School's out for summer and whatever your child is into, we have a camp for it
Time, cost and location are key factors for parents, writes Consumer Correspondent Aideen Sheehan
School is already out for secondary students, while for primary pupils it's only matter of weeks.
Which, for parents around the country, also means that the countdown is on to find activities and childminding arrangements that will fill the weeks ahead.
Activities that are both fun and productive are in big demand. From sports to performing arts, computer programming to nature safaris, there's never been a greater range of tailored camps, with many multi-activity ones.
Time and location will be key for many parents along with costs. We took a look at some of the offers.
eFlow FAI Summer Soccer Camps
10.30am-3pm, Mon–Fri, for kids age 6-14. Mainstream camps €65. Goalie camps evenings/weekends €50.
Herald Leinster summer camps. Mon-Fri, 9.30am-1.30pm, for kids aged 6-12, €89. Munster, Connacht and Ulster Rugby also offer camps.
Kellogg's GAA Cúl Camps. Nationwide, Mon-Fri, 10am-2.30pm, for kids aged 6-13. Price €55 for first child, €45 for second, €40 for third.
Let's Go Multi-Activity Camps
Huge range of activities. Nationwide locations, 9.30am -3.30pm. First child €90, second €75, third €60.
Performing arts camps for kids aged 4-12. Nationwide.
First child €90, two siblings €150, three siblings €200.
Arts and crafts camps for kids aged 5-12. Various locations in Leinster, 10am-2pm. First child €109, second child €99, third €89. Early drop off and after-hours fees at some camps.
Tech camp offering web design, video game programming and sports at university and college campuses nationwide. Half-day camps, 9.30am-1pm, for kids aged 8-11, €80. Full day, 9.30am-3.30pm, for kids aged 8-15, €149. Six-day residential €425.
Science camps at various locations for children aged 4-15. Teen camps, 10am-3pm, €180. Child camps, 10am-2pm, €140.
Irish National Sailing School
Sailing classes and marine activities for kids aged 4-18 at Dún Laoghaire. Age 4-6, 9am-12.30pm, €83. Ages 7-18, 9am-5pm, €188. Discounts for more than one child.
Low-cost tennis coaching for boys and girls aged 6-17.
Eco-Explorers Kids' Camp
Kids aged 5-12 get to learn about nature. Located at the Greenhouse, South Andrew St, Dublin 2, 10am-3pm. Price €100, family discounts available.