Summer is right around the corner, and for the Museum that means one very special thing… Kidspace Summer Camps! Traditionally, Kidspace has hosted 4 weeks of summer camp, each with its own central theme. Camps have become so popular however, that this year Kidspace has added a week to the Summer Camp schedule making it 5 very unique weeks of fun filled, educational, interactive programming! From “Wacky Kitchen Science Camp” to “Outer Space Camp”, Kidspace camps cover a wide range of interests and promise to educate and entertain!
Our camps aren’t all about fun (shhh parents, don’t tell), helping to alleviate the learning loss that occurs over an elongated break from school is at the very core of the Kidspace Summer Camp Program. On average, a child loses one month’s worth of their education over summer break, and that number is cumulative, growing each year. Our Education Team works to ensure that Core Content Standards and grade appropriate materials are being included in camp, while allowing children to be creative, and have fun.
Kidspace knows the importance of summer learning programs and also knows that not everyone can afford to give their children the opportunity to attend these programs, which is why Kidspace offers Camp Scholarships to families in need. In an effort to provide all children with the same great educational opportunities, Kidspace strives to provide at least 25% of each week’s campers with full camp scholarships. We would not be able to do this without the help of community supporters such as the SPARC Foundation (Student Philanthropists Achieving Real Change), Build-A-Bear Workshop Bear Hugs Foundation, and other generous foundations and individuals. Organizations and people like these make it possible not only for Kidspace to continue offering scholarships, but to increase the amount of scholarships given out each year, and to expand our camps program as a whole.
If you are interested in Summer Camps or how to apply for a camp scholarship click here, and if you are interested in supporting Kidspace so we can continue to provide opportunities like these please, click here.
Blog Entry by:
Shanee Garcia, Development Coordinator, has been with Kidspace since 2009. Shanee worked as Museum Lead supervising the floor staff and volunteers until transitioning into the Development Department in late 2011. Her current focus is grant writing to help garner support for Kidspace and its mission.