Did you have the same reaction I did when I realized the countdown to end of school was winding down? Blind panic/hyperventilation, followed by persistent anxiety?
NO? Lucky you.
But if you were even a little nervous about what your kids were going to do with all that extra time, fear not. Here’s a list of links to area organizations and businesses offering camps and classes that can keep your kids occupied during those dog days of summer.
City of Watertown - NEW!
Golf for Kids – Ages 6-11 and 11-17
$5/session (City of Watertown Residents), $20/session (non-residents)
Session I – Ages 6-11 (Still accepting students) – June 25, July 2, 9, 16
Session I – Ages 11-17 – June 26, July 3, 10, 17
Session II – Ages 6-11 – July 23, 30, August 6, 13
Session II – Ages 11-17 – July 24, 31, August 7, 14
REGISTRATION DEADLINE FRIDAY, JUNE 29!
Leagues start the week of July 9
Morning (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 9:30 a.m.) or Evening (Tuesdays and Thursdays, 5:15 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.) Leagues available
Ages 5, 6 or 7
$5/clinic (City of Watertown Residents), $20/clinic (non-residents)
Ages 7-10 or 10 & over
Clinic I – Ages 7-10 – July 9-13 from 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Clinic I – Ages 10 & Over – July 9-13 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Clinic II – Ages 7-10 – July 23-27 from 11:30 to 1 p.m.
Clinic II – Ages 10 & Over – July 23-27 from 1 to 2:30 p.m.
Thousand Islands Arts Center, Clayton – NEW!
The TI Arts Center has a host of kids and teens classes available during the summer months including Art Detective: Exploring the River for ages 4-7, Teen Mosaics for ages 12-17 and Architecture, Design and Environment for ages 9-12.
That’s just to name a few – there’s lots more like puppet-making, space exploration and pottery.
The TI Arts Center also offers dozens of classes for grown-ups!
Antique Boat Museum, Clayton – NEW!
Beautifully curated, the Antique Boat Museum is a great place to take visiting friends or family in the summer. But they also offer some fantastic opportunities for kids! The ABM offers summer courses for ages 4 and up on everything from boating and sailing skills to general education about the St. Lawrence River and the Thousand Islands region, a “How Boats Move” class and a “Histories and Mysteries” class. Their courses begin July 2 and fill up fast. Some are already closed, so get in on the ones that are left quickly!
Our faves are their Art Classes, like the 3d Art Camp and Multi-Cultural Art Class (for ages 4-13)
There are also lots of Gymnastics and Cheer camps and classes to choose from (for ages 18 months -16, all levels)
The Y is offering several Sports Camps and Summer Classes in everything from a general sports camp to specific sports like soccer, (ages 4-9), lacrosse (ages 5-10), track and field (ages 4-13) and a Wizards Baseball Camp (6-12 years old)
North Country Arts Council
The NCAC’s Arts on the Square has become the NNY art Mecca thanks in part to their innovative arts education programs. Summer will be no different, with several classes and camps being offered to youngsters between the ages of 5 and 20. We’re especially excited about the Dinostars! Musical Variety Show where kids ages 5 to 9 will learn theater techniques and staging terminology to put on an “American Idol” format performance on their last day of class.
Other opportunities include a TEEN A-Capella camp, and courses in photography for ages 8-20.
Dance Classes & Camps
Rhonda’s Footeworks (with locations in Lowville and downtown Watertown) is offering a summer dance class schedule, along with specialty camps like “Princess Party,” “Circus Week” and a summer rehearsal schedule for a Lyric Theater production in Sackets Harbor at the end of the summer. You can view Rhonda’s summer class and camp schedule here.
Northern Lights Dance Co. – offering 6-week “camp” classes in gymnastics and dance on Mondays or Tuesdays for ages 3-11.
Do you know of other dance company summer offerings? Emailme’ target=_blank>Email me!
Flower Memorial Library
The Flower Memorial Library has put together an extensive summer program with everything from their traditional story hour to special events like “Monster Mash” and “Winter in July” crafts programs to Family Movie Nights. For a complete listing of the library’s summer events, visit their Calendar of Events or the NNY Life Watertown Family Calendar.
Paint It! Pottery
Paint it! Pottery in Carthage is offering 3 weeks of summer fun for children in K-4. Each day will include a story, snack and a fun pottery project related to the story. Sessions (either mornings 9 a.m. to 12 p.m., or afternoons 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.) run five days a week, three hours a day. Cost is $50.00 per week.
Session Dates are:
Session 1 July 9-13
Session 2 July 16-20
Session 3 July 23-27
Session 1 August 6-10
Session 2 August 13-17
Session 3 August 20-24
For more information, contact: Dawn at Paint it! Pottery 47 Bridge St, Carthage NY 13619 315-519-1075
Vacation Bible Schools
Parkside Bible Church Vacation Bible School – July 23-27, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Asbury United Methodist Church Vacation Bible School – August 12 – 16, 6 p.m. to 8 p.m.
Do you know of other Vacation Bible Schools? Click on the orange “Email me!” button in the left-hand column or leave a comment!
Jefferson Community College
JCC’s summer youth and family workshops range from versions of “discovery” camps for ages 3-7, art classes, junior journalism classes, dance, “Jefferson CSI” and many more.
Do you know of other daytime summer recreation opportunities for children between the ages of 3 and 18? Click the orange “Email Me!” button on the left-hand column, or leave a comment!