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Did you get to watch some of the thrilling action of the PyeongChang 2018 Olympic Winter Games? The host, South Korea, did a phenomenal job. Some sports like luge and snowboard big air look death-defying! Bringing home nine gold medals and 23 overall, the U.S. athletes sure have a lot to be proud of. I’ll get more sports into my newspaper. USA All the Way! Boomer Bear Hi, Boomer! I’ve always wanted to go to Boy Scout camp. Yours truly, L.N. Good choice, L.N.! Boy Scout camp gives you a great opportunity to earn several merit badges and have all sorts of fun. On Mount Lemmon, the Catalina Council offers Camp Lawton, which is a great experience for any Boy Scout.

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News Stories Written by Kids— for Kids

Young Musician Shines in ‘Coco’ by Reporter Drayden Moosman, Arizona Desert Elementary Miguel! Nice to meet you! Anthony Gonzalez that is. Anthony is the voice of Miguel in the Disney/Pixar movie “Coco,” which just won Oscars for best animated film and best song. Anthony is 13, has two older sisters, a younger brother and an older brother. All of them sing and act. Anthony says they compete and have fun together. Anthony began singing at the age of 4. He says his first commercial was an Oscar Mayer commercial. Acting has always been Anthony’s dream. His desire is to do more acting and singing. Anthony went to public school until seventh grade and is currently homeschooled. Anthony says he is

homeschooled three hours a day. In order to get the part of Miguel, Anthony had to say a few lines and sing. Anthony says that doing voice-over work requires emotion in voice, in the situations and pretending to be himself in the character. “My favorite part of Miguel was when he sang for the first time,” recalls Anthony. Anthony says singing “Poco Loco” was not his best song the first time he sang it, but when he was on stage, he did it well. It is now his favorite song. Anthony’s advice for kids is, “Do what you love, follow your heart, and never give up.”

Reporter Drayd en (left) will re member meeting Antho ny Gonzalez.

ATC Play Leaves You Laughing about Love by Reporter Ruby Amick, Homeschool With St. Patrick’s Day soon upon us, the Arizona Theater Company presents a highly entertaining story written by John Patrick Shanley. “Outside Mullingar” is a hilarious comedy with amazing sets and wonderful sound effects. This tale is about two Irish farm neighbors, who both secretly love each other but are too scared to confess their true feelings. Larry Bull, the actor who plays the male lead, says, “It’s a story about inheritance; it’s a story about land; it’s a story about being Irish; it’s a story about family, and it’s a story about love.” The small cast of four play their characters exceedingly well, with emotion behind their words. The director cast his characters perfectly; the writing quickly

plunges the audience into the story causing you to feel as if you know everything about these people. Cassandra Bissell, the female lead, plays a hot tempered, red-headed Irish woman and says “So the thing that’s really great about ‘Outside Mullingar’ is its theatricality. It’s like back to the basics of what live theater is about, which is being present as people experience each other in real time, so it’s one of my favorite kinds of plays. I hope you come join us for this delightful little Irish treat.” The creative sets make you believe that they are real places, especially with the added Irish music and actual falling rain and smoke. This play was a wonderful, laugh-out-loud comedy featuring characters with perfected expressions and accents delivering witty lines you won’t forget, with sets so realistic you feel as though you are visiting an Irish farmhouse. Go see “Outside Mullingar” and be prepared to laugh for a long while.

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by Reporter Eleanor Wright, Tucson Country Day School Do you ever wonder what this roller derby is that everyone talks about? Each game is 60 minutes, made of two 30-minute periods that are further broken down into 2-minute jams. Each game of the derby, called a “bout,” is played between two teams, each with five players in a lineup at one time on the track. Each lineup is made up of one pivot, three blockers and a jammer. The pivot (the head of defense) is recognized by her striped helmet cover, the jammer (offensive player) wears a helmet cover decorated with a star on each side of the helmet, and the blockers have

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Red Pandas’ Zoo Stay Ending Soon by Reporter Ethan Wacker, Tucson Country Day School The Reid Park Zoo has recently got a new companion—a female red panda named Princess Lily, and now the zoo has another one named Lhotse. Red pandas can grow to be 3.5 feet long and weigh as much as 11 pounds. On average, they eat about 2–4 pounds of food a day. They eat the new sprout of bamboo and in the wild will also eat insects and fruit. Right now, red pandas are nearly extinct with about 10,000 left in the wild.

More Roller Derby Tucson Roller Derby skater Dark Crystal says, “I am very proud to say that I love derby too much to ever ‘rage’ quit, but I have had times where I’ve ‘messed up’ and wanted to disappear for a few hours. My first season was full of these moments! Running into my fourth season now, and there are STILL plenty of them! What I’ve come to learn is that no matter your age, skill or where you’re at in life, mess ups happen and we will work through them.” She adds, “One of the best parts of derby is that you’re not the only one with struggles of learning how to nail that apex jump, trying to boost your endurance, grasping how and when to bridge, providing that

Bonnie was the docent near the red pandas. Bonnie says,“...they are leaving in March to go to their permanent home in Salt Lake City.” Bonnie adds that the red pandas’ home is not finished yet, and so they are being held at our zoo for now. Come to the Reid Park Zoo soon so you don’t miss these amazing animals. Last checked, the Zoo’s Facebook page shows they will probably leave the weekend of March 10. Adviser: Sarah McKeown

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sweet offense your jammer needs, giving great communication or just remembering to keep giving yourself positive self-talk. We are all working on some form of making ourselves better, together for a common goal. Because you know, we’re REALLY good at roller derby.” Obviously she loves roller derby! The Tucson Roller Derby was formed in 2003. All the teams and the skaters have fun and unique names. The next bout is April 21 at Tucson Indoor Sport Center, located at 1065 W. Grant Road. To purchase tickets or to find the game schedule, go to event/3225317. MORE SCOOPS, page 12 ➧

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News Highlights

Tesla Car Takes a Galactic Road Trip! A Tesla Roadster launched into space last month is taking one extremely long road trip! Last month, SpaceX, a company founded by Elon Musk, successfully launched the Falcon Heavy rocket into space. It was a test launch for the rocket and it went very well. However, perhaps the most entertaining part of the test involved the rocket’s payload—a vehicle made for the roads of Earth. Most test launches involve putting something heavy on the spaceship, such as a piece of cement or chunk of steel. Musk is much too creative for that and had previously joked that the payload would be the “silliest thing” he could imagine. That ended up being his 2008 cherry red Tesla Roadster and the space dummy sitting in the driver’s seat, nicknamed Starman. “It’s just literally a normal car in space—I kind of like the ABSURDITY of that,” Musk said. “It’s kind of silly and fun, but I think that silly, fun things are important. I think the imagery of it is something that’s going to get people excited around the world, and it’s still tripping me out.” The car was equipped with cameras so people could watch Starman’s journey live. The feed lasted about 4.5 hours before the batteries died. However, there is a website,, which allows people to track the car and driver’s location at any time.


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Before the rocket even launched, scientists were hard at work calculating where the car would end up and where its wanderings may lead. Scientists predict that the next close encounter with our planet will happen in 2091 and may even be easily visible with certain telescopes. A week after the launch, those scientific calculations showed the Tesla will likely impact the Earth in a few tens of millions of years. However, the car won’t threaten our planet because it will likely burn up upon reentry in Earth’s atmosphere. It is also possible that the car collides with the sun before it has a chance to impact Earth. Either way, the car is expected to stay in space for a very long time to come. “I love the thought of a car drifting apparently endlessly through space and perhaps being discovered by an alien race millions of years in the future,” Musk said in December.

