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YMCA CAMp sT. CroiX Located on St. Croix River, near Hudson, Wisconsin. Canoe trips, kayaking, sailing, rock climbing and horseback riding camps.

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YMCA CAMp iCAGHoWAN Located on Lake Wapogasset near Amery, Wisconsin. Rock climbing, technical tree climbing, skateboarding and horseback riding camps.

YMCA CAMp WArreN Located on Half Moon Lake, girls camp and boys camp near Eveleth, Minnesota. Sailing and horseback riding camps. Unique in-camp activities: tennis, photography and art.

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YMCA DAY CAMp Ages 4 – 14 Outdoor adventures with exciting camp activities: archery, canoeing, crafts and cookouts. Kids are home each night. 10 Locations.

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Top 10 Events-Plan a Spring Family Adventure


 ummer Camp 101: S Making the Most of Summer


Make A Teacher's Week: A Fresh Way to Say "Thanks"


 Play Dates Just for Moms-Cause 13 why do kids get to have all the fun?


Stylish Mom-Fashion Apps on the Go


 anic Mondays? How to Transition M from Weekend to Work Week


Growing Up Online: Common Sense about Selfies


 ive Building Blocks for the F Teen Job Hunt


How to Tame the Screen Time Temptress


Outsource Yourself: 7 Ways to Shrink Your To Do List


Barefoot in the Kitchen-Gluten Free Recipes for the Whole Family

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 arental Conduct Unbecoming: How P to Tame the "Beast" within While Your Child Competes in Sports


Packing for Camp: It’s About More Than Socks and Underwear


Camp Guide-Road Map for Picking the Best Camps for the Kids

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ecently, I had the opportunity to meet with many local parents to discuss the in’s & out’s of summer camp planning, in an effort to assist our readers with the best possible resource for the 2014 camp registration season. During one conversation, a reader expressed how registering for camps is similar to putting together a never-ending jigsaw puzzle that has no particular perfect outcome. From making sure that not only all your kids are attending the perfect interest based camp, to finding one that is financially affordable, and one that works well with the whole family's summer schedules – camp planning can become a stressful endeavor. We have meticulously prepared our April/May 2014 camp guide to not only help you in finding the perfect camps for kids/teens of any age, but also to make it an enjoyable, no-stress event! Hat’s off to you mom and dad, for always wanting to and working towards the ability to not only offer your kids amazing camp experiences, but also find local fun for the whole family.

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This year’s third annual Bowling for Brains offers something for everyone— bowling, food, drinks, silent auction, contests, and kids activities. It’s a fun, family-friendly, afternoon event that honors and celebrates those who have a brain tumor, are surviving a brain tumor, cared for someone who has or had a brain tumor, and the future success of brain tumor research and support.


SWEET SCIENCE ICE CREAM TASTING APR. 17 5PM Verdant Tea 2111 E Franklin Ave Minneapolis, MN 55404

Gather the family and head to this awesome ice cream tasting event. Try all of Sweet Science’s seasonal flavors (15-20) and take home pints too! The tasting is free, so bring your family & friends, a cooler, and whatever you do, bring your sweet tooth!

FESTIVAL OF NATIONS MAY 1-4 Saint Paul RiverCentre 175 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 651-647-0191



MAY 3 Animal Humane Society 845 Meadow Ln. Golden Valley, MN 55422 763-522-4325


RUN OR DYE 5K APR. 26 Harriet Island St. Paul, MN

Festival of Nations has become one of the largest multi-cultural events in the United States. The Festival offers tantalizing food at 35 cafes from around the globe, international bazaars with imported and unique gifts, ethnic artists demonstrating their unique skills passed down from generation to generation, and continuous entertainment presenting over 90 adult and children's dance groups with brilliant costumes and authentic ethnic choreography.

Something as simple as a walk becomes so much more when you share it with your family's companion animal - and even better yet when you share it with your animal loving community!

Celebrate the special bond you share with your pet and your family, while also helping Animal Humane Society care for animals in need this year.

Run or Dye, the world's most colorful 5K, is headed to Harriet Island on April 26! Bring all your friends and family and run a color-blasted 5K, where you get showered in safe, eco-friendly, plant-based cornstarch dye every kilometer. Then enjoy our worldfamous Dye Festival afterward, where you can Tie-Dye the Sky in this ultimate celebration of life, family, fitness, and fun.

STARS ON ICE MAY 4 Xcel Energy Center 199 W. Kellogg Blvd. St. Paul, MN 55102 651-265-4800

America’s figure skating champions and top Olympic medal contenders at the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia will headline this year’s nationwide tour, which is the perfect outing for the whole family.

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Come enjoy the vast array of art and culture that Minneapolis has to offer at the largest open studio tour in the country. Bring your young artists for a chance to tour private artist studios, connect with the artists, and purchase original artwork. Tour more than 70 locations throughout Northeast Minneapolis, including studio buildings, art galleries, homes, storefronts, businesses, and restaurants.

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Celebrate the arrival of Spring in Minnesota at the 7th Annual TC Kids Cross Country Fun Run! This event gives young athletes a chance to run with their peers and enjoy a fun, non-competitive environment.

FLINT HILLS INTERNATIONAL CHILDREN’S FESTIVAL MAY 31-JUN. 1 Ordway Center for Performing Arts 345 Washington St. St. Paul, MN 55102 651-282-3000

Inside the Ordway, performing artists from around the world take to the stage for two full days of shows. Also during the Family Weekend, downtown Saint Paul comes alive with family-friendly events! During these days, the parks around the Ordway fill with free arts activities, art exhibits and performances! The Ordway proudly presents a vast array of performances on the Festival’s two outdoor stages and in the surrounding parks. Come check out this festival that is filled with fun for the whole family!



ALL INDOOR SHOWS $5 Step Afrika! African-American stepping


GRAND OLD DAY JUN. 1 Grand Avenue St. Paul, MN 55105 651-699-0029

De Temps Antan Traditional Quebecois music

Grand Old Day is one of the best Minnesota festivals for people of all ages and interests. Whether you're looking for the best summer parades in Minnesota (complete with candy, of course!), Minnesota outdoor music festivals, some of the best fair foods Minnesota has to offer, or just some good old family fun in the sun - St. Paul's Grand Old Day is the place to be!

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FREE PARK ACTIVITIES Gantry Bike Performances 20’ pedal-powered circus spectacular Art-Making Activities Regional Artist Performances Story Time Garden


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Summer camp offers all kinds of fun and characterbuilding experiences for kids of any age.

Whether you're looking for a few hours of entertainment or weeks of intentional skill-building for your child, you can find it at camp.




AGE 0 - 5

elementary schools. Specialty camps also abound through gymnastic centers, music schools, and sporting centers. Consider your child's interests and find a camp that fits to give your preschool child a chance to make new friends and explore new experiences.


ay camps offer the perfect opportunity for young kids to experience time away from Mom and explore new activities. Camp for preschool children focuses on free play, sharing with others, group games, (inside and outside) and simple arts and crafts. If you're sending your child to camp for the first time, make sure the schedule matches her personality and routine to prevent a stressful experience. Does there need to be naptime? Should your child be potty trained to attend? Would your child adjust more easily by starting with a ½ day camp instead of full day? Are there appropriate breaks for snacks and changes in activity? It's important to find out what the counselor to camper ratio is for children this age. You want to ensure your child will be adequately cared for with a friendly, well-staffed team. You also want to determine if the counselors are trained to help with issues common to preschoolers including separation anxiety, potty training, and temper tantrums. The best place to find camps for young children is through day cares, churches, nursery schools, and local

Kids gain independence as they make decisions and meet new friends outside of the comforts of home.

opportunities for parents and kids to enjoy camp together. A mother-daughter sewing camp or father-son golfing camp allows great bonding time while developing a skill enjoyed by both. If your child has never experienced camp, start with a day camp or send a friend along for an away camp. It's important that their first camp experience be a good one. If you find it wasn't a perfect fit, try a different one next year. But don't give up on the beauty and benefits of camp for elementary-age children.

