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    Default Need help finding summer writing program

    My daugher's teacher called us today saying how amazed she was with my girl's writing abilities and she is recommending that we put her in a creative writing class over the summer to help develop her skills. Does anyone know of any programs such as this for kids (she's in 1st grade)?

    (Bandnerd, I'm looking in your general direction).

    Of course, I asked the teacher for some recommendations, but she didn't have any off the top of her head. I'm hoping to hear back from her for some ideas. I'd prefer it to be on the north side part of town if possible, but its more important just to find something for her.

    It's kind of funny, she's always seemed extra bright for her age, but this is my oldest so I wasn't sure if it was just me being an extra-proud daddy or that she really is exceptional, but the teacher seems to indicate the latter. I don't know where she gets it. Probably from her mother's side.

    Ever since she began reading about 2 years ago, we've played little imagination games with her and she started taking to creating her own "books" by writing the story and then stapling sheets of paper together. She even puts "Illustrated by" and and Author credits on the front. We'd give her a goofy idea and she would come up with a three for four page story about it. It's really cool to see how her mind works.

    Anyway, I'm busting at the seams with pride for her but I'll stop gushing now. I'd like to do what I can to help her reach her full potential. Any help would be appreciated.

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    I wish I had more information, but I don't usually deal with the little ones. Quartz Mountain has a creative writing program for teenagers, at least...I have an orchestra student who is going to that this summer but they are done accepting for this summer already.

    You might inquire at your local library. Even if they don't have anything there they might be able to steer you in the right direction.
    Still corrupting young minds

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    There used to be a thing at Rollingwood Elementary that offered various day camp-type classes in things like science and creative writing. I did it in 3rd or 4th grade and remember enjoying both classes. In the writing class, we got to write a story and draw illustrations and then we bound them with cardboard and made a cover for it. I still have mine. It was about the Titanic (and it predates that little movie from 1998).

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    PC Schools Summer School

    See "Summer Spectacular" at the bottom of the page. I believe that's what it was.

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    Here is a list that I located with activities for children for the Summer:

    No one would dispute that it's good for kids to try new activities, but what's available and how do you choose? Start with this list of some of the Metro's finest options for summer fun to find camps and activities that excite your child. Then call to enroll, tell them Edmond Life & Leisure and MetroFamily Magazine sent you, and write it on your calendar. See? Summer's off to a smokin' start!

    Camps and activities are listed alphabetically.

    Arctic Edge Ice Arena, 14613 N. Kelly, OKC, 748-5454, www.arctic-edge.comJoin us for the third annual Summer Day Camp in conjunction with Transformation Fitness Center. Monday thru Friday from 7:30am to 5:30pm May 30-August 18. Daily activities include ice skating, volleyball, swimming, arts and crafts, basketball and lunch. Call for details on spring and summer hockey leagues and learn to skate programs.

    Artworks, Stage Center, 400 W Sheridan, OKC 329-0170, CANOK.org Arts exploration encourages children to feel comfortable trying new things and to develop existing skills. Three-week camps offered June 12-30 and July 3-21. Before and after care available.

    ASTEC, International Aerospace Academy (Advanced Science and Technology Education Center), 2401 NW 23 St, #3, OKC 947-6272, Astec-Inc.org Aerospace, Engineering, and Superstar Music Video camps offer hands-on activities that let kids experience technology during the month of June; 8 a.m.-5 p.m. or residential. For ages 8-18. $225-$525.

    Basically Ballet, 3409 Wynn Drive (33rd & Broadway), Edmond, 348-0073 Dance Arts Camp, Dances Around the World, Princess Camp, Tutus & Tea, Barbie, Pom, and visual arts. Camps and classes include dance, tap, ballet, and jazz, arts and crafts, snacks, and short movies. For ages 3-12. Dates vary; 9am-12:30pm or 1pm-4pm. $68; before and after care available for extra fee.

    Best of Books, Danforth & Bryant in Kickingbird Square, Edmond, 340-9202 Come by for two weeks of filled with fun. June 12-16 and July 10-14 at 2pm. New children's activities each day.

    Casady School, 9500 N. Pennsylvania, OKC, 749-3192, Casady.org Summer by the Lake - Camp Casady day camp June 12-July 14. Sports camp dates vary. Academic enrichment classes June 12-30. 9am-2:30pm, before and after care available. For grades entering 2-6 (camp), 2-12 (academics), 1-12 (sports).

    Celtic Camp from Edmond Parks and Recreation, 359-4630 Boys & girls ages 6-12, come experience some of the wonderful traditions of Celtic culture. You will participate in arts & crafts with a Celtic theme; learning basic Irish Dance steps & techniques; learn about Irish legends, myths, fairytales, and stories; learn a Celtic song; & more! This is definitely a camp filled with a new experience. $60 Monday - Friday June 26-30 from 8am - noon. Register by June 19.

    Chalk It Up for LibertyFest, at the Festival Market Place behind Downtown Edmond, 359-4630 Enter the drawing contest using a variety of chalk to express an individual or group's artwork under the Festival Market Place pavilion, make and take a 4th of July Craft for the kids, Sing Your Favorite Song With Live Karaoke, Make a Big Splash at the Dunk Tank, Team Up and Cool Off with the Water Balloon Toss and Send your Spirit Soaring High With the Freedom Balloon Release. After all of your chalking is done, visit the "Dayzd & Confewzed" Clowns for balloon art and face painting. July 3 from 10am - 2pm. Register by June 21.

    Chesapeake Boathouse, 725 S Byers/ Oklahoma River Downtown, 552-4040, chesapeakeboathouse.org Summer rowing camps for ages 14 and older; Kayaking & Dragon Boating for ages 8 and older. Call or log-on for details.

