Happy Campers

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Posted on Jun 21, 2017 by donncoburn
It’s summer vacation again – but not for most grown-ups. Most of us need some help finding something to occupy the kids during the workday. Luckily, our area offers abundant day camps – and many of them are DARTable.    Perot Museum of Nature and Science Summer Discovery Camp Ages: 3 years – 6th grade Where: 2201 N. Field St., Dallas By DART: DART Rail Red, Blue, Green or Orange lines to Akard Station; the Perot Museum is a short walk. When: June 12–August 18 Description: A wide variety of programs is offered including engineering and “maker” camps, such as Maker (Build It) and Destination Innovation. There’s also Amazing Animals, Future Inventors, Cool Chemistry, Little Paleontologists, Space Explorers and much more. All are led by amazing museum educators. Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures Ages: Pre-K-entering grade 12 Where: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas. By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station When: June 12-Aug. 11 Description: Themed camps feature zoo tours, games, crafts and animal encounters. Spark! Summer Camp Ages: 7-14 Where: 409 S. Lamar St., Dallas (in the basement of South Side on Lamar) By DART: DART Rail Red or Blue lines to Cedars Station When: June 5-Aug. 4 Description: Campers, divided by age, can get creative and fully immersed in the visual arts, music, video production, sculpture and silk screening. Texas Discovery Gardens Camps Ages: Age 4-entering grade 4 Where: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas (inside Fair Park). By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station When: June 5-Aug. 18 Description: Campers are divided by age in themed nature camps, such as Seedling Scientists, Wiggle Week Bug Camp, Budding Botanists, Backyard Buddies, Land to Sea With the Children's Aquarium and more. Firehouse Theatre Summer Camps Ages: Entering grades 3-8 Where: Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Farmers Branch Station When: June 12-30 Description: Through exercises, lectures and scene work with theatrical professionals, the camp covers improvisation techniques that will improve acting skills. Interurban Railway Museum Ages: Grades 1-6 Where: 901 E. 15th St., Plano -- located in historic Downtown Plano’s Haggard Park By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station When: June 5-July 31 Description: Offered in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington, programs include Mad Scientist, Creative Writing, LEGO Robotics, Police Forensics, Movie Magic and more.  Plano Public Library Summer Reading Club Ages: All ages. Where: Plano Public Libraries, including Harrington Library at 1501 18th St. By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station When: June 1-Aug. 31 Description: It’s not a day camp, but it is a really cool program. Sign up for the summer reading club to enjoy reading rewards and fun programs featuring furry animals, superhero science, magic, bubbles, scaly snakes, and more all summer long.
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