Beat the stay-at-home boredom with these summer camps

Parents, are you already hearing the summer mantra from your children? “I’m bored.”

If so, this list of summer camps featuring a wide variety of activities may be just what you need.

These local summer camps feature Space Academies, Nerf Gun Wars, Jazz dance classes, STEAM activities and more.

Don Harrington Discovery Center

The Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive, offers the 2022 Camp Discovery, where on a weekly basis, campers will be able to discover a new theme throughout the summer. Registration is open now and the first camp, Survival School, will teach children how to survive in the wild.

The Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive, offers the 2022 Camp Discovery, where on a weekly basis, campers will be able to discover a new theme throughout the summer.

The Don Harrington Discovery Center, 1200 Streit Drive, offers the 2022 Camp Discovery, where on a weekly basis, campers will be able to discover a new theme throughout the summer.

Each week-long camp is for children ages 3-10. The camp includes seven themes to choose from including Survival School, Grossology, Space Academy, Make it or Break it, the Science of Art, Animal Academy, and Dinosaur University. Each camper will learn on their level with a science-based curriculum and qualified teachers. Each weekly theme is full of age-appropriate activities, crafts, discovery, and fun.

For more information or to register, go online to: discoverycenteramarillo.org/camp-discovery-2022/

Amarillo Parks and Rec

Amarillo Parks and Recreation is offering Nerf Gun Wars at the Amarillo Tennis Center, 5000 Bell St.

The wars will include a team effort to win different types of games using Nerf Guns including death match, capture the flag and last man standing. Safety goggles are required to participate.

Registration is available for children in groups ages 5-10; ages 11 through 15; and ages 16 and older. The Nerf Wars are scheduled throughout the summer months beginning June 17.

Individuals can sign up online at www.amarilloparks.org/programs-events/recreation

Amarillo Zoo

The Amarillo Zoo, 700 Comanchero Trail, hosts a series of weeklong summer camps, the first began Monday for ages 6 through 12. The weeklong camps include good grub, rainforest adventures, mighty wings, animals in STEAM and co-explorers.

For more information or to sign up visit the Amarillo Zoo online at zoo.amarillo.gov/camp-programs/family-programs/

Amarillo Little Theatre

Amarillo Little Theatre, 2019 Civic Circle, offers a variety of summer camps including their Competition Dance Camps available for beginners to experienced dancers and age groups beginning with kindergarteners through 12th grade.

Each camp, depending on age and experience, begins at a different time throughout the summer. ALT also offers a “Ballet Intensive” Dance Camp and a “My Dancing Doll “Dance Camp.”

Other theater-related camps ALT offers include “Stories to Stage”, “Camp Broadway,” “Costume Camp,” and “Curtain Up.”

Kennedy Cardenas and Nicholas Shaffer rehearse for Amarillo Little Theatre Academy's production, the musical adventure "Tuck Everlasting".

Kennedy Cardenas and Nicholas Shaffer rehearse for Amarillo Little Theatre Academy’s production, the musical adventure “Tuck Everlasting”.

Summer Camps run June 7 through Aug. 12; Dance camps and classes will be held at the ALT Mainstage Dance Studios A & B, 2019 Civic Circle. Theatre camps will be held at the ALT Academy Classrooms, 2751 Civic Circle.

All classes require a signed release form for attendance. Attendees can also apply for scholarships to assist with camp fees.

For signup, pricing, dates and times, go online to amarillolittletheatre.org/academy-classes/

Lone Star Dance Academy

Lone Star Dance Academy offers its summer dance academy where individuals can attend a seven-week dance program focusing on one dance style. Some of the dance styles to choose from are jazz, hip-hop, and jazz funk.

Classes run June 14 through July 29 and are held at the Lone Star Ballet complex, 3218 Hobbs Road.

No deposit is necessary but advance registration is required. Discounts are available if campers are registering for all three weeks. Register in person at each LSDA location or by phone by calling Lone Star Ballet office at (806) 372-2463.

For more information or to receive a registration form go to lonestarballet.org/summer-programs/

Amarillo Museum of Art 

Amarillo Museum of Art summer camps are each led by AMOA’s teaching artists and offer in-depth art experiences that teach kids how to look at, talk
about, and create art.

Young artists explore drawing, painting, mixed media, sculpture and design as they visit the galleries to gather inspiration from exhibited artwork. Each camp features a visit to the museum’s galleries to encourage students to look, ask questions, and consider the variety of methods and materials used in the making of art.

All art materials are included in the camp fee, along with a mid-morning snack and a 2022 Summer Art Camp T-shirt. Each week-long camp is offered Tuesday through Friday.

Camps for children ages 6-11 are available from 9 a.m. to noon and include Cats in Art and Sculpture FUNdamentals; Celebration of Wayne Theibaud and Bauhaus Design School; Studio Film Club and Fun with Fabric; and Drawn to Paint and Paper Pizzazz.

For ages 12 through 15, classes are available from 1:30-3:30 p.m., including Drawing and Painting; and Wheel Thrown Pottery.

For more information or to register, visit AMOA online at www.amoa.org/2022-camps

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum

Panhandle Plains Historical Museum, 2503 Fourth Ave., Canyon, hosts its Boulders, Brands, and Bones PPHM’s Summer Camp for children in grades second through fifth. The camp runs June 21-24 from 9 a.m. to noon with check-in at 8:30 a.m. each day.

Campers will use their hands as much as their brains as they dive into history, art, geology, the Old West and more. During the camp, children will explore all PPHM has to offer culminating with a field trip to Wildcat Bluff.

Later in July, PPHM will offer the STEAM Summer Camp running July 12-15 from 9 a.m. to noon with check-in at 8:30 a.m. each day.

The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum utilizes artifacts for students to hold and see at their new STEAM Lab Thursday afternoon.

The Panhandle Plains Historical Museum utilizes artifacts for students to hold and see at their new STEAM Lab Thursday afternoon.

Campers will be immersed in stimulating, hands-on projects focusing on science, technology, engineering, art and math. With the help of PPHM community partners, campers will be exposed to the world of STEAM as it relates to daily lives and various careers.

Registration for each camp is $75 for PPHM members and $95 for nonmembers. Each registered attendee receives a free T-shirt.

Attendees can also purchase to attend both Boulders, Brands and Bones and STEAM camp for $150 for members and $175 for nonmembers.

For more information or to register go online to www.panhandleplains.org/events/events

This article originally appeared on Amarillo Globe-News: Beat the summer boredom with local summer camps.