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EDITOR’S NOTE

Winter, Spring, Summer, Fall — wait…oh yeah, it’s Spring!

It’s official: no shadow casted on Groundhog Day this year, which means an early Spring, right? Well, if you live in Memphis, you already know that such predictions cannot be trusted around here. Not when the forecast calls for slightly above freezing temps during morning school drop off, with a sunny side of beach weather during pickup. How some of us avoid flu symptoms on a recurring basis is a mystery to me.

But I will certainly take the bright golden sun any day, even if it means breaking through the clouds for a little wink of shine. Besides, we definitely don’t want to rush into the humid summer days just yet. Springtime is just one of those seasons where we feel like hugging the fresh, warm air — fingers crossed that the pollen doesn’t take our breath away — smelling the crisp tulips and daffodils, whisking to get a patio seat for evening dessert, and even longer walks in

the park (plus, a quick stop for ice cream). Spring also seems to improve our moods. It just makes us want to do better. Especially with the days feeling longer. We start naturally gravitating to the thoughts of: Farmer’s Markets, Easter celebrations, Spring Break, baseball, birds carrying tunes, gardening, outdoor movies, and more. Should I throw spring cleaning in there? Okay, nevermind… next! (It does give you a fresh start, though.) Also, the rows of colors blossoming from flowers and trees give the wintery canvas a pop of warmth and artistic displays. I can’t say enough great things about spring. It is absolutely in the top running with fall — at least when it comes to good weather.

In this issue, we share one of parents’ favorite things — summer camp listings! It’s a guide that we hope will lead you down a path of adventurous offerings that will keep the kiddos exploring endless opportunities.

Check out ways camp can benefit you (the parent) as well in our cover feature, and also discover how to effectively be still, and do absolutely nothing, which can be a healthy habit for your lifestyle. Also, April is Autism Awareness Month, and we share a story from a mother’s perspective of how she chose to reset her journey to intentionally love and serve her unique purpose of raising a child with autism — plus tips that parents can apply to everyday living and caregiving.

We hope you enjoy this issue of Memphis Parent, and all of the resources we’ve packed especially for you. Now, go have some fun in the sun — responsibly, of course!

Later, my friends!

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Mental Health Shouldn’t Be on Summer Break

Summer Autism Program

for Ages 6 to 17

The Brunswick Day Program is an Intensive Outpatient Program for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism. The day program runs from June 10 through July 12 and is designed for elementary, middle and high school students. Students must have completed kindergarten.

• Held Monday through Friday (except July 4) from 9 am to 2 pm.

• Students may attend one week or any number of consecutive weeks. (for insurance reasons, students must attend in consecutive weeks)

• Provides a supportive environment designed for learning.

• Lunch will be provided.

Our pattern-based curriculum can include:

• Social skills development

• Sensory motor integration skills training

• Educational/learning skills

• Study skills/adaptive classroom behavior

• Activity/recreational therapy

Is your child struggling with depression or anxiety?

Now is a great time to seek treatment

When kids are out of school, they can take this opportunity to work on enhancing their coping skills. Our structured outpatient programs are offered five days a week and can give students the extra behavioral support they need.

Program components can include:

• Recreational and experiential therapy

• Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and traumainformed programming

• LGBTQ+ track

• Co-occurring mental health & substance use disorder programming

• Focus on self-harm and suicide prevention

• Academic tutoring (optional)

For more information on how our program can help improve mental health over the summer months, visit lakesidebhs.com.

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Join Memphis Parent for a day of learning about camps and summer activities for all ages. Meet camp staff and directors and find out more information to help you make good choices for your child this year.

FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park, Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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Mrs. Doubtfire

Everyone’s favorite Scottish nanny is headed to Memphis in an internationally acclaimed new hit musical based on the beloved film and the hysterical and heartfelt story of an out-of-work actor who will do anything for his kids.

Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday-Sunday, March 12-17

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See the Globetrotter stars live as they amaze with new levels of mind-blowing trick shots, expert ball-handling skills, and big laughs. Landers Center, Saturday, April 13, 2 p.m.

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DEAR TEACHER

HOW TO TURN YOUR CHILD INTO A MATH WHIZ

Parents: If you want your child to be a math whiz, the number one thing to do is NEVER say: “I was never any good at math.” And the number two thing not to say is: “I hated math when I was in school.” Say either of these things, and there is a strong likelihood that your child will also be saying these things or use them as justification for not being a math whiz. Whether you were good at math in school or not, you can definitely help your child like math and have the skills to succeed in this subject.

Start Early to Help Your Child Become a Mathematician

Young children are so fascinated with math that they begin to explore mathematical concepts long before they enter school. They explore such things as the sizes of objects, the similarities and differences of objects and people, and the sequence of events. By age three, they start to use words like “more,” “bigger,” and “in the car,” showing they are beginning to learn about math concepts such as volume, size, and the location of objects. They learn these concepts by handling objects and using all of their senses. Support this early interest by providing them with objects to explore. Ordinary objects like plastic measuring cups, pots, pans, empty cardboard, food cartons, and nesting mixing bowls are all you need.

Be sure to help your children learn how to sort objects as it is the most basic of all mathematical skills. They can help you sort the laundry by putting all the socks or shirts together. You can dump a variety of pastas on a table and have them put the like ones in a container. Since numbers can be placed in order from smallest to largest, your children can learn about this mathematical concept of ordering by having them physically place objects in size order like shoes, cups, spoons, various sized pieces of spaghetti, and other household items.

The Time to Introduce Numbers

Before they enter kindergarten, your children should be introduced to numbers. Of course, this may be started at school if they attend nursery school or pre-kindergarten. The first step is rote counting of numbers 10 or less to help them learn the names of the numbers. No matter what they may have learned away from home, have them do rote counting at home, additionally. There are number games you can play with them as well.

