Sensational summer camps
Summer camps are great for keeping your child active during the summer months and introducing her to a new skill. Luckily there is something to suit all tastes, from soccer camps to cookery schools. Bernice Mulligan picks out some of the best nationwide
Summer Stage Summer Camps
A brand new performing arts summer camp for boys and girls aged four to 13 years takes place this summer in counties Dublin, Kildare and Meath. For one week of the summer holidays, experienced and talented instructors will guide your child through a fun-filled week of singing, dancing, acting and theatre games in a secure, friendly environment. Participants will make new friends, practise new skills and participate in an end-of-week performance in front of family and friends. Everybody is welcome – it doesn’t matter if children have never performed before! Running from 10am to 3pm, this camp costs €80, with family discounts available. For more info, t: 087 153 2277 or see www.summerstage.ie.
An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools
These soccer schools offer children from the ages of six to 14 a fun and healthy summer activity. The camps provide value for money and are focused on participation rather than competition. Beginning on 4 July and running right through to the end of August, each week-long (Monday to Friday, 10.30am to 3pm) school is delivered by Garda vetted FAI-qualified coaches in a safe and professional environment and is overseen by a network of FAI development officers. In addition to the mainstream camps, following the success of last year’s Goalkeepers camps, the number of Goalkeeper-specific camps has been increased to 38 across the country for 2011. Goalkeeper camps are a great introduction to the game for new goalkeepers and a fantastic tool for improving the skills of existing goalkeepers. Due to the camps’ increasing popularity, interested participants are being encouraged to book early. Bookings can be made through the An Post FAI Summer Soccer Schools website www.summersoccerschools.ie or by calling 1890 653 653.
Tour De France
Can’t make France this summer? Why not treat your children to a ‘Tour de France’ adventure at the Alliance Francaise where they can enjoy all the holiday fun of an imaginary whistle-stop tour of France! See Paris from the top of the Eiffel Tower; bake crepes just like they do in Brittany; cross the causeway to the famous Mont St Michel; go climbing on Mont Blanc – the highest mountain in the Alps; take a boat through the locks of the Canal du Midi; and swim in the warm Mediterranean Sea! Departures every Monday. Both one-week and two-week tours run from 10am–2.30pm and cost €180, which includes lunch a la fran�aise. A way to learn French, experience the arts and discover francophone culture in a very play-oriented manner. Arts and crafts, songs and outdoor games will be included in the numerous activities offered. Classes run from: 27 June–1 July; 4–8 July; 11–15 July; and 18–22 July. See www.alliance-francaise.ie.
Munster Rugby Centra Summer Camps
In the past three years over 4,000 children between the ages of six and 13 have attended almost 100 Centra-sponsored Munster Rugby Camps in the province, which develop knowledge of the sport and encourage healthy lifestyles. This year the camps will take place in 24 venues across the province throughout the months of July and August. The cost is €85 per child and €75 for a second child. All the children attending will receive a Munster Rugby Summer Camp Pack, which includes an Adidas bag, t-shirt, shorts, socks, mouthguard, a match ticket to a pre-season game, attendance certificate, plus the children’s healthy living book Bones written by Brent Pope. For more information, see www.munsterrugby.ie/domestic/news/8709.php.
Let’sGo! MultiActivity Summer Camps
These camps operate in towns nationwide during the months of July and August for children aged five to 13 years. They offer two programmes of activities, one for the five to six year olds and the second for seven to 13 year olds. For the younger age group, activities include pony cycles, bouncy castle, teddy bear picnic, frisbee, face painting and arts & crafts. For the older age group, activities include: Jenga, tug-o-war, crazy golf, lacrosse, rounders, orienteering, hurling/camogie, badminton, KMX Karts and Let’s Go! Bingo. For more information, see www.letsgo.ie.
Donnybrook Fair Kids’ Cookery Club
This five-day course takes in an exciting range of recipes from different countries and traditions. As well as practical hands-on cooking, other areas explored throughout the week include: choosing seasonable produce; menu planning; nutrition and health for life; team building and problem-solving. Recipe booklet, certificate, lunch and food costs are all included. Students sit down together at lunchtime every day to feast on the fruits of their labour. To find out course dates, see www.donnybrookfair.ie.