Spring break is right around the corner. If your crew isn’t getting out of dodge, it might not be a bad idea to book some (educational) fun for the kiddos. Herewith three particularly interesting options…
The Lab at Lakewood
The Lab is running Spring Camp twice this year (March 11-15 and March 25-29) to accommodate the various spring break schedules. Both weeks will feature a morning session, an afternoon session, and a full-day option. Owner (and all-around cool mama) Melissa Wright has put her creative prowess to work in designing the curriculum, and it is stellar…Let’s just say I want to go to these camps.
The Animals LIVE! morning session will explore habitats, behaviors, and history of all manner of critters, allowing campers to get hands-on with insects, reptiles, and small mammals, among other adventures. Plan on special appearances by Texas Honeybee Guild and the Texas Worm Ranch worms. The kiddos will also be spending an hour each day in an “Outdoor Classroom,” which includes a greenhouse, chicken coop, giant compost bin and green space.
The afternoon session, dubbed Cooking is Science!, is designed to “bring out a child’s inner chef and enhance tiny green thumbs.” Campers will be plucking veggies, learning the chemistry behind some of their favorite eats, constructing solar ovens, and harvesting produce. They’ll also get to tour the Big D Kona Ice trucks, make boba teas, and more. Part of the camp will take place in the Garden Cafe, with a slew of special appearances including Chad Houser of Cafe Momentum and “Garden Lady” Andrea Bithell of Oak Cliff Organics.
The morning sessions run from 9-12:30 and the afternoon sessions go from 1:30-5. Cost is $200 per session or $425 for the full-day program. (Note that the full-day program requires pre-approval by Melissa and a sack lunch.) Call The Lab at 214-901-4280 or email firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
The SPCA of Texas is also running a rather fantastic camp designed for kiddos ages 8-11 from March 11-13 at their Dallas location. The camp runs from 9-3 each day and is perfect for young animal lovings. Campers will get to interact with animals, hear from guest speakers, play games, do crafts, and get a crash course on the SPCA of Texas, animal welfare and animal care. Cost is $140 for the three-day camp. Get more information and register here.
Richland College Robotics Camp
Finally, for your budding aerospace engineers, Richland College is hosting the Robots-4-U day camp from March 11-15 for students ages 7-17. Campers will learn science, problem solving, teamwork, and technological skills as they build robots. (My nine-year-old daughter would so dig this). The camp also includes daily robotic challenges including dynamic art and a robot competition on Friday. The camp runs from 9-3 each day, and tuition is $299.95 per camper. For more information, contact Heather Lozano or register here.