School will soon be out for the summer providing the perfect opportunity to keep the kids busy learning some new skills, or pursuing an activity they love, with an action-packed summer scheme!
Every parent wants their child to have an enjoyable break away from the classroom and a positive summer scheme experience offers many benefits for self- development such as making new friends, gaining confidence and a sense of self-achievement from trying out something new, and that all important sense of independence. Of course with such a wide selection available it’s important to make sure that you choose a scheme that is right for your child. Age, personality and experience will be big factors in your decision.
Most camps are run by seasoned professionals with many years’ experience, but do ask them some of the questions that we have listed here to make sure you and your child are happy and that you know exactly what to expect. Location is another aspect to consider. You might want to think about the time it would take to get there in the case of an emergency or how the drop-off and pick up will affect your normal daily routine. Other aspects that you might wish to consider and discuss with the supervisors are what you would like your child to gain from the experience and take the opportunity to highlight any special interests that your child may want to explore so that they get the most from their time there.
So if you want to avoid the dreaded summer holiday lament of ‘I’m bored’. Take a look here at what’s on offer for a sensational summer 2016...
Questions To Ask
•What is the ratio of staff to children?
•What does my child need to bring each day?
•Are there any additional activity fees not included in the quoted weekly rate?
•Do the instructors have the necessary qualifications and how are staff and visitors screened?
•Is there supervision at all times?
•What is your policy on bad behaviour and bullying should it occur?
•Are there trained first aiders on site at all times?
•If it’s an outdoor activity, what are the bad weather plans?
•What does a typical daily schedule involve?
•If I am late to collect my child will they still be supervised and is there a late collection charge?
KICKING OFF AN EXCELLENT SUMMER OF RUGBY
Ulster Rugby have launched a new series of Summer Camps, sponsored by Centra and its independent retailers, which will visit over 20 venues across Ulster from July 4 until August 25. This year will also see the introduction of five three-day School of Excellence camps for players aged 12 to 16 years, which have been developed in conjunction with Ulster Rugby’s Director of Rugby Les Kiss. Week-long junior camps will continue to run at 14 locations for boys and girls aged 6 to12 years, while two three-day girls camps at Clogher Valley RFC in Co. Tyrone and Cooke RFC in Belfast will cater for 12 to 18-year-olds. Newforge Sports Complex in Belfast will once again host a Special Needs Camp. The School of Excellence camps will take place at Friends School, Lisburn, Royal School, Armagh, Campbell College, Belfast, City of Derry RFC and Virginia RFC, Co. Cavan.
Each year the Summer Camps have grown in popularity and since their launch in 2008, have welcomed over 11,000 participants. Young players benefit from expert advice from qualified Ulster Rugby staff coaches with Ulster players on hand to give tips on the game, talk about life as a professional player and interact with the participants.
The cost of each camp is £65 for a place on the Junior Camp, £40 for the Girls and Special Needs Camps, and £85 for the Schools of Excellence Camps. Discounts are available for additional family members attending the same camp and for participants attending a second camp. The prices include a T-shirt, a water bottle, a rugby ball and promotional codes to claim a free ticket to an Ulster game at Kingspan Stadium and a free stadium tour, including a visit to the Nevin Spence Centre.
Full details of this year's Summer Camps and how to book can be found at camps.ulsterrugby.com and parents can also book and pay for camps online.
Image – Ulster Rugby stars Darren Cave, Roger Wilson and Ruan Pienaar help young players Nathan and Abi Toland from Carrickfergus kick-off the 2016 Centra Ulster Rugby Summer Camps.
STARCAMP - THE MOST EXCITING AND UPLIFTING SUMMER CAMP EXPERIENCE
In 18 towns across Northern Ireland this summer, boys and girls aged 4 to12 will get to spend one week of their summer holidays playing camp games, singing Disney classics, dancing to the latest chart topper, acting out their favorite movie scene, doing arts & crafts, making new friends, building self-esteem and confidence, laughing, having fun, putting on a show and lots, lots more. Welcome to the crazy, fun world of STARCAMP! Whether born for the stage or the shy, less confident child who has never danced a step in their lives, STARCAMP is the place to be for all children.
