Summer vacation sure is fun around here with all the summer celebrations going on!
Prescott Valley Days has begun and the festivities will continue through Sunday. PV celebrates with dancing, live music, a Saturday morning parade (the good ol’ small town type where the parade entries toss candy), and a carnival. Check out this event page for more info.
How can anyone miss Prescott’s own World’s Oldest Rodeo coming up the first week of July? People come from all over to see this!
Now how can these events tie in to homeschooling and education? Well…these showcase the talents, hobbies, and passions of many people in our community that can inspire our own kids. Singers and musicians, dancers from local dance studios, cowboys and cowgirls, the high school band in the parade. Take a closer look and you also notice many of our local businesses contributing to our community and being a part of these events (think of educational topics like entrepreneurship, marketing, advertising, ranchers who provide the rodeo animals, behind-the-scenes logistics to put on events like these). As you attend these fun things, ask your kids to take a closer look at the event and talk about some aspect about it that they may be interested in and can learn from.
This area sure has a bunch of fun summer activities available! Check out what there is around here…
- Harkins Summer Movie Fun, watch movies at the theater for really cheap!
- Prescott Valley’s free Movies Under the Stars most Thursday evenings at 7:30 at the PV Civic Center Amphitheater. Google Prescott Valley Movies Under the Stars for this week’s showing.
- Your local library summer reading program and activities.
- Summer Book It! Reading program.
- College for Kids at Yavapai College
- Zoo Camps at Heritage Park Zoo
- Elementary Day Camps at Embry Riddle, they also have more advanced camps for kids 14-18.
- Craft classes at JoAnne’s or Michael’s.
- Variety of dance classes (Ballet, Tap, Zumba, Latin, Square, etc) offered through PV Civic Center. Click on link on this page for listing of classes.
- Swim lessons at Mountain Valley Splash or YMCA.
- Summer sport camps at YMCA. Inexpensive…$55 for members, $75 for community members. Tennis, Volleyball, Fishing, Fencing, Basketball, etc.
I also know there are great local summer day camps for more elite sport training like soccer and baseball and basketball, theater/acting, play writing, art, painting. There are also several week-long over-night camps in the Pines. Just start looking around on-line and you’ll be surprised at all our quad-city area has to offer!!
I have to apologize…I haven’t been updating this very regularly because we just welcomed a baby boy into our family on April 19! And we moved into a home a month before that. But I haven’t forgotten this blog and I will endeavor to share ideas and classes as I know about them.
The Music Man hits the stage this weekend and next weekend at Franklin Phonetic School. It’s such a fun musical for families with children of all ages. Check out this link for more information.
(When you read the link, it will look like I just copied the information…I just read it so I think I was subliminally thinking it as I was writing my opening line…)
If you know of any local events that you think other homeschoolers would like to attend, please email me with information. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Summer Camps can be a fun opportunity for our kids to learn with their peers, springboard their athletic skills, stretch their talents, or just plain get out. (We all need that break once in a while!) I definitely need some help updating this! If you know of summer camp opportunities I have missed, please email me. email@example.com
Summer Zoo Camp at Heritage Park Zoo. They have 5 weeks of summer camp, so you can pick the theme that your child likes best or the week that works best with your summer schedule.
Nike Baseball Camp at Embry Riddle for boys 10-18. They have a day-time only option for locals. 🙂
Nike Softball Camp at Embry Riddle for girls 10-18. They have a day-time only option for locals. 🙂
NCA Basketball Camp at Embry Riddle for girls and boys 9-18.
Arizona Dreams Gymnastics Academy has a recreational summer camp. I’m sure the other gyms will have summer camps, too.
Youth For Freedom is a three day leadership camp for youth 12-20. YFF attendees can go up to 4 years, as each year builds on the one before. It’s a camp that incorporates the classics (with assigned readings to be done ahead of time) with leadership in bringing out the best in our youth. I believe most of the participants are homeschoolers, however any youth is welcome to attend. There even is a scholarship awarded that can go towards college tuition for an attendee age 16-20.
YMCA Camp Sky-Y and Chauncery Ranch. They provide all kinds of activities for youth in a week-long camp experience. They also have 4 day mini-camps if 6 days is too long (I know…I’m a homeschooling mom…). It looks like a lot of fun for kids. Really!
Here is a family camp for Jewish families.
Embry Riddle has some overnight camps for high schoolers…who are totally into space flight, aerospace engineering, robotics, computer engineering, etc.
Especially For Youth is a religious camp for youth ages 14-18. Most of the kids who go are members of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, but anyone is welcome to attend. There are a couple of sessions in Flagstaff in June.
Tickets go on sale on April 12 for Summer Movie Fun at Harkins Theater! It’s actually pretty cool…you only pay $7/person and can watch up to 10 movies in the summer. If you don’t want to commit to that many movies (since some homeschoolers do year-around schooling), you can pay $2/person per movie at the box office the day of the movie…as long as there are still seats available. That’s still a killer deal. My kids are begging to watch Rise of the Guardians…so we’ll probably go once or twice. Just check out Harkins’ website here for more details. Everyone I’ve been talking to is also buying the Harkins T-shirt so they can get a free large popcorn each time they go. (We haven’t done that yet, but it sounds like a great deal.)
I also noticed that they did ticket sales through the schools during March. Wouldn’t it be nice to do that through a homeschool group as a fundraiser for a homeschool field trip or something? (Catalina, anyone? Just kidding. Maybe.)
***I’m putting together a post about local Summer Camp opportunities…sports camps, youth camps, academic camps. If you have information, please share with me so I can share with others! firstname.lastname@example.org
This summer, both the Prescott and Prescott Valley bowling alleys will have a kid’s bowling program. Just sign up your kids for 2 games of free bowling each day during the summer…you’ll still have to pay for the shoe rental though. But it’s still a great deal. Then, for $24.95, you can buy a family pass so up to 4 more adults can bowl 2 games a day (plus shoe rental). What a great way to beat the heat and work on a new skill!
See you at the bowling alley this summer!
Post in the comments when you plan on making it to the bowling alley. Maybe we could even pick a day and time for homeschooler bowling!