As schools begin to creep up to the finish line, children are starting to grow eager for summertime. For all the parents who are stressing about what activities will keep their children both busy and happy during those unbearably hot months; have no fear because Ironwood Library is here.
In an earlier column I described the national physical activity guidelines for youth. In brief, the guidelines recommend 60 minutes of physical activity each day for children and teens. The guidelines also indicated that youth should not be inactive for long periods of time during their waking hours (more than two hours at a time).
Most camps offer arts and crafts, nature walks and canoeing, but only one lets kids get up close and personal with their favorite wildlife; Camp Zoo at the Phoenix Zoo, which opens up again this summer.
Churches across Ahwatukee Foothills have options to keep kids busy this summer with day camps locally and week-long camps in the woods.
Are you curious about the inventions during the turn of the century that sparked our modern-age technology?
As the rush begins to plan for summer activities, you may find yourself looking into summer camp. You'll find a variety of summer camp options; part or full day; overnight or weekly, multi-activity or activity specific. For school-aged children there are many options and you may benefit from researching all of the opportunities based on the needs of your child. Because children develop at different rates, it is difficult to make a decision based on age or grade. There are extended camp choices available to children age 7 or older, however, you may want to evaluate if your 7 year old is ready to be away from home in an unfamiliar setting with people they don't know.
I always laugh when a student asks, "Why should I try hard in school? If this was a job, and I got paid, that would be different. But I don't get paid to do all this work and I can't be fired, so what's the point?"
Guests of The Arizona Grand Hotel have a place to drop off their kids while they relax at the resort’s spa or golf course.
Iguanas, cockatoos and sugar gliders are just some of the animals kids can get to know at camps dedicated to teaching about pets and wildlife this summer.
Music Maker Workshops in Ahwatukee Foothills is offering an array of summer camps for kids interested in experimenting with music.
The Ahwatukee Foothills Family YMCA is offering summer programs for kids of all ages.
New for this year’s summer options in the Kyrene School District is After Hours, an age-appropriate program for middle school students.
Keep your kids out of the heat this summer with an array of musical theater camps offered by the Ahwatukee Children's Theater.
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