With over a third boys attending STARCAMP, and advanced programmes for older children – this year’s participants will indulge in movies such as The Minions, Beauty & The Beast, Inside Out and The Jungle Book. They’ll engage in activities such as The News Show and sing and dance their little hearts out to some of their favorite tunes including Justin Timberlake’s ‘Can’t Stop the Feeling’ and the classic ‘Hey, Hey We’re the Monkees’. What’s not to love? Camps will be facilitated by the incredibly talented and gifted staff that are hand-picked to work at STARCAMP, most who been there for years. All are fully and thoroughly training and PSNI-vetted.
The camp runs from 9:30am – 2:30pm from Monday to Friday for one week. The children will be sub-divided by age and each will have a different program. Everyone who attends will get a STARCAMP T-shirt, a certificate and other little fun surprises throughout the week. For the last hour on the Friday, all are welcome to come and watch the children showcase some of their songs and dances.
STARCAMP was very successful on Dragons’ Den with all the Dragons fighting for a piece of the action. Derry Dragon – Peter Casey bought 5 per cent of the business at the time, he has since been bought out due to the ongoing successes at STARCAMP. Fyffes are the proud sponsor of the summer camps for the third year running.
To book your place or to learn more about Starcamp, go to their website starcampsummercamps.co.uk or call them on Tel 028 9073 0162. Everyone that books online for 2016 will automatically go into a draw to win a 5* Family Holiday to Martinhal, Portugal.
MAKE A SPLASH WITH SHARE’S ADVENTURE CAMP
Have you heard about SHARE’s Adventure Camp? Adventure Camp is an action-packed residential holiday for children based at Share Discovery Village, Lisnaskea, Co Fermanagh. Junior Camp is for ages 10 to 14 year olds and Bushwacker Camp is for 15 to 17 year olds.
Action packed activity programmes are made up for the Junior and Bushwacker Camp. Activities will include, kayaking, sailing, windsurfing, mountain biking, art activities, banana boating, surfing and much more. The Bushwacker Camp kids will also do an overnight canoe camp on Trannish Island.All of this for only £275 per child!
Dates of the camp this year are Sunday July 31 – Sunday August 7, 2016. To book your child onto the camp or for more information email email@example.com or Tel: 028 6772 2122. Information can also be found online at sharevillage.org
CALLING ALL CRECHES, AFTER-SCHOOL CLUBS AND SUMMER SCHEMES!
W5 offers fantastic group rates to crèches, after-school clubs and summer schemes during July and August! Explore over 250 interactive exhibits, including W5’s amazing climbing structure ‘Climbit’!
Summer Scheme Workshops:
7s and under: Build it: Chalk-A-Block!
Little ones will draw, build and create their own city in this fun and creative workshop aimed at bringing out the mini architect in all of us. After first learning about cities and how buildings are made our little engineers will then chalk up their own buildings on large blackboard-style blocks which they’ll use to construct a cityscape of their own design. To finish, they can stand among their buildings for a fun and unique photo opportunity.
For 8s and over: Build it: Dream Team!
It’s all about constructing the best team in this fun and highly interactive workshop. We’ll set your group a range of exciting team building games and challenges that will test their ingenuity and cooperation. But be warned: they’ll have to think inside and outside the box if they want to be named the ultimate Dream Team. Working together has never been more fun!
Over 8s (aged 9+): Build it Extreme: The Dome!
This is a unique construction challenge that will test your group’s building and teamwork skills to the max. We’ll give them just one hour to make a giant geodesic dome from specially designed plastic tubing. Can they work out the pattern and create the shape? Will your team make it in time and if they do, will they all fit inside? Believe it, geometry has never been more fun and hands-on than this!
For prices and booking information visit w5online.co.uk
LEGENDERRY SUMMER CAMPS WITH PAUL ACHESON
What a summer we have in store for 2016 with two major events for lovers of sport – the Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero, Brazil, and the Paul Acheson Summer Sports Weeks at Campbell College in Belfast. The modern Olympics started in Athens in 1896, less than 100 years later – in 1993 – Paul Acheson launched his first summer camp.
This summer they have four courses available in the extensive grounds of Campbell College. For youngsters aged 7 to 14 there is the chance to participate in a range of sports all day; these include swimming, football, rounders, basketball, kwik cricket to name a few. Other boys and girls aged 7-14 can try the art/drama/sports programme which is always very popular.
Younger participants have plenty to keep them happy too. The Superkids aged 5 to 6 spend an active day with both indoor and outdoor sports, including a swim each day, plus parachute games, art and crafts, indoor games and lots more. Children aged 4 find that their Super 4s programme is much the same as the Superkids but at a much slower pace!