Teens Crowd Governor’s Race in Kansas A LOOPHOLE in election rules for Kansas has enabled six teenagers who aren’t even old enough to vote to enter the 2018 race for governor! The mid-term election was called after then-Kansas Governor Sam Brownback left office to become a U.S. Ambassador-at-Large for the State Department. According to election officials, Kansas has virtually no rules or requirements when it comes to running for governor or other top posts within the state government. Jack Bergeson, a high school student from Wichita, realized this back in February or March of 2016, he said in an interview on National Public Radio. In August of 2017, while Jack Bergeson he was just 16, Jack announced he was running for governor as a Democrat. He then encouraged his good friend, Tyler Ruzich, to enter the GUBERNATORIAL race as a Republican. “Tyler, you’ve got to run. You’ve got to run as a Republican. You’ve got to get young people excited about


this election,” Tyler recalled on the news show Fox & Friends. Since then, four other Kansas teens who are not legally adults yet have filed the paperwork to run for governor, too! This teen field includes Jack, now 17; his friend Tyler, 17; Aaron Coleman, 17; Ethan Ranleas, 17; Joseph Tutera Jr., 16, and Dominic Scavuzzo, 17. Jack says he modeled his campaign based on former presidential candidate Bernie Sanders’ campaign. “Feel the Berg” and “Real Change, Right Now!” are two of his campaign slogans. Meanwhile, Kansas legislators are trying to pass new requirements for those running Tyler Ruzich for governor and other top offices. These new election laws, however, would not affect these elections. Party primaries to determine the Democrat and Republican candidates will be Aug. 7, and the election determining the next Kansas governor happens Nov. 6.

This year the top honor for writing in children’s literature goes to a story about a day-inthe-life of four middle school kids. The top award for illustration was won by a winter’s tale that will warm hearts. The John Newbery Medal is awarded each year for excellence in children’s literature. The American Library Association announced the winner in February, and the top prize this year went to “Hello, Universe” by Erin Entrada Kelly. The story is told from the viewpoints of four young PROTAGONISTS, two girls and two boys. They have unique backgrounds and perspectives, but they are brought together by a bullying incident. The resulting neighborhood adventure leads these

sixth-graders to discover what it means to be brave in a tale filled with suspense, humor and understanding. The Newbery Honor Books for 2018 are “Long Way Down” by Jason Reynolds, “Piecing Me Together” by Renée Watson and “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” by Derrick Barnes. “Crown,” a barbershop tale of boys getting new haircuts, was crowned another honor, as well (see below). The Randolph Caldecott Medal is awarded to the best American picture book for children. This year’s winner, “Wolf in the Snow,” written and illustrated by Matthew Cordell, tells the story of a girl and a wolf cub lost in a snowstorm. They learn to trust each other to find their way home. Four Caldecott Honor Books were also named: “Big Cat, little cat,” written and illustrated by Elisha Cooper; “Crown: An Ode to the Fresh Cut” illustrated by Gordon C. James and written by Barnes; “A Different Pond,” illustrated by Thi Bui and written by Bao Phi, and “Grand Canyon,” written and illustrated by Jason Chin. The Newbery, named for an 18th century publisher of children’s books, was first awarded in 1922. The Caldecott, awarded to the illustrator who creates “the most distinguished picture book for children,” is named for a 19th century illustrator. This annual award began in 1938. Visit the library or bookstore to find Newberyand Caldecott-winning books—they often have the medal or honor stamped on their covers.



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When Worry Makes You Feel Unsafe or Alone A column on mental health by Cathexis, 6280 E. Pima Street, Suite 100 Have you heard something in the news that made you feel sad or scared? Even though it may have happened somewhere far away and to people we have never met, it is easy to become worried. Worrying is perfectly normal because we care about other people and also want for ourselves to be safe. However, if we fret about things too much we may find it hard to enjoy life. Talking to someone you trust is a great way to keep the worrying under control. It can be a parent, brother or sister, friend, favorite teacher, or anyone who cares about you. Grownups have lots of experience with worry, and can help you find ways of dealing with it. Friends or siblings can also help because they may feel the same as you. It seems strange, but often knowing that others have the same fears can make us feel better. Worrying is a normal, but talking to others can help keep fear from taking the fun out of life.

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can always find Mr. Kreamer on campus smiling and helping out a student, parent, teacher or staff member. My children often talk about how much they learned from him and that he is one of the reasons they love school.” Away from school, Kreamer likes to hang out with his family. He enjoys playing and watching sports, and says his entire family got together to watch the Super Bowl. Kreamer’s dad is from Philadelphia, so they were all excited to see the Eagles win. Kreamer also likes to cook, go to concerts and read non-fiction. His dad was a history teacher, and the love of history carried over—he especially enjoys books about World War II and the Civil War.

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Helping the Needy Teaches Gratitude by Reporter Aleena Rafiyath, BASIS Oro Valley On Feb. 11, my dad and I, along with other members of the Tucson Muslim community, volunteered at the Casa Maria Soup Kitchen. There, we packed food for needy people. I packed lunch in paper bags—things like fruit, chips, sandwiches and cookies. Other volunteers cooked soup and cut vegetables. When we were done cooking and packing, we cleaned the tables and picked up the trash. We did about three hours of community service that day. This soup kitchen doesn’t just feed people—it gives those in need a chance to shower and get

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Central Arizona Project (CAP) is 336-mile system of aqueducts, tunnels, pumping plants and pipelines that deliver water from the mighty Colorado River and is the largest single resource of renewable water supplies in Arizona.

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A Fish with a Purpose! CAP’s canal is man-made, but its environment is much like any other river. Deer drink from it, ducks float on it, fish swim in it and weeds grow in it. And those weeds can cause problems, because what makes CAP’s canal different from a river is that it has pumps and turnouts to help deliver water, and that equipment does not get along well with weeds that grow in or under water, known as aquatic weeds. First, weeds in the canal get in the way and slow down the water! Then, when the weed dies, it floats to the surface and clogs the trash rakes, which can make the pumps stop working. To help get rid of weeds, at CAP we invite a special guest to the salad bar! That guest is the grass carp, or white amur, a fish species that is not from Arizona. They are very effective at cleaning a canal because they eat aquatic weeds. CAP has been putting grass carp in the canal for almost 30 years. CAP’s biologist decides how many fish to put in the canal based on how many weeds grew in the past, the size of the canal, and how well the fish performed in that section of the canal in the past. Because of all of these things, CAP’s stocking numbers change from year to year, but is usually between 2,500 and 3,000 fish per year. Grass carp grow fast and they grow large, consuming almost 20 percent of their body weight each day! Fishing isn’t allowed in the canal (it is fenced to provide security for people and wildlife—the water is moving fast and is very dangerous) and our system is closed so they cannot escape, which means employees who have peered into the water from the deck of a pumping plant have seen large grass carp that range from 30 to 60 pounds! And they are definitely doing their job. In recent years, we have perfected our stocking quantities, virtually eliminating weeds throughout our system.

