Teach Kids to Spend, Save, Give
It is never too early to start teaching kids the necessary skills for financial literacy. Kids who understand how to budget know the basics of setting financial goals and creating a spending plan to avoid falling into debt. By teaching these skills at a young age, you are providing kids with the financial literacy they will need to be independent, successful adults. Keep budgeting simple for young kids For preschool-age kids, keeping track of chores, weekly allowance, and expenses does not have to be complex. Create a chore chart that includes the daily tasks your child is responsible for that week. There are many free templates for chore charts online. Use three money jars to store allowance money: one for spending, another for saving and a third for sharing. When your child decides he wants to buy something with his spending money, make sure he is there to watch you use the cash to make the purchase. Also, even though your child is too young to use a debit card himself, when you are out shopping, share with him your debit card receipt to help him understand that the items are being paid for by money in your account. Find the […]
Tips for Common Toddler Challenges
When your toddler reaches 24 months, it may seem like a multitude of challenging behaviors appear all at once. Here are some tips on how to manage frustrating toddler behaviors. My toddler likes to scream Toddlers are just learning how to use words to communicate and find it much easier to express both excitement and displeasure by shrieking and screaming. If your toddler is shrieking loudly in public, it can be rather distressing, since not everyone around you may be understanding. If you have a “happy shrieker,’”calmly pick her up and say quietly, “It’s OK to be loud outside but inside, we have to use our quiet voice even when we are happy.” If your toddler is screaming out of displeasure, remember that toddlers are still learning to self-regulate and how to follow rules. Your best bet is to distract your toddler by switching her attention to something else, along with gently reminding her that it is not OK to scream in public. My toddler says “Mine!” all the time When your toddler is interacting with others and keeps saying “Mine! My toy!,” it can be a bit frustrating. This is a sign that your toddler has reached the developmental stage […]
Options for Kids Fitness in Columbus, GA
Kids need enough exercise to stay healthy, both physically and mentally. Exercise helps support a healthy heart, builds and maintains bone mass and muscles and keeps weight under control. Fitness activities can also help improve self-esteem and reduce stress. According to the American Association of Pediatrics, kids 3- 5 years old need to be physically active at least three hours a day. For kids in this age group, physical activities also help support the development of motor skills. School-aged kids from 6 years to 17 years need about an hour of vigorous exercise a day. It can feel challenging to find enough fun fitness activities that will help your kids meet these goals, especially if your child does not enjoy organized sports or is in between sports seasons. Here are a few local activities that can add variety to your child’s weekly fitness routine. Impact Performance RX impactperformance.com 706-984-8150 They offer comprehensive performance training for kids 6 to adults, regardless of athletic ability. They provide training in speed, strength, balance, coordination, injury prevention and confidence. They offer three youth memberships: ‘Jumpstart’ for ages 6-8 for classes up to twice a week, ‘JV’ for ages 9-13 and ‘Varsity’ for ages 14-18, both with up […]
How to Reduce Sibling Rivalry
Conflicts between siblings are a normal part of family life, especially during summer break when more time is spent together. However, the recent need to spend more than the usual amount of time together quarantining may cause the tensions between siblings to build to an unusual intensity this summer. Here are a few tips to help reduce conflicts and help ‘keep the peace’ during summer break. JEALOUSY FOR ATTENTION It is important to evaluate how much one-on-one time you are spending with each of your children. If one child feels he is not receiving the same amount of attention as his siblings, it may lead to negative behavior towards them. Your child may act aggressively towards a sibling to get your attention. De-escalate this competition for your attention by spending equal amounts of individual quality time with each of your children. Choose activities, such as reading a book together or doing a craft, that allow you to interact with your child. If he is watching TV or playing a video game, he may not even remember you spent time with him. Also, never compare siblings to one another. This will only create hurt feelings and fuel even more intense competition. […]
No Drama For Ya Momma!
