Whether you want outdoor sports activities, swim lessons, or something more crafty, there are numerous places around Schererville offering summer activities for kids during the dog days of summer.

The Schererville Parks and Recreation department has many opportunities for kids. A complete listing of available classes can be found online, and participants may register through the Schererville Town Hall or online at ActiveNWI.com.

Amy Troy, program coordinator for the Schererville Parks and Recreation department, says there really is something for anyone. “We base our schedule on what we hear people are interested in and what they’d like to see,” she says. “New this year is a creative craft camp for 8- to 13-year-olds. They’ll be doing anything from origami to using unconventional materials to make artwork. Something we want to try is having them make their own hula hoop.”

Some courses, like the craft camp, will be offered through the Schererville Community Center, while others will be offered in a park.

In addition to the craft camp, there are courses in yoga, karate, bowling, gymnastics and other sports. There also is a theater camp for 9- to 15-year-olds, which will include dance and acting workshops.

Troy says there also will be a baking camp returning to the schedule after being absent for a few years. “It’s taking off really well. Kids will be able to bake cookies and cupcakes, as well as learn how to decorate with frosting and even bake bread,” she says. “They’ll also learn about following recipes and measuring things.”

Another popular camp for kids is the Weird Science camp, geared towards 6- to 10-year-olds. The camp will feature hands-on experiments as well as group experiments, and will also include animal visits. “This is really going to be a fun camp, especially for kids who like science and math,” Troy says.

For parents who want to offer their children learning enrichment opportunities during the summer, Sylvan Learning Center offers its regular complement of programs. There are math and reading programs designed not only to help kids advance, but also to battle “summer learning loss,” says Jackie Galambos, director at Sylvan’s Schererville campus.

“We also offer robotics and coding in the summer; our offerings are really no different than the school year, we just have an extended schedule,” she says. “It’s perfect for kids who are failing and need re-teaching to help them catch up, or kids who want to be enriched, or for kids who get bored.”

For kids who want to give golf a try, Scherwood Golf Course offers Junior Golf Camps for each week, geared for children ages 7 to 15.

“We work a lot on grip, aim and set-up, as well as swinging the irons and drivers,” says Carl Swanson, golf professional for the course. “We also work on putting, chipping and sand play. And we end the week by going out and playing a few holes to see how they are moving forward.”

Kids can sign up for one week or multiple weeks, he says. In addition to focusing on the physical skills of the game, students learn the rules and etiquette of golf. The lessons, which have been offered to youth for about 30 years, are all taught by golf pros.

“We pride ourselves in the classes we teach, and each year we have at least 100 kids go through our program,” he says. “We want our students to know how to behave and what to do when they go out to play on the course.”

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