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ummer is coming! Kids everywhere are counting the weeks until school’s out and the summer break begins. But after a few days of freedom, the summer days can leave you in a summer daze. One way to escape the summer blahs is to find a fantastic summer camp—it’s a great place to learn and grow, and of course, to have fun, too! It’s always nice to go on a family vacation, see the latest summer



Bear’s CAMP E March XPO 17 See p ag e 40 f or detail s.

blockbuster movie, relax while you’re out of school, read books just for fun or hang out with friends. But summer camp can provide fun, relaxation and a whole lot more! At camp, you can learn a new skill or hone an existing talent. You can sign up with your buddies or make new friends. You can improve on the skills you love and try some new things you’ve never done before!

Camps come in every variety. There are day camps and overnight camps. There are sports camps, arts camps, technology camps, academic camps and traditional camps. Do you want to sing, dance or act? Ride a horse or paddle a canoe? Maybe this summer is the time to work on mastering a new sports skill, learn to build a robot or launch a rocket, dive in the pool or climb the highest mountain or rock wall. You might cook tasty treats or design forward-thinking fashion. According to a 2005 report from the American Camp Association, parents note that there are many important reasons for sending their children to camp. Parents surveyed said that: • Camp helps build self-confidence and self-esteem. • Camp is a safe environment. • Camp is a place to build social skills and make friends. • Camp helps kids gain more self-confidence, self-esteem, independence and leadership skills.

The ACA website notes that children who go to camp can end up being more comfortable in different social situations.They may become more willing to try new things based on their time and experiences at camp. Your family should sit down together to decide what kind of camp will work best for you. Some things to consider are: the age and experience of the child; the child’s interests; the cost of camp and whether scholarships are available, and the dates and times that the camps are offered. Some summer camps offer multi-week or sibling discounts or other types of discounts or scholarships. Contact the camps you are interested in to ask about possible discounts and to find out whether the camp has an open house you can attend. Apply for scholarships early! Use Bear’s 2018 Summer Camp listings on pages 25–38 to help you find the the perfect camp for your family. No matter what camp you choose, it can be the highlight of your summer!

Check out Bear’s online camp guide at ARIZONA ROSE YOUTH THEATRE

4500 N. Oracle , Suite 329 (Located inside Tucson Mall) 888-0509

June 4th–July 21st • Ages: 3–17 Arizona Rose Arts Academy is excited to present a variety of amazing camps this summer. Our 2018 camps include: Adventures & Fairytales Preschool Camp, Drama & Theatre Camp, Opera Institute For Young Singers, Illusions & Magic Camp and Musical Theatre Production Camp. Full/ partial day options available for some camps. Register online or by phone.


1400 E. Sixth St. • Tucson (520) 621-0048 • Allison Brown

Cost $225–$400 • Grades: K–12 Experience the University of Arizona summer camp program, Arizona Youth University (AYU). Partnering with UofA units and departments, our summer enrichment programs offer

stimulating day camps that provide students with the rare opportunity to explore future academic and career paths while learning within an exciting university environment.

BOOKMANS ENTERTAINMENT EXCHANGE East • 748-9555 • North • 579-0303 Midtown • 325-5767

Check out for a complete list of weekly free in-store summer kids events and activities starting June 2018!


9239 E. Wrightstown Rd. 296-0883 • Debbie Ross June 4–July 27 • 8 a.m.–3:30 p.m.

Camp Adventure is FUN! Offering weekly half-day and full day camps, featuring Swim Lessons, Free Swim, Archery, Technology, Science, Arts & Crafts, Music & Dance, Sports, Indoor Games, Field Trips & More! Our beautiful 10-acre campus, and friendly, energetic counselors will help your child enjoy an enriching summer to remember. Weekly themes. Join us for one week, or all

eight! Before and After Care available. PreSchool through 8th Grade. Cost varies.


Ben’s Bells Project 40 W. Broadway Blvd. 622-1379 June 4–July 29 • 9 a.m.–12 p.m. Join us for a Summer of Kindness! At Camp KIND, children use the Ben’s Bells Kind Campus material as the basis for five days of social engagement and growth. Activities include energetic games, hands-on science activities (slime anyone?), crafts and new friends. KIND campers will return from the summer ready to apply what they’ve learned and experienced about intentional kindness to their lives at school and home. Cost: $100/ child each session. Camp dates: Grades K-1 June 4 - 8, & June 18 - 22: Grades 2 and 3, June 11 - 15, & June 25 -29

CATALINA FOOTHILLS COMMUNITY SCHOOLS: Camp Foothills 4300 E. Sunrise Dr. 209-8454 May 29–July 27 •

Camp Foothills: Fun, Adventure, Friends! Weekly half-day and full-day camps with something for everyone! Build memories with friends who enjoy art, sports, dance, theatre, STEM, swimming, field trips, outdoor adventures and so much more!

CENTERFIELD BASEBALL AND SOFTBALL ACADEMY 5120 S. Julian Dr. #120 440-4487 • Ages: 6–14. 9 one-week sessions beginning May 28

Indoor summer baseball and softball camps for boys and girls of all skill levels. Kids will enjoy a great week of instruction, exercise, competition, fun and games while improving their overall ability and health. Camp is held in our 30,000 square foot air-conditioned, indoor facility. Only $27 per day for great instruction! Cost: $135/week (Instructional Camp 9 a.m.–noon). Extended day options available up to 3 p.m. Extended day includes dodgeball, wiffle ball and batting cages. Early Bird Pricing until April 15th. Discount for 4, 6 & 9 sessions. Ask about sibling discounts.

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time in the Museum. A variety of science, technology, engineering and art Themes! Half-day camps, mornings only. Cost: Varies, member discount provided. Ages: 4–9. Cost: $85–$180

CHILD LANGUAGE CENTER WINGS ON WORDS (WOW) SUMMER PROGRAMS 202 E. Speedway Blvd. 628-1659 • Carole Jensen May 29–June 28 Ages: 3–6 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m.

Preschool camp: FUN language and literacy building activities to get your child talking, interacting and interested in words and reading! Ages 3–5 Soaring into Reading: For children entering kindergarten or first grade in the fall—a fun exploration of science-based concepts to increase and improve reading, and build social and problem-solving skills. Ages 5–6 Daily Therapy: Available for children with speech-language impairments or reading difficulties. Camp and scholarship forms available online at DES approved; NAC accredited; in partnership with UA Dept of Speech Language & Hearing Sciences. Before and after care available.


200 S. 6th Ave. • 792-9985 Option 5

Summer Programs

CMT Summer Camps offer fun-filled learning! Campers will enjoy hands-on experiments, demonstrations and discovery

Wings On Words 202 E. Speedway 520-628-1659


Preschool camp: • FUN language and literacy building activities to get your child talking, interacting and interested in words and reading • Daily therapy for children with speech-language impairments.

• Scholarships/assistance available

5550 E. 5th St. • Lynne Falkow-Strauss, Director Phone 745-5550 x229

June 4 – July 20 (no camp July 4) Mon-Fri; Full days 9:00am – 3:00pm; Half days 9:00am – 12:30pm Before/After Care 8:00-9:00am and/or 3:004:00pm daily $8 per child, per hour. All children 2- to 6-years-old welcome! Each camp week a different theme: Sports, Art & Music, Outdoors, America the Great, Science and Around the World. Also kids can enjoy water play, stories, music, creative movement, playground time and more. Secure facility with modern, park-like shaded playground. Snacks provided. Weekly Cost: (Discounts offered for synagogue members.) 5 full days $200 per child 5 half days $145 per child 3 full days $150 per child 3 half days $105 per child Non-refundable registration fee: $50 if paid by April 20; $100 thereafter.

