Though your kids are probably counting down the days until school is out for the summer, it’s likely that they haven’t quite thought of how to make the most of June, July and August. This list is intended to thwart these dreaded words: “There’s nothing to do; I’m bored.” Though this list highlights some local favorites, please note that it’s only a sampling of the fun found within our region. To add an event to the list, email firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Quest Math & Science Summer Camp for those going into grades six through eight will take place at CWU from July 15-19th. Students will have the opportunity to learn how the world works around them in exciting ways. For further information, please visit www.cwu.edu/cesme or call (509) 963-2929. Camp Director for 2013 is Dr. Martha Kurtz, CWU’s Dept. Chair of Science Education.
- Camp C-WOO, for kids who have just graduated kindergarten to those just entering sixth grade, offers weekly sessions starting June 17 and lasting through August 23 with drop-0ffs starting at 7:30-8:30 a.m. and pick-ups between 4:30- 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. This activities-based day camp at CWU offers swimming, exploring rec. center, climbing on 50 ft. climbing wall, and outdoor field sports amongst other activities. Kids are to bring their own lunches and snacks. For further information, please visit http://www.cwu.edu/~rec/kidscamp/camp%20c-woo/index.html
- The Children’s Activity Museum will offer exciting and explorative sessions from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. this summer. On Tuesday, July 9 and Thursday, July 11, Katrina Durham will teach Cupcake Decorating to children ages three to six. Tuesday, July 23 and Thursday, July 25 is a Science Exploration theme, also taught by Durham. The final classes of the summer will be held on Tuesday, August 6 and Thursday, August 8. Katy Cavanaugh will teach classes on Farming. The cost for each camp is $35 for members and $40 for non-members. Please note that children in these classes must be toilet trained.
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday classes are available for those ages five to nine. Cupcake Decorating, taught by Katrina Durham, will be offered July 8, 10, and 12. She will also teach Science Exploration on July 22, 24, and 26. Katy Cavanaugh will conclude the summer with a Farming theme on August 5, 7, and 9. The cost for these camps is $50 for members and $55 for non-members.
- Lazy F: Camp & Retreat Center: With specific programs designed for first through 12th graders, youth have the chance to experience the beauties of the Manastash Canyon. Plenty of inner tubing, rope challenges, and hiking adventures await your campers. Lazy F is known for being one of the bestCo-ed Christian camps in the state. Please visit http://www.lazyfcamp.org/summer_camp.htmlto learn more about sessions and rates.
- Stan Bassett Youth Center: Offers a variety of youth games, activities, crafts, cooking for third through eighth grade. The center is open from noon to 5 p.m. on weekdays.
- Youth Climbing at CWU: Youth climbers are encouraged to challenge themselves through summer sessions on Wednesdays from 3-4:30 p.m. from July 10-August 28. Youth Climb teaches the following: climbing technique, equipment safety, problem solving, trust and teamwork, strength and endurance and more. Open to anyone between the ages of six and 15. It might also interest you to know that Family Hours are held on Saturday and Sunday from 12-3 p.m. For questions, please call the Recreation Center Front Desk at 509-963-3512.
- Art Expressions: This annual favorite will take place from July 22-26 this year. Campers may enroll for the morning session: 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. or the afternoon session: 2 to 5 p.m. “Their time will be filled with lots of activities and they will go home with a beautiful, completed oil painting, along with lots of other art projects,” (http://www.jeannieraejohnson.com/). Local artist/teacher Jeannie Johnson can be reached through her website or at email@example.com for questions about registration.
- Gallery One’s Summer Offerings: Young artists are invited to partake in diverse and exciting sessions at Gallery One this summer. Their camps for youth are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. with the exception of the session for preschoolers. The cost for the following is $160 for non-members and $144 for members. Please pack your camper a daily lunch. Located at 408 N. Pearl Street, contact # is 509-925-2670
Camp #1: Art Exploration for Teens with Special Needs: June 17 21, To be taught by instructors Justin Gibbens and Will Bow
Camp #2: Monos and Multi in Printmaking for ages seven-12 (Print using gelatin, cardboard, glue, found objects), held from July 8-12
Camp #3 Paint Adventures for seven to 12-year-olds (paint, acrylic, water color, tempera, offered from July 15-19
Camp #4 Inspired by FRIDA for ages seven to 12 (drawing and painting objects of the “everyday” with vibrant use of colors), from July 29-August 2
Camp #5 Paper, Paint and Prints (Half-Day Camp: 9 a.m.-12 p.m.) For ages four to six years old, cost is $80, from August 12-16
Camp #6 Architecture: for seven to 12-year-olds (Considering how ideas go from graph to real life), to be held from August 19-23rd
- Get Your Sillies Out: Creative Movement Dance Class If you have a four or five year old bursting with energy, you might consider sending them to Melissa Statema’s “Get Your Sillies Out” class every Thursday in August: the 1st, 8th, 15th, 22nd, and 29th. The cost is $50 for five one-hour long sessions. The class consists of ballet, jazz, music, creative movement and play. To be held at Jazzercise: 307 W. 1st Ave.