AGE 6 - 11


lementary-age children thrive at camp, whether it's day camp or stay-away camp. It's the perfect solution to sibling squabbles and long summer days. But it pays to do your research and find the right fit for your child. Camps for this age range from sports camps to music camps to academic camps to church camps. Don't let the variety intimidate you as you research; start with the interests of your child and ask friends and neighbors to give opinions on camps their kids have attended. At this age, our kids have had the most fun at away camps that gave them the opportunity to try activities not available at home such as zip lining, archery, rock wall climbing, in addition to swimming, arts and crafts, and campfire sing-alongs with friends. Kids gain independence as they make decisions and meet new friends outside of the comforts of home. They gain selfconfidence in trying new activities. And they learn to appreciate the beauty of nature as they unplug from technology. Although they may experience periods of homesickness, they learn to forge through their feelings with caring camp counselors and new friends. Specialty camps close to home also help kids explore new hobbies or create

AGE 12 - 15


weens and teens have better focus than younger children and benefit from camps that more closely match their interests and personalities. Sports and music camps are great for this age and help kids advance athletic skills and enhance musical talent. Academic camps offer youth advanced-learning opportunities in subjects they might want to explore for long-term focus. And church camps offer character-building and self-awareness experiences not learned in school. Camps provide a safe place for teens and tweens to hang out while parents work during summer break. Not yet able to drive or find a summer job, kids this age too often allow technology to rule or walk into unsupervised trouble unless parents intentionally seek out creative options. Junior high and high schools provide information for local camps worth investigating as the school year draws to a close. It's also easy to scour the internet for camps that match your

When kids attend camp, they develop resilience and flexibility that benefits them later in life.

child's interests. Some camps provide certification such as lifeguard training or first aid certification that can enable your youth to successfully find a job upon completion. Encourage your youth to research camps with you to find one that fits. When kids attend camp, they develop resilience and flexibility that benefits them later in life. An article in Psychology Today, "Creating Advantage in College," by Steve Baskin parallels the experiences of summer camp and the adjustment of college. He cites that kids work through similar adjustments at camp and college such as, "Being away from home and your traditional support system (family, friends, familiar places), and dealing with large amounts of uncertainty (what will classes require, how will I fit in socially, can I deal with this new roommate)." Baskin proposes that kids who find success working through these challenges at camp adjust easier when presented with the transition to college. Summer camp offers unique experiences and character-building opportunities for every child. Whether your child is 2 or 15, camp is the perfect place to find adventure and make lifelong memories in the process. Don't delay - find a camp your child will enjoy today!

Gayla Grace, freelance writer and mom to five, has sent her kids to camp every summer and continues to find new camps for her one child still at home to enjoy.

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A Fresh Way to Say "Thanks" BY LARA KRUPICKA

It's time to say, "thank you" to an educator. The first full week of May is celebrated as National Teacher Appreciation Week, a tradition begun in 1984 by the National PTA®.


coincides with the National Education Association's National Teacher Day on May 6th. Whether you spend the week expressing gratitude or take one day to honor a teacher, your actions make a difference in boosting the morale of those who work hard day after day to build the mind of your child.

• W HO TO T H A N K • Our initial reaction is to recognize those who currently serve our children as their primary teacher. But teacher

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appreciation doesn't have to be relegated to one or two individuals on the elementary or middle school level. Our children interact with many different educators in their lifetimes - classroom teachers, PE instructors, and extracurricular leaders such as piano teachers and sports coaches. Sometimes the most validating words of thanks come from former students who recall the ongoing influence of a teacher from their earlier years. We should consider reaching beyond today's schoolroom when encouraging our child to thank a teacher.


• W H AT TO D O • By the time Teacher's Appreciation Week rolls around in May, many a teacher has had their fill of students. They're ready for a bit of encouragement and appreciation. However, if you're like my family, you've seen the lines of children bearing freshly cut lilac bouquets. You've witnessed the

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parade of apple-themed gifts and teacher mugs. And you're ready to do something different. Try this craft with your child. The simple pour and stir instructions make it a gift a child of any age can help create and present with pride. Plus it's one that's sure to provide a soothing end to any teacher's day:

Layered Scented Bath Salts 2 cups Epsom salts ½ cup rock salt or sea salt 4-5 drops peppermint, or other scented essential oil (found in organic food stores) 2-3 drops food coloring usage note tag pint jar or decorative bottle Place one cup of the Epsom salts and Ÿ cup of rock salt in a mixing bowl. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil and mix until evenly distributed. Place the remaining cup of Epsom salts and Ÿ cup of rock salt in a separate bowl. Add the food coloring and mix until the color blends well and you are pleased with the shade. Add 2-3 drops of essential oil and stir well.

In a jar or clear bottle layer the white salts and colored salts. You want to create a striped effect. Place the top on your container - for an added touch, you can decorate the top with ribbon or fabric or tie it with a bow. You can also include a tag containing instructions to pour a half-cup scoop of the salts into the bath under running water. Yield: 20 ounces. Enough for one to two gifts. (Taken from the book Pampering Gifts, Belleview, Ontario: Guardian Books, 2007)

Have fun creating your own mix of scents and colors. Lavender, peppermint or spearmint, and citrus blends work well.

Whether you make a gift, buy a gift or show an act of kindness, make sure you or your child expresses gratitude in words. The simplest gift becomes meaningful when a teacher learns exactly what positive impact they've been having on your child. Ask your child to write a short note or make a drawing that shares one trait they like about their teacher or a specific instance where the teacher made a difference for them. If the teacher has also had an impact on you as a parent, consider enclosing a note of your own.

For more ideas, check out appreciation.asp

Lara Krupicka is the author of Pampering Gifts and mom to three school-aged girls.

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Play Dates Just for Moms BY CHRISTA MELNYK HINES


lthough we are rarely alone, motherhood can sometimes feel a little lonely. Spending time with a few understanding friends to vent, laugh and reenergize in a kid-free zone is healthy and a great way to shake off the blues!

"We tend to be able to schedule nap time for toddlers, bath time for babies to help them relax and even make it easy for our partners to hit the basketball court with buddies. But when it comes to us, we forget that we need the same recharging," says Maria Bailey, host of Mom Talk Radio, author, talk show host and founder of National Mom's Nite Out.




Whether you have a gaggle of friends or just a few you'd like to know better, here are 13 ideas to fire up some fun.


Tap your inner Matisse. Studies suggest that artistic engagement can reduce stress and anxiety. Many art studios offer instructor-led, one-time classes created specifically for ladies' nights out. Feel a pleasant drop in your blood pressure while painting and sipping wine in the company of friends. No clean-up required!


Pamper and primp. Kick off sandal season looking and feeling refreshed. Schedule manicures and pedicures for you and your friends. Depending on the size of your group, some spas will book an evening just for your party.


Welcome wine connoisseurs. Head to an area winery for a relaxing wine tasting or host your own. Choose a group of wines from a specific region, ranging from dry to sweet and hide the names behind a large bow or decorative material. Place a placard with a number in front of each bottle. Give each guest a glass with her own wine charm. Provide scoring

sheets for each wine they taste. Serve light appetizers including cheese and crackers, chocolates and palette-cleansing fruits.