One-week Summer Camps Half-day sessions: 9 a.m. to noon, or 1:00—4:00 Extended care available. Register Now— Call or online!

Be at t h e

271-5023 • 6530 E. Tanque Verde #160 in La Plaza Shoppes

International School for Peace Tucson’s First Spanish Immersion Preschool

8:30 am to 3:30 pm

(ask about before and after care) Ages


Join Us for Summer!


May 29 – June 28


Play-based, multicultural, non-biased curriculum that celebrates diversity. Low teacher-student ratio.

Weekly Registration Summer Care: Starts June 4–July 20 for ages 2–6

Starting at $125/week Full Day & Half Day Options

Extended care option available

4625 E. River Road

(Located on the grounds of St. Francis in the Foothills)

Call 299-8908 for more info or visit

Register by March 30 for Discount!

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7545 S. Houghton Road Suite 101 245-0340 • Libby Hays Half Day: $160/Week Grades: 1–8


Tucson • 520-818-8668 Ages: 10–18 Contact: Amanda Rubio

Kids break free from digital screens, ignite creative thinking and experience new textures and sights that they themselves make at The Craft Revolt. Children of all ages from 1st Grade through 8th Grade will have fun, learn new skills and gain confidence by producing arts and crafts in our encouraging environment. Working with paints, wood, clay, strings and many more materials, your kids will see stress drain away and begin seeing the world with artistic eyes. Each of the 10 weeks are themed with fun topics such as outer space, the rainforest, superheroes and more. No art experience is necessary. Sibling discounts available. One-week sessions from May 28 through July 30. Choose mornings 9 a.m.–12 p.m., or afternoons 1–4 p.m.

Sessions for boys and girls directed by UA Head Coach David Rubio. INTERMEDIATE/ADVANCED CAMP: July 6–8. Commuters $300 • Residents $425. POSITION CAMP: July 7–9. Commuters $300 • Residents $425. TEAM CAMP—BOYS & GIRLS TEAMS: July 13-15. High school girls and boys teams. Cost: $110–$140 per camper. DRVC is not an official function of the UA. It is open to all entrants, limited only by space and grade level.


6530 E. Tanque Verde #160 271-5023 • May 29–Aug 3 9 a.m.–12 p.m. or 1–4 p.m. or all day option Have a budding artist at home? Need a cool, creative alternative for the hot summer days of summer? Bring the kids to Creative Juice. 9 weeks of camp; 18 themed sessions. Cost: $150/session or $275/full day/week. Ages: 5–12. Extended care available at rate of $10 per day for maximum of one hour.


2850 W. Ina Rd. #130 • 877–SWIM (7946) DeMont Family Swim School is proud to offer the only state-of-the-art indoor swim facility in Southern Arizona and curriculum driven swim programs. Our wonderful teachers provide babies as young as one month with early mastery of water movement while engaging older students (children and adults) to learn stroke technique and endurance year-round. Join the DeMont Family Swim School and give your child the joy of swimming!

More Camp Listings on page 28


June 4 to July 20 Ages 2–6 (must be potty trained) 6 weekly camps • 3 days or 5 days • 9:00am–1:00pm Extended Care 8:00–9:00am and 1:00–4:00pm Marine Biology, Engineer This, Robot & more... 577-0503 x 120 • 5150 N. Valley View Road

The Tucson Girls Chorus Shine! Performing Arts Camp Sing, Dance, Perform

May 29–June 1 (Tues–Fri) June 4–8 (Mon–Fri) 8:30 am–4:00 pm For: BOYS and GIRLS ages 6-12 4020 E. River Rd., Tucson, AZ 85718

For more info, contact us 577-6064 or email shine@




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CAMPS 2018


$135 May 28 to July 27 9 one-week sessions beginning May 28 Extended Day Option Available! • Dodgeball & Batting Cages 5120 S. JULIAN DR. #120

(520) 440-4487


7739 E. Broadway #113 • 304-2876 June 4–July 22 Ages: 4–17 Enroll in Drama Kids Summer Camp today! Here’s your chance to participate in fun activities that help you think more creatively and learn new acting and confidence-building skills. You’ll be part of plays, improvisations, silent scenes, mini-scripts, fun theater games and more. Each week there’s a special theme, and it all culminates in a dramatic presentation for your family and friends. Everyone’s getting into the act this summer. Don’t miss out!


933 E. Friendly Pines Road • Prescott 928-445-2128 June 10–July 21 Ages: 6–13 An Arizona tradition since 1941. High in the heart of the Bradshaw Mountains near Prescott, AZ we offer a traditional program of over 30 activities. With its low camper to staff ratios, Friendly Pines provides a safe, well-supervised environment where kids can enjoy all the wonders of childhood.


327-2288 • Colleen McDonald Day Camp: Sabino Canyon Resident Camp: Mt. Lemmon Dates and prices vary. Scholarships available! Easily register online.

Girl Scout camp is where girls ages 5-18 get to try new things while gaining confidence and independence, in a unique environment just for girls! No Girl Scout experience necessary. We offer 6 week-long day camps and 4 week-long resident camps in June and July, with a variety of exciting themes, activities, and experiences each session— there’s something for every girl! Early Bird registration – 10% off before 4/30.


6503 E. Tanque Verde 296-2366 X13 • Sara Archuleta Come and enjoy your summer at Golf N’ Stuff! Field Day packages starting at $11.75 plus tax, per person for unlimited play! Cool off in our Bumper Boats, or test your driving skills on our Go-Kart track! Call today and schedule your group of 10 or more!

Head to Tail

• June 1–Aug. 3 • Ages 8 & up • 4 levels of abilities offered: Upper levels may select riding topic, lower levels include horse related craft & games. All levels include riding & the care of horses.

Riding School Summer Programs

Call NOW for a.m. and p.m. sessions Sheryl Gonnsen • 544-9666 11600 N. Oracle Rd. (Cielo Tierra Stables; 1st driveway north of Catalina State Park)

Photo of horses & riders

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700 N. Wilson 320-2206 • Karen Yrigoyen May 29–July 20 • A summer of fun and hands-on learning including cooking, sports, art, science, music and much more! Monday–Friday 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Field trips and snacks included $160/ week • $36/daily • DES Contracted. Located at Sam Hughes Elementary School.


11600 N. Oracle Rd. 544-9666 June4–August 3 • a.m. & p.m. sessions Ages: 8 and up • Rates vary

Enjoy the outdoors on top of a horse! Four levels of riding abilities offered. All Levels include riding and the care of horses. Upper levels may select riding topics. Lower levels include riding instruction and horse related crafts and games. Come learn how the HORSE teaches us patience, perseverance, self confidence, leadership skills, compassion & so much more. Our mission at HTTRS is to teach the 3R’s of the equine– 1. Respect 2. Responsibility 3. Reward. Equine & Human = A healthy life.

HUMANE SOCIETY OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camp 3465 E. Kleindale • 85716

W hen school is



Join the Fun! • Swimming • Archery • Technology • Weekly Themes • Field Trips • Science • Arts & Crafts • Music & Dance • Sports & More...

Ages 6–11 Summer Camps in June and July

Break away from the technology and get crafty! Buy One, GET ONE FREE*


*Buy one class or workshop and use code BEARFREEMAY to get a second class or workshop of equal or lesser value for free. Does not apply for Birthday Parties or Summer Camps. Valid through May 31, 2018. Located at 7545 S. Houghton Rd, Suite 101.