Once your children are able to count rotely, you want to have them apply this skill to counting sets. This is the meaningful counting of a collection of things that belong together such as pennies, raisins, pencils, or books. You can enhance this skill by asking them to count the forks on a table, ducks in a picture, or windows in a room. Keep the number of objects small at first — typically under 10. Expand this skill by playing board games with them where they have to advance a number of spaces by either the roll of dice or the spin of a spinner.

The next step in learning about numbers is to have your children learn to identify a number by its written form, a numeral. This is a skill they will need by the time they are in first grade. Begin by teaching them the numerals one to five. You can do this by showing them the numerals on playing cards and tracing them in sand. Once they can identify the numbers to 10, you can introduce them to dot-to-dot activity books so they can trace them in numerical order to make pictures.

Enhancing the Math Skills Your Children Are Learning in School

All the ways you have given your children a good introduction to math — before kindergarten — will prepare them well for the early skills of addition and subtraction,

and beyond. To continue helping them like, or better yet, love math, there are a number of things you can do. Introduce older children to mental math tricks at the dinner table. Play games with them like 21 or Yahtzee, that require some math skills. Take them to the grocery store and have them read the price labels to determine which brand of soup is the best bargain. Have them read speed limit signs as you travel. In other words, bring math into their daily lives in as many ways as you can.

Helpful Math Websites

Many websites have helpful drills and math games to enhance your children’s math skills. Just search for “best math websites,” and choose those that appeal to you. And when you are lost and can’t help your child with a math topic, you will find explanations of every possible topic online. On our own dearteacher.com website, you can find lots of interesting math activities for your children to do from riddles to books, and mental tricks. In addition, our two math books on the website: Helping Your Child with Mathematics and Helping Children with Mathematics each have fun activities and games for turning young children into math whizzes.

Parents should send questions and comments to dearteacher@dearteacher.com, and visit dearteacher.com to learn more about helping their children succeed in school. © Compass Syndicate Corporation, 2024

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Why Summer Camp is Great for… Parents

How parents can maximize time to themselves while their children are away.

Most parents know that kids benefit tremendously from going to summer camp. But have you ever thought about how sending your kids to camp can benefit you — the parent? Based on my own experiences as a seasoned parent of summer campers, as well as conversations with other parents, I can assure you that camp is great for you, too.

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July 15-19

Versatile Dance Camp Ages 6-11

All camps conclude with a performance for family & friends!

For more information call 901.726.9225 or visit newballet.org

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Parents are used to always putting their kids first. From the moment they wake up in the morning until the time they go to bed at night, they’re constantly on our minds. What do they need? What can we do for them? Imagine what happens when they go off to summer camp and the house is suddenly quiet. Here’s what happens: slowly but surely you begin to relax in a whole different way. Suddenly, you can hear your own thoughts, and that’ll give you the mental space to reflect on what YOU would like to do — to put yourself first for once.

Use that mental space to do things you’ve been wanting and meaning to do all year. Perhaps there’s a hobby you’d like to pursue. While the kids are at camp, you have the time to take that yoga or painting class, and you get to choose — all by yourself — whether you’d like to do it after work or on the weekend. Get together with some friends you haven’t seen for a while. If they have kids at camp, too, chances are they’re available and eager to spend some time with you. Go on a romantic date or two with your partner. The possibilities are endless.

Being able to focus on yourself, your partner, and other people in your life who mean a lot to you is no small matter. As parents, we’re used to being responsible providers and caregivers. However, there’s so much more to a person: we’re also partners and friends. These are important parts of our

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identities that we need to remember to cultivate. Sending your kids to summer camp may bring out your more playful side that you haven’t shown for a while.

Another great thing about sending your kids to summer camp is that it’ll give them an opportunity to reach important developmental milestones without you being there every step of the way. They’ll become more independent, more mature, and much better at solving problems on their own. Trust me: Every time my now-teenage son came home from camp, I could tell that he’d grown in leaps and bounds. Seeing how your kids grow also makes you trust them more: you realize they’re able to develop new skills and take care of themselves even when they’re not under your watchful eye.

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summer long. Before and after care are available.

Ultimately, summer camp is great preparation for the day that all parents will face: the day when their kids move out and they become empty-nesters. You will miss them — a lot — and they’ll miss you, too. But, if you’ve done your job well and you have developed deep and meaningful relationships with them, your kids will always come back to visit. Just like they will each year after summer camp. 

Tanni Haas, Ph.D., is a professor in the Department of Communication Arts, Sciences, and Disorders at The City University of New York –Brooklyn College.

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A Whole New World: Raising a Child With Autism

A mother’s story of uniquely loving, creating, and learning through purpose and intentional living.

“After evaluating him, she told me that he was autistic. It was lonely. It was new. It was disappointing and heartbreaking.”

It’s an unexpected diagnosis no parent wants to hear about their young child, but one so many have experienced — alone. Then, there’s the internal processing factor of questions, thoughts, and anxiety, all leading to overwhelming feelings of “what now?” What happens next? Who can I talk to for guidance? How will this impact my family’s life?

April is Autism Awareness Month, and a time designated to focus on the realities of living with the developmental disability that affects how individuals interact with others, communicate, learn, and behave. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), about 1 in 36 children has been identified with autism spectrum disorder (ASD) in the United States today.

