When school lets out for the summer, parents look for ways to keep their kids interested in something other than video games and lounging around, not an easy task. There are many great places to take the kids over the summer, but sometimes Mom and Dad need a break.
That's where Summer Camps come in. A number of popular metro-area attractions offer fun and educational Summer Camps in Oklahoma City.
Know of other general-interest Summer Camps in Oklahoma City to add to the list? Let me know.
What: Day camps that run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday-Thursday or Friday, over the summer in which kids get hands-on experience in nearly every medium of art including clay, acting, painting, puppetry, video production, photography and more.
How Much: $135-165 - (405) 951-0000 to register
What: The OKC Museum of Art is offering more than 20 camps this summer for ages 4-16, everything from movie-making to photography, fairy tales and painting. Each camp is thematic based on the museum’s collection and special exhibitions.
How Much: $120 members ($130 nonmembers) - (405) 236-3100 ext. 213 to register
What: Kids ages 3-15 can take part in different 8:30 a.m. to 12:30, 4 day (Tuesday-Friday) summer camp sessions at the OKC Zoo. The sessions are themed and concentrate on different animal discoveries. For example, "It's Not Easy Being Green" in early June lets kids explore the real creatures that inspired Muppets characters.
How Much: $110 for members, $130 non-members - (405) 425-0218 to register
What: Six weekly educational Summer Camps from Science Museum Oklahoma run from 9 a.m.-5 p.m. each day during the session. With themes such as robots, art and more, the questions for kids to discover include: "Did You Ever... dance in a soap bubble? sit on a chair of nails or walk in a live volcano?"
How Much: $235 for members, $250 for non-members, 10% discount when registering for two or more camps - (405) 602-3760 to register
What: Partnering with Cox Communications, the Oklahoma City Thunder will host ten 5-day basketball camps throughout the summer for boys and girls from 5-16. Each participant learns basketball fundamentals and life lessons.
How Much: $235 per session - Register online
What: Summer flight camps are available for students between the ages of 6 and 18. Campers learn laws of physics and the science of flight, and they get up close for pre-flight inspection. The younger campers receive an orientation flight while older kids even get a chance to fly the plane.
How Much: From $445-600 for members - (405) 325-1635 or enroll online
What: If you're looking for something unique outdoors, check out the Riversport Camps. Rowing, kayaking, and outdoor adventure camps are available in multiple sessions, some for kids as young as 8 and as old as 16. All equipment is included, as is a snack.
How Much: $150 - $300 - Register online
What: From 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Tuesday-Friday during 2 summer camp sessions at Orr Family Farm, kids ages 5-11 can learn how to make rope, soap and butter. In addition, the camps offer a hayride, pony rides, fishing, scavenger hunt, mining for gemstones, a pedal car derby and much more.
How Much: $160 with lunch and t-shirt provided - (405) 799-3276 to register
What: With morning (10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.) and afternoon (1:30 to 4 p.m.) sessions Monday through Friday, Rocktown camps focus on safety, basic climbing skills, and a variety of climbing games and activities.
How Much: $145 - (405) 319-1400 to register
What: Located west of Frontier City, Camp DaKaNi from Camp Fire Heart of OKC offers fishing, kayaking, archery, rock climbing, zip line, and many other fun summer activities for kids ages 5-13. Each Monday through Friday session runs from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
How Much: $180/week - Register online
What: Boys & girls Ages 6-17 can participate in Kung Fu Summer Camps from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 each day of a 5-day session. Camps focus on outdoor agility, meditation, tumbling, Kung Fu techniques and more.
How Much: $150 - (405) 973-8249 to register
What: Kids can take part in summer sailing camps at Lake Hefner. They run Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., and include free sails on Friday evenings.
How Much: $200/week - (405) 850-2575 to register
What: Available for kids 3-14, Abrakadoodle sessions run Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Choose from a variety of themes such as Fins and Flippers or Pirate and Princess.
How Much: $230 - Register online.
What: Kids 6-15 years of age can explore Celtic dance, art, music, drama and cooking from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. each day.
How Much: $140 for 4-day Norman camp, $180 for 5-day camps - Register online.