ORGANIZED ACTIVITIES FOR CHILDREN on the
North Coast are plentiful. This is a survey of the excellent summer programs
available. For a guide to year-round children's activities, pick up the
Humboldt Kid's Digest at your local library, the Eureka Chamber of Commerce,
or at various county agencies. It is also available online at www.kidsdigest.com.
There are summer programs at varying costs
to meet the needs of a wide variety of ages and interests. Most of the programs
below offer scholarships or reduced fees to eligible families, making summer
excitement open to almost all Humboldt County children. There is also a
free lunch program in Humboldt County. See this week's In the News
section for more information.
Most activities require preregistration.
Summer camps and classes can immeasurably enhance children's fun, enrichment
and self-esteem. But remember that when it comes to role models and wholesome
fun, parents can still be the best counselors.
And include some supervised free time in
their summer -- kids need a chance to unwind, too.
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
Description: Club House a drop-in
program with arts and crafts, recreation, cooking, movies and field trips.
When: Summer hours Mon.-Fri., 12-6 p.m.
Where: 3117 Prospect Ave., Eureka
Cost: $5 fee to join
BOYS & GIRLS CLUB TEEN CENTER
Description: Drop-in and organized activities. Facility has game
room, computer room, weight room, stage, kitchen. Wide variety of clubs,
classes, service projects and special events, including outdoor activities,
filmmaking, surfing and even breakdancing.
Ages: 7th-12th grade
When: Summer hours beginning June 14. Open at 12:30 p.m. Mon.-Fri.,
closing time varies.
Where: 3015 J St., Eureka
Cost: $10 membership fee; alternative fee program available.
CAMP FIRE BOYS & GIRLS
Description: Camp Fire Pal Camp three one-week day camp sessions
and one week-long resident camp offering a wide variety of camp activities.
Ages: K-6th grade for day camp; 5th-12th grade for resident camp;
7th-12th grade for junior counselor leadership program.
When: Day camps June 26-30, July 10-14, Aug. 7-11 from 9:30 a.m.
to 3:30 p.m.; Resident camp July 25-28.
Cost: $75 for day camp, $225 for resident camp, $20 per session for
Contact: Camp Fire Office, 443-8019
CITY OF ARCATA
Description: Wide variety of classes and camps including day
camp and art camp; athletic camps and lessons covering badmitton, gymnastics,
basketball, tennis and volleyball; classes on drawing, watercolors, light
opera, magic, investing and puppetry; a new summer program for toddlers;
and as always, the all-ages All Seasons Orchestra welcomes children to perform
Ages: Toddlers to teens depending on program
When: Varies according to program
Where: Varies. Most at Community Center, Redwood Park or Judo Hut.
Cost: Varies according to program
CITY OF BLUE LAKE
Description: Summer Recreation Program summer day camp with activities
including arts and crafts, sports, games, dance, theater, cooking, roller
skating and field trips.
When: June 19-July 28, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Where: Prasch Hall, Perigot Park, Blue Lake
Cost: $99 for full six weeks, $20 weekly or $5 daily for residents;
$125, $30 or $7 respectively for nonresidents.
Contact: Jan Henry, 668-5932
CITY OF EUREKA RECREATION DIVISION
Description: Week-long summer day camp sessions with wide variety
of activities including games, arts and crafts, sports, drama, science and
field trips. Week-long volleyball camp also offered. Specialized classes
including watercolors, puppetry, dance and dog obedience are available.
And don't forget roller skating weekends at the Muni!
Ages: 6-19, depending on program; day camp ages 6-12, volleyball
camp for children entering 6th through 8th grades.
When: Varies according to program; day camp week-long sessions June
26-Aug. 18, volleyball camp Aug. 21-25.
Where: Varies according to program; Carson, Sequoia and Highland
parks, Ryan Youth Center, Adorni Center, Municipal Auditorium.
Cost: Varies according to program; day camp $30-$50 weekly depending
on location, free playground program; volleyball camp $30.
CITY OF FORTUNA PARKS & RECREATION
Description: Summer Fun Day Camp Two five-week sessions with
variety of activities including skating, biking, crafts, water play and
games. Four two-week swim lesson sessions will be held at College of the
Redwoods pool. Various other classes offered this summer include martial
arts and dog obedience, and there are public skating sessions at the Firemen's
Pavilion Rink each weekend.
Ages: Summer Day Camp 6-13; swim lessons 6-18.
