Preschoolers just want to have fun. And there are day camps designed just for them and their interests. Think water adventures, outdoor exploration, learning to be a Jedi and spending time with animals.
Jump, belly flop or dive into camp with water-filled events — balloons, slides, games and races. Welcome to this watery world.
When: May 31-Aug. 5, 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Mondays and Wednesdays or Tuesdays and Thursdays
Where: Armbrust YMCA, 5404 S. 168th St., Omaha; Council Bluffs YMCA, 7 S. Fourth St., Council Bluffs; Maple Street YMCA, 7502 Maple St., Omaha; Sarpy Community YMCA, 1111 E. First St., Papillion; Southwest YMCA, 13010 Atwood Ave., Omaha
Who: Ages 3-5
Cost: $20 for members, $30 for nonmembers
KinderNature Camps: Insect Safari
These campers are on the hunt — for insects. Youngsters go armed with nets for catching and magnifying lenses for viewing during the great outdoor safari. There’s time for crafts and games, too.
When: June 3, 9 to 11 a.m. and 1 to 3 p.m.; children may attend one two-hour session
Where: Hitchcock Nature Center, 27792 Ski Hill Loop, Honey Creek, Iowa
Who: Ages 3-5
Cost: $15 per camp
Mini Jedi Training
May the Force be with you as you investigate robots, light sabers and space travel. Explore droids and build models of space communities.
When: June 6-10, June 13-17, July 18-22 and July 25-29, 9 a.m. to noon; June 20-24 and June 27-July 1, 1 to 4 p.m.
Where: Omaha Children’s Museum, 500 S. 20th St.
Who: Ages 4-5
Cost: $120 members, $135 nonmembers
Dancing in the Desert
Be ready for sand while you learn about the animals that dwell in the desert. They include head-bobbing meerkats, slithering snakes, fringy iguanas and birds of many colors. Don’t forget your water bottle. It gets hot in the desert.
When: June 20-24, 9 a.m. to noon
Where: Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium, 3701 S. 10th St.
Who: Ages 3-4
Cost: $65 for members, $70 for nonmembers
Little Farmers Camp
There’s a lot to do on this educational working farm. Besides farm chores, campers will have story time, songs and crafts.
When: June 20-24, June 27- July 1, July 11-15 and July 18-22, each 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Where: Camp Gifford Farm, 700 Camp Gifford Road, Bellevue
Who: Ages 4 and 5
Information: 402-597-4920, firstname.lastname@example.org
— Compiled by Sue Story Truax