Stonehaven Stables Summer Camp will help students learn riding skills and proper elements of horse care. (Special Photos)

Stonehaven Stables Summer Camp will help students learn riding skills and proper elements of horse care. (Special Photos)

ALBANY — As school winds down to a close, nothing hearkens quite like the sound of excited children happy to be out of school for the summer.

Fortunately, there are plenty of ways they can keep busy and entertained this summer; we’ve put together a list of summer activities available in the surrounding area.

Please submit any additional camps or opportunities to southview@albanyherald.com, and we’ll be sure to post it in our online edition.

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Check out summer camps at Chehaw Park

Night Crawlers: Ages 5 - 12; June 30 - July 3 or July 21 - July 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.; Cost: $95. Ever wonder what goes bump in the night? It could be an owl, a wolf, a bear or many other creatures that stay up after dark at Chehaw. Join us for a special evening camp that happens after dark. Camp includes a special zoo dinner.

Jumanji Camp: Ages 8 - 12; June 9 - 13 or July 14 - 18 or July 28 - August 1 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.; Cost: $160. While survival is not a game in the heart of the jungle, campers will be thrilled to play survival games as we explore jungles and their animal inhabitants. This week will be action packed, leading up to a canoe trip down the Muckalee, through a little Georgia Jungle, camping under the stars at the Swamp House, and watching Jumanji on the big screen. Includes overnight.

Reptile Camp: Ages 5-12, June 16-20 or July 21-25 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m; Cost: $130. Scaly and cold-blooded, these reptilian creatures are everywhere and not as scary as you may think. Journey across the globe to find some of the “coolest,” amazing animals. Camp also runs July 14-18 from 1-4 p.m. and July 28 – Aug. 1 from 9 a.m. until noon; Cost: $80.

H zoo O: Ages 5 to 12, June 2-6 or July 7-11 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Cost: $130. Water, water everywhere! Whether you live under water or on land, all creatures, even us, depend on water. Join us as we learn about different animals, big and small, which live in, on, or around the water. Campers will get a chance to get wet while exploring the waters of Chehaw.

Zoo Keepers 101: Ages 5-7, June 9-13 from 9 a.m. until noon; Cost $80. Ages 5-12, June 23-27 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Cost: $130. Ages 5-7, July 28-Aug. 1, 1-4 p.m.; Cost: $80. Have you ever said "I want to be a zookeeper when I grow up?" Now, you don't have to wait! Learn all about the different types of animals who live at Chehaw. In this camp, we will go begin the scences to see what it really takes to work in a zoo.

Red, WILD and Blue: Ages 5-12, June 30-July 3 from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m.; Cost: $110. Like these colors, the Bald Eagle represents the USA. People have worked hard to keep this animal around for generations to come. The Bald Eagle is a great success story. During this camp we will learn about endangered and threatened animals and how people can help!

Little Buggers: Ages 4-7, June 9-13 from 1-4 p.m.; Cost $80. Ages 4-7, July 14-18 from 9 p.m. until Noon; Cost: $80. Crawling, creeping, flying, and digging ... bugs move in many different way. This camp was designed with you little buggers in mind. Chehaw campers will enjoy learning about many different types of bugs and other creepy crawlies all around them.

Stonehaven Stables

Horse Camp

Stonehaven Stables Summer Camp will start on Memorial Day, May 26. Weekly sessions will be held all summer. Children learn riding skills using the balanced seat, and basic horse care. Also they enjoy arts and crafts, games and just having fun. More than 50 years experience with horses and thirty years of day camp.

Hours are 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Contact Carol Rathel at 229-438-9043 or crathel@earthlink.net

Theatre Albany

Theatre Albany has announced dates for its 28th Annual Summer Youth Workshop. The week long workshop will be offered June 9-13 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Monday through Friday. The workshop is opened to children ages 7 to 18.

“The classes are focused on the three major areas of performance: acting, dance and voice/singing,” said Theatre Albany Director Mark Costello. “We want the kids experience as much of the performance process as possible.”

Instructors include Kevin Blaise , Judy Dabbs and Jennifer Kirk Bowers. Blaise has served as musical director for and actor in multiple Theatre Albany musicals. Blaise is the choral director at Lee County High School.

Dabbs has been an active part of Theatre Albany choreographing some 47 productions. She retired from the Pritchett Pippin Dance Studio where she taught 30 years.

Bowers has appeared in numerous Theatre Albany productions and teaches American Literature and drama at Colquitt County High School.

Interested persons may visit the theatre’s website (www.theatrealbany.com) and download a registration form or call the theatre at (229) 439-7193.

Sherwood Christian Academy Drama Camp

Sherwood Christian Academy, in partnership with the King’s Kids Production Company, will host a summer drama camp for those interested in theatrical arts.

Designed to give students a positive theater experience in a Christ-centered environment, auditions for the camp will be held 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. May 9, and 1 to 3 p.m. May 10 at Sherwood Christian Academy’s elementary school, 2200 Stuart Ave. Make-up auditions can be scheduled upon request.

This year’s camp for rising K5 through 5th grades will be 1 to 4 p.m. June 16-20 at the elementary school. This year’s production will be “101 Dalmatians KIDS.”

The camp for rising first- through ninth-grade will be July 7 through 11, from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. This year’s production will be “Peter Pan Jr.”

Each camp is $140 with a $25 non-refundable deposit, which is due at auditions. Call Vickie Knuckles or JaShckie Byrd at (229) 347-9818 or (229) 698-3810 .

4-H Summer Camps

To register a child at a 4-H camp, call (229) 436-7216 or stop by 125 Pine Ave. in downtown Albany.