Code: BEARFREEMAY at checkout online.

ID TECH CAMPS Arizona State University 1-888-709-8324 • Tempe Ages: 7–17

The world’s #1 summer STEM program for ages 7-17, held at 150 prestigious campuses including Arizona State. With world-class instructors and innovative courses in coding, game development, robotics, and design, our programs instill in-demand skills that embolden students to shape the future. Your child can make new friends as they master new tech skills, and will join a community of more than 300,000 alumni with iD Tech.

More Camp Listings on page 30


Painting Parties After School Art Family Craft Workshops Summer Camps

$250–$275 321-3704 X 171 • Amy Faulk The Dog Days in the Desert Summer Camp will give your child a new perspective on caring for animals, preventing animal cruelty, understanding animal behavior and more. Activities stress an appreciation for the environment and preservation of the natural world, including creative and artistic exercises; games, character-building lessons, in-depth hands-on education about animal care and the human-animal bond. Campers spend two hours daily caring for camp foster animals, which include a variety of companion animals.


Trak Ranch Summer Program The place to be this summer if you love animals!

Arts, Crafts, Water Play, Skill Building and More! drinks & snacks provided

• Interact with our animal family • Horseback riding • Community building • Animal education Call or email for Details!

10 one-week sessions

298-9808 TRAK • 3250 E. Allen Rd.

beginning May 28

CAMP ADVENTURE for a summer to remember!

Summer Camp June 4– July 27

Grades 1–8 Weekly themes and a variety of activities. Swim lessons, Archery, Technology, Crazy Science, Field Trips and much more. Join us for one week, or come for all eight. Rates starting at $135/week! Early Childhood & Kindergarten Ages 3 - 5 for eight weeks. Fun, structured curriculum-based learning program. Arts & Crafts, Swimming, Science & Nature, Music & Movement and more!

Summer Academy June 4– June 29 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Summer Academy • Grades 1 - 9 An academic program tailored to meet each student’s specific needs. Students will be guided through a personalized learning journey using the latest technology, online learning platforms and projects where students can apply their new skills. The Summer Academy will advance your child's academic skills while making learning Com relevant and fun! our 50 e to Starting at $375 th Celebr Year for four weeks. a Open H tion/ Register Today!

9239 E. Wrightstown • 296-0883 • Visit us at:

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Enroll in Drama Kids Summer Camp!


4625 E. River Rd. (River/Swan) 299-8908 Weekly Camps from June 4–July 20 Ages: 2–6

Camps Dates/Locations Camp held at Gladden Farms Elementary

June 4–8

June 11–15 June 18–22 July 9–13

Continued from page 29


9am to 4pm Ages 4–17 $179

Camps held at the Unitarian Universalist Church of Tucson


• Half Day Camp Options Available • Before & After Camp Care Available $69/week • Each week’s camp has a different theme with a Friday performance.

Register Now at 520-304-2876

“A” CAMP Join us for learning and fun all summer long!

Tucson’s FIRST Spanish Immersion Preschool invites you to immerse your child in language learning & intercultural experiences all summer long. Weekly themes will be explored for long periods of uninterrupted play with emphasis on open ended art, music, literacy, water play, sensory exploration, peaceful conflict resolution, and fun! DES contracted. Starts at $125 per week. Register by March 30 for early-bird discount.

in science, art and sports will engage your children and foster their development. Camp hours: 8:30-a.m.-3:30 p.m. Extended care available 7 a.m–6 p.m. Cost: $50 registration fee; $225/week, full-time; $170/ week, half-days; $65/day.


Vail • 520-591-1615 May 28–June 1, June 4–8, June 18–22, June 25–29, July 9–13, July 16–18 Do you love horses? Spend your summer on horseback at an all day horse camp! Located in Vail, AZ. Transportation to and from Tucson available. Learn horsemanship skills in a hands-on environment! Experienced instructors, round pen and arena work. Daily Trail rides. Ages 7 to 17. $170 per week.

INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL OF TUCSON 1701 E. Seneca St. • 406-0552 Ages: 3–13 May 29–July27 Your child will enjoy being with curious, creative and motivated students while learning language and culture. Language immersion programs in Spanish, French, German and Chinese. Enrichment programs

• Games, swimming, on-campus excursions and more for children ages 5-11


KXCI KIDS DJ CLASSES 220 S. 4th Ave. 623-1000 X17 • Amanda KXCI is pleased to offer summer DJ training programs for youth. This is a hands-on class where students receive an introduction to: broadcast equipment and rules, music appreciation and selection, creating music sets, and public speaking. Dates are still TBA, please check soon for more information.


• Counselor-In-Training (CIT) Program for ages 12-15


• The Voyager Program is back! Sign up for optional swim lessons during camp and off-campus field trips to local attractions. • Special Early Bird pricing through April 18th

5/29–5/31 Mini Camp First time player or beginner (ages 7–13) $180

• Join us for our Open House on April 17th from 5–7pm. Enter to win a free week of camp!

5/29–5/31 Serve & Pass Camp Limited enrollment (ages 13–18) $130

• Camp begins Tuesday, May 29 and runs through August 3

AquaCub Swim Lessons • Available for children ages 3 and up of all skill levels • Qualified instructors teach progressive American Red Cross skill development Spring sessions start March 12 and Summer sessions begin May 14

Convenient registration open now at


Intermediate & Advanced Camp (ages 10–18) Commuters $300 Residents $425


Position Camp (ages 10–18) Commuters $300 Residents $425

7/13–7/15 Team Camp $110–$140

7/16–7/18 Elite Camp Commuters $300 This camp is not an official function of the University of Arizona and is open to all entrants. Limited only by number, grade level and/or gender.

Camp information: Erin Tinker (520) 621-6891

Lesson information: Jaclyn Pryor (520) 621-0473

Residents $425

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8140 E. Golf Links Rd. 5660 S. 12th Ave. 2050 N. Wilmot May 29–July 20, 7:30 a.m.–6 p.m. To register call Cathy Garcia 733-7373 Ages: 3–12 At La Paloma summer camp your child will participate in any of the following activities: swimming, tae kwan do, movies, bowling, museums and more. Also included are daily snacks and lunch. Registration: $40 per family (one time) Per week: $140 per child (each week) Drop ins: $40 per day Immunization records must be on file. Early bird Registration, Sat. April 14, 9–12. Sorry, no refunds.

THE MINI TIME MACHINE MUSEUM OF MINIATURES 4455 E. Camp Lowell Dr. 881-0606 ext 104

Spend your summer with The Mini Time Machine Museum of Miniatures! In our week-long summer camps, students will construct their own miniature creations while incorporating a variety of STEAM concepts. Discover medieval castles, explore the Polynesian Islands, build a tree house for fairies, experiment in a mad scientist lab, and more! Ages 5–12. Cost $125. Discount available for museum members. Complete details and list of activities at www.

PIMA COMMUNITY COLLEGE PIMA FOR KIDS/TEEN SCENE 206-6444 • Teresa Noon June 4–July 27 • Ages:5–17

Week-long innovative STREAM (Science, Technology, Relationships, Engineering, Art, Math) enrichment camps for ages 5 - 17. Summer 2018 features the return of popular favorites and the premier of 15 new camps delivered by educators who create highquality, interactive educational experiences that inspire learning, discovery and creativity. Register by May 1 for Early Bird Discounts! Full Day discounts available. Call 206-6468 to register.


