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The search for kids summer camps

Posted: Wednesday, Mar. 21, 2012

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Kelli Robinson

Kelli Robinson is a freelance writer who lives in Mooresville and has been contributing to Lake Norman Magazine since 2009. She juggles family and writing with humor and lots of chocolate, and enjoys experiencing all the Lake Norman area has to offer.

Spring is just around the corner. And it’s not just the blooming flowers and trees – or sniffling allergy sufferers – that signal the season’s arrival. It’s parents like me, searching for kids summer camps.

Whether you’re parents who work outside the home and need programs to replace weekday school hours, or parents looking for activities to keep kids engaged during the summer months, day camps fit the bill. The town parks and recreation departments fit your budget and provide great fun for the kids.

I searched camps for the first time a few years ago when my energetic son was awake at 6:30 a.m. every summer morning, ready to experience the world. He played ball, rode his bike, explored the backyard for bugs and did hundreds of other activities – all before lunchtime. That’s a long day for a mom with another baby to tend to!

So the search for sanity began. Being new to the area, I didn’t have the first clue where to start. Fortunately a neighbor clued me in to the local parks and recreation departments. I hopped on the websites and discovered a gold mine of half-day programs for my son to enjoy. Davidson Parks and Recreation, Cornelius PARC, Huntersville Parks and Recreation and the Mooresville Recreation Department offer a variety of fun camps for every interest. Sports, arts and crafts, science and math, music and drama. So far my son has participated in bowling, basketball, tennis, painting and crime solving camps. This summer he’s looking forward to soccer, more bowling, learning to draw cartoon strips and searching for treasures using a GPS.

In the parenting world, overscheduled kids is a popular topic of discussion. And I can hear grandparents saying “when we were young, we didn’t need camps to keep ourselves busy.” True. But the flip side is that we didn’t have camps that allowed us to explore so many things. And the need for kids to relax and just play? That’s what’s cool about half-day camps: We still have the afternoon to play at the pool, relax with a book, play board games or do absolutely nothing at all. Summer here we come!

Free Cone Day at Ben and Jerry’s!

In case you’re not tuned in to this yearly event that also announces spring’s arrival, Ben and Jerry’s in Davidson will host the ice cream shop’s annual Free Cone Day on Tuesday April 3 from noon to 8 p.m. Each year the Main Street location partners with a local charity to raise awareness and money for the profiled nonprofit. This year, Ben and Jerry’s appreciates donations to the Exceptional Children’s Assistance Center (ECAC). ECAC provides services and programs for parents and families of children with and without disabilities. So grab a scoop of Chunky Monkey on the house and support a great local cause.

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