When: Day Camp sessions June 19-Aug. 21 or July 24-Aug. 25; Call
parks office for class and swim session times.
Where: Rohner Park and CR.
Cost: Varies according to program
HUMBOLDT COUNTY LIBRARY SYSTEM
Description: Summer Reading Club with theme "Lost in Space"
begins mid-June. Check with branches for details on program kick-off events
When: Ongoing through summer
Where: County library branches
Contact: Eureka, Main Branch, 269-1927
MANILA COMMUNITY SERVICES DISTRICT
Description: Peninsula Dunes Summer Recreation Programs Activities
include swimming, beach days, sports, theater, gardening, ocean classes,
girls' and boys' groups, camping trips, LEAP trips. There is also a separate
surf camp. Call for details.
When: From June 19 through July 28. Surf camp runs between June 17
and Aug. 18.
Where: Three sites: Manila Park/Manila Community Center, Samoa Park/Women's
Club and Fairhaven.
Cost: $80-$100, depending on site.
MATEEL COMMUNITY CENTER
Description: Activities ranging from sailing and surfing to theater
and dancing are available through the community center's Mateel Youth Program
When: From June 27 through Aug. 24.
Where: Many programs are held at the center; other (like surfing)
Cost: Up to $100 for some events; Call for details.
MCKINLEYVILLE PARKS & RECREATION
Description: Nine week-long Kidscamp sessions featuring themes
and a wide variety of activities; also tennis lessons, hoop camp, nature
camp, drop-in roller hockey, youth basketball, roller skating, adventures
for teens. New this year is the Girls' Challenge Weekend, a camping trip
for middle school girls.
Ages: 6-19, depending on program
When: Varies according to program
Where: Most at McKinleyville Activity Center
Cost: Varies according to program
BRUSHES AND BYTES
Description: Two-week courses on combining art and
computers and a four- week course on ceramic story tiles.
Ages: 6 to 17.
When: June 26- July .
Where: At Brushes and Bytes, 1075 K St., Arcata
CHILDREN'S ART ACADEMY AT HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
Description: "Art in the Open" Two-week-long summer courses
focusing on creating art for display at HSU or in venues around Arcata.
When: Mon.-Thurs., July 17-27 or July 31-Aug. 10.
Where: HSU art department
Cost: $120 for two-week session
Description: Dell'Arte's new summer youth program takes the form
of a two-week seminar at Sunset School for the Arts in Arcata. Topics covered
include circus skills, improvisational dance and some serious acting lessons.
Ages: 7 to 13, depending on program.
When: July 24 through Aug. 4.
Where: Sunset School for the Arts in Arcata
Cost: Full day sessions $300. Morning or afternoons session only
$180; call about discount for siblings.
FERNDALE REPERTORY THEATRE
Description: The theater is offering a four-week summer workshop
for young actors that centers around physical comedy. A specific form of
street theater known as Commedia Dell'Arte will be used to explore the mechanics
of making people laugh.
Ages: 8 to 14.
When: June 20 through July 15.
Where: Ferndale Community Center
Cost: $95, scholarships available.
FIRE ARTS CENTER
Description: Week-long classes on glass painting and pottery.
Ages: 6 to 18, depending on program.
Where: Fire Arts Center, 520 S. G St. Arcata.
Cost: From $40 to $75 per class.
HUMBOLDT LIGHT OPERA COMPANY KIDCO
Description: HLO KidCo Summer Program a three-week workshop exploring
singing, acting and movement using music from musical theater. The focus
is on teamwork and fun, and the program culminates in a public performance.
Ages: 5 to 18.
When: June 10-July 27, with days of week depending on age of participant.
Where: Arcata Community Center or Bethel Church in Eureka.
Cost: $99 for four-week session
Contact: 822-7091 for Arcata sign-up or Lisa Mendosa at 822-8706
for Eureka registration and more information.
THE INK PEOPLE
Description: The Ink Peoples' Summer Youth Art Camp introduces
children to a variety of mediums and teachers, as a different artist will
teach every week. Individual weeks or an entire summer's worth of instruction
can be purchased. There is also a week-long course on photography for teens
and a day-long class on landscape painting.
Ages: 6 to 18, depending on program.
When: Camp runs from June 26 through Aug. 4; photography class being
held July 24 through 28; landscape painting class June 24.
Where: Most classes held at Ink People center for the Arts, 411 12th,
Eureka, but there are some exceptions. Call for details.
