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Summer Camp

Under the circumstances surrounding the COVID-19 pandemic, after weighing the needs for proper health and safety of our community and staff, this year’s in-person Campus Rec Summer Camp program has been canceled.

We realize that the pandemic has affected families in different ways throughout our community and that the needs for both child care and engagement still exist. We will be looking to engage with other camps and programs within Ohio University and the Athens community to provide resources moving forward to meet those needs as best we can in a safe environment through the summer months and into the upcoming year. Please continue to check our site for updates as we gather more firm details regarding these resources and opportunities.

Athens Community Resources for Kids

We are gathering resources from other Athens Community Resources to share other opportunities for summer engagement for kids!  Please continue to check our website as we gather this information:

  • Athens Arts, Parks, and Recreation Summer CampAn all-abilities camp which offers themed weeks for children ages 6-14.  Contact lsowers@ci.athens.oh.us or call (740) 592-3325 for more information.
  • Athens County Public Libraries - Summer with the LibraryKids can participate in virtual programs (prerecorded or live) twice a week in this online summer reading program.  Contact Taryn Lentes, tlentes@myacpl.org or call 740-592-4272 for more information.
  • Ohio Valley Museum of Discovery
    • Discovery Lab 2020: OVMoD will offer virtual synchronous and asynchronous programming, hosting 8 synchronous sessions of maker meetups and 3 technology-centered workshops via Zoom, a virtual Discovery Fair, and #STEAMatHome social media campaign. The program will use both materials families have at home and supplies to be delivered to participants. This will improve accessibility to those who do not have materials in their homes and will allow flexibility to choose additional activities and gain support from mentors. Paper resources will be included in each of the supply boxes and synchronous meetings will include a phone-in option to facilitate additional engagement.
    • Summer Camp STEAM boxes: The Summer Camp STEAM boxes will encourage elementary youth to explore interdisciplinary STEAM (STEM+Arts) concepts through developmentally appropriate activities. A synchronous Zoom component will allow for a connection with a STEAM professional (for instance, local researchers, music composers, and scientists) as well as with museum educators who will guide participants through engaging educational experiences. Participants will receive two themed boxes per month with three to five activities in each and will be invited to participate in two virtual Summer Camp Zoom sessions. All OVMoD Summer Camp programming will include paper resources and instructions so that children may participate without needing internet access. All synchronous meetings will include a phone number to dial in through Zoom, allowing participants with and without internet to connect. 
    • Contact director@ovmod.org or call (740) 908-6446 for questions.
  • Dairy Barn CampsArt camp kit program for pick up, family crafting activities for pick up, fitness sessions in person and a variety of art making workshops online.  Contact lyn@dairybarn.org or call (740) 592-4981 for questions.

Other Virtual Resources for Kids

Please reference these helpful lists of resources for kids below, originally compiled by our friends at Recreation and Wellbeing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison:

Reading

  • Brooklyn Library: Brooklyn Library’s Virtual Story Time and Virtual Programming is a great opportunity for parents and kids to learn tips for your child to acquire early literacy, fine motor, and language developmental skills through guided stories and adventures.
  • Epic!: Epic is a massive digital library of kids’ books. Here, you’ll find a digital library of over 35,000 e-books for kids aged 2 to 12 years old. Access is free through COVID-19 restrictions.
  • KidsPost: Washington Post translates their popular, relevant news coverage into a kid-friendly article format. On this site, you will also find links to homework help and quizzes. This is a great resource for kids ages 10 and up. Access is always free.
  • National Geographic Kids: National Geographic offers their popular magazine articles and resources online. Here, you’ll find fun, educational stories, games, virtual fieldtrips, and at-home science experiences. This is a great resource for kids ages 6 and up. Access is always free.

Movement

  • Circle Time: Led by experts, Circle Time offers plenty of resources for new parents. On this site, you’ll find several opportunities for parents to bond with kids up to 6 years old through yoga adventure, baby & me yoga, family cooking, virtual story time, and sing-alongs. Access is free through the COVID-19 restrictions.
  • CosmicKids Yoga: CosmicKids is a YouTube channel that provides fun adventure-format yoga classes for kids, 3 to 8 years old. They host of range of popular movie-themed classes that last for 15 – 30 minutes. Access is always free.
  • GoNoodle activities: GoNoodle is an app that combines fun adventure and movement into a library of virtual games. Their games are designed for kids ages 5-12 years old. Access is free through the COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Kidsactivitiesblog.com: Kidsactivitiesblog.com provides and an extensive list of active games for indoors! One great aspect of this site is that they’ve focused on incorporating common household items into all activities. Access is always free.
  • Les Mills’ Workouts for Kids and Teens: Les Mills has created several exercise formats for kids based on their ages. Kids as young as 2 years old and teens as old as 16 years old can get moving, inside, with these videos. All videos are organized by age appropriateness. Access is free through the COVID-19 restrictions.
  • Yoga Ed.: Yoga Ed’s YouTube channel provides kids, teens, and adults with plenty of opportunities to participate in a yoga practice. They organize their videos based on age, offering both educational-based formats and adventure-based formats. Access is always free.

