Girl in swimming pool

    Flowers are starting to wake up for spring. The days are getting longer, the nights shorter. Baseball is batting its way into a new season. Picnics are just around the corner at the local park. And in only a couple short months, kids will be getting out of school for the summer.
    With the return of the sun and warmer days, thoughts often turn to summer plans—swimming pools, sports, vacations and that age-old tradition, summer camp. To help you make some plans for your summer campers, Omaha Family has rounded up some information on camps in the Omaha area. Let’s go do some exploring!
    Kids at Summer Camp

    Brownell Talbot’s Retrain Your Brain Summer Camp Program
    Brownell Talbot’s Retrain Your Brain summer camps encourage your child to express themselves, to take risks, and to learn something new! Families and students choose between all-day camp and half-day offerings. Campers often register for more than one camp. There are so many options to choose from, such as: French Language Immersion, a half-day camp focused on all things French; Outdoors & Off-Roads, an all-day camp designed to get kids outside and out of their comfort zones; and Multimedia Art, a half-day camp where campers get to explore their creative side using different art mediums; several Youth Tech camps that teach coding, animation, video game design, and more! Visit brownell.edu/camps for more info! Retrain Your Brain provides a summer camp experience for all kindergarten through eighth grade students. Camps are held on Brownell Talbot campus. Brownell Talbot is Nebraska’s only private preschool through grade 12 independent, coeducational day school.

    Camp Fontanelle
    Camp Fontanelle is…laughing with new friends around the campfire, swimming in the pool, playing Gaga Ball, going on a night hike and eating S’Mores. Camp Fontanelle is…hiking down the Elephant Steps and up to Christmas Tree Hill while being surrounded by hundreds of hand-planted trees and spotting a deer or turkey. Camp Fontanelle is…learning how to shoot arrows in archery, or how to trust each other on the Challenge Course and Zipline. Camp Fontanelle is…falling asleep, in the A-Frame Cabins or treeboats, to the sounds of crickets and frogs and waking to the songs of the birds. Camp Fontanelle is…tree climbing on rope, tubing down the Elkhorn River, reaching for the sky, as you jump on the Jumping Pillow and flying across a ravine on our Zipline. Camp Fontanelle is knowing you are a part of God’s Creation. Camp Fontanelle is…home!
    Camp Fontanelle is a part of the Great Plains United Methodist Conference and provides summer resident camp programming for all ages. It is a place, for all, to take the time to be in the presence of God in nature and grow in faith. Camp Fontanelle provides an intentional Christian community and Christ focused curriculum throughout the summer.
    For more information about how you can be a part of the Camp Fontanelle story, go to CampFontanelle.com or contact the camp at Fontanelle@greatplainsumc.org or 402-478-4296.

    Girls Swimming together in a pool
    Camp Kitaki
    Why do kids grow at Kitaki?
    Camp Kitaki is a resident summer camp located ½ way between Lincoln and Omaha.
    After a child returns home from a week of camp at Kitaki it is very likely that his or her parents will hear all about the activities of camp.  However those memories only tell part of the story of a camper’s experience.  The impact of camp goes well beyond the activities.  This is because we use our activities differently.  At Kitaki, horseback riding isn’t just a chance to experience our 200 acre forest from the back of an animal.  It is actually a chance for a child to learn about responsibility and what it takes to take responsibility for the care and treatment of a living animal that is providing work and service for us. Archery is not just an exercise in learning to shoot.  It is a lesson in respect and caring.  Bow and arrows are dangerous and need to be treated with respect.  Words are that way as well.  Much like you are unable to change the direction of an arrow after it leaves the bow, you are also unable to change your words after they leave your mouth.  In archery you need to take care and have respect in how you prepare to make your shot, and in speaking you should do the same. These are just some of the ways that we make Kitaki an institution of learning, and why kids grow so much when they spend a week at Kitaki. For more information, visit www.ymcacampkitaki.org.

    Camp Rivercrest
    Camp is a powerful tool in the development of a child.  Spending several days away from the routine and the noise of life allows kids the space to grow.  Although summer camp at Camp Rivercrest has changed significantly since the 50’s when we opened, the impact it has on kids has not. We continually see kids come to camp to enjoy the outdoor activities, and games, but leave with a renewed sense of purpose and meaning for their life. Separation from their busy schedules that includes practice, homework, cell phones, iPods and video games gives them a chance to focus on their lives and relationships with their friends and with God.  In a world with much uncertainty, summer camp remains a good summer option for kids. A positive camp experience shared with peers and a trusted role model does wonders for self esteem, confidence, and character.  At Rivercrest, kids are no longer overcoming challenges like long hot nights in tents with bugs like their parents were.  Instead they are overcoming challenges like learning how to ride a minibike or conquering a high ropes course. The experience maybe different, the result is not. For more information, call 402-628-6465 or visit http://www.camprivercrest.org.