Channel Annie Oakley. One group of moms tested their marksmanship skills during their monthly night out. After some initial training, each practiced firing her weapon at a target. "By the end of the night we were feeling like a mix of 'Charlie's Angels' and 'Full Metal Jacket.' It was a high and we were a bit amped up by our success," writes Jen Mann, who blogged about her mom's night out.


Coordinate a book swap. Invite your friends to bring gently used books, cookbooks and magazines they no longer want. Guests can choose as many books to take as they brought to give away. Stephanie Perry,, suggests providing post-it notes so your friends can share their thoughts about a particular book. "As they peruse, guests can write in their own responses, and some interesting 'conversations' can result," Perry says.


Carve out a craft night. Invite your friends to join you for an evening of delving into your favorite crafts or finishing up lingering projects. Turn on some background tunes, include buckets of supplies, share techniques and inspire each other.


Host a favorite things party. Share your favorite kitchen gadget, make-up product or go-to recipe with your friends! Invite guests to bring five of the items to the party to exchange. Each participant explains why she loves a particular product and then gift their items by pulling the names of five friends from a basket. Provide each guest with a complimentary notepad and pen to keep track of ideas or clever tips.


Stock the freezer. Prepare for those lazy days of summer, when you'd rather be playing than cooking, with a frozen meal exchange. Each friend should arrive with enough four-person servings for the number of attendees. If five of you participate,

each should arrive with five meals. For a simpler exchange, agree on a budget in advance and choose guests who have similar dietary requirements. Casseroles, lasagnas, marinated meats and soups/ stews work well.


Plan a cover dish party. "I love this idea because it allows you to have meaningful conversation with other moms and deepen those relationships," Bailey says. Keep the event simple for your friends by requesting that each dish include five ingredients or less. "If you can't find a house without kids in it then take your covered dishes to a public park or watch the sunset from a picnic table where you can enjoy the outdoors with other moms."


Explore local cuisine. Gather your foodie friends around the table and sample area eateries while enjoying great conversation. Take turns choosing one restaurant per month. To build continuity, make the event a standing occasion on the same night each month.


Catch the latest flick. Head to the theater to watch a movie with your friends. After the film, review together over dinner or dessert. Budget tight? Take turns hosting movie-watching parties at your homes.


Form a culture club. Experience the fine arts with other friends who share a similar zest for integrating more local culture into their lives. Attend different events every four to six weeks, like jazz concerts, live theater, the symphony, or the museum's latest art exhibit.


Be a free spirit. Invite a few friends over for a last minute glass of wine or lemonade. By simply creating time for you and your friends to chat, you will deepen your friendships and nurture your spirit, too.

Freelance journalist, Christa Melnyk Hines, looks forward to a mom's night out at least once every six weeks. She is the author of Confidently Connected: A Mom's Guide to a Satisfying Social Life.

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Even though you may find yourself shopping for kids clothes more than your own, do not abandon the ‘style’ ship! We know life can be hectic enough as it is - chauffeuring kids from one camp to another, making sure dinner is on the table, grocery shopping done, laundry piles taken care off… really the list is endless - so we’ve put together a handydandy shortcut guide to the best ‘style’ apps to keep you in fashion form this summer!


Cloth is an app for iPhone and iPod touch that makes it easy to save, categorize, and share your favorite outfits. The app also lets you send your favorite outfits to its website, to be posted for the world to see. Cloth even makes sure that you are always dressed correctly for the weather, by using real-time weather data to pull the perfect outfits from your closet for your current weather conditions.


PS Dept is your direct line to experts at the top retailers. Ask real people in-store from some of the hottest stores in the fashion industry to hunt down whatever you need. It's as simple as sending a text – just message the experts in the app, and they'll take care of the rest.



Salemail, Shop It To Me's flagship product, is an email that alerts you when your favorite brands go on sale in your size. Not only do you get to choose all the brands you love and your personal sizes, but you can pick how frequently you receive these emails (we recommend twice a week!). You can also log onto their site at any time and see your latest sales and "heart" the styles you want to save for later.


All you have to do is upload a photo or two of yourself or your outfit and type in some details about where you're going. You can be as general or as specific as you want. Then, select a Glamour stylist to answer your question and fire off your text--but don't leave your phone alone for too long: In a matter of minutes, one of the Glamour stylists will text you back a helpful answer! And the best part about having these stylists on-call? You can ask 'em any time, day or night!


A little organization can go a long way when it comes to getting dressed. Mixing and matching what you own, comparing new purchases to what have in your closet, planning the outfits you'll wear on vacation, and saving all your favorite style inspirations in one place will all help you develop your personal style. This was the basic idea behind the original version of Stylebook, which has now evolved to include over 90 features.


Shop all the top brands and retailers — all in one place. Refine your search by style, color, price, and more to find exactly what you're looking for. Share your favorite items via email, Facebook, and Twitter. ShopStyle also lets you browse shopping guides for the latest trends and hottest sales, and checkout seamlessly from your mobile device.





How to Transition from Weekend to Work Week BY, LAURA REAGAN-PORRAS




I drove up to the drop off line at my daughter’s high school early Monday morning, thinking about the week ahead, the old 80’s band song from the Bangles came on my radio, “just another manic Monday, ah, ah, I wish it was Sunday.”

(Yes, I still listen to radio occasionally.) I realized, I am not manic on Monday’s, I am almost always fatigued on Mondays. After working all week, creating a weekend quality time plan and executing it with family, I feel really drained most Monday mornings. Even though I do a better job of letting go of work on weekends lately and having more fun, I am still sluggish on Monday mornings.

I’ve done all the things that I coach other parents to do for a smooth running home life. 1 Involve children in chores so they don’t fall on one person usually the mom. 2 Engage family members in regular preparations for the school week on weekday evenings so laundry and grocery shopping isn’t all accomplished on weekends. 3 Schedule some alone time on the weekends, not just family time. It wasn’t enough however. I was still feeling a bit defeated on Monday mornings so I engaged the collective wisdom of other mothers. I simply needed their help. All the mothers

I spoke with were gracious and compassionate. They identified with the Monday malaise at some point in their motherhood journeys. Most of them had some helpful ideas, practices and suggestions. Sally, a mother of a teen boy says, she always starts her Monday with an early morning run or bike ride. She doesn’t call it a workout. “It’s my transition time,” from the weekend to the work week. Ann, a mom of four children, three teens and one precocious tween is the head of her team at the office. She thought if she was slow to engage, her team probably was also; she brought morning coffee and donuts, fruit plate or breakfast tacos and had a half hour “check in” time about how the

weekend went. Invariably the group shared humorous stories from their respective weekends. A group laugh and fellowship, helped everyone to focus on work thereafter. (Ann is obviously an extrovert and recharges with others.) Joan an office manager with school age children said, she took the long way to work on Mondays and played her favorite CD from the time she left the kids at the school drop off line to her office. The music helped her transition to the work week.

Even stay at home or work at home moms seem to feel the Monday blues to some degree.



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Gayle a stay at home mom with two preschoolers said, she tended to be wiped out thinking of all the cleaning and organizing ahead of her so she made coffee and literally sat down for one hour in front of the television (no multi-tasking involved) during the toddlers Monday morning nap, to watch her favorite talk show. She didn’t do this other weekdays, but on Mondays she did. She began to look forward to Monday mornings rather than dread them.

The social researcher in me, began to see a pattern. Each woman created her own Monday ritual that afforded her the personal space to transition. What a relief! I know how to create rituals, practices and routines. There was a way to free myself from the Monday struggle.