Learning how to navigate the social world starts early for kids. In elementary school, social groups start forming, and conflicts within the groups often lead to ‘friend drama.’ It is tempting to step in and take action to resolve the issue quickly. However, trying to resolve the issue for your child could actually make the situation worse and will not help your child learn how to address conflict on her own. Listen and Guide, but Do Not Solve Have an in-depth conversation with your child. Listening carefully will help you better understand the situation. Make sure you send the signal to your child that you are fully engaged in the conversation by eliminating any distractions, such as a phone or the TV. Ask her to describe what happened and let her finish before asking more questions. Next, ask open-ended questions to clarify missing details, which will help maximize the amount of information you can collect. For some issues, such as a ‘mean friend’ incident at school, it may be helpful to also contact your child’s teacher to get her perspective, especially if you suspect bullying is involved. Coach Your Child On a Course of Action Resolving conflict is a crucial skill when […]
Rewild Your Child
This past year, we have all experienced an increase in screen time, either in virtual classrooms, virtual meetings, and virtual family visits while also experiencing a decrease in time spent outdoors. Even before the year 2020, there had been a decline in the amount of time that children spent outdoors. However, you can “rewild” your child by having them explore the environment and through nature-play. Connecting to nature has many positive impacts on the lives of children and adults. Spending time outdoors can benefit not only children’s physical health, but their social, mental and environmental health. Playing in nature allows children to be creative, problem-solve and develop positive interactions with the environment. Nature-play in an outdoor setting is an amazing way for families to reconnect to nature and disconnect from technology. Nature-play is just that, letting children play in nature while using natural elements, such as rocks, mud, sticks and leaves to play with. Now that the weather is warming up, it’s a great time to get outside and “rewild,” or reconnect everyone with nature. Here are some easy nature-based activities for you to enjoy with your family: Leaf Puzzles! Have fun putting a leaf puzzle back together. Find a large leaf, break […]
Silencing the Sass
It is dinner time and you ask your child to help set the table. She responds “No, I don’t want to right now!” and she walks away. If sassy responses such as these are becoming more common, it is time to employ a few techniques that reduce backtalk while also teaching your child how to assert herself in a respectful manner. Here’s a few tips to help you silence the sass. Evaluate your own communication style The first step in establishing a respectful communication style in your household is to evaluate your own way of interacting with others. Do you manage frustration well when you do not like where a conversation is going or does the anger sometimes lead to sarcasm? Identify anything about your own communication style that needs to change. Also, when your kids watch TV, do they sometimes watch shows full of examples of kids making sassy remarks to adults? If so, reconsider your child’s list of TV shows that you have approved for viewing. Define your boundaries for respectful communication One issue that may lead to an increasing amount of backtalk is poorly defined and enforced boundaries. Boundaries set expectations and clearly define how your child […]
Is My Kid A Bully?
Getting a phone call from your child’s school notifying you that your child has been bullying other students is a distressing experience. Many kids act completely different at home than they do at school and their parents may have no idea that their child has been bullying others. Bullying can take many forms. Physical bullying is obvious but some of the other forms of bullying can be subtle and your child may not even realize that the behavior was hurtful. Cyberbullying involves using a technology platform such as texting, email and social media to harass someone online by posting hurtful comments or images. Sexual bullying may take the form of crude comments and gestures, or touching that is not invited. Sometimes girls may be sexually bullied by other girls who call them names or seek to destroy their body image. Verbal bullying involves using words to tear down the self-esteem of the target and assert control over her. Emotional bullying is often used by ‘mean girls’ and involves purposefully damaging the relationships of the target and harm her social standing. If you find out that your child engaged in any of these types of bullying behaviors, the first step is […]
Outdoor Spring Activities at Oxbow Meadows
At the southern end of the Columbus RiverWalk, Oxbow Meadows offers a view of the ecoregion of West Central Georgia and the Chattahoochee Valley and provides access to samples of the area’s rich communities of plants and animals. Opened in 1995 as a collaboration among Columbus Water Works, Columbus State University, and the City of Columbus, the Center provides exhibits, displays and nature trails, and also offers formal and informal programs about the ecology and natural history of the region. Interpretive and hands-on programming is provided by Columbus State University professional staff. We are excited to resume our in-person programming and invite the community to a fun and educational experience for all ages! APRIL PROGRAMMING LITTLE NATURALISTS Ages 2-5 Wednesdays from 10am-12pm $5 per child, per session (pre-registration required) 4/28 Tail Tales “Some animals have tails and some just have tales. We will find out how different tails look and how they are used by a variety of animals.” Daily Schedule: 10:00am-10:30am Check-in 10:30am-11:30am Program 11:30am-12:00pm Tour of Center 12:00pm Departure Time* _______________ MAY PROGRAMMING May 1: None (we will be at offsite events) May 8 10am Radical Reptiles Show 11:30am Ninja Turtles Show May 15 10am Georgia Native Reptiles […]
