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Summer programs for…

Palo Alto College is offering high-quality, affordable, and fun summer programs for children ages 2 to 18 to keep their minds and bodies active during the summer months.

Summer programs for kids of all ages

This summer, Palo Alto College, one of the Alamo Colleges, is offering a wide variety of summer programs for children ages 2 to 18. These high-quality, affordable, and fun camp options promise keep children’s minds and bodies active during the summer months.

Children ages 5 to 12 can enroll in the full-day Kids’ Camp, which includes weekly excursions to places like SeaWorld, the DoSeum, Schlitterbahn, and more. Throughout the week, students will participate in sports and activities related to each week’s excursion.

The College also offers a variety of specialized mini-camps, including swimming lessons (ages 2 and up), “Books Alive” Theater Camp, 3D Design Camp, and Robotics Camp. For the first time, this year’s Kids’ Camp is partnering with the various mini camps to enhance the full-day experience.

“It’s a benefit to working parents who want to have a full-day camp and provide their child with a variety of educational things to do,” said Tina Mesa, dean of learning resources at the College.

In addition to participating in the regular activities, children attending the Kids’ Camp can add on these half-day, themed camps at a discounted rate. Children who aren’t enrolled in the full-day Kids’ Camp can also register for the mini camps as standalone programs.

Also, the popular grant-funded STEM camp makes a return offering free-of-cost classes themed around the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) fields. These half-day, two-week sessions are open to students ages 11 to 18. During the camp, students will receive free lunch and participate in hands-on activities in biology, chemistry, engineering, and computer gaming.

“It keeps their minds energized and active in something other than their electronic devices,” said Mesa. “That’s the benefit, especially if it gets them interested in a STEM field, which could propel them into STEM-related career fields when they get older.”

The College is also offering mini camps to compliment the STEM camps for students who want or need to stay for a full day of programming. For a small fee, students can choose from two fun-filled camps: Sports camp, where they can learn a variety of different sports and enjoy open gym activities; or theater production, where they can gain hands-on technology experience such as stage-lighting, sound, and set building.

Whatever a child’s interests may be, exposure to a college campus will help them start thinking about their future goals and career aspirations.

“It will get them thinking about what college they’re going to attend. They’ll feel comfortable being on a college campus,” said Mesa. “The parents may also begin to consider Palo Alto College for their child, or even for themselves. They are exposed to and made aware of what this College has to offer.”

Palo Alto College’s summer program sessions are filling up quickly. For pricing, registration, and more information, click here.