3 Summer Wellbeing Tips For The Whole Family

Summer is right around the corner and it’s a great time to focus on our health! The weather is at its peak, the flowers are in bloom, and it’s exciting to get outside! However, with a busy life, it can be hard to prioritize your health. Here are some unique ideas to help get you motivated to focus on the your mental and physical health and that of your family.

 

1-MAKE THE TIME-Improve your mental health by simply taking the time to do the things you love

Utilize holidays like Father’s Day & 4th of July to take a break from work, spend time with your kids while they’re off from school, and get active. Make plans over these holiday weekends to get away from work or any hustle and bustle in your life and spend time recharging with your family. This break can help you all relax, bond, improve your mental health by simply taking the time to do the things you love. If you want to get some physical activity this weekend, go somewhere you can hike, swim, canoe, or even rollerblade around with beautiful scenery. If you only have time for a day trip, that’s okay too! Need some inspiration? Here’s a list of 101+ places to go with your kids in Toledo. The important thing is, is to take intentional time to bond as a family.

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2-GET ADEQUATE SLEEP-Limit Screen Time! Too much blue light exposure can disrupt your sleep/wake cycle, causing difficulty falling asleep & deprivation.

 

Did you know that blue light can affect your vision? With cellphones, computers, and tablets becoming more and more prominent in our daily lives, we have to be more vigilant about screen time, especially for our kiddos. Artificial blue light, like that from digital screens and LED light bulbs can have detrimental effects on health and eyesight. Too much exposure to blue light can cause digital eye strain, which means your eyes become dry, itchy, and blurred. Blue light can disrupt your sleep/wake cycle, causing difficulty falling asleep and deprivation. This can be especially hard for children who have to wake up for school, camps, or sports and can begin to affect their focus, effort, and mental health. To help combat these effects, browse for new eyeglasses that have blue light filtering lenses for you and your children. These glasses can help block harmful blue light from reaching the eyes and affecting physical health. Try to be very proactive on limiting screen time before bed to reduce the effects on the sleep cycle. Luckily, now smartphones come equipped with night mode to remind us it’s time to wind down and stop looking at our screens to help us all get a good night’s rest.

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3-BE ACTIVE!-Impromtu game of ball is great for your metal, physical & emotional health! July 15th-21st is National Youth Sports Week!

 

There are virtually endless benefits to children who play sports from a young age. Children can boost their physical health by playing an active sport, especially outdoors during the summer months. Not only are they bettering their strength, stamina, and coordination but their lung and heart health too! However, it’s especially important for kids to reap the mental and emotional benefits of playing a sport. Sports allow children to show leadership, companionship, and great communication skills with peers. It can also help with feeling included, confident, and worthy, which is amazing for a person’s self-esteem as they begin to age into adolescence.

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Take time each month this summer to focus on your health and wellbeing, especially utilizing that time your children have off from school. Whether it’s your physical health, mental health, or bonding as a family – these are all equally important when it comes to caring for your overall wellbeing.

 

Pirate-ology, Young MacGyver, & ooey, gooey, messy, sticky, slimy Summer Camps!

When summer heats up, Imagination Station is the place to be for cool science! Campers ages 8 – 13 will experience a week jam-packed with experiments, challenges and projects designed for exploration and discovery.

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A LOT of BANG for your BUCK…Campers Receive

  • Daily instruction, 9am – 4:30pm*
  • 2 snacks daily
  • Simulator Theatre ride
  • Camp T-shirt
  • Complimentary admission for immediate family on the last day of camp, 3 – 5pm

* Extended day available from 8am – 5:30pm at no additional cost

Registration Information

  • Imagination Station members: $175
  • Non-members: $200

 

Camps fill quickly, so don’t delay – save your spot today! Visit imaginationstationtoledo.org or call us at 419.244.2674 ext. 250 to speak with a Reservation Specialist.

 

CAMPS…

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They offer three totally different, but equally fun programs for kids ages 6 – 8. Attend one camp or sign up each week!

Pirate-ology

June 10 – 14   June 17 – 21    June 24 – 28

ARRRE you ready for an adventure? Come aboard and explore the science that allowed pirates to sail the seven seas. Bravely seek the treasure of the old salty sea dog, Captain Gizmo, and experiment with code-breaking, ship design, weather and navigation.

