Summer day camps

The Summer Adventure Program offers six weeks of discovery and exploration for children ages 5-9. Summer Adventure meets Tuesday-Thursday from 9:30-12:30, with a different theme each week. Each week includes hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and a fun mix of history, science, and arts. Think boat building, tide ool exploration, ocean science, treasure hunts and exploring tide pool creatures in a lab. The Hull Lifesaving Museum offers so many wonderful programs, it really is a hidden gem that every Betty should know about.

Blond Betty has had her fair share of trips up to South Shore Baseball. Ok, fair to say she only became aware of it after it was too late for her older son to play ball, but her younger son, that’s a whole different story.

Although the Baseball Club is a year round opportunity, with lessons and clinics, it all began with the Rookie League Program in the spring and six years later, the summer camps occupy a good part of the season.

South Shore Ballet Theatre is a great local resource for anyone with a child intersted in both classical and traditional ballets {and interjecting a little Jazz, Musical Theatre and Performance in there too}. They are serious about bringing dance to this community and include the American Ballet Theatre National Training Curriculum into their program which combines high quality artistic training with the basics of dance health and child development.

The Dirt Bike riding class is designed for kids {but just in case you are wondering, they have adult sessions too}. It is a fun hands-on, 5 hour training session available to anyone six years of age or above. You will learn in a safe, fun and controlled environment with no pressure at all. You will practice the basics to gain confidence, and then progress to more challenging situations.

Sweet Relief not only offers a great, fully licensed year round program, they offer a great summer camp too. Lyn Previte the director, has crafted the camp to focus on spending time outdoors exploring, creating and learning about the natural beauty of the world at large, as well as introducing young childrent to a "pre school" environment.

We all know Derby summer camp for its Arts Camp but Derby also has one or two-week specialty camps to broaden a childs mind and body beyond the typical classroom setting. Nike Basketball camp {a personal Blonde Betty favorite}, Super Science Explorers, Gone Fishing, In Stitches, Rugby, Robotics and a smattering of visual and performing arts camps.

The session culminates with a full day of performances for family and friends on Arts Festival Day. Located in Norwell just off of Route 3 near Queen Anne’s corner, The Company Theatre has been providing high quality theatrical entertainment to the South Shore community since 1978. Call 781.871.2787 or go to the website The Company Theatre

The Children’s Creativity Workshop has been a hidden gem in Hingham for years. Ms. Lynn as she is known, hold classes {often in her garden} for painting, sculpting and sketching. I’ll never forget driving by her garden seeing my son standing at an easel sketching as bunnies bounced around the yard and sunflowers towered over him. Sigh. Call 781.749.5923 or g o to the Facebook page Childrens Creativity Workshop for more.

Harvard’s Natural Science Center is something to see at least once for sure and the Summer Science Weeks that they have are perfect for the curious child, the bug hunter and fossil finder. Classes for grades K-grade 8 . If you are up for the drive and a couple of hours hanging out in Boston while your child explores nature this is a must do. Visit the website here> for all the info.

MIT….clearly not for the faint of heart, and this is for High School students. MIT has courses geared towards research, technology and science. You can even learn to launch a start up and pitch a panel of judges and investors. Although not an MIT course, ID Tech also provides programs on the MIT campus which are all things programing, film, coding, web design, robotics and more. Visit the MIT site here> and check out all the links they provide for interesting opportunities.

With a small staff to camper ratio, kids will get some great individualized attention and insturction. Programs for the Tadpoles (age 3), Chipmunks (ages 4 and 5), Racoons (K-2), Hawks and Owls (grades 1 and 2), Otters & Coyotes (grades 3-5), Explorers (grades 6-7) range from nature exploration, fossil digs, rockets and Minecraft to survival skills and marine biology. Call 781.659.2559 Website: Nature Camp Website

Summer Arts at Derby is a comprehensive arts program that allows children to explore the full range of performing and visual arts. Each child selects his or her own schedule from over one hundred courses in visual art, dance, drama, media, music, photography, writing, gymnastics, and sports. All courses are taught by professional artists and offer children the opportunity to discover their individual talents and develop skills in the arts.