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Building a Great Summer with Lego Camps

May 25, 2012

Does it get much cooler than a Lego camp? Kids all over the U.S. don’t think so as these camps focused upon the famous building sets fill up quickly with enthusiastic youngsters looking to earn a little engineering know-how as they play the summer away.  Whether Legos is a central theme or just an activity to enjoy while at a camp with broader subject diversity, Legos are undoubtedly a hit wherever kids go.

At Pacific Coast Kids in the bay area, campers can sign up for an entire summer of Lego fun with the Innovative Lego Camps program.  Camp sessions include KinderSmart for the little guys, Action Legos for grades 1-2, LegoMotion for grades 1-3, and Motor Mania for grades 2-3. Older campers explore the intricacies and projects inspired with Legobotics, Star Wars legos and Mindstorms. These camps are offered in two locations in the South Bay/Peninsula region and are perfect for Silicon Valley kids that love to create and innovate.

Similarly, the TechKnowHow Technology and LEGO Summer Camps based in and around San Francisco teach children educational principles through Lego and KNEX fun. Sessions include game design, 3D modeling and electronics, all with age-appropriate projects that will inspire them to learn more about technology and science. This camp is geared toward those aged 5-14.

Celsius and Beyond utilizes a hands-on science enrichment program, but includes fun side projects like Lego Robotics for grades 4-9. The Lego camp lasts for a week, and kids attend from 9am-4pm.  Multiple session and sibling discounts are also available.

For parents who want to integrate summer camp with the strong teachings of the Jewish faith, try Osher Marin JCC Camp, which offers a Legos Sportsbots session for grades 1-4. Or, try exposing them to traditional Quaker values of service and community at San Francisco Friends School Summer Camp. Quakers totally play with Legos too – which is proven with their Lego Motor Madness camp session, as well as Master Lego Builders and Lego Solar (environmental focus) in July.

Little campers aged 4-6 can enjoy Lego Lab at Peekadoodle, as well as many other fun and creative activities that will stimulate young minds. Older kids (grades 3-7) will enjoy Lego Robotics at Chabot Space & Science Center.  Finally, the The Tech summer camps at The Tech Museum of San Jose, will inspire young scientists, engineers and inventors in grades 4-8. Specialties include a Lego Robotics class just for girls, as well as a master’s class for those in grades 4-6.

For those over in Philly, there’s plenty of East Coast Lego action for your campers at Bucks County Community College. Their Kids on Campus program features a wide array of one-week camp sessions, including Lego Animation for those aged 9-12 in July. Camp Teekna, another Philly favorite, is a Christian camp that teaches God’s love and keys to healthy friendships while mixing it up with fun activities. Check out their Jr. Camp’s Lego session for grades K-5.

Beyond these, many traditional camps on both coasts include Legos into their activity roster. Conduct a simple Google search in your area, or contact SignUpForCamp.com for some more great destinations near you.

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