Camping alternatives for your kids
While Donna Aldridge has developed a summer camp to suit her son’s needs and desires, many parents will begin searching to activities to entertain their youngsters after school is out.
To keep parents from hearing the same old adage “I’m bored” or to stop their children from planting themselves in front of a TV or iPad, several organizations in Hall County can provide a fun spring break and summer alternatives.
Camps range from sports camps on specific games to arts and theaters camps to inspire children’s creativity.
Here are a small sampling of the camps:
Spring break camps
Spring art camp, Clarkesville. 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 28-30. Splashe Studio, 127 W. Water St., Clarkesville. www.splashestudio.com. 706-839-1595.
Spring break camp, Gainesville. 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 4-8. Fair Street Neighborhood Center, 715 Fair St., Gainesville. $110-$150. Ages 6-12. Register by April 1. www.gainesville.org/camps. 770-531-2680.
Junior lifeguard camp, Gainesville. 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. April 4-8. Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1535 Community Way, Gainesville. $105-$115. Ages 11-14. Register by March 30. www.gainesville.org/campss. 770-531-2680.
Jedi LEGO camp, Gainesville. 9 a.m. to noon. April 4-8. Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1535 Community Way, Gainesville. $150-$195. Ages 5-7. Register by March 30. www.gainesville.org/campss. 770-531-2680.
Jedi Master LEGO camp, Gainesville. 1-4 p.m. April 4-8. Frances Meadows Aquatic Center, 1535 Community Way, Gainesville. $150-$195. Ages 8-12. www.gainesville.org/camps. 770-531-2680.
Camp Elachee Spring Break Day Camp, Gainesville. April 4-8. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. $140-$150 based on age of child. Preregistration required. Extended care options available. Elachee members receive $20 discount per child. www.elachee.org/camp-elachee.
Children’s theater camp, Sautee Nacoochee. 2-4 p.m. Sundays April 10 through May 22. Sautee Nacoochee Center, 283 Ga. 255 N, Sautee Nacoochee. Ages 5-12. $98 for SNC members and $103 for nonmembers. Register by April 1. email@example.com.
Time Travel summer day camp, Gainesville. 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. June 13-17, 20-24. Northeast Georgia History Center, 322 Academy St. NE, Gainesville. www.negahc.org. 770-297-5900.
Pets P.A.L.S. summer camp, Gainesville. June 13 through July 22. Humane Society of Northeast Georgia, 845 W. Ridge Road, Gainesville. June 13-17 and July 11-15 for 7- to 9-year-olds and June 20-24 and July 18-22 for 10- to 12-year-olds. humanesocietyofnortheastgeorgia.org.
YMCA traditional camp, Gainesville. May 31 through Aug. 4. J.A. Walters YMCA, 2455 Howard Road, Gainesville. $110 members and $135 nonmembers for rising ages kindergarten through sixth grade; Teen camp $110 members or $135 nonmembers for rising seventh- and eighth-grades; Leaders in training $80 facility members and $105 non-facility members for rising ninth- and 10th-graders. http://www.georgiamountainsymca.org
Camp Elachee, Gainesville. May 31 through July 29. Elachee Nature Science Center, 2125 Elachee Drive, Gainesville. Prices vary, www.elachee.org/camp-elachee.
Other camps are pending. They include Gainesville Parks and Rec (www.gainesville.org/camps) and Quinlan Visual Arts Center www.quinlanartscenter.org.
Editor’s note: If you want your camp listed, email the time, date, place, contact name and number and short description of the camp to firstname.lastname@example.org. It will appear in the online edition and may reappear in the Get Out listings.