Since I am a freelancer, I have the freedom to create my own schedule. I made a quick list of my favorite things, music from Bon Jovi, poetry, my animals (a horse and dogs). I am an introvert quite naturally therefore most of my favorite things are solo endeavors. I decided I would create a ritual, transition time from weekend to work week before I hit my computer in my home office and got busy writing. I committed to it. By only the second Monday, I was looking forward to Monday mornings instead of dreading them. I noticed my creativity seemed to be awakened after the ritual. It didn’t seem to matter if the ritual changed or how short or long it was. If I only had 15 minutes that was enough. What seemed to matter the most was my commitment to the transition time. If you have trouble with Mondays, reach out. Talk with other parents. Ask about what they do to transition from weekend to work week. Make a list of the activities you can do within your schedule and life to build a bridge from the activities of the weekend to the commitments of the work week. Create a ritual. Share your plan with your spouse, partner, co-worker or fellow parent. Hold each other accountable to work the plan. Make the commitment to transition activities and stick to it. Most of all, have fun!

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hen the Oxford Dictionary pronounced “selfie” word of the year for 2013, they simply confirmed what parents already knew. Thanks to cellphones equipped with cameras, people, especially kids, are taking lots of pictures of themselves and posting those pictures on Facebook, Instagram, Snapchat, Vine and other social media sites. The urge to capture an image of one’s self has been controversial ever since Narcissus starved to death because he couldn’t look away from his own reflection. Today parents are asking whether a selfie is an unhealthy form of self-absorption or a creative form of self-expression? The answer, of course, is “It depends.” For better or worse, taking selfies and getting reactions from other people has become one way that teens answer the age-old questions: Who am I? And how do I fit into the world? Since there’s no way to put this genie back into the bottle, parents need to help teens think about the role that selfies should play in their lives. Instead of making hard and fast rules that will inevitably get broken, parents can use the selfie explosion as a teachable

moment that will help children think about who they want to be and how they present themselves. Here are some topics worth talking about.

What’s the motive? People have lots of different reasons for taking selfies. Teens, in particular, may want to try out different looks, experiment with creative effects, record experiences or share those experiences with friends. In general, parents can encourage selfies that get a young person to reflect on their own experiences. Unfortunately, because selfies are posted in social media, many teens become hyper-aware of the effect they are having on others. In pursuit of “likes”, teens may post photos that reveal too much or are intended to provoke envy in others. Help your child understand that although everyone enjoys approval from other people, self esteem has to be based on something more solid. Is your child living up to their own ideals? Do they have the respect of people they trust? If so, likes and, for that matter, dislikes will matter much less to them.

Help your child understand that although everyone enjoys approval from other people, self esteem has to be based on something more solid.

What’s the platform? Parents can learn a lot by knowing where a teen prefers to post selfies. Facebook has earned the derogatory name of Fakebook because so much of what shows up there is carefully curated to make the person look happy, normal and successful. At the other extreme, Snapchat tends to be used for photos that are funny, outrageous or provocative. Because the selfie is supposed to disappear in a few seconds, there’s more of a sense that anything goes. On Instagram, selfies tend to be more carefully composed, and users are often aware that they are playing a part for the camera. Talk to your child about where he or she posts and why that’s the preferred platform. How frequent are posts? Many young people go through a phase in which they want to document everything that happens in their lives. Although these photos may be meaningful to your child, encourage her to be selective about what goes online. One research study found that, instead of promoting closeness, posting too many selfies actually decreases the sense of connection. You may also want to talk about how taking pictures alters and may diminish an experience. In one interesting study, researchers found that young people on a trip to a museum were much more likely to remember what they had seen if they weren’t taking photos.

What about editing? Loving the face and body you have can be challenging in adolescence, so kids are often tempted to use tools that will “improve” upon their looks. Some apps add filters, frames and splashes of color. Others make it possible to alter the photo itself, airbrushing out flaws and doing what one commentator called “selfie surgery.” Although girls seem more drawn to these tools than boys, there are plenty of selfies in which guys have substituted a better six-pack. Talk to your child about what tools they use to change their selfies. Is this a digital version of dress-up? Where do they get their ideas about how people “should” look? What are

the complications of looking one way in a photo and another way in real life?

Are sexy selfies OK? In a culture saturated with sexual images, it’s not surprising that young people want to imitate what they see. This is one area where rules may actually be helpful , but before you talk to your child, think about your own sense of what’s appropriate. Are you OK with photos of kids in swimsuits? What about pajamas or underwear? Is it OK for a teen to post a selfie from bed? In front of the bathroom mirror? Coming out of the shower? How much make-up is acceptable? How do you feel about the sexy pout aka the duck face? Sometimes, for preteens and teens, the simplest rule is the best—if you’d be embarrassed to show the photo to your Mom, don’t put it online.

How about an unselfie now and then? Most adults find they are happiest when they think less about themselves and more about other people. Give your child a glimpse of this possibility by encouraging unselfies that highlight connections with other people or activities done for the common good. Some people have also begun using unselfies to promote ideas and causes that make the world a better place. You’ll find examples you can share with your child at The point of all of these conversations is to bring selfies out of the shadows so kids can think more clearly about what they are doing. When selfies make young people more self-aware, they can definitely be a constructive part of growing up.

Carolyn Jabs, M.A., raised three computer savvy kids including one with special needs. She has been writing Growing Up Online for ten years and is working on a book about constructive responses to conflict. Visit to read other columns. @ Copyright, 2013, Carolyn Jabs. All rights reserved.

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The time to start preparing your child for his first summer job is years before he is ready. My oldest boy volunteered at the local library and a museum to gain experience before his 15th birthday. Also, my husband trained our boys on the care and use of power tools, as well as basic carpentry and woodworking skills. When the time came for them to start looking, they had a skill set to put down on an application. In fact, when our second son arrived at his first job, the employer immediately upped his agreed-upon wage when he found out that he could use the needed tools without supervision.


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To fill out a job application a teen must know, or have on his person, his social security number.


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asked my teen one evening about a young man who came into his place of employment looking for a job. Even though this restaurant was not hiring, the manager took the time to speak with him; and the boy failed to remove his sunglasses during that interview. I don’t think he intended to remain anonymous. I think his parents just failed to teach him jobhunting skills. With summer close at hand, let’s look at a few ways to help our teens find a summer job—despite the competition.

He must know how to spell the names of his parents, street address and state abbreviations. (You would be surprised to know how many kids are challenged in this area.) He also needs to accurately spell the names of his references and have their contact information available. Remind your child to secure permission from key adults in his life to use as a reference before he begins his job search. Teachers, coaches, or youth pastors are ideal candidates; but don’t forget the neighbor he’s been mowing grass for since he was 12. That neighbor can more readily attest to your child’s work ethic than the other adults mentioned. How often have you, as an adult, starting filling out a form on the wrong line? Practice filling out applications at home with your teen. (You can find an assortment of sample forms online.) Don’t be tempted to fill out the application for your child. The employer will figure that out and pass him over for the job.

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WORK ETHIC If your child struggles to get up each morning for school, don’t think that a summer job requiring him to be on site at 6 a.m. will teach him to get out of bed on time. It will only frustrate him, your household, and his employer. His age does not excuse poor work habits which will write his reputation for a long time to come. Small business owner Ralph Wakeman says that his best employees “work while they are working. If they finish something and can’t find something to do, they dust.� He also said that a good employee will “show a desire to go beyond what is done. They have a desire to be always learning.� Only twice has Wakeman had to encourage a teen to seek other employment. Both times it was for lack of self-motivation.




