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finding balance I’m not going to talk about how much I love watching kids play sports, their little towheads bobbing on the field. How greedily they suck up their orange drink from juice boxes after a game, their little faces glowing red with exertion; how cute they are as they jump about the field after they’ve scored the winning goal. I’m going to talk about how we, as parents, achieve balance in our own lives as we work through the hectic schedules brought forth upon us by multiple games, practices, team meetings, and the treat week responsibilities we have as our children play their sports. I have lost touch with people I care for deeply, as they continue to turn down invitations to family events, art openings, parties, cookouts — the things that give our lives balance — all because their kids have yet another game or practice they must attend. Entire weekends are lost commuting from one rink, court, or field to the next. Then things get worse: We may begin to look at the parents who only occasionally attend games as being less supportive of their children than we are, even if there’s a perfectly good reason for the absence. Spouses begin to feel resentful of each other if they both don’t equitably attend games. Facebook status updates turn into a running commentary on what sport your kid is playing — because that’s all you have going on. It’s a mess of a circle that we can easily get drawn into if we are not careful. I can’t say that I have the right answer to this conundrum. I sometimes felt great remorse when I’d take an evening away from a game — because (of course) that’s when my girl would come home and extol her prowess on the field. But these occasions balanced those I’d be on the road, driving to St. Cloud with four other girls in the car for a traveling soccer game. Crazy fun. I guess what I’m trying to say is, don’t feel bad if you decide to choose staying home, or running errands, or having a cup of coffee with a favorite neighbor — over the umpteenth game of the season. You’re not a bad parent for choosing to forego a game once and awhile. It’s okay to find balance.
parent pages 7 chatter 10 hot stuff grab it and go
12 grows on trees saving pennies online
14 teens and tweens yoga brings balance to tween, teen lives
kid culture 20 kid books go team!
22 april top events
16 the sporting life cost, time commitment and age have parents weighing the pros and cons
25 happy campers a look back at the 2011 minnesota parent camp fair
32 real parent wendy berezovsky and her sweet dreams for kids nonprofit
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saving pennies online easy as 1 - 2 - 3 by kara mcguire Sunday is payday at our house. Each week, my seven-year-old and five-year-old receive a $2 allowance. At least, that’s the plan. But like many people, I pay for nearly all purchases with plastic. When payday comes for the kiddos, there’s a mad search for small bills. After several weeks in a row of rummaging through my purse for change and coming up empty-handed, I decided to hunt online for a tool that brings allowance payments into the 21st century. I settled on threejars.com.
how it works You set up an account for each child that tracks how much money they have earned in allowance. This is a virtual account, not an actual account where real money changes hands. Kids earn allowance in the form of IOUs they cash in at the bank of Mom and Dad. The IOUs can be split into three jars: one for spending, one for sharing, and one for saving. You choose how each weekly allowance is split to fund each jar. We decided that every time they
are paid, $1 goes to “spend,” sixty cents goes to “save,” and forty cents goes to “share.” Our bank pays interest on the save jar at a rate of 10 percent — I figure the more they can see interest compounding, the more they get excited about socking money away — but you can set whichever rate you choose, or none at all. It’s easy to make extra deposits when Grandma sends birthday cash, and to make withdrawals when they find something they must have. When my daughter’s school was donating money to charity, both kids gladly emptied their share jar to give to the cause. (Three Jars does not profit from donations made.) The program also allows you to tie money to
certain chores, a feature we haven’t used. In our household, we look at allowance as a tool for learning to manage money, not an incentive to pitch in with housework. You can check account balances, make withdrawals, and add money to jars using a mobile phone as well. Once our kids are older, they can use their Three Jars account to send requests via email to us for spending money. All requests require the approval of an adult. The cost for the program is $30 per family per year but you can also test it for 15 days, free. No more “I’ll pay you next week.” No more fruitless rummaging through the junk drawer for change.
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handing over a wad of cash to a salesperson in exchange for a toy, and walking away with an empty wallet. I think it’s probably a lot easier to spend money they don’t touch or see on fleeting desires. I certainly don’t want to go back to the old system. But I should have cash at the ready on occasion so my kids can experience hearing the clink of a coin in a piggy bank or the feeling of parting with a dollar.