    Children's Arts Network, Stage Center, 400 W Sheridan, OKC, 329-0170, CANOK.org Summer arts day camp offering classes in theatre, visual arts, dance, and music taught by professional artists and teachers. For ages 8-12. Session I: June 12-30; Session II: July 3-21; 9am-4pm. $350 for 3-week session; before and after care available for fee; needs-based financial aid available.

    Club Z! 478-3515, ClubZTutoring.com One-on-one in-home tutoring in all subjects for all ages. Certified teachers, free consultation, study skills program, computer lessons, ACT/SAT preparation, beginning and advanced languages, disabilities addressed. Summer programs include reading recovery, writing, and math workshops.

    Critter Tales, Inc., 491-0978, CritterTalesInc.com Wildlife conservation education for children bringing live animals, biofacts, and hands-on activities to your facility for one-hour programs. For ages 3-10. $60 per program.

    Crossings Community Church, 14600 N Portland Ave, OKC, 755-2227, CrossingsOKC.org Sports camps include cheer, June 12-16, 1-5pm, entering grades 1-7, $125; basketball, June 12-15 (entering grades K-3) and July 10-13 (entering grades 4-6), 9am-12noon, $80; soccer, July, call for details.

    Dance Phase, 3601 S Broadway, Suite 900, Edmond, 478-3464, DancePhaseStudio.com Princess Dance Day Camp includes dance instruction, crafts, movies, and a performance. Dance technique classes for beginner to advanced students include tap, ballet, pointe, jazz, theater dance, and hip-hop. Classes and camps offered mid-June through mid-August. For ages 3-6. Birthday parties offer one hour of dance instruction and performance for parents.

    Fine Arts Institute of Edmond, 27 E Edwards, Edmond, 340-4481, EdmondFineArts.com Camps include Tribal Spirit (ages 7-13, June 5-9; 10am-12noon; $75), Create Escape (ages 6-13, June 19-24; 9:30am-2pm; $145), Theatre Escape (ages 17-21, July 17-21; 12:30-5:30pm; $145), Art Escape (ages 6-13, July 24-28; 12:30-5:30pm; $160), Little Artist's (ages 3-6, August 1-3; 9am-11am; $65).

    First Baptist Church of Edmond, 1300 SE 33rd, Edmond, 341-0953, Home | Edmond's First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, June 5-8, 9 a.m.-noon, called "Artic Edge," - giving kids the "inside edge to face life's challenges."

    Fun to Sew Creative Sewing Center, 100 E. 15th, Edmond, 330-3631 Sew up your summer during the Kids Sewing Camp. June 22-24 and July 13-15.

    Girl Scouts-Red Lands Council, 528-3535, RedLandsCouncil.org 2006 Camp Red Rock held at Red Lands Council camp site near Binger, OK. Traditional camp experience with special programs including swimming, horseback riding, rappelling, ROPES course, archery, outdoor skills, and crafts. For girls ages 5-17 (grades entering 1-12). Day or overnight camps June 15-July 29. Sessions start at $69.

    The Goddard School, 17440 N Western, Edmond, 348-4442, GoddardSchool.com Developmentally-appropriate activities nurture each child's self-confidence and instill lifelong love of learning. For ages 6 weeks to 6 years. June 5-August 18. Fees vary.

    Gymboree Play & Music, 11928 N May Ave in Northpark Mall, 755-3445, Gymboree.com Camp Gymboree provides kids-only fun through art, music, and fitness. For ages 3-5. Three one-week camps: June 19-23, July 17-21, August 7-11; 12:30-3pm. $150.

    Harmony Chiropractic, 301 S. Bryant Ave. Suite C500, 340-7667, Harmony Chiropractic Free Scoliosis screenings for children and adults Tuesdays 9am-noon and 3pm-6pm. Please call ahead.

    INTEGRIS Fun & Fit, 5500 N Independence, OKC, 949-6888 Field trips to White Water, Frontier City, camping trip, sleep-over, wacky Olympics, and a talent show. June-August. Call for dates and weekly rates.

    INTEGRIS Health Camp Funnybone at Heritage Hall, 1800 NW 122 St, OKC, 644-6854 Five-day camp designed to teach kids to use laughter as a coping tool and help them realize they can attain whatever they set their minds to. For ages 6-14. June 13-17; 8am-3pm, $175.

    Jewish Federation of Greater OKC, 4901 N Pennsylvania, OKC, 848-3132, JFedOKC.org Camp Chaverim "Friends" is a Jewish summer day camp offering daily swimming, sports, art, music, nature, scouting, cookouts, camping, and the Israel Scout Friendship Caravan performance. Three consecutive three-week sessions: June 5-23, June 26-July 14, July 17-August 4; 9am-2:45pm with extended hours for children entering 1st grade and olderÜtwo-, three-, and five-day options for younger campers. $425-$475/session; before and after care available for fee.

    Kickingbird Tennis Center, 1500 E. Danforth, Edmond, 348-3120, kbirdten@flash.net Weekly tennis camps for ages 6 and up begin May 30. Each camp is Monday - Friday from 8am - noon. $100 includes a camp T-shirt and tennis racquet.

    Krazy Kids Dog Show, Shannon Miller Park at 1st & Boulevard, 359-4630 Edmond Parks and Recreation, in conjunction with Puppy Love, is happy to bring you the Krazy Kids Dog Show! Door prizes. Each child age 4-12 may show one dog and may only take home one trophy. Categories include: Best Trick, Best Coat, Large Dog Class, Small Dog Class, Best Behaved, Best Look-A-Like, and Best of Show. Dogs must have proof of updated rabies shot by showing a current rabies certificate or dog shot tags! July 29, registration begins at 8am.

