Main Line Parent Camp & Activity Fair!

Mark your calendars! Sunday, February 21rst
Friends’ Central School’s Lower School
, 228 Old Gulph Road, Wynnewood

Don’t miss this opportunity to explore the great camp opportunities available for Summer 2016!

Learn about new programs and find out more about the camps that sound like a good fit for your kids. This is the perfect time to meet the Camp Directors, ask lots of questions and find out about what new and special about their upcoming programs.

Bring the kids! You might be surprised what programs they’re drawn to! There will be an activity from Einstein By Design, an electronics lab and kitchen chemistry too.

Win a free week of Camp! They will also be raffling off free weeks of camp.
Free sounds good!

Main Line Parent Camp & Activity Fair, Sunday February 21, 2016 11am-2pm

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Director Interview – Justin Lavner of Lavner Camps!

Justin Lavner has his roots in the Philadelphia area and is the founder of Lavner Camps. We had a chance to hear more about Lavner Camps during our interview with Lavner.

1. Why did you decide to create Lavner Camps? What do you think makes it special?

Justin_lavnerJ.L.: I created Lavner Camps because I wanted children to have the opportunity to attend a high quality summer camp where they can immerse themselves in learning, develop skills, have lots of fun, make friends, and create happy memories! Lavner Camps is very special because we provide campers with the opportunity to explore various areas of interest, build confidence, learn from great instructors who teach from a professionally developed (and always evolving) curriculum, and experience all of this in an exciting and dynamic camp environment.

We pride ourselves on creating a premier summer camp environment where campers can have the experience of a life time, and we enjoy seeing so many campers return each summer!

2. What are some of your favorite camp activities?

J.L.: As the camp director, it is really difficult to choose favorites, because so many of our activities are fun and exciting. Here are some (but not all!) of my favorites: King of the Court at Tennis Camp, Soccer Shootout Challenge, Hot Spot Challenge in Basketball Camp, Robowars in Robotics Camp, Scavenger Hunt Competitions in 3D Innovation & Design with Minecraft, Installing Minecraft Mods, coding a Choose Your Own Adventure Game in Java, Creating Apps and Beta testing Video Games on Fridays, the Friday Fashion show at Fashion Design Camp, Bake Off Competitions in Culinary Camp, Shooting Scenes at Filmmaking Camp, Friday Theater performances, the Lavner Carnival and Color War at Exploration Day Camp, Flying Drones in the Spy Tech Minor Course at TECH R3VOLUTION ™, Team Building Games at our CIT Leadership Program Orientation, and so much more!

3. You’ve added a lot of specialty tech and arts camps. How does your staff develop the curriculum for new camps? What are you especially excited about this year?

J.L.:We employ a very talented and brilliant group of year round employees. We have a full time technology department and creative arts department, and summer camp curriculum is developed and enhanced all year. This enables us to stay at the forefront of learning and produce camp experiences at the highest level, and sometimes even create new educational trends! As directors, Michael Lavner and I also play an integral part in overseeing curriculum development, and schedule time to immerse ourselves in the curriculum for each camp before we approve it to “go live” in the summer. I am very excited about our NEW camp additions: Elite Skills Minecraft Camp, Programming Camp with Python, Game Design Camp with GameMaker ™ and RPG Maker ®, Hand Sewing Camp: Stuffed Animal Creations!, and GreenFun Eco Camp! I am also excited to see the many new developments in all of our camps that are returning in Summer 2016.

4. How do you select your camp counselors (background, experience, etc)?

J.L.: It is absolutely paramount to us that we hire excellent camp instructors and counselors. We employ an almost entirely adult staff. They have exemplary backgrounds in the areas they instruct, and are passionate about working with kids. All are very responsible, and understand the “high level” camp experience and standards of excellence that we expect and require at Lavner Camps. Our instructors vary from teachers, professors, industry professionals, grad students, college students, and a very small amount of rising high school seniors and juniors who display an exceptional ability to instruct at camp. We are fortunate enough to receive thousands of applications and our HR department does a great job of selecting excellent candidates for our camp positions.

5. Can kids really learn to program in 1 week of camp?

J.L.: At Lavner Camps they can! All Lavner campers complete 1-3 computer programming projects during a week of Programming Camp with Scratch, Programming Camp with Python ™, or Programming Camp with Java. Parents can also book private lessons with an instructor before or after camp if they want their child to have 1 on 1 instruction and additional learning opportunities. We are very impressed with the programming project our campers create at camp, and are excited to provide more and more coding camps each summer!

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Affordable Performing Arts Camps!