 

Super Splatter Science

July 8 – 12   July 15 – 19

Campers will learn about the world as they spew lava from a volcano, run through pools of oobleck, tie-dye t-shirts and shoot elephant’s toothpaste to the ceiling. It’s a week of ooey gooey fun and campers should be ready to get wet, sticky, dirty and messy!

 

Young MacGyver

July 22 – 26   July 29 – August 2    August 5 – 9

When the pressure is on, MacGyver will save the day with quick thinking and a pocketful of common items. Campers will construct grappling hooks, build flashlights and even learn to pick a lock. By the end of the week, they will have tinkered their way to earning an official Young MacGyver badge!

micro-MACRO Mashup

July 1 – 5

Super Splatter Magnified

One week only, micro MOLECULE and MACRO molecule campers meet together for some of the most-requested mess makers compounded into one science-stacked, massively messy and exceptionally exciting camp! Don’t delay – this camp will fill quickly!

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Designed especially for older kids, MACRO molecules campers ages 9 -13 can choose from four science themes – or immerse themselves in a summer of science by attending them all!

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Inside the Lab

June 10 – 14   June 17 – 21    June 24 – 28

Campers will get a behind-the-scenes look at what it takes to become an Extremes Scientist as they prepare and perform lab experiments, ignite bubbles and set off explosions! Each week ends with an Extreme Science demonstration led by campers.

 

Super Splatter 2.0

July 22 – 26   July 29 – August 2    August 5 – 9

This camp is ooey, gooey, messy and memorable. Campers will burst bubbles, experiment with eggs, create colorful messes and ignite eruptions. Come prepared to have a BLAST exploring the sticky, slimy and sloppy side of science!

 

Cardboard Creators

July 8 -12   July 15 -19

Creativity and collaboration are the name of the game at this camp designed to put engineering, planning, construction and communication skills to the test. Using cardboard and household tools, campers will work together to imagine, design and build the biggest, tallest and most extreme structures possible.

 

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Imagination Station Camps: On Location

Can’t make it to downtown Toledo for camp? Register for an Imagination Station science camp hosted by Bowling Green State University or the University of Findlay.

Let’s Build

Bowling Green State University June 4 – 8

University of Findlay   June 11 – 15

Using the powerful tools of imagination and creativity, campers will transform the everyday into something extraordinary. Construct space suits, vehicles, buildings and more – the possibilities are endless!

For more information about off-site camp opportunities, visit imaginationstationtoledo.org/off-site-summer-camp

10 Kid Approved Things to Look Forward to this May in Toledo

April showers bring May flowers and lots of fun family-friendly festivities in Toledo!! The weather is getting warmer, days are getting longer, and everything is blooming!! It is officially that time of year when everything comes back to life, including your family’s social life. Though, let’s be honest, May should come with a warning, before you know it its summer, and then you blink and school is already starting back…so don’t blink!!  Don’t delay; call up your playgroup peeps, neighborhood friends, family, etc. coordinate schedules and get these awesome festivities on the calendar today!

Here is a list of 10 Kid Approved Things to Look Forward to this May in Toledo:Ribbet collage_Maypic

1-Butterfly House at Wheeler Farm

MayBlogThis is one of my Favorites!! Between the classical music playing, watching the delicate fluttering of the gorgeous butterflies, and the general warm embrace of the atmosphere my blood pressure lowers instantly….and kiddos absolutely adore visiting. They look forward to every May 1st because that’s the day the Butterfly House Opens!!! FYI-the land is gorgeous and there is a picnic table available so pack lunches and make an afternoon of it!!

“The Butterfly House contains over 1,000 butterflies with many different species from North & South America and Asia. The facility was built with the idea of developing beautiful gardens in a controlled environment to exhibit butterflies to the general public. An opportunity to learn about the life cycle of the butterfly and how to promote a healthy environment for these special insects will be provided as well. The average life span of the butterfly is 2 to 3 weeks, so each week we introduce new species. Throughout the season we will have over 100 different species, so multiple visits can be rewarding. Our experienced staff are available to answer your questions. We hope you enjoy your visit.” — Duke Wheeler

Hours: May – August: Monday – Saturday: 10am – 4pm and Sunday: 12pm – 4pm

Phone Number: 419.877.2733

Address: 11455 Obee Road in Whitehouse, Ohio

Website: http://www.wheelerfarms.com/

Admission: Adults (12-64)$10, Seniors (65+) $9, Kids (4-11) $8, and 3 & Under are Free

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2-Book Your Sandpiper Cruise!

