to even start. After all, there are hundreds of camps in the Boston area. It has been a long time coming, but we finally have the tool you need: A Camp Directory! The Mommy Poppins Boston editors have chosen quality camps in and around Boston to include in the directory, and there are multiple ways to search for camps your child will love. Keep reading for the answers to your burning questions, like where to find this handy dandy directory, how to use it, and what other camp resources we have to help you on your quest for the right summer camp for your child.
Parents talk about where to send their kids to school an awful lot, but you don't hear nearly as much planning about where to send the kids to summer camp. But I think that four or eight weeks of sleepaway camp can have a much greater impact on a child than an entire year of school. Why? Maybe because at camp, the lessons are all learned through experiences rather than books. Or maybe it's the independence they have there. Or that kids have a chance to try things they would never do in their regular everyday lives.
Whatever the reason, sleepaway camp is one of the most powerful and formative experiences a kid can have, so finding the right program is really important. There are specialty camps that focus on arts, sports, science, etc. but regular old general interest camps where kids spend time communing with nature are great too.
Every child should experience the magic of summer camp. After all, summer at overnight camp is the adventure of a lifetime. It’s where kids discover who they really are, build connections and create memories they’ll hold onto for their entire lives. And, it also happens be a whole lot of fun.
For years the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) has worked to help children experience the immersive atmosphere of Jewish camp where Jewish values, connection to Israel, and the culture of Judaism are entwined with sports, arts and crafts, and friends. With a Find-A-Camp tool, grant program, and the brand new BunkConnect pilot program, Jewish camp should be accessible for every family.
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