The time of year where boredom seems to set in before feet have hit the ground at the last bus stop is upon us. For those looking into summer activities for kids, here are a few in the area to keep your sanity this summer and let kids explore new adventures.
CAJUN COOKING (BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE): Ages 9-16. We eat good, cher. Help preserve the culture of Cajun cooking by having your child learn to prepare traditional Cajun dishes and learn about culture at the same time. Campers will prepare and enjoy their dishes and get lessons on kitchen sanitation. Contact UL Lafayette Continuing Education at 482-6386 or online at www.ce.louisiana.edu.
CENA SUMMER COOKING CLASSES: Ages 6 and up. Girls and Boys will enjoy this course that teaches kitchen basics with a focus on nutrition, manners and the math/science of cooking. A camper favorite is learning napkin folding. Final session concludes with campers preparing a meal to share with parents or chosen guests. Contact Karen Hail at 706-7568.
RAGIN’ CAJUNS ATHLETICS CAMPS: Ages 5 and up. Ragin’ Cajuns Athletics offers something for every athlete: baseball, football, basketball, soccer and volleyball. For even more variety, there is a Sports Science Camp. UL sports camps are quality programs that provide a way for kids to sharpen their game over the summer or explore a new sport. Visit www.ragincajuns.com or call 482-6380 for more details on registration.
CAJUN & CREOLE SUMMER CAMP FOR KIDS: This year’s Louisiana Folk Roots’ summer camp will take place at Lafayette’s historic Vermilionville Living History Museum and Folklife Park. It’s a super week of intensive instruction on guitar, accordion and fiddle; French singing; dance classes and other cultural workshops; and a fun field trip, all featuring an all-star slate of instructors and guest artists. Past instructors included Kristi Guillory, Brazos Huval, Yvette Landry, Corey “Lil’ Pop” Ledet, Chris Segura, Dave Trainer, Mitch Reed, Henry Hample and Courtney Granger. The week culminates in exciting performances by camper bands and a graduation ceremony complete with a camper/family dance featuring a well-known band. June 24-28, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. For more info call 234-8360 or visit lafolkroots.org.
THE LITTLE PAINTBRUSH: Ages 10-14. The Summer Surreal camp series allows campers to explore the world or surrealism, such as that created by Salvador Dali and Frida Khalo. Campers will lean how to create art out of their own dream images, explore subconscious thought and keep a journal of dreams to use as inspiration to create art. Registration available online at www.thelittlepaintbrush.com or call 288-7266 for additional details.
CHILDREN’S MUSEUM OF ACADIANA: JEWELRY CAMP (BEGINNER/INTERMEDIATE): Ages 5-12. June 24-28 only. Campers will learn about design and construction of jewelry under supervision and assistance from CMA staff. The camp will conclude with camper’s one-of-a-kind creations on display in a design show. Contact the Children’s Museum of Acadiana at 232-8500 or register online at www.cmalaf.org/registration.
EPISCOPAL SCHOOL OF ACADIANA SUMMER CAMPS AND WORKSHOPS: Pre-K to adult. ESA offers an extensive variety of camps to keep the mind learning this summer. A few of interest are writing sessions designed to help the young scribe improve his or her craft. Younger writers explore how to use imagination and create a work to share with others while older writers will dabble in how to begin blogging. Foreign language sessions feature explorations of French and Spanish. Each language offering includes content of understanding cultural backgrounds of languages as well. Complete camp course listings can be found online at www.esacadiana.com.
MATHNASIUM SUMMER MATH PROGRAMS: Pre-K- High School. These variety of math courses are offered to help children with retention of skills from the previous school year and prepare for what’s to come, all while making learning during the summer fun. Offerings range from developing fundamentals in young elementary students to algebra/geometry readiness and review. Additional courses offered for those high school students preparing to take the ACT or SAT. Contact Martha Dalton at 984-6284 for additional details.