Summer time is here and it’s time to play. Not only do you want to get out and enjoy the sun, but so do your kids. Spokane has a number of excellent summer programs to get your kids involved with and get them having fun. Want to send your little ones to camp? Choose from a list with everything from academic/science camps, to arts/theater, to special needs camps. The options are seemingly limitless for activities to suit your children’s unique and special interests. If you want to see what the Parks and Recreation department of Spokane is offering, visit spokanecity.org. There are plenty of other places you can look as well.
Looking for a day camp? Have you heard of Boys & Girls Clubs of Spokane County’s’ “Superhero Summer Camp?” Weekly sessions run 9 a.m.-6 p.m, June 17-Aug. 23, for grades 1-12. Check them out at bgcspokanecounty.org and see what your kids can get involved with. Are your kids athletic? St. George’s is a well established organization that offers girls and boys volleyball, cross country, basketball, and soccer camps for all ages. Not only do they offer sports camps, but you can also sign your kids up for cake decorating, chess, web/video game programming, Legos design, beginner Spanish, grammar, algebra, and 3D printing programs. For the equestrians in your family, Shoshone Creek Ranch, a Lutherhaven camp, offers faith-based horseback trail riding programs for youth, adults and families June 16-Aug. 16. If they are all filled up, try the Spokane YMCA for more horseback riding programs.
If your child has special needs, Spokane has a camp for you. Champ Camp runs June 23-28, July 14-19 and Aug. 4-9 for campers with special needs who require one-one-one or extra attention for some or all of the camp day. Camp Goodtimes East is available for free to children diagnosed with cancer. Resident camp for ages 7-17 is Aug. 4-10 and day camp, ages 5-7 is 9:15 a.m.-4 p.m. Aug. 5-8 at Ross Point Camp in Post Falls. This camp includes various activities such as swimming, arts and crafts, archery, hiking, climbing and more. For more information and a comprehensive list of camps, check out the Spokesman Review.