    Kumon Math and Reading Center, 245 S Santa Fe (2nd & Santa Fe), Edmond, 216-9800, Kumon.com Summer Start Up Session helps children retrain and improve their math and reading skills. Curriculum includes more than 20 clearly-defined skill levels and hundreds of short assignments for grades PK through college. Students advance in small, manageable increments. For ages 3-18. Thirty-minute classes per subject on Tuesdays and Thursdays from June 1-August 31; between the hours of 3pm and 7pm. $380 for one subject; $680 for two subjects.

    Little River Zoo, 3405 SE 120, Norman, 366-7229, LittleRiverZoo.com One-week Summer Junior Zookeeper CampsÜactivities include hiking, constructing animal toys, working with zookeepers, listening to educational speakers. May 29-August 7; 10am-4pm. For ages 6-15. $95. Overnight Camp Out & Scavenger HuntsÜactivities involve the zoo's nocturnal creatures. Begins at 6pm and ends the following day at 8am, May 13, June 17, July 22, August 12. For ages 6-15. $55. Oklahoma Wildlife ZookeeperÜexplores the wildlife in our own backyards. September 16; 10am-4pm. For ages 6-15. $40.

    Lyric Theatre & Academy, 1801 NW 16 St, OKC, LyricTheatreOKC.com, starting April 10, call 524-9310 Camp Cinderella offers three weeks of instruction in acting, musical theatre movement, and musical theatre production. Participants will perform Disney's Cinderella. For ages 6-16. July 10-30 (days depend on age); 8:30am-3:30pm. $400. Other camps include Master Class Intensive, for ages 8-18, August 7-11; Theatre Magic, for age 5-7, August 14-18; and Private Voice, for ages 8-18, schedule varies.

    Magic Camp from Edmond Parks & Recreation, 359-4630 This is a fun, exciting and unique camp that your child will definitely want to tell his and her friends about. For one week, your child will learn how to do magic with everyday objects and commercial props. $54 For ages 9-16,July 10-14 from 9am - noon. Register by July 3.

    Majic Stables, 7070 W Rock Creek Rd, Norman, 321-5031 Majic Stables Horsemanship Camp offers riding, horse care, and riding safety for ages 5-12. Held weekly June 12-16, 19-23, July 10-14, 17-21, 24-28. Full day $250; half day $150. Before and after care available.

    Memorial Road Church of Christ, 2221 E. Memorial Road, OKC, 478-0166, www.mrcc.org Vacation Bible School is June 20-23. Registration begins May 1.

    Metro Transit, 235-RIDE, GoMetro.org Summer Fun Pass offers kids ages 6-17 transportation to local summer camps, activities, and jobs from Memorial Day-Labor Day. $25Üpurchase in person at 420 NW 5 St, OKC or by mail at 300 SW 7 St, OKC, 73109.

    Mount St. Mary High School, 2801 S. Shartel Avenue, OKC, 631-8865,mountstmary.org Offering three camps for tweens and teens: Summer Stars Drama Academy at the Mount, mornings, June 5-16, ages 9-14, $125 or $100 for two signing up together; Lady Rocket Summer Basketball Camp, afternoons, June 5-7 for grades 4-6, June 12-14 for grades 7-9, $45 or $80 for two; Rocket Boys Summer Basketball Camp, mornings, June 5-7 for grades 4-6, mornings; June 12-14, grades 7-9, $45 or $80 for two.

    Myriad Botanical Gardens, 301 W Reno, OKC, 297-3996 (Sandy), MyriadGardens.com Junior Master Gardener Camp explores the world of gardening and the garden's Amazon Rainforest. Participants take nature hikes, plan their own take-home garden, and explore the garden's rainforest and desert environments. July 17-21, 9am-12noon; (register before July 12). For ages 7-14. $30.

    National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum, 1700 NE 63 St, OKC, 478-2250 ext 280, NationalCowboyMuseum.org Participants of the Children's Art Camp-Learning to Draw Wildlife will be given sketchpads and drawing pencils for instructions on drawing wildlife subjects. Sessions held at the museum and the Oklahoma City Zoo. Limited enrollment; advance registration required. For ages 8-11. June 19-23; 9am-12noon; $75 for museum members; $85 for non-members.

    OCU Performing Arts Academy, OCU School of Music, 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC, 208-5410, okcu.edu/music/academy Summer Stars program offers Kindermusik, strings, guitar, brass, percussion, voice, and music theater training. For ages 1-1/2 to 18. Dates range from May 30-August 4; times and fees vary by programÜcall for details. Before and after care available for fee.

    OKC Ultimate Limits, Inc, Indoor Skateboard Park, 1135 NW 4 St, OKC, 270-1766 Newly-constructed indoor skateboard park offers summer camps. Half-day (morning or afternoon) or full-day sessions. Learn skateboard tricks, safety, and how to take care of a skateboard. For ages 5-14. $50/week for half-day; $65/week full-day; $250/month (June, July, August).

    Oklahoma Children's Theatre, 2501 N Blackwelder, OKC, 606-7003, OklahomaChildrensTheatre.org. Peace, Love and Camps 2006 explores theatre through improv, comedy, and creative drama. Specialty classes include old-fashioned radio plays, competitive acting, magic and teen leadership. Ages 3-18. One-, two-, and three-week camps ($140-$400) or one-day and half-day camps. May 30-August 18.

