If you have kids, you know that the “I’m bored” can start as early as the first week of summer vacation, but you don’t have to get out of town to find something fun, interesting and maybe even (gasp) educational for the elementary school set to do this summer. There are camps right here in Pottstown that offer art, drama, science and sports. Here are some highlights:
Tri-County Performing Arts Center
Village Productions is offering 3 sessions of camp, each running 2 weeks for kids in 1st grade through high school. Learn acting, voice and dance at our local theater and get the chance to audition for Willy Wonka Junior which will be performed by camp participants in August. The sessions are July 11-22; July 25-August 5; and August 8-19.
9am – 4pm for 5th – 12th Grades
9am – 4pm for 1st – 4th Grades
Half-day camp option for 1st through 4th Grades
9am – noon or 1pm – 4pm
There are scholarships available and you can check the Tri-Pac website for more information about the camps and financial aid.
The Gallery on High
The School at the Gallery on High definitely does not take the summer off; in fact there are tons of opportunities for both kids and adults to get their hands dirty with clay, learn to sew and explore the arts. With classes starting and running throughout the summer, it’s easy to fit in a class or two for your kids, even when you have vacations planned or they start sports practices.
For the 4-7 set, there’s the Story Sculpting class, which gives kids the opportunity to make art inspired by favorite books like the Berenstein Bears. For older kids, the Native American Life Skills pottery class sounds amazing. Students will actually find clay in Riverfront Park and use it to make pottery in the same way that Native Americans once did.
You can check out all their class offerings and get more information about membership by checking out their website: Gallery On High.
If sports are more your kids’ thing, there’s no shortage of choices right here in Pottstown.
- The Tennis Farm offers weekly camps throughout the summer at the Hill School.
- The 422 Sportsplex has camps for soccer, lacrosse, field hockey, cheerleading and more.
- Pottsgrove Soccer Club is hosting several different camps for kids in all grades and at all ability levels this summer, and you don’t have to be a Pottsgrove resident to sign up for camps or for the soccer program there in the fall.
Montgomery County Community College is offering a great opportunity for kids ages 8-16, called Kids on Campus. This 10 week STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program offers CSI, Lego Robotics, Computer Animation and more. For more information and pricing, contact MontCo at 610-718-1861 or check out their website for details.
Pottsgrove Manor Historic Site is giving kids a chance to see what it would have been like to live like the Potts Family. This week long camp is for kids in grades 4 through 6 who love history and would like to spend their days living in the 18th century. The program runs July 11-15th and you can find registration information on Pottsgrove Manor’s website.
Of course, there’s always the pool, the parks and just hanging around at home-which can be a great way to reconnect with your kids and give them some downtime in the summer.