Crafts & Sensory Play

  • Busy Toddler: Run by mom, Susie Allison, this Instagram account holds a wealth of ideas for sensory play activities for kids 3-7 years old. She uses her experience as a kindergarten and 1st grade teacher to recommend plenty of techniques to engage your child in developmentally appropriate play and activities. Access is always free.
  • Chicago Children Museum’s Play Recipes: Chicago Children’s Museum has posted play-recipes for kids 0-7 years old. Here, you’ll be guided through how to combine common household ingredients for lots of interactive fun! Each activity is organized by age appropriateness. Access is always free.
  • “Draw Everyday with JJK” : Follow Jaret J. Krosoczka, the author and illustrator of the popular Punk Farm picture books Lunch Lady graphics, through several drawing tutorials. Here, you can also find videos describing his creative process and inspiration for his popular works. JJK’s videos are geared toward children ages 7-10 years old. Access is always free.
  • Lunch Doodles with Mo Willems: Follow Mo Willems, the author and illustrator of popular books The Pigeon and Gerald and Piggie, every weekday at 1pm. Here, he hosts 20-minute video sessions on drawing, doodling, and creative writing. This resource is great for kids ages 3-8 years old. Access is always free.
  • Recycle and Play: Instagram account that posts crafts using common recycled objects. Although not organized by age, each project ranges in complexity. Most ideas here are meant for kids up to 6 years old, but some projects can be adapted for kids up to 9 years old. Access is always free.

Educational Activities 

  • BrainPOP: This site offer engages kids ages 9 and up through online, educational games. These games cover a variety of school subject areas including English, health, history, science, and math. There is also Brain Pop Jr. for kids ages 5 to 9 years old. Access to both sites is free through the COVID-19 restrictions.

  • “Stuck at Home Science”: Sponsored by the California Science Center, parents and kids get the opportunity to re-enact fun science experiments at home. Activity leaders explain the science behind each activity by pre-recorded or live video format. All attached activities and videos are also translated into Spanish. They update their list of experiments every day at 10am PST. Experiments are generally geared toward kids ages 6-9 years old. Access is always free.

  • PBS Kids: This site offers plenty of fun, educational games for kids ages 4-6 years old. Here, your child can play games with plenty of games their favorite TV characters, like Sesame Street and Curious George, while learning specific educational goals. Access is always free.

  • Scholastic Learn at Home: This site, sponsored by Scholastic, posts daily educational projects to complete at home. Each activity is organized by age, so this is a great resource for kids 4-13 years old. Access is free through the COVID-19 restrictions.

Virtual Field Trips

  • #metkids: The Metropolitan Museum of Art host this very interactive site, where kids can choose to learn about art history through a virtual museum map, “hopping into” a time machine, or informational videos. This is a great resource for kids ages 6-12 years old. Access is always free.

  • Museum of Natural History Tour: This is a way for kids of all ages to explore the Museum of Natural History in New York. Please note that this tour does not have an audio guide, so younger kids may need help navigating the space and learning about the different exhibits. Access is always free.

  • National Aquarium Cams: These cams allow kids of all ages to monitor the fun activity of a variety of aquatic species at the National Aquarium in Baltimore, MD. Our personal favorite is the Blue Blubber Jellyfish, because they glow-in-the-dark! Each cam also links to a similar-themed coloring page for more added engagement. Access is always free.

  • San Diego Zoo Cams: These cams allow kids of all ages to monitor the fun activity of many animals at the San Diego Zoo in San Diego, CA. Some of our favorites include the Koalas and the Burrowing Owls. On each cam, you’ll find more information about that species and their behavior. Access is always free.

  • Surface of Mars Cam: This site, a collaboration project between NASA and Google, lets kids explore a 3D replica of the surface of Mars from the point of view of the Curiosity rover. Since this activity is more conceptual, it’s best for kids ages 8 and up. Access always free.

 

Contact

Questions? Contact Nathan Ferdinand at ferdinand@ohio.edu or call 740-593-9913.