Wednesday, 16th May 2012
After such a terrible winter its great to see the Summer finally coming in. Above all else it is a great time to be a child, to be able to run about and have fun. The thing is though Summer is a long time and after the initial high of being off school wears off what exactly is there out there for kids to do? What can they do that will fill up their time, where they can have fun and perhaps even learn a thing or two along the way? Thankfully now in Waterford, no matter where you live, there are plenty of activities for kids of all ages and abilities and, no matter what their interests, you are sure to find something that will have them jumping for joy.
St. Josesph's Summer Camp - School's out for Summer, let the fun begin! Established in 1997, St. Joseph's Childcare Centre provides full time and part time childcare and early education on an affordable basis to children from all social, economic and cultural backgrounds. Due to the success of our summer camp in previous years we will be offering a fun packed schedule for the summer of 2011. July and August will cater for children aged 5 to 10 years. The summer camp will be staffed by qualified personnel and activities will include arts and crafts, cookery, drama, face painting and lots of outdoor activities and much more. We are fully insured and health board approved and we will offer your child the highest standard of care. For more information please call Karen at St. Joseph's Childcare Centre, Lower Yellow Road, Waterford on 051 - 843512.
The Discover STEM camp from Calmast at WIT, will run from the 11th to the 15th of June at WIT. The programme is hands-on, and covers areas of physics, chemistry, biology and in addition, maths and computing in a fun, inclusive and participative manner. Among the challenging activities on offer are designing a computer game and programming robots, and a forensic 'crime scene' for students to solve. Space and the physics behind rockets will be explored and rockets will be launched. Camp members will get a chance to get out into the fresh air with experts in environmental sciences. All activities will be led by WIT academic staff members. Participants will also visit laboratories and meet researchers to learn about international research in a variety of fields.
The week-long camp (10 am- 4pm daily) will cost ?120 , ?100 for siblings. A number of scholarships will be made available through schools.
Adventure Camps at Dunmore East Adventure Centre - Dunmore East Adventure Centre are celebrating their 19th year of summer camps this year, and have an exciting programme scheduled for all new and seasoned campers! Activities include kayaking, rockclimbing, windsurfing, archery, pedal boats, open canoes, orienteering, sailing and coasteering to name but a few. Camps run every week of July/August from 10am – 3pm, and all equipment is supplied. Kids are divided into four main age groups – starfish: 5-7yrs, Sharks: 7 – 10 years, Trailblazers: - 11 – 13 years, and the centre also organises a teenage camp for 14 – 17 yrs called the Adventurers. Sailing courses are also scheduled for the entire summer break and are suitable for all levels and abilities, the centre provides expert tuition to kids and adults from the age of 7 – 75! Places are already booking up fast so contact the centre today on 051 383783 or log on to http://www.dunmoreadventure.com for further details.
Shreddies Parks Tennis is an opportunity for kids from age 6 to 17 years to discover hidden talents, make new friends and have lots of active fun. These very affordable tennis camps are taking place in three venues across Waterford and all are welcome from beginners to advanced. The venues include; Viewmount estate court, Bernard's Place court and Marian Terrace Court in Tramore (for weeks 2 and 3 of programme improvers and advanced will take place in Tramore Tennis Club, beginners will remain at Marian for the three weeks). The programme will run for 3 weeks from 9th July to 27th July with 1.5 hours of coaching per day Mon-Fri for just ?30.00 for the full 3 week programme, making this camp affordable and accessible to everyone. Registration forms can be picked up from libraries, local shops and the venues on the 9th July. Coaching consists of age appropriate games, to improve skill and hand eye coordination. It culminates with a finals day in St. Annes Tennis Club where participants from all venues compete. With this fantastic value Summer Camp why not let them make a racket this summer with Shreddies Parks Tennis!
STARCAMP 2012 is back - Ireland's singing, dancing, acting and all-round fun summer camp is what all 4-13 year old boys and girls are waiting for. This rollercoaster week of performing, laughter and games successfully deals with self esteem and confidence and will run daily from 9.30am to 2.30pm. STARCAMP Summer camps are coming to Waterford – The Abbey Community College in Ferrybank from July 9th-13th and Tramore – CBS Secondary School from July 16th – 20th. STARCAMP 2011 was voted one of Ireland's TOP 5 Nationwide Summer camps by Primary Times readers. This year we have fantastic giveaways for early bookers – including those who choose to pay by instalments, which is something that we are delighted to introduce this year. Win one of 5 Trabolgan family holidays, one of 3 signed Jedward albums or a free place at the STARCAMP summer camp of your choice for 2012. This year we are also launching an exciting campaign to find the STARCAMP Summer camp face of 2012!
Waterford Youth Arts based in the centre of the city in Barrack Street host their every popular performing arts summer school for 4-13 year olds in July, and their summer theatre project for 14-19 yuears July to Sept; and members project 9-13 year olds in June 2012. Check them out on
So its clear, there is a whole lot to do for children in Waterford this Summer. It really has never been a better time to be a child and with so much to choose from you can be sure that your child will have great memories and be full of stories of what they did during the Summer.
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