We understood. You’re busy and having the kids home all day makes life even busier. Add to that that you forgot to look into day camp activities that could teach youngsters a thing or two while still leaving you open for groceries or, let’s be honest, taking a nap.
Here’s the cool thing… It’s not too late to take your kids to a fun summer camp. It’s one of the great things about living in our small town – the leaders want to be there for you. So here is the skinny on the camps that are still available:
Animal morphs by Ultracamps – survey of prey and predator behavior and more; for 5-11 year olds; August. 15-19; the cost is $275.
The Chitimni Wildlife Center has openings in several camps. You can find those still open on their registration page.
KidSpirit Gymnastics; lessons available for children from 2 years old; the cost ranges from $76 for toddlers, $115 for level 1 and $115 for level 2.
archery camps; courses starting July 25 and August 25. 5; the cost is $206.
Cooking Academy; two-week course on Science in the Kitchen (starts August 8) and Top Chef (starts August 22).
Summer STEM at OSU – Introduction to engineering for grades 4-5; July 25-29; costs $160 with scholarships available
Summer STEM at OSU – Build with microcontrollers for grades 6-8; July 25-29; costs $160 with scholarships available.
Summer STEM at OSU – Computational biology; for students in grades 7 to 9; July 25-29; costs $160 with scholarships available.
Summer STEM at OSU– crazy about wildlife; for grades 6-8; August. 1-5; costs $160 with scholarships available.
Corvallis Boys & Girls Club has some availability for grades 4-8; to find out if they have room, call 541-757-1909.
If running is more your speed: ABC House has opened registration for their Superhero Fun Run & Walk.
This is a new event for Corvallis that has been organized by a group aiming to break the cycle of abuse and neglect in our community. And it’s a great way to make every child feel powerful when they dress up as their favorite superhero and come to the Crystal Lake Sports Field to walk, jump, jump, roll or run away from his problems.
This event takes place on August 20, but if you register before August 5 you’ll be guaranteed a t-shirt – and who doesn’t need another cool t-shirt.
This event is a fundraiser for ABC House and the good work they do, so you can have a great day with the kids and do something for children in need.
Calmer children: Not every child is a bundle of energy and activity. My three daughters were calmer, more likely to enjoy a trip around the local arts hub than a parkour-style run through town. So what can you do with a quiet kid around Corvallis?
Well, if your child is artistic, how about showing them that our beautiful state has many artists they can aspire to be like.
The Arts Center, located at 700 SW Madison Ave., Corvallis, is a great place to start. Currently they have an annual exhibit called “Around Oregon” which highlights artists living right here in our corner of the world. Out of 453 art images submitted for this event, only 43 were chosen for this special honor. The art chosen to represent Oregon this year ranges from oil paintings to bottle cap art, from photography to landscapes to concept art.
This exhibition ends on August 13.
From seeing art to making art: And after a trip to see art, you can work with your kids to create their own art.
spruce craftsmanship is a website dedicated to fun projects that kids can do at home with you. Whether it’s taking an old CD and turning it into a crab, creating flowers out of used water bottles, or making a set of “real” binoculars out of toilet paper tubes, this site offers a plethora of ideas to help your child see everyday objects. new ways.
To make a book: For kids who want to take their crafting to the next level, how about creating a graphic novel?
The Corvallis Multicultural Literacy Center has a class available on Fridays from 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. aimed at teaching children to “raise their personal and cultural narrative through images and stories”. Called Graphic Novel Class, it’s a great way to help your child find their voice in a world that’s getting more and more confusing.
Check CMLC calendar for this Friday class, as well as other classes, events, and opportunities to expand your frame of reference and that of your child.
Speaking of books: If you have a library book and just can’t make it to the library to return it, the Boys and Girls Club has a solution. There is now a return of books in front of the club.
The Boys and Girls Club is located at 1112 NW Circle Blvd., making New Homecoming an easy and convenient way to get an extra errand and save you a trip across town.
Find Waldo: The Find Waldo event continues until the end of July.
Waldo, with the striped shirt, the beanie and the soft hair, is hiding somewhere in Corvallis! Well, he’s actually hiding in 15 local stores across Corvallis. Find a mini Waldo in a store and you’ll get a stamp on your Find Waldo passport, which will earn you prizes.
We know for sure that, in Grass Roots Books, the price is one dollar on any Where’s Waldo book, plus a temporary tattoo and a button. And if you manage to collect 13 stamps, your passport will participate in a raffle which will be distributed at the end of July.
So, 10 days left, kids! And, yes, when I say kids, I mean everyone of all ages, because this Waldo adventure is open to everyone.
By Sally K Lehman