- Ellensburg Community Dance will be having a dance camp for ages 8-20. It will be August 19th-24th from 3-6 pm. Cost is $30 per camper, which includes snack and water. Place to be announced. For more information message them on Facebook, email them at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit ellensburgcommunitydance.com
Stage Door Dance Presents: Dive into Dance
Please note that while the following represent most of the summer’s offerings, there are several select camps for more advanced dancers not listed below.
Gymnastics Camp: Session 1: June 24-28, Session 2: July 22-26
For ages five-seven, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $105
Please provide a snack and make sure your camper is wearing flexible, comfortable clothes
Fairy Princess Camp: Session 1: June 24-28, Session 2: July 15-19th, For ages four-six, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $105. Your little one will learn to curtsy, twirl, dance and have lots of fun in the process, ballet shoes or bare feet, hair tied back.
Midsummer Ballet Classes for Levels Six and Seven,For ages 12-15 with previous dance training, the weeks of June 24, July 1 and July 8, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5-7 p.m., $40 per week
Calling All Pirates: July 8-1,For boys and girls ages five-seven, 10-11:30 a.m., $105, aspiring “pirates” will have a lively week of creative movement, dance, and crafts.
Please provide student’s own snack and ensure he or she is wearing comfortable clothes.
For ages seven and eight, from July 8-12, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., $105,Emphasis on graceful dance form, famous ballets, please bring a snack and have your dancer wear a leotard with pink tights and ballet slippers.
Competitive Dance Team Camp: Session 1: July 15-19, ages seven and eight, Session 2: July 22-26 for ages nine and 10.Team Camp will take place from 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., cost is $110,Dancers will work on technique. Please provide your own snack, comfortable shoes that can withstand a range of motion.
For further information, please call 509-925-2058 concerning registration and/or payment,Stagedoordanceemail@example.com, website: www.stagedoordance.org
Those entering Kindergarten through 5th grade are invited to a week full of activities: talent show, hip hop, karate, dance technique, cheerleading, arts and crafts, games, relay races, and healthy snacks. The camp will be held from June 17-20 at Jazzercise (307 W. 1st Ave., 933-BFIT) from 1:30-4:30 p.m. The cost is $89, with sibling discounts available.
Please note that the popular Junior Jazzercise will resume beginning Tuesday, June 25 from 12:30-1:30. The cost is $56 for eight sessions, and sibling discounts are available.
- CWU’s Prep Summer Strings Program is offered Aug. 12-17, featuring full and partial day camps for ages 5 and up. Classes range from the basics of violin, viola, cello, and bass for beginners to Gold Strings for those with more than three years of experience. Contact Monica Freshley (Program Director) at (509) 963-1498 for more information or visit www.cwu.edu/music/prepatory-string-program
- Ellensburg Public Library: Summer Reading Program Kick-off Party: June 19, 5:30-7 p.m. at the Library Plaza; Reading Packets available at this time, Food, music, fun. This summer’s theme for youth is entitled “Dig into Reading.” Special events will include Kid’s Magic Show on Wednesday, June 26 from 10:30-11:10 a.m., Free Books for Kids on Wednesday, July 10 from 10 am-Noon, Sneaky (live) Snakes with CWU Professor Dan Beck on Wednesday, July 17 from 10:30-11:30, Digging up a Mammoth with Alfred Keller of the Wenas Creek Mammoth Project on Wednesday, July 24, Time to Dig on Wednesday, July 31 from 10:30-11:30, and the Grand Finale Party featuring the movie “How to Eat Fried Worms” on Wednesday, August 7 at 6:30 p.m. All events mentioned will be located at the Hal Holmes Center.