Mayblog2The Sandpiper is a 100-passenger cruise vessel located on the Maumee River. The boat is available for private and public rides from May through October. There are a variety of cruise options throughout the summer but our favorite is FRIDAY NIGHT FAMILY CRUISE Bring the whole family for a fun 2-hour cruise on the Maumee and enjoy the dusk views of Downtown Toledo, area wildlife, and stately homes. Bring a picnic or order Marco’s Pizza to be delivered to the boat before departure: (419) 698-1511, (don’t forget to let them know you’ll be on The Sandpiper! Note: All public cruises are BYOB)

Hours: Varies (May-October) ***Family Night Family Cruise is May 25th***

Phone Number: (419) 537-1212

Address: The Sandpiper is docked at Water Street and Jefferson Avenue in Downtown Toledo. GPS directions to the dock:  1 Jefferson Avenue Toledo, Ohio (Street and lot parking is available nearby).

Website: https://www.sandpiperboat.com/

Admission: Friday Family Cruise-Adults $19 / $11 Ages under 12.

 

3-Col. James M. Schoonmaker (May-October) at The National Maumee of The Great Lakes

schoonmaker“The Schoonmaker was unsurpassed in both size and elegance. On her maiden trip, she carried 12,650 net tons of coal from Toledo, Ohio to Sheboygan, Wisconsin. The ship held the title of “Queen of the Lakes” as the largest ship operating on the Great Lakes until April 14, 1914”. And you and your kiddos can step aboard!! Tour this magnificent ship and get awesome, pics aboard (I may have dressed my kiddos in sailor suit inspired outfits and taken pics-still my favorites!) and of the Toledo Skyline! FYI-This one is totally worth the membership!!

Hours: Tuesday – Saturday: 10:00 am – 5:00 pm Sunday: 12:00 pm – 5:00 pm

Phone: (419) 214-5000

Website: http://www.inlandseas.org/

Address: 1701 Front Street Toledo, Ohio 43605

Admission: Adult – Museum and Schoonmaker – $15.00 Senior (65+), AAA, Military – Museum and Schoonmaker – $14.00 Youth (6-17) – Museum and Schoonmaker – $12.00 & Children 5 and under – Free

 

4-Aerial Adventure Course at the Toledo Zoo (This one is for the older kiddos 12+)

This Aerial Adventure has a menu of options sure to meet everyone’s quest for adventure!! I know it met mine (I rented a GoPro to commemorate my adventure last summer-that’s me in the video!!) My two favorites-Challenge: Test your stamina as you traverse across the Africa exhibit. Tackle a series of obstacles designed to challenge guests both mentally and physically, including rope bridges, swinging log crossings, horizontal climbing walls and much more. And, Zip line: In this exhilarating and unique experience, guests will start off 80 feet above the Africa exhibit and coast over 760 feet across giraffe, watusi cattle, wildebeest and more. Click on Website link below to read about the Sky Bridge, Flight line, Quick Jump, & package options.

Hours: The Zoo opens daily at 10 am. Last admission is at 4 pm with Zoo closing at 5 pm.

Phone: Tel: 419-385-5721

Website: https://www.toledozoo.org/aac

Address: Toledo Zoo 2 Hippo Way, Toledo, OH 43609

Admission: Varies depending on what is selected from the menu & if you are a member or non-member (starting at $25)

 

5-Indian Creek Zoo

indiancreek 014FBBLOGIndian Creek Zoo is a unique place that offers camel rides and up-close viewing of exotic animals such as Zebras, Camels, Emus, Wallabies, Donkeys, Coatimundi, Alligators and Peacocks and many more! My kiddos have an absolute blast each time they visit!