Let’s face it; some kids are just socially inept. When my third son applied for his current position, he told the manager he wanted to work at that restaurant to improve his people skills. He was hired because the manager saw a boy that was honest about his abilities. Wakeman said that he only hires teens that show an ability to interact with adults. He believes that “most kids don’t socialize with adults enough on a regular basis� to build this quality. If you think your child needs a little help in this area, try role

playing with him. Pretend to be the employer and ask him challenging questions. Review body language and dress. Remind him to remove his sunglasses before he gets out of his car, turn off his cell phone, smile often, and look the interviewer in the eye when he speaks. Help him to prepare questions in advance so that when the interviewer asks if he has any, he doesn’t look clueless.

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Of my four older children, only one ever went job hunting. The others found their jobs word-ofmouth. If you have a teen looking for a job, tell everyone you know. Remind him to tell everyone he knows—especially adults. Don’t be shy about asking business owners if they have work for your child. Our oldest son had a baseball coach that was a building contractor. One evening after the game my husband approached him, told the man what skills our son had, and asked if he had anything Drew could do for the summer. “Have him at my house at 5:30 Monday morning,â€? he said. “I’ll see what he can do.â€? Drew worked for him for eight years. Our daughter found her job in a cafĂŠ through friends. They knew of her baking abilities and approached the cafĂŠ owner as soon as a position became available. It pays to have someone that knows you on the inside. An acquaintance recently blamed the economy for his son’s inability to find a job. There may be fewer jobs out there, but those prepared for the hunt will come out on top.

Freelance writer Carol J. Alexander has used these methods to help four of her six children find jobs for the summer.











celebrate the convenience and entertainment of the many electronic gadgets in my home. However, with all these tempting gadgets it can be easy for parents to lose track of children’s daily amount of screen time. In some homes, certainly in mine, children are trying to stretch the daily limit because these phones, shows, games and apps are fun and incredibly pervasive in our lives. So why would you want to limit screen time? According to the Mayo Clinic too much screen time leads to issues such as: obesity, irregular sleep, behavioral problems, impaired academic performance and violence. What is a reasonable limit? The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends limiting your child’s use of TV, movies, video and computer games to no more than two hours a day. With all these entertaining options vying for your child’s attention, limiting screen time can be challenging.







 eep track. Measure K screen time for your children for one week. The results may surprise you. Perhaps you are well below the limit. If so, pat yourself and your child on the back. If the tracking shows that your child is spending more time electronically than you are comfortable with, accept that this is an issue and make a plan for change.

Talk to your child about how their screen time (TV, phones, computers, ipods and video games are all screen time) fits with the rest of their life. Agree to a daily limit that suits your family and the age of your child. Are you going to include phone or mobile device use on the bus or commuting to activities? Think about signing a contract with the tweens and teens or for a younger child, use a tracking chart.

Brace yourself because change may not be easy. If you decide to reduce screen time, agree upon a weekly activity reward for meeting the new family guidelines. Ease into the new behavior. If your child’s total daily consumption is significantly more than two hours per day, reduce it gradually, celebrating milestones along the way.



If you get distracted and lose count when monitoring screen time, consider investing in a software program such as www.timesupkidz. com. You can start with a 30-day trial. It promises to police the computer time, removing you from the equation.

How about a screen time fast? Could you do a day of no screen time as a family challenge or perhaps you are up for making it a regular event. Make the reward fun.

5. For younger children you might keep remotes and gadgets in one area so they need to be “signed out”. You can start a timer when you pass over that key to the electronic world.

6. Plan your consumption of screen time. Use the technology to record your favorite programs so that you can watch when it fits with the schedule you have agreed upon.

7. Mom Jennifer MacGowan, says her tween daughter must earn her screen time just like earning an allowance. “She does a chore and gets 15 minutes, for up to an hour a day during the week or two hours on weekends.”

8. Out of sight, out of mind. Keep electronics in plain view so that you can monitor what your children are watching or doing online and for how long.

9. Can you find a board game that is similar to the games, TV shows or movies they enjoy? If you have not visited the game section recently you may be surprised at the variety. This provides an opportunity for family interaction and an alternative to screen time.

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11. Mom Anne Marie Healey, requires that her tweens complete homework before they receive the daily allotment of electronic entertainment.

12 . Consider switching to basic cable so there is less enticement to watch television. Beware the power of Netflix, for kids and grown ups alike.

13 . Keep TVs, computers and other devices out of bedrooms. Researchers at Stanford University found the light from screens just before bed can postpone sleepiness by three hours. Consider having a basket or charging stations where all devices go to recharge as the family heads to bed.

14 . Curtis Ross, dad of two boys, shares his screen taming rules, “ No electronics while eating or socializing at home.”

15 . An idea for the tech savvy parent is resetting your home wi-fi password on a daily or regular basis so that children need to come to you for the new password. You can decide what it is they must do, a chore perhaps, to earn the new code.

Remember, it is your house and your child so customize the rules to suit you. Spending some time taming that screen time temptress will teach both you and your children to be mindful of your usage.

Sue LeBreton is a health and wellness journalist. She is constantly trying to reduce the screen time of both her son and husband. Sue can easily be drawn into watching too much Netflix.

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Ways to Shrink Your To Do List BY EMILY KLEIN

ccording to a Pew Research study, thirty-three percent of all parents with children under the age of 18 feel they are not spending enough time with their kids. Between work, extracurriculars and household to-do’s, family time seems more like folklore than reality. What can we do to create more face time with our kids? Start delegating out those never-ending chores.

“Outsourcing one, two or several chores can decrease the stress on families,” explains Tamara Sheridan, a Licensed Professional Counselor and Play Therapist, “and allows parents to be more present during the time they spend with their kids.” Hiring people to clean your home, launder your clothes and mow your lawn is a good start, but why stop there? From planning meals to scheduling appointments, buying gifts, food shopping and even finding the perfect summer camp, engaging others to dwindle your to-do’s is easier (and more affordable) than you think. Nicole Stotesbery, a mother of two remembers, “There were moments when I found myself so busy that having eight arms would not have solved the problem. When a friend told me about her personal assistant, I was concerned about the expense. I eventually took the plunge and now she helps me with everything from planning family vacations to organizing family photos and even researching ways to save money. I feel more organized and less frantic so I can spend more time with my kids.” Want more ideas on how you can rid yourself of pesky chores?




According to a study by the Time User Institute, the average amount of time spent in a grocery store is fortyone minutes, and this does not include creating your shopping list, driving to the store and back and unpacking your groceries. Shopping for groceries online frees up a big chunk of time. Re-order past items – or set up an automatic re-order -- to boost your time saved even more. Options include: http://www.peapod. com/, and many local supermarkets.





You need to replace your spit-up stained tops and the yoga pants that are now worn through at the knees, but your kids start their competitive scream-off the moment you enter a store. Personal shoppers save you time and stress by browsing stores and pulling pieces based on your style preferences. Most major department stores offer this service for free. For a fee, you can hire a personal stylist to audit your closet, assess your style and shop according to your needs. Inquire at your favorite store or check out to find a stylist near you.




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Much like a modern-day genie in a bottle, you can phone in, text or email your to do’s and voila, your day is free. Want to lower your grocery bill? Your concierge will clip coupons and find the best deals. Need help planning your little one’s

birthday party? Let an assistant manage all the details so you need only show up. If you are looking to outsource your everyday errands, your assistant can do them – or hire someone – for you. With various pricing packages, you don’t have to be a celebrity to have an assistant of your own. Check out http://zirtual. com and for more information.



Between traditional camps, specialty camps and academic summer programs, wading through the vast sea of sales materials to find a good fit for your child can take as much time as deciding on a college. Never mind the time spent traveling to camps and meeting with the camp directors. Camp consultants do most of this grunt work for you by matching your child with several camp options based on your child’s personality

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Say sayonara to sticky notes and oversized wall calendars. To-do lists get seriously streamlined when you turn to technology. Today, plenty of apps enable you and your spouse to share the same task list, assign chores to different family members, access a common calendar and store shopping lists. http://www., for one, maintains all of this information in one private place and houses your contact list and a family diary.

