By Stephen Silver
Another hot Philadelphia summer is well underway, and even though school’s out, there are plenty of programs available to keep kids busy in the summer, and give children the opportunity to engage in science, technology and math-oriented programming that will ideally stay with them until they return to school in the fall.
From STEM-centric educational programs to more arts-oriented summer camps, here are some of the best programs for kids this summer in the city:
Engineering For Kids. Greater Philadelphia Engineering For Kids offers a variety of summer programming for kids aged 4-14. Programs in various types of engineering, including aerospace, chemical, environmental and civil, as well as Lego Robotics, are offered as part of the program. Camps are offered throughout the summer at more than 20 local schools.
Photo by David Tulis.
The Boys & Girls Clubs of Philadelphia, which has operated continuously since 1887, operates a variety of core programs, in everything from athletics to the arts to education and career development. This summer, the Club is supporting such programs as the Reviving Baseball in the Inner cities (RBI) initiative, the Drama Matters program, and the Passport to Manhood and SMART Girls programs. With support from Comcast, Philadelphia has 16 Boys & Girls Clubs, and is working on establishing a new one at 23-53 W Penn Street. Additionally, those volunteering for the Clubs this summer will have a chance to win tickets to see Katy Perry.
City of Philadelphia summer camps. The City of Philadelphia offers a great deal of summer camping programs for city children: Neighborhood Day Camps throughout the city, a Summer Art Camp, Intro to the Performing Arts, Young Performers Theater Camps, Golf Camps, Swim for Life Camp, and much more.
GSK’s Science in the Summer, with the Franklin Institute. The Franklin Institute offers many different summer programs in the sciences. FI is a sponsor for the GSK Science in the Summer program for children entering grades 2-6, taking place at libraries throughout the city and suburbs.
Photo via The Franklin Institute.
Science Explorers’ Wacky World of Science: Science Explorers is offering a half-day camp for a week in late July, called Wacky World of Science. The program, for kids aged 7-11, will take place at the Bryn Mawr Country Day School July 24-28, and offers different lessons each day, on chemistry, geology, paleontology and physics.
Kidchella Musical Festival. The annual Friday night summer concert series, at Smith Memorial Playground, has two remaining concerts this summer. The first, July 21, features The Not-Its and Chibi Kodama, while the second, August 18, features Alex and the Kaleidoscope and Pears 4 Bears. Both are preceded by a Youth Arts Zone, before the concerts begin at 6 p.m.
Summer in the city doesn’t have to just involve catching movies to find ways to cure boredom. These programs should keep them entertained and educated until school starts again.