    Oklahoma City Museum of Art, 415 Couch Drive, OKC, 236-3100 ext 213, OKCMoA.com Museum School camps offer age-appropriate, thematic sessions with hands-on learning and activities based on the museum's exhibitions. June 13-August 11, ages 5-16. Four-day sessions offered Tuesday-Friday (student art show on Fridays); 9am-4pm. Weekly cost is $115; $125 non-members; before and after care (8am-5pm) available for $5 per day. Enrollment limitedÜpre-registration required. Complete camps listing online.

    Oklahoma Gold Gymnastics, 707 Centennial Blvd., Edmond, 341-1175 Come hang out with us this summer during our summer camps. Everyone ages 3 & up welcome. No prior gymnastic experience needed. Power tumbling and trampoline June 12-14 and July 17-19. Cheer and/or backhandspring June 19-21 and August 7-10. Every camper gets a camp T-shirt. Call for information on our competitive camps.

    Oklahoma Railway Museum, 3400 NE Grand Blvd, OKC, 424-8222, OklahomaRailwayMuseum.org Operation Lifesaver is a mobile presentation teaching railroad safety to school, scout, and civic organizations. The museum offers birthday parties and is open Tuesday-Saturday, 9am-4pm; free admission. Train rides offered at 10am 1st and 3rd Saturdays through October; $5 ages 4-12, $8 age 13 and above. The Day Out with Thomas event with Thomas The Tank Engine? is scheduled for September 29-30, October 1, 6-8.

    Omniplex, 2100 NE 52, OKC, 602-3760, Omniplex.org Summer Discovery Sessions offer nine weeks of high flying, gooey concotions, and crime-fighting. Week-long half- and full-day sessions June 12-August 11. For ages K-teen. $90-$230.

    Orr Family Farm, 14400 S Western, OKC, 799-FARM, OrrFamilyFarm.com Back-to-the-farm experiences for the entire family. Train rides, farm animal petting zoo, the Amaze'n Maze, and new this year, mining for semi-precious stones. Open to the public Fridays (6-9pm) and Saturdays (10am-6pm) April-December 23. Field trips available Tue-Fri at 9:30am or 12 noon. Groups receive "Life of the Cow" lesson.

    Paint 'N Station, 7906 N May, OKC, 842-7770 Roomy venue and great selection of ceramicware for all ages and skill levels. Offers parties and individual fun. $6, plus pottery, for kids under 12Ücost includes kiln firing. "Paint it and take it" projects for younger artists.

    Paws in the Park, Edmond Dog Park on 33rd Street between Bryant & 2nd Street, 359-4630 Make this night a Family night with your dog. Show your best friend how much you love him or her by participating in Dog Art, games, arts & crafts and more! Only socialized dogs allowed and a current rabies certificate required. $5 per family, July 14 from 6-8pm.

    Pelican Bay Aquatic Center, City of Edmond, Oklahoma | Home Join us for water safety and learn to swim classes. See our ad for sign up dates and times. Opening May 29. Get your season pass now and get in the swim!

    Premier Martial Arts-Edmond, 14416 N Lincoln, Edmond, 749-5949, PMAEdmond.com Ongoing martial arts classes for children ages 5-12 and adults. Call for details.

    Price Tower Arts Center, 510 Dewey Ave, Bartlesville, OK, 918-336-4949, PriceTower.org Mathart Summer Camp explores math, design, architecture, and art. June 22, 29, July 6, 13, 10am-12noon. Free. For ages 7-12.

    Pump It Up!, 14400 N Lincoln, Edmond, 751-9800, PumpItUpParty.com Pop in Playtime for parents and kids ages 2-11. $6 for ages 2-5 Wednesday and Friday 9:30-11am; $8 for ages 6-11 Wednesdays 4:30-6pm.

    Red Earth, Inc, inside Omniplex, 2100 NE 52, OKC, 427-5228, RedEarth.org Red Earth Native People, Places, and Traditions offers hands-on learning for children 4 and older. June 5-July 31, 10am-4pm. $3 activity fee.

    Sam Noble Oklahoma Museum of Natural History, 2401 Chautauqua Ave, Norman, 325-4712, snomnh.ou.edu Summer Explorers allows children to experience the world of natural history. Subjects range from dinosaurs to Nature at Night. Classes taught by experienced museum staff. Participants spend at least some time outdoors. Most classes meet Monday-Friday, June 5-August 11. For ages 3-14. $50-$60.

    Santa Fe Day School MDO & Preschool, 1603 N. Santa Fe Ave., Edmond, 844-1033 Come join the summer fun Down at SaFe Farm! June 6-29 Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am - 1pm. $125.

    Seeking Sitters, 416-3588, SeekingSitters.com On-call, background-screened sitters provide one-time, part-time, or full-time help with the kids in your home. Activity themes change weekly throughout the summer.

    Shiloh Summer Camp, 601 NE 63 St, OKC, 858-7011, ShilohCamp.org Horseback riding, fishing, dance, drums, art, pottery, football, basketball, volleyball, and ropes course offered in a Christian environment. Tuesday-Friday; 9am-5pm. June 13-30 for ages 12-16; July 11-28 for ages 7-11. Call for fees.

    The Sooner Theatre, 101 E Main St, Norman, 321-9600, SoonerTheatre.com Welcome to the Theatre, Camp Broadway at The Sooner, and The Young Producers are two-week theatre camps and classes for children ages 5-18. June 5-August 5. $175-$350.

    Southwest Christian Academy, 1005-A SW 4 St, Moore, 794-9000 This Amazing Race travels around the world to learn about places like Niagra Falls, Sydney, and Antarctica. Swimming, games, and field trips. Call for details.

