We all have fond memories of our own summer camp experiences – those first moments of independence and adventure. As parents, you also begin to appreciate what a relief those camping times were for your own folks. Check out these camps we have chosen, all of which offer a great way to get the kids out of the house for a little bit this summer. Sure, you’ll miss them, but it’s an important step toward adulthood, and a great way to make new friends.
Chattahoochee Nature Center
9135 Willeo Road
Roswell, GA 30075
(770) 992-2055 Ext. 222
Running from May 27 through August 8, in one- or two-week periods, Chattahoochee Nature Center’s popular Camp Kingfisher will be back again this year. The camp offers different activities for kids from grades K-7 daily from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Extended care hours are available at no additional cost beginning at 8 a.m. and ending at 6:15 p.m. to make the camp more convenient for parents. There are live animal interactions, hikes, scientific adventures, arts and crafts and water sports like canoeing, depending upon the age level of the camper.
MJCCA Day Camp
5342 Tilly Mill Road
Dunwoody, GA 30338
It’s hard to beat the variety of options offered by MJCCA, as it has over 100 different day camp choices this year. Self-described as “the most enriching Jewish day camp experience in the South,” the MJCCA has a range of selections for campers from kindergarden through 9th grade. There are standard camps as well as choices geared towards performing arts, sports and teens. Check out the website for full detailed information.
Atlanta Ballet Centre for Dance Education
1695 Marietta Blvd. N.W.
Atlanta, GA 30318
(404) 873-5811 Ext. 100
Kids of all ages who are interested in dance may want to consider attending one of Atlanta Ballet’s summer day camps. No auditions are required, and serious dance students may find this experience helpful in determining whether or not to pursue more serious dance experiences. Check out the website to evaluate the different programs offered depending on age, experience and gender.
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The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company
If your child tends to be dramatic or is simply a huge fan of the television show “Glee” or the movie “Camp,” you might want to channel his or her energy toward The Atlanta Children’s Theatre Company’s Camp StarDust. This group of camp choices focuses on musical theater, and it can be a great way to get more experience for your budding thespian. There’s also a film-making option in addition to the popular performance track. Check out the website for full details.
Oglethorpe University Summer Camps
4484 Peachtree Road N.E.
Atlanta, GA 30319
Located on a picturesque college campus in Brookhaven, Oglethorpe University is easily one of the prettiest places to attend day camp in Atlanta. There are a variety of options offered on site throughout the summer, from athletic camps focusing on tennis, soccer or lacrosse to more educational camps involving film-making, chamber music or computer science. Camps like these are a great way for kids to make friends who share similar interests, without committing to a full overnight experience. Contact the school for more information on specific programs.
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