- Kids who will be entering 6th grade and up have a reading theme entitled “Beneath the Surface” this summer. Their special events include not only the Kick-off Party on Wednesday, June 19th from 5:30-7 pm in the Library Plaza, but also Beneath the Waters (moonlight swim party and pizza, sign up at the desk) from 9-11 p.m. at Memorial Pool, Beneath the Ground (clay art at Gallery One, sign up at the desk) on Wednesday, July 10 from 3-5 p.m., Beneath the Books (after hours scavenger hunt) at the library on Wednesday, July 17 from 6:30-8 p.m., Beneath the Layers of Your Mind (do it yourself program) on Wednesday, July 24 from 3-5 p.m. at the Hal Holmes Center, Beneath Middle Earth (Grand Party Finale Movie Night, “The Hobbit”) on Wednesday, July 31 at the Hal Holmes Center starting at 6:30 p.m. and lastly, Beneath the Movie from Tuesday, August 6 through Thursday, August 8 (learn to make your own movie in this three day workshop) in the Hal Holmes Center from 3-5p.m.
- Caribou Creek Corral is a beautiful horse camp in eastern WA. The activities and programs are designed with a mission to nurture the campers’ relationships with Christ. While at Caribou, certified instructors will teach campers the ins and outs of equestrian safety, how to sit balanced on a horse, and control. Campers can look forward to learning to walk and jog their horses. The weekly session will also include arts & crafts, survivor skill lessons, and Bible study. For further info. on this enriching experience, please visit: http://www.cariboucreekcorral.com/.
- Horseback Riding at Suncadia: The indoor arena provides students with excellent year-round opportunities. Kids must be at least eight years old to participate in Trail Rides. Until age 18, they need accompaniment from a parent and/or guardian. Please contact Suncadia for specific details about lessons and riding gear. 509-649-6400
- Chivalry camp: One-day camps for ages 10 and up will teach children about medieval culture and history. Kids will make their own armor, practice archery, make an etched medallion and more. Camps are offered from noon to 4 p.m. on June 21, July 19 and Aug. 23 at Memorial Park. The cost is $75 per session. Contact the city’s Parks and Recreation Department for more information
- Grief/ Loss: Camp Erin in Wenatchee will offer a weekend of activities in August for children ages 6 to 17 who have experienced the death of a loved one or close friend.
The camp is free and is planned Aug. 16-18 at Tall Timbers Ranch in Leavenworth, according to a news release. Campers participate in traditional camp activities combined with grief education, peer bonding and emotional support. The camp is led by Grief Place NCW Loss Support staff, professionals and trained volunteers.
The camp is funded by The Moyer Foundation, a nonprofit established by major league baseball player Jamie Moyer and his wife, Karen.
Registration is required. For more information, call Karen at 509-662-6069 or email Ksheppard@griefplace.org.
- CWU Boys High School Basketball: to be held June 27-30, Contact: Coach Coleman, 509-899-5103
- CWU Advanced Skills Camp for Boys and Girls: July 1-3, July 9-11, Grades and Times: Grades 9-12, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Grades 5-8, 9 a.m. to 9 p.m., Grades K-4 9a.m to 12 p.m., Contact: Shawn Nelson at509-859-4524 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- CWU Fastpitch/Softball: July 28-31, 2013 (Camp I) and August 4-7, 2013 (Camp II), Contact: Mallory Holtman-Fletcher (509-963-2129 or email@example.com)
- CWU Volleyball: June 13-14 (Youth Camp; 3rd-6th Grade), Contact: Chloe Solum (509-963-1907 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Ellensburg Parks & Recreation:
Tiny-Hawk Soccer: Introduces the essentials of soccer to preschool aged children, explore hand/eye development, coordination, for age three to four, dates: Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, from 8 to 8:45 a.m. at Mountain View State Park, cost is $59
Mini-Hawk (Soccer, Baseball, Basketball) Camp: This is a first step into athletics for your child, exploration of hand/eye coordination, at their own rate, for ages four to seven, to be held Monday, June 17 to Friday, June 21, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at Lions/Mountain View Park, Cost is $99
Skyhawks: Soccer Camp: Campers will gain technical skills and sport knowledge, for ages six to 12, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., the dates to be determined, held at Lions/Mt. View, fee is $119
Skyhawks (Soccer, Baseball, Basketball) Camp: Kids will learn essentials of each sport in addition to teamwork and respect. For ages six through 12, Monday, July 15- Friday, July 19, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Lions/Mt. View Park, fee is $119
Memorial Pool Swimming Lessons: For this summer’s schedule, please call (509) 962-7211 or visit 815 E. Sixth. Ave. in Ellensburg.