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The IOUs can be split into three jars: one for spending, one for sharing, and one for saving. You choose how each weekly allowance is split to fund each jar.
Kara McGuire is the Star Tribune’s personal finance columnist and St. Paul mother of three. Visit her website karamcguire.com.
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yoga brings balance to tween, teen lives by joy riggs
My 10-year-old son, Elias, learned some yoga basics recently when he and his fourth-grade classmates prepared a circus program about the 50 states. Through a grant from the Minnesota State Arts Board, the teachers brought in a performance artist who taught yoga poses and acrobatic moves. They also scheduled family circus yoga nights where the kids could teach their parents the skills they’d learned. Although I’ve taken yoga classes for years, I’ve never taken a class with Elias. His enthusiasm for the experience made me think I should seek out more opportunities for him, and for his older siblings, to experience the benefits of yoga. People have practiced yoga in this country for decades, but the interest in adapting it for kids and teens has grown over the last several years. Some yoga studios and fitness centers now offer specific classes for babies, elementary-aged students, or teens, and more school sports teams are incorporating aspects of yoga into their practices. Not many scientific studies have been done on the benefits of yoga for teens and tweens.
Resources Learning Tree Yoga Studio learningtreeyoga.com
According to the Mayo Clinic, anecdotal evidence suggests that practicing yoga helps young people relax, reduce stress, and enhance their concentration. It may also help teens with eating disorders and depression. “At the least, yoga can be a gentle method for your child to get more physical activity and enhance his or her well-being,” the Mayo Clinic website states on its “Yoga for Kids” page.
a positive effect Jessie Forston can attest to yoga’s positive effect on children’s physical and emotional health. She began incorporating yoga into her classroom when she was an elementary school teacher; using breathing techniques to calm her students and showing them poses that helped them focus. Forston saw such a great need for helping students reduce stress; she quit her job in 2008 and opened a yoga studio specifically for kids. Located in northeast Minneapolis, Learning Tree Yoga offers classes for toddlers up to teens, and for families. It also offers training to teachers interested in learning how to incorporate yoga into their classrooms. Forston says the physical
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benefits of yoga for young people include greater strength and flexibility and the release of “feel-good” hormones. “They feel better after doing a yoga class, and they get a chance to participate in something that’s a noncompetitive physical activity,” she says. When Forston started teaching yoga in her first-grade classroom, most students had
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never heard of it. Now, when she gives presentations to groups like the Girl Scouts, most kids know something about it, and some have even practiced yoga in conjunction with the Wii. Although some parents still have misconceptions about yoga, Forston says she’s seen less of this as the benefits of yoga become better known. Classes for older kids at her studio are limited to about 10, so the teens can develop a strong relationship with the teacher. Although classes are structured like a traditional adult yoga class, the teacher mnparent.com
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The physical benefits of yoga for young people include greater strength and flexibility and the release of “feelgood” hormones. them relax and reduce stress. Forston says using breathing to calm down is the most common skill teens are able to take off the yoga mat and use in their daily lives, whether it’s before a test in school, or while driving in heavy traffic. Every class ends with a relaxation pose, called savasana, where students lie on
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too much too soon? cost, time commitment and age have parents weighing the pros and cons by kelly jo mcdonnell photos by cy dodson
t was a perfect summer evening. The sun was just starting to set behind the trees framing the baseball diamond. All of the players were in their correct positions. All had their shirts tucked in. Hats straight. Red belts matching red socks. For a moment, if you squinted perhaps, you might think you were watching high school players — soon-to-be-men focused on the task at hand. But then the shortstop bends over and begins to draw a circle in the dirt. About the same time, the first baseman takes off his glove and begins tossing it into the air. “No playing in the dirt! There’s someone at bat!” barks the coach, adding, “first baseman! That glove needs to be on your hand!” These were not upper level players. These were little boys — boys in first and second grade. I smiled as the shortstop stood back up and got into his defensive stance, his eyes still focused on his unfinished artwork. Yes, the shortstop is my boy, and yes, he loves to play baseball. I didn’t cringe inwardly when my son told me a few years ago he wanted to play T-ball. I wasn’t sure of the time commitment, but