All courses are available from Monday to Friday, 9.30am – 4.00pm. This summer’s dates are the weeks beginning July 4, 18, 25 and August 1, 8, 15. Offering even more flexibility for families, parents do not have to book an entire week, organisers simply ask for a booking of five days spread over the 30 available.
See the advertisement IN the june issue of Ni4kids, and find more details at summersportsweeks.com or Tel: 028 97 54 1752
A ONE-STOP SHOP FOR SUMMER FUN AT PLAYBALL
Developed by experts over the last 30 years the unique Playball program uses sport as a base to develop the whole child: socially, emotionally, mentally and physically. Playball offers a program which grows with your child eventually giving them the ability to not only be competent in most major sports but to give them life skills and a positive ‘CAN DO’ attitude.
In its fourth year at Methodist College Belfast, Playball Summer Camps combine daily age-specific Playball classes with visits from magicians, science professors, animal shows, arts & crafts experts, swimming (if desired) , the Playball Olympic Games, Dance Off and disco to create three weeks of jam-packed FUN, FUN, FUN.
In ratios of 10:1, the main camp operates from 10am to 3pm daily with early drop off and pick up available to facilitate parents.
Playball Tots (10am-12.30pm) allows younger siblings aged 3 to 4 years a taste of camp too.
All in all, Playball Summer Camp is a one-stop shop for summer fun and entertainment for your child! Don’t miss out, book online at playballkids.com
LET THE KIDS TAKE CENTRE STAGE THIS SUMMER
Summer drama activity holidays offers young people ages 8 to 18 a stimulating, fun holiday as they sing, dance, film, and act their way – in a company of new-found friends – (some from overseas) – towards an end-of-week show for parents and friends.
“We have been running for over thirty years,”says Artistic Director Roma Tomelty “We're in The Daily Telegraph Magazine's, 'One of nine of the best residential summer camps that stand out from the crowd’, and the (UK) Independent Magazine's ‘The Ten Best: Creative outings for children.’”
Summer drama takes place in Garron Tower, in the glorious Glens of Antrim and is residential and non-residential in July and August.Drama helps communication and confidence – but they never forget it's a holiday!
Information is available from most libraries, the Northern Ireland Tourist Board, Centre Stage (Freephone) Tel: 0800 324 7046 email: firstname.lastname@example.org or visit summerdrama.co.uk for details.
TOP ENTERTAINMENT FOR TOTS
Debutots and Debutkids Fun Weeks will provide an exciting, challenging, rewarding and fun way for children aged 4 to 12 years to spend their summer holidays. It is a place for making new friends, building confidence and having a fantastic time in a safe, friendly and dynamic atmosphere where even the most timid child will feel able to join in.
For 4 to 7-year-olds the theme is ‘Funky Fish Tales’ and for the older group aged 8 to 12 the theme is ‘ The Lion King’. There are fun weeks in Antrim, Lisburn, Hillsborough, Belfast , Crossgar and Bangor.
Each session has four elements. There is a gentle performance class with songs, dances and drama games. Next is craft time where the children create all sorts of wonderful things –
lots of glue, glitter and colour! After snack time children enjoy some indoor or outdoor games depending on the weather (all outdoor activities are within grounds of the venue). And then there is the show, which is put on for family and friends at the very end of the week, usually based on a children's classic tale but given Debutots special flavour.
But the show is just a small part of a week bursting with energy, fun and friendship. Early booking is advised as spaces for each session are limited. The cost is £52 per child with discounts available for siblings and multi week bookings. Please contact email@example.com
SPANISH LANGUAGE SCHOOL
Welcome to NI’s only Spanish Language School that caters for children from birth to 11 years old. Your journey begins with the unique Sensory Experience for 0 to 2s, and continues with the interactive clubs and Summer Schemes for 3 to 10 year olds. From nursery visits and weekly slots in parent and toddler groups, to charity events, family music festivals, and Spanish-themed parties, Hola Muchachos immerse your child in their exciting culture and language-enriched programme. Teaching language skills through song, rap, movement, games & drama, they pride themselves on their highly stimulating and fun environment where learning is guaranteed. When possible, they create an outdoor classroom and in true Spanish style finish their summer course with a tapas party!
They love what they do and it shows... so come along and join one of the sessions. You’ll be glad you did! Sign up today at holamuchachos.co.uk