Sunday, June 5, 2011

Fun places in Ala. to take the kids this summer!

Families seeking summer fun for kids can sign up for tourism-themed summer camps. The camps include fun with music at the W.C. Handy Camp, astronaut training at Space Camp, science wizardry at interactive museums and going behind the scenes at local zoos.
The Alabama Tourism Department has compiled the following list of summer camps offered at some of the state's tourism attractions.
Explorers Day Camp: Adventures in Science — Anniston
Children completing 1st - 4th grade will enjoy this full day nature camp which includes live animal encounters, adventures at the Museum, and off site field trips. On-site, campers will be able to visit areas of Anniston Museum that are usually off limits to the general public. They will explore behind the scenes areas of the Collections Department and visit the Live Animal Facility. Camp will take place Tuesday-Friday, June 14-17, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m.; $140/child; $130/member child, reservations required. Space is limited; payment secures reservation. For more information: 256.237.6766 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              256.237.6766      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or
Zookeeper and Art Camp — Birmingham
The camps at the Birmingham Zoo are 10 weeks of interactive full or half day camps. Kids will enjoy special behind-the-scenes tours and they will get up close and personal with animals, play games, ride the train and carousel, and much more. For more information: or 205.397.3877 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              205.397.3877      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
McWane Science Center Camps — Birmingham
This one week camp will bring out the budding scientist in kids as they discover a dinosaur, travel into outer space and explore the ocean floor. Various themes and activities allow children to experience something new each day. Blast off in Cosmo Camp or get creative in Smarty Arty Pants Camp. Dive in to marine biology or dig paleontology. The flexible programs allow parents to choose as many programs as desired. For more information:
Sizzlin' Summer Programs at Sloss Furnaces National Historic Landmark — Birmingham
Sloss Furnaces is offering tours for all ages. Children will walk through the underground rail tunnel, blowing engine room and see the furnaces. Kids should bring a brown bag lunch for a picnic by the spray pond. Cost: $2/person. We also offer educational activities at your institution! Topics range from the history of the furnace, the science behind the furnaces and the unique environmental mecca of Sloss. Children can also participate in an oral history interview with former worker "Lil' Red." We bring historical photos, samples of raw materials, and artifacts to each program we present to you. For more information: 205.324.1911 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              205.324.1911      end_of_the_skype_highlighting,
W.C. Handy Music CampFlorence
This music camp for middle school, high school, college level and adult musicians will take place June 13 through 16 at the Department of Music and Theatre on the University of North Alabama campus. Students will receive intense instruction in jazz theory, history, and performance in both small combo and big band settings. The total cost of the music camp is $200, which includes a registration fee, camp tuition and music fee.  If two or more children per family would like to attend the cost is lowered to $150 per person. For more information: Music Preservation Society at 256.766.7642 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              256.766.7642      end_of_the_skype_highlighting or Ken Watters, Camp Director at 256. 603.5059.
Zoo Camp 2011Gulf Shores
Zoo Camp at the Gulf Coast Zoo offers campers age-specific games, arts and crafts projects and special zoo-related events.  There will be plenty of hands-on educational and fun activities carried out in a safe and educational environment. The camp is June 20-24 for children ages 3 to 5 and is $100 for a half day session (9 a.m. to 12 p.m.).  Children, ages 5 to 11, in a full day session is $175 (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.). For more information:
Space Camp® & Aviation Challenge®Huntsville
Kids can train like astronauts or fly like fighter pilots this summer at the U.S. Space & Rocket Center.  The programs allow trainees to learn leadership and teamwork skills and use hands-on technology while flying our simulated space shuttle missions and high performance jet simulators. SPACE CAMP and AVIATION CHALLENGE are six-day weeklong programs for $949. The price includes meals, lodging, and program materials. For more information: or 800.63.SPACE begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              800.63.SPACE      end_of_the_skype_highlighting
Sci-Quest Hands-on Science Center Camp — Huntsville
From the aspiring scientist to the future technology wizard, every science-minded child will have something to look forward to this summer at Sci-Quest. Children ages 4 through high school can choose from a variety of hands-on camps with topics ranging from ecosystems and DNA to animals and digital animation. The camp is May 23 – August 5, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information: or 256.837.0606 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              256.837.0606      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Huntsville Botanical Gardens Summer Camps — Huntsville
The Huntsville Botanical Gardens offers more than a dozen summer camps for kids from 1st to 7th grades. The camps include Alpha Bugs, Junior Master Gardner, Animal Kingdom, History Mysteries, The Magic Tree House, Earth Rocks and more. For more information: Education Department 256.430.3572 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              256.430.3572      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ext. 226 or Nicole Hogan 256.430.3572 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              256.430.3572      end_of_the_skype_highlighting ext. 290,
Science Summer Camp Central — Mobile
The Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center is holding weekly camps June 6-July 29; 8 a.m. -12:30 p.m. and After Care from 1 p.m. – 4 p.m. Kids ages 4 through 12th grade can enjoy week-long adventures that focus on a different science-based theme each week. From nutrition and earth science to robotics and engineering, there is something for everyone at the Exploreum's Camp Central.  WOW Camps (ages 4&5): Members $45 - Non-members $60. K-2nd Grade: Members $140 - Non-members $170. 3rd-5th Grade: Members $140 - Non-members $170. 6th-12th Grade: For more information: or 251.208.6819 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              251.208.6819      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Zoo University — Montgomery
Summer camp participants will have fun learning about all the different animals as well as the folks behind the scenes. They will learn what it is like to be a vet or zookeeper. Zoo Camp is geared for kids, 5 – 12 years of age.  Camps are available for full-day and half-day.  June 6 – July 29 (off week, July 4-8); Ages 5-12 Times: Full day camp: 8:00am – 5:00pm, Half day camp: 8:00am – Noon. Full day camps for non-zoo members: $170 week, half day camps $150; zoo members: full day $120 week, half day $100 week. For More information: or 334.240.4909 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334.240.4909      end_of_the_skype_highlighting, ask for Jennifer Murphy.
Camp Shakespeare — Montgomery
The Alabama Shakespeare Festival offers Camp Shakespeare for students ages 10 - 12 and the Teen Summer Shakespeare Intensive for ages 13 - 18. These one-week Camps in July culminate in a spectacular student performance on an ASF stage. For more information:
Museum of Fine Arts Camp — Montgomery
The summer camp sessions at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Art begin June 20 and run through July 18 for kids ages 6-13. Weeklong, full and half day camps are available and each features different themes, art activities and techniques. For more information: or 334.240.4365 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              334.240.4365      end_of_the_skype_highlighting.
Summer Arts Camp — Orange Beach Arts Center
Kids from 1st through 6th grade will have fun learning dance, music, drama, and the visuals arts.  Each child's schedule is individualized to their preferences.  The camp is June 27 – July 1, 9 a.m. – 3:15 p.m. for $110. For more information: 251.981.2787 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting              251.981.2787     

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