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ll four of my kids play and compete in sports. We felt participating in a sport would be fun, help them learn new skills, and build appreciation about the importance of contributing to a team. We hoped that as part of a team they'd learn about good sportsmanship-how to win and lose gracefully, and how to support each other, no matter the outcome.

Little did I know that I would witness parental emotions boiling over again and again, like water in a kettle: anger, shouting, and swearing at officials, game participants, and opposing fans-primarily other parents. I would also overhear a parent threatening his six-year-old son that he wouldn't get that college soccer scholarship if he didn't improve. (Seriously? I moved my chair back to the tree line where it was easier to keep my opinion to myself.) Parents of young athletes invest huge amounts of energy, time (driving and waiting, practices, attending local and out-of-town events), and resources (team uniforms; additional athletic and safety gear; coaching expenses; club, game and tournament fees; hotel and meals expenses for out-of-town events). Given these investments it's understandable why some parents may feel they are


entitled to act as they do during games and matches. However, unbecoming conduct can negatively affect and distract their children, leading to stress, anxiety, and burnout. What can parents do to avoid crossing the line? Remind yourself to:


As parents we are emotionally vested in our children's successes and failures. Because of this we are often guilty of overlooking what our kids are enjoying and learning. We place far too much emphasis on the performance and outcomes. The game or match is not about you, about what you did or didn't accomplish as an athlete, or dreamed what you might have been able to accomplish as an athlete. In other words, don't compete with your child or add yourself to the team. You are not participating or competing


vicariously through your child; you are only watching and supporting your child and his or her teammates. > FOCUS ON your child's interests and strengths. Focus on helping your child build self-esteem. Focus on their enjoyment and learning.


Leave the coaching up to the coach. He or she will go over what your child did well and what he or she can improve on. Coaching from the sidelines, telling your son to "mark up" or "take it down the line" during a soccer match can confuse your child (they are trying to please you and their coach) and undermine what their coach wants them to work on, individually and as a team. Your coaching can also add stress to your child and the other team members. Trust in the process; allow

the coach and kids to grow and gel as a team unless, of course, you witness any kind of abuse. I've watched my son's coach improve right along side him. He was green when he began coaching but turned into a very fine coach, and all the boys he coached responded in-kind. > FOCUS ON relationships and friendships. Focus on your child's effort. Focus on what your child is learning and how she is developing.


Good sports are "good sports." Regardless of how the game or match is officiated swallow your opinions and feelings. I've had to do this numerous times, and also correct my kids when they've voiced theirs. Negativity begets bad attitudes and poor sportsmanship. And it spreads like wildfire throughout your child's team. Praise the skills, coach, and players of the other team. Any disappointment and frustration you experience about the outcome will begin to fade as soon as you begin to do this. Physically or emotionally remove yourself from being

drawn into the fray of poor sportsmanship by other parents. Bring some Tootsie Pops to keep your mouth busy, distance yourself from other parents, or take breaks during the game or match. > FOCUS ON modeling what you want to see in your child, what you want her to emulate.


How often parents have arrived calmly with their gear in tow, only to leave in a fit of rage? And how often have parents arrived intentional on supporting their child only to act belligerently towards officials and the opposing team's parents? Or leave feeling upset with themselves or their child?

> FOCUS ON the game. Remind yourself that what you're watching is a game. Enjoy watching your child participate. Remember: you lose it; everyone loses.

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‘No, just any socks. I have a blister because I wore the same pair of socks all week,” he says, his voice rising. “I packed more than enough socks ” I assure him. “They were right there with your underwear. “Oh yeah, I could not find my underwear, so I wore the same pair of underwear all week too.” His dad and I burst out laughing but he does not see the humor. “They were not in the bag. I even had a counselor help me look for them,” he asserts confidently. Puzzled, I wonder if he could have been the butt (pun intended) of a cabin prank and someone had hidden his underwear and socks. When we arrive home I open the large gear bag. Lo and behold, jammed in one section, just where I packed them, are ample clean socks and underwear. I show him. “Oh, I guess we never saw the second zippered section,” he says. My mind harkens back to the night before camp when I finished packing his bag and then, as suggested by the camp guide, I walked him through where everything was. I suppose the, ‘Yeah, yeah mom, I know,” should have sounded an alarm that he was not fully engaged. Lesson learned. The following year he packed his own bag and I reviewed it.

As you pack and prepare to send your child off to camp, whether it is the first or fifth time, remember that camp organizers are experts so trust their directions and follow them closely. Here are some general guidelines that I have learned and relearned after sending two children to various camps for more than six years. Have children pack their own bags with supervision so that they can find those important socks and underwear. Plus, it adds to their sense of independence, another reason we choose to send them to camp. If it leaves your house label it. From luggage to individual items, use a system to label every T-shirt, shoe or flashlight. Preprinted labels are great, but expensive. One year when my daughter attended camp we created a logo for her using her initials and marked all items using a permanent marker. Even if another camper had the same initials, her items were uniquely identified. Be considerate with care packages. Double check if this is even allowed. In more rustic surroundings food is not allowed in sleeping quarters because it attracts wild animals. If food is permitted, please send enough to share with cabin mates but be sensitive to any allergy issues. Many camps are peanut or nut-free facilities.

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Overcome your helicopter tendencies. Keep communication to a minimum and obey any camp restrictions. Many camps allow oneway communication where parents can send a daily letter or email to the child. You are the expert on your children, will receiving a daily note from you make them more or less lonely? Our son asked us to not send any notes the second year as he found the notes made him lonely.

Assure them that you know they can handle it. Counselors should be trained to help campers work through these issues. If your child calls crying for you to come and get them, steel yourself and repeat that you are confident in their ability to manage this. Then speak to the head counselor to assess the situation. This happened to us the first year our son attended camp, but he worked through it (so did mom and dad) and he felt very proud and independent when he completed his first week at camp. Valuables like jewelry and expensive electronics belong at home. If children attend camp with cell phones or ipods, they are missing the opportunity to connect and make new friends. Isn’t that why we are sending them to camp in the first place?

Be strong. I know you may be Start reviewing the suggested anxious and missing your child, but packing list with your child a few do not call the camp unless it is an weeks emergency. Pack your ownFamily anxietyTimes Ad before camp. This gives you ample opportunity to purchase any away and prepare your child for missing items and it allows your the possibility of homesickness. child to start thinking and getting Tell them that this is normal and excited about camp. can happen to campers of any age.

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School Chess Association Summer Chess Day Camp St. Louis Park Recreation Center 3700 Monterey Dr St. Louis Park, MN 55416 763-593-1168 Mon. - Thurs. 8am-5pm Full time: $250.00 Chess instruction tailored to the Students' individual needs. Five levels of instruction, beginning, advanced beginners, intermediate, advanced, and super advanced taught by a chess master. Wide variety of optional activities in addition to chess instruction and merit-point tournaments.

The Learning Cube 9400 Cedar Lake Rd, Suite 7 St. Louis Park, MN 55426 763-231-2700 The Learning Cube is a computerbased program designed to help maintain learning over the summer. Students will have a learning path designed based on their individual needs.

ART Art at Studio Seven Itasca Building Suite#CR30 708 N 1st St Minneapolis, MN 55401 612-376-0381 One week painting and drawing camps for students ages 7-18 will be offered at Studio Seven this summer. Compositional elements will be

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Bloomington Theatre and Art Center: Summer Spectrum Youth Art Camps Bloomington Theatre and Art Center 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431 952-563-8557 Join BTAC for a summer of creativity and inspiration. Choose from over 45 visual and performing arts camps that are hands-on, educational, and FUN! Kids and teens can spend either a half day or full day with talented local artists and actors.