Roger Lee Arts Summer Camp
Kids and teens will enjoy exploring dance, drawing, acting, and musical theater production. Roger will lead the campers in daily classes, outdoor play, and the fun process of creating and producing original musical theater! The camp will end with an informal showcase for family and friends to enjoy! Act Fast! Only 1 week: Jun 22-26, 2015, $150


 Actors Center  Save Big on  Six Weeks!
Kids, tweens and teens learn how to act in TV Commercials and Movies. How to audition for casting directors and talent agents and more! When you register for all 6 weeks it’s only $300/week! timthumb.php

The Summer Music & Performing Arts Camp
The Georgia E. Gregory Interdenominational School of Music

The Summer Music & Performing Arts Camp is offering six weeks of daily music instruction in keyboard, percussion, voice and dance for children 6-13 years old. Music instruction is provided each morning, with weekly camper performances; afternoons feature a range of educational, recreational and cultural activities that include chess, karate and Monopoly tournaments; swimming and trips. Campers are also encouraged to read books and develop computer skills.  Lunch and snacks are provided.  Jun 22-Jul 31, 2015, $110/week


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Looking for a Sewing Camp in Philly?

Each summer is an opportunity to send your kids to camps that will give them new experiences, a chance to take risks, and maybe even learn lifelong skills. In this article, we’re going to showcase one of those camps, and one of those skills: Sew Philly in Philadelphia.

Sew Philly gives both boys and girls the chance to experience a challenging introduction to all things sewing: stitching, fabric, bobbins, sewing machines and more. Everyone who works at Sew Philly is passionate about their craft, and they pass that passion along to the students, encouraging them to be creative and take on non-traditional projects. Who knows — this camp could be your own aspiring young designer’s first step into a career in fashion!

From Fashion Design Saturdays to a fashion design course to machine sewing, Sew Philly has something for everyone. Prices start at $375 for a full week, and they offer 10% sibling discounts. Kids, start those sewing machines!


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Five Interesting and Affordable Summer Camps in the Philadelphia Area

It’s that time of year when you have to start thinking about Summer camps and figuring out which ones to choose without breaking the bank. Philadelphia has lots of great options for both sleepaway camps and day camps. Here are five unique and affordable options that parents love.

Actors CenterActors Center
The Actors Center provides one of the best and most successful Young Acting  Camps in the nation – sign up for the full 6 weeks and it’s just $300/week

BETTERBALL! Basketball & Sports Camps may7_betterballEmpowering kids to play BETTER in sports and life! Betterball balances summer fun with a dose of structure that kids need to avoid boredom. The programs feature fundamental & advanced instruction, fun games & competition, daily sportsmanship lessons and guest speakers. Optional daily free swim and lunch available. $250/week

yogini kidsYoga Summer Camp The perfect antidote to a busy year is a week of mindfulness with the Beanie Yogini Kids Yoga Studio! They keep it kid-friendly and fun, using yoga poses to move through a story, creative arts and crafts and lots of time outside in nature. Only $205/week, siblings $175

Sew Philly IMG_2038 Known for it’s welcome environment and excellent staff, children will not only learn to sew basic patterns, they’ll meet new friends, see what it’s like to make a successful project themselves and learn about fabric and bobbins.  Open to both girls and boys. $375/week

Delaware County Christian School is hosting a number of great programs at their may7_dccsbeautiful locations in Devon (K-5th Grade) and Newtown Square (6th-8th Grade). Campers engage with a great balance of camp time, field trips and service opportunities. U-Pick-it Specials include archery, swimming, nature studies, photography, arts and crafts, cooking and high and low ropes courses! Only $235/week until June 1rst.

Updated: May 7, 2015

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Philadelphia Area Camp Fairs!

You may not have figured out your vacation schedule for next summer yet, but it’s time to start researching summer camps! Of course you’ll do lots of research online, but Camp Fairs are a great opportunity to meet Camp Directors and Staff and learn about new and interesting camps.

Mainline Camp Fair
Wednesday, January 21, 2015 from 5:30-8:30pm
Rescheduled Snow Date – Jan. 28, 2015
Conestoga High School
200 Irish Road, Berwyn PA
More info here

Super Camp Fair
Sunday, January 25, 2015 from 1:00pm – 4:00pm
Conshohocken Marriott
111 Crawford Ave. W. Conshohocken PA
More info here

Springside Chestnut Hill Academy Camp Fair
Sunday, January 31, 2015 from 11:00 AM – 2:00 PM
SCH Academy’s Woodward/Kingsley Gymnasium Complex
500 Willow Grove Ave
Philadelphia, PA
More info here

Philadelphia Family School & Camp Fair
Saturday, February 28, 2015 from 10:00amto 1:00pm
Germantown Academy
Fort Washington, PA
More info here

Finding new opportunities that allow your child to dive deeply into some of their favorite hobbies and sports – that’s what summer is all about, right!

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Holiday and Schools-Out Day Camps

holiday_rosh_hoshana_2014If you’re looking for a fun camp for your kids on days school is out, but you’re at work, you’re in luck! There are some great choices for those one-day holidays and also the longer breaks.

Many school districts are off for Rosh Hashanah, and others are off in October for Columbus Day and fall break. Some of these camps even offer programs for Teacher In-Service Days and Snow Days!