Junk Food Swaps for Healthy Snacks
Pre-packaged snack foods are a convenient solution when you are pressed for time and the kids are hungry. However, many of them are high in sugar, salt and fat and lack fiber and important nutrients. Here are a few tips on how to help your child replace junk food with healthy snacks that provide the nutrients he needs and keep him feeling full between meals. Introducing a new food into the snack time menu may take time. Kids may not be very enthusiastic about trying a new food that has a taste and texture they are unfamiliar with. You will likely need to introduce the food multiple times before your child decides to experience it. If your child sees you trying new food and enjoying it, he is more likely to try it. Also, you may want to provide a choice of two new healthy snacks to try. Sometimes, the refusal to eat anything new is just your child asserting himself. For example, if you are trying alternatives to ice cream, offer a choice between a smoothie made with bananas and Greek yogurt or a homemade frozen fruit pop. Making healthy food fun can help make it more appealing. Start a garden […]
Columbus Attractions are Open to Learn and Play
Many local attractions in the Chattahoochee Valley have reopened to the public and are the perfect way to fill a staycation or a homeschool field trip with fun learning activities. The Columbus Museum offers families the opportunity to enjoy the artwork and the history of the Chattahoochee Valley for free. Activity books are available for families to enjoy as they explore the museum. The Bradley Olmsted Garden is also open to the public during museum hours. The museum is open on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Saturdays from noon to 5 pm; Thursdays noon to 8 pm; Sundays 1-5 pm. Face coverings required. See our calendar for their two April events: Glassmaking Workshop and Spring Outdoor Market. The museum also offers free resources for educators that align with the state curriculum. https://columbusmuseum.com/ Oxbow Meadows Environmental Learning Center in Columbus is open to the public from 9am to 4pm, Wednesday–Saturday and offers wildlife exhibits, a bird garden, nature trails and learning programs. The wildlife exhibits feature a variety of reptiles, amphibians and fish. Kids of all ages will enjoy learning about local wildlife and ecosystems, and the center is designed to be disability and sensory-friendly. The outdoor areas are open any time during Wed-Sat […]
Know Before You Go to a Chattahoochee Valley Library
By Jeannine Scott, Branch Manager, North Columbus Public Library Now reopen, the Chattahoochee Valley Libraries are excited to serve families in our community! Our services may look a bit different, so here’s a know-before-you-go guide to make the best out of your next visit. All branches, 24-hour kiosks, and book drops are open You can browse the shelves and use the computer Visits limited to 1 hour, but scheduling not required Masks are required for anyone over the age of 2 Temperature checks are taken at the door We host virtual family-friendly story times and craft programs every week! (Like us on Facebook @chatlibraries and subscribe to our YouTube Channel!) We’d love to hear from you! Call to request a customized book bundle. Share your child’s interests, and we’ll select great reads to match. We can also select based on reading level or for AR testing. Short on time? Grab a pre-made book bundle! Enjoy a story time at home with a variety of fun titles and a craft project. We have added over 1000 new children’s books this year, including WONDERBOOKS! You can still check out park passes, including the Zoo Atlanta. Visit cvlga.org/blog/park-passes/ for updated information. For […]
Keeping Young YouTube Lovers Safe
The time kids spend online has increased and the YouTube platform has become a favorite form of entertainment for many kids. Unfortunately, there are numerous dangers involved in allowing kids to access YouTube, including adult content and rude comments left on videos. Without any type of parental controls in place, parents find themselves having to with young kids to access and play the videos for them. We want to keep our young youtube lovers safe! YouTube has a separate app called YouTube Kids to make it easier for parents to monitor the viewership of young YouTubers. When kids outgrow that platform, a system of tiered levels of parental controls can be applied to the main YouTube app to filter content. A separate YouTube for kids The new YouTube Kids platform is available at youtubekids.com or by app download and allows parents less oversight to control what their child is viewing. Parents set up the account by selecting one of three tiers for their child to access, and the content of the main YouTube app is not accessible. The categories of age-appropriate content are divided into Preschool (ages 4 and under), Younger (ages 5-7) or Older (ages 8-12). Parental controls for […]
Getting Kids to Follow Directions
