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Local Summer Camps for Kids, 2013

May 02, 2013 03:22AM ● By Erin Frisch


As the days grow longer, it’s time to think about how you are going to keep your energetic children active and engaged this summer. There are countless summer camp options right in the Upper Valley. Whether your kids would like to express their artistic flair in artwork or on the stage, or would prefer to explore in the woods, collecting leaves and insects and playing nature games, we have a camp for you.

• Northern Stage Summer Theater Camps: Located conveniently in White River Junction, Northern Stage plays host every summer to aspiring young actors and actresses. With a variety of camps for ages 5 through 18, all your children can participate in this one-of-a-kind experience. Younger children learn music, dances, and stories featuring Mother Goose nursery rhymes, while older children have the chance to work with acting professionals to bring a Broadway masterpiece to life! This is a great opportunity for your child to build confidence on stage and to increase his or her range of talents. Sessions are weeklong and range from $200 to $300. For more information, visit here.

• Montshire Museum of Science Day Camps: On the Norwich side of the Connecticut River, the Montshire Museum of Science is an indoor and outdoor facility that teaches kids to embrace nature’s gifts by experimenting with science and playing in Vermont’s expansive backyard. Camps are for children entering preschool through grade 8. A wide variety of camps are offered, including Aquatic Explorers, where your child can explore aquatic habitats, and Kinetic Art, for children who would prefer to investigate machines, engines, and moving art, along with creating some of their own. Your child will be active all day long, whether playing animal-themed games, using chemistry to make cool crafts, going for nature hikes, or splashing around in the swimming hole. Montshire camps are perfect for kids who want to spend the whole summer learning about our world. Prices range from $170 to $330 for members and $190 to $365 for nonmembers. For more details, visit the Montshire Summer Camp website here.

• KUA ALPs (Accelerated Language Programs): Your motivated children can learn to speak a foreign language in just 10 days of language immersion at Kimball Union Academy in Meriden, New Hampshire. In partnership with Dartmouth’s world-renowned Rassias program, KUA offers both cultural and language immersion in Chinese, Spanish, French, and English as a Second Language (ESL). Not only will your child be able to grasp basic communication skills in this language under the careful guidance of trained drill instructors, he or she will also be able to participate in international activities, like making sushi, singing national anthems, and “storming the Bastille” with water balloons. Sessions run throughout the summer, for single or double sessions, and are available for students ages 11 to 17. For the full layout of all summer sessions, see here.

• AVA Gallery Summer Art Camps: Does your child find joy in putting pen to paper, using his or her hands to make something, or just being creative? If so, your child would love AVA art camps, which take place in the AVA Gallery just off the Lebanon Green. Mostly weeklong (five days; three hours per day), these courses offer a creative outlet for children, along with instruction from professionals to help them hone their skills as artists. For younger children, classes feature such themes as fairytales, pirates, and Dr. Seuss, all explored through hands-on crafts and art projects. Older children can be empowered by the chance to learn digital photography, explore the themes of food and worldwide hunger in the creation of a mural, or immerse themselves in the world of sustainable architecture. This is the place for your young Picasso to blossom! Most classes are between $160 and $200 for five days, with a discount for AVA Gallery members. Visit the AVA Summer Camps website for a complete list of all the camps available.

What camps do your children enjoy in the Upper Valley?

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