    Summer Blast at Camp Edmond, 359-4630 Your child will definitely have a blast trekking their way through the world of arts & crafts creating some of the most exceptional pieces of artwork on the planet! The journey continues with exploration in the territory of inventive and stimulating games! Escape for a field trip or two or maybe a swim at the Pelican Bay pool. Registration starts April 18 and space is limtied. $150 first child, $115 per additional child. Ages 5-12 Session 1: July 24-28, Session 2: July 31 - August 4.

    Tulsa Air and Space Museum, 3624 N 74 East Avenue (across from Tulsa Zoo/Mohawk Park entrance), 918-834-9900, TulsaAirandSpaceMuseum.com Aerospace CampÜfeatures appropriate curriculum including space, aviation, robotics, and rocketry. Camp shirt and graduation lunch included. For students who have completed grades 1-9. Weeklong sessions offered June 5-August 4. $198/week ($175/week for museum members); before and after care available for $5 each morning or afternoon.

    University of Central Oklahoma Children's Playtime Theatre, 974-5151, Welcome to the College of Arts, Media & Design Drama Day Camp 2006 is June 19-32 and June 26-30 from 9am-5pm. Classes are offered in creative dramatics, beginning acting, stagecraft, voice and diction. The week culminates in a performance for family and friends each Friday night. Space is limited.

    University of Central Oklahoma Soccer Camp, UCO Campus 974-2501 or 974-2136 Improve your soccer skills! Featurings preparation for try-outs, basic ball skills, tactics & attitudes, physical training, quickness & flexibility. Each participant receives a T-shirt and written evaluation. Three sessions available: May 29-June 2, June 19-23 and July 31 - August 4.

    USA Chess Camp, 888-65-CHESS, ChessCamp.com Chess Camp offers beginners through advanced chess players the largest camp in the nation. June 5-9 at Heritage Hall; June 26-30 at Metro Christian Academy in Tulsa. Morning, afternoon, and all-day sessions available. For ages 5-16. See website for fees and details.

    University of Oklahoma Precollegiate Programs, OU campus, Norman, 325-6897, Youth.OU.edu Horizons Unlimited is an enrichment academy for gifted and talented middle school students (entering grades 6-8). July 9-14. $450-$475.

    Villa Teresa School, 1216 Classen Dr, OKC, 232-4286, OKSister.com A Wonderland of Fun, Safari Animals, Reading Heroes and other camps offer swimming, arts and crafts, and a variety of activities. June 5-August 4 (day care offered May 22-August 11); 6:30am-5:45pm; before and after care available. For ages 2-1/2 through grade 5. $125 enrollment fee; $110 weekly.

    Woolaroc Museum and Wildlife Preserve, Bartlesville, 918-336-0307 ext 10, Woolaroc.org Woolaroc Kids Fest 2006 features games, crafts, outdoor activities, wagon rides, and live entertainment. June 24-25. For all ages. $8 adults, $6 seniors and ages 11 and under.

    YMCA of Greater Oklahoma City, call 297-7777 for a list of branches, YMCAOKC.org YMCA Day Camps offer swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games, hiking, and weekly field trips while emphasizing character development and self-expression in a safe atmosphere with well-trained staff. Nine locations throughout the Metro area. Weekly sessions offered May 30-August 18; 8:30-4pm. For ages 6-12. $80 per week for members; $120for non-members.

    Edmond Life & Leisure | Summer Camp & Activities

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    I also read an article from the OKC ZOO that offers a program:

    Harpy eagles, okapi, babirusa - The Discovery Channel has nothing on us! Let the Education Department give you the keys to the animal kingdom…through exciting programs that help you discover the natural world and get involved in its protection. Our programs for schools, scouts, families, adults and teachers inform, involve and inspire while using the Zoo as our living classroom. Call (405) 425-0218 for more information.

    *Over 50,000 participants last year alone
    *The Treehouse, available for education classes, Zoo Snoozes, birthday parties, and more
    *Teachers, school administrators and homeschoolers can rely on us to meet PASS objectives and bring excitement into the classroom. We tap into students' natural curiosity about animals and their habitats. At the same time, our programs motivate students to a higher achievement in science, reading, writing, math, art, and observation skills.
    *Volunteer programs for teens and adults - see what happens behind the scenes!
    *Not just another field trip, but a true adventure in learning!


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    This would be a great opportunity for any child to express creative abilities

    OKC Lyric Theatre

    Summer 2007: Camp Suessical Jr.
    Enrollment begins April 9th
    Who: Kids ages 8-16 who want to have fun on stage!

    What: An exciting performance/technique-based musical theatre camp!

    When: July 16 - July 29

    Where: TBA

    Why: To learn and experience the magic of musical theatre, culminating in an imaginative production of Suessical Jr., on Sunday, July 29 at Stage Center in downtown OKC

    Instructors: Seasoned performers/instructors and Lyric veterans Chris & Cyndi Harrod

    Tuition: $400*
    *Scholarships are available; please contact Chris Harrod, Director of Education at (405) 524-9310 to obtain an application.

    Ages 8-12:
    Week 1 (July 16-20), Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
    Week 2 (July 23-27), Mon-Wed: 10am-5pm; Thurs-Fri: Tech Rehearsals TBA
    Performance: Sunday, July 29th, 2:00pm
    Ages 12-16:
    Week 1 (July 16-20), Mon-Fri: 10am-5pm
    Week 2 (July 23-28), Mon-Wed: 10am-5pm; Thurs&Sat: Tech Rehearsals TBA
    Performance: Sunday, July 19th, 7:00pm

    Summer 2007: Master Class Intensive
    Who: Performers ages 8-18 interested in learning about specialized areas of musical theatre!

    What: Choose two classes each day: Stage Combat, Stage Make-up, Improvisation, Acting/Character Study, Monologue Development, Mime & Movement, Broadway Dances, Theatre Dance, Tap, Acting a Song,
    and Ensemble Singing.

