School’s out for the summer. So what do you do with the kids? There are day camps, weeklong camps and specialty camps to keep children occupied through the summer months.
BOYS &GIRLS CLUBS
Ultimate Summer Camps
June 15-Aug. 14
Boys &Girls Clubs of Southern Nevada rolls out 21 weekly affordable summer camps for K-8th graders. Each location will have unique weekly themes, water days, family fun nights, educational games and activities, meals and/or snacks. Weekly fees and hours vary by location. These camps also offer great summer employment opportunities for high school juniors and seniors at the camps. For information and to register, visit www.bgcsnv.org or call 702-367-2582.
CITY OF LAS VEGAS
Summer Day Camps
Beginning June 8
The city’s summer day camps will be held Monday-Friday, 7 a.m.-6 p.m., beginning June 8 for ages 6-15 at locations throughout the valley. Go online to www.lasvegasnevada.gov/summercamps for complete details. Financial assistance is available for qualified households. The city’s Adaptive Recreation Camp will be held at the East Las Vegas Community Center, 250 N. Eastern Ave.
Mirabelli Community Specialty Camps
June 8-Aug. 14
The Mirabelli Community Center, 6200 Hargrove Ave., offers weeklong themed camps. Topics for kids ages 6-11 include Master Chef Mirabelli (cooking all week long), June 15-19; Project Runway (learn all about fashion), July 2-24; and Dance Party (talent show time), Aug. 10-14. Themed camps for teens ages 12-15 include May the Force Be With You (all about “Star Wars”), July 6-10, and Freshman Survival (college and career choice tips), July 27-31.
Veterans Memorial Center Summer Camps
June 8-Aug. 14
Camps at Veterans Memorial Leisure Services Center, 101 N. Pavilion Center Drive, feature specialty activities, including arts and crafts, games, sports, field trips and swimming.
Summer Day Camps
June 9-Aug. 22
Summer Day Camps are offered at Bob Price Recreation Center, Cambridge Recreation Center, Hollywood Recreation Center, Paradise Recreation Center, Parkdale Recreation Center and Walnut Recreation Center. These summer camp programs are for youth ages 6 to 12, although a 5-year-old child may participate if he or she has already completed kindergarten.
The Summer Day Camp at Desert Breeze Community Center will run June 5-Aug. 22 and is for youth ages 6 to 12.
Helen Meyer Community Center will host summer camp sessions for children ages 3-5, and a day camp for youth ages 6-12. The camp programs for children are half-day sessions, while the programs for youth are full day; both camps run June 9-Aug. 22. The themed camp sessions include weeks dedicated to sports, music, science and art.
Bob Price Recreation Center also offers half-day alternative camps that provide a creative learning experience: Kinder Camp for ages 4 and 5 is held three days a week; Tiny Tot Camp for ages 3-5 is held two days a week. Both classes are from June 2-July 11 and July 21-Aug. 20.
Whitney Recreation Center offers a Summer Fun Program for youth ages 6-12. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and run through 3 p.m. weekdays. Open recreation is also being held June 9-Aug. 15 for youth ages 6-17. This drop-in program runs weekdays from 3-5:30 p.m.
For more information about the county’s summer camp programs, go to www.ClarkCountyNV.gov/parks, and click under the Community/Recreation Center of interest.
Safekey Summer Camps
June 9-Aug. 15
The Clark County Parks and Recreation Safekey Summer Camp program offers day camp sessions for youth ages 6-12. Safekey Summer Camps will be held at Desert Oasis High School, Hayes Elementary School, Silvestri Middle School and Sawyer Middle School. Youth may attend a camp daily or on selected dates throughout the summer.
For registration details or program information, phone the Safekey administration office at 702-455-8251.
Overnight Youth Camps
Youth: June 15-20
Teens: June 22-27
For older youth, Clark County Parks and Recreation has two weeklong overnight camp programs in June at Camp Lee Canyon on Mount Charleston. The Omni Discovery Camp for youth ages 8-12 will be held June 15-20. The On the Edge Adventure Camp is for teens ages 13-15 and will be held June 22-27.