Getting your kids to follow directions – here are some steps to take! It can be frustrating to give directions to your kids only to find out later that your instructions were not followed. Kids sometimes ignore directions out of defiance, but, in some instances, the issue may stem from how the directions were delivered. Here are some steps to take when communicating directions to kids that make them easier to understand and enable compliance. Get their attention Kids might have a hard time focusing on directions if the environment around them is filled with distractions. Ensure you have your child’s full attention before you start providing directions. Ask your child to turn off the TV and put down his phone for a few minutes while you speak with him. Even adults have trouble remembering directions when they are multi-tasking. Make eye contact with your child, and do not begin speaking until he appears to be fully engaged in the conversation. Tell, do not ask, when giving directions Formatting your directions in the form of a question is just inviting a negative, defiant response. For example, instead of saying ‘Can you please fold the laundry?’, say ‘Please fold the laundry in […]
Local Clinical Trial for Pediatric Eczema
Does your child suffer from pediatric eczema? At least one in 10 children have eczema (atopic dermatitis). Eczema can cause unbearable itching that can interfere with the quality of life and make it difficult to get a good night’s sleep. Local research company IACT Health is conducting a drug trial to help innovate new therapies for pediatric eczema. If your child is under the age of 12, they could play a vital role in this medical advancement by participating in this local study. Find out more at iacthealth.com/studies/eczema-clinical-trial. Did you know that no advancements can happen in healthcare without clinical trials? No new innovations, no new medications, and no new treatment options happen without the clinical trial process. This can be especially important when it comes to children. Children are not just small adults – their bodies work in very different ways and they often undergo many changes as they grow from infancy towards adolescence and adulthood. Because their bodies work differently, it’s important to create child-specific medicines and treatments instead of modifying adult doses and therapies. There is no cost, insurance, or referrals necessary for participants to receive care from IACT Health. Clinical trials not only allow participants to […]
Tips for Virtual Learning
Adjusting to virtual learning can be a challenging experience for some students and their parents. Here are some common issues experienced by students with some tips on how to overcome them. Struggling with time management Many students enrolled in virtual schooling struggle with time management. They may find it hard to stay focused on the online lessons and homework, making it necessary for parents to constantly monitor their students to ensure work is being completed. To overcome this challenge, create a daily routine and structure for your child. Establish a schoolwork area that is separate from your child’s play area and minimize distractions. Include breaks for exercise and schedule time away from the computer screen to complete any assigned hands-on activities. Teach your child to mark assignments and due dates on a calendar. Feeling isolated Younger students need social interaction to develop social skills. Middle school and high school students may feel anxious about maintaining their close network of friends and miss the daily support of their peer network. Encourage your student to participate in any online small study groups his teacher has set up for students. Help younger kids attend any weekly video conferencing appointments with their teachers. Ensure […]
Toddler Talk: What are they really trying to say?
The toddler stage of development is filled with exciting milestones. Your child is learning to speak and is starting to use words to try to tell you what she is thinking. However, toddlers do not yet have the verbal skills to express complex thoughts and still heavily rely upon body language to communicate. Many toddler behaviors that seem odd are an effort to communicate thoughts and emotions. My toddler likes to run around naked If your toddler starts undressing and running around without clothes on, she may be expressing that she is excited about mastering the skill of undressing herself. She also may be using undressing herself as a way to assert her independence. After all, she now has control over her clothing. Unfortunately, she probably does not yet understand that it is not appropriate to undress in public. It may help to give her a choice between two outfits in the morning. This gives her a sense of control over her clothing and may decrease the need for her to assert her independence by taking her clothes off. If your child is taking her clothes and diaper off immediately after filling her diaper, she may be trying to tell […]
Get ready for a summer full of fun and creativity with our “Make Your Mark With Summer Art” Summer Camp! Our children will enjoy weekly themes that include fun art activities, sports fun, STEAM activities, celebrations, paint parties and special days like Wacky Water Days and Snow Cone Days. Our summer camp is full of fun and exciting experiences for all ages. We are now enrolling, ages 6wks-12years. Summer is an exciting time. Give your child a great summer! Give your child the Growing Room! It’s the perfect place for your child’s imagination to soar as the enjoy fun hands-on activities all summer long! For more details and to register, visit: https://www.growingroomusa.com/classrooms/summer-camp/
Growing Room Summer Camp
Choose your own adventure at Camp Viking! Enjoy weekly themes that incorporate arts & crafts, fitness, games and more! Camp Viking is open to rising Kindergarten through 8th grade students. In 2021, camp begins June 1st and runs from 7:30 a.m. until 6 p.m., daily, throughout the summer. Camp Viking offers parents flexibility—kids can attend all eight weeks or just the weeks you need. Kindergarten-8th grade campers DO NOT have to be St. Anne-Pacelli Catholic School students. Learn more and register HERE.
