As the days heat up and school lets out, activities offered for kids do anything but fizzle out.
Day Camp can be a great opportunity for children who aren’t ready to go to overnight camp, but are ready to meet new friends, try a new activity, or hone a beloved hobby
into a skill.
Dallas is teeming with camps offering everything from the traditional outdoor adventure to acting classes. Here are just a few.
Drama, Drama, drama
• Shakespeare Dallas offers kids of all ages the chance to learn from devotees of the Bard this summer. One option is All The World’s a Stage. Campers for grades 2-6 will create characters and practice scenes from different plays. At the close of camp, they will perform for friends and family at the Samuel Grand Amphitheater.
Dates: June 13 – 17
Time: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Where: J. Erik Jonsson Central Library
Times and dates of the other camps are available online.
• SummerStage 2016 at the Dallas Theater Center runs two-week acting and musical theater sessions for children ages 7-12. With musical theater in the morning and acting in the afternoon, students have the option to participate in a half or full day sessions.
Dates: June 6 – Aug. 5,
Time: 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., 1:30 to 4:30 p.m.
Cost: $285 for benefactors, friends, and subscribers; $335 for general public
Where: Dee and Charles Wyly Theatre in the AT&T Performing Arts Center
Breath of Fresh Air
• YMCA Camp on the Lake is an opportunity for kids ages 6-13 to spend a week shooting archery, swimming, canoeing/kayaking, sailing, playing field games, and making crafts. Bus rides are offered to and from Lake Lewisville from eight YMCAs, including the Park Cities and Town North locations.
Dates: May 31 – Aug. 19
Time: Drop off: 7:30 to 8:15 a.m.
Pick up: 5 to 6 p.m.
Where: Lake Lewisville
• Preston Hollow Presbyterian invites kindergarteners through fifth-graders to spend a week at Springhill Day Camp. There will be crafts, games, adventures along creek, and a watermelon seed-spitting contest. Kids grades 6-12 can apply to be junior counselors by contacting Ann Nielsen at firstname.lastname@example.org .
Dates: July 11 – 15 and 18 – 22
Time: 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Drop off and pick up at PHPC
• The Dallas NFL Alumni Hero Youth Football camp offers non-contact instruction to kids ages 6-14 to run, throw, catch, and defend. The camp emphasizes proper techniques for blocking and tackling to prepare tackle-bound tikes to play safe. Dallas Cowboy alumni will be making appearances.
Dates: June 27 – July 1
Time: 8:30 to 11:30 a.m.
Where: Greenhill School
Reporting by Elizabeth
Ygartua and Danielle Garcia