Autism is certainly not an easy road to navigate, and Andrea Fenise, mother and creative entrepreneur, has been no stranger to sharing her truth and transparency of raising her four-year-old autistic son, Jasiel Garcia, and 14-year-old daughter, Amira Jones. A busy mom in a blended family of children — including Danny, Jerry, and Melanie Garcia — Andrea stays engaged with the day-today tasks of motherhood, managing her businesses, and archiving stories and history of women through her initiative and blog, In Search of Our Garden. “Raising two children with age gaps and different needs, working, and life in general is no easy task,” says Andrea. “So, every day I wake up and continue to move towards my own goals and dreams while on the

journey of motherhood.”

To know Andrea’s style and approach to purposeful and intentional living — for herself and others — is to know a little about her commitment to inspiring and encouraging others. She’s a multidisciplinary creative and social entrepreneur who has been influential to many through sharing impactful stories, events, and experiences at the intersection of creativity, community, and wellness. As a visual storyteller, she inspires women, especially mothers, to live boldly and harmoniously by creating a life they dream of living.

Andrea is a native to living life creatively, which is frequently set in motion when it comes to adapting to her new normal of Jasiel’s autism diagnosis, and his unique style of learning and exploring the world around him, especially as a bilingual child. “I purposely ‘unbusyed’ myself in this season. I’ve always found discontentment in being overwhelmed and disheveled as a mom,” says Andrea. “Raising my children, working, and living is a lifelong journey I truly feel is my mission and purpose in life. I live creatively for a living. My days look different for work everyday but each day is constant and consistent with my kids. I am present and trying to be an example of how to live a truly creative life.”

As a parent, raising a child (in general) is one of the most difficult roles in life; however, raising a child with autism is increasingly challenging. Andrea has been determined to embrace those challenges — come what may — with grace and

class, as well as not being afraid to fail or try something new. “It took time,” says Andrea. “I gave myself the freedom to discover what my purpose is in this season. I reflected on the natural rhythms and purpose of seasons. In this season of my life, my purpose is to encourage and inspire other mothers navigating similar situations to push forward with unwavering faith, class, grace, and will.”

When first learning of Jasiel’s autism diagnosis, life as Andrea knew it, took a hard left. “It was an unexpected diagnosis,” she says. “I took him for a walk-in appointment for a cold and was assigned to a different pediatrician that actually took time to address some previous concerns of mine. During that visit, she looked over his chart and saw that he was continually missing milestone marks for speech and a couple of gross motor skills, but that he also had an affinity for repetitive behavior, even during the doctor visit. Those milestones had been overlooked by his normal pediatrician as just, ‘boys are slower’ or ‘he’s hearing two different languages at home’. However, she addressed them. She knew. After evaluating him, she told me that he was autistic. It was lonely. It was new. It was disappointing and heartbreaking.”

Jasiel’s diagnosis came during the peak of Covid-19, creating a much longer process. “We experienced a horrible encounter with the psychotherapist because of language and cultural differences,” says Andrea. “Yet, I stood firm on advocating for myself, and for

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Jasiel. I think for me, it was incredibly hard. I felt like, from the moment I heard autistic, I grieved for normalcy. All of the small things that I took for granted, I was now longing for. My day-to-day life changed completely because I now had to prioritize therapies and juggle it with work. I questioned ‘would my life ever be the same again?’ There was just so much uncertainty.”

Andrea gleams when describing Jasiel’s personality. “He is a big ray of boy joy, happiness, love, and excitement,” she expresses. “Well first, being with his mommy brings him the most joy. He is a mama’s boy through and through. But he loves building houses, unique objects with magnetic blocks and legos, and puzzles. He loves technology and designing art on the iPad. Jasiel gets really excited to play with his dad’s tools. Nature is his happy place. And big sister, Amira, makes him giggle until he gets tired. Transitioning from what he is really focused on and hearing the word ‘no’ is a struggle for him. Most kids struggle with that though, autistic or not.”

While Andrea is still on a journey of learning to view the world — as Jasiel sees it — she is often driven by opportunities to share her experiences with other parents, knowing firsthand the struggles and frustrations they encounter daily. “They are learning a world that is different from how they see things,” says Andrea. “We are learning every day how to guide them through the challenges of autism. Show love by being patient. Show love by educating yourself about autism and its wide spectrum. Show love by seeking ways to come into the autistic child’s world rather than forcing them through societal pressures or norms in yours.”

“Every child is different,” she continues. “Your walk along the spectrum may be completely different and you have to give yourself grace. My advice is to surrender, yet don’t give up. Surrender to living a life that may be different from other parents, but don’t give up.”

On her hardest days, or even Jasiel’s, Andrea is reminded of what keeps her

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grounded. “My mother jokes a lot about this, but she always said, ‘God knows who to give special babies to’,” says Andrea. “Therefore, I can say with confidence that my faith keeps me grounded. God knew with all of the changes in my life, grief, and responsibilities, I was uniquely designed to love, care, and raise an autistic child. Secondly, prioritizing pockets of time for myself. I’ve redefined self care as well while raising an autistic child.”

Daniel Garcia, Jasiel’s father, adds: “It is hard raising a child with autism. But it isn’t impossible. You have to understand them, not the other way around. They are not like us. They are brilliant, intelligent, and very smart. For me, as his father, and Spanish being my first language, it is really important to me that my son learns two languages. It is hard, but not impossible. You have to be patient and dedicated, and they understand everything and will do everything when they want.”

A few simple tips Andrea shares with other moms, dads, or grandparents that have helped her navigate raising a child with autism:

• Seek resources and start as early as you can. The earlier you start getting professional help and support, the better.

• Work with your autistic child. There may be some delays such as speech or development, but keep working with them, teaching them, and talking to them.

• Find comfort in other autistic parents or caregivers.

• Give the primary caregiver a break. Raising an autistic child can be taxing physically, spiritually, mentally, and emotionally. Sacrificing your time to give the primary caregiver a break is invaluable. It also gives the child exposure to other people to help with socializing and getting outside of the normal routine and ways of the primary caregiver.

