After a difficult two years – the prospect of international travel and a normal summer is a welcomed one. If you’re lucky enough to be going away on holiday, or if you plan on enjoying all that Ireland has to offer there’ll probably be a few weeks of free time that you’ll be hoping to pack some fun activities into for your little ones, especially if you’re working.
Summer camps can help build confidence and teach new skills. There are plenty of options happening all over the country – from sport to drama and comedy, the variety of camps seems to be growing every year. Sonny Bears' top picks are:
When: Weekly camps running from July 4th – August 26th
Times: 9.30am – 2.30pm
Age range: From 4-12 years
Cost: €99 for one child
Starcamp has grown massively over the last few years. A Dragon’s Den winner it’s paving the way for creative, fun and memorable summer camp experiences. Starcamp kids have featured on lots of great Irish kid shows and the camp offers such a wide range of activities it would be hard for any kids to get bored. There’s singing, dancing, making radio shows, stories, fancy dress and even mindfulness. Happening all over the country – be sure to speak to your local camp about what you’d love your little one to take away from the experience, a flexible camp for confidence building and growth.
When: Weekly camps running from July 4th – July 22nd
Times: 9.30am – 3.00pm
Where: St. Paul’s Secondary School, Greenhills, Dublin 12
Age range: From 5-15 years
Cost: €99 for one child
Tops is a sports focussed camp, and the variety of sports will keep the day varied. There are all-weather multi-purpose pitches to facilitate rounders, basketball, tag-based games, orienteering and outdoor adventure games. Arts and crafts are also on offer for when the sports are winding down. Each activity is carefully planned and run by qualified PE teachers. The aim is to promote team building, develop cooperation and communication skills – and have fun!
When: July 11th – July 15th
Times: Zoom Classes – 10 am – 11 am each morning with offline activities included
Age range: From 8+
Got a budding animator in the family? Or a tech enthusiast? BrickFlicks inspires kids to use their mobile devices to create rather than consume so that screen time is creative rather than passive. They believe in fostering your child’s creativity by not only teaching them the basics of stop motion animation but also helping them build other valuable skills that relate to STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art & Maths).
The course will give your children an introduction to stop motion graphics and offers a safe space to learn, share, discover and explore their creativity using stop motion animation. All materials and technology can be found around the home and all of their courses and workshops use just a mobile device, a free app and simple materials. They aim to make great animations using simple practices.
When: Weekly from July 4th – August 19th
Times – 9 am – 12 am Mon-Fri
Where: GMIT, Galway City
Age range: From 8+
Nutritionist and Chef Fiona McEnroy runs this weekly cooking camp in a professional kitchen in the heart of Galway. No experience is needed and your little ones will get a taste for kneading, rolling, chopping, stirring, baking, boiling, whisking, dicing and of course eating.
Each child receives a free apron and a free folder with their recipes for the week, all of the ingredients and kitchen equipment will be supplied. Each morning the children will be making something sweet and something savoury which they can take home (for you to hopefully try!). Fiona creates a warm and open environment for children to learn and grow and at the end of the week, your little ones will be given two mystery recipes to cook up fr judges a la Masterchef!
When: Weekly from July 4th – August 12th
Times – 9.30 am – 12.30 am Mon-Fri
Where: Central DublinAge range: From 1st class – to 6th cla
Native Spanish speakers will guide your children through engaging, fun and immersive Spanish language learning. All classes are interactive and take a different approach to language learning. Will help build language skills, and hopefully pave the way for lifelong Spanish learning. A head start if your little ones grow up and want to travel/communicate in other languages.
When: Weekly from Sunday, July 3rd – Saturday 31st
Times – 6 nights (multiple week options available)
Where: Rockwell College, Tipperary
Age range: From 8-17 years
A residential camp that sees a host of international and Irish students alike join forces for a week of unforgettable fun. Podcasting, music technology, performance, and water sports including surfing and kayaking help make this jam-packed week full of excitement and growth. The range of activities is sure to give your child a taste of something they may not even realise they liked! An unforgettable experience led by talented instructors.