Camps & Summer Activities with Kids: School’s Out for Summer, But the Learning Never Ends

Summer’s a time for fun, of course, but if our children can learn while they’re enjoying themselves, it’s a win-win for everyone. Palm Beach County’s cultural organizations take their responsibility to providing enriching and enjoyable activities for children seriously – and they deliver from the moment school’s out until classes start again. The Cultural Council of Palm Beach County’s Summer Cultural Guide [LINK] offers a comprehensive look at arts and cultural camps, classes and activities from more than 50 local organizations. A sampling includes:

Dance

Future stars of the dance world can take their first tentative steps – or hone their craft – in the studios of several Palm Beach County organizations. Classes geared to various skill levels include ballet, modern, jazz, tap, mime, hip hop and more. Your kids can dance the day away at:

· Ballet Palm Beach
· Boca Ballet Theatre
· Maltz Jupiter Theatre
· Palm Beach Atlantic University, Dance Division

Theater

Budding Broadway stars have numerous opportunities to learn about all aspects of the theater, culminating in fully-staged productions for family and friends. Outstanding opportunities for kids to shine can be found at:

· Delray Beach Playhouse
· Lake Worth Playhouse
· Kravis Center for the Performing Arts
· Maltz Jupiter Theatre
· Sol Children Theatre

Nature and Environment

It’s never too early to start saving the planet. Kids can learn about the wonders of the Everglades, the fragility of coastal hammocks, the plight of endangered sea turtles and a host of other topics from sharks to space. Let your kids explore all the possibilities at:

· Arthur R. Marshall Loxahatchee National Wildlife Refuge
· Gumbo Limbo Nature Center
· Loggerhead Marinelife Center
· Mounts Botanical Garden
· Palm Beach Zoo & Conservation Society
· Pine Jog Environmental Summer Day Camp
· South Florida Science Center

Visual Arts

Children can stretch their imaginations to the limit at a number of camps and special museum education programs focusing on the visual arts throughout the county. Experiences include painting, drawing, ceramics, photography and other disciplines.

· Armory Art Center
· Boca Museum of Art
· Kids Need More Art
· Lighthouse ArtCenter School of Art
· Norton Museum of Art
· Palm Beach Photographic Centre

Something for Everyone

No matter what your kids are interested in doing, they’re bound to find something fascinating at numerous cultural organizations that offer weekly camp sessions, guided tours, day trips, hands-on fun and a never-ending array of special programs. A sampling includes:

· Boca Raton Children’s Museum
· Boynton Beach Recreation and Parks Department
· Jupiter Inlet Lighthouse and Museum
· Milagro Center
· Palm Beach State College
· Schoolhouse Children’s Museum and Learning Center
· Sugar Sand Park Community Center
· Society of the Four Arts