I figured he was only a kindergartner, so it couldn’t be that extensive. I have noticed, though, after watching my son advance through T-ball and now coach-pitch baseball (a technique where players under nine years-old bat a baseball safely pitched to them by their own coach) — the time and price commitment only grows with the child and the choice of team play. Molly Sproull’s son is involved in hockey in Lino Lakes. “It started, really, with his skating lessons. He skated for fun, just a Saturday morning-type arrangement. He was probably three at the time.” Her boy is now eight, out of the Mite Program and into a more organized club. “Hockey is also triple the cost of soccer,” says Sproull, whose son also participates in summer soccer. “All of that equipment. We’ve taken advantage of skate leasing programs, and we’ve used Play It Again Sports to try to cut back a little bit. We’re cutting corners where we can.” Minnesota offers an array of sports through the changing seasons. Between all of the community rec, school, and private club programs, the number is almost dizzying. While sports such
I see success when the player gets better. The player learned to throw the correct way — that is success. Yes, people want to see wins. But I love to see the kids do well and improve and understand the game. — Coach Tony Grubbs, Ham Lake
as lacrosse and golf are increasing in popularity, the sports commanding the numbers are hockey and basketball in the winter, and baseball and soccer in the summer. When a parent hears, “I want to play hockey” or “I want to try
baseball” the first reaction is usually “Great! This could be a lot of fun,” followed with more pressing questions such as, “where do I sign my child up for this? How much will it cost? What is the time commitment?” According to the Sporting Goods Manufacturers Association (sgma.com), about 15 million children play baseball. This makes it the third-most popular sport, right after basketball and soccer. A smidge over 14 million kids play outdoor soccer; however, if you factor the indoor soccer participant numbers, it bumps ahead of baseball into second place. Basketball outpaces both of them, boasting 26.2 million youths six and older. In the Midwest, hockey also rules. After all, Minnesota has
produced more U.S.-born professional hockey players than any other state.
which sport? when? By late winter, baseball and soccer leagues and clubs are already organizing the teams and coaches, having meetings and getting uniforms ordered. Practice usually begins indoors by mid-March. Outdoor practice starts up when the fields are dry enough for play. Molly Sproull takes off her hockey mom cap then, and turns to soccer. “My son has played soccer since age four,” she says. “We started with indoor soccer, and he played March through the beginning of July. The equipment is minimal at this level; there aren’t a lot of expensive things needed. That’s been
a positive. We’re moving into traveling soccer this summer.” Christie Cuttell, Cottage Grove, has two boys in baseball. “Summer baseball is easier on the whole family,” she explains, “there’s not as much going on, and it’s a lot easier getting to the venues. School is wrapping up; it’s just better financially.” She adds that she enjoys baseball more, since it’s outside. “With basketball and hockey, you are confined … holed up. I have friends who have kids in hockey, and they’re inside five months straight.” Cathy Hults, Circle Pines, also enjoys her fourth grade son’s involvement in baseball. “When my son was little, we tried to get him into a few sports,” she explained. “He’s very active. He’s been in base-
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ball forever.” She also added that the sport doesn’t require as much of a financial commitment, beyond registration fees and basic baseball gear. Tony Grubbs, Ham Lake, has coached in the Centennial School Program for five years. He said both his kids showed interest in baseball at an early age. “I started [coaching] T-ball and worked my way up. I’ll be doing coach-pitch one more year. I have a good time, and I love doing it. Our draft begins earlier and earlier, however. I noticed our baseball league [also] offers more clinics in December and January.” Grubbs says that while all parents want the best for their kids, he feels many parents judge success on simply winning the game. “I see success when
the player gets better,” he stresses. “The player learned to throw the correct way — that is success. Yes, people want to see wins. But I love to see the kids do well and improve and understand the game.” And there’s nothing wrong with keeping your child in a less competitive league. “The in-house league is nice for folks who don’t want [the time and cost commitment of a] traveling league,” says Grubbs. “You still get play experience. The traveling kids usually live and die their sport, however, and can be better players.” He said that traveling teams bump up the time commitment and financial levels. “With a traveling team, you might be practicing every night all week, with games on weekends,” he says.