    College For Kids
    Just because school is out doesn’t mean learning has to take a backseat. Offered by Metropolitan Community College, the College for Kids program has the perfect blend of fun and educational camps. Classes include hands-on activities and new experiences for young, growing minds. The courses offered help open up doors to educational opportunities that students may not have discovered otherwise. College for Kids courses are intended for students ages 3-11 and have an ideal student to instructor ratio. Each year, thousands of children in the College for Kids program take classes on topics such as cooking, music, art, acting, science, math and outdoor games. By connecting children at an early age to educational experiences, MCC hopes to become their natural choice for continuing their education into their adult years.
    Have your young student come ready to learn and the great instructors will handle the rest. College for Kids is held for seven weeks during the summer at various locations across the four-county area. Camps will be located in Blair, Bennington, Gretna, Millard, Fremont, Papillion, Westside and Fremont. The camps are 9 a.m. till noon each weekday during the six-week period. Each location has a different start date in the months of June and July. For more information, visit mccneb.edu/ce or call 531-MCC-KIDS (5437).

    College For Teens
    Keep your teen’s mind working this summer with fun, hands-on camps offered through Metropolitan Community College’s College for Teens program. College for Teens summer camps have provided young students the chance to spark their passions while creating fun memories at the same time. The summer camps help open doors they may not have discovered otherwise and introduce possible career choices. Intended for students ages 12-17, College for Teens focuses on advanced topics like culinary arts, music, art, technology, fashion, welding and so much more.
    While the courses offered through College for Teens aren’t intended to be college prep, they do offer valuable educational opportunities and unforgettable experiences. New courses this year include the Make Sparks Fly: Welding Camp, where students will learn the basics to cut and weld steel in a fully equipped lab. Students will discover how to design and create a metal art piece to take home and share. Another course, Teen Improv, will explore the art of improvisation with other teens. Students will develop expertise in creative thinking, self confidence, brainstorming, team building, rapport and communication. Students interested in biology will enjoy Dissection Bootcamp, a class that teaches how to use equipment properly to discover animal needs, disease, parasites and vital organs.
    Each course has a different start and end date during the summer months. To register, visit mccneb.edu/ce or call 531-MCC-5437.

    Durham Museum
    Want a summer break that is sure to go down in history?
    We invite you to join The Durham Museum May 30-August 4 for a one-of-a-kind camp experience that sparks the imagination! Half-day and full-day programs are available for 1st-2nd grades, 3rd-4th grades and 5th-6th grades. (Please note these are the grade levels your child will be entering in the 2017-2018 school year.) All camps are led by certified teachers with additional staff to create an engaging camp experience.

    Camps are held 9AM-4PM and topics include Lego Apprentice, Fossil Fever, History with Heroes, Top Secret, Meet the Metr”O” plus many, many more! The Durham Museum also offers a “Beyond the Camp” experience for campers who want to arrive early or stay late. “Beyond the Camp” runs from 7:30-9:00 AM and 4:00-5:30 PM. During this time, campers play games, draw, read and participate in other activities supervised by the summer camp staff.
    Registration is open and spots are filling fast! Visit www.CampsAtTheDurham.org today for complete details. For more information contact The Durham Museum’s education department at 402-444-5027 or education@DurhamMuseum.org.

    Fine Lines
    Fine Lines writing summer camp is for students of all ages. Join writers who add clarity and passion to their lives with the written word. Register now.
    We will have fun with sentences, learn to play while developing poems, stories, essays, and discover creative corners of our minds that we did not know existed. Metaphorically, we will take our journals under “shade trees” and talk together about issues that matter. We will swim around important “buoys” on our educational journeys. We will row boats to “lighthouses” that show us our own paths through the fog. We will take our minds for “jogs” to libraries. We will learn to write more, faster, and better. More than anything, we will create time to dream about our ideas and applaud the power and beauty of words. Fine Lines 2017 Camp for Creative Writers meets June 20-24, 8:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. at UNO’s Milo Bail Student Union. For more information, visit www.finelines.org.

