Virtual Summer Camps Offer Low-Stress Learning Opportunities for Kids

Poor parents! After months of trying to home school their increasingly restless and cranky kids, they were undoubtedly looking forward to day camp. And now — you got it! — most of them have been cancelled or turned into virtual camps. That means if you enroll them, the kids will still be at home, mostly looking at a screen. (Take them out for a bike ride afterward!)

But they can still acquire fun information in a lower-stress environment than trying to complete assignments in an unfamiliar way.

The Cleveland Museum of Natural History is offering a series of virtual camps that draw on the areas of research of the museum’s staff scientists and using the museum’s collection and laboratories to demonstrate their discoveries. Biology, astronomy and medicine are among the areas campers in grades 2-12 can explore. Cams run daily from 9:30am-2:30pm. Registration is open now.

Beck Center For The Arts in Lakewood will be hosting an array of 21 online summer camps and more than 80 classes for every age group from infants to seniors. Classes take place weekly and run through August 14. Camps kick off June 1 and include theater, including acting, improv and musical theater; visual arts; a music camp for beginners ages 7-11; dance (including ballet, contemporary and musical theater for various skill and age levels); and an arts sampler for ages 7-12. Go here to register.

Great Lakes Science Center is offering Camp Curiosity virtual STEM camps with each previously scheduled camp for grades k-8 having an online equivalent. They promise that your camper will not just sit passively in front of a screen for the whole week. The camps include breakout rooms for collaboration with counselors on tap to give guidance throughout the day. Campers will also have access to videos, demons and how-tos, as well as actual materials that can be picked up at GLSC and loaded into your car or shipped to your house for an extra fee. However, GLSC is also offering onsite camps practicing social distancing. All campers, both virtual and onsite, will get a washable Camp Curiosity face mask. Camps starts June 1; go here to register.

Karamu House is offering an Arts Academy Summer Intensive for students entered grades 7-12, with classes in dance, drama, vocal performance, film and costume design. These are virtual classes, conducted by top area professionals. There are two sessions, starting June 1 and July 6. Register here.

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