Along with the uncertainties and cancellations of many summer camps this year, comes the question of what to plan for your kids this summer?
As challenging as distance learning proved to be, at least it provided some sort of routine. So now what? I am used to having a summer schedule in place by early spring. This year, I find myself with a big blank space in my calendar for the end of June, July, and part of August. So, I sat down to make a plan.
Many local organizations are putting together either virtual summer camps or summer classes and activities for kids to keep their creative minds sharp and their bodies physically active. Here is a list of some virtual summer offerings I found in my search:
1. Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk: The Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk is offering various virtual programs for families. Check the website and calendar for current offerings. For example, during May, there were programs about sea turtles, seals, and programs for younger children such as Fish Tales (toddler age to kindergarten) and Shark Safari (kindergarten to grade 2).
2. Mad Science: Check the website for schedules and the types of camps offered. As of May 2020, they are planning to offer four science-themed camps, and one art camp live on Zoom. Program materials can be dropped off to your home.
3. Music Camp: For ages 5-12 taught by music teachers in Fairfield County. The emphasis is on teaching about music and making it fun and light for the summer. Some examples include music appreciation and history of composers. To inquire further, contact Victoria at 203-550-4137.
4. Future Picassos: Art programs and summer camps taught on Zoom. There are camps for ages 5-7 and 8-12 and vary from fun-themed like “The Sea” or “Candy Land” to more serious art subjects such as still life art and learning to create comic strips.
5. Stepping Stones Museum for Children: Each week, there are themed topics and activities to choose from. They also offer videos, booklists, movies, songs, art, yoga, and more.
6. Chelsea Piers Connecticut: Chelsea Piers is offering a wide range of virtual activities for kids and families. They have a weekly schedule of live fitness and sports classes for adults and kids with no pre-registration. Live sports classes include gymnastics, HIIT workouts, all team sports, soccer ball mastery, youth basketball, and more. There is a Chelsea Piers Kids Family Resources section with read-alongs, resources, and activities for toddlers and preschool-aged children. Also included in their virtual resources is a page entitled Family Ideas and Inspirations, which includes helpful resources such as health breakfast recipes, strength training, skincare tips, books and movie recommendations, among others.
7. Flex Academies Online Enrichment: Check out their online catalog of programs and classes, which include virtual offerings such as creative movement/dance, Mad Science programs, crafts and painting, chess, musical theater, piano, guitar, and beat makers.
8. Allegra Summer Virtual Dance Camp: This summer, Allegra Dance Greenwich is offering theme-based virtual summer dance classes from July 6th-31st for ages 6-14 years. The flexible schedule allows for attendance for a day, week, or four weeks and for those that participate in the last two weeks, there will be a virtual performance on the last day.
9. Musical Instrument Lessons: Whether organized with an individual teacher in your community or a company offering to arrange lessons virtually, this may be a good option if your child enjoys music. Greenwich Music is offering online lessons this summer via FaceTime, Zoom, or Skype.
10. Locust Performing Arts Center (LPAC): LPAC in Stamford is offering virtual events as well. For example, their offerings include private dance lessons, create a dance with instructor guidance and perform virtually, virtual birthday and graduation parties, choreography series with a group of friends, and lunch and learn with an instructor.
Hopefully the summer days will be filled with family time, outdoor fun, and just the right amount of scheduled activities to give the days some structure and routine.
What are your summer plans with your kids?