    It’s Yours Pottery
    SUMMER SUN…SUMMER CREATIVE FUN …  If you are looking for some good old fashioned fun with a creative flair, IT’S YOURS is a perfect activity solution for your children!  Our daily Art Enrichment sessions offer not only pottery painting…we will also explore hand building with clay, wood art decor, canvas painting, candle making and a whole lot more!  Each session is themed based with different art mediums to WOW your children for a couple of hours, when it best fits your busy summer schedule.  ALL the details and online registration are available at www.itsyourspottery.com . Always feel free call and talk with one of our Creative Team Specialists at 402-330-3470. Better yet…STOP on in anytime, we’ll show you around.  We are here for your children…with 13 years experience of summer kid fun!

    Joslyn Museum
    Free general admission makes Joslyn Art Museum the perfect place for everyday family fun. Wander through the sculpture gardens and explore the Museum galleries to enjoy art from antiquity to the present. Stop by the EdTech Gallery to get an Art Pack, iPod, or printed scavenger hunt to make your gallery adventure extra fun. Then be sure to visit ART WORKS: A Place for Curiosity, with its nine innovative activity stations – designed with both kids and grown-ups in mind – you’re sure to find something for every age and interest!
    On many days you’ll find special programs on tap for children and families. Stroller Tours, designed for adults accompanied by their littlest ones, begin with pastries, coffee, and conversation before the tour begins. Story Adventures, presented with Omaha Public Library, offers preschoolers and young readers an artful story time in the galleries. KickstART Saturdays engage families with hands-on activities, performances, and demonstrations that celebrate the Museum’s exhibitions. And Joslyn is the only place to be for studio classes and summer art camps! Beginning at age four, and all the way through the teen years, young artists find inspiration from the masters before digging in to create their own drawings, paintings, prints, sculpture, and mixed media works in the studio. Visit www.joslyn.org for detailed information about these and other programs at Joslyn Art Museum.

    Lauritzen Gardens
    Summer Adventure Camps at Lauritzen Gardens provide an exciting and educational environment for children ages 4 to 12 to explore science, nature and art in a 100-acre outdoor classroom. The garden offers morning and afternoon camps, full-day camps and supervised lunch to give parents flexible scheduling options.

    Sessions include nature hikes, plant and wildlife encounters, crafts and other hands-on activities. With 21 garden areas, ten acres of native forest, spectacular views of the Missouri River valley and two of the biggest locomotives ever to run the rails, the garden provides a wealth of opportunities for children to inquire, learn and discover their surroundings.
    “My daughter enjoyed the camps at the garden immensely and seemed to ‘blossom’ under the care and guidance of the teachers. At the end of each action-packed day she excitedly shared her new knowledge of flora and fauna with me.”
    Our themed camps, taught by trained educators, are designed to connect children to nature, foster a respect and appreciation for the environment, and inspire a sense of wonder through direct experiences with the natural world. 2016 themes include: Where the Wild Things Are, Art, Imagination & Nature, Great Green Adventures, and Survivor Camp- Into the Wilderness.
    Pricing ranges from $50-$220. Current specials include: buy one week at regular price and receive 15% off the regular price of the second week OR buy two weeks at regular price and receive 50% off the regular price of the third week. Sale pricing not applicable to “Survivor – Into the Wilderness” camps.
    For detailed program descriptions, dates and pricing, or to register, please visit www.lauritzengardens.org or call (402) 346-4002, ext. 263.

    Summer Camp Kids around Campfire
    Miracle Hills Junior Golf
    Are you looking for a way to introduce your child to the game they will play for a lifetime?  The Jr. Golf program at Miracle Hill Golf Club is designed for children ages 5-15 from beginners to advanced Jr. Players.  With multiple programs we can fit your golfer’s needs.  All our programs are held in a fun relaxed environment hosted be PGA professionals with an emphasis on developmental skill based activities and drills.  Each player will take a skills test on the first day and will receive instruction at their current level of ability.  Each week the student will have the opportunity to take a skills evaluation to move up to the next level.  The goal will be for the student to have fun and progress throughout the levels of skill development.
    We also offer individual and group lessons with special Jr. Pricing along with lessons for more competitive players looking to pursuit golf in high school and beyond.  A new program for us in 2017 is Team Golf where our Jr. players of varied skill levels compete against other clubs around the area in a true team atmosphere.  More information about team golf can be found by contacting us here at Miracle Hill or www.njgt.org we hope to see your Jr. golfer this summer and introduce them to a game that build character, integrity, good will, sportsmanship and a sense of accomplishment.

