Go barefoot all day. Ride bicycles, swim for hours, and sing around the campfire. These are the things children do in the first heady days of summer vacation. But eventually many kids are bored and long for the days of school time structure.
Luckily there are many summer programs that fit in well with the schedule of working parents or those stay-at-home moms who just need a few hours to themselves while the kids enjoy getting together with others of their own age in a structured environment.
The WildQuest Day Camp at the Prescott Farm Envirnonmental Education Center on White Oaks Road in Laconia offers something outdoorsy for kids ages 4-15. It will enhance your child’s ecological awareness, provide fun learning opportunities, build a sense of community and foster a non-competitive atmosphere. Camp includes nature activities, animal and plant identification, arts and crafts, quests, and hands-on learning. Most of the day is spent outdoors; extended care provides supervised playtime before and after regular camp hours. Summer registration is only by the week.
The line up is: June 27-July 1 – Extreme Explorers: Off Trail!; July 5-8 – “Up-cycled” Art; July 11-15 – Forests, Fields & Ponds, Oh My!; July 18-22 – Survivor I; July 25-29 – Life on the Farm; August 1-5 – Nature Artists; August 8-12 – The Wonderful World of Water; August 15-19 – Survivor II; August 22-26 – A Little Bit o’ Everything. Call 366-5695 for information or download a form/schedule at www.prescottconservancy.org
The Libby Museum in Wolfeboro is offering a lot for kids this summer. Lil’ Sprouts with Susan Berry starts on July 5 and offers great outdoor fun for ages 4-7. Kids will discover all sort of fun outdoor things each Tuesday and Wednesday from 10 am – noon. The theme for this program is A Summer with Dr. Seuss. The weekly programs run through August 10.
Also at the Libby Museum, kids age 10 and up will be offered Chasing Rainbows with Joanne Parise. The program is titled For the Love of Animals! and runs Tuesdays from July 50-August 9 from 1-3 pm.
Petite Picasso with Tara Junkin runs Saturdays from 10 am-noon; dates are July 9-August 13. The class is for ages 6-14.
Fun & Games, Then & Now with Joanne Parise runs Fridays from 10 am-noon for ages 8 and up. Kids will explore how children had fun in olden days through a series of programs from July 8-August 12.
Natural Encounters takes place through the Libby Museum and will be held at the Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness. Live animals will thrill the kids each Wednesday from noon – 1 pm starting July 6.
Pre-register now at 569-1035 because classes fill up quickly.
If boating and building are your child’s interests, the NH Boat Museum in Wolfeboro has something unusual and totally fun! They will hold a Youth Boat Building class in two sessions: June 20-July 1 and August 8-19, both from 9 am-3 pm.
Space is limited, so call early. The class is for ages 12-16 and offers kids the option of working on boats from kits they select for their own to use now and in years to come. Kits available for purchase are Kayak for one person; Six Hour Canoe or Bevin’s Skiff. Students will be taught the safe use of hand tools and a limited number of small power tools to assemble the kits. At the end of each session, a special launching on Lake Wentworth will be held to celebrate completion of the crafts.
If you would like to build a boat with your child, now is the time to learn how! An Adult and Family Boat Building course runs at the Boat Museum from July 5-10 and is for a single adult or a team of parent(s) and child who may select to assemble the boat project. The boat will be for the builder’s use.
The museum will offer scholarships for eligible families. Call 569-2212 for registration and scholarship information.
The Wolfeboro Parks and Recreation Department will be offering Youth Sailing classes for beginners, intermediate and advanced sailing enthusiasts. This is a great way for your children to learn how to sail. To register call 569-5639.
The Wolfeboro Area Creative Arts Center has many programs for kids. This year the summer theatre portion of the Center will offer a chance for kids of all ages to work on stage or behind the scenes for the production of Camp Rock: The Musical. The workshop is a program of the Kingswood Children’s Summer Theatre and starts June 27 from 8:30 am-noon at Kingswood Regional High School. Performances will be July 28 and 29.
The Center also offers dance classes, art lessons and private music instruction for children. Call 569-7979 or visit www.Wolfeboro-Arts.org.
The Squam Lakes Natural Science Center in Holderness is alive with many programs this summer for all ages. There are daylong, as well as weeklong programs offered for all ages.
Guided Discoveries are weeklong outdoor adventures geared for a wide age range (ages 4-14). The programs run from June 27-August 12 and offer many themes. A sampling includes: Nature Explorers; Wild Art; Nature Sense; Fabulous Flyers; Critter Theatre, Astro Camp; Be A Survivor and Nature Notes.
Younger children ages 3 and under will love the single day series Color Coded Messages taking place June 1, July 6, August 3 and September 7 from 9:30 – 10:30 am. Call the Center at 968-7194 for program information and to register your children. Don’t wait, because these very-popular sessions fill up early. You can also see a list of events at www.nhnature.org.
The NH Farm Museum in Milton focuses on what it was like to live on a rural NH farm many years ago. Youngsters get a chance to help with farm chores, see and touch farm animals and talk to experts in farming. This summer the museum features something new: Time Travelers one-day camps ages 8-12 years. Each day focuses on a different era and includes games, hands-on activities, old-time farm chores, and time outdoors with farm animals.
The schedule is: June 29 – Time Travelers Colonial One Day Camp teaching spinning and weaving, quill pens, colonial games and more; July 4 – The Fourth on the Farm with home-made strawberry short cake on the porch, living history tours of the Jones Farmhouse, music and croquet on the lawn and patriotic children’s crafts; July 6 – Time Travelers 1830s One Day Camp with churning cream to make butter, roll hoops, play graces and more. Other programs will take place; July 20 – Time Travelers Victorian One Day Camp with a tea party and Victorian nature crafts, croquet and baseball; July 25 – 29 – Junior Farmers Training Camp.
For information on NH Farm Museum programs, call 652-7840 for visit www.farmmuseum.org.
The Winnipesaukee Playhouse at Weirs Beach will offer a children’s theatre arts program called Journey Around the World for kids grades K-6 from July 11-August 19. A Teen Day Camp runs from July 25-August 19. Call 366-7377 or visit www.winniplayhouse.org.