Nonprofit agencies are ready to charge into summer with camps and classes for young people.
Under Oklahoma City Public Schools' year-round schedule, summer break will begin June 1 and end July 31, returning those students to classes in August.
But local groups with camps scheduled in August haven't had much trouble finding late-summer campers. Six of the eight youth classes offered in August at CityArts Center had been filled by Thursday afternoon, according to its website. Two of three summer camps at the Oklahoma City Musuem of Art are sold out.
“What we found is the majority of our students come from outside Oklahoma City,” said Chandra Boyd, senior associate curator of education at the art museum.
Edmond, Norman and other metro-area school districts are still on the regular summer schedule, and those students sometimes look to Oklahoma City for summer activities.
Boyd said she has even seen families from other parts of the state stay in a hotel and visit downtown attractions while their children attended classes at the museum.
There is still time to register for most camps and classes, with a summer camp available for nearly every academic subject, sport and hobby.
Here's a sampling:
Oklahoma City Parks
The Oklahoma City Parks and Recreation Department is offering a variety of activities, some of which are free. Fishing classes will take place on Saturdays in June, July and August at four lakes. The classes are free and cover the basics of equipment and safety.
Oklahoma City's performing arts camp at 3401 NW Grand Blvd. has become a popular program. Three sessions, each producing a different play, are offered to children ages 6-18 for $165 per session.
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Oklahoma City Community College
For the traditional summer sports, Oklahoma City Community College has the bases covered on its campus at 7777 S May Ave. with weeklong half-day camps for multiple sports during June and July for kids ages 6-14.
OCCC also offers half-day camps that encourage active lifestyles without focusing on sports.
Prices for the sports camps range from $45 to $65 per week.
Also at OCCC, students in grades 1 through 8 can go to college. The “College for Kids” guide lists 22 creative arts, 22 humanities, 19 science and seven math classes, scheduled in blocks each week like a college schedule.
Subjects include recycled art, personal finance, sign language, ukulele and piano lessons, musical theater and astronomy. Each student can take up to four classes each day, and different classes are offered nearly every week in June and July. Most weeklong classes cost $39.
For more information on the sports and academic camps and classes at OCCC, go to www.
A decidedly lower-tech experience for first through fifth graders will happen at the Harn Homestead from Monday through June 8. The living history site will offer activities related to Oklahoma agriculture and cultural history, as well as summer crafts and games at 1721 N Lincoln Blvd. The camp will be from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. every day, and care is available before and after for a fee. The cost is $40 per day or $125 for the week. Registration will only be open through Friday. For more information, call 235-4058 or go to www.
Oklahoma City Zoo
Many camps are open for enrollment at the Oklahoma City Zoo. Children ages 3-15 can take classes based on age group. Each camp explores types of animals or aspects of the natural world. One class for 3-year-olds examines the different shapes of zoo animals. Older kids can learn what it's like to be a zookeeper and explore the many fields of zoology. Each half-day camp lasts four days, and new camps will be offered nearly every week from June 5 to Aug. 10. It costs $110 each week for nonmembers. To see all the classes and to register, go to www.
Boys and Girls Club
The Boys and Girls Club is gearing up to host kids ages 6-18, split among three age groups, in its activity center at 3535 N Western Ave. For a one-time membership fee of $5, kids can spend their summer rotating between the club's art, computer, game, technology and book rooms in addition to its gym and park grounds. Organizers are planning several field trips each week to recreational spots across the city, which members can join for a small fee.
Space is limited, however, and the club can only support 375 campers per day. From 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every weekday, the activities are free to members, but care also is provided from 7:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. for an additional fee. To learn more and enroll, go to www.