Make this Sum­mer To­tally Awe­some

Find a camp where your kids can learn while hav­ing fun.

Milwaukee Magazine - - Special Advertising Content - BY KRIS­TINE HANSEN

Once sun­light stretches into the evening, and out­door temps warm up, a bunch of fun events emerge. Look­ing for ac­tiv­i­ties to keep kids busy and en­gaged so they don’t fall into a lazy slump dur­ing their sum­mer break? Whether it’s a day or overnight camp – or some­thing the whole fam­ily can en­joy – here are some op­tions.

“En­rolling your child in a sum­mer camp will still en­force a sense of struc­ture and rules to be fol­lowed,” says Lakiesha Rus­sell, a coun­selor with a pri­vate prac­tice (The EVOLV­ING Chair) in Mil­wau­kee who sends her own kids to day camps each sum­mer. And you can’t put a price on so­cial in­ter­ac­tion, which all camps pro­vide. “Be­ing able to in­ter­act with chil­dren will also in­crease your child’s ability to be self-aware on how oth­ers are feel­ing,” she says.

Not sure what day camp is best? Start with your child’s in­ter­ests. “Have a con­ver­sa­tion with your chil­dren about their in­ter­ests and strengths and look for a sum­mer camp that can in­crease their con­fi­dence in what they en­joy,” says Rus­sell.

Fo­cused on the in­ter­sec­tion be­tween art and na­ture, day camps at the 40-acre Lyn­den Sculp­ture Gar­den – 50 out­door sculp­tures wo­ven into a nat­u­ral land­scape

– are for ages 20 months to 15 years old. “We have sev­eral guest artists this sum­mer at Lyn­den, in­clud­ing chore­og­ra­pher Reg­gie Wil­son and tex­tile artist Ari­anne King Comer, who will be work­ing with campers dur­ing their res­i­den­cies,” says ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor Polly Mor­ris. Kids will hatch and raise chick­ens, build rafts to float across the pond, and record dis­cov­er­ies in ac­cor­dion books, prints and sculp­tures. Camps are as short as three days and as long as five.

The Mil­wau­kee Art Mu­seum’s sum­mer camps are also very hands-on. Ev­ery week is a dif­fer­ent topic – per­fect for kids or teens who al­ready have a pas­sion when it comes to creat­ing art. For ex­am­ple, the week of June 25-28 is “Pho­tograph­ing Na­ture,” while July 23-26 is “Ex­plor­ing Print­mak­ing” and clay art is the fo­cus July 30-Aug. 2 (“Creat­ing With Clay”). The weeks are bro­ken up into half-days, with 6- to 10-year-olds meet­ing from

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