Summer is rearing its warm, beautiful head and if you've got kids in school that means you may be stressing right now. After you’ve failed at all of your saved Pinterest projects, paper mache solar systems and Twilight Tunes ends, you realize that eight weeks of summer is a lot of time to fill with "funtivities." A Denton summer camp just might be the answer to some of your problems. Below, we've compiled seven of our favorite local camps. Check 'em out and share your favorite in the comments.
Lego Engineering - Multiple classes in June and July
Make everything awesome by enrolling your little one into this STEM-heavy Lego camp. Build things like race cars and buildings in teams and individuals. The classes are held at North Lakes Recreation Center on Windsor.
Denton ISD Sports Camps - Throughout the summer at different schools
Several of the Denton ISD high schools have summer camps that raise money for a few of their sports. We've checked out the basketball camps before and they're a great bang for you buck. Aside from the T-shirt, basketball and Jason's Deli coupons (that salad bar, y'all), students get an four day, intensive lesson on specific aspects of a sport. For instance, in the basketball camp, students will focus on drilling one day and shooting the next. Both Ryan High School and Guyer High School offer basketball camps. Guyer also offers a soccer camp. The sites can be a tad difficult to navigate so refresh your boolean search knowledge before looking for a specific class.
Greater Denton Arts Council Summer Arts Camp - July 20th - 24th
The Greater Denton Arts Council’s summer arts camp has a variety of classes this year including art, guitar, and dance. Oh, plus they're turning things The classes are fun and all seem to be taught by Master's level students at local universities. We've checked out these classes before and our kiddos had a a blast. Classes are available for kids ages 5 - 14 and they run from July 20th - 24th. The cost is $65 ($60 for GDAC members).
Camp SCRAP is for kids ages 6-12 and it’s a week long art camp. They explore the possibilities of all of the discarded materials in the world around us, play games, try experiments, and make quality, useful projects infused with their own artistic ideas. Camp SCRAP is centered on themes of creative reuse and making the most of your materials.
While you may spend time wishing that the DCT had some vitality injected into it’s marquee whenever you walk down Hickory St, the creative minds behind the theatre are welcoming youngin’s into their new Blackbox Theatre once more this year. DCT’s Summer Creativity Class has a super hero focus this year. Classes are available for children aged 4 - 18. There are mulitple classes available throughout the summer. Some work towards putting together their summer musical, The Little Mermaid, too. So long as they aren’t teaching our kids how to develop websites, we’re happy with ‘em. If you’re interested in these classes, call (940) 383-1356.
UNT has plenty of classes for your budding anthropologists with their Explorer’s Camp. All classes are based out of the Environmental Sciences building and deal with the study/exploration of nature at some level. There are lots of diverse options for students of all ages. Class topics range from water to macroscopic transformations of various forms of matter. Yes, seriously.
The City of Denton Parks Dept. also offers plenty of different camps or daytime activities for your son or daughter. While their website and payment method is a little convoluted, we've participated in a couple of these classes before and they were great. We especially like the crew over at the North Lakes Rec Center. There's a great variety of classes for kids of all ages. Aside from the normal sport-centric activities, they have pre-engineering classes for kids around 6 years of age and classes that feature topics such as movie making and video game design for teens aged 10 - 17. Whatever their interests may be, the city has something to offer.