With school out for the summer, parents face the dilemma of just how they will keep their little ones busy. Look no further. A variety of activities are offered in the Mountain Area to educate and entertain your child.
Community Dance and Theater Camp
* Extreme Survivor camp, June 22-26, for ages 8 and up. This is a 5-day, 4-night camping adventure, where teams compete in endurance challenges, relays, and “Fear Factor” challenges. The camp is designed to teach teamwork and never giving up. Cost: $200.
* Ballet/lyrical/improv/pre-pointe camp, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., June 29-July 3; levels 1-4, for ages 5-8, and another grouping of ages 9 and up. This camp includes dance instruction focusing on proper ballet technique, turns, jumps, pre-pointe, and learning to create and move to music. On July 3, there will be a field trip to Island Waterpark. Cost: $100.
* Energy Explosion Performance Camp, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m., July 6-10, for ages 5 and up. This camp is a whirlwind of the arts, where children will have the opportunity to create and perform their own work - whether it’s a theater skit, music jam session, song and dance routines. On the final day of camp, an afternoon of Performing Arts in the Meadow will be held. Cost is $100.
Details: (559) 642-6555.
Golden Chain Theatre’s Children’s Musical Workshop
* Give your child a theatrical adventure. This three-week intensive workshop workshop, directed by Sarah Persson, runs Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m., July 6 - 24. Performers, ages 7-18, will have the opportunity to act, sing and dance in Cinderella KIDS, an adaptation of the classic favorite, geared to youth. With many featured speaking roles and minimal solo singing, four narrators, and many mice, this is a great show for all ages. The performances take place 7 p.m., July 24-25. Sign-ups, noon, June 27; cost $125 per child, with $50 deposit required at sign-up, and the balance due the first day of workshop.
* Childsplay (scenes and monologues for children)
Intended for the child who already has shown a love for dramatic theatre, this class, taught by Jennifer Piccolotti, will introduce children ages 7-16 to the world of theatre. This is a five-week class, held Mondays, July 6 - Aug. 3. A scene or monologue will be assigned each child, from classics like “The Diary of Anne Frank,” covering issues that will be treated with sensitivity and understanding. Personal coaching and constructive comments will help your child develop skill and love for the craft of theater. A recital-type evening, where your child will perform for the audience, takes place 7 p.m., Aug. 7, with coffee, dessert reception. Cost is $50 per child. Sign-ups, noon, June 27.
Details: (559) 683-7112.
Children’s Museum of the Sierras
The museum will hold Super Summer Saturdays, beginning June 13, with its annual carnival, from 10:30 a.m. - 2 p.m. Festivities will take place inside and outside the museum. There will be games, face painting, arts/crafts, and food and drink.
Other scheduled Saturdays are, all beginning at 1 p.m., June 20, 27; July 11, 18, 25; and Aug. 1. Arts, Crafts, Hands-on Science, puppets and Junior Ranger are just a sampling of the activities planned. The Friendship Chain, a special ongoing (everyday) art project begins June 13.
Details: (559) 658-5656, or Facebook.
Oakhurst Branch Library 2015 Summer Reading Program
The following reading program is for children four years of age to fourth grade, and will be held 10-11 a.m., Wednesdays, June 17 - July 29.
* June 17 - Multicultural music from around the world with Don Obrien
* June 24 - Rhythm of Woods with Steve Riley
* July 8 - Mr. Bubble Man (Wild Child Adventures)
* July 15 - Carnival of the Animals with The Fratella Marionettes
* July 22 - Music with a Kiddie Beat with Oklin Bloodworth
* July 29 - Finale party
The following reading program is for children fifth - twelfth grade, and will be held 11:30 a.m., Wednesdays, also June 17 - July 29.
* June 17 - Hero Creation with Steve Riley
* June 24 - Sounds of Summer with Francisco Marquez
* July 8 - Steampunk music with Diana Polly
* July 15 - The Art of Puppets with The Fratella Marionettes
* July 22 - Line dancing and pizza with Dee Landess
* July 29 - Finale party (at 10 a.m.)
The Baker Swim Complex at Yosemite High School will open to the public, 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., June 6. The regular schedule will be 1-7 p.m., Monday through Friday, and 11 a.m. - 6 p.m., Saturdays. Cost is $4 per person ($3 seniors) before 5 p.m., and $3 after 5 p.m.
Water aerobics will be offered 9-10 a.m., Monday through Friday ($4 daily, $10 weekly, or $40 monthly), and lap swimming will be available during recreational swim hours ($4 daily, $10 weekly, $35 monthly).
Swim lessons for pre-school and school-age children, at a cost of $109 per full session, June 15-26; the second session will rum June 29 - July 10. There will also be two more full sessions and one half session later in the summer. Classes are held between 3-7 p.m., in 30-minute time slots. Tight fitting swim diapers are required for infants and toddlers. The closing date for public use will be Aug. 14.
Details: Lindsay Adler, (559) 683-4667, ext. 335.
Vision Academy of the Arts
Three camps with three themes will be held for three weeks at Oakhurst Elementary School. Camps are open to students going into second to eighth grade in the fall. Each theme is one week long, 8 a.m. - 5 p.m. daily, culminating in a show each Friday at 5:15 p.m. for parents and friends. The cost for the full course is $150; half day morning or afternoons, $80.
The cost includes professional instruction in art (Rita Adams), musical theater (Jackie Byers), band (Shirley Lay), guitar (Kirk Moulin), dance (Eseana Skowronski), and writing (Monika Moulin). Students will need to bring a sack lunch. Two snacks are provided for 50 cents, with additional snacks available for 25 cents each. Payment plans and partial scholarships are available.
* June 15-19, “Pirates,” by John Jacobson and Roger Emerson. Join the salty crew of the colorful scallywags when Bluebeard, Yellowbeard, Whitebeard, Purplebeard, along with the No Beards, hoist the Jolly Roger and set sail for a mighty adventure.
* June 22-26 “Pirates 2: The Hidden Treasure” with Jacobson and Emerson. A mighty storm rolls in leaving the pirates shipwrecked on a deserted island .. or is it? Through the course of their musical adventures, the pirates discover that real treasure is something they have plenty of ... friendship and family.
* June 29-July 3, “Broadway Beat,” with Jacobson, John Higgins, Cristi Cary Miller and Tom Anderson. Do you hear the beat? It’s the sound of dancing feet and orchestras tuning up ... the sound dreams are made of ... the sound of Broadway. Celebrate musical theater with hits from Hairspray, The Music Man, The King and I, Wicked, Rent, Grease and a medley of George M. Cohen favorites.
NatureBridge for teens
NatureBridge, the largest residential environmental education partner of the National Park Service, opened registration for the Summer Field Research Course at its Yosemite campus. This two-week immersive back country expedition will give participants the opportunity to conduct rigorous environmental science investigations in one of the most iconic national parks in the country.
The course offers the ultimate teen summer learning adventure. Students work with NatureBridge educators and produce their own field-based research project. These explorations deepen their understanding of the Sierra Nevada ecosystem and empower students to think critically about the world around them.
“Teenagers emerge from the Summer Field Research Course knowing how to think like scientists,” said Becky Zentmyer, course director. “The course is student-centered, inquiry-based learning at its most adventurous. Students learn field research skills that can transfer to high school, college and beyond.”
In Yosemite, students may choose from two sessions: June 28 through July 11, or July 26 through August 8. NatureBridge offers need-based financial aid to qualified participants.