Cost: $65 per week if purchased individually; Discounts if several
weeks of instruction are purchased.
Contact: 826-1233 or 442-8413.
Description: The players run an open theater group that combines
improv and short plays. A maskmaking workshop is also being offered.
When: Theater group is ongoing and open, call for details; maskmaking
June 17 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Where: Manila Community Center Theater
CALIFORNIA STATE PARKS NORTH COAST
Description: Daily Junior Ranger Programs on natural and cultural
history topics. Children pick a log book during their first program, and
then if they attend multiple programs they can earn awards. Call park for
times and locations, and information on special events.
Ages: 7-12 for Junior Rangers.
When: Varies according to park.
Where: North Coast District includes Jedediah Smith Redwoods, Del
Norte Coast Redwoods, Prairie Creek Redwoods, Patrick's Point Redwoods,
Grizzly Creek Redwoods, Humboldt Redwoods, and Richardson Grove State Parks.
Contact: North Coast Redwoods District Office, Fort Humboldt, 445-6547,
ext. 19, for general information or phone numbers for individual parks.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM
Description: Nature Adventures Program week-long museum classes
on reptiles, stars, the weirder side of marine life, animal defense mechanisms,
arthropods, geology, and babies in nature; week-long field classes on ecology
from the bay to the dunes and exploring the Arcata Marsh. Saturday field
trips to explore invasive species, lichen and butterflies.
Ages: 4-11, depending on program; Saturday programs include adults.
When: Week-long classes from June 19 to Aug. 25
Where: At the museum, 1315 G St., Arcata; field programs at the Arcata
Marsh or Manila Dunes
Cost: $60-$70 per week; Saturday programs range from free to $22.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY TELONICHER MARINE LABORATORY
Description: Marine Science Summer Program a series of six two-hour
workshops on Intertidal Exploration, Ocean Conservation, Fish & Sharks,
Arthropods and Mollusks, Algae & Plankton and Marine Mammals. Part of
each session in the lab and part at local beaches and intertidal areas.
Ages: Separate workshops on each topic for children aged 6-9 and
When: July 6, 7, 11, 14, 17, 19 and 21
Where: HSU Marine Lab in Trinidad
Cost: $2 donation per workshop
Contact: Sonya Schuh, marine naturalist, 826-6999.
REDWOOD DISCOVERY MUSEUM
Description: This year's offering is dubbed the "Summer
of Discovery" and includes five fun week-long classes taught by credentialed
school teachers. Classes include Predators and Prey, Blast Off Into Space
and Magnificent Marble Machines.
Ages: For children entering kindergarten through 6th grade, depending
When: July 10-14 or 17-21, depending on program.
Where: Equinox School.
ARCATA COMMUNITY POOL
Description: Swim lessons five two-week morning sessions and three
month-long evening sessions for all ability levels from parent/child to
advanced. Also recreation and lap swimming (call for times). Special programs
offered include scuba certification and junior lifeguard classes.
Ages: 6 months and up.
When: Two-week morning sessions begin June 19 and end Aug. 25; month-long
evening sessions begin June 5 and end Sept. 13. Call for information on
Where: Arcata Community Pool, 1150 6th St.
Cost: $29-$42 per session; special programs' rates vary.
CENTER ACTIVITIES AT HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY
Description: Summer Youth Aquatics Camp Four week-long camp options
including Aquatics Camp for surfing, sailing, windsurfing, canoeing and
kayaking; Whitewater Rafting and Aquatics; River Camp; and Leadership Camp.
Ages: 5th to 12th grade
When: Six week-long sessions beginning June 28 and ending Aug. 13; CIT program
is nine days.
Where: Varies according to camp Big Lagoon, Trinity and Eel rivers.
Cost: From $219 for Aquatics Camp to $349 for Leadership Camp.
Description: Summer Fun Zone V 10 week-long sessions including
All Sport Camp; Tumbling; All Choices Camp with a wide variety of activities
and weekly cultural themes; Little Ones Camp for younger children; Aqua
Camp for "amphibious" youngsters; and an Outdoor Adventure Camp
for rugged young outdoorpeople. There will also be open gym sessions at
the Jacoby Creek School.
Ages: 3-14, depending on program.
When: June 19- Aug. 25.
Where: HealthSPORT and Jacoby Creek School, Arcata
Cost: $50-$85 per week, depending on program; $2 to drop in on the
open gym sessions.
