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S is for Summer Camps

Whether it be Art, The Bible, or Camping in the great outdoors, the A, B, Cs of summer enrichment programs for children are filled with endless opportunities.  In this post, I attempt to round up as many summer camps and resources as I can, but it is not as comprehensive as I would hope. I encourage readers to let us all know of other summer programs by using the comment section.  I will also include additional resources as I stumble upon them in my weekly “F is for Free and Frugal Family Fun” blog.

Mark your calendars!  The Minnesota Parent Camp Fair, Saturday, February 25, 10 AM – 2 PM, Como Park Zoo and Conservatory, this event is FREE! Now is the best time to get a head start on planning for summer camps. Meet camp representatives from day and overnight, music, science, computer, art, performance programs and more!

Disclosure and warning: The intent of this post is to gather as many summer resources as possible and because I have had little if not any personal exposure to the majority of these programs and therefore, do not assume that simply because I am posting about them here that I fully endorse them.  Because these programs are intended for children, YOUR children, and some cost A LOT of money, I HIGHLY  encourage you to seek as much information as possible about these programs and gather feedback and references from trusted sources before you even sign up your children for these activities. Also, take note, some of these organization do not yet have their summer programs posted on their website. I have provided the link I believe will be the connection to those programs as soon as they are available. Do not hesitate to email or call the organization now and ask for their summer information.

ACADEMIC

Chess Day Camp
Concordia Language Village
Groves Academy
Academy of Holy Angels

ART & DRAMA
The Art Academy
in St. Paul
Children’s Theatre Company
Dance Endeavors
Edina Art Center

Guthrie Theatre
Minneapolis Institute of Arts – Minneapolis
Richfield Evangelical Lutheran Church drama camp
Stages Theatre in Hopkins
Shell Lake Art Center

COMMUNITY EDUCATION
Edina Community Education
Minneapolis Community Education
Richfield Bloomington Community Education
Richfield Recreation

CRAFTS
Bead Monkey
Kiddywampus
The Linden Tree
Sewtropolis

HORSES
Circle R Ranch
in Long Pairie
Newhorse.com

NATURE
Children’s Country Day School in Mendota Heights for ages 2-7 years
Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
Swift Nature Camp
Three Rivers Park
Woodlake Nature Center

SCIENCE
Bell Museum of Natural History
Science Museum of Minnesota programs for children ages 3-16 years. Registration for members begins February 20, non-members begins March 5.
Wise Swim School Science Camps

SPORTS
Wise Swim School
YMCA
Elite Gymnastics
SkyZone
Volleyball

SCOUTS
Boy Scouts of America
Girl Scouts

SPECIALTY PROGRAMS
Autism Society
Struggling Teens

VACATION BIBLE SCHOOL
Christ Prespyterian  Church VBS in Edina
Oak Grove Lutheran VBS in Richfield
St. Richard’s Catholic Church VBS in Richfield
Richfield ELCA VBS

ADDITIONAL CAMP RESOURCES

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Family Storytime at the Hennepin County Libraries (recurring) FREE!
Augsburg Park Library, Family Storytime, Tuesdays, through Apr 10, 10:30 AM. Giờ đọc truyện bằng tiếng Việt/World Language Storytime: Vietnamese, Sat, Apr 7, 11 AM. For children age 2 and up. Experience the world in other languages.
Oxboro Library, Family Storytime, Mondays through May 21, 10:30 AM

Penn Lake Library, Family Storytime, Tuesdays, 10:30 AM

Southdale Library, Baby Storytime, Mondays at 10:15 AM and Tuesdays at 10:15 AM; Family Storytime, Tuesdays at 7 PM and Wednesdays at 10:30 AM

Barnes and Noble Story Time – all FREE events
Mondays – 11 AM, Burnsville, Preschool (recurring)
Mondays – 10 AM, Eagan (recurring)
Tuesdays – 10:30 AM, Eden Pairie (recurring), Piggy Bunny
Wednesdays – 11 AM, Edina, Kevin Henkes picture books
Thursdays – 10 AM, Highland Park, St. Paul, Toddler story time (recurring)
Fridays – 11 AM, Edina , Thomas the Tank Engine Fridays – 7 PM, Highland Park, St. Paul, PJRama story time (recurring)

Kiddywampus – Fridays at 10 AM.  FREE!

Creative Kidstuff , Thursdays at 10 AM at all stores  (recurring) FREE!

Wild Rumpus Tail Time – Mondays at 10:30 a.m. The Wild Rumpus also has a program for book clubs. Register your book club and receive 20% off. (recurring) FREE!

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S is for Shark Shower

I let the girls open one present early this AM ‘cuz I’m a big pushover and the deal we negotiated gave me 10 more minutes in bed.  I made them these shark towels with teeth and a big fat stuffed fin in the back.  They love them and hopped directly into the shower so they could give them a “wet” run.  My eight-year-old hopped on the piano and played the theme from jaws then ran into the bathroom.

As you can see the two-year-old is swimming in hers but I’m sure she’ll soon grow into it.  I was inspired by a Pottery Barn towel I saw in a catalog and thought, hey, I can make that!

Great birthday gift.  Cost is $20 and 10% of the profit goes to the Richfield Dual Language School.

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S is for Sassy Socks

Cute frilly pair of socks for your little dolly.  These are made with a darling mushroom fabric I purchased at The Linden Tree. Cost is $6 a pair.  Receive a 10% discount if you email me at meganmmc@yahoo.com or via Facebook to purchase any of these items. 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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S is for Stocking Stuffer

Two little rice bags to stuff in the stocking (by the chimney or the boot) or in the mittens.  Pop them in the microwave for 5-10 seconds and they’ll keep you warm on the way to the bus stop or when you crawl into bed at night.

Cost is $6 a pair.  Receive a 10% discount if you email me at meganmmc@yahoo.com or via Facebook to purchase any of these items. 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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Perfect gift for your little night owl who’ll be staying overnight at grandparents or a friend’s house. The pillow case comes with two pockets, a big one for PJs, change of clothes, or even a stuffed animal and a smaller pocket with a section for a toothbrush, tooth paste, and a brush or comb.

The flip side of the pillow case is made with a beautiful soft satiny side to help them avoid bedhead in the morning.

Cost is $20.0 If you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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C is for Coffee Cozy

Coffee cozies are a great gift for teachers or anyone you know who is a coffee lover.  They also make great stocking stuffers and cost only $7 each.

If you’d like the re-usable cup, the cost is $15 and well worth it.  Many coffee shops provide a discount when you bring your own cup.  Why not throw in a gift card for Starbucks or Caribou Coffee? That and all the caffeine will make your loved one squeal with joy!

If you contact me via email – meganmmc@yahoo.com or Facebook to purchase this item, you will receive a 10% discount.

As with all Pearl Girl items, 10% of my profit benefits a mission trip for Haiti Teen Challenge.

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