For family resources on autism, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s website, or contact your child’s pediatrician.

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Arrow Creative

Send your mini makers for one-week sessions beginning in June, grades 3rd-12th, to a place where they will learn and grow in a creative environment. Arrow teachers are all professional working artists with a passion for teaching the next generation of creatives. With classes like creating with painting, ceramics, digital media, animation, fashion design, and more, there’s sure to be a class that your mini maker would enjoy. For more information, visit arrowcreative.org/summercamp

Ballet Memphis School

Dance with Ballet Memphis this summer! Explore ballet for the first time or continue working on your technique. Learn directly from dance professionals who are mindful of teaching to the skill level of the student. Camps end with a performance for family and friends! For more information or to register for summer camp, visit balletmemphis.org.

Bodine School

Get students excited about reading and writing! Maintain literacy skills previously taught, introduce new literacy skills, and minimize the loss of literacy skills. Bodine School’s Summer Reading Program will be held June 3-27, Monday through Thursday. Morning session: 8:30-11:30 a.m.; Afternoon session: 1-4 p.m. This year’s program is open to students in rising grades 1st-6th. For details and registration, visit bodineschool.org/summer

Camp Arrowhead for Boys

Camp Arrowhead is a community in which boys will learn to see with their hearts, create with their hands, and live together in a spirit of brotherhood through our core values of selfreliance, leadership, outdoor adventure, and self-expression. A summer of adventure awaits with archery, blacksmithing, survival skills, riflery, rock climbing, arts and crafts, swimming, mountain biking, and more! Visit our website for more information at camparrowhead.com

Camp of the Rising Son

Give your child the best summer ever by sending them to an unforgettable week at Camp of the Rising Son. Get ready to experience life-changing fun, crazy themes, incredible activities, memorymaking adventures, and new friends while learning about and experiencing the love of Jesus Christ! For kids ages 6-17, Camp of the Rising Son offers exciting Christ-centered overnight camps and a variety of teen adventures sure to give your child an amazing week. To register or for more information, visit campoftherisingson.com or call (662) 547-6169.

Christian Brothers High School

CBHS is a one-stop destination for happy campers of all ages, boys and girls in grades K-12! From sports and recreation, to theater and creative arts, robotics and game design, our full-day and halfday morning and afternoon sessions will keep kids engaged, energized, and entertained all summer long. Learn more at camps.cbhs.org, or contact Adam Smith at asmith@cbhs.org

Evangelical Christian School

ECS is proud to offer a variety of summer camps. As parents, you can rest assured that your children will be in the capable hands of teachers and coaches who love Jesus, love your kids, and enthusiastically teach valuable skills that your children will enjoy. June 3-July 26, for boys and girls in rising pre-K-9th grades. Open to the public, and space is limited. To register or for more information, visit ecseagles.com

Grace-St. Luke’s Episcopal School’s SummerFest

Join us for SummerFest 2024 at GSL! For over 30 years, we have offered weekly summer camps for boys and girls. We have everything from Minecraft to sports, theater, robotics, art, cooking, sewing, music, and so much more! Plus, we have a swimming pool on site to help

campers keep cool all summer long. So come join us at GSL – we’re going to have a blast! See our full brochure and register online at gslschool.org/summerfest. June 3-August 2; weekly day camps, full-day and half-day options, 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m.; rising JK-8th grade. Anchor Center, 250 Lemaster, Memphis, TN 38104, 901-278-0200

Harding Academy Summer Camp

Summer @ Harding is awesome! Register for Day Camp to make new friends, take field trips, and participate in service projects. Sign up for Sports Camps to work on your swing/shot/kick. Or take a LEAP class to learn how to play piano, cook your favorite food, and more. Whatever you choose, you’ll make great summer memories this year at Harding. Register online at hardinglions.org/summer. May 28–July 26, 2024; rising SK through 12th; full-day, and halfday options; no fee for extended care.

High Point Climbing and Fitness Memphis

Help your kids climb to new heights this summer with our youth climbing camp. Our camps are designed to help them gain strength, confidence, and coordination in a fun and safe environment. With experienced instructors and all the necessary safety gear, your kiddos will learn valuable techniques while having a blast. Youth ages 5-13. May 27-July 26, morning and afternoon camps; Monday-Friday, 8 a.m.-12 p.m. / 1 p.m.-5 p.m. Sign up today and watch your kids reach new heights! Visit highpointclimbing.com or call 901-203-6122

Kroc Center

Kroc Camps are jam-packed with all The Kroc has to offer, including a variety of activities led by Kroc staff: swimming, gym games, art, cooking, and more! For more information, check out the Kroc Camps guide at krocmemphis.org/ KrocMemphis/camps

The Lab School of Memphis

Embrace the sunshine at The Lab School of Memphis summer camp from June 3-July 24. The morning program will consist of theme-based activities, exploration, and challenges. This year’s themes include farm week (off campus), musical theater week, content creator week, movement week, science week, and more! Afternoons will include crafts, outdoor games, and water play. For more information or to register, visit thelabschoolofmemphis.com/summer-camp.

Lakeshore Camp and Retreat Center

Join us for a good time you won’t forget! With over 40+ camp options tailored to all ages and interests, we’re gearing up for a year of epic staff, awesome leadership, and the most incredible campers. Don’t miss out on a summer

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Broadway’s Timeless Musical MAR. 8, 9 / 7:30P.M. & MAR. 10 / 2:00P.M.