Hours: Monday-Saturday: 10am-5pm & Sundays 12pm-5pm

Phone: 734-224-0390

Website: http://indiancreekzoo.com/

Address: 2744 Consear Road, in Lambertville Michigan (between Secor & Douglas) just 3 miles north of Toledo

Admission: Child (17 and under) $9, Adult $12, Senior $10, Children 2 and Under FREE

 

 

6-Mud Hens Games!!!

Mud HensTake me out to the ball game. Take me out to 5/3rd Field.  Buy me some peanuts and crackerjacks.  I don’t care if I never get back. Let me root, root, root for the Mud Hens…and get my pic with Muddy and Madonna!! Get your tickets now and enjoy a fun filled family friendly America pastime.

Hours: Varies see home schedule on website

Phone: 419-725-4367

Website: http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.jsp?sid=t512

Address: 406 Washington St, Toledo, OH 43604

Admission: Tickets starting at just $13

 

7-Kids Bowl FREE

bowlingfreeRegistered Kids Receive 2 FREE GAMES Of Bowling Each Day Of The KBF Program All Summer Long, Valued At Over $500 Per Child!

“Select bowling centers and schools around the country are participating in the first ever Kids Bowl Free program. This program is designed by bowling centers to give back to the community and provide a safe, secure, and fun way for kids to spend time this summer.

Children whose age does not exceed a limit by a participating bowling center are eligible to register for 2 free games each day of the KBF program, all summer long, courtesy of the participating bowling centers along with the schools and organizations”.

Hours: Vary

Website: https://www.kidsbowlfree.com/all_centers.php#OH

Offered in Maumee, Rossford, & Bowling Green (click website for exact locations & to sign up today!)

 

 

8-Outdoor Expo at Metroparks

Mayblog12May 18th 10am-4pm @ Side Cut (Silver Lake Area)

“Outdoor adventure comes in all shapes and sizes. At the Expo you have the opportunity to try on adventure activities to see what fits. Try archery, tree climbing, kayaking, canoeing, biking and much more. The expo has something for all ages from the seasoned enthusiast to the beginner. They’ll have music, food trucks and outdoor industry exhibitors. May is Bike Month, at the expo you’ll meet area biking clubs and business’ and learn about Metroparks biking programs and trails”.

Hours: May 18th 10am-4pm

Phone: (419) 407-9700

Website: https://metroparkstoledo.com/

Address: 1025 W River Rd, Maumee, OH 43537….Side Cut Metropark, Silver Lake Area

Admission: FREE

 

9-Kayaking the Maumee River Water Trails

 

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The trail stretches 107-miles from Maumee Bay (Lake Erie) to the Ohio-Indiana border, and can be accessed at 39 locations.

The trail connects five Metroparks (Bend View, Farnsworth, Middlegrounds, Providence, and Side Cut), three state parks (Independence Dam, Mary Jane Thurston, and Maumee Bay), three wildlife areas (Meyerholtz, North Turkeyfoot, and Van Tassel), as well as 15 other publicly owned parks.

Website for all the details: https://mpdta.maps.arcgis.com/apps/Cascade/index.html?appid=b00a542678124619aa19cdffda4cd499

 

 

 

10-Schools Out for Summer!!!

Mayblog8Goodbye school days and hello pool days, summer camps, & road trips!!!

Is your family looking forward to something this May that didn’t make the list? Please feel free to share…

Finding Neverland Tickets BOGO 50% OFF! Discount Code in Post

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!” -J. M. Barrie-

Finding Neverland at the Stranahan Theater, April 25-28

The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid at heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy® Award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

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WHERE:

Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH, 43614

SHOW DATES & TIMES:

Thursday, April 25, 2019: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2019: 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019: 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019: 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 2019: 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 2019: 6:30 p.m.

 

TICKET INFO

Buy One, Get One 50% Offer for select seats. (Valid April 18-25)

Link: https://bit.ly/2D7zi2X

Code: CIRCUS

Let’s Help Change Narratives: Big Wish Gala Recap

That family with the son who has cancer! The 2nd grader with epilepsy! The cystic fibrosis kid! Have you ever noticed how quickly a diagnosis comes to define a child and family? A family that was otherwise flying under the radar in your school, neighborhood, or community now becomes defined by their child’s diagnosis. And when a child becomes defined by a diagnosis, disease, illness, etc. their own identity, what makes them special and unique gets lost and when they lose that hope falls shortly behind. I’m not going to lie, going into the BIG WISH Gala I was one of “those” people, those people who would define a family by their tragedy, but by the end of the evening my heart and mindset changed entirely.

