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Good Work Round-Up: Virtual Summer Camps

We’re deep into the summer months and parents are looking for ways to continue keeping kids entertained at home. Organizations all over the US are going virtual with their camps and we want to highlight their good work.

Whether your kids are into making art or building robots (or both!), we've found something for everyone.

Great Lakes Theater’s Camp Theater! 2020 allows your kids to complete a free week-long summer camp at your own pace and on your own schedule. Complete with videos and activity guides, children ages 4-13 will be immersed in a variety of theater-based activities. Kids will write and perform, hear stories read by GLT’s professional teaching artists, and even learn the basics of puppeteering.

The Grand County Library has taken their summer reading challenge virtual. Their app features programs for infants through adults complete with virtual badges, raffles, and toys for kids of all ages. It helps track progress and participate in challenges. When the community-wide goal reaches 225,000 minutes, everyone wins a prize (spoiler: it’s a free donut). If you like to read but you also like a little competition, this summer reading program is for you.

Great Lakes Science Center is maintaining a variety of summer programming through GLSC @Home. Kids in grades K-8 can choose from variety of programs to stave off summer boredom while creatively learning. Or, sign-up for virtual camps covering topics like space exploration, laser design, and human biology.

Camp COSI is capitalizing on the summer gaming trend and turning it into a STEM learning opportunity with their eSports camps. Kids ages 10 and up can join a variety of camps using their PC, PS4, Xbox, Nintendo Switch, smartphone, or tablet. Each camp provides an overview of a science, technology, engineering, or math topic that aligns with the in-game play. Participants will also learn about potential career pathways in STEM fields.

We love the Andy Warhol Museum’s Virtual Summer Workshop Series because it gives kids a chance to be creative and get a little messy. These one-off workshops are ideal if you can’t commit to a multi-day program. True to Warhol’s style, the art projects are bold, eclectic, and often involve food. They even provide supplemental worksheets to extend the learning experience.

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