Summertime is a good time to relax, unwind and catch up with old friends. If you are a kid, it's a time to have fun and play! Camp should be a place that keep expanding their brains while they have a blast. Some of my best memories happened at summer camps and I thought it would be cool to share some fun things to do this summer with you.
1. Dottie Rose Summer Camps
Is your child interested in tech? Dottie Rose has camps that teach youth how to code in a really engaging and fun way. Kids can create their own comic in an interactive digital writing adventure as they bring in a local writers and illustrators to teach this fun camp, alongside the engineering professionals they have on staff. Dottie Rose Foundation offers lots of fun and creative way to get kids interested in tech! Another cool camp they have is creating design with code. Kids will use math and code to create art! Offering camps for ages 6 and up.
2. Music & Arts Camp
Children play and create in this fun camp where they learn how to play the ukulele and create works of art along the way using paint and fabric! Everyone gets their own ukulele that they will customize the first day with paint and other flourishes. They'll learn some chords and then write their own songs! This camp will end with a live performance in front of a mural of their own creation that will be displayed at Pachyderm Music Lab. For ages 7 and up.
3. Buckets & Boomwhackers Rhythm Camp
Kids will have a blast beating on buckets in this high energy camp where they'll learn all about rhythm. They'll also learn about pitch as they play Boomwhackers, a pool noodle like instrument you hammer on the ground to make a wonky sound. This fun camp ends with a boom as kids show of their new skills for their parents. For ages 8 and up.
4. Girls Rock Charlotte
At Girls Rock Camp, youth learn to play an instrument, form a band, write their own original song and then rock the stage at the McGlohon Theater in Uptown Charlotte. Along the way they attend different workshops that teach them things like self defense, zine making, crafting (like DIY Tees and Plushies), and a talk about equality. This camp is a very welcoming place for gender diverse youth (kids that don't conform to one gender, or have transitioned to another) and GRC uses music as a platform to teach kids to use their voice to speak up for themselves and others. Not only does this rockin' nonprofit have camps, they have year round programming. September through April find them at Behailu Academy in NoDa bringing in badass femme community leaders to lead different workshops. Check them out! Youth ages 8-16. Volunteer opportunities for ages 17 and up.
Hope you found something awesome for your child to check out. Kudos to you for giving your kids inspiring and fun experiences that they will remember for a lifetime!