Summer activities for Idaho t(w)eens 2018
You sign your kids up for summer activities to keep them busy—but did you know this also helps them stay alcohol-free as they grow up? Kids who have a favorite pastime (or two!) are more likely to focus their time and energy on their passion instead of drinking—plus they’ll build the confidence required to say no to peer pressure and surround themselves with like-minded friends.
So, this summer, let them try different activities and see what sticks! There are tons of options around Idaho; here are just a few ideas to help you get started.
Many Idaho colleges offer summer camps at reasonable prices. For sports, try Lewis-Clark Warrior Youth Camps or Boise State Broncos camps. For just about everything, from art to dance to STEM, look into Lewis-Clark Kids’ College, North Idaho College, and College of Southern Idaho’s College 4 Kids. University of Idaho is offering multiple STEM camps, including chemistry and programming.
MUSIC, DANCE, THEATER, ART
Treasure Valley: Theater: Treasure Valley Children’s Theater, Idaho Shakespeare Festival. Writing: The Cabin’s summer camps. Dance: Hip hop, tap, and jazz, and music technology via Boise Parks & Rec; Art: Filmmaking and drawing with Eagle Parks & Rec; painting with Meridian Parks & Rec.
Twin Falls: CSI’s College 4 Kids program offers theater, music, summer band, art, and dance camps.
Eastern Idaho: Theater: Idaho Falls Youth Art Center Theater Camp
North Idaho: Teen Theater or Film Production Camp at Coeur d’Alene’s Kroc Center; Coeur d’Alene Summer Theater camps; Summer Drama Camp at University of Idaho; Improv and Creating Comics at North Idaho College; and ballet, hip hop and lyrical at CDA Dance.
STEM, ANIMALS, NATURAL RESOURCES
STEM programs are everywhere this summer! You’ll undoubtedly find camps through your city or county parks and rec department, or local college.
The StemBusUSA.org program will be in the Treasure Valley in July—3D printing, drones, virtual reality, and laser tag game coding.
The Treasure Valley YMCA offers camps for pre-teens to try hands-on robotics, drone programming, and more.
Geeko Labs offers camps in mechanics, virtual reality, and drones.
Idaho Falls Zoo camps for kids up to age 13.
Eastern Idaho Technical College coding camp (up to 6th grade).
Twin Falls: Lego robotics at CSI’s College 4 Kids.
North Idaho College offers an array of camps on robotics, designing and animating video games, and “blood, guts, and bones” (science of the body).
University of Idaho Dign’IT Summer Camp brings coding and cyber security to kids aged 11 and up.
Camp Invention delivers activities that encourage kids to discover their inner inventor as it applies to future transportation, smart homes, and entrepreneurship.
It’s pretty easy to find a sports program, from swim lessons or tennis or karate through your city recreation department to basketball and volleyball camps at local schools. Here are just a few to consider.
Skyhawk Sports Camps, around Idaho. Basketball, baseball, tennis, soccer. Ages 4-12.
Track & Field Camp, Lewiston. Ages 13+.
Tennis Camp, Idaho Falls. Up to age 18.
Sailing Camp, Coeur d’Alene. Ages 12-16.
Treasure Valley: The Treasure Valley YMCA offers baking camp for up to age 13, plus cooking camp for teens.
Twin Falls: CSI’s Kitchen Academy gives young chefs a chance to make tapas and comfort foods.
Idaho Falls: At Rush’s Kitchen, your child can learn the basics of cooking Indian, Italian, Asian, or Mexican cuisine.
North Idaho: Young Chef’s Academy in Coeur d’Alene is holding a variety of cooking classes throughout the summer, including some in “Master Chef” style!
If you need inspiration before diving in, watch these short videos about Idaho kids who have found what they love to do! They’re succeeding in high school while they pursue their passions and stay alcohol-free!
Tags: #findtheirpassion, activities, alcohol-free, Idaho, summer, teen, underage drinking