Fly with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, & the Darling children to Neverland for a timeless adventure. With songs like I’M FLYING – I’VE GOTTA CROW – NEVER NEVER LAND…

Make memories with Peter Pan!

that’s bound to be an absolute blast. For more information or to register, visit lakeshorecamp.org/summer-camp

Lakeside Behavioral Health System

Summer autism program for ages 6-17. The Brunswick Day Program is an intensive outpatient program for children and adolescents with high-functioning autism. The day program runs from June 10 through July 12 and is designed for elementary, middle and high school students. Students must have completed kindergarten. For more information, contact Marceia. Ashe@uhsinc.com or call 901-373-0931

The Little Gym

It’s time for an adventure! The Little Gym’s summer camps help kids ages 3-8, to exercise their muscles and imaginations! Plus, flexible scheduling options allow you to sign your Super Kid up for several weeks, a single week, or even just a day at a time. Monday-Thursday, 1-4 p.m.; Friday, 1:30-4:30 p.m. The Little Gym of Germantown, TN. For more information, visit thelittlegym.com/ tennessee-germantown or 901-755-1323

Little Medical School

Choose from our Future Doctor School, Future Veterinarian School, and Med School 4 Teens summer camps. Visit littlemedicalschool.com/midsouth

Memphis Jewish Community Center

MJCC Summer Camp is the perfect place for a kid to be a kid! Open to all children ages 3 through 10th grade, June 3-August 2. A memorable summer awaits, filled with fun and excitement that promotes self-confidence, positive values, and friendships that last a lifetime. Register at jccmemphis.org/camp

Memphis Zoo

Come spend the summer with us at Zoo Camp! Sessions will be held MondayFriday from 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Lunch and extended care options are available. June 3-August 2; JK-8th grade. To learn more or register, visit memphiszoo.org/zoo-camp Spots fill up quickly, so sign up today.

Missouri Military Academy

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Museum of Science & History

Get ready for some summer fun at MoSh! The Greening of Mars camp, June 3-7 and June 8-12; Biodiversity and Tree Science camp, June 3-7 and July 8-12; Survivor camp, June 10-14 and July 15-19; Double Bubble Coils and Hubble camp, June 1721 and July 22-26; Woodland Wonders camp, June 17-21 and July 22-26; Dino Daze at MoSh Central camp, June 24-28 and July 29-August 2; and Insectasaurus camp, June 24-28 and July 29-August 2. For more information, contact Abby Drake at abigail.drake@memphistn.gov or 901-636-2381.

Music Box

Award-winning camps program is designed to offer all-day and half-day options for elementary, middle and high school kids. For more info, visit musicboxinc.com/camps

New Ballet Ensemble

Summer camps for ages 3-11. Peter and the Wolf camp for ages 3-5, June 24-28 and July 22-26; Musical Theater camp for ages 6-11, July 8-12; Anansi and the Sky God camp for ages 6-11, July 8-12; Peace, Love, and Hip Hop camp for ages 6-11, July 15-19 and July 22-26; Versatile Dance camp for ages 6-11, July 15-19. All camps conclude with a performance for family and friends! For more information, visit newballet.org or call 901-726-9225

The Ninja Gym

Looking for a unique and fun way for your child to enjoy their school break? Join us for Ninja Camp! Camps are offered during the summer, fall, winter, and spring breaks. For more information, visit theninjagym.net.

Orpheum Theatre

Whether your student loves the spotlight or thrives in the camaraderie and creativity that theatre provides, we have a way for them to shine this summer! Explore our summer camps and intensives for students in grades 3-12, plus recent high school graduates. For details and pricing, visit orpheummemphis.com/learn-engage/camps

Playhouse on the Square

Playhouse on the Square’s Summer Youth Theatre Conservatory is open to any student interested in theatre, regardless of experience. Participants attend daily classes and workshops in theatre skills and dynamics, voice, dance/movement, and

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more. Session sizes are limited to allow for maximum individual attention and development. Offering 1-2 week summer camp sessions for rising K-2nd, 3rd-5th, and 6th-12th grade students. For more information, visit playhouseonthesquare.org/ summer-youth-conservatory

Porter-Leath

Sunsational summer camp at PorterLeath, June 3-July 25. Offering a full day of learning, including topics related to STREAM (science, technology, reading, engineering, art & math) and more! For children entering kindergarten, first grade or second grade. For more information, visit preschoolmemphis.org/ summercamp.

Riverview Camp for Girls

It’s all about raising girls to be leaders! Don’t miss out on an award-winning, Christcentered camp for your daughter this summer. On top of Lookout Mountain in historic Mentone, Alabama. Your daughter can enjoy riding, jumping, swimming, heated pool, ropes course, climbing tower, outdoor nature skills, sports: soccer, basketball, beach volleyball, tennis, canoeing, golf, archery, gymnastics, cheerleading, and dance; chorus, drama, arts and crafts, the CIT program, campfires every night, optional trips, and more. Choose from 1- and 2-week sessions and mother-daughter weekends. Register now at riverviewcamp.com or call 800-882-0722. We’re filling up fast!

School of Rock

Summer music camps are a great way for your child to start their musical journey. From beginner camps to themed, recording, and songwriting camps, School of Rock offers a wide variety of topics to ensure your child is engaged and has an amazing, immersive experience. Our camps utilize the School of Rock’s performance-based curriculum, which emphasizes performance as the primary way to build musicianship. Camp students will learn to play by rehearsing in a safe and fun in-school environment, culminating with a live performance at week’s end. Summer music camps for ages 7-18; camps for all skill levels. To learn more or register, visit schoolofrock.com/music-camps.