2020 Kay Circle, Columbus, GA 31907
“Children need the freedom and time to play. Play is not a luxury. Play is a necessity.” -Kay Redfield Jamison. We hear these words repeatedly, yet schools are focusing more on structured learning and less on free play and recess. Studies have proven the shortage of play in a child’s life is actually putting a strain on their development and emotional health. The instructors at BTG Learning, located in Columbus, offer academic learning through physical activity and sports. “It gets their whole body engaged in learning, which tends to keep their interest,” explains director Wanda Wozniak, “and if they’re interested in what they’re doing, they tend to retain information better.” BTG Learning focuses on training in math, science, reading and writing for preschool through 5th grade. This academic learning program teaches children that each subject has a real-world value and demonstrates using the skill in your child’s daily life. Instructors come to your home, and your backyard or driveway is the classroom. A session is an hour-long, and instructors come at least once a week. Your child’s curriculum is designed based on his or her needs, and each subject contains a physical activity. For example, if your child is […]
3100 Gentian Blvd ste 121 room 26, Columbus, GA 31907
CLICK HERE FOR SUMMER CAMP 5/24-8/9 School is out for summer!! What are you doing this summer? No plans – make memories that last a lifetime and sign up for School Age Center’s ‘Camp Courage’. School Age Center offers weekly camps, fun activities for children in Kindergarten thru 5th grade, daily from 5:30 a.m. – 6:30 p.m. – registration is open – sign up today on militarychildcare.com or call Parent Central at 706-545-2079 if you need assistance in signing up. Space is limited, we are still operating with COVID restrictions, sign up today to save your spot! CLICK HERE FOR SPORTS CAMPS!!!!! Youth Sports offers the following sports during the summer, register via WebTrac or call/visit Parent Central at building 104, Marchant Avenue, 706-545-2079. A current sports physical must be on file, masks are required – all clinics are subject to change if not enough children are enrolled.
7502 INGERSOL, FORT BENNING GA
Fort Benning MWR
Activ8 Summer is packed with fun, thematic camps created for kids and allows them to make their own schedule! Our camps consist of hands-on learning in STEM and the arts– without the pressure of homework, tests, or quizzes. Camps fall in a variety of categories, including athletic and music partner camps. Most camps are held on the main campus of Columbus State University. Summer begins May 31st and ends August 6th! Our Activ8 campers sign up by week, with Before and After Care options available. We have three groups divided by your camper’s rising grade: Activ8 Academy is for PreK – K or 1st – 2nd Activ8ers is for 3rd – 5th Grade Between2Teen is for 6th – 8th Grade View our digital catalog here: https://columbus.augusoft.net//info/landing/activ8catalog Request a catalog in the mail here: https://columbus.augusoft.net//index.cfm?fuseaction=1008
4225 University Ave, Columbus, GA
Activ8 Summer Camp
Sign up HERE for Summer Camp 2021 – Alice in Wonderland Camp The CSU Dance Conservatory offers a distinguished recreational and pre-professional program in ballet during the school year with opportunities to perform with The Columbus Ballet at the RiverCenter for the Performing Arts. Our mission is to prepare young students for futures as dancers, engaged citizens, audience members, and responsible young men and women. Year-round classes are taught by a dedicated faculty with extensive professional credentials, providing intensive training and performance opportunities for our students. The Conservatory’s comprehensive curriculum focuses on strong technique that is rooted in the traditions of classical ballet and inspired by a contemporary vision of the future. This curriculum is designed to serve dancers of all ages by supporting the continuing quest for greater technique, artistry, clarity, grace, speed, and musicality. Annual performances of classical and contemporary works are also an important part of the training model at the Conservatory, allowing students to develop discipline, endurance, choreographic memory, and stage presence. Providing exceptional dance training, nurturing our students’ developing skills and instilling a lifelong love of dance extends far beyond our curriculum. We strive to challenge each student, whether dancing for enjoyment or pre-professional training. Our […]
1004 Broadway, Columbus GA
CSU Dance Conservatory
At Impact Performance RX, they offer youth training services! Some benefits of youth exercise includes reducing the likelihood of obesity and other weight related problems. By staying active, teenagers can reduce the risk of stress, depression, and other mental health issues. Youth fitness can also help teenagers maintain a positive body image. If you would like to learn more about our youth gym, please contact Impact Performance RX today! Contact Us Today!
1951 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus GA 31904
Impact Performance RX
CenterStage Education is hosting a dynamic summer camp with a variety of activities and learning opportunities! Our camp will not only provide fun activities such as drama, music , art, and stem but academic enrichment to help your child prepare for the next school year. Operation hours are from 8am-6pm. Pricing includes sibling rates and half date rates . $130 weekly / full day $75 weekly / half day. centerstageeducation.org 6007 Veterans Pkwy, Columbus
6007 Veterans Parkway, Columbus, GA
Center Stage Education
Join us this summer for mindful play, movement, creation, and connection at Just Breathe for Kids Summer Camp. Like anything we do at Just Breathe for Kids, our Summer Camp is safe space for all children to come exactly as they are. Each day will be themed with activities and projects specifically aligned with that theme. Expect a week full of yoga, mindful movement, and thoughtful crafts, all while basking and exploring the beautiful grounds of the Botanical Gardens. www.justbreatheforkids.com
Just Breathe Kids Yoga
Visiting Historic Westville is like taking your kids on a trip back in time to the mid-19th century. The grand opening of the re-located village was in June of this year and about half of the historic buildings present in the previous location have been moved to the new Columbus location on South Lumpkin Road. Even though the village is still a work in progress, the structures present are maintained to be as historically accurate as possible both inside and out. When we asked Cindy Bowden, Historic Westville’s museum manager, about her organization’s mission, she replied, “Through exhibits, live interpretations, demonstrations, and hands-on activities, you’ll be immersed in the history and spirit of the South and the personal experiences of those who called the Pineywoods home.” A visit to the village starts at the Welcome Center, which is in the historic Thornton House. This building offers a gift shop filled with types of crafts common in the 19th century, such as woven baskets and pottery. Some of the crafts in the shop are made in the village by skilled crafters. After purchasing tickets at the Welcome Center, visitors proceed to the village on a stroller-friendly path. Once in the village, […]
3557 S Lumpkin Rd, Columbus, GA 31903
Academy Dance Center is proud to present our 20th Annual Princess Summer Camp as Anna & Elsa’s Frozen Journey on June 14-18 for kids 3-8 years old. We will also be hosting a June Dance Class Series from June 14-June 30 for beginning, intermediate and advanced level classes in ballet, jazz, contemporary, lyrical and dance conditioning. Then on July 19-22 we will host intensive training in a variety of styles with several guest teachers for students 6 and up, including a pre-pointe and pointe intensive during the same week from 1-2pm.