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Kidcreate Studio Eden Prairie: 7918 Mitchell Rd, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-974-3438 Woodbury: 1785 Radio Dr, Suite F, Woodbury, MN 55125 651-735-0880 woodbury-art-studio Kidcreate Studio offers summer art camps for children ages 3 to 12. Our curriculum is designed to inspire and educate your young artist in an environment where giggles and grins are encouraged. Camps focus on art principles and introduce students to many types of art materials. Campers get to explore, make a mess and have fun! This year’s camps include: Big and Messy, My Favorite Disney Princess, Beautiful Ballerinas, Me and My Doll, Lego Loco, The Messiest Art Camp Ever, Glow-in-the-Dark Art, Clay Creations, Masters on Canvas, Star Wars and many more! At Kidcreate Studio, making a mess is the best!

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The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program 1011 Washington Ave S Minneapolis, MN 55415 612-215-2575 The Loft’s Young Writers’ Program (ages 6–17) features creative writing classes that start each week from June 16–August 15. Taught by established authors and professional writers, each class is here to meet youth on their writing journey and cheer them on to the next step!

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Science & Engineering Camps at The Works Museum 9740 Grand Ave S Bloomington, MN 55420 952-888-4262 Camps for girls and boys in grades K-7 who love to explore, design, and build! Kids learn how things work through fun, hands-on science and engineering projects. Discover messy chemistry, Lego Robotics, electricity, architecture, and more! NEW in 2014 – Girls Design, Code Camp, Maker Mania, Friday Fun Days, and more!


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DRAMA Chanhassen Dinner Theatres Musical Theatre Camp 501 W 78th St Chanhassen, MN 55317 952-934-1525 Half and full-day sessions focusing on musical theatre taught by CDT professionals for kids & teens (ages 5-18). Each camp registration includes FREE show only ticket to The Little Mermaid!

Concordia University Musical Theatre Camp 1282 Concordia Ave Saint Paul, MN 55104 651-603-6209 Take center stage at Concordia’s overnight camp June 22-27! Students will explore musical theatre performance and technique with a faculty of theatre, dance, and music professionals in a state-of-the art theatre facility. For grades 7-12.

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Shell Lake Arts Center 802 First St Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-2414 Join us for our 47th year of working with the nation’s top performers. Our internationally renowned faculty provides a week of music, dance, art and theatre you will never forget, in the heart of the Northwoods. Visit our website or call for session dates.

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Hoofbeat is a family owned and operated camp, 20 miles west of Madison, Wisconsin. Girls, ages 7-16, from beginner to advanced receive daily riding instruction in Western or English.

Skyrock Farm 2825 Willow Dr Medina, MN 55340 763-475-3350 During the five-day camp, campers are instructed in riding fundamentals - they learn horse care, nutrition, safety and the responsibilities of caring for, riding and owning a horse. A typical camp day consists of one traditional English riding lesson, a horse related arts and crafts project, bathing the horses with the hose, (which is especially great on a hot day)!

LANGUAGE/CULTURE Alliance Française “Les Petits Explorateursâ€? 113 N First St Minneapolis, MN 55401 612-332-0436 We offer fun and age-appropriate activities for children ages 4-18, all in French. French language day camps for beginners and experienced students through hands-on and artistic expression in an immersion setting.

Building Cultural Bridges sponsored by Hmong Culture and Language Program Concordia University, St. Paul 1282 Concordia Ave St. Paul, MN 55104 651-603-6188; Come celebrate fun, friendship, and fruitful learning with Pk-12 students July 28-August 8, 2014, 9 a.m.-3:00 p.m. Classes include literacy, science, music, art, dance, and sports taught by youth and local teachers.

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CAMP4 GUIDE Concordia Language Villages Administrative offices: 901 8th St S, Moorhead, MN 56562 Physical location: 8659 Thorsonveien NE, Bemidji, MN 56601 800-222-4750 Concordia Language Villages is the premiere language and culture immersion program in the United States. For over 50 years, it has provided programs for all ages and proficiencies in 15 languages.

Korean Culture Camp Minnehaha Academy 3100 W River Pkwy Minneapolis, MN 952-994-2815 Korean Culture Camp - Minnesota provides a great week of Korean culture, history, language, art, dance, martial arts, and food. The camp is entering its thirty-second year and our doors are open to all!

MUSIC Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs Day Choir Camp Bloomington Center for the Arts 1800 W Old Shakopee Rd Bloomington, MN 55431 Calling all kids in grades 2 - 5 that love to SING! Join us for a week filled with singing, music games, and arts activities. Boys & girls will explore their vocal potential and increase their confidence in singing. Taught by the professional artistic staff of the Angelica Cantanti Youth Choirs program. July 21 - 25. 9:45am 12:15pm. $88 Visit www.angelicacantanti. org or call 952-563-8572.

Children’s Yamaha Music School Free Yamaha Music Preview Classes in Jul & Aug 2014 Edina: Edina Community Center, 5701 Normandale Rd, Edina, MN 55424 Roseville: Hamline Center, 2819 N Hamline Ave, Roseville, MN 55113 612-339-2255 Children's Yamaha Music School offers innovative music lessons and keyboard instruction for children ages 3 and up! Exciting Yamaha classes include keyboard playing, singing, composing, ensembles, theory and more!

Girls Rock n Roll Retreat 5115 Excelsior Blvd, Suite 316 Minneapolis, MN 55416 952-223-1354 Girls Rock n Roll Retreat is day camp where girls will learn an instrument, form a band, attend workshops, write original songs and put on a concert for the community.

Greater Twin Cities Youth Symphonies (GTCYS) Summer Programs 408 St. Peter St, Suite 300 Saint Paul, MN 55102 651-602-6800 Two unique summer programs provide fun and challenging orchestral experiences for beginning to advanced string, woodwind, brass,

and percussion students ages 8 – 18. No auditions required; scholarships available. Details at

Music Together in the Valley Multiple Locations, find one near you on our website 651-439-4219 Award-winning music and movement classes for children from 0-5 and the grownups who love them. Free demonstration classes! Joyful, research-based curriculum; mixed-age classes so siblings can be together.

Shell Lake Arts Center 802 First St Shell Lake, WI 54871 715-468-2414 Join the tradition of excellence at the longest running jazz camp! Shell Lake Arts Center offers weekly sessions of Jazz, Concert Band, Show Choir and Strings in beautiful Shell Lake, Wisconsin. Visit our website or call for session dates.

Maple Grove Community Center Your Recreation Destination • • • • • •

Grove Cove Aquatic Center Maple Maze Indoor Playground Ice Skating Gymnasium Skate Park Picnic Shelter & outdoor volleyball courts

Visit us soon!

12951 Weaver Lake Rd  Maple Grove MN 55369 APRIL—MAY 2014 FAMILY TIMES


CAMP4 GUIDE Sing Minnesota Concordia University, Saint Paul, MN Sponsored by The Minnesota Boychoir 75 W Fifth St, Suite 411 St. Paul, MN 55102 651-292-3219 August 11–15, 2014, 8:30a.m.-4:30p.m. Sing Minnesota is a week-long day camp for girls and boys, ages 8-12 (completed grades 2-6) sponsored by the Minnesota Boychoir at St. Paul’s Concordia University. While focusing on choral singing, campers also participate in other creative arts – drama and movement, visual arts, and outdoor fun and games! $325, scholarships are available.