St. George’s Independent School

Make this the summer your child discovers the arts, hones athletic skills, explores the great outdoors, and so much more. With nearly 50 camp options, there is something for kids of all ages PK-12th — all summer long. Before and after care available. Visit sgis.org/summer

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University of MississippiPre-College Summer Programs

The University offers a number of opportunities for students to experience Ole Miss before they begin their official college careers. This year’s offerings include both commuter and residential opportunities. Details can be found at www.outreach.olemiss.edu/pre_college

USA Ninja Challenge

Ninja camps are the best way to provide a fun day of specific skills training, ninja games, and ninja course creation that will keep your kids engaged! Fun obstacle training camps that will make the summer a blast. Our camp program focuses on building confidence through fun and fitness. Kids will have the chance to test their limits in a safe environment, navigating obstacles with children their own age. To register or for more information, visit ninjamemphis.com/camps

Westminster Academy

Offers summer programs for rising JK12th-grade boys and girls from across Memphis. Our mission: to use the summer months to nurture the hearts, minds, and bodies of campers so that they would know the Lord Jesus Christ and worship him with all of their being! Visit wamemphis.com/ student-life/summer.cfm.

Woodland Presbyterian School

Come have a BLAST with us this summer! Woodland Presbyterian School offers a variety of summer camp offerings for girls and boys, ages 3-8th grade, including day camp and specialty camps for academics, athletics, the arts, and more. BLAST summer camp at Woodland, May 28 - July 31. For more information or to register, visit woodlandschool.org/blast

YMCA

Summer Camp at the Y is all about adventure! At YMCA Summer Camp, kids have the opportunity to explore nature, find new talents, try new activities, gain independence, and make lasting friendships and memories. And of course, it’s fun! Each week this summer will hold a different theme for campers to have fun activities surrounding arts and crafts, science, sports, water safety and swimming, nature, and more, that all focus on what it means to grow and learn as a person! Visit ymcamemphis.org/camp for info on locations, pricing, and more. 

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Whose generation is it anyway?

Historians of the future might do well to study the popular culture influences of young people to figure them out. Yes, I know, it’s already difficult for even contemporary grownups to understand kids today, but there’s always an effort to find the key that defines a generation.

But part of the problem is that we put way too much value on these so-called generational divisions. Millennials, X-ers, Boomers are all labels that endeavor to explain people of a certain age, but they are terrible tools. Generalizations are always risky (see what I did there?). All the members of any particular group can truly only be defined by their age range, and even then, not everyone agrees on the exact years of each cohort.

And because the attempt is to define large and wildly diverse groups of people, the tendency is to associate major global events with them. Things they had nothing to do with, typically, like wars, since the world seems to have so many of them.

My grandkids are part of what someone has designated Generation Alpha, born between 2013 and 2025. There are some safe generalizations to make about this group, such as immersion in technology and a childhood shaped by the Covid-19 pandemic. But none of that helps with specifics. For that, you need to know what they’re engaged in day-to-day. Not just that they’re hunkered over a tablet device, but what it is they’re absorbing. And of course, the toddler’s world view will be different from the fourth grader’s despite both being labeled Gen Alphas.

So for the 3-year-old, the influences come from Bluey, Blippi, Peppa Pig, and PAW Patrol. Now I can’t say exactly how she’ll manifest all this exposure. If she starts honking out an annoying mirthless laugh (Blippi-style), then we’ll banish that program.

If she begins to affect a British accent, then we can blame Peppa and family, although maybe we can make fun of the royals.

But I suspect the influence of these shows is limited. After all, when she was fully engaged in the vast world of Cocomelon, she repeatedly was shown the importance of saying please and thank you. But to this day, she still requires the occasional courtesy prompt. And if she picked up any potty training lessons from the show, it’s news to us. But she no longer is a Cocomelon devotee, and I can say it’s a relief that we don’t hear “Wheels of the Bus” in our house anymore, despite the many and varied versions that exist.

As I am in a somewhat older generation (okay Boomer), I like to think that books have a place in all this stimulation. At age three, we favor picture books with corresponding words, preferably in both English and Spanish. We have plenty of books in the house, there for the perusing, and sometimes they get attention. Even the ones without pictures.

Now, the older grand is 10, and has a very different set of experiences. What she’s experiencing is shaped much more clearly by parental influences. Studio Ghibli productions are highly favored and there is attention paid to the Star Wars and Star Trek universes. But she also finds her own areas of interest. She dressed up as an axolotl for Halloween because it’s the

cutest salamander you’ll ever hope to see.

And she has her own books to read, but some we still read aloud. The misadventures of Amelia Bedelia are a favorite and she has become attached to some of these book series that keep you reading (and buying) from one to the next. As we did with Nancy Drew and the Hardy Boys (okay, again Boomer).

What we — parents and grandparents — are trying to do is shape the influences of culture on our kids. Wish us luck, right? We can only hope to choose well and hope the good stuff sticks. But you can’t always tell, and sometimes an odd choice turns out all right.

I remember my parents taking me to a movie when I was around eight years old. It was Ingmar Bergman’s The Seventh Seal, of all things. The film was set during the Black Plague in Europe, and we meet a knight returning from the crusades, his squire, and a traveling troupe of actors. And Death, clad in black and looking pasty. The knight challenges Death to a chess match. I wasn’t terrified at all, but I remember some puzzling moments. What I don’t remember is probably locked away in the noggin somewhere influencing my regard for knights and plagues and traveling actors.

So assume that everything sticks inside those little minds, and do your best to make sure they learn what is good and right and beyond generational influences. And teach them to play chess. 

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It’s hard for me to sit still and chill. If I’m honest, I like being busy and spinning plates.

But even when I take a moment or two to myself, I tend to use the time to plan ahead for trips, shows, projects, etc. Why is that, I wonder? I enjoy doing nothing and tooling around the house like the next person, but for some reason, it also makes me feel guilty. Like I’m being tapped on the shoulder by my inner doer who keeps telling me there’s always something that can be done at work or improved on the home front.

