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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.
For those clever kids who love, cherish and obey cake, there’s a summer camp running from July 9th to 11th at Greystones Studios on Theatre Lane that they won’t want to miss. The Devoted To Cakes Summer Camp – with Loraine and Tom, left – will introduce your kid to new skills and thrills, and, hey, there’s cake at the end of each day too! Yum! You can find more more here.
Running throughout July, the Little Lingua Summer Camps are aimed at kids between 6 and 12 who might just appreciate the joy and importance of having a second language. In this case, they can choose between French or Spanish, with teacher Sinéad covering everyone from beginners to fluent speakers in her three separate 5-day classes. You can find out more here.
Talking of languages, the mighty SEK International School up on Windgates hill have Spanish classes for kids also happening in July. Covering the age group of 12 to 15, there are two levels – beginners 1 and beginners 2, strangely enough – with three separate 5-day classes running through the month. 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 eating healthy is a goal in your family, the Good Food Summer Camp will introduce your kid to the delights of natural ingredients, straight out of the ground, and how they can make for fun and filling meals. Running at Killruddery Studios’ Fruit Room from Monday, July 29th to Friday, August 2nd, you can choose between the full 5-day camp or just jump on board for one day. You can find out more right about here.
Good to see that Greystones’ Summer Project is back in the game this year too, having secured the Educate Together HQ in Blacklion as a venue. Running from Monday, July 8th to Friday 13th, this one is open to kids between 8 and 13, and, yep, you can find out more right 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 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, 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.
Coming to the Kilcoole Community Centre from July 1st to 5th (and Roundwood Parish Hall from the 15th to 19th), the Tarantella Drama Camp is all about building self-confidence whilst having fun. Utilising warm-up games to loosen up those vocal chords and limbs, a bout of improvisation is followed by mime, story-telling and all the joys of acting, with each day ending with relaxation exercises and meditation.
Offering your child the perfect opportunity to get off their screens and explore the magic of imagination, the Tarantella Drama Camp runs from 9.20am to 2.30pm daily, and is aimed at 4-to-12-year-olds. It’s €85 per child, or €160 for two siblings, with a €30 deposit per child required. Booking is essential, as spaces are limited – so, email firstname.lastname@example.org today, or check out their Facebook page here.
Running on Monday 15th, Tuesday 16th and Thursday 18th in July, the Greystones Family Resource Centre’s Summer Project 2019 is aimed at children in primary school and costs just €25 per child, €15 for the 1st sibling, and €10 for subsequent siblings. Registration opens Thursday, June 13th, 3pm to 6pm, and you can find out more by calling 012557528.
If your kid likes a little inner peace and quiet in their lives, then Yoga Nest have got just the summer camp for them. Running from Monday 8th to Thursday 11th in July, Kids Yoga Summer Camp With Jo is ‘an exciting and interactive way for your child to gain all the benefits of yoga while going on an adventure through movement and story’. With each class made up of stories, songs and, yep, yoga, this is one summer camp that will have your kid pretty darn calm and centred for the summer. Running from 11.30am to 12.30pm daily, for ages 3.5 to 8, the cost is €45. Book right here.
We’ll be adding Happy Feet, Killruddery, Greystones Lawn Tennis, GRFC and others over the coming days. Just as soon as they get their act together…