It may seem absurd, what with it being February and nighttime temperatures still dipping into the 20s now and then, but now is the time to start planning your child’s summer break from school. Many organizations have already posted their program schedules online and have opened registration up to the public. Some others haven’t yet, but information is available for your to begin planning. Here are some of Birmingham’s most popular summer activities for kids with links to where you can find more information.
Camps are open to grades 4-10, but each one is geared towards a specific age group. Topics include writing, engineering, math, theatre, music, dance and programming. Camp costs vary by class, ranging from $90–550. The deadline to register is May 1, 2013.
Classes at Hoover’s Aldridge Gardens are for preschool and elementary school-aged children. Topics include nature, art, theater, American Girl®, and more. Registration has not begun yet, but the classes are posted here. Camps are from 9 a.m. until noon and are $90 for members or $115 for nonmembers.
The Birmingham Ballet has a wide range of classes during the summer months for 2 1/2-year-old children to adults. Classes start at $150 for younger kids (weeklong) and go up to $400 for two-week camps for children ages 10 and up.
The BBG’s weeklong classes are for children ages K-6, broken down into camps for K-2 and 3-6. Topics include nature, cooking, yoga, landscape with LEGOs®, American Girl® They offer morning classes ($146/member, $180/nonmember), afternoon classes ($95/member, $116/nonmember), and full-day classes ($206/member, $255/nonmember). Registration for members is underway, while nonmembers may begin registering March 4. Each camper also receives a free t-shirt.
These classes are grouped by age — called acts — with specific goals and focus on singing, dancing, storytelling, reading, staging and designing. BCT limits participation to a maximum of 16 students per class. The cost for younger campers, acts one and two, is $225; the cost is $425 for older campers in acts three through five. The registration deadline is Monday, June 3.
The museum’s weeklong camps are divided by grade: K5-1, 2-5, 6-8 and 9-12. Topics covered in classes at BMA include color, material, shapes, form, design, texture, and line. Costs are broken into two age groups: K5-1 ($126 for Bart’s Kids Club members, $180 for nonmembers) and grades 2-12 ($210 for members, $300 for nonmembers).
McWane offers a variety of science-related camps each week for pre-K through ninth grade. Topics each week include space, robotics, physics, botany and zoology. Camps are half-day or full-day and are divided by ages: 4K–K, 1–2 grade, 3–4 grade, 5–6 grade and 7–9 grade. Full-day camps are $250 for member or $300 for nonmembers. Half-day sessions are $125 for members and $150 for nonmembers. Tuition includes snacks, lunch (full-day camps) and a summer camp t-shirt.
Ruffner’s classes, much like the others, are divided by grade and topic. They range in cost from $72–240 for members to $90–$300 for nonmembers, depending on the camp. Topics include water week, nature in the city, and art and nature. Each camp registration includes free t-shirt as well as snacks. Scholarships may be available for campers. A $50 deposit is required to reserve spot (remainder is due first day of camp).
The Birmingham Zoo also has camps for children during school breaks, including summer, but information about the 2013 camps is not yet available.