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Winter is finally over and summer vacation is just a few weeks away. Your child’s school doors will soon open, releasing hundreds of excited children into the mild June air. As a parent, you may be concerned about how your child will spend the next few months while he or she is out of school. You understand that school is hard work and your child deserves to have some time off to relax and have fun. At the same time, it’s important that your child continues to learn, explore new things, and sharpen important skills. Summer camps are a great way to keep children’s minds active while still allowing them enough freedom to relax and socialize with their peers. No matter your child’s interest there is likely to be a summer program that will meet their needs.

Is your child artistically gifted? Believe it or not, there are tons of affordable summer art programs around Columbus to choose from!

Bareclay Studio Summer Programs for Kids

Bareclay is a local pottery studio that offers a variety of classes for adults and children. Kid’s classes give children the opportunity to work with clay, a medium they may have never experienced before, and a potter’s wheel! Kids of all ages are welcome to sign up for individual classes which run $25.00 per session or mini-camps which are $68.00. Classes are available from June through August so get your kids signed up today! For more information visit www.bareclay.com

CCAD Creative Summer Workshops

Columbus College of Art and Design (CCAD) offers summer workshops for children beginning June 10th until August 9th. These workshops are designed to focus on the fundamentals of studio art based on a child’s age and experience. Summer workshops range from $150 to $250. For more information visit www.ccad.edu/ce

CMA’s Summer Art Workshops

Columbus Museum of Art and Design gives kids an opportunity to explore imagination and creativity through unique art games, exercises, and a variety of projects. CMA invites children between the ages of 3 and 12 to participate in workshops which run from June 17th through August 2nd. Workshop fees are $235 for members and $275 for non-members. For more information visit www.columbusmuseum.org/summerartworkshops

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio Summer Camp

Decorative Arts Center of Ohio presents Twist & Shout Mini-fiber Camps for children in 3rd through 5th grade. This summer camp focuses on using yarn, string, and other fibers to explore crocheting, macramé, and knitting. This camp will be in session August 12-14 from 10:00AM-12:00PM. The fee is $30 for members and $45 for non-members. For more information visit www.decartsohio.org

   Delaware Arts Castle Summer Camps

If you live in the Delaware area, then you are probably familiar with Delaware Arts Castle and the wide variety of classes that they offer. This year their children’s summer camps will focus on pottery, visual arts and crafts, and drama. Age restrictions and prices vary based on each camp so please visit www.artscastle.org/new_design/pdf/Web_brochure_summer.pdf for more information.

If your child is interested in the arts than these five affordable camps will do wonders for his or her skill set. Perhaps he or she is drawn more to STEM activities or adventure camps, well not to worry because we’ve got you covered! From summer reading programs to overnight camps for the next few weeks I’ll be reporting my top 5 favorite kid’s camps in central Ohio!

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