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PATCH PICKS: Five Local Summer Camps

It's time to start planning for your child's summer.

Your kids may feel like summer is never going to come, but you know it's time to start planning. Summer camps are a great way for children to learn while having fun. Many fill fast, so now is the time to start registering.

Here are my five picks for local summer camps:

1. Marshy Point Nature Center: The center offers camps for children ranging from toddlers to sixth-graders. Polly Wog Camp for ages 4-5 is offered June 20 to June 24 and July 18 to July 22 from 9 a.m. to noon Monday to Friday. Campers participate in nature walks, storytimes and crafts. Bay Explorers is offered July 11-15 for first- and second-graders, and July 25-29 for third- and fourth-graders, 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Campers go on hikes, go “marsh-mucking” and make crafts. Chesapeake Camps are offered June 27 to July 1, July 18 to July 22, Aug. 1 to Aug.  5 and August 8-12 for fifth- and sixth-graders from 9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Monday to Friday. Campers will go on hikes, take canoe rides and go snorkeling. Evening Cool Camps are also offered, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Call 410-887-2817 for details.

2. A Step Ahead Dance Center: This dance camp offers junior and senior levels. Classes may include ballet, tap , jazz, contemporary, hip hop, musicality and choreography, with a showcase performance at the end of each week. The camp will be held June 20-24 and Aug. 8-12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday to Friday. A half-day camp is also offered July 11-15 for children ages 7-9.

3. Y Maryland: Summer camp at the Y has been a Baltimore-area tradition for decades. Unfortunately, the Perry Hall Y doesn't offer a summer camp, but the nearby Towson Family Center Y does. There's something for children from pre-K through grade 12. Each week has a different theme—from "Wild, Wild West" to "Survivor's Week" to "Camper's Got Talent." The Towson Y also offers specialty camps like "Secret Agent Lab" and clinics for science, technology, engineering and math. Camps run 10 weeks, from June 20 to Aug. 26, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Call 410-823-8870 for details.

4. KS White Tiger: This martial arts camp offers taekwondo, self defense and a nun-chuck class. Trophies and certificate awards are given for excellence. The camp also features movies, arts and crafts, reading and meditation. Field trips may include the Maryland Science Center, a soccer clinic, a water park, an amusement park or a  movie theater. The camp will be held daily June 13-Aug. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Call 410-248-9232 for details.

5. ARTI-ST Music: Is your child interested in playing a musical instrument? ARTI-ST Music offers summer camp for children ages 6-12. Classes include piano, guitar, violin and "Great Composers," a music-appreciation class that includes some songwriting. As of this posting, the dates and times of this camp have not been made final. Call 410-256-7320 for more information.

Jennifer Franz March 13, 2011 at 07:33 PM
Please note: The phone number for Marshy Point Nature Center was incorrect. The number, which has been corrected in the article, is 410-887-2817. Sorry for any confusion.

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