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My metamorphosis began the moment we sat down. Seated at our table was Annabella, one of the Wish-Kids being recognized that evening, she was dressed like a little princess seated snug between her mom and dad. I couldn’t help but notice her star balloon attached to her chair and inquired about her wish.

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Turns out her wish was granted and what an awesome wish it was, she and her family (even her 7 year old brother & 2 year old brother…who she got a break from at the Gala & got to have mom and dad all to herself for the evening) went on a Disney Cruise!! How cool is that?! I have never been and I had many questions for Annabella and her parents, which they all so graciously answered. I was also excited to learn that Annabella and her family are local, from NW Ohio…like just down the pike a few miles! (Make-a-Wish donations DO stay local) In the background I could hear Christina Williams, the Emcee getting the evening started.

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The evening began with all the Wish Kids coming up to the stage, sharing their name, age, and wish…and just like that it all changed for me. Suddenly I didn’t see children who received diagnosis, of leukemia, brain cancer, etc. I saw children who received wishes and with those wishes, hope! How cool is that?

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Make-a-Wish helps us all change our narrative! No longer is a child defined as, “that child with cystic fibrosis”, but rather, “that young author who had his book published” or “that 6th grader with brain cancer”, but, “that 6th grader who swam with sharks”….yup, true stories, those are wishes that were granted thanks to Make-a-Wish and thanks to ordinary people like you and me!

 

I arrived home that evening feeling rejuvenated & hopeful, apparently it’s contagious…and couldn’t wait to tell my husband all about Annabella, her family, and her wish. When I was done he asked, what was Annabella diagnosis? You know, it had never dawned on me to inquire…her narrative from me will always be an amazing little girl given the diagnosis of hope, via a Disney Cruise thanks to Make-a-Wish!

Please help change local children’s narratives today! No donation is too small; every dollar is greatly appreciated! Share & tag friends!

Click on link to learn more, donate, volunteer, and/or nominate a wish kids, https://oki.wish.org/

Finding Neverland Family 4-Pack Giveaway

 

 

Congratulations, Julie Meissner, you are the winner of the family 4-pack tickets to Finding Neverland

“So come with me, where dreams are born, and time is never planned. Just think of happy things, and your heart will fly on wings, forever, in Never Never Land!” -J. M. Barrie-

Bring the whole family to experience Finding Neverland, the story of how Peter Pan came to be. Packed with mesmerizing visuals, irresistible songs and plenty of laughs.

Finding Neverland at the Stranahan Theater, April 25-28

“far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR)

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The winner of Broadway.com’s Audience Choice Award for Best Musical, this breathtaking smash “captures the kid at heart,” says TIME Magazine. Vogue cheers, “It’s a must-see you’ll remember for years to come!” Directed by visionary Tony Award® winner Diane Paulus and based on the critically-acclaimed Academy® Award-winning film, FINDING NEVERLAND tells the incredible story behind one of the world’s most beloved characters: Peter Pan. Playwright J.M. Barrie struggles to find inspiration until he meets four young brothers and their beautiful widowed mother. Spellbound by the boys’ enchanting make-believe adventures, he sets out to write a play that will astound London theatergoers. With a little bit of pixie dust and a lot of faith, Barrie takes this monumental leap, leaving his old world behind for Neverland, where nothing is impossible and the wonder of childhood lasts forever. The magic of Barrie’s classic tale springs spectacularly to life in this heartwarming theatrical event. FINDING NEVERLAND is “far and away the best musical of the year!” (NPR) ( https://americantheatreguild.com/toledo/findingneverland/

 

WHERE:

Stranahan Theater, 4645 Heatherdowns Blvd, Toledo, OH, 43614

SHOW DATES & TIMES:

Thursday, April 25, 2019: 7:30 p.m.

Friday, April 26, 2019: 8 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019: 2 p.m.

