Kids love to go to summer camp and parents enjoy having a bit of summer to themselves. Luckily, the Las Vegas area has some of the best day camps to be found anywhere. Kids can immerse themselves in art, music, dance, computers, sports, science or nature and come home excited to share their experiences and new knowledge. After all, summer is for learning, too. Does your child want to learn to play basketball like the pros? There is a class for that. Do your children dream of computer game design or how to improve existing RPGs, or would they rather dance like a Sugarplum Fairy or learn about the wonders of science? There are opportunities for that as well. If your young diva wants to perform as a ‘triple threat’ achiever in musical theater, Hollywood Kids Academy gives her the chance to do that and build confidence along the way.

iD Tech Summer Computer Day Camps
4505 S. Maryland Parkway
Las Vegas, NV 89154
(408) 871-2227

Expand your children’s minds and teach them something new with iD Tech camps for kids ages seven to 14 and 13 to 17. Children learn programming and RPG and 3D Game Design with your choice of classes, times and dates. Younger children learn the basics, moving on to game design after learning basic programming, while older students are introduced to more sophisticated Java and design programs. Your child may not be the next David Jones, but students will have the chance to improve their computer skills in an industry that’s growing leaps and bounds every year. Note: these are day camps only.

Advantage Basketball Camps – NV
Tarkanian Basketball Academy
2730 S. Rancho Drive
Las Vegas, NV 89102
(425) 670-8877

If your kids live for basketball and wants to learn more than just the basics, Advantage Basketball Camps may be just the place for them. They can improve skills such as dribbling, moves, footwork, shooting and other ball-handling to give them the edge during their next game. Whether they play for fun or want to learn to play professionally, Advantage instructors have the know-how to teach them everything they need to know. Camps are on-going all year, but summer camp may give your child that extra time needed to really perfect their game.

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Discovery Children’s Museum
360 Promenade Place
Las Vegas, NV 89106
(702) 382-3445

Every year, the Discovery Children’s Museum has provided children with some of the most interesting varieties of summer day camps in town. Now, with its beautiful new facility and even more space, 2014 promises to be the best year yet for camps offering classes in Science and artistic pursuits. Camps are still in the planning stage, so check back for your choice of activities at the place where children love to learn. All camps are day camps, and different weeks offer different choices, so children may even opt to try more than one.

Hollywood Kids Academy
SunRidge Plaza
10870 S. Eastern Ave., #101
Henderson, NV 89052
(801) 592-6254

Hollywood Kids Academy (HKA) for the Performing Arts offers classes for preschoolers to teenagers. The programs range from dance, singing and tumbling to acting, but the academy’s specialty is Musical Theater, including “Triple Threats,” featuring classes in acting, singing and dancing. Children gain self-esteem through performing arts, increasing their confidence in their ability by preparing and performing. Little Stars is a new preschool program for students between the ages of three and five that helps develop creativity and confidence in young children, benefiting them throughout their lives. A variety of classes are offered year-round, along with the summer camps.

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Sharon Damon is a preschool specialist, avid reader, passionate writer and creative baker/ cook. She has been a cooking instructor at a local Rec Center in Henderson, NV since 2011, and has written for Examiner and other publications since 2010. She knows her way around the keyboard and the kitchen! Sharon moved from a small city in Canada to Las Vegas 6 years ago, to marry the love of her life, and has since been swept up in the whirlwind known as Sin City. Her work can be found at