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Purina Incredible Canine Kids Camp

Calling all young pet lovers ages 10-14! Come work alongside the Purina Farms trainers and their amazing canine athletes and learn some of the most popular canine sports! Campers will learn from the pros how to train a dog in the sports of Freestyle Flying Disc, Diving Dog and Canine Agility, and learn responsible pet care through games and service projects. Campers will take home group photos and individual photos with adoptable dogs, take wagon rides to the Purina Event Center, and will each receive a flying disc and certificate signed by professional Purina Incredible Dog Team Trainers.  

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Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp

Sprinkle summer with sweet creativity, fun and smiles! At Sweetology Cake Decorating Camp, campers will learn the basics of cake decorating, making frosting, basic design, how to frost a cake, cake decorating tools and uses, piping basic borders and designs, working with fondant and more. We'll explore playing with food to create delicious edible art projects and campers will bring home their edible creations throughout the week. No previous decorating experience is required. Each session is limited to 20 campers. Open to youth entering grades 1-8, 3-day and 5-day programs feature one of three delightful camp themes: As Seen on TV, Furry Friends, and Under the Sea.

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Slime Day at The Magic House

Slimers of all ages are invited to The Magic House for a day of hands-on slime experiences at the The Magic House STEAM Center (Kirkwood) or at The Magic House, MADE for Kids (5127 Delmar Blvd, St. Louis, 63108). Kids will learn creative slime recipes and create the fluffiest, gooiest or stringiest slime masterpiece to take home for continued slime fun!

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Goldfish Swim School Open House

Families are invited to enjoy the brand new Goldfish Swim School, a learn-to-swim facility offering swim lessons for kids ages 4 months through 12 years old. All are invited to participate in Open Family Swim (RSVP required), crafts, a balloon artist, face painting, games and lots more at this free Open House.

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Challenger Learning Center Summer Space Adventures

Aspiring astronauts, scientists and engineers ages 8-18 will have a "blast" at the award-winning Challenger Learning Center where they can explore space, science, art, and technology through simulated space missions and other out-of-this-world activities. 

Space adventurers can travel to the Moon or Mars, explore Comets, or train in an underwater environment in SCUBA gear. Future engineers can design, build and inhabit a life-size lunar colony or build remote-controlled rovers and rockets with 3D printed parts. Specialty camps include: Astronaut Training Camp, Rocket Lab, Innovator's Workshop, and NEW: Drone Makers Camp, and Artemis Adventure Camp!

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Community Camps at Community School

Community School offers camps for 3-year-olds to eighth graders, including arts, academics and just plain summer fun on the school's beautiful 18-acre campus. Expanded mini camps include over 90 offerings, with special sessions from COCA, Bricks4Kidz, Little Medical School and more, including partnering with STAGES again for three musical theater camps. Plus, there's Play Camp for our youngest campers and FUNdamentals to fight the summer slump.

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Forsyth Summer Discovery

Summer begins here! With nearly 50 camps developed by Forsyth School faculty, Summer Discovery provides kids age 3 through Grade 6 with an appropriate mix of structure, freedom, and challenge. 

Different weekly themes allow kids to become engineers, artists, cyclists, filmakers, spies, performers, climbers, designers, scientists, photographers, explorers, and more! Forsyth Summer Discovery is a place to play, try, make, be, and do – on the high ropes or obstacle course, in the science lab, on the stage, and on the field. 

Located on Forsyth School's one-of-a-kind campus featuring a gymnasium, Adventure Center, Sport Court, track and field, playgrounds, and Big Backyard, Summer Discovery offers a largely "unplugged" experience with a neighborhood feel. Kids enjoy lunch with friends, daily pick-up games, and lots of water games and play!

 

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Open House at YMCA Camp Lakewood
Sunday, April 26, 2020
Saturday, May 16, 2020

Camp Lakewood Open Houses are designed to give you and your children or teens the opportunity to meet the camp directors, ask questions and see the beautiful property. You'll get a tour of the camp, be able to speak with camp staff and be reassured that your camper will have the experience of a lifetime at YMCA Camp Lakewood.

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Parents' Survival Night at The Little Gym
Friday, May 1, 2020
Friday, May 29, 2020

Parents call it a break from the kids, and kids call it a break from parents, so its a win-win for all! During Parents' Survival Night you can spend some adult time seeing a movie or catching up with friends, while your kids get quality "kid time" in a safe, familiar, and fun place with trained instructors who lead them through music, games and fun LEGO, DUPLO and LEGO Junior building activities.

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Kids Art Night Out
Friday, May 1, 2020

Kids Art Night Out at Yucandu Art Studio features a new creative project each month, ranging from mosaics, to collage, print-making, glitter, clay and more.

 

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Tons of Transportation
Saturday, May 2, 2020

Kids of all ages are invited to climb on and explore dump trucks, backhoes, fire trucks, police cruisers, an excavator and more at Tons of Transportation.

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