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Bustling Midtown has more than 70K daytime workers, many of whom will be looking for summer activities for their kids when schools let out. Among the respondents to our 2016 community survey, nearly 40% of Midtown workers indicated they have children under the age of 18 at home. From magic to puppets to the great outdoors, the district has tons of activities to keep children engaged all summer long. Here’s a list of summer camps and activities offered at a cross-section of Midtown institutions:
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Designed for ages 5 through 10, EnviroVentures Summer Camp features outdoor sports and recreation, exploration of Piedmont’s wetlands and lake, arts and crafts, access to the swimming pool and more. Week-long programs from June through early August have different themes such as “Aquatic Adventures,” “Toads and Turtles” and “Terrific Trees.” Piedmont Park Conservancy also has a counselor-in-training program for campers 11 through 13. Camps cost $285 per week, with optional aftercare between 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. for $50.
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Do you have an aspiring puppeteer in your household? Sign them up for the Center for Puppetry Arts’ Puppet Camp from June 17 through 21, an immersive adventure that will teach them how to write, build and perform their own puppet show. Kids 9 through 12 will also enjoy one of the Center’s performances, take a guided tour of museum exhibits and receive training from professionals and guest artists. Space at the camp, which is supported in part by the Jim Henson Co., is very limited at 25 campers. Camp costs $395 for nonmembers and $345 for members.
All Saints’ Episcopal Church’s annual Vacation Bible School will take place this year from June 10 through 14. ROAR! God is Good is an African safari-themed program that includes a service project to benefit TutuDesk, which provides desks to disadvantaged schools across sub-Saharan Africa. Students will also FaceTime with the church’s teens, who will be on pilgrimage in South Africa during the week of the camp. Other activities include crafts, science, recreation and Bible stories. Camp takes place from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and costs $50, with after care available until 5:30 p.m. for $30.
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With mile and 50-meter dashes, the Atlanta Track Club’s Youth Running Series is a wonderful way to introduce kids ages 14 and under to the world of running. This summer, the club has planned Track & Field meets throughout May and June that culminate in the Anthem Peachtree Junior in Piedmont Park on July 3. Registration costs $10 for the 50-meter dash (ages 6 and under) before May 31, and the mile (ages 6 to 14) costs $15.
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Foster your child’s budding creativity by signing them up for art camp at the High Museum, which offers seven week-long programs beginning June 10 for 1st through 8th graders. Campers can choose a week based on their interest area, with themes that include weather, STEAM, music, animals and the sea. In addition to creating their own artworks, campers will explore the museum’s galleries, interact with different artists and artworks, play games and take part in scavenger hunts. Each week-long program costs $300 for members and $400 for nonmembers, and optional after care from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. costs $50. Some weeks, especially for younger campers, are already full, but there is a waitlist to join in case spots open up.
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Another division of the Woodruff Arts Center, the Alliance Theatre, offers drama camp sessions for age 3 all the way through high school. Sessions differ based on the age of the student. The youngest campers explore storytelling, put on performances and learn about the three tools of the theater actor: body, voice and inspiration. Older campers can choose from camera camp, musical theater camp, improv comedy, tech camp, playwriting and an auditioning intensive. Tuition costs $399 for a one-week camp, and locations vary.
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Sign your children up to hone their comedic chops with Atlanta’s best improv theatre! Whole World’s camps kick off each day with relaxation, yoga and focus exercises and move into ensemble exercises, scene work and improvisational games. The big finale is a live improv show performed by campers for friends and family. Whole World’s Kids Camp, for ages 8 to 13, has six week-long sessions to choose from that begin on June 3. Its Teen Camp (ages 13 to 17) offers two sessions beginning June 17. Both camps cost $320, but a special price of $295 is available if you sign your child or teen sign up before April 1.
Incoming high school seniors can experience the perks of being a SCAD student with the Rising Star Program, which allows them to enroll in two college-level classes from June 23 through July 26 in order to build their portfolios. SCAD also offers art and design seminars in June and July for students who have completed their freshman, sophomore and junior years. Seminar programming includes demonstrations, lectures, studio work, field trips and other cultural activities.
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Georgia’s only Jewish Museum will host an exhibition on the life of legendary illusionist and escape artist Harry Houdini from April 14 through August 11, and it is planning a full schedule of events specifically for kids to be held each Monday. Programming includes rotating guest musicians who will perform and teach magic tricks that can be recreated using household items, and group tours of the museum are available. Admission for children ages 3 to 6 costs $6, students and teachers cost $8, adults cost $12 and seniors ages 62+ cost $8. The Breman will also hold a Youth Talent Show April 28 and a Magic Block Party July 21 with street magicians and concessions for families to enjoy.
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Little engineers can celebrate all things design this summer with campMODA, week-long camps with themes that range from coding to architecture to urban sustainability. Age groups and locations also vary weekly, but many weeks are held at the Georgia Tech College of Design. Half-day and full-day sessions are offered, and more info is available on the website. Nonmembers cost $396, and members cost $356.
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In partnership with financial literacy organization Wealthy Habits, the Federal Reserve Bank of Atlanta will host two-day summer camp programs, one for rising 6th through 8th graders and one for rising 9th through 12th graders. Wealthy Habits focuses on teaching students to make smarter financial decisions now and in the future. The personal finance curriculum also includes an introduction about the role the Federal Reserve Bank plays in our economy and a tour of the Money Museum. Cost is $75 for non-Fed employees.
One of the most popular camp programs in Midtown takes place at Atlanta Botanical Garden, where campers are invited to play games, create original art and explore nature in an oasis nestled in the heart of the city. The Seed to Snack camp focuses on the Edible Garden and teaches campers how to grow their own fruits and vegetables, and Garden Chef teaches kids about gathering and preparing food. Several sessions are already sold out, but there is a waiting list to join in case an opening becomes available. Prices range from $259 to $379 for nonmembers and $229 to $349 for members.
Many of these programs are already reaching capacity, so sign up today. Learn about other Midtown organizations by searching our online directory.