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All Library Locations · 791-4010 Cost: FREE. Ages: All Ages

196 N. Court Ave. 837-8119 Ages: 6–15 June 4–8, June 11–15, June 18–22 8:30 a.m.–3:30 P.m. After care available. Campers will take a trip back in time and experience Tucson the way the early settlers did! Kids will make adobe bricks, tin ornaments, and a personal family crest. They will experience gardening, grinding corn by hand and playing presidio period games all while learning about their ancestors, their natural surroundings and Tucson’s multi-cultural history.


8845 N. Silverbell Rd. 572-8136 June–July • Ages: 3–5 (potty trained) Children will have a blast with three weeklong camps. Each week will have a different theme where children can explore and learn through a variety of educational games and activities. $100/Week. Camp dates: June 11-15, June 25-29 and July 16-20.

More Camp Listings on page 31

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CAMPS 2018


3400 Zoo Court 837-8200 June–July • Grades: 1–6 Treat your kids to the greatest summer adventure in Tucson! Reid Park Zoo offers action-packed summer day camps for kids entering grades 1–6. Games, crafts, animal ambassador encounters and behind the scenes opportunities make this camp unlike any other. Participants will experinece how the Zoo’s Animal Care team uses STEM every day to care for the animals and why saving wild places and wild animals is so important. Each week of camp includes swimming sessions at the Edith Ball Recreation Center to recharge.


3801 N. 1st Ave. • 887-4003 June 4–July 20 • Mon.–Fri. Before-camp starting at 7:30 a.m. After-camp care until 5:45 p.m.

Satori School offers one and two week summer camps for ages 2 ½–8 with sessions focusing on the four elements - earth, air, fire and water. Camp includes daily themed activities, interacting with The Evergreen Project’s chickens, goats and bunnies, an indoor gym, and more. Before and after care is available. Come for a week or two or sign up for the whole summer! Register now! Contact 887-4003 or for more information.


7980 E. 22nd St. • 298-4409 All ages

Get your Summer Fun Pass for only $50. The pass is valid for 69 days and is good 7 days a week from 1–4 p.m. The pass has a valued savings of $343.

STEM DAY CAMP OF SOUTHERN ARIZONA 6625 N. 1st Ave. (Kino School) June 11–15 • Ages: 5–11

You don’t have to make kids do science, you just have to let them. Our weeklong CO-ED camp allows kids to work in teams and perform experiments that make Science, Technology, Engineering and Math come alive. Use the returning camper coupon code BEAR for a $100 discount.

SUMMER ACADEMY AT TUCSON COUNTRY DAY SCHOOL ST. THOMAS PRESCHOOL 5150 N Valley View Rd. • 577-0503 June–July • Ages: 2–6 (potty trained)

Camp dates: June 4-8 Marine Biology June 11-15 Engineer This June 18-22 Aerospace June 25-29 Robot July 9-13 Adding & Subtracting with Primary Colors July 16-20 Building & Catapults Camp Hours - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Extended Care 8:00 - 9:00 a.m. & 1:00 4:00 p.m. Three Days Week Camp $120 Five Days Week Camp $175 Supply Fee per Camp $25 Morning and Aftercare snack included and pizza lunch Friday

9230 E. Wrightstown Rd. 296-0883 June 4–June 29 8 a.m.–12:30 p.m. Assistant Principal Program Director (Primary Academy) An academic program tailored to meet each student’s specific needs. Students will be guided through a personalized learning journey using the latest technology, online learning platforms and projects where students can apply their new skills. The Summer Academy will advance your child’s academic skills while making learning relevant and fun! Starting at $375 for four weeks. Register Today!

More Camps next page

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SUN TRAN 792-9222

Sun Tran provides transportation service to many summer camps located in the Tucson area. Discounted pass for children ages 6–18 available. Call 792-9222 or visit for route and schedule information or trip planning assistance.


9040 N. Oracle Rd. • Oro Valley 575-1445 • Linda Ahearn May 29–Aug. 2 Grades 2-10 • Cost: $220 Best art/sculpture camp in Tucson! 13 Years in business! Join Toscana for 4 FUN-FILLED days of making art. Choose from Sculpt in clay, Face off, Oil painting, Drawing, Sketching, Glass mosaics and Puppet making. All camps are 4 consecutive days from 10 a.m.–3 p.m. The week is finished

with an art show for family and friends. Cost $220. For details and to register visit our web site.


9040 N. Oracle Rd. Oro Valley, AZ 85704 520-575-1445



3250 E. Allen Rd. • 298-9808 May 28–Aug 3 • one week sessions 7:30 a.m.–1:00 p.m. • Mon.–Fri. NO CAMP July 2-6 • Ages: 5–12 Join our Horsemanship/Ranch camp! Our summer program is designed to help campers learn, grow, make friends and have fun. We offer many positive and rewarding experiences through animal education and interaction, skill building, water play, arts & crafts and games. All campers ride horses daily!

More Camp Listings on page 34

May 29–Aug. 2: Join Toscana for 4 FUN-FILLED days of making art. Choose from Sculpt in Clay, Face Off, Oil Painting, Drawing, Sketching on the Go, Glass Mosaics & Puppet Making! All camps are 4 consecutive days from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. The week is finished with an art show for family and friends. Grades 2–10. $220.

Learn more about these camps at: 520-575-1445

Tucson Clay Co-Op

CALL NOW! • Classes • Parties • Paint Bar

Summer Pottery Camp

Interactive camp featuring clay sculpture, hand building & wheel throwing. All ages welcome at our community-based studio! 5 Sessions • May 29—August 3 With Paul Waldron of Waldron Tiles

3326 N. Dodge (Just North of Ft. Lowell) Call 792-6263 for more information.


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Horse Around this Summer!

Expires 4/20/18

• Learn to ride or improve your skills Vail & Tucson • Work with professional trainers transportation • Round pen and arena work available! • Trail riding • Beginners through intermediate riders Monday–Friday • 8:00 am to 4:00 pm May 28–June 1, June 4–8, June 18–22, June 25–29, July 9–13, July 16–18 (Ages 7 to 17) For more info, email us at • 591-1615




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CAMPS 2018

TRIANGLE Y RANCH CAMP 34434 S. Y Camp Rd. • Oro Valley 884-0987

June 3–July 27 • Ages: 7-17 Cost: $575 per weekly session, $25 each way for transportation from Jacobs YMCA in Tucson

For more than 60 years Triangle Y Camp has been providing great camp experiences for youth from 7–17. Our summer is devoted to week long overnight camp sessions with fun themes, great programs and outstanding staff. Program areas include archery, riflery, high ropes, zip line, hiking, arts & crafts, sports, challenge course, swimming and more. Make new friends, learn new skills and have fun in the foothills of the Catalinas in a welcoming, supportive community.


Join the world-renowned Tucson Arizona Boys Chorus (TABC) for an amazing week of music, fun, and adventure! Camp includes daily themes (Pirates, Water, Sports, STEM) as well as fancy trick-rodeo roping and high-quality music instruction from one of TABC’s directors.

