When school lets out for the summer, parents look for ways to keep their kids interested in something other than video games and lounging around, not an easy task. There are many great places to take the kids over the summer, but sometimes Mom and Dad need a break.
That's where Summer Camps come in. A number of popular metro-area attractions offer fun and educational Summer Camps in Oklahoma City.
Know of other general-interest Summer Camps in Oklahoma City to add to the list?
What: Day camps that run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Friday, over the summer in which kids get hands-on experience in nearly every medium of art including clay, acting, painting, video production, photography and more.
How Much: $100-215 - (405) 951-0000 to register
What: The OKC Museum of Art is offering camps this summer for ages 4-12, everything from movie-making to photography, jewelry and painting. Each camp is thematic based on the museum’s collection and special exhibitions.
How Much: $120 members ($130 nonmembers) - (405) 236-3100 ext. 213 to register
What: Kids ages 3-15 can take part in different summer camp sessions at the OKC Zoo. The sessions are themed and concentrate on different animal discoveries. For example, "Camp Bow Wow Meow Meow" in late June focuses on wolves and tigers.
How Much: $145 for members ($160 non-members) for half day or $275 for members ($300 non-members) for full day - (405) 425-0218 to register
What: Eight weekly educational Summer Camps from Science Museum Oklahoma run each day during the session and feature themes such as astronomy and Harry Potter.
How Much: $225 for members ($250 non-members) - (405) 602-3760 to register.
What: Partnering with Cox Communications, the Oklahoma City Thunder will host basketball camps throughout the state for boys and girls from 6-14. Each participant learns basketball fundamentals and life lessons.
How Much: $65 for single day camp, $185 for three-day camp - Register online
OU Sooner Flight AcademyWhen: Age-specified sessions in June and July
What: Summer flight camps are available for students between the ages of 6 and 18. Campers learn laws of physics and the science of flight, and they get up close for pre-flight inspection. The younger campers receive an orientation flight while older kids even get a chance to fly the plane.
How Much: From $475-600 for members - (405) 325-6808 or enroll online
What: If you're looking for something unique outdoors, check out the Riversport Camps. Rowing, kayaking, and outdoor adventure camps are available in multiple sessions, some for kids as young as 8 and as old as 16. All equipment is included, as is a snack.
How Much: $175 - $300 - Register online
What: The city's parks and recreation department offers a great number of weekly camp sessions all across Oklahoma City. Find a wide range of themes, everything from sports and nature to art, science and performance.
How Much: $80 per week (siblings are $75 if in same camp/location); performing arts camps are $190 for two week sessions, and "Outdoor Wilderness Adventures" is $175/ week - (405) 297-2211 or register online
Summer FUNcamps at Main EventWhen: Half-day camps from June 5 - August 11, Monday through Friday
What: Kids age 8-15 can join camps at Main Event Entertainment that include bowling lessons, video games and laser tag. Also provided are lunch, t-shirt and certificate of completion.
How Much: $29.95 per day or all week for $124.95 - Register online
What: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday during 2 summer camp sessions at Orr Family Farm, kids ages 5-11 can learn about agriculture, enjoy games and much more.
How Much: $170 with lunch and t-shirt provided - (405) 799-3276 to register
What: From 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., the Oklahoma Children's Theatre has weekly camps throughout the summer for kids 3 years and older. The theatre camps give kids the opportunity to participate in fun activities such as music, magic, dance, video game design and more.
How Much: $130-500 - Register online.
Camp DaKaNiWhen: Sessions from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Monday-Friday, in June and July
What: Located west of Frontier City, Camp DaKaNi from Camp Fire Heart of OKC offers fishing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, zip line, and many other fun summer activities for kids ages 5-13.
How Much: $210/week - Register online
What: Boys & girls Ages 6-17 can participate in Kung Fu Summer Camps. They focus on outdoor agility, meditation, tumbling, Kung Fu techniques and more.
How Much: $150 - (405) 973-8249 to register
What: Girls learn outdoor skills such as making a campfire, and they enjoy fun activities such as horseback riding and archery at Girl Scouts camps.
How Much: $65-300 - Register online
What: Designed for kids as young as 5 and as old as 15, the Artsy Rose Academy summer camps each have a different artistic focus, from photo fun to fashion, painting, theatre and more.
How Much: $60 - Register online or by calling (405) 603-8550.
What: A program of the Children's Arts Network, Artworks summer day camps are designed for kids 8-12 years of age and teach subjects such as dance, theatre, visual art, Lego robotics, Lego creations and music.
How Much: Multiple-session discounts, sibling discounts, Yellow Pages coupons, early registration discounts and homeschool family discounts available - Register online.