But why? Maybe it’s the world we live in where we honor and lift up people who do too much. Or maybe it’s a mechanism of keeping up with the Joneses. Whatever the reason, I need to cut it out and take advantage of the opportunities to do nothing.

In some ways, that inner voice is right.

THE IMPORTANCE OF DOING NOTHING

Setting goals and boundaries to create a mindfulness approach to everyday life.

There is always something that can be done, but the rewards and benefits of doing nothing should not be diminished.

Take Winter Storm Heather back in January for example. I was literally stuck at home and couldn’t really do anything. All productivity for the entire family came to a grinding halt. I have to say, I definitely took advantage, but in hindsight I could have done a whole lot less. Argh! Missed opportunity to be sure.

According to mindfulness expert Andy Puddicombe, one path to happiness is 10 minutes, each day, to stop and enjoy the sensation of doing nothing. In his TED Radio Hour episode Slowing Down, Puddicombe asks what can we learn from slowing down — even procrastinating?

Good advice.

When was the last time you did nothing? What works for you? For me, while it’s difficult, the benefits of doing nothing are very rewarding. I always feel rested when I take five to 10 minutes to just sit still and be present. Sure, there are times where we need to be uber engaged and dialed in, but most times, we aren’t really missing out on anything.

Personally, I envy folks who have clearly set up boundaries with text messaging, social media, and even emails. I am proud of myself for the growth I’ve made in the email realm, because let’s be honest, if you answer an email after hours, at night, or on the weekend, you are setting yourself up for people to email you during those times. STOP IT! It’s served me well.

As for doing nothing, I’ll keep working at it. Here are some goals I’ve set for myself:

1. Put the phone down or away. If it’s in the other room, I won’t be tempted to pick it up and scroll aimlessly or answer emails.

2. Lay down and breathe. Listening to my breath will help me get in tune with my body.

3. Look out the window. Remember feeling bored as a kid just staring out the window? Think about all the ideas and daydreams you had.

4. Don’t be so hard on yourself. We all work hard every day so we could all use a break.

5. Relax. You can do it! 

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Save the date and join us for a day of learning about camps and summer activities for all ages. We're hosting a FREE event to help parents meet camp staff and directors and find out more information to help you make good choices for your child this summer!

FedEx Event Center at Shelby Farms Park, Saturday, March 2nd, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.

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2 • Saturday

Super Saturday - Women’s History Month

The whole family can learn more about the women artists represented in the Brooks’ art collection and their history to celebrate Women’s History Month. Patrons will enjoy free admission, artmaking, and special activities. Super Saturdays are on the first Saturday of each month.

Memphis Brooks Museum of Art, Saturday, March 2, 10 a.m.-noon

Instrument Petting Zoo

The Memphis Jazz Workshop’s instrument petting zoo offers students young and old a chance to get up close and personal with musical instruments that they normally see and hear in the concert setting.

Museum of Science & History, Saturday, March 2, 10:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m.

Change Makers Day

Celebrate the past, present, and future of change in Memphis together. Immerse yourself in captivating stories of Memphis heroes who have influenced our city’s history through interactive exhibits, engaging displays, panels, hands-on-activities, and more.

Museum of Science & History, Saturday, March 2, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

5 • Tuesday

Disney Princess - The Concert

The beloved songs of your favorite Disney princesses come alive on stage with a host of Broadway and television stars. Orpheum Theatre, Tuesday, March 5, 7 p.m.

7 • Thursday

Disney on Ice: Find Your Hero

Watch favorite Disney stories come to life through world-class ice skating. Landers Center, Thursday-Sunday, March 7-10

8 • Friday

Peter Pan

Fly with Peter Pan, Tinkerbell, and the Darling children straight to Neverland for a timeless adventure.

Bartlett Performing Arts & Conference Center, Friday-Sunday, March 8-10

9 • Saturday

4th Annual Rainbow Dash 5K

This vibrant and inclusive day of fun, festivities, and fitness invites runners, walkers, and supporters of all ages and abilities to celebrate diversity and community spirit.

Overton Park, Saturday, March 9, 10 a.m.

Magic Mr. Nick’s

Wacky Games & Prizes Show!

This 45-minute show is jampacked with lots of comedy and interaction for the kids, and of course, fun experiments.

Germantown Community Theatre, Saturday, March 9, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Peanut Butter & Jam: Songs by Jake

This program introduces children, ages 8 and under, to a variety of genres including music, dance, and multicultural arts in an informal and highly interactive concert setting.

Germantown Performing Arts Center, Saturday, March 9, 10:30-11:30 a.m.

Stax’s March Family Day: Celebrating Women’s History Month

In honor of Women’s History Month, the Stax Museum’s March Family Day will celebrate and highlight the influential women of Stax Records and the world. The day will have food trucks, arts and crafts, games, and other engaging activities throughout the afternoon, plus free admission to the museum. The second Saturday of every month is Family Day at the Stax.

Stax Museum of American Soul Music, Saturday, March 9, 1-5 p.m.

15 • Friday

You’re a Good Man, Charlie Brown

Join Charlie Brown and his friends as they navigate the ups and downs of growing up, set to a timeless and catchy score. Perfect for all ages, this hilarious and heartwarming show is a must-see for theater lovers.

The Circuit Playhouse, March 15-April 13

16 • Saturday

Teen Workshop: Pastry Decorating with Rafael Figueroa (ages 14-18)

Students will learn the art of pastry decorating and will create several edible works of art.

Dixon Gallery & Gardens, March 16, 1-4 p.m.