Cathy Hults’ baseball-playing son also plays basketball in the winter. “This is his second year of basketball,” says Hults, who says this is considered a late start in basketball. “But he picked it up really fast. He’s a tall kid,” she added. She said she hasn’t noticed a big difference with the financial and time commitment with basketball, but that she and her husband are checking out the traveling basketball team for next winter. “Traveling basketball, I understand, is around $400.” Coach Brent Cuttell, Cottage Grove, confirms. “Stay in-house for as long as you want, it’s much cheaper. If you go the traveling team route, it gets more expensive: tourneys, travel, and hotels. Financially, traveling teams are five times
more expensive than in-house. [With] traveling, you probably pay $400 or more and in-house is only $80 to $100.” All of the time commitment and financials on baseball, basketball, and soccer seem to pale in comparison to hockey.
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Grubbs said he is learning about hockey firsthand through his younger son. “This is his first year,” says Grubbs. “It’s a lot more expensive. You can find used stuff pretty reasonable, but I about fell over when I saw the bill.” He added that the registration fees alone can be financially challenging. Coach Cuttell, who attends several coaching clinics a year, said he has noticed a trend in Minnesota youth hockey. “Some communities you’ll have 800 kids playing, but in a matter of years you’ll only have 15 still playing. They burn out. They quit playing. In this state, there are summer hockey clinics, skate clinics, goalie clinics — they create a 12 month commitment ... and soon you have the kid saying, ‘I don’t like it anymore.’”
Molly Sproull seconds the concerns regarding financial commitment, but chooses to look at some positives. “In hockey, at least in the age six and seven group, parent coaches are so enthusiastic. You don’t always get that in other sports. There are so many more time and money commitments, and the coaches are so willing and able to share their skills.” She adds that she has an older daughter, and worries about balancing her activities and schoolwork with her son’s hockey practices and games. “I worry also a little bit about him moving up into the upper grades, and going to practice a couple hours a night. He will have homework, too. Cramming it all in ... it concerns me a bit.” Barclay Kruse, chief commu-
nication officer at the National Sports Center in Blaine, said there are a lot of hockey programs available. “We run our own hockey programs, where parents can sign their kids up on teams,” he says. “Though in the world of youth hockey, the community-based club is king.” He added that most folks don’t know that some of the biggest hockey tourneys are in June and July. “We run an event for seven weekends ... different age groups on different weekends. We keep ice in six of our seven sheets, all the way through the summer. There’s enough demand in the summer for that.”
too young? Finally, the most pressing issue of all: are we starting our kids too young? Like it or not, all of
the parents and coaches interviewed for this article said they believe children are being introduced to sports at younger and younger ages, and that’s not necessarily a good thing. “I think it’s ridiculous,” says Coach Cuttell, “when kids are starting at three and four and five years old. I think if we begin putting goals [in place] for what measures a success or not in a specific arena ... it’s a lot of pressure.” Yet, all agreed on one thing: If kids don’t start young, they are “behind” by the time they hit fourth and fifth grade. “It’s only going to get worse,” says Grubbs. “I don’t think I’m fine with starting kids so young. My older son, in fourth grade, wanted to try hockey. [With his inexperience] he’d stick out
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like a sore thumb, and I don’t want him to go through that. It’s hard to say no. But if you’re in fifth or sixth grade, you’re behind already. It has become so specific. This is your sport, all year around. Coaches want kids to know what they’re doing, and who know how to play. My younger son is the oldest player on his team and he’s in second grade!” Says Sproull, “I think it’s a little disappointing that if you don’t start them young — and they would like to do another sport later — they’re going to be at a disadvantage. It’s part of a life lesson, I suppose. It’s sad that that’s the reality now.” Coach Cuttell sums it up with one of his favorite Cal Ripken Jr. stories. “When asked how many little league games
