Memorable Summers with YWCA: Good Friends and Great Adventures!
Many children had exciting, memorable summers this year with our YWCA Summer Kids Camp. Our summer camp kids enjoyed going out-and-about and exploring the city on field trips to the Minnesota Zoo, Sea Life Aquarium, Maple Grove Interactive Foundation Park, Franklin Library and fun parks in different neighborhoods.
They especially enjoyed cooling off at the splash pad in Maple Grove, visiting Oliver Kelly Farm, where they pumped wells and carried buckets of water, and seeing their favorite animals up close at the Minnesota Zoo – they even got to touch the stingrays!
Swim Lessons, Sports and Outdoor Meals
Some of their favorite activities were playing Frisbee, soccer and basketball, having meals outdoors and taking swimming lessons.
Themes of the Week: Animal Mania and Water Wonders
STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math) activities were incorporated into the daily schedule and guided the different educational themes each week. A few of the themes were nature explorers, animal mania and water wonders.
At YWCA Downtown, they started the morning in the art and science room, with STEAM activities like bracelet-making, drawing and mixing ingredients to create kinetic sand or play dough. Starting the morning with STEAM activities stimulates the brain!
Human Sundials and Milk Carton Boats
For the theme of nature explorers, the children made a water wall, created a cloud in a jar experiment and formed a human sundial! During water week, the children designed their own milk carton boats and tested them to see if they would sink or float.
Planting Seeds and Making Animal Friends
At Abbott Northwestern Hospital, campers planted seeds during the first week. Throughout the summer weeks, they watered, cared for their plants and watched them grow! The children also worked on a community service project making animal snuggle blankets that were donated to a local animal shelter.
At YWCA Midtown, many of our campers made friends with our pet guinea pigs, Summer and June. They loved reading them stories, showing them pictures and feeding them treats.
Fun, Memorable Summers with YWCA
Each year, at YWCA Summer Kids Camp, children build confidence while enjoying a variety of programs and activities that encourage independence and a joy for learning new skills. Built on a foundation of teamwork and fun, kids get moving with sports, fitness programs and recreational swimming. Children learn through engaging nature and STEAM projects and experience unique multicultural activities.
Thanks to all the families who joined us this year and we look forward to seeing you next summer!