Saturday, April 27, 2019: 8 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 2019: 1 p.m.

Sunday, April 28, 2019: 6:30 p.m.

 

TICKET INFO

Click on link for ticket info, https://bit.ly/2D7zi2X.

 

CONTEST

Enter to win Finding Neverland Family 4-pack tickets for opening night performance, Thursday, April 25, 2019: 7:30 p.m.

HOW TO ENTER:

1-Share this post on Facebook

2- Comment on the BLOG with the answer to the following question: In Peter Pan, Nana is the children’s nurse, which is not unusual until you add the fact that she is a dog….what type of dog was she?

Winner will be randomly selected April 17th @ 9pm

 

American Girl, Harry Potter, & Make a Movie Camp!!

The struggle is real! So many options, so little time! These are legit filling up fast! The first American Girl Camp is already FULL! If you find a Camp your daughter/granddaughter/Goddaughter would enjoy sign up today because there is a good chance it will be filled up by tmrw.

In an effort to make this as user friendly as possible all the camp offerings are listed below and at the end of the post is a link for registration.

Best of luck! And remember to share/tag with friends who’s kiddos might also be interested so you can set up a carpool for camp.

 

The Art of Hand-lettering

Campers will learn the fundamentals of hand-lettering and calligraphy, and they will use letter forms and brush pens to create a beautiful project to display at home. Note: campers should know how to write in cursive. Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 6-8 Fee: $60

Dates: June 5-6 Time: 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m.

The Art of Paper

Spend a few days in the SUA art room learning the basics of making paper, printing on paper using linoleum block prints, and creating/decorating a sketchbook. Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 4-7 Fee: $90

Dates: June 10-13 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

 

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Campers in the Kitchen

Put on your chef’s hat and come to SUA’s culinary camp to try out your skills in the kitchen. A variety of recipes and food preparation techniques will be introduced. The best part will be sampling your work! Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 4-7 Fee: $90

Dates: June 10-13 Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

SUA’s American Girl® Camp

Invite Kit, Blaire, or your favorite doll friend to join you at SUA’s American Girl® Camp. You and your 18” doll will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that foster confidence, manners, and creativity. On Thursday, invite a special adult to a fun gathering. Space is limited to 15 campers.

Grades: K-3 Fee: $90

Dates: June 10-13 Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

 

 

Click! Camp

Future photographers will love this digital photography camp! Not only will you take amazing pictures all around our beautiful campus, but you’ll also learn to edit and mount them to create one-of-a-kind, personal pieces of art. Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 5-8 Fee: $90

Dates: June 17-20 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Harry Potter® Hijinks!

Find out if you’re a Gryffindor or Slytherin at SUA’s Harry Potter® camp! During the week, you will learn more about life at Hogwarts as we explore the foods, activities, and academics of Harry and his friends. Space is limited to 15 campers.

Grades: 4-6 Fee: $90

Dates: June 17-20 Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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Laffalot℠

Laffalot℠ summer camp is a high-energy, high-activity, fun-focused sports and activities program devoted to the physical, emotional, and social development of girls. Laffalot has a specifically designed girls-only format. The programs are created for any range of athletic ability, so no child is left behind in this all-inclusive program. The activities are designed for large muscle development, which improves balance and overall coordination, and is essential for children in setting a foundation for skill development later. Activities include Pillo Polo, flag tag, floor hockey, dodge ball, kickball, scavenger hunts, volleyball, and much, much more!

Ages: 6-12 Fee: $122 for shorter session; $167 for full-day session

Dates: June 17-21 Time: 9:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. OR 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.

Yoga: S-t-r-e-t-c-h Your Way to Fitness!

Namaste! Are you interested in trying yoga or perfecting your form? Join Jenn McCullough, local yoga instructor,for a relaxing and fun-filled four days of downward dogs and cobras. Wear comfy clothes and bring a yoga mat or beach towel. Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 4-7 Fee: $90

Dates: June 24-27 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

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SUA’s American Girl® Camp II

Invite Kit, Blaire, or your favorite doll friend to join you at SUA’s American Girl® Camp. You and your 18” doll will participate in a variety of hands-on activities that foster confidence, manners, and creativity. On Thursday, invite a special adult to a fun gathering. Space is limited to 15 campers.

