Camps, more for kids

The Republican Herald - - HEALTH - Jan­ice John­ston

Fill up your chil­dren’s sum­mer va­ca­tion with fun things to do at camps and pro­grams.

Chil­dren have a long sum­mer in front of them but there’s no need for them to sit in front of the TV or play video games for the next 10 weeks.

Sev­eral non­prof­its will be host­ing camps for chil­dren of all ages that will cover a va­ri­ety of sub­jects like the en­vi­ron­ment, the arts, mu­sic, science, an­i­mals and read­ing and all will spark cu­rios­ity and en­cour­age imag­i­na­tions.

Sweet Ar­row Lake, Pine Grove, will host two Wildlife Day Camps, both from June 26 to 28 but at dif­fer­ent times for dif­fer­ent age groups. Camp 1 is for chil­dren ages 4 to 6 and will take place from 9:30 to 11 a.m. Camp 2 is for chil­dren ages 7 to 9 and will be held from 1 to 2:30 p.m.

The camps will be led by “Por­cu­pine Pat” and are be­ing run on a “do­na­tiononly” ba­sis. The fo­cus of each camp will be learn­ing about wildlife, in­sects and plants, and will in­clude fun ac­tiv­i­ties de­signed to stim­u­late cu­rios­ity and nat­u­ral aware­ness. Ea­gles, an­i­mals, trees and wa­ter will be just some of the back­drop for the camps. All campers must be reg­is­tered by con­tact­ing “Por­cu­pine Pat” at the Schuylkill Con­ser­va­tion District at 570-391-3326 or by email­ing por­cu­pinepat@ ya­hoo.com.

The Schuylkill County Coun­cil for the Arts presents Sum­mer Art Camp from July 16-19 and July 23-26. There are open to chil­dren ages 3 to 14. The classes take place in the morn­ing but at dif­fer­ent times. Cour­ses in­clude seedling camp, pot­tery, gui­tar, theater, Art to Eat, 3D de­sign, paint­ing, mixed me­dia and more.

Classes will be held at the cen­ter at 1440 Ma­han­tongo Street in Pottsville. Fees are $90 per child, but there is a $20 dis­count for other chil­dren from the same fam­ily; ex­cludes seedling and pot­tery classes. Reg­is­tra­tion and pay­ment for the camps must be re­ceived by July 2. Reg­is­tra­tion forms and class de­tails can be found at www. sc­carts.com or by call­ing 570622-2788.

Tiny Tots Art Camp, a four­day workshop for chil­dren age 4 to 7, will be held at the Walk In Art Cen­ter from 9 a.m. to noon July 9-12. Print­mak­ing, crayon sculp­ture and dot-to-dot paint­ing are a few of the projects stu­dents will work on. Cost is $80. Reg­is­tra­tion is re­quired by vis­it­ing www.walk­i­nart­cen­ter.org or call­ing 570-732-3728.

The Walk In Art Cen­ter will also fea­ture art camps for ages 7-13 on var­i­ous dates from July 11 through Aug. 15. All camps will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. Me­te­orite Madness with Mar­tian Ma­te­ri­als will be held on July 11; Crea­ture Cre­ator and As­tron­omy with Snapol­ogy on July 18; An­i­mals with the Le­high Zoo on July 25; Tur­tles, Snakes, Chameleon and Col­lage on Aug. 1; En­dan­gered Species with Zoo Amer­ica on Aug. 8; Ball Python, Taran­tula, and Cock­roaches with the North Mu­seum of Na­ture and Science on Aug. 15. There is a $10 fee per stu­dent. For more in­for­ma­tion, visit www.walk­i­nart­cen­ter.org or call 570-732-3728.

The Pottsville Free Pub­lic Li­brary con­tin­ues its “Li­braries Rock!” sum­mer read­ing pro­grams through Aug. 2. Sto­ry­time for ages 17 months through 5 years is held 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. Mon­days and Satur­days. Fam­ily Night, for ages 5-12, is held 6 to 7 p.m. Thurs­days. Sum­mer Quest, for grades K through 12, en­cour­ages young read­ers to com­plete age-ap­pro­pri­ate quests for prizes. Read­ers work at their own paces. Regis­ter for any of these pro­grams by vis­it­ing the li­brary or call­ing 570622-8880.

Fi­nally, the Tamaqua Pub­lic Li­brary fea­tures “Li­braries Rock!” six-week sum­mer pro­grams. Sum­mer Quest, for chil­dren up to age 5, takes place at 10 a.m. Tues­days, Wed­nes­days and Thurs­days; for ages 6 to 12 at 3 and 6 p.m. Mon­days; and their Young Adult Sum­mer Pro­gram runs 3 p.m. Fri­days. Call the li­brary at 570-668-4660 to regis­ter for these pro­grams or for de­tails.

If you’re in­ter­ested in any of these camps or pro­grams, regis­ter quickly. Classes are filling fast.

The play, “The Farm­ers Ho­tel,” will be per­formed at the Schuylkill County Coun­cil for the Arts at 7 p.m. Satur­day and 2 p.m. Sun­day. Tick­ets sell for $15 in ad­vance or $18 at the door and in­cludes re­fresh­ments. Call 570-622-2788 for de­tails.

Com­mu­nity Vol­un­teers in Ac­tion is the vol­un­teer cen­ter for Schuylkill County. Use the pre­ced­ing con­tact in­for­ma­tion for those spe­cific op­por­tu­ni­ties and search other list­ings on our web­site at www.schuylkill.us/cvia. Find us on Face­book. Call us at 570-628-1426 or email jjohn­ston@co.schuylkill.pa.us.

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