4300 Warm Springs Rd, Columbus, GA 31909
Academy Dance Center
Camp Chehaw is the coolest destination for your adventurous camper. This is the perfect blend between zoo and traditional overnight camps. Many friendships and memories will be made as we learn survival skills and explore the outdoors through canoe trips, nature walks, archery, and primitive skills demonstrations. The fun doesn’t stop there, each day, campers will get the opportunity to explore the animal kingdom through zoo visits and behind the scenes encounters. Our animal exploration goes beyond the public barriers into our fully AZA-accredited Zoo with activities like feeding our camels, lemurs and rhinos. When the sun goes down the adventures continues, evenings behold night hikes to the bat house, feeding the alligators on exhibit, and the most challenging of scavenger hunts. Even living quarters provide a unique twist to your traditional camps, children get to sleep in giant teepees. Our whole week is dedicated to connecting campers with nature; all activities promote conservation and sustainability. This camp is open to boys and girls ages 8-14 years. We offer three sessions. Most campers stay the full week, a fourth day check out option is available. For more information and registration details check out our website at www.chehaw.org
Springer Opera House’s Summer Academy offers age-appropriate instruction based on the student’s most recently completed grade level. New and returning students may register. Cost: Ranges from $100 to $585 based on duration, in-person or virtual, and age group. Dates: See the Springer Opera House’s website for in-depth list of dates based on age group and duration. COVID precautions: Classes sizes will be limited to 66% of typical registration, all students and staff will wear masks or approved face coverings unless they are eating, teachers and staff will be required to have a negative COVID test every two weeks unless they have completed a vaccination, and more. More info: Students may not enroll for in-person classes and virtual academy. If COVID-19 infection rates rise and force students to go virtual, tuition discounts or refunds are not available for students who enroll for the in-person academy classes.
103 10th street, columbus, ga
Springer Opera House Theater Academy
The Columbus Ballet is a non-profit arts organization founded in 1998 that advocates for the artistic achievement of classical dance through the joy, spirit, and celebration of dance instruction and performance. We strive to provide the most distinctive dance experience to the community through the development of a diverse curriculum for dancers of all ages and a season program that promotes art, education, and culture. The official school of the Columbus Ballet is the CSU Dance Conservatory, which offers classes for dancers 3 years old through adult in classical ballet, jazz, modern, and contemporary dance. The Columbus Ballet annually presents the beloved holiday story of “The Nutcracker,” and produces an annual spring production that has included such well-known ballets as “Cinderella”, “Sleeping Beauty”, and “Coppelia” as well as many others. The Columbus Ballet is proud to be a part of the arts community in Columbus and strives to provide the highest artistic quality performances to Columbus and the surrounding areas.
The Rankin Arts Center 1004 Broadway
Camp Dream offers recreational Summer Camp and Camp Out programs for children and young adults with moderate to severe physical and developmental disabilities. Camp Dream programs are 100% volunteer, providing a 1:1 camper to counselor ratio during its Summer Camp sessions. Camp Dream offers a barrier-free environment and has never turned away a camper due to the severity of their disability or their financial capability. What really sets Camp Dream apart is its Volunteers. From the Program Director to the Junior Counselor, Camp Dream Volunteers are passionate. Volunteers come from near and far to ensure our special Campers are able to fulfill their dreams each summer, and during Camp Out sessions throughout the year. Because we believe that all children and young adults with a disability, regardless of their financial situation, have a right to recreational and social experiences that enhance self-worth and value, we rely on the generosity of donors and sponsors to allow those Campers who are unable to pay the ability to attend Camp Dream. To send a child to camp click here.