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The summer of 1935 is a hot one in Maycomb, Alabama. Eight-yearold Scout watches her father stand against the town’s anger when he defends a young black man accused of raping a white woman. Scout and her community come of age together, helping us connect with our own high ideals. This ambitious staging includes a gospel chorus and evocative set design. When: Previews held March 25 to 31; the show opens April 1 and runs through April 17 Where: Park Square Theatre, 20 W. Seventh Place, St. Paul Tickets: $15 to $20, depending upon age Info: parksquaretheatre.org or 651-291-7005
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make your own book during children’s book day Celebrate Children’s Book Day with local bicultural artist Anne SawyerAitch, who will guide you to create a book where you can write anything you like. You may want to tell a story, a poem or a riddle! Materials provided. Younger children should be accompanied by an adult. When: Monday, April 25, 6:00 p.m. Where: Augsburg Park Library, 7100 Nicollet Ave., Richfield Tickets: FREE; this project is funded with money from Minnesota’s Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund Info: hclib.org or 952-847-5300 22
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Is your child suffering from “nature deficit disorder?” The only known antidote is a summer of outdoor fun and adventure! We offer weekly half-day and full-day camps for ages 3–13. The adventures begin June 20th. Get your spot today! 5287 Otter Lake Rd White Bear Township 651-407-5350 co.ramsey.mn.us/parks/tamarack/ daycamps
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The International School of Minnesota offers full-day and half-day camp for ages 3.5–grade 6. From June 20– August 12 this is your passport to summer fun! An afternoon sport option is also available. 6385 Beach Rd Eden Prairie 952-918-1828 internationalschoolmn.com
Sunnyside’s camp is a place to discover horses and new friends. Each day includes riding — rain or shine, as we have an indoor and outdoor arena as well as scenic trails. You will discover the basics of grooming, saddling, body language, posture, contact, and balance to develop independent riding skills. 15400 Emery Ave E Rosemount 651-226-2027 sunnysidestables.org
Minnesota Zoo Zoo Camp
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International Kids Camp
Go wild this summer at Zoo Camp! Kids ages 2–18 explore the rainforest, travel under the sea, encounter amazing animals up close, and learn about important wildlife and wild places around the world! 13000 Zoo Blvd Apple Valley 952-431-9320 mnzoo.org
Mounds Park Academy Summer Programs
Take off with MPA’s Summer Programs! Summer courses in arts, academics, and athletics are for grades PK–12. Classes include everything from improv theatre to rocket science to origami. New this year: Middle School Adventure Week. MPA also offers Panther
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Horseback riding day camps for ages five and older. Individualized attention and structured lessons in Western and English riding. Our professional, caring staff and safe horses are dedicated to a safe and enjoyable riding experience for your child at an affordable price. Two convenient locations. 5676 170th St Hugo 651-429-3064 woodlochstable.com 550 Bunker Lake Blvd NW Andover 763-757-9445 bunkerparkstable.com
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happy campers fifth annual mnp camp fair delights by kathleen stoehr While the weather outside was frightful, inside at the Como Park Zoo and Conservatory on February 26, it was delightful! Brushing snow off lapels as they entered, families both large and small grabbed goodie bags and wandered through three areas set up with a lively bunch of exhibitors, all ready to answer the question, “where should I send my child to camp this summer?” Here’s a look at Minnesota Parent’s successful camp fair — along with our thanks to all who attended. We loved seeing your smiling faces and appreciated the positive feedback we received!
YMCA SuMMer ProgrAMS Join us for YMCA Healthy Kids Days Friday, April 15 – Sunday, April 17 get SPeCiAl DeAlS at ymcatwincities.org
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Summer Power is your answer to quality care and exciting adventures. We offer flexible 3-, 4-, and 5-day options. Kids enjoy their day in small age appropriate groups and participate in activities such as crafts, group games, sports and weekly field trips. Water parks, zoos, museums, regional and local parks are just of few of the field trip adventures. Over 60 sites throughout the Twin Cities area.