Campers will enjoy traditional activities such as hiking, cabin skits, campfires, and specialty classes and activities.
Registration is already underway. Call 702-455-1905 for information about the Omni and Edge camps, or send an email to CCParks@ClarkCountyNV.gov.
June 1-Aug. 15
The Las Vegas-Clark County Library District’s Club Read is a free program that offers teens, toddlers, school-age children and their families the opportunity to have fun while keeping track of their reading. Bookmark reading logs may be picked up at any Library District branch; each age group has its own log. Read either 20 books or 10 hours and receive a book.
For more details, check with your favorite library branch or visit www.lvccld.org.
THE MOB MUSEUM
Special Agents of Summer
The Mob Museum, the National Museum of Organized Crime and Law Enforcement, will host an immersive and interactive summer camp from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. for children ages 11-14.
Participanting youth will learn about the history, tools and techniques used by law enforcement to tackle organized crime. The week will conclude with a mock trial in the museum’s historic courtroom and a presentation of certificates and badges.
Early registration is recommended. For more information, go to www.TheMobMuseum.org or call 702-229-2734.
SMITH CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
Camp Broadway offers summer camps, workshops and performance opportunities to theater-loving kids, ages 6-17. The camps are taught by trained Broadway professionals and are designed to build confidence, inspire creative expression and instill well-being in both aspiring artists and future audiences.
Camp Broadway Las Vegas will take place at The Smith Center for the Performing Arts. The Classic Camp is a weeklong, full-day camp for children between the ages of 10-17. For more information email CampBroadwayLV@thesmithcenter.com or call 702-749-2538.
The Shining Stars Camp, June 22-26, for children between the ages of 6-9 is sold out.
Summer Fun Camp
June 8-Aug. 21
Springs Preserve Summer Fun Camp sessions will be held weekdays with a new, learning and nature-based adventure theme each week, including Dinosaurs, Animal Safari, Under the Sea, Mojave Music and Superheroes &Villains. Every camp week also includes explorations at the Preserve and Nevada State Museum; acting twice a week with Drama Kids International; swimming Fridays at the YMCA; animal shows with a special keeper Q&A; guest speakers; a weekly gardens class and visits to the Nature Exchange; crafts, games and a weeklong project aligned with every theme.
Springs Preserve Summer Fun Camps are for children ages 6 to 12. Register online at springspreserve.org or by visiting the Springs Preserve.
Liftoff With STEM
Middle School: June 15-20
Middle School: July 6-11
High School: July 20-25
Liftoff With STEM 2015 will give middle school and high school students an opportunity to participate in a concentrated weeklong, space-oriented STEM experience. This program is designed to challenge students with opportunities to learn and explore the applied aspects of STEM. Campers will be exposed to a wide variety of STEM applications such as space mathematics, computer simulation, geolocation, interpretation of data from space and statistical techniques.
Liftoff with STEM campers will commute to UNLV from 8 a.m.-6 p.m., eat breakfast and lunch in the campus dining commons and experience college life. On Saturday, the program will begin at 9 a.m.
Summer Day Camp
June 8-Aug. 21
YMCA of Southern Nevada is taking fun to a new level with its Best Summer Ever! Day Camp. Camp adventures include traditional camp songs and activities, physical exercise, classes and games, Summer Learning Loss activities, reading, field trips, daily swimming and more. There’s a new camp theme each week. Additionally, parents can sign their children up for specialty camps such as Artrageous, Volleyball and Pottery Palooza.
Y day camp welcomes kids 3-15 years of age. Children are grouped with others of appropriate age ranges. The Y also offers preschool camp for children 3-5 years old.
Day camp is offered at all of the Y’s four locations. For online registration, visit www.lasvegasymca.org/register-for-programs/.
YMCA also offers Camp Whittle, a special weeklong camp experience in Big Bear, Calif. Camp Whittle is open to kids 8-14 years old. The fee is $599.