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It’s that time of year again, when the sun splits the sky, and our kids face into months and months of having no particular place to go.
So, if you want to make sure that this summertime, your living is easy, check out our extensive round-up of groovy summer camps hitting town over the coming months.
As always, this list will continue to grow as the sun gets higher and higher in the sky – so, come back, y’all, if you don’t quite find what you’re looking for first time round.
Let the educational, inspirational, aspirational fun begin!
With 5-day camps – and one 4-day camp – running weekly throughout July and August, the Forest Club Summer Camp [right] is perfect for those kids who like to go a little wild in the country. Especially when our woodlands are at their most resplendent and lush.
Situated in a private woods just a 5-minute drive from Greystones, Alec Dunne will have your kid stepping away from that numbing screen and discovering new inner joy as they go back to their roots. Boom! You can find out more here.
Happening at Éire Óg from Monday 12th to Friday 16th of August, the Sew Fun Studios Summer Camp will have your kid designing and creating their summer wardrobe, whilst learning some clever skills – both social and practical – over five fun-filled days. You can find out more here.
For those clever kids who know that being ready for your close-up is a crucial part of life in de modern world, the award-winning Burning House Productions are back after their July sell-out run at Greystones Studios with another Teen Acting For Camera workshop. Taking place from August 12th to 15th, everything you needed to know about being the new Jennifer Lawrence or Michael Fassbender is ready and waiting. You can find out more right about here.
Also taking place from the 12th to the 15th of August is Evan Furlong’s Summer Mandarin Chinese Immersion Camp, where kids will not only pick up a grounding in a handy second language but learn about Taiwanese tribes and their ancient cultures. Boom! You can find out more here.
Running every week through June, July and August, the Squirrel’s Scramble’s annual ProActive Summer Camps are one of the most popular fun-in-the-sun activities around here. And with the full five days, your kid will fill their heart and their lungs, and their imagination, leaving them happy, satisfied and, hopefully, ready for a nap or two. You can find out more here.
If your kid is a budding filmmaker who can’t quite get enough of building his own little world, then the Bricks Flick Workshop at Greystones Studios on July 29th might just be the short, sharp summer camp they need. With a morning and an afternoon session, your budding little Spielberg will create their own little short film using good old Lego and state-of-the-art digital cinema. More info here.
FSM Kids regard themselves as Ireland’s leading Kids Fitness Programme. Which is handy, given that they’re just up the road. And they’ve got two summer camps running this year, from July 8th to 12th and from August 12th to 16th, from 11.30am to 3.30pm daily for the five days.
Introducing kids to the joys of gymnastics, structured strength, cardio, skills development, nutrition, basic safety and team building, the FSM Kids Summer Camp is aimed at 7-to-12-year-olds, and the €80 charge for the five days include a free FSM t-shirt. You can check out the programme here, and book your July spot here or your August spot here. You can also find out more on Facebook here.
If your beloved offspring just happens to be a major all-singing, all-dancing star of tomorrow, then the Vitality Dance Academy’s Musical Theatre Summer Camps might just be the perfect springboard for their fame and fortune. Running in Kilcoole from July 15th to 19th and from August 12th to 16th, you can read all about it here.
For a summer camp with a difference, TY Students at Temple Carrig have put together two days of summer camp fun, and it’s all in aid of Mustard Seed Ireland, the non-profit charity which helps vulnerable kids around the world. Just €5 an hour, the camp runs on Thursday 18th and Friday 19th of July, from 9.30am to 12.30pm.
For those kids who like a little fresh air in their lungs, a little dirt on their shoes, and splashes of paint in their hair, the Coastal Art Studios Summer Camps is the one for them. Situated right on our coast, by those golden yellow fields, Genevieve not only has classes for kids between 6 and 8 years of age and between 9 and 12 years of age, but there’s also a Teen Art Course too. Boom! You’ll find the details here.
Talking of the great outdoors, the Sudbury School in Kilpeddar have three Story Immersion Camps happening in the Wicklow wilds, including Nature Spirit from July 1st to 4th (for ages 6-to-10); Dragon Quest from July 15th to 18th (for ages 6-to-12), and Tír na nÓg from August 6th to 8th (for ages 6-to-12). You can find out more about these very special camps right here.
There’s also the mighty Shoreline, who have a plethora of kids summer camps throughout July and August, all of them fun, and all of them healthy. One of Greystones’ most popular summer camps, you can find out more right about here.
Putting a mighty spring in your kid’s step, those lovely people over at Sugarloaf Gymnastics have a plethora of summer camps and workshops happening over July and August, catering to 4-years-plus, to teens, and even adults. You can find out more right here.
It’s as kids that our imagination knows no bounds, and is free to imagine the incredible, the magical, without fear of failure. And it’s that very nature that the Junior Einsteins Science Club is all about.
Providing exciting, engaging, experimental practical, interactive STEM experiences, professionally delivered in a structured, safe, supervised, educational and fun environment, the Junior Einsteins Science Summer Camp will be take place in Greystones from Monday, August 5th to Friday 9th. You can find out more and book your spot on Junior Einsteins Science Club’s groovy website here, or you can email email@example.com.
We’ll be adding Happy Feet, Killruddery, Greystones Lawn Tennis, GRFC and others over the coming weeks. Just as soon as they get their act together…