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Uproar provides an exciting combination of spirited adventure and growth. Participants get their first taste of leadership as they help to plan their summer activities.
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For tHe loCAtioN NeAreSt You, CAll: Hastings Area YMCA, Hastings, 651-480-8887 Northwest YMCA, New Hope, 763-535-4800 South Family YMCA, West St. Paul, 651-457-0048 Southdale YMCA, Edina, 952-835-2567 Also Eden Prairie locations. Southwest Area YMCA, Eagan, 651-456-9622 St. Croix Valley YMCA, Hudson, WI, 715-386-1616 or 651-436-2883 White Bear Area YMCA, White Bear Lake, 651-777-8103
Andover YMCA, Andover, 763-230-9622 Chain of Lakes YMCA, Lino Lakes, 651-795-9622 Downtown YMCA, Minneapolis, 612-371-8740 Elk River YMCA, Elk River, 763-230-2800 Emma B. Howe YMCA, Coon Rapids, 763-785-7882 Minnesota Valley YMCA, Burnsville, 952-898-9622 Northwest YMCA, New Hope, 763-535-4800 Northwest Family YMCA, Shoreview, 651-483-2671 Ridgedale YMCA, Minnetonka, 952-544-7708 River Valley YMCA, Prior Lake, 952-230-9622 Also Shakopee locations. Southdale YMCA, Edina, 952-835-2567 Also Eden Prairie locations. Southeast Area YMCA, Woodbury, 651-731-9507 Southwest Area YMCA, Eagan, 651-456-9622 St. Croix Valley YMCA, Hudson, WI, 715-386-1616 or 651-436-2883 White Bear Area YMCA, White Bear Lake, 651-777-8103 651-480-8887
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Camp St. Croix—612-822-2267. Ages 7-17.
Family Camp offers the uninterrupted time and the perfect place for you and your family to reconnect and leave the hectic pace of life behind. Camp du Nord—612-822-2267. Located on the
Located on Lake St. Croix, two miles south of Hudson, WI. Campers participate in a wide variety of traditional camp activities or select a specialty camp such as horseback riding, rock climbing, sailing and canoeing. Three-day, one-week or two-week sessions.
edge of the BWCA on Burntside Lake, Camp du Nord offers a totally unique week-long camping experience for families. Cozy woodland cabins with kitchens range from rustic to upscale. Tent camping sites, full/partial food service also available. Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, sailing, swimming, nature and arts programs are offered as family activities and for children’s age groups. Relax at days end with an authentic Finnish sauna.
Camp icaghowan—612-822-2267. Ages 7-16.
Located on Lake Wapogasset near Amery, WI. Icaghowan offers traditional camp and a variety of unique specialty camps focused on activities such as horseback riding, rock climbing, river canoeing, fishing, technical tree climbing and skateboard camp. Threeday, one-week or two-week sessions.
Camp ihduhapi—612-822-2267. Ages 7-16.
YMCA DAY CAMPS: Ages 4 - 14
Located on Lake Independence just 22 miles west of Minneapolis, MN, Ihduhapi offers youth a traditional experience or sailing and horseback riding specialty camps. Three-day, one-week or two-week sessions. Leadership development programs for grades 8-11.
YMCA Day Camp provides a week full of exciting camp activities like canoeing, archery, fishing, camp crafts, cookouts, swimming and more! Day camps facilitate a great introduction to camping in a safe environment. Kids are home each night. Bus transportation is available at most locations. Financial assistance is available for all Y programs.
Camp Warren—612-822-2267. Ages 7-16. Camp Warren, located in the north woods on Half Moon Lake near Eveleth, MN, offers girls-only sessions the first part of the summer and boys-only sessions later in the summer. Camp Warren has a strong tradition of progressive activities including sailing, archery, tennis, photography and horseback riding.
