Local day camps prepare for Masters Week, spring break

By: Melissa Tune Email
By: Melissa Tune Email

News 12 at 11 o'clock, March 23, 2010

AUGUSTA---We are just days away from the start of the Masters Tournament, and while many parents will be heading to the course, many kids will be heading to day camps. News 12 has more details on the upcoming camps for spring break and why now is the time to get ready so parents do not miss the deadlines.

At the National Science Center Fort Discovery, Marketing Director Julie Butler says the museum is gearing up for one of its busiest weeks.

"There's something for everyone here, no matter what age you are," said Butler.

One of the week's highlighted events is "Camp Spring Break", which will be held during Masters Week. It is a day camp for kids ages 2-8. There will be more than 250 educational exhibits to see and an assortment of activities.

"They [kids] can hardly stay in place, and they are kind of clustered at the door, and when it's green light go, it's just thrilling," said Butler. "Weeks like this are important to have the public support."

Public support means more public dollars for the Science Center. The museum had previously scaled back its hours, but they will operate on extended hours during Tournament week.

"We're trying to maximize each day we have here, and we are hoping for the best," said Butler. "We'll be open that week for extended hours, so right now we are Thursday, Friday, Saturday, but for Masters Week we will be Monday through Saturday, 10 to 5."

Like other day camps held during Masters Week, the focus is primarily on the children. Kids can have fun and learn exciting things at the same time.

"Really what we're all about is to inspire kids to pursue futures, if possible, in science, mathematics, engineering and technology," Butler said.

Butler says they look forward to this week because it is a springtime tradition, kind of like the Masters.

"It is a wonderful place for families," said Butler. "Parents are happy, kids are happy, it's a win-win kind of situation."

Some of the deadlines are fast approaching for other day camps, and in some cases enrollment is limited, so it is best to sign up early. For more information, contact the organizations directly.


The Family Y: Masters Camp

A week-long day camp that provides a great outdoor experience during spring break.
call: (706) 922-YMCA

Masters Camp & Golf Camp
Ages four to 12
Monday, April 5 through Friday, April 9
Blythe Area Recreation Center
3129 Highway 88, Blythe
(706) 592-4988
$17 - 7:00 am - 12:30 pm
$18 - 12:30 pm - 6:00 pm
Children must bring a lunch and a snack. Spaces are limited.

The Aiken Center for the Arts
Currently taking registrations for its 2010 Spring Break Art Camp.
The camp, which is open to children ages 5 or older, will be held the week of April 5-9 at the Arts Center.
The theme for the artwork at the week long camp is "Beach Bound." Campers will work in a variety of 2-D and 3-D mediums to create artwork based on the ocean and its shores.
Full- and half-day options are available for the week. Campers bring their own food and all art supplies, and camp T-shirts are provided.
Tuition is $210 for the full-day camp and $125 for the half-day camps. Arts Center members receive a 10 percent discount on all classes and camps.
A limited number of need-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants.
Enrollment is limited, and pre-registration is required.
Call 641-9094 to register or for more information.

Fort Discovery Camp Spring Break 2010
Start Date: April 5, 2010 - End Date: April 9, 2010
Time: 9am-3:30pm
Phone: (706) 821-0614
Organization: National Science Center's Fort Discovery
Event Description
2nd-8th Graders choose between The Science of Sports or Science Soup. Registration cut off is March 24th. For more information please contact Elizabeth Corley at corleye@nscdiscovery.org.

MACH Academy
Dates: April 5-9, 2010.
Camp will be held daily from 9am to 4pm
Cost is $75 per child (scholarships available).
Camp includes but is not limited to daily speakers, hands on science, math, creative writing, computer literacy, nutrition tips, fitness and tennis instruction. Contact 706-796-5046 or mparks37@comcast.net.

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