Register for Summer Camps

Free Playtime Recreation summer camps for children ages 5 - 18

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Registration for 2016 Playtime Recreation summer camps has closed.

Camp Descriptions

Art Achievers: Narratives and Murals

Through a partnership with Yeyo Arts Collective, young creative writers will create a visual display of their personal story and a mural image as a group. The activities include creative writing, getting to know famous Missourians, collage and painting. Ages 7-17.

Art Achievers: Photography

In cooperation with Yeyo Arts Collective, youth will learn about the basics of photography. They learn to photograph still art and moving targets in addition to learning several different photographic styles, etc. Ages 7-17.

Basketball

Through partnership with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (DJCF), Coach Irons will instruct young boys and girls on offensive and defensive fundamentals. Participants will be grouped based on age and skill level. Ages 8-17.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes.

Cheerleading

Through partnership with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (DJCF), young boys and girls can participate. Youth will work on self esteem, cheerleading safety, stunts and spirit exercises. Ages 8-17.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes.

Cooking

QUICK, EASY, HEALTHY, CHEAP: Lots of fun and food in the Thomas Dunn Learning Center kitchen! Youth learn to compare ingredients, weight, and cost when shopping, discover how to put "found items" in the kitchen together for a healthy meal, and learn the nutritional value of it all from Signature Medical Group. Ages 11-17.

Creative Development: Circus Arts Camp

Campers will learn proper techniques for warm ups and stretches to increase flexibility and physical conditioning. Each day the staff will teach 2-3 circus arts, including: juggling, hula hoop, clown, mime, hand and chin balances, rola bola, plate spinning, and stage presentation. Ages 5-15.

Campers must wear comfortable clothing and close-toe athletic shoes.

Creative Development: LovePower Teen Theater

Camp participants write and perform one minute plays over a two-week period with a performance at the end of the experience. Youth will effectively improve their verbal and nonverbal communication skills through the collaborative process of creating a solo piece of theater to be shared with an audience. Ages 11-18.

This is a two week camp.

Creative Development: Reggae Band Camp

Campers will use instruments including tambourines, tom toms, snare boys, tap taps, handle castanets, wrist bells, cymbals, round tone blocks, triangles, jingle taps, maracas, cow bells, shakers, etc. Most groups will do some lyrical analysis of reggae songs and work to create their own song as a group by the last day of the camp. Ages 7-18.

Creative Development: Thump Curators - Learn to DJ

Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development. This camp teaches youth the technical side of deejaying from setting up equipment to music selection. Students in this workshop will learn how to mix songs, scratch, and other turntable techniques. They will also learn the cultural history of hip hop deejaying. Ages 10-17.

Creative Development: Rock n Groove, Dance Camp

Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development. B-boys & B-girls is a arts program that explores several art forms of hip hop art of Breakin'. Skilled dance instructors will teach students specific movements, styles and positions for the purposes of preparing them to dance battle against one another on teams for the final day of camp. Ages 5-12.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes.

Creative Development: VerbQuake Poetry Slam

Through partnership with Urban Artist Alliance for Child Development. VerbQuake is a performing arts workshop where students learn how to draft spoken word poems and compete in a poetry slam. Participants will observe local spoken word poets and learn lessons from them throughout the camp. Ages 11-17.

Enrichment: Coding

Through our partnership with Sylvan Learning, campers will learn valuable computer programming skills through hands-on projects that inspire imaginations and bring creativity to life using the technology powered by Tynker (c) software. Ages 7-12.

Enrichment: Engineering

Through a partnership with Sylvan Learning, campers get a fun, hands-on experience with engineering by using imagination to build exciting, theme based simple machines using LEGO (c) products. Ages 7-11.

Enrichment: Robotics 101 (ages 5-7)

In partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers, youth will build models using LEGO (c) products and manipulate simple machines such as gears, pulleys, and various sensors. Kids will learn basic programming skills as well. Ages 5-7.

Enrichment: Robotics 201 (ages 8-11)

In partnership with Sylvan Learning Centers, youth will build models using LEGO (c) products and manipulate simple machines such as gears, pulleys, and various sensors. Kids will learn basic programming skills as well. Ages 8-11.

Enrichment: Brain Boosters Math Camp

Through partnership with Sylvan Learning, Brain Boosters Math Camp will encourage your child to become a math whiz and master problem solver through fun, challenging, and kid-friendly math activities. Ages 9-12

This is a 2 week camp.

Fishing

Through partnership with the US Fish and Wildlife Service. Girls and boys will learn the basics of fishing including casting, which lure to use, knot tying and fish identification, then have the opportunity to catch and release fish. Ages 7-15.

All equipment is provided. Please wear close-toed shoes. Parents and/or guardians are welcome to stay and enjoy camp with their child. Adults will not be allowed to use provided equipment.