Live Tucson’s History at the Presidio Museum’s



Become an early inhabitant of Tucson and experience history: hands-on! Kids will make: • Adobe Bricks • Tin Ornaments • A Family Tree and a Personal Family Crest Kids will enjoy: • Calligraphy • Gardening • Grinding corn by hand • Presidio period games with no electronics in sight Kids will learn about: • Tucson’s multi-cultural history • Their ancestors • Their natural surroundings

Dates: June 4-8, June 11-15, June 18-22 8:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. after care available!

See for more information!

The week culminates in a performance at the Reid Park Zoo - complete with a postperformance picnic party and swimming. The TABC Summer Music Camp for current TABC choristers takes place at Camp Lawton located on Mt. Lemmon. Activities for this overnight camp include swimming, archery, riflery, sports and games, arts and crafts, and instruction in fancy trick rodeo roping. The camp promotes music development and camaraderie amongst choristers, and boys are introduced to a wealth of music that forms a foundation for the upcoming season. Visit for more details.

TUCSON CLAY CO–OP 3326 N. Dodge Blvd. 792-6263 • Maxine Krasnow

Tucson Clay Co-op Summer Kid’s Clay Camp with Paul Waldron $140 for two week camp, Tues, Thur, & Fri 9 am til Noon Wheel, Hand Building & Sculpture Session 1: May 29, 31, June 1, 5, 7, 8 Session 2: June 12, 14, 15. 19, 21, & 22 Session 3: June 26, 28, 29, July 3, 5, 6 Session 4: July 10, 12, 13, 17, 19, 20 Session 5: July 24, 26, 27, 31, Aug. 2, 3 (one week $70)

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TUCSON GIRLS CHORUS 4020 E. River Rd. • 577-6064 Dates: June 5–9, 2017

May 29- June 1 (T-F), June 4-8 (M-F) Week 1- $220, Week 2- $240. Sibling, multiweek, and early bird discounts available.

Want to shine? Sing, dance, and act at the Shine! Performing Arts Camp from the Tucson Girls Chorus! Campers will have a blast learning pop and Broadway songs, performing scenes and monologues, and dancing their way across the stage as they prepare for a revue-style performance at the end of the week. Each week features new material, so be sure to reserve your spot soon!


Tucson J • 3800 E. River Rd. 299-3000 EVERY DAY IS AN ADVENTURE AT CAMP J! Join new Camp Director, Josh Shenker and his trained and experienced staff for a summer to remember filled with discovery, growth, learning and Adventure! Camp J provides a safe, fun and caring environment for youth in grades K-8. Campers enjoy a wide variety of programming and activities where they can enhance their abilities in sports, express creativity, develop artistic skills, and build

social skills. This includes lots of time to be physically active with swimming, archery, running, and tons of games, as well as arts and crafts, cooking, gardening, community service, culture and mitzvah projects (good deeds). Specialty Camps include Tennis; Robotics; Motorized Lego Building; Battlebots; Jedi Engineering; Math; Drawing Studio; Pottery; Comic Book Creations; and more! There’s something for every budding personality. Let the ADVENTURE begin!


140 N. Main Ave. 624-2333 ext 118 June 4–Aug. 3 Cost: $175–$330 Draw, paint, sculpt, collage, print and more! Children ages 5–13 will discover culture and art from around the world. This experience will inspire them to create original works of art in a variety of gallery and studio activities.

More Camp Listings on page 36

International School of Tucson Opening the World to Your Child

SUMMER LANGUAGE CAMP May 29–July 27 • Ages 3–13

Your child will enjoy being with creative, curious and motivated students while learning language and culture. Language immersion programs in Spanish, French, German and Chinese. Enrichment programs in science, art and sports will engage and stimulate your child’s growth.

Camp: 8:30 a.m.–3:30 p.m. Extended Care: 7:00 a.m.–6:00 p.m. $225/Weekly, full-time $170/Weekly, half-day $65 Daily/full-time Register by 5/1 to receive a discount. Limited space available

1701 E. Seneca Street Jefferson Park neighborhood– 5 blocks from UMC 520-406-0552


Year-round Nursery School Programs for infants and toddlers Academic-year Language Immersion Programs for Preschool–Middle School





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CAMPS 2018


900 S. Randolph Way • 791-4877 Dates vary • June–July Find your fun with Tucson Parks and Recreation for a safe and educational summertime experience. Pick-up your free copy of the Summer Activity Guide available April 16th at all recreation centers or online at: Register using EZEEreg online: City pools open for summer on May 31-August 1. Swim lessons offered for $15 for youth 17 and under or for $2 for those who qualify for the discount program.

TUCSON RACQUET CLUB SUMMER CAMP 4001 N. Country Club Rd. 520-303-7902 • Gary Engelbrecht May 29–August 3

Early Bird Discount–Register by March 15.

Tucson Racquet Club offers a “Sports Camp” for all ages, abilities and interests. Camp hours: 9 a.m.–2 p.m. (Extended hours are available: PreCamp begins 7:30 a.m./AfterCamp ends 5:30 p.m.) Soccer Camp (ages 8–14)

Get ready for the “World Cup” Soccer drills and skills in the morning, a jump in the pool and lunch, and more soccer in the afternoon. Pee Wee Soccer Camp (ages 5–7) Soccer for the younger set. A soccer morning, jump in the pool, and a fun afternoon. All Sports Camp (ages 7–15) Lifetime sports include tennis, basketball, volleyball, swimming, racquetball and martial arts. Pee Wee Camp (ages 5–7) Features basketball, tennis, gymtime, swimming and arts & crafts. Tennis Camp (ages 7–17) Tennis, instruction, drill, and matchplay. Jr. Evening Tennis Camp (Ages 7–17) Tennis instruction, drill, and fun in the cool evening!

UNIVERSITY OF ARIZONA CAMPUS RECREATION: “A” CAMP 1400 E. 6th St. • 621-6891 Runs May 29–Aug. 3 Register online:

“A” Camp: Get ready for 10 weeks of Adventure, Exploration and Fun! Games, swimming, excursions and more for children ages 5-11. Counselor-in-Training (CIT) Program for ages 12 - 15. Register for just one week or the whole summer.

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UNIVERSITY OF ARIZ CONTINUED Venture program offers off-site field trips to venues like Rocks and Ropes, Pima Air and Space Museum, Dave & Buster’s and more! Early Bird pricing until April 18th. Aquacub Swim Lessons: available for children ages 3 and up of all skill levels. Qualified instructors. Spring sessions start March 12 and Summer sessions begin May 14.

expertise in forensic science, engineering, extreme environments, the science of illusion, and more! Camps are full-day from 9am to 4pm. Cost: $250 per session. Early and extended care available for an additional fee. Flandrau Members receive a 10% discount. Registration for all opens March 1.



Her List of Firsts... First Swim Lesson


1601 E. University Blvd. • 621-4516 6 sessions: June 4th–July 13th 9 a.m.–4 p.m. • Extended care available.

Join the University of Arizona for summer fun at Flandrau Science Center & Planetarium. UA Fusion Camps offer 6 weekly camps for kids entering kindergarten through 7th grade in Fall 2018. Each week is themed and infused with scientific exploration, literacy, creative arts, and fitness. Camp themes will include astronomy, marine biology, insects, chemistry, engineering, and more! UA Fusion Camps provide children with unique hands-on experiences that promote a love for learning. Kindergarten camps: Choose from a wide variety of topics including astronomy, jungle animals, marine life, dinosaurs, slimy science and more! 1st-2nd grade camps: Explore a broad range of subjects including zoology, simple machines, ocean habitats and sea life and more! 3rd-4th grade camps: Learn all about enviroart, geology, chemistry, motorized machines, and more! 5th-7th grade camps: Discover skills and


Cactus Bowl, Lucky Strike, Tucson Bowl Fiesta Lanes • 629-0802 Register May 12, 2018 Vantage Youth Bowling Club—Saturday mornings 10 a.m., three games of bowling, shoes, coaching, awards, discounts. All of our centers are air conditioned, smoke-free, fun-filled family environments. Cost: $8/ week (14 weeks). Total summer program $99. Ages: 8–18. Bumper bowling program available for ages 7 and under, $6 per week or $75 for summer. Schedule a Summer Camp or Daycare field trip! $3.50 for 1 1/2 hours or $4/2 hours. Option to add pizza and soda. Transportation available for group of 40 or more.

