Local organizations are offering various summer activities for children.
While a break from school is nice, it’s important for children to continue learning and interacting with peers during the summer to avoid losing some of the academic skills they gained during the school year.
To succeed academically, children need continuous opportunities to acquire new skills and practice existing ones, with the need vital during the summer months, according to www.educationworld.org.
Summer Enrichment Series
The Tullahoma Arts Center is offering the Summer Enrichment Series, which is set for June 18 - July 16. The activities will be held on Tuesdays.
Summer Enrichment Series is sponsored by St. Barnabas Episcopal Church Outreach, according to Beth Thames, president of the Tullahoma Arts Center.
Silly Kids Yoga
The center will also offer yoga classes.
“We have partnered with Silly Kids Yoga and the Tullahoma City Schools Nutrition Department,” Thames said. “Yoga starts at 11 a.m. and is geared toward ages 4-8.”
The cost is $10 per child or $45 for the entire summer, if the fee is paid at once.
“Weather permitting, we will enjoy being outside under the covered side porch,” Thames said.
The Tullahoma City Schools Nutrition Department’s food truck will provide free meals to participants. The truck will bring fresh, nutritious and tasty food to the children.
While it provides hot meals for free to any children in Tullahoma this summer, the truck will be called S3 – or the Starvation Salvation Station.
“The art project will immediately follow yoga and the food truck, S3, will be making a stop at the center around noon,” Thames said. “Food from the truck is free and must be consumed on site. All are welcomed and encouraged to come, have lunch and enjoy the space at the center.
“This is a fantastic opportunity to come and eat if you live in the area. Walk or drive over. The food truck has seating options and picnic blankets to throw down.”
The art center will host a pirate-themed summer camp, slated for June 24-28.
The camp will be geared toward elementary-school aged children, but all are welcome, said Thames.
For children under the age of 5, a parent or guardian must be present, as well.
Participants can expect “all things pirate,” including treasure maps and treasure hunts, hats, swords and costumes, said Thames.
The price is $15 per day or $60 per week.
Magic of Kaleidoscopes
To discover the art and fun of mirrors, take part in the Magic of Kaleidoscopes event, set for 1-3 p.m., July 23.
“Make a custom, one of a kind kaleidoscope,” Thames said.
Class space is limited and must be reserved in advance.
Children under 6 need to be accompanied by a helper.
Sew Cool Sewing Camp
The sewing camp will be held 1 p.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, July 8-12.
The fee is $125 per student and includes sewing equipment, materials and accessories.
“No experience is needed,” Thames said. “Learn to sew or improve your skills in this fun weeklong summer camp.”
Each student will learn the basic sewing machine operations and fundamental sewing techniques.
“Students will be able to choose their project from a collection of three projects presented,” Thames said. “They include a rag quilt, cozy pajamas and little retro aprons with matching apron for an 18-inch doll.”
The activities are appropriate for ages 12-18.
Maximum class size is six students and minimum is five students, said Thames.
Deadline to enroll for the sewing camp is July 3.
To learn more about the activities offered at the art center, visit www.tullahomaartcenter.com or call 931-455-1234.
Several other local organizations offer summer activities for children.
The Hands-On Science Center has scheduled summer science camps, with themes ranging from animals to space.
“Our summer camps are eight weeks long and we will have different topics each week,” said Olga Oakley, Arnold Air Force Base STEM Director at the Hands-On Science Center.
The themes are spectacular science, amazing animals, engineering, ecology, computer science and space.
“Kids should participate in order to keep their minds stimulated during the summer time,” Oakley said. “They can play with kids their age without even knowing they are learning while they are out of school for the summertime. Our goal is to make kids love science and perhaps learn a thing or two on the way.”
The camps are set for June 3-July 26.
For more information, visit www.hosc.org.
The Coffee County Lannom Memorial Library is kicking off its Summer Reading Program May 21.
The summer reading program has a different theme each year. The initiative aims to motivate young readers to delve into various subjects.
The theme of this year’s summer reading is “A Universe of Stories.”
“The summer reading program is a way for us to help children keep reading over the summer,” said Leslie Warren, youth services program director at the library. “They are not in school during the summer, so we don’t want that gap to affect their education. We do it in a way that is fun and it’s free for everybody.”
For more information, visit the library’s Facebook page.
Tullahoma Wrestling will be offering a free camp to girls K through 12 interested in learning the sport.
The camp is set for 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., July 17.
The first 30 participants to register will receive a free camp T-shirt.
Registration will open 7.45 a.m. at the Old West Wrestling Gym, 301 West Decherd St.