    When: August 6 - 10

    Where: Lyric Production Center, 1801 NW 16th Street, OKC
    Why: To learn about unique elements of the art of musical theatre from ‘the best in the biz’

    Instructors: Guest artists from across the nation performing with Lyric in the 2007 Summer Season.

    Tuition: $175

    8-12 year olds will take classes from 9:00-11:00 each day.
    13-18 year olds will attend from 11:15-1:15 each day.

    Summer 2007: Theatre Magic

    Who: Kids ages 5-7 who love to sing, dance, and be creative!

    What: An introduction to what musical theatre is all about!

    When: August 13 - 17

    Where: Lyric Production Center, 1801 NW 16th Street, Oklahoma City

    Why: To free the imagination, improve concentration, and mostly BECAUSE IT’S TONS OF FUN!

    Instructors: Seasoned performer/instructor and Lyric veteran Chris Harrod

    Tuition: $175

    Details: All kids will attend class daily from 1:00-3:00

    Summer 2007: Private Voice Lessons

    The Thelma Gaylord Academy is offering a 4-lesson package during the summer session. Our exceptional staff of performers/instructors total over 50 years of professional musical theatre experience. The session will run from late July through the third week of August. Lesson times vary depending on student and teacher schedules. To improve the vocal instrument, this is the way to get started. Tuition for this package is $85.

    CALL THE LYRIC OFFICE AT (405) 524-9310 starting April 9th

    Spring 2007 Classes

    (Section 1) - (ages 8-12)
    (Section 2) - (ages 13-18)
    Take your performance and knowledge to the next level! Students will dig deep into all three aspects of musical theatre performance. They will be taught a musical theatre technique that comes from a strong acting base that will aid them in creating the multiple characters in our spring musical review Broadway Bound IV performed exclusively by our Academy students. To participate in this production class, all students must have completed at least one semester of Introduction to Musical Theatre. Casting for all feature roles, both singing and dancing, will be by audition. (Audition dates are Friday January 5th from 3pm to 8pm & Saturday January 6th from 9am to 3pm. Auditions are by appointment only. Upon receipt of your information letter you may arrange an audition appointment.)
    (*Prerequisite required: Introduction to Musical Theatre)

    THEATRE MAGIC - $140
    (Section 1)- (ages 4-5)
    (Section 2)- (ages 6-7)
    Calling all kids!! This class is a great way to introduce your very young performer to the world of musical theatre. The class offers nine weeks of exploring and creating a special musical theatre performance. The students will learn the basics of acting, singing (solo and group) and theatre movement. At the end of the nine week session, students will present a showcase for parents and friends displaying the magic they have created!

    (Section 1) – (ages 8-12)
    (Section 2) – (ages 13-18)
    Become a part of the world of musical theatre performance with this 14 week introductory course which is a pre-requisite for eligibility in our Musical Theatre Production classes. Your young performer will learn to combine the three components of musical theatre performance: vocal and acting talents plus basic theatre movement, to better understand this amazing art form. Students will also learn focus, concentration, and how to work together as an ensemble. At the end of the semester the students “put it all together” and present a showcase of their work for family and friends.

    INTRODUCTION TO MUSIC THEORY (ages 15-18) - $125
    This exciting 8 week class is a college preparatory course offered to 10-12 grade students. This course will instruct students in the rudiments of tonal music, scales, key signatures, intervals, triads, and functional keyboard experience. Music theory will teach each student to be a better musician, therefore improving their overall performance abilities. This class will be held to a maximum of 15 students.

    COSTUME DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION (ages 13 +) - $225
    This exciting class offering will expose your young performer to the most creative of the theatrical arts. Students will learn the basics of costume design and construction techniques that will allow them to express their creativity and improve their understanding of what it takes to create visual magic. This class will be held to a maximum of 10 students.

    Have you ever wondered how all of that technical magic on the stage is created? With this class, you can begin to discover all of the “secrets”. Students will learn the intricacies of backstage work. They will learn how to crew a show and how to perform each job in the backstage world. Students will also be taught beginning set construction techniques and become familiar with technical theatre terminology. This amazing class offering will be taught from a strong work safety point of view. Come and help create the magic!

    ACTING/CHARACTER STUDY (Section 1) - (ages 8-12) -$180
    In this 14 week course, your young performer will expand on performance abilities and really begin to understanding the art of acting. All students will be introduced to the basic components of acting: listening, eye contact, concentration and focus. All students taking this class will participate in exercises that will expand their confidence, poise and self image. Students will learn how to create a character from the ground up while working with monologues and scenes especially geared to their age and experience level. Class size will be kept to a maximum of 15 students. At the end of the semester the students will present a showcase of their work for family and friends.

    ACTING/CHARACTER STUDY (Section 2) – (ages 13-18) -$225
    In this 14 week course, young actors take their performance abilities to a new level while studying the essential elements of acting – character objectives, obstacles, beats, conflicts and relationships. They will also develop proficiency in the basic acting components: listening, eye contact, concentration and focus. Students will also be introduced to the two major schools of acting thought: Method and Meisner techniques, all within a supportive and fun environment. Students will participate in monologue work and scene work that will allow their acting skills and self confidence to grow right before their eyes. Class will be kept to a maximum of 15 students. At the end of the semester the students will present a showcase of their work for family and friends.

    (Section 1) - (ages 8-12)
    (Section 2) - (ages 13-18)
    This 14-week course will give your imagination of a blast of spontaneity as you work to understand this amazingly creative acting form. Class activities will focus on the developing the ability to react truthfully while tapping potential for creative character choices. A fun and funny course, improvisation requires quick thinking, strong choices, and full involvement- important skills for any actor. At the end of the semester, students will present a showcase of their work for family and friends.

