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Summer camp options for your child

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

It may still be spring, but time is already running out for parents to enroll their kids in summer camp.

We took a look at some of the hottest camps being offered in our area. All of them promise to keep your kids entertained this summer.

COMEDY CAMP

If your kids want to crack up this summer, have them take a crash course in comedy at MacGuffin Theatre and Film Company in Center City Philadelphia.

"Our Comedy Camp works with sketch comedy and comedy improv," said MacGuffin's John Rea.

Kids hone their comedic skills by learning how to write jokes and then delivering those punch lines LIVE on stage.

"Some kids who are shy like to do comedy because it gets them out of their shell," Rea told Action News.

Comedy Camp is offered for teens 12 and up from July 23 - 27 and costs $285.

COOKING CAMP

If comedy isn't your child's thing, why not have him or her whip up something decadent in the kitchen at cooking camp?

"We do my favorite dinners, soups, stocks, sauces and appetizers," said Jocelyn Wood of The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College in West Philadelphia.

Kids learn alongside professional chefs at The Restaurant School.

"So they are working with real cooking methods with our chef instructors," said Wood. "Our staff are instructing them and it is real tools and different cooking methods they are going to learn through the camp."

Cooking Camp is offered during select weeks for kids 7-15 years old.

It costs $525. Tuition includes a chef jacket, hat and apron, plus all the ingredients to make those treats!

"Cinnamon buns are a popular one to take home," said Wood. "They do big cakes, pies and tarts and cookies."

JUMPING CAMP

You many think of Double Dutch as a strictly playground activity, but the Just Jumpin' Jump Rope Camp will get kids soaring to new heights.

"We want to give them an activity that is low budget and gets them off the couch," said Just Jumpin's Justin Pillmore.

Kids will definitely get moving as they perfect their skills learning tricks and routines. At the end of the week they get the chance to show off their skills in a live performance.

Just Jumpin' is a weeklong camp for boys and girls ages 5-12 years old.

Sessions are offered throughout the summer in Doylestown, Bucks County for $135.

GAMING CAMP

"I really consider myself a techie," said 14-year-old Sam Kruger.

Sam loves gaming. And he is taking his interest to a whole new level at ID Tech Camp held on the campus of Villanova University.

"I've always known how to play games, but I've never known how to make games," he said.

ID Tech offers a variety of courses, including a gaming academy where kids learn programming and design.

"Each week is a different experience in gaming," said Sam. "Like one week you are making characters, one week you are making storyline scenery."

Kids can also learn how to design their very own game apps for the iPhone or Android.

"You can make them on your computer and then all of a sudden they are on your iPad," said Sam. "It is really there and really exciting!"

The ID Tech Gaming Academy is for kids 13-18 years old. Day camp starts at $800 for the week, depending on the course.

LINKS

Gaming Camp: iD Game Design & Development Academy
Comedy Camp: MacGuffin Theatre & Film Company
Cooking Camp: The Restaurant School at Walnut Hill College
Jumping Camp: Just Jumpin' Jump Rope Camp

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