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Best of Summer Camps for Kids

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Whether your child is a gardener, cook, athlete, scientist or thespian, or would like to be, here are some great summer camp options you might not know about.

Garden Camps:
Ages 6-10 at Good Shepherd Center
Kids spend five days learning practical garden skills while exploring the plants and animals that live in Seattle Tilth’s gardens and Meridian Park. They learn about insects, vegetables, soil and worms while playing games, making art, reading stories, singing songs, and running through the sprinklers. Campers will be entering 1st – 4th grade in fall 2011 (or equivalent). Cost: $250 or $215 for Seattle Tilth members. June 27–July 1; July 11-15; July 25-29; August 15-19. All camps 9am – 3pm. http://www.seattletilth.org.

Ages 10-14 at Good Shepherd Center
Junior counselors mentor younger campers while continuing their own exploration of garden ecology! They participate in setting up and cleaning up garden activities, assist children’s garden staff, lead small group activities and learn more about organic gardening. Week-long sessions offer all the fun of summer camp with the opportunity to develop leadership skills. Leadership training and orientation provided. Cost: $240 or $205 for Seattle Tilth members. June 27–July 1; July 11-15; July 25-29; August 15-19. All camps 8:30am – 3:30pm. seattletilth.org.

Ages 6-10 at Rainier Beach
These garden camps are a great way to have fun while learning about the garden.
In these two-day sessions, children explore the plants and animals that live at the Rainier Beach Learning Garden. They learn about insects, vegetables, soil and worms while playing games, making art, reading stories, and singing songs. Campers will be entering 1st – 4th grade in fall 2011 (or equivalent). Cost: $65 or $50 for Seattle Tilth members; August 1 & 2; 10 a.m.-2pm; August 29 & 30; 10 a.m- 2 p.m. http://www.seattletilth.org.

Theater Camps:
Seattle Children’s Theater
201 Thomas Street
Seattle, WA 98109
206.443.0807
Check http://www.sct.org for times and details.
Dates: June 20-24; June 27- July 1; July 11-15; July 18-22; July 25-29; August 1-5; August 8-12; August 15-19; August 22-26 -

AGE 3 – GRADE 4 – CREATIVE DRAMA
Classes include Story Drama, Theatre Arts Splash, and many more. Cost: $95.

GRADES 4-12 – ONE-DAY SEMINARS
Discover how much you can learn in a single day. Cost: $75 or enroll in one full week of One-Day Seminars for $400.

GRADES 3-12 – CORE ACTING
Classes include Acting 1, Acting 2, Acting 3, along with full-day camps and Performance Labs. Cost: $200.

GRADES 4-12 – SPECIAL INTEREST
Classes include Acting for the Camera, Musical Theatre, Improvisation and many more. Cost: $210

AGES 5-8 – DISCOVERIES DAY CAMPS WITH WOODLAND PARK ZOO
The themes this year are “I Spy” and “ZooMagination”. Cost: $175

GRADES 1-5 – DISCOVERIES DAY CAMPS WITH PACIFIC SCIENCE CENTER
The themes this year are “Time Travelers” and “Potions”. Cost: $300

GRADES 3-5 – DISCOVERIES DAY CAMPS WITH EXPERIENCE MUSIC PROJECT | SCIENCE FICTION MUSEUM
The themes this year are “Compose and Create” and “Rock-Prov”. Cost: $300

GRADES 3-6 – DISCOVERIES DAY CAMPS WITH MUSEUM OF HISTORY & INDUSTRY
Experience “BOOMTOWN” with MOHAI. Cost: $300

GRADES 1-4 – DISCOVERIES DAY CAMPS WITH SEATTLE AQUARIUM
Experience “LEGENDS OF THE DEEP” with our newest partner. Cost: $300

Rock Climbing Camps:
Vertical World: Seattle, Redmond, Everett, Bremerton, Tacoma
http://www.verticalworld.com/SUMMERCAMPS for more details.
Camps from June 27 – August 26, depending on location.
Time: 9:00am – 3:30pm
Cost: about $315 member/$335 non-member per week.

Kids ages 3-17 with little to no experience at climbing can enjoy a week of learning, both belaying and climbing. During the week there’s a mix of fun games and age appropriate climbing challenges. Climbing is a great way to develop self-awareness, learn problem solving, and make friends in a supportive setting. *50% nonrefundable deposit is due at the time of registration; deposit is transferable with 14 days notice. Participants signing up for two or more camps will receive a 10% discount on ALL camps.

Cooking Camps:
Blue Ribbon Cooking & Culinary Center
2501 Fairview Avenue East
Seattle, WA 98102
206.328.2442
http://www.blueribboncooking.com
Times: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Blue Ribbon Cooking Camps teach kids of all ages how to take care of themselves and others when they are hungry. They promote taking a sense of ownership of your home kitchen as skills are developed. These camps are for children who always feel “there is nothing to eat,” and for those who want independence in the kitchen but lack experience and confidence. The goal is to guide kids into feeling more adventurous and independent in the kitchen.

Classic Culinary Camp
Cost: $400 Camp Fee/$250 Supply Fee

JUNIOR – Ages 7-13:
June 27-30 OR July 18-21 OR August 8-11 OR August 15-18

SENIOR – AGES 14-18:
June 20-23 OR August 1-4

FOR ALL AGES:
August 22-25

Baking and Pastry Camp
Cost: $400 Camp Fee/$250 Supply Fee

FOR ALL AGES:
July 11-14 OR July 25-28

Nature Camps:
Seattle Audubon Society
Magnuson Park
110 Northeast 62nd Street
Seattle, WA 98115
http://www.seattleaudubon.org
Times: 9:00am – 3:30pm

Nature Discovery Day Camps (entering grades 1-3)
Learn about nature through hands-on activities, exploration, games, crafts, and two weekly field trips to local natural areas. Cost: $205 member/$220 non-member.

Eco-Adventure Day Camps (4th-6th graders)
Investigate the birds, wildlife and ecology of the Pacific Northwest through fun, hands-on scientific experiments, cooperative games, team-building activities, art projects, and two weekly field trips. Cost: $205 member/$220 non-member.

Teen Trekker Camps (entering grades 7-9)
Hike and camp in range of habitats on the Olympic Peninsula or the Cascade Mountains. Practice team work and outdoor living skills while researching and exploring the natural world. Cost: $435 member/$450 non-member

Junior Naturalist leaders-in-training (grades 10-12)
A great opportunity for nature-loving teens to build leadership and teaching skills. Teens must be going into the 10th grade or higher, have an interest in nature and children, and pass an application and screening process.

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