Minnetrista, MN 55364, 952-544-7708. Traditional day camp is located on 45 acres at Dutch Lake near Mound, MN. Camp guy robinson—3100 217th Ave NW, Oak Grove, MN, 763-785-7882. Traditional day camp is located at Lake George Regional Park. YMCA Day Camp ihduhapi—3425 Ihduhapi Rd., Loretto, MN 55357, 763-479-1146. Located on Lake Independence. Day Camp Ihduhapi offers the beautiful, north woods feel of camp. Camp Kici Yapi—13220 Pike Lake Trail NE, Prior Lake, MN 55372, 952-835-2567. Traditional day camp is located on 80 acre site in Prior Lake. Camp Streefland—11490 Klamath Trail, Lakeville, MN 55044, 952-898-9622. Traditional day camp is located on Lake Kingsley in Lakeville. Camp Manitou—9910 Briarwood Ave NE, Monticello, MN 55362, 763-535-4800. Traditional day camp is located on 1200 acre site on Lake Bertram and Long Lake in Monticello, MN.
YMCA Camp St. Croix – DayCroix 532 County Rd. F, Hudson, WI, 612-465-0560. Traditional day camp is located on 400 acre site overlooking Lake St. Croix.
Camp Menogyn—612-822-2267. Ages 12-18.
Camp Menogyn is located on the Gunflint Trail 30 miles north of Grand Marais, MN. There are no roads leading to Menogyn, so all campers cross West Bearskin Lake by boat to arrive at this beautiful, intimate wilderness setting. Our focus is on the small group, compassionate guided wilderness canoeing, backpacking and rock climbing trips that are safe, fun and enriching.
7732 Main Street, Lino Lakes, MN; Traditional day camp held across from Wargo Nature Center in Lino Lakes.
1515 Keats Ave.N., Lake Elmo, MN, 651-731-9507. Traditional day camp held at Lake Elmo Park Reserve in Lake Elmo.
Camp Widjiwagan—612-822-2267. Ages 12-18.
Located on Burntside Lake near Ely, MN, Widji offers high-quality canoe and backpacking adventures in the BWCA and throughout North America. Widji wilderness trips are focused on respect and values that build skills for life, and a relationship with the environment that is unparalleled.
5121 McAndrews Road, Eagan, MN 55123 Dakota County Lebanon Hills, 651-456-9622. Traditional day camp held at Dakota County Lebanon Hills, Camp Sacajawea.
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Looking for Summer Fun on the Farm? Bring your Group to Emma Krumbee’s Orchard & Farm Bloom and Grow Tour
Take a tour of our garden center and learn about flower and vegetable plants that grow here in Minnesota. Then, plant your own flower in a pot and bring it home.
Very Berry Tour
Learn about Minnesota’s largest hydroponic strawberry patch where the berries grow in vertical stackers above the ground. Pick your own strawberries and taste some, too!
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¡Verano divertido! St. Paul’s newest and most exciting option for summer child care, Spanish learning, and fun. Weekly themed, culturally-based, activities and field trips lead by bilingual Native Spanish speaking teachers. 18 months–10 years, M–F, 7:30 a.m.–5:30 p.m. (full or half day available). 1514 Englewood Ave St. Paul 651-644-2405 bilingualchildcaremn.org
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• Wagon Ride through the Apple Orchard • Blue Line Barrel Express Train Ride • Access to Kid’s Play Areas – Tile and Rope Mazes, Emma’s Mountain Slide, All-terrain Tractor Trikes, Half Peck Play Area with Pirate Ship, Monster Truck and Tractor • Homemade Chocolate Chip Cookies
Mondays – Fridays, June 1 – August 19 Now taking reservations for groups of 15+
Overnight Camp Lincoln / Camp Lake Hubert
In our 102nd season! Traditional, yet separate boys and girls camps, ages 7–17, with focus on skill building and featuring over 30 land and water activities. Two, three, and four week sessions, as well as five day intro camp. PO Box 1308 Lake Hubert 800-242-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com
Camp Olson YMCA
For more than 55 years Camp Olson has been providing unforgettable and life changing experiences for youth and young leaders through quality programs. Traditional summer camp available as well as specialty 3/14/11 12:40 PM programs in sailing, horseback riding, nature study, and leadership development. 4160 Little Boy Rd NE Longville 218-363-2207 campolson.org
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Eagle Bluff Environmental Learning Center Outdoor Skills Program
Eagle Bluff offers summer camps for youth entering grades 4–9 and year-round opportunities for people of all ages. Southeastern Minnesota canoeing, campouts, high ropes, and shooting. Each camp offers a different theme: July 6–9 Water Adventure, July 10–13 Outdoor Adventures, July 17–22 Forkhorn, and July 24–27 Night Owls. 28097 Goodview Dr Lanesboro 888-800-9558 eagle-bluff.org
Specialty Bakken Museum, The Summer Science Day Camps
Register now for a week-long Summer Science Day Camp at The Bakken Museum! Explore the electrifying world of invention through hands-on activities, creative problem-solving and science magic tricks. Build your own take-home invention and more.
