Camps, more for kids
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.