Football

Through partnership with the Demetrious Johnson Charitable Foundation (DJCF), young boys and girls (yes girls are welcome too!) can participate. Youth Football camps are non-contact and designed to improve skills of all positions on offense and defense. In addition children will be taught the teamwork, communication, sportsmanship and the importance of education. Participants will be grouped based on age and skill level. Ages 8-17.

Children need to dress in comfortable clothing and must wear athletic shoes.

Geocaching

Geocaching is a real-world, outdoor treasure hunting game using GPS-enabled devices. Participants navigate to a specific set of GPS coordinates and then attempt to find a geocache container hidden at that location. While on the hunt for hidden caches, students will also gain experience using citizen science applications. Ages 7-15.

Children should wear comfortable clothing that might get dirty. Children must wear close-toe shoes.

Golf

Through partnership with Missouri Golf Foundation, young boys and girl can participate. Youth will be taught the fundamentals of the game including rules, putting, chipping, irons and driving. Youth will be divided into instruction groups after the first week of camp based on skill level. Clubs and balls will be provided through the Sticks for Kids program. Ages 8-17.

Participants may bring their own clubs but it is the child's responsibility to keep track of their own equipment. Children should dress in comfortable golf appropriate attire and athletic shoes.

Karate (ages 5 - 8)

Through our partnership with Robinson's karate, campers will learn the fundamentals and basics of karate, discipline, respect, focus, and self-confidence. Ages 5-8.

Campers should wear comfortable clothing and closed toe, athletic shoe-wear.

Karate (ages 9-12)

Through our partnership with Robinson's karate, campers will learn the fundamentals and basics of karate, discipline, respect, focus, and self-confidence. Ages 9-12.

Campers should wear comfortable clothing and closed toe, athletic shoe-wear.

Pickleball

In partnership with Ann and Michael Chapin, United States Pickleball Association (USAPA) Ambassadors. Campers will learn a combination of tennis, badminton and ping pong. It is a lifetime activity that is enjoyed by all age groups and skill levels. Moreover, it is one of the fastest growing sports in America. Ages 10-17.

Children must wear comfortable clothing and close-toe athletic shoes. Parents and guardians are welcome to learn this game with their child. A family clinic will be held Thursday evening from 6 - 7:30 PM for registrants and their families.

Poetry

Through partnership with the St. Louis Poetry Center. The goal of this camp is to introduce students to poetry and poets for their own personal growth. Students will learn to make poetry a creative tool for their own thoughts, feelings, dreams and ambitions. Ages 8-13.

Soccer

Through partnership with Midwest Soccer Academy, participants will be grouped based skill level. The focus of this camp is for the kids to have fun while working towards a team concept through consistent instruction. Ages 7-15.

Participants need to wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Those who attend at least 60% of the week will get a free soccer ball.

Swimming: Splish Splash

In partnership with the Gateway City Aquatic Club children can participate in this water games camp. Participants must have basic swimming proficiency to sign up for this camp and be able to tread water. Children will learn and play different water games each day like water baseball, water volleyball, inner-tube water polo, relays and more. Ages 7 - 14.

Campers must bring towels and wear appropriate swimwear to enter the pool. Swim goggles are recommended but not required.

Swimming: Intro to Competitive Swimming

In partnership with Gateway City Aquatic Club, this camp will teach the basics of competitive swimming. Youth will learn to improve swim strokes, increase endurance and learn race strategies. To register, novice youth must be able to swim the length of the pool and back with out stopping. THIS IS NOT A CAMP FOR BEGINNERS. Ages 8-17.

Campers must bring towels and wear appropriate swimwear to enter the pool. Swim goggles are recommended but not required.

Swimming: Yes I Can! Learn to Swim

In partnership with the Gateway City Aquatic Club, boys and girls of all skill levels can participate in learn to swim camp. "Yes I Can" is designed to include supervised instruction, training, basic water safety and recreational games for beginners. Ages 7 - 14

Campers must bring towels and wear appropriate swimwear to enter the pool. Swim goggles are recommended but not required.

Tennis

In partnership with Just Us Tennis Foundation we are offering a 7 week summer camp, meeting twice a week, full of skill building and tennis games. Youth are invited to learn and improve on skills like: forehand strokes, backhand strokes and serving. Tennis racquets and balls will be available on site. Ages 7 - 15

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes. Campers may bring their own tennis racquets but they are responsible for their own equipment. Camp will not meet the week of July 4-8.

Theatre

Through partnership with Stray Dog Theatre. This camp integrates the dynamic aspects of theatre (reading, writing, performing and designing) through age and ability appropriate activities to promote total development. Each camp will conclude with a staged production for family and friends. Ages 8-15

This is a two week camp.

Track

Through partnership with Young Life. The focus of this camp is to teach track conditioning and expose youth to an array of track and field events. Kids will learn fundamentals of hurdles, long jump, high jump, relay and much more. Ages 8-17.

Participants should wear comfortable clothing and athletic shoes.

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