Summer Camps

Bellaboo’s offers summer programs for young children

2014-06-08T09:00:00Z Bellaboo’s offers summer programs for young childrenCarrie Rodovich Times Correspondent nwitimes.com
June 08, 2014 9:00 am  • 

Kids aged 3 to 7 can participate in Camp Bellaboo, the fun-filled summer camp held on Tuesdays and Thursdays at Bellaboo’s.

The camp focuses on different themes each day, from “Beach Party Bonanza” to “Goofy Gardening” and “Dino Adventures,” said Kara Mackey, the general manager at Bellaboo’s.

Parents can either sign their child up for the entire camp, or “Pick 10” and have them attend ten sessions, or pay per day. The camp is flexible to help parents meet the individual needs of their child, Mackey said. 

Mackey said the best employees will be used as “fun conductors” and leading camp each day. The camp will have a five student to one instructor ratio, she said. 

“Every day is a different camp theme, and they’ll go around the center doing different things that match the theme,” she said. “There will even be outdoor activities for the kids to participate in.”

There also will be a Triple Threat camp for kids aged 3-9, which focuses on instilling a love of theater in the kids, Mackey said. 

“Triple Threat brings stories to life,” she said. The participants learn every aspect of the theater, from making props and costumes to learning lines.

“During the five week program, they learn the basics of theater, and at the end, there’s a grand finale performance for parents to come and watch,” she said. “The older ones who can read will have lines, and the littler ones will role-play. But they’ll all learn the basics of singing, dancing and beginning choreography.”

In addition to the organized camps, each day at Bellaboo’s will have a different theme. Weekly activities will include bubble play on Mondays, where different household objects are used to make bubbles.

“Kids can use props like a fly swatter and a slotted spoon to make bubbles, and also can learn how to stand and make a bubble around them,” she said.

Bellaboo’s staff will heavily utilize the outdoor areas, and in the Little Diggers program, kids can learn the basics of gardening.

“We’ll sing and dance, plant seeds, water with watering cans,” she said. “We’ll also do worm hunts, and harvest what is ready in the garden. And with parents’ permission, we’ll wash off the foods and let them try them.”

The center will also be open on Memorial Day and Labor Day, with days filled with specialized activities.

“There’s a lot going on,” she said. “We’re always busy with lots of fun things.”

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