Flint RiverQuarium and

Thronateeska Heritage Center

Take off on an adventure exploring nature and science with the Flint RiverQuarium and Thronateeska Heritage Center. Investigate aquatic critters, canoe at Radium Springs, travel through oceans and space and more.

Activities for children include hands-on projects, exhibit exploration tours, Imagination Theater movies, animal encounters, and a water bash.

Dinosaur Camp: May 28 through 30; ages 7 to 9, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m.. Cost: $90 for members, $100 for nonmembers. Bring a sack lunch. Kids will explore the world of dinosaurs with fossils, dinosaur eggs, and volcanoes, as well as a look back into the past to study the lives of these fascinating creatures.

Water Adventures: June 2 through 6; ages 8 to 11, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost: $130 or members, $140 for nonmembers. Campers will soak up first-hand knowledge and appreciation of the Flint River through exploring its natural habitat, testing the waters for pollution with microscopes and water filters, and take a closer look at what’s lurking in the water.

Wild & Wacky Science: June 9 through 13; ages 8 to 11, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost: $130 for members, $140 for nonmembers. Kids can study science through daily experiments, which include creating atomic clime, making tornadoes and launching rockets. Campers will discover the exciting world of science and meet some of the RiverQuarium’s most famous residents, including the big-toothed alligators, blue jays and more.

Small Fry: June 16 through 20; ages 5 to 6, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost: $60 for members, $70 for nonmembers. Children will explore nature and all of its tricks through hands-on activities such as animal encounters, crafts, games and exploration. Campers will play hide-and-seek with the animals, go on a turtle hunt, learn why birds migrate and make new discoveries at the touch tank.

Camp Aquatica: June 23 through 27; ages 12 to 14, 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. Cost: $150 for members, $160 for nonmembers. Bring a sack lunch. Campers will explore a simulated blue hole spring at the RiverQuarium, water-based science activities at Thronateeska, and paddling at Radium Springs. Campers will learn all about water, conduct science experiments and tests, explore local water history and ecology, and “cool down” in the water with games and activities.

Georgia Museum of

Agriculture

TIFTON — Children from four to 11 years old can explore southern Georgia’s rich history and natural resources through hands-on activities, games, and crafts this summer at the Georgia Museum of Agriculture and Historic Village at Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College.

Camp Director Kelly Scott said that Camp Wiregrass offers camps geared toward specific age groups: Munchkins, ages 4 to 5; Explorers, ages 6 to 8; Trekkers, ages 9 to 11, and a “Girls Only” session for 8- to 11-year-olds. Each week-long session offers age appropriate activities and themes.

To register for any session of Camp Wiregrass, interested persons can email Scott at museumcamp@abac.edu or register online at www.abac.edu/museum/kids-camp.

Registrations close two weeks prior to each camp, and space is limited.

Snacks, T-shirts, and all supplies are provided for each week. Explorer and Trekker campers will need to supply a sack lunch. Siblings, ABAC employee, or Friend of the Museum discounts are available. The cost is $50 per week for the Munchkin camp, and $100 per week for all Explorer and Trekker camps.

The summer kicks off with the Munchkin camp for 4- to 5-year-olds on May 27 through 30 from 8:30 a.m. to noon with “Down on the Farm.” Campers will find out what life was like in the mid-1800s. Feeding animals, gardening, and wagon rides are just a few of the activities offered for the Munchkin campers. The cost for this camp is $50.

Two different sessions are available for Explorer campers, “Good Ole’ Days” and “EcoDetectives.” Children ages 6 to 8 can attend either or both sessions. “Good Ole’ Days” on June 2 through 6 will focus on the mid-1800s culture of southern Georgia with hands-on activities including wool and cotton processing, cane pole fishing, traditional games, and wagon rides. The “EcoDetectives” will unravel the mysteries of local natural resources including collecting invertebrates from the local stream, identifying animal signs, and fishing from June 16 through 20. Each session is $100 per camper.

Trekkers ages 9 to 11 years old can take part in the “Nature’s Artists” camp from June 23 through 27 at the Museum. Campers will create various art projects inspired by nature hikes, stream exploration, and local wildlife. The program includes discussions in sculpture, drawing, and painting techniques. A showcase of the campers’ artwork will be displayed at the Museum at the end of the week. The cost for this session is $100 per camper.

Female campers from 8 to 11 years old can also enjoy the Victorian Adventures camp from June 9-13. Campers will explore both the high society and working class lifestyles of women in the 1800s. Various activities include hosting a tea, cooking a traditional meal, candle-making, and playing traditional games. The cost for this camp is $100 per camper.

Camp Wiregrass will also sponsor three-hour workshops during July for various age groups. “The Revolution is Coming” on July 2 is geared for 8- to 10-year-olds in celebration of Independence Day. Campers will actually join the Museum’s militia.

“Creative Jewelry” on July 8 to 9 allows campers ages 8 to 10 years old an opportunity to create their own jewelry with a Native American flair. “Primitive Hunting Skills” on July 11 will show campers ages 6 to 8 years old how Native American children used games to enhance their hunting skills. Campers will test their skills through spear throwing and archery.

“Orienteering…Hugh?” on July 15 is a workshop which focuses on the traditional means of navigating with a compass. The target audience is 9- to 11-year olds. The final workshop, “Nature Art,” is geared to 6- to 8-year-olds on July 18. This workshop will allow campers to create artwork inspired by their outdoor experiences.

The workshops are $25 per person per workshop except for “Creative Jewelry” which is $40 per person. The price includes snacks and supplies. For more information on the upcoming summer camps and workshops, interested persons can call Scott at (229) 391-5224.