    ADVANCED/BEGINNERS BALLET (ages 8-12)- $180
    There’s nothing better than ballet to strengthen body control, and improve balance, flexibility and coordination. Using floor exercises and basic barre, your young performer will learn basic ballet terminology, positions, steps and technique. Whether you have danced before or are just beginning, this class is just right...all are welcome!

    BEGINNING BALLET (ages 13-18) - $225
    As the foundation for all other dance disciplines, ballet training teaches proper body alignment and control. Students will learn technique and terminology through barre and floor exercises while developing the strength and mental focus required for dance. This course is a recommended as a primer to be taken before moving onto other of our dance offerings. Students are placed in this class by consultation with the Academy Staff.

    INTERMEDIATE BALLET (ages 13-18)- $225
    This secondary level class will continue to build on the techniques taught in Beginning Ballet. A more conscious detail will be placed on improving technique and vocabulary. This class will teach combination work from the musical theatre repertoire especially geared to Ballet. Students are placed in this class by evaluation or by consultation with the Academy Staff.

    (Section 1) – (ages 8-12)
    (Section 2) – (ages 13-18)
    Tap your trouble away! With basic tap steps and technique found on the beginning level, get your feet tappin’ as you discover new rhythms! Tap improves coordination, physical stamina, and confidence, as well as rhythm and creativity. Focus will be placed on the students’ knowledge of tap vocabulary and the proper execution of each tap step. At the end of the semester the students will present a showcase of their work. Students are placed in this class by consultation with the Academy Staff.

    INTERMEDIATE TAP (ages 13-18) - $180
    This secondary level class will continue to build technique and stamina. There will be a more concentrated effort to improve technique and knowledge of vocabulary. The degree of difficulty will be higher and a more challenging set of combinations will be taught to raise the level of proficiency and performance. At the end of the semester the students will present a showcase of their work. Students are placed in this class by evaluation or by consultation with the Academy Staff.

    (Section 1) – (ages 8-12) - $180
    (Section 2) – (ages 13-18) - $225
    If the question “Are you a dancer?” has ever put you on the spot, then this is the class for you. Loosen up your fears about the “D word” as you explore the various and very learnable styles of musical theatre movement. Don’t be caught with two left feet... shake it up with this fun course that will have you moving with the best of them. At the end of the semester the students will present a showcase of their work. Students are placed in this class by evaluation or by consultation with the Academy Staff.

    (Section 1) – (ages 8-12) - $180
    (Section 2) – (ages 13-18) - $225
    This secondary level class will continue to build on techniques taught in Beginning Theatre Dance. Students will learn a broader range of technique and they will also be challenged with more intensive instruction. Students will also learn more about role of actor in the theatre dance choreography. At the end of the semester students will present a showcase of their work. Please Note: Qualification For Admittance - Any student who wishes to enroll in Intermediate Theatre Dance must also be enrolled in a ballet class – whether here at Lyric or at another studio – to be eligible for admittance. Admission may also be obtained with permission from the instructor.

    DANCE MAGIC (ages 4-7) $125
    For kids who love to move!! This class will help your budding young performer develop motor skills, balance, timing, and physical awareness through movement-based activities and exercises. Students will start to learn basic dance terminology as well. Dance Magic is a great building block for future dance study.

    PRIVATE VOICE (Ages 8+) - $275
    Develop your voice as you learn the basics of vocal technique. These 30-minute private sessions will help build vocal strength and technique. Students will learn proper breathing, support, and placement. Whether it’s training your voice for solo work or strengthening it for choral work, this fun class is one you won’t want to miss.

    PRIVATE COACHING (Ages 8+) $40 per hour
    These special one-on-one, hour long sessions focus on giving direct attention to students who wish to prepare for upcoming auditions, whether for college, local theatre or musical theatre, or just to improve technique. Fee for each session is $40 per hour.


    Musical Theatre Scene Study
    In this 14 week course, participants will learn to better understand how all of the components of musical theatre can be used to create a living, breathing character. Scenes, songs, and monologues from the musical theatre repertoire will be the main study material. Class size will be limited to 10 students. At the end of the semester students will present a showcase of their work.

    Please contact Chris Harrod, Director of Education, for more information about all of Lyric Academy's extraordinary offerings!

    (405) 524-9310

    Lyric Theatre - Oklahoma City

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    MadMonk - I pray that you will always 'gush with pride" for your beloved daughter! it warms my heart to see an enthused parent, especially over writing skills. You are, indeed, very fortunate as well as your daughter, to be able to participate in advanced programs. GUSH all you wish! I love it! I would involve her in any creative programs, then provide her with a really cool creative writing computer program and let her go at it ! Get her a digital camera or otherwise and allow her to capture her world, then write about it from her perspective. The love of journalists only comes from being able to write what they want to really say about what they really view. I am so proud of you and your precious little girl. Please gush More, it is sooooooooo refreshing!

    Kathy (OkieKas)

    MadMonk - I'm busting at the seams with pride for her but I'll stop gushing now. I'd like to do what I can to help her reach her full potential.

