Out of the Heat and Into the Fun: Summer Programs for Youth

By: Samantha Carrillo

Hot days with popsicles, spending quality time by the pool, and a refreshing glass of lemonade can only mean one thing… Summer is on its way in. Once June hits, every kid will be singing happy songs of joy for three months without ceasing, as the school days quickly become a distant memory. However, parents will be sweating it out under the hot Las Vegas sun as the question arises of how best to entertain kids during these school-free months.  With the Summer season quickly approaching, the options are ready
and available for fun and educational daily programs to send your children.

The YMCA of Southern Nevada has four locations city-wide that offer summer day camps for youth ages five to fifteen years.  YMCA Day Camp runs from June 11th until August 24th, from 7 a.m. – 6 p.m., Monday – Friday. Options of traditional day camps and specialty camps are available. Prices for camps vary between $100 to $150 per week and per day prices are available as well. Free lunch is served to all registered campers and no one will be turned away for an inability to pay. For more information on YCAMPS and financial aid please refer to the YMCA website at lasvegasymca.org. Information is location specific.

Also, the City of Las Vegas Parks and Recreation department hosts daily summer camps at their various recreational centers for youth as well as summer sports leagues. To find a recreation center near you or for information, please contact Stephen Harsin, Parks & Recreation Director at  (702) 229-6297 or check out the website at http://www.lasvegasnevada.gov/Government/parks_neighborhood.htm.

Finally, schools in the Las Vegas valley contract out to different organizations and programs to host camps at the CCSD schools themselves. Contact your child’s school administrators for more information on these available programs.

With many options available, there is no reason a parent should have to hear those three horrible words, “I am bored”, from the mouth of any child this summer.  These programs provide children with fun and educational activities to keep their minds and bodies active until those school bells ring again in August, while giving parents peace of mind knowing their child is safe and having the best experiences possible.