School’s out and summer is here with its fun, thrills - and monotony. When that initial feeling of freedom wears off, your kids will be craving more than endless video game play and cartoon reruns. If you are one of many Sacramento families that hasn’t gotten around to planning a summer adventure for your youngsters yet, you still have time. Many local camps will still accept registration forms, and no matter what sort of journey you hope to send your children on, there is surely an ideal camp arrangement perfectly suited to your family.
Creative Arts Camps Creative arts camps have always been a favorite with those children who love to paint, draw, sing, act or dance. From set design and lighting to advanced thespian techniques and basic ballet, there is a creative arts camp experience available to everyone.
Summer ARTastic! Is based in nearby Roseville and is hosted by Royal Stage Christian Performing Arts. Children of all faiths are welcome to attend this twice-weekly day camp, which includes an end-of-summer performance. Camp begins June 19th, and guarantees to be the most affordable in region.
Kidz Art Sacramento offers a summer camp each year that includes everything from “messy media” to 3-D sculpting. Geared toward campers aged 5-12, there are locations all over the region including El Dorado Hills, Natomas and Land Park.
The Sojo Summer Camp is a 6-week day camp offered to inner-city youth living in the Sacramento region. Beginning in June and running through late July, all camp sessions happen at the Sojourner Truth Multicultural Arts Museum in South Sacramento. The camp focuses primarily on art education, as well as teaching other important skills like healthy eating by using arts as a platform.
Finally, the Sacramento Zoo offers an Arts Week camp for kids in Kindergarten through 6th grade. Learn to sculpt a Sloth, sketch a Macaw or embark on one of many other exciting artistic adventures. Campers are sectioned off by grade level, providing a personalized learning experience.
Sports Camps Sacramento State offers a great array of youth sports camps over the summer and cover all of the most popular sports. From high school team camps to more basic clinics for those still in elementary school, the Sac State youth camps are always a hit with young athletes.
Offense-Defense Camps has a location in Davis, where aspiring NFL stars can choose between a sleepover or day camp. All campers log plenty of practice hours on the football field, and the session ends with the camp’s very own version of the Super Bowl.
Bing Maloney offers youth golf camps for those aged 5-8 and 9-17. An intensive day camp style training program, both novice and advanced players can improve their game at this golf course destination in the heart of Sacramento.
Educational Camps The Discovery Museum Science & Space Center offers Camp Discovery for ages 3-11. From special science sessions just for girls to tot time with dinosaurs and star gazing, there is truly an educational opportunity for every child this summer.
The Spanish Immersion Program has day camp opportunities for babies, children and young adults. Learn Spanish swiftly and effectively without ever having to leave the region. The Spanish Immersion Program goes above and beyond typical camper care – if none of their programs fit your schedule, they will try their best to set something up for you.
The Maidu Museum in Roseville holds evening campfires and story times throughout the summer, as well as day camp-style opportunities to explore the property’s historically significant Petroglyphs.
Mad Science is filled to the brim with both educational opportunities and plenty of wit. Referring to their programming as “edu-tainment”, kids learn a wide variety of science concepts through fun classes like Radical Robots, Mad Lab and Grossology.
No matter where you decide to send your kids this summer, they are sure to have a memorable experience due to the incredible diversity found in our valley. Whether it’s sports, creative arts, religion or foreign language you’re after this year, there are plenty of opportunities to fill your child’s mind with new ideas, expanded knowledge and the inspiration to believe they can one day take on the world.