With summer quickly approaching, many students will soon be ending the school year and beginning their summer breaks. Although this is an exciting time for the children, it can be stressful for parents who want to keep their children occupied through the summer vacation. Fortunately, there are many summer camp opportunities in the Mobile community that kids can participate in.

Below are a few summer camp options that kids up to the age of 14 can enjoy.

• YMCA. The YMCA offers summer day camps (ages 5-10) and adventure camps (ages 11-14) all throughout the summer. With multiple locations and a variety of classes, it is sure to keep your child entertained. The Y also offers free before and after work care. Fees for camps depend on which classes you choose. A full list with details can be found at www.ymcaofsouthalabama.org.
• Art Instructional Center. The Art Instructional Center at Lorretta Park offers an array of classes for children all throughout the summer. Classes include clay, glow in the dark art, paint your pet, art lab and many more. Classes range from $8-$20. Call (251) 460-2421 for more information.
• Volunteers of America Community Enrichment Center. The Volunteers of America offer classes highlighting many extra-curricular activities that may interest your child. These classes include cheerleading, acting, piano, dance, Tae Kwon Do, tennis, computer classes and many more. Classes range from $25-$35 dollars. For more information, call (251) 208-1661.
• Sunshine Skate Center Summer Skate. The Sunshine Skate Center is hosting a Summer Skate that has many flexible options for children and parents over the summer months. The center is open Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday from 10am-4pm for an admission of $5. Tuesday night they will be open for Two Dollar Tuesdays, with $2 admission from 7pm-10pm. Thursday night they are open from 7pm-9pm for $1 admission. For additional information or hours, visit www.sunshineskate.com.
These are only a few of the many summer camps that are happening in our area. Most schools and churches also have a variety of activities throughout the summer that may be of interest to your children. You may view a much more detailed list of activities by accessing the Community Activities Program through the Mobile City Parks and Recreation Department at www.communityactivitiesprogram.com.