Happy Campers

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Jason Janik, Perot Museum of Nature and Science

It’s summer vacation again – but not for most grown-ups. Most of us need some help finding something to occupy the kids during the workday. Luckily, our area offers abundant day camps – and many of them are DARTable.   

Perot Museum of Nature and Science Summer Discovery Camp
Ages: 3 years – 6th grade
Where: 2201 N. Field St., Dallas
By DART: DART Rail Red, Blue, Green or Orange lines to Akard Station; the Perot Museum is a short walk.
When: June 12–August 18
Description: A wide variety of programs is offered including engineering and “maker” camps, such as Maker (Build It) and Destination Innovation. There’s also Amazing Animals, Future Inventors, Cool Chemistry, Little Paleontologists, Space Explorers and much more. All are led by amazing museum educators.

Dallas Zoo Wild Adventures
Ages: Pre-K-entering grade 12
Where: 650 S. R.L. Thornton Freeway, Dallas.
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Dallas Zoo Station
When: June 12-Aug. 11
Description: Themed camps feature zoo tours, games, crafts and animal encounters.

Spark! Summer Camp
Ages: 7-14
Where: 409 S. Lamar St., Dallas (in the basement of South Side on Lamar)
By DART: DART Rail Red or Blue lines to Cedars Station
When: June 5-Aug. 4
Description: Campers, divided by age, can get creative and fully immersed in the visual arts, music, video production, sculpture and silk screening.

Texas Discovery Gardens Camps
Ages: Age 4-entering grade 4
Where: 3601 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Dallas (inside Fair Park).
By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Fair Park Station
When: June 5-Aug. 18
Description: Campers are divided by age in themed nature camps, such as Seedling Scientists, Wiggle Week Bug Camp, Budding Botanists, Backyard Buddies, Land to Sea With the Children’s Aquarium and more.

Firehouse Theatre Summer Camps
Ages: Entering grades 3-8
Where: Firehouse Theatre, 2535 Valley View Lane
By DART: DART Rail Green Line to Farmers Branch Station
When: June 12-30
Description: Through exercises, lectures and scene work with theatrical professionals, the camp covers improvisation techniques that will improve acting skills.

Interurban Railway Museum
Ages: Grades 1-6
Where: 901 E. 15th St., Plano — located in historic Downtown Plano’s Haggard Park
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station
When: June 5-July 31
Description: Offered in partnership with the University of Texas at Arlington, programs include Mad Scientist, Creative Writing, LEGO Robotics, Police Forensics, Movie Magic and more.

 Plano Public Library Summer Reading Club
Ages: All ages.
Where: Plano Public Libraries, including Harrington Library at 1501 18th St.
By DART: DART Rail Red Line to Downtown Plano Station
When: June 1-Aug. 31
Description: It’s not a day camp, but it is a really cool program. Sign up for the summer reading club to enjoy reading rewards and fun programs featuring furry animals, superhero science, magic, bubbles, scaly snakes, and more all summer long.

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