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    PS to MadMonk - please check with the Universities, they all have programs for kids so that their students to fulfill their obligations for their educations. These are generally 1 on 1 or with a small class. Most offer free services. This coming from the parent of 3 children (1 who always needed creativity /gifted/talented all through school - 1 who wished to remain stuck in the middle and only meet the requirements to be able to play sports and 1 who was in Special Education (Autism) who was always granted the opportunities (even when others attempted to dissuade us with their on-going "now do you REALLY think that is appropriate for her") ........she was always granted the right to do what her peers did and she ALWAYS increased her skill levels for the following years. ALWAYS!. (miracle of all miracles - duh!).........We went to all kinds of programs to promote creativity. Involved her in everything from Wildlife programs with the OK Dept of Wildlife......Zoo....everything we could find, afford, earn, beg, borrow or steal....whatever.
    My precious daughter is gone now and my family does not have any regrets, in fact, we cherish all of the things we did with her, and all of the things she did with us - because we know that she actually was always granted the opportunities to do so.
    Cherish you little blossom, for one day she will become the most beautiful rose.

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    Wow, that's a lot of things to look over. Thank you very much everyone for all the options and ideas, and OkieKAS for your very kind words.

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    Oklahoma Summer Camps Keep Children Busy

    School’s out for another year, sending parents and guardians scrambling for options to keep their children busy during the summer months. Summer camps are always popular choices for entertainment, education, training and summer fun. Prices vary widely, but needs-based financial assistance is available for some community programs.

    Options abound when it comes to summer camp. You can send children of all ages to various camps in Oklahoma City, surrounding Oklahoma communities or other states. There are day camps, overnight camps, week-long camps and even those that last most of the summer. Children can improve their skills in athletics, cooking, performing arts, education, or chess. They can “experience” the mysteries of space or cyberspace. Or, they can opt for days simply filled with fun, sun and games. There are even camps for children with special needs.

    If all this sounds great, but you don’t know where to start, the Internet will give you dozens of options. The summer camp of your choice may be as close as your local college campus, your church or YMCA. You might be surprised to know these area attractions offer full- or half-day summer camps:

    • Stage Center (400 W. Sheridan, OKC)
    • Little River Zoo (3405 S.E. 120, Norman)
    • Lyric Theatre & Academy (1801 N.W. 16 St., OKC)
    • Myriad Botanical Gardens (301 W. Reno, OKC)
    • Oklahoma City Museum of Art (415 Couch Drive, OKC)
    • Omniplex (2100 N.E. 52, OKC)
    • OKC Ultimate Limits, Inc. Indoor Skateboard Park (1135 N.W. 4 St.)

    This is just a sampling of what’s available. There’s so much more. And, Metro Transit’s summer fun pass for kids ages 6-17 is designed to provide transportation to local summer camps, activities and jobs during the summer.


    Newcastle library offering summer reading program for kids and teens

    NEWCASTLE — Make reading your pet project this summer.

    There will be fun critter programs full of animals, magic and clowns.

    All programs will be held in the Community Ballroom at the Newcastle Public Library.

    During the first week of June, if you’re 12 years old or younger:

    1. Come to the library and set your own reading goal.

    2. Pick up your Summer Reading Bag, which includes incentives and your reading log.

    3. Sign up for the Summer Events, which consists of awesome entertainment and interesting creatures.

    4. Then read to reach your reading goal.

    5. When your reading goal is reached, bring your Reading Log to the library.

    6. Library staff will stamp your reading log, give you a Reading Certificate, and take your picture.


    Summer Camps

    City Arts Center & Oklahoma Children's Theatre
    city: Oklahoma City
    phone: (405) 951-0000
    email: cacocted@swbell.net
    ages: 5 - 13
    Hands On Art & Theatre Camps. One-Week Art & Theatre Camps. Paint pictures, tell stories, sing songs, and magic. Located at City Arts Center

    Irving Summer Camp
    city: Norman
    phone: (405) 292-9774
    email: curtis.vass@ci.norman.ok.us
    ages: 6-11
    Activities include swimming, arts & crafts, sports, games and field trips.

    City Arts Center & Oklahoma Children's Theatre
    city: Oklahoma City
    phone: (405) 951-0000
    email: cacocted@swbell.net
    ages: 5 - 13
    Hands On Art & Theatre Camps. One-Week Art & Theatre Camps. Paint pictures, tell stories, sing songs, and magic. Located at City Arts Center

    Rock Camp OKC
    city: Oklahoma City
    phone: (646) 326-2233
    email: nathan@rockcampusa.com
    ages: 10-19
    Performance-oriented music instruction. Each Camp is two weeks long and culminates with a live performance in front of hundreds of people. Camp runs from June 12th through June 24th (weekdays 1-5).

    Omniplex Summer Exploration Programs
    city: Oklahoma City
    phone: (405) 602-3760
    ages: K-12
    Week-long science and air space activity camps.
    Enrollment Underway for Kids College at RCC

    If your school-aged children are looking for something fun to do this summer, then Redlands Community College has the solution with their 2007 Kids College program! RCC’s 2007 Kids College is scheduled for June 18-22 and July 16-20 and enrollment currently is underway.
    RCC’s Kids College offers school-aged children, from five years and older, the opportunity to spend time having fun while learning. Classes are based on age groups to better facilitate learning for participants. Cost for RCC’s Kids College is $30 per child, per class, and includes all supplies and an official Kids College T-shirt. All classes are taught on RCC’s campus.

    With a wide variety of classes this summer, there’s something for nearly every learner, including classes in gymnastics, water games, martial arts, reading, science, art, scrapbooking, and much, much more. For a complete schedule of classes and registration information, visit RCC’s website at <www.redlandscc.edu>.

    For more information or to register by phone, contact the Kids College message center at 405.262.2552, ext. 2631.


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    Wow, pretty impressive lists! Thanks OkieKas!

    Madmonk, you're so cute. I love how you are so proud of your 'baby' girl.

    I just thought of you giving her away at her wedding! I know it's a long way off but time goes by so quickly.... my oldest 'baby' starts high school next year... now you have me crying. sheesh.
    " You've Been Thunder Struck ! "

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