There's no reason for parents to hear the complaint, "I'm borrrrrred" this summer, with all the variety of activities available.
Summer enrichment programs offered by colleges and churches, day camps, Scouting camps, art classes are just a few of the offerings – many of them at a price that won't leave parents groaning. Here are a few of summer's offerings for youth:
College for Kids
Meridian Community College
Now in its 16th year, Meridian Community College's College for Kids is the place to be when school is out, according to Program Director Tanya Thompson.
"We provide many different opportunities each summer for our children in a safe, fun environment,” Thompson said.
Sponsored by the college's Continuing Education Department, the program is geared to children ages 6-13. Classes meet Monday-Friday, from 8:30 a.m.-10 a.m. and from 10:30 a.m.-noon. While more than 400 have already registered this year, a few spaces are available.
"The kids have a great time," Thompson said. "It’s educational and fun. This is a great start to the summer.”
Classes are $50 each and many popular ones are returning, such as Lego Mania, All About Animals and Wacky Sports; there are new classes this year as well.
Thompson said she tries to offer new opportunities in keeping with current trends, such as Interior Design: Do-It-Yourself; CSI: Meridian; and Crowns, Gowns, and Runways. Youngsters are able to choose from a wide variety of classes and can choose to attend for one or two weeks.
Classes offered for 2013 are: All About Animals; Around the World; Balloon Art; Basketball; CSI: Meridian; Cake Decorating; Cheerleading; Clay Sculpture; Computer Wizards; Crazy Creativity; Creepy Crawly Creatures; Crowns, Gowns, & Runways; Electronics; Fossils: Dig It; Football 101; Garden Delights; Golf; Go Van Gogh!;Guitar; Hair, Nails & More!; Hair Braiding; Hip Hop/Contemporary Dance; Interior Design: Do-It-Yourself; Jewelry Creations; Jr. Firefighter Academy; Jr. Police Academy; Lego Mania; Mad Science; Magic Show; Nursing; Performing Arts; SPA-LA-LA; Scrapbooking Plus; Tennis; Wacky Sports; Woodworking; and ZOOM: Rocket Science.
For more information call MCC Community and Business Development at (601) 482-7445. To learn more about the program, visit www.meridiancc.edu/webbcenter/college4kids.