Grades: K-3 Fee: $90

Dates: June 24-27 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

 

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Center Stage Camp

Calling all future Broadway stars! Join us for a fun four days of singing, dancing, and acting in our brand-new Black Box Theater as you learn more about play and musical production. Our “leading lady” is Kirsten Hinshaw, SUA’sDirector of Performing Arts, who will guide you through the fun of theater—and get you ready for a performance on Thursday, June 27, to show off your new skills! Space is limited to 20 campers.

Grades: 4-7 Fee: $90

Dates: June 24-27 Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Writer’s Workshop

Love to rhyme? Enjoy making characters come to life? Spend a day as a journalist, a novelist, a poet…if you love words, this camp is for you. Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 4-7 Fee: $90

Dates: July 8-11 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

STEM Camp

Smart is cool at SUA! When you learn more about Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM), you prepare for your future! Participate in fun activities that focus on skills and knowledge in these areas. See why SUA is the place to be for girls who love STEM classes! Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 4-7 Fee: $90

Dates: July 8-11 Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

Undeniable Unicorns!

Campers will participate in a variety of activities that will expand your imagination—and give you a good dose of unicorn fun! The camp will include crafts, snacks, and activities related to the coolest animal ever imagined. Space is limited to 15 campers.

Grades: K-3 Fee: $90

Dates: July 15-18 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

Girls in Digital Arts

A beginner-level course for girls interested in graphic design. Mirrored after SUA’s high school course Women in Digital Arts and taught by an SUA fine arts teacher, this camp will provide you with the basics of the Adobe suite programs, as well as help guide your creative skills. Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 6-8 Fee: $90

Dates: July 15-18 Time: 8:30-11:30 a.m.

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iWant to Make an iMovie!

Attention future film makers! Spend the week learning more about iMovie…and get ready to accept your Oscar®! Space is limited to 12 campers.

Grades: 6-8 Fee: $90

Dates: July 15-18 Time: 12:30-3:30 p.m.

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BASKETBALL CAMPS

Arrow Basketball Coach Tandy Bradford and current players will be hosting a camp to develop fundamental skills, game IQ, and love for the game of basketball. The focus of camp is to develop ball handling, footwork, shooting, and defensive positioning. This camp is designed to help develop more advanced players, as well as beginners, through individual and group instruction.

Almost Arrows Basketball Camp

Grades: 6 – 8

Dates: June 24 – 26

Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Fee: $50

Little Arrows Basketball Camp

Grades: 3 – 5

Dates: June 24 – 26

Time: 9:30 – 10:30 a.m.

Fee: $35

VOLLEYBALL CAMPS

SUA Head Coach Sydney Antonio will direct the camps with help from her staff, as well as from past and present varsity team members. Coach Antonio has been involved with SUA volleyball for more than 10 years and leads successful camps to help develop each player.

 

Advanced All Skills Volleyball Camp

Players who attend this camp should play on a competitive volleyball team with a fast pace and as an athlete with an eagerness to improve her skills!

Grades: 5 – 8

Dates: July 8 – 11

Time: 5:30 – 8:00 p.m.

Fee: $75

Volleyball Defensive Camp

This camp is ideal for those who wish to train as a defensive specialist or libero. Major emphasis will be placed on body posture, footwork, and digging techniques, as well as advanced floor and ball handling skills. Space is limited to 48 campers.

Grades: 5 – 8

Dates: July 8 – 10

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $60

Volleyball Setter Camp

This position-specific camp is geared for those who want to train strictly at the setter position. The technique-packed sessions are led by Kaycie Perillo former college setter and SUA alum, with emphasis hand position, body posture, footwork patterns, and release location, as well as decision-making and various different “play sets.” Space is limited to 24 campers

Grades: 5 – 8

Dates: July 8 – 10

Time: 2:30 – 4:30 p.m.

Fee: $60

Little Arrow Volleyball Camp

This beginner’s camp will focus on introducing all aspects of volleyball skills, including serving, passing, and game play.

Grades: 1 – 4

Dates: July 8 – 10

Time: 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.

Fee: $60

Click on link to register https://www.toledosua.org/sua-life/camps/happy-camper