    Montessori Educational Centers
    The Montessori Summer Program offers elementary students the opportunity to enrich their summer through an amazing scientific journey of discovery! Located in our beautiful elementary facility, Montessori offers an outdoor play area, basketball court, swimming pool, library, music area, computer lab and spacious classrooms. Many fun and educational opportunities are in store, including: Field Trips, Art projects and Science, Swimming, Yoga and More! The summer session starts on May 30th and runs for 10 weeks. Explore What Fun summer can be while giving your child an educational advantage! Visit our open house on Sunday April 23rd from 10- noon at Montessori Elementary School of Omaha, located at 12504 Pacific Street. For more information, call 402-393-1311 or visit www.omahamontessori.com.

    Nebraska Elite Volleyball
    Nebraska Elite Volleyball was founded out of the desire to offer young athletes the best opportunities to succeed in life through the sport of volleyball. We have many training, playing, and competitive levels of volleyball available. Our top level club teams compete Nationally. We have seen 151 athletes go on to play college volleyball. Nebraska Elite has won the 2015 AAU 16U National Championship, and have recorded 15 Top 5 Finishes at Junior Nationals. Our regional programs are the perfect place for players wanting to prepare for high school volleyball but aren’t ready to make the commitment to our national level club program. Our Youth Development and Nebraska Volleyball League Programs are perfect for entry level players looking to take their game to the NEXT LEVEL! We offer over 100 summer camps and programs designed for athletes of all levels. Our Beach Program is the best in Nebraska! We had 4 Teams Finish in the Top 5 Nationally in 2016! We even have programs for Kindergarteners and First Graders (VolleySprouts)! Check out our website (www.nebraskaelite.org) to learn more about Nebraska Elite and the many volleyball opportunities we offer.

    Omaha Children’s Museum
    At Omaha Children’s Museum Summer Camps, children discover just how fun learning can be! Camps appropriate for ages 2-8 include ever-popular favorites like Minecraft, Jedi Training and Pet Vet, and exciting new offerings like Adventures in Storybook Land, Grossology, Secret Spy Academy and Full S.T.E.A.M. Ahead, a camp introducing girls to famous women in science, tech, engineering, arts and mathematics fields. Other camps explore various forms of art, pirates and mermaids, princesses and the Olympics. Dora Goes to Kindergarten is a camp for kinder-ready students. For our youngest campers, My Little One and Me has all the fun of a big kid camp, but the 2- and 3-year-old campers can bring along a special adult.
    Each camp is age-specific with hands-on activities and fun curriculum taught by trained educators. Morning and afternoon camps are offered, plus an all-day option (campers bring their own lunch). Camps are held June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 5-8, July 11-15, July 18-22, July 25-29 and Aug. 1-5. Weeklong camps are $120 for members, $135 for non-members. Camps on July 5-8 are discounted by $10. Before and after care is available for all sessions for an additional cost. Camp fee includes a Summer Camp 2016 T-shirt. Register easily online at ocm.org today!

    Oxbow Animal Health
    Future Veterinarians Wanted: Report to Oxbow’s Veterinarian Camp! Oxbow Animal Health Veterinarian Camps encourage children’s interest in animals, and introduces them to the world of veterinary science. Hands on activities include animal anatomy and behavior, nutrition, parasites, general examinations, x-ray analysis, and participation in a mock surgery. Campers will have the opportunity to interact with a real veterinarian and intermediate campers will be exposed to professionals in various animal-related careers by participating in a field trip in the area. Junior Vet Camp is designed for children completing 2nd through 5th grades and takes place over four days. Intermediate Vet Camp is designed for children completing 6th through 8th grades and takes place over five days.  Both camps run from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. daily. For camp dates and information, visit www.oxbowvetcamp.com.

    Phoenix Academy’s Summer Kickstart
    Intensive Reading, Spelling & Math- Phoenix Academy’s Summer Kickstart, summer school program, is a great way for students to retain what was learned during the school year, get a jump start for next year, and learn new skills.  The Summer Kickstart is a shortened version of our regular school year program for all ability levels using multi-sensory research based teaching methods.  Intensive phonics is taught in all classes along with reading, writing, spelling, fluency, and comprehension.  Math classes focus on math facts, story problems, and concepts through pre-algebra.  This is not a summer camp – yet year after year, parents tell us their children enjoy attending the Summer Kickstart and are excited about what they learn.  Our small class sizes and supportive learning environment create an atmosphere where real learning takes place.
    July 5th – July 28th: For Kindergarten to 8th grade students Fall 2017.  Choose morning or afternoon sessions, 8:30 a.m. – 11:30 a.m.  OR  12:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.. The cost of the program is $650 per student. (Cost includes private testing that will take place in June.)  Scholarships are available.
    Limited Enrollment: To register, get more information, and find out what parents have to say about our Summer Kickstart program, visit our website – phoenixacademyomaha.org, or call 402-390-0556.  Phoenix Academy is located one block south of 66th and Western at 1110 N 66th Street in Omaha.