Tucson’s Premier Indoor Swim School

520-877-SWIM (7946)

2850 W. Ina Rd. #130 • N.E. corner on Ina/Shannon

More Camp Listings on page 38

If interested, please contact Cathy Garcia at (520) 733-7373

See You at Camp!



• March 2018

What does Scouting have to offer your family? Find out at the

Festival of Books March 10 & 11

Boy Scouts Booth 313 Snap a selfie or family picture and enter to win BSA camping gear

Science of Tomorrow

Continued from page 37



Ventana Summer Camp runs for 9 weeks starting May 30th. All camps are Monday –Thursday, except week one which is Tuesday - Thursday. Ages: 6-14. Camp includes golf, tennis and swimming each day. Other fun activities include court & water basketball, water volleyball, foosball, ping pong, giant chess & checkers and shuffle board.

971 W. Wetmore Rd.

520-205-5676 • Matt Smith Year-roung (Mon.–Fri.) Cost: FREE Grades: K–12

Field trip to a local financial institution. Learn about savings and good money management. Free classroom presentations and curriculum on financial education for youth, parents and teachers. Hughes was named a top 10 finance resource for teens by


7980 E. 22nd St. • 298-4409 All ages


Climbing Tower 520-750-0385

Join Y Camp this summer where we’re always about caring, honesty, respect, and responsibility! FUN WEEKLY THEMED CAMPS! Whether you’re at summer day camp, sports camp or overnight camp, each week is packed with themed activities, crafts, and games, water-fun, sports of all sorts, field trips, and so much more! FUN FOR KIDS, PEACE OF MIND FOR YOU! Campers make new friends, sing, play, explore, learn, and laugh, all under the watchful eyes of fully-trained staff. REGISTER TODAY! YMCA camp sites, rates, themes, and more at *Financial assistance is available to those who qualify,based on available funds.


Park Place Mall • 790-1100 Tucson Mall • 888-0227 Share a program To-Go or in the studio with your camp, group, school, daycare, church or family gathering. For a To-Go package, we’ll come to you, set-up materials, assist with design and painting and do the clean up. Check out our website for great summer fun.


6503 E. Tanque Verde 296-2366 X13 • Sara Archuleta Come and enjoy your summer at Golf N’ Stuff! Field Day packages starting at $11.75 plus tax, per person for unlimited play! Cool off in our Bumper Boats, or test your driving skills on our Go-Kart track! Call today and schedule your group of 10 or more!



6200 N. Clubhouse Ln. 577-4088 • Christine


Participate in exciting STEM Scout experiments

Scale our Climbing Tower located just North of Science City


Get your Summer Fun Pass for only $50. The pass is valid for 69 days and is good 7 days a week from 1–4 p.m. The pass has a valued savings of $343.


Cactus Bowl, Lucky Strike, Tucson Bowl Fiesta Lanes • 629-0802 Register May 12, 2018 Vantage Youth Bowling Club—Saturday mornings 10 a.m., three games of bowling, shoes, coaching, awards, discounts. All of our centers are air conditioned, smoke-free, fun-filled family environments. Cost: $8/ week (14 weeks). Total summer program $99. Ages: 8–18. Bumper bowling program available for ages 7 and under, $6 per week or $75 for summer. Schedule a Summer Camp or Daycare field trip! $3.50 for 1 1/2 hours or $4/2 hours. Option to add pizza and soda. Transportation available for group of 40 or more.

Camp Guide Online at

Join Us

at the Tucson Festival of Books Booth #303

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Pick up a March issue! Congratulate the UA Scien-Tastic Cat on his NEW name “Catpurrnicus” Bring a book review and receive a Pizza Hut Prize!

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Get the Scoop!

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SpaceX Amazes with Latest Launch

When you foster a teen you don’t just change their life.

They’ll change yours forever.


Orientations First & Third Wednesday every month 6:30– 8:30 p.m.

Orientation Site: Tucson • 2919 E. Grant

Foster Children Need You!


TFOB Is Turning 10! Sign the big birthday card or record your

best wishes for the book festival’s next 10 years! Bring us a book review or write a Letter to Boomer to get a coupon for a free pizza from Pizza Hut.

Be part of the Solution!

We’re going BOWLING!


Bowling Field Trips! Party Includes: 1.5 hours: $3.50 2 hours: $4.00

*Group reservation required

Add Pizza and Soda:

$2.00 for a small, $4.00 for a regular slice of cheese pizza and a drink. Transportation available.

Visit Bear at the Tucson Festival of Books March 10–11 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the UofA Mall in front of the Children’s Section, Booth 303


Become a Foster Parent Today!

by Reporter Sarah Schroeder, Homeschool Did you see the amazing SpaceX rocket launch in February? Well, the space race is still ON! SpaceX is a private spaceflight company owned by entrepreneur Elon Musk. Musk is also the CEO of Tesla., maker of the Tesla electric cars. Musk wanted to make a rocket that would be more advanced and bigger than any in the world. Well, he finally did it and it was so amazing. The Falcon Heavy is the largest SpaceX rocket yet at 23 stories tall. It is powered by three core boosters with 27 engines firing together to make about 5 million pounds of thrust at liftoff. As soon as the boosters separated from the rocket, they return to a launch pad on land and on water. This has been tried before with either the rocket exploding or the boosters missing their mark. This launch was to see if all the problems had been worked out. If the rocket lauch worked, a Tesla roadster with an astronaut dummy riding in the drivers seat would be released into space headed towards Mars. The countdown began. I was excited and wondering what we would see. The rocket lifted off. So surreal to see the thrust of the rocket boosters pushing this mammoth thing off the ground. As it nears orbit, the boosters separate from the rocket that continues on into space. Soon, a camera on the Tesla roadster shows the car and its driver out in space with a sign on the dashboard that says, “DON’T PANIC!” Never in my wildest dreams could this be real. Then, the rocket boosters make a sonic boom when entering the atmosphere and land rightside up on a launch pad in Florida. But the main core missed its drone pad in the Atlantic Ocean. Wow! Everyone at SpaceX and Cape Canaveral went crazy over the successful launch. You can see the launch and pictures of the Tesla roadster in space on YouTube and Google. For more info go to


Join the Summer Youth Bowling Club for ages 8–18 Only $8/wk 14 weeks

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Meet with representatives from camps around the Tucson area, for pre-school & up. First 50 kids to arrive receive a FREE round of golf from Golf N Stuff!

Cool Prize Drawings every 15 minutes! Including an Avengers Drone and a 5' Stuffed Bear!

FREE Raffle! WIN BIG Prizes! Enter to Win a FREE Week of Camp to: • Arizona Youth University

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