Check out these great camps:

The Franklin Institute’s Discovery Camps, Philadelphia
School may be out, but science is in at The Franklin Institute.
Sign up for their exciting camps where students Pre-K – 6 can let their inner scientist emerge!​

Club La Maison, Wayne
A fun-filled neighborhood camp that gives your child exposure to many different types of activities such as sports, circle games, arts and crafts, a game room and swimming.

Riverbend Environmental Education Center, Gladwyn
Days when schools out, their year-round exploration camps offer a relaxed combination of hands-on activities, including hikes, stories, crafts, science experiments and free exploration.

Schuylkill Center for Environmental Education, Philadelphia
Sept. 25: Hawk Mountain Field Trip: Hike in search of the season’s first migrants and see bald eagles, hawks, and falcons soaring above. You bring the hiking shoes, they’ll provide the binoculars.

The Handwork Studio
One day camps are designed to keep kids entertained and engaged while they learn something new and fun. Kids will leave with one or two completed projects. All supplies and materials included.

Know of some other places that offer great programs? Add a comment and we’ll help even more families find them!

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Acting Summer Camp from The Actors Center

TV and movies are entertaining and can be educational, but if your family has a budding actor, it’s even more enthralling.  We asked The Actor’s Center, in Philadelphia, to tell us about their acting summer camp.

  • How would I know if my child has the potential to be on TV or movies?

If your kid has expressed interest in being on TV they are halfway there. Are they comfortable in front of people, are they funny or can they convince you of many things, DO they enjoy being the center of attention , and do they act out things they see in the movies?

  • Is there a personality or temperament that is common among successful child actors?

Some actors have big personalities and others are shy. There are roles for comedians and serious roles as well.

  • How does The Actors Center help?

In addition to providing classes in Hip-Hop, Stage Combat, TV Commercial Training, Animated Voice-Over, Improv, and Music, students are also taught how to audition for casting directors and agents.

  • What kind of skills are needed to participate in camp?

There are no specific skills needed. Kids just need to come prepared to listen and learn.

  • What type of instructors are at The Actors Center?

The Actors Center has some of the best teachers in Philadelphia, Sandra Turner has been with The Actors Center for 15 years and has been in Many TV shows, movie and plays, Kristen SchScierier is one of the best improv actors in the East Coast, Elijah Brown hosted the Tribecca Film Festival and was a finalist in Americas Got Talent and The X Factor. Kenneth McCgregger was Magnetos’ Father in X- Men, the guy who punched Tom Cruise in Cocktail, and has been in hundreds of films and commercials.

For select weeks this summer, The Actors Center is offering their summer camp for $100 off.  Look for their Early Summer Special.

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Win a free week of summer camp!

Free week of campYou can be the lucky winner of a free week of summer camp.  There are many camps on ActivityHero to choose from — including Lavner Camps, Drama Kids, and more!

Enter by March 31 for your chance to win – no purchase necessary.

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Plan a Great Summer of Soccer!

Soccer camps are wildly popular all throughout the United States, and there are plenty of ways for kids to jump in and hone their skills both near home and overnight at a destination camp. Summer is a great time to focus on a new sport, or to sharpen up their game before team tryouts for the year.

Philadelphia Region

Lavner Camps offers soccer as well as other sports camps.  They recently recruited Gordon Reid, a native of Glasgow, Scotland, as soccer director.  There are many locations offered, as well as full or half day options.

Universal Soccer Academy Camps is a small but prestigious soccer school. Recognized internationally, it is considered one of the best soccer academies in the USA. These camps are specifically designed for enthusiastic young soccer players, and provide an environment that allows campers to improve their entire game.

Greenhill Day Camp – Many parents appreciate this camp’s option of signing up for only one week at a time, so both money and summer scheduling is saved. Campers enjoy a wide range of activities, which includes soccer play. Free after camp care is available.

Lehigh University Sports Camps – Each summer, those local to the Bethlehem, PA region come to Lehigh University to enjoy one of over 45 different camps designed for everyone from beginners to those considered to be pros. Camps available for preschoolers through high school.

Summerside on the Hill Summer Camps – Also in Philiadelpha, preschoolers through high school students enjoy  the Blue Devils Soccer Camp and other great options. Camps vary in length, duration and focus so there is truly something for everyone.

Penn Charter Summer Camps – Penn Charter offers opportunities for those aged three to 15. Children from all over the Philadelphia area can come enjoy a 7-week sports camp that will cover 8 sports including soccer.

Union Soccer Schools – Known as the official summer camp of the Philadelphia Union soccer team, these week-long day camps are designed for kids aged 6-14. Your kids will learn directly from Union players and coaches, and various discounts are available. They have multiple locations throughout Pennsylvania.

If your child has expressed interest in learning a new sport or if you believe they just need to get more active this year, then soccer camps are a great place to start.

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