4355 COBB PKWY STE J117, ATLANTA, GA 30339
Join Baylor Summers for a unique camp experience that provides opportunities for campers of all ages to improve their skills, pursue new interests, make new friends, and have fun! Campers will explore Baylor’s 690-acre campus situated on the Tennessee River and utilize our premier athletic facilities throughout camp. Enjoy the best of Baylor as our coaches, teachers, and students combine their expertise and passion for working with children to create a memorable summer of fun. We hope to see you this summer! Swim lessons are back! Junior Raiders can opt for lessons as an activity where they will learn fundamental skills to help them feel comfortable in the water all summer long! Click here to read a letter from the Director of Summer Programs
171 Baylor School Rd, Chattanooga, TN 37405
Baylor Summer Camps
We’ve planned carefully everything you’re looking for in a perfect camp setting. Located just off Desoto Parkway on top of Lookout Mountain in Mentone, Alabama and nestled in a bend of beautiful Little River. We are a Christian environment promoting Adventure, Inspiration, Character, and Confidence-Building.
757 Country Road, Mentone, AL
Summer String Camp at Calvary Christian School Any string player with at least one year of experience will benefit. It’s a fun reason to keep playing your instrument during summer break, and is a great way to experience what the Youth Orchestra of Greater Columbus has to offer! Mon. June 7 – Fri. June 12 from 8:30am – 4:30pm Sat. June 13 from 9:00am – 3:00pm Join us for the free Finale Concert at Calvary Christian on June 13 at 1:30pm. What’s Included in Tuition? Tuition for the week-long camp is $250 and provides the following: • Five days of professional coaching • Daily sectional rehearsals • Folder with sheet music • Lunch and afternoon snack • Camp t-shirt • Culminating final performance on stage Financial aid up to $200 may be available. Email email@example.com for more information.
Columbus Youth Orchestra
Our Summer camp program for kids aged 6-12 is a well rounded childcare program rooted in the martial arts. While martial arts is the heart of the program it is not it’s entirety, the program also consists of a wide array of activities such as educational learning time (led by a teacher), active activity and games time, arts and crafts, outdoor recreational time, field trips, and trips to the pool weekly. The program runs daily (Monday through Friday) 7am – 6pm to allow parents the ability to drop off earlier and pick up later so you can still make it to work on time.
1290 Double Churches Rd, Columbus, GA 31904
Columbus Self Defense and Fitness
Have you missed some holidays or gatherings in the past year? We can fix that! Come experience 13 different holidays with us this summer at Highland Kids Academy Camp. We’ll celebrate while we are learning the origins and reasons for each special day and come away with some amazing memories. We’ll be celebrating all the way from New Year’s Day (in May) to Christmas time in August, and oh so much more! Come be a part of it all! Camp begins May 24 and runs daily from 7am to 6pm for kids 4 to 13 years of age. What’s Special about Highland Kids Academy? 3 (Out of 3) star Quality Rated center! Small class size Low teacher/student ratio Friendly staff Creative teachers Imaginative activity centers Outside/gym time Special guests/field trips We love your kids!! Below, our Highland Kids Director, Linda Fisher, explains more about our 2021 summer camp and invites you to join us!
7300 Whittlesey Blvd. Columbus, GA 31909
Highland Kids Academy
Our summer program is eight weeks of full-day fun from June 1 to July 30, from 7:30am-6pm, that provides a positive, safe environment to the youth of the Chattahoochee Valley. We aim to inspire creativity, build character, and provide academic enrichment. Meals, field trips, swimming, and more! We work with hundreds of youth ages 6 to 18 each year to help them reach their full potential as responsible, caring, productive citizens. We provide a place where all youth can go, grow, and thrive. Ask about our military youth scholarships.
1700 Buena Vista Road, Columbus, Georgia 31906
Boys and Girls Club of Columbus GA
Since 1954, the purpose of Valley View Ranch has been to help each rancher have the full opportunity of horsemanship through instruction in the riding rings, time in the saddle on trails, and the care and responsibility of having her very own horse, all a’top Lookout Mountain. We offer several riding programs and encourage each camper to participate in all of them: English and Hunt Seat, Western Stock Seat, Barrels and Gymkhana, Trails, and Vaulting. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite ranch horse during her stay, or she can bring her own horse. 2021 will be our 67th summer! Ranchers will find the facility comfortable, safe, and spacious. Located on 600 acres of lush pastures, wooded trails, and panoramic views. In addition, the well-rounded recreational program includes eco-education, swimming, canoeing, crafts, pottery, archery, theater and dance, and group games. Gymkhanas, horseshows and an awards session conclude each session. Ranchers from 8-17 years of age are eligible and enrollment is limited to 50. Each girl can spend as much time as she likes with her favorite horse during her stay, or she can bring her own!