NATURE Harriet Alexander Nature Center 2520 N Dale St Roseville, MN 55113 651-792-7163 Nature education and outdoor recreation for many ages and interests,

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including: 3 half-day Nature Pals programs for ages 3-5; 1 week-long, half-day Fishing Camp for grades 1-4; 2 week-long, full-day, camps: Nature’s Kitchen, A Bee’s Life for grades 1-5.

SPECIALTY Camp St. John’s Northwestern 1101 Genesee St Delafield, WI 53018 800-752-2338 Camp St. John’s Northwestern, accredited by the American Camping Association, is an adventure camp for boys ages 11-16. We combine leadership and adventure skills training in a structured program while having fun promoting growth in leadership, teamwork, self-confidence and physical endurance.

Circus Juventas Summer Camp 1270 Montreal Ave St. Paul, MN 55116 651-699-8229 Travel the globe without ever leaving

Minnetonka Community Education Center

our Big Top! Our full-day, week-long camps explore a vast array of circus arts from Morocco to Russia. Reserve your spot now to be a part of one of the most talked-about and unique summer camps anywhere.

4584 Vine Hill Rd Excelsior, MN 55331 952-401-6800

Cooks of Crocus Hill Cooking Camps Minnetonka Community Education is proud to offer over 500 classes and camps for children birth-18 years. Camps include: STEM, Art, Theater, Music, Leadership, T-Ball, Tennis, Dance, Gymnastics and much more.

St. Paul, Edina, Stillwater 651-288-7239 Junior Baking Boot Camp, June 23-25, 10 am – 1 pm, ages 8-12, Stillwater Chef Cynthia Maxwell


Kids Cook: International, July 8-10, 10 am – 1 pm, ages 8-12, St. Paul, Chef Tracy Figuero

Concordia Academy Summer Camps

Professional Approach to Basics Junior, August 5-7, ages 13-17, Edina, Chef Becky Caterine

2400 N Dale St Roseville, MN 55113 651-484-8429

Minnesota Historical Society Day Camps Four locations around Minneapolis-St. Paul From Historic Fort Snelling to Mill City Museum - we've got the best summer camps in history! Campers have a great time while learning about Minnesota's history, with different programs designed to meet different interests.

Join us for a variety of athletic and arts camps for girls and boys in grades 3 to 8. We offer camps for volleyball, softball, basketball, soccer, football, weightlifting, dance, drama and visual arts. Check out our website for more details.

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CAMP4 GUIDE Gleason's Gymnastic School Summer Program 2015 Silver Bell Rd, Suite 180, Eagan, MN 55122 651-454-6203 9775 85th Ave N, Suite 500, Maple Grove, MN 55369 763-493-6203 It is the goal of Gleason's Gymnastic School to offer a program that ensures the development of confidence and a positive self-image through successful experiences for every student! Ages 2-Adult.

Glenn Caruso Youth Camp 2115 Summit Ave St. Paul, MN 55105 651-962-5917 Non-Padded camp available grades 3rd-8th. Session 1: June 9-10th or Session 2: June 16-17th. $110 fee includes football fundamentals, T-Shirt & Lunch. For details contact Wallie Kuchinski at

Johnny Tauer’s Championship Basketball Camp 651-962-5953 20th Annual Johnny Tauer Championship Basketball Camp. Dr. Tauer's 20th year of outstanding camps offers both full-day and residential basketball camps, for boys and girls, grades 1-10 at the University of St. Thomas and other locations in the metro area. Emphasis is placed on skill development, motivation and teamwork.

Kids Quest Camps and Grade School Skill Thrill Camps 8223 Hwy 7 St. Louis Park, MN 55426 952-924-0083

lesson plan. Plus, flexible scheduling options allow you to sign up for several weeks, a single week or even just a day at a time. Camps offered are "Kids Quest" ages 3-8 or Grade School "Skill Thrill” ages 6-12.

Kenwood Gymnastics Summer Camp

Have fun and improve your game in these sports camps held in Roseville: Girls Volleyball, Girls and Boys Basketball, Boys and Girls Tennis, Football, Track and Field, Lacrosse, Golf, and Cheerleading. Online registration available.

Sports Camps at AirMaxx

3440 Beltline Blvd St. Louis Park, MN 55416 952-922-2774

7000 Washington Ave S Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-232-0096

Add fun and fitness to your summer plans! Kenwood Gymnastics Center's Summer Day Camps include facilitated gymnastics lessons, open gym, gymnastics activities, contests & games for boys and girls ages 6+. Camps run 9am to 4pm Monday-Thursday.

AirMaxx and Champions Hall welcome you to a sports focused camp with dodge ball, basketball, soccer, volleyball, relays, kickball, and so much more. This camp will send the kids home ready for bed!

Loppet Adventure Camp

TAGS Apple Valley: 5880 149th St W, Apple Valley, MN 55124 952-431-6445 TAGS Eden Prairie: 10300 W 70th St, Eden Prairie, MN 55344 952-920-5342

1301 Theodore Wirth Pkwy Minneapolis, MN 55422 Camp held at Wirth Lake 612-604-5333 Experience a variety of outdoor activities, including rollerskiing, mountain biking, orienteering, adventure racing, swimming, canoeing, capturethe-flag, ultimate frisbee, and more at Theodore Wirth Park! All equipment is provided. 9AM-4PM Monday-Friday. Ages 9-13. Scholarships available.

Lynch Basketball Camps 6001 W. 98th St Bloomington, MN 55438 612-347-8649; 952-426-2506

TAGS Gymnastics Camps

Fun, Fitness, Friends! Gymnastics camps for boys and girls ages 3 to 17 in June, July and August. Kids will work

fun skills while developing strength, flexibility, and coordination in a safe, positive atmosphere!

University of Minnesota Nike Tennis Camps Baseline Tennis Center (on campus) Minneapolis, MN 800-645-3226 nike/university-of-minnesota-niketennis-camp Come join the fun and get better this summer! Junior Overnight and Day Camp Options for Boys & Girls, Ages 9-18 All Skills & Tournament Training. See you on the courts!

West Lutheran High School Sports Camps 3350 Harbor Ln N Plymouth, MN 55447 763-509-9378 West Lutheran High School offers a variety of sports camps for grades 5-8 including Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball and Football. Camps run from 8-12 Monday through Thursday throughout the summer months.

Gibbs Museum Day Camps

Have fun & be challenged in this top Minnesota Basketball Camp! We work on skills and fundamentals & play some full-court games too!

Roseville Parks & Recreation Summer Sports Camps

Each week of camps for kids at The Little Gym offer an interactive learning theme and each day brings a different, creative

2660 Civic Center Dr Roseville, MN 55113 651-792-7006

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Choose From Four Great Camps real friends.

real faith.

real fun. CAMP CHERITH is a Christian camp near Detroit Lakes, MN with separate weeks for boys and girls, ages 7 to 17. While enjoying traditional camp activities campers are taught how to make Christ real in every phase of their lives while focusing on fun, building skills, friendships, and nature.



Fun for Kids Ages 3-10 Family Friendly Pricing Register Today Gibbs Museum is a program of Ramsey County Historical Society

For camp information or 651-646-8629.

Courage… Strength of Character… …Confidence…

Compassion… …are just a few of the things you learn at Skyrock.

We teach horsemanship – a skill that lasts a lifetime

Please come and watch a lesson – or better yet schedule one! Riding Instruction Summer Day Camp * Special Events


ITCHING FOR SPRING? Warm weather means more time outdoors; it also means increased pollen from trees, grass and weeds. At Park Nicollet, we can help treat your child’s seasonal allergies, hives, asthma, bee stings and food allergies. BURNSV ILLE U Ê CHAN HASSE N U Ê M AP L E G ROV E U Ê ST. L O U I S PA R K 952-993-3090 44


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