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Students explore the electrifying world of science through hands-on activities, creative dramatics, team challenges, and more. Campers learn The Bakken invention process and build their own take-home creation. Spaces fill quickly ... register early! 3537 Zenith Ave S Minneapolis 612-926-3878 thebakken.org
Playworks: Racing Off to A Winning Summer Camp 2011
June 1–September 2. Kids entering grades 1–6. Arts, crafts, science, nature, and more. M-F, 6:30 a.m.–7 p.m., Sat–Sun 9 a.m.–7 p.m. Meals and field trips included. PT or FT. 2200 Trail of Dreams Prior Lake 952-496-6811 playworksfun.com
Sports and Fitness Camp Lincoln / Camp Lake Hubert
Tennis and golf camps since 1973. All skill levels, ages 8–15, five hours daily instruction and play, plus traditional camp activities. Brainerd Lakes Area. We also offer traditional two, three, and four week boys or girls sessions, a co-ed session, and family camp. PO Box 1308 Lake Hubert 800-242-1909 lincoln-lakehubert.com
Skyhawks Sports is proud to be the leader in youth sports since 1979 and maintains a proven safety track record. Kids learn individual and sport-oriented skills, develop personally and socially, learn teamwork, and build character and life skills through sports. Twin Cities Area (over 35 communities) 800-804-3509 skyhawks.com
TAGS Gymnastics Camps
Fun, fitness, friends! Gymnastics camps for boys and girls ages 3–17 in June, July, and August. Kids will learn fun, new skills while developing strength, flexibility, and coordination in a safe, positive atmosphere! 5880 149th St W Apple Valley 952-431-6445 10300 W 70th St Eden Prairie 952-920-5342 tagsgym.com
Vertical Endeavors Indoor Rock Climbing Summer Camps
Vertical Endeavors’ summer camp program provides a fun-filled experience for campers ages 6–17! Your child will have the opportunity to learn proper climbing techniques and they’ll leave camp with a sense of self-reliance and accomplishment. VE St. Paul: 855 Phalen Blvd St. Paul 651-776-1430 VE Duluth: 329 S Lake Ave Duluth 218-279-9980 verticalendeavors.com
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She’s my best friend and she made the kids her life and moved in with us. One of us was always at the hospital and one was always at home. We never wanted Reuven and Eliana to feel left out, and Chaya Dalya was never alone at the hospital.
appreciate it on a whole new level. I love hearing her say, “I love you, Mommy.” That is worth much more than a million dollars. I don’t think she realizes that every day I look at her knowing that I’m looking at a walking miracle.
How is she doing? She’s amazing. To meet her is to love her. She’s so sweet, and she and the older kids are so compassionate and loving. They get so excited to see boxes of pajamas come in and they can’t wait to open them and count them. It’s wonderful to see what they pick up on and that they want to give to others.
How are you hoping to expand Sweet Dreams? We’ve worked a lot with schools and businesses and Boy and Girl Scout troupes for projects. We’ve had about six birthday parties where kids have asked their friends to bring pajamas to donate rather than asking for presents, which is incredible. When people donate, we try to get the pajamas to a hospital in their area to get more hospitals involved.
Has this experience changed your attitude toward parenting? I’ve always appreciated everything with my kids, but after everything we went through I
— Alyson Cummings
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