51st Annual Silky Sullivan St. Patrick’s Parade Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day with Memphis’ favorite tradition.

Beale Street, Saturday, March 16

17 • Sunday

St. Patrick’s Day Concert: Ballygran

Bring the kids out for a free concert of classic Celtic songs with traditional instruments by

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Overton Square, Sunday, March 17, 5-7 p.m.

22 • Friday

Jurassic Quest

Walk with a larger-than-life dinosaur herd with your friends and family and meet true-to-detail-and-size dinos. Other highlights include rides, fossil digs, play spaces, and more.

Agricenter International, Friday-Sunday, March 22-24

23 • Saturday

Easter Egg Hunt

Elmwood Cemetery hosts a free Easter egg hunt, open to children ages 2 through 9. Elmwood Cemetery, Saturday, March 23, 9 a.m.

Cherry Blossom Picnic

Celebrate spring with a hanami, or cherry blossom picnic. Enjoy lunch from Asianinspired food trucks, take a guided tour through the Japanese Garden, listen to 901 Taiko, and participate in traditional crafts and games.

Memphis Botanic Garden, Saturday, March 23, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.

B.I.G. (Believe in Girls) Event

MoSH presents a lively and empowering experience that stitches the legacy of women in STEM into the fabric of tomorrow’s leaders. Girls can dive into the STEM universe with hands-on robotics, exciting activities, and a dazzling display of diverse STEM careers.

Museum of Science & History, Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

Overton Square Easter Egg Hunt

Kids can pick up their bunny ears and Easter bags to scoop up as many eggs as they can find at this family-friendly and free event, complete with the Easter Bunny, face painting, balloon artists, and a crafts table.

Overton Square, Saturday, March 23, 11 a.m.-1 p.m.

Arthur Trace: The Artful Deceiver

The eighth magician in the history of magic to be awarded the International Brotherhood of Magicians Gold Medal, Arthur Trace delights and astounds even the most skeptical of audiences.

Halloran Centre, Saturday, March 23, 7:30 p.m.

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Bunny Brunch

Hop on by the Memphis Zoo for brunch with the Easter bunny! This family affair is complete with a delicious brunch on fine linen and china and visits with the bunny of the hour.

Memphis Zoo, Saturday, March 30

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The Little Gym’s summer camps help kids to exercise their muscles, and imaginations! Plus, flexible scheduling options allow you to sign your Super Kid up for several weeks, a single week or even just a day at a time!

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4 • Thursday

Fairytales on Ice Presents:

Peter Pan and Wendy

The beloved, classic story of Peter Pan, and his pal Wendy, comes to life with dramatic and imaginative enactment, as the Buckman stage converts into an ice rink for two performances only.

Buckman Arts Center at St. Mary’s Episcopal School, Thursday, April 4, 4:30 p.m. & 7:30 p.m.

6 • Saturday

Bookstock: Memphis Area Authors’ Festival Memphis Public Libraries and Friends of the Library presents the largest annual local authors festival in Memphis.

Benjamin L. Hooks Central Library, Saturday, April 6, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.

13 • Saturday

Magic Mr. Nick’s Dinosaur Crew

Dinosaur Crew is a fun educational program for kids of all ages and is the brainchild of Memphis magician Magic Mr. Nick with a great cast of professional performers and puppeteers. Germantown Community Theatre, Saturday, April 13, 10:30 a.m. & 1 p.m.

Shelby Forest Spring Festival

At this fest, families can go wild with live music, food, arts and crafts vendors, wildlife and cultural exhibits, and a corn hole tourney.

Meeman Shelby Forest, Saturday, April 13

19 • Friday

Creative Uprising Showcase & Art Expo

Featuring teens graduating from CLOUD901 performing alongside professional artists, this show provides the experience of eco-equity enthusiasm with an artistic spin.

Cossitt Library, Friday & Saturday, April 19 & 20, 7 p.m.

20 • Saturday

Party for the Planet

Join the Memphis Zoo for a day of fun and learning to celebrate the planet through Endangered Species Day, Earth Day, and World Oceans Day.

Memphis Zoo, Saturday, April 20, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.

27 • Saturday

Memphis Brick Convention

This LEGO fan event brings all of the creative hands-on, minds-on fun of LEGO-building and experiences together in one space. Professional LEGO Artists will display their amazing LEGO creations and meet with fans. Attendees will get a chance to show off their own LEGO-building skills. Landers Center, Saturday-Sunday, April 27-28

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“How People Make Things: Inspired by the Mister Rogers’ Factory Tours”

How People Make Things” offers hands-on activities using real factory tools and machines, linking familiar childhood objects to a process of manufacturing that combines people, ideas, and technology.

Children’s Museum of Memphis, on display through May 5

“Sue: The T. Rex Experience”

Step into the world of Sue the T. rex to uncover the mysteries about the life of this fearsome fossil. Learn how the fossil was unearthed and how scientists continue to make discoveries about Sue, the most complete Tyrannosaurus rex specimen ever discovered.

Museum of Science & History, on display through May 12

Who Is That Teen Artist?

How Does Art Make You Feel?”

This interactive exhibition highlights teens’ contributions to the art world. Centered on the theme of emotions, it delves into the intricate world of interpersonal feelings and concepts through the young artists’ diverse expressions. Dixon Gallery & Gardens, on display through March 31

For more activities and event listings, visit our online calendar at memphisparent.com.

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Photo (Above) © Denver Museum of Nature & Science Sue: The T. Rex Experience was organized by the Field Museum and is part of the Griffin Dinosaur Experience Photo (Right) Courtesy of Brick Convention

May 27- July 26

Morning and Afternoon Camps

Monday-Friday

8 am-12 pm / 1 pm- 5 pm

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