HUMBOLDT COAST AQUATICS YOUTH SWIM TEAM
Description: HCA is a competitive and recreational swim team
for all ability levels. Practice sessions every week, staffed by five professional
coaches. Some swimming experience is necessary.
When: 3-6 practice sessions are offered each week; call for details.
Where: Arcata Community Pool and HSU Pool
Cost: $40 per month or $360 annually
HUMBOLDT CRABS BASEBALL CAMP
Description: Camp, now in its 18th year, offers week-long sessions
focusing on baseball skills, teamwork, sportsmanship and communication.
Ages: Boys and girls 8-14.
When: Week-long sessions June 19-July 28, Mon.-Fri. 9 a.m.-1 p.m.
Where: Sessions in Arcata, Eureka, Fortuna and McKinleyville.
Cost: $70 first session, $60 additional weeks; includes youth season
pass, T-shirt and 10 adult tickets to Humboldt Crabs baseball games.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY LONG DISTANCE RUNNING CAMP
Description: Week-long camp gives aspiring long distance runners
a chance to improve their conditioning, refine form and learn how to prevent
injuries. Special attention is given to steeplechase racing.
Ages: High school and up.
When: July 23-28
Contact: Kevin Clougherty at 826-5955
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS BASKETBALL CAMPS
Description: Boys' resident or nonresident camp, girls' resident
or nonresident camps.
Ages: 4th-10th grade boys; 5th-12th grade girls.
When: July 30-Aug 3 for boys; July 11-15 for junior high girls; June
20-24 for high school girls.
Cost: $325-$350 for resident campers; $250-$270 for nonresident campers.
Contact: 826-3463 for boys' camps; 826-5942 for girls' camps.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY HIGH SCHOOL
STRENGTH AND CONDITIONING PROGRAM
Description: A weight lifting program designed to increase any
athlete's strength, flexibility, and agility and speed.
Participants receive a seminar in weight training and have access to the
weight room all summer.
Ages: High school
When: All summer
Where: Humboldt State University Strength and Conditioning Facility
Cost: $50, with a $10 fee reduction for youth already participating
in another HSU Athletics summer camp.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS GIRLS SOFTBALL CAMP
Description: A residence or commuter softball camp for girls.
Ages: 5th-12th grades
When: June 25-29
Cost: $300 for residence campers; $200 for commuter campers
Contact: Coach Frank Cheek, 826-5952
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS SOCCER CAMPS
Description: Co-ed youth camps, junior high and high school girls'
camps, and high school boys' camp
Ages: 6-10 and 11-14 for co-ed youth; 6th-8th and 9th-12th grade
girls; high school boys
When: Aug. 7-11 for co-ed youth; Aug. 1-4 for girls; Aug. 14-18 for
Cost: $70-$90, depending on camp.
Contact: 826-4129 for girls' camps; 826-5942 for boys' and co-ed
youth camps, 826-5941 for boys' high school camp.
HUMBOLDT STATE UNIVERSITY ATHLETICS VOLLEYBALL CAMPS
Description: Two separate camps for girls day camp for junior
high girls and resident camp for high school girls with commuter camp option.
Ages: 6th-9th grade girls and 9th-12th grade girls
When: July 16-20 for junior high, July 23-27 for high school.
Cost: $150 for junior high; $295 for high school resident camper,
$220 for high school commuter camper.
LEADERSHIP EDUCATION ADVENTURE PROGRAM (LEAP)
Description: Summer LEAP provides safe, adventure-based recreation
to local youth who are at-risk or low-income, and to challenged adults.
Includes challenges such as rafting, backpacking, rock climbing and a challenge
Ages: Varies according to group.
When: Varies according to activity.
Where: Various outdoor locations.
Cost: From $12 for one-day challenge course to $27 for two-day rafting
Contact: Campfire Boys and Girls, 443-8019.
REDWOOD SOCCER CAMPS
Description: Week-long day camps, select camps for advanced players
and team training camps.
When: June 12-Aug. 4, times vary according to session.
Where: Sessions in Arcata, Eureka, Trinidad, South Fork, Fortuna,
McKinleyville, Willow Creek, Freshwater.
Cost: Day camps $80 with ball, $65 without ball; camperships available.
Contact: Northcoast Children's Services, 822-7206
Note: For summer school or church camp
options, contact local school districts or religious organizations.
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