606 Valley View Ranch Road, Cloudland, GA
Valley View Ranch
Summer camp is back for 2021! After an amazing camp in 2020, this year is bigger and better! Enjoy weekly themes incorporating arts & crafts, sports, games and more! Open to rising Pre-K to 8th-grade students. TCA Camp is flexible, choose the weeks to attend and between full or half days. Camp hours are Monday-Friday, dropoff starts at 8:30am, with full-day running 9am-4pm and half day 9am-12 pm. Camp weeks are June 7 through July 23. Cost is $120 full day/ $75 half-day (includes snacks, supplies and one t-shirt per camper).
2236 Warm Springs Road Columbus, GA 31904
The Campus Academy
Growing Room opens the door to a secure, quality, fun and nurturing educational environment based on a balanced partnership with parents. At Growing Room, our goal each day is to provide an enriching environment with nurturing teachers using a planned developmentally appropriate curriculum for Infants 6 weeks of age through children age 12 years.
1200 Manchester Expressway, Columbus, GA 31904
From the sunrise to the sunset, your day will be packed with gospel-centered relationships, water activities, ropes course, best of the best games, and nonstop fun.Your kids will love every moment of camp as we make intentional moments in everything we do to help them hear, see, and experience the glory of God. I’m sure by now you know the challenges (and frustrations) COVID-19 presents and that makes camp look a little different this year! We are approaching camp with your child’s safety as a top priority and are committed to providing them with a clean and safe environment so they can have the best camp experience. In light of this and out of an abundance of caution to strive for a COVID FREE summer, we are intentionally offering 3 day/ 3 night and 3 day/ 2 night camps while also operating around 50% capacity for each session so that we can maintain social distancing and smaller groups, both of which have shown success in limiting COVID-19 cases (and actually give us the opportunity to personally invest in every kid!). We are also ONLY offering overnight camp so that we minimize exposure to outside sources during the duration of camp. […]
10425 Veterans Memorial Pkwy, La Fayette, AL 36862
For 2021, Brookstone Summer Camp will be limited to Brookstone students only. The Brookstone campus becomes Brookstone Summer with a program of fun that is unparalleled in the region. Our campus is truly a special place, and our camp offerings take full advantage of all the unique features available on the Brookstone campus. Cougar Kids (ages 3-5) will take place in our newly renovated Brookstone Extended building on our River Road Campus, complete with an amphitheater, playground, and numerous classrooms. Camp B (ages 6 and up) is back with all your favorites, such as Fishing, Huck Finn, Extreme Sports, and Cupcake Wars, but we’ve added some super exciting camps that will no doubt be a hit for years to come! New camps include Ice Skating, Scrapbooking, Nerf Battle, Science Academy, Sign Language, A/V Club, and much more!
440 Bradley Park, columbus, ga
The Rock Ranch, located at 5020 Barnesville Hwy., The Rock, Ga., is a 1,500-acre ranch created by Chick-fil-A founder, S. Truett Cathy as a foster home for children. Now, in addition to foster homes, the ranch has evolved into a public destination that serves all families and groups. Its tag line is “Growing Healthy Families.” A day at the farm is filled with action-packed adventure and making memories with a wide variety of activities* to appeal to all ages including pony rides, locomotive train rides, zip lines*, paddle boats, carousel*, cane pole fishing, pedal carts, Farm Land animal zoo, rock climbing wall*, tractor wagon rides, gem stone mining*, a cow train, ball toss, giant jumping pillow, Tiny Town, and more. And, the new The Rock Museum*, which houses more than 5,000 Georgia gems and minerals, is available for exploring – including a fossil dig station.
5020 Barnesville Hwy, The Rock, GA 30285
The Rock Ranch
Welcome to Family and Kids Magazine‘s online parenting resource, serving families of Columbus, Fort Benning, Phenix City and the rest of the Chattahoochee Valley. We strive to be your #1 local magazine for family news, parenting tips, local events and business referrals. Check out our online localized directory for things to do, places to eat, where to shop and almost every other resource a growing family in the Chattahoochee Valley could need. While you’re here, enter our monthly giveaway or submit your child’s photo to be featured in our Hoo’s Cute section of our magazine. We welcome all families coming into our area, whether for a temporary stay or a new place to call home, and hope our magazine guides you through our large community. Pick up a copy of our Family and Kids magazine at our many distribution locations, including all local Chick-fil-as or read the latest issue here.