    Ponca Hills Farm Summer Day Camp
    Ponca Hills Farm Summer Day Camp celebrates over 50 years of quality riding instruction at one of Omaha’s leading equestrian centers. In the quiet, scenic beauty of our 300-acre farm, campers learn the basics of English riding through daily mounted lessons, as well as how to lead, groom and tack a horse.  Gentle, well-mannered horses and caring counselors combine to make this a camp that inspires confidence and offers hands-on experience to children of all abilities.  Each camp session concludes with a festive horse show and family picnic where riders proudly demonstrate new skills. Bring a camera, because huge smiles are guaranteed!  Campers receive a commemorative t-shirt, horse show ribbons and recognition for achievement.  Children ages 8 to 16 are welcome.  Campers need to bring a bag lunch and wear riding attire (belted long pants, heeled hard sole shoes, a tucked-in shirt and a helmet).  2017 Dates: Session I, June 5- 23; Session II, July 10- 28.   Summer camp meets Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm. The cost per 3-week session is $450.00 per camper.   For a memorable summer learning experience with horses, fresh air and fun, please call Ponca Hills Farm at 402-453-7373 or visit poncahillsfarm.com.

    That Pottery Place
    SUMMER ART CAMP 2017- Bring balance to your child’s summer activities by exercising their creative and artistic abilities. That Pottery Place, located at 7828 Dodge St., offers an exploration of art projects for its Summer Art Camp.  To accommodate family budgets and schedules we are keeping our prices low and offering options this summer.  Our goal is to complete projects that will produce personal satisfaction within your child through creative expression. The children will be working with a variety of mediums. Mosaic madness is a creative class where the kids apply mosaic chips and gems in their own design to a photo frame or fun shaped plaque. Total muddy fun with instructions in hand building with wet clay, all clay projects are painted and fired. Lessons in layering colored glass which is then fused to create a glass fused project. Canvas painting is an exciting addition to our art exploration. Pottery painting is a fun and easy way to create personalized treasures. We provide the tools and the kids provide the creativity.  There are three types of schedules offered to fit your needs. Session 1 and 2 held in June offer a 1, 3 or 4 day option. Early bird and sibling discounts. For additional creative opportunities, we offer a once a month Friday Evening Kids’ Night Out ‘Pizza, pottery painting and crafts’. This is the perfect time for parents to spend their own evening out! Also offered once a month is our Saturday morning ‘Paint Me A Story’ We will read a book and the kids will paint pottery. Call or check our web site for details. 402-392-1166 www.thatpotteryplaceomaha.com follow us on facebook, pinterest, twitter and instagram

    The Rose Theater
    The Rose Theater’s classes promote creativity and provide students with a supportive environment for exploring their talent and imagination. With morning, afternoon and all-day classes, The Rose offers the perfect way for young performers of all skill levels and interests to explore their craft! A highlight of The Rose’s camp offerings are the “Perform in a Summer Play or Musical Camps.” Students will work alongside seasoned theater professionals as they learn about theater and perform in fully-rehearsed, staged productions featuring costumes, lighting and sets as they star in a summer production of Seussical Jr., Xanadu, JunGirl Book, and more! Week-long camps include topics such as Pokemon, Cinderella, Peter Pan, Harry Potter, Beauty & the Beast, Star Wars, Zootopia, Frozen and more.

    DRAMA at The Rose offers children ages 4 to 18 the most exciting theater education in town! Classes range from acting, directing, playwriting, improv, stagecraft, puppetry, filmmaking, and more! Step into the spotlight with a week-long class, or spend the summer on the stage with a multi-week camp that ends with a fully staged production.

    The BROADWAY at The Rose program offers children ages 3 to 18 a complete musical theater, voice, acting and dance training curriculum designed to prepare students for the stage. Summer BROADWAY at The Rose classes give students all-new week-long musical theater camps where they can showcase their skills performing popular musicals and a variety of dance, voice, and acting classes designed to challenge skills, advance technique and stay in shape over the summer months.

    DRAMA and BROADWAY at The Rose classes are instructed by professional teaching artists with college and graduate degrees in the theater arts and education. You will recognize many of your instructors as the same actors who perform on stage in The Rose’s main stage productions! Classes are available at The Rose Theater in downtown Omaha and The Rose Theater West Studio near 120th & Center. Step into the spotlight and see what The Rose holds in store for you!

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