Summer schedules are filling up. I should know, as mom of six busy kids! Our schedule is already getting “busy” for summer, with July all booked up! Summer camps in RI are no different. I want to share a few great summer ideas for families with kids. Maybe you’ve got a summer camp or other ideas, but check these out or see which one(s) get your kids excited.
Frosty Drew Nature Weeks at Frosty Drew Nature Center & Observatory, Ninigret Park, Charlestown, RI
For a fun, educational alternative to summer day camp, sign up for a Nature Week experience. Separate camps are offered for 4-6 and 6-10 year old children with a focus on enjoying nature through daily themes such as sea life, insects, plants, birds, astronomy and rockets, reptiles and environmental issues.
Save the Bay’s Summer BayCamps
Beautiful Narragansett Bay is the setting for these half and full day camps offered to a wider age range, Kindergarten through grade twelve. Multiple locations throughout the state (Newport, Providence, Bristol and Wickford) are offered as a way to accommodate the great demand, but they are still filling up quickly. Kids can learn about sailing, science or animals and more.
ZooCamp at Roger Williams Park Zoo, Providence, RI
My favorite place in the state, Roger Williams Park Zoo, offers ZooCamps to kids ages 4 to entering grade 12. Each program is an incredible, age-appropriate experience for kids interested in animals and the environment. Tadpole Academy, for the youngest conservationist, is nearly all full for every week’s morning session. Zoo Adventures, for 6-10 year old future biologists, zoologists and artists has only one week available in June, so check it out. Pre-teens are lucky, since there is space left in the Conservation Heroes camps. If your teen is interested in a career with animals, consider the Zoo Crew C-I-T (Counselor in Training), where he or she can work with children in a fun setting and complete community service requirements for school or other organizations.
Audobon Summer Camp
Conveniently located in Bristol, RI and Seekonk, MA, the Audobon Society of RI offers ten different camps offered for kids ages 3 1/2 to 15. The idea is to get the kids enjoying the outdoors, exploring the forests, fields, ponds, streams and coast of Narragansett Bay. RI Audobon offers financial assistance to families who cannot afford camp.
Rhode Island has so much to offer, even if you don’t send your children to summer camp of any sort. Families hosting an au pair can send the kids to camp or have their au pair take the kids to other local community events. Please be sure to sign up your kids for swim lessons at the YMCA or check your local recreation department to see if lessons are offered at your town beach. I am Joan Lowell, the Providence area LAR (Local Area Representative) for Go Au Pair, your Au Pair agency. Please contact me with your questions about the Au Pair Program in RI, CT and MA.