Friday 18 January 2019

It’s child’s play for summer

Summer time and the living is most definitely not easy when you have young children to entertain. Thankfully, a wide range of summer camps across the capital will keep your little ones inspired and active during the summer months.

>DF Kids' Cookery Club Summer Camp

The cookery school at Donnybrook Fair is running a series of five-day cookery camps for kids this summer. A new theme is introduced each day and, along with hands-on cooking sessions, children will learn about nutrition, sustainability and problem solving. Recipe booklets, lunch (children sit down to enjoy the fruits of their labour) and food costs are all included. For 10 to 16 year-olds. Admission: €200 for five days. n donnybrookfair.ie

>Rock Camp

Rock stars of the future can get their groove on at Rock Camp, a five-day camp where participants learn how to write songs, record music and play gigs. The guest speakers include a roll-call of industry professionals, such as vocal coaches, songwriters and engineers. Ideal for young people interested in forming a band, the camps run July 25-29 and August 1-5 at Old Wesley RFC, Donnybrook. For 13 to 18 year-olds. Admission: €295 (discounts for multiple family members). n rockcamp.ie

>Westwood Tennis Camp

Renowned tennis coach, Jamie Pilkington, is heading up a series of four- and five-day camps at Ireland's largest indoor tennis centre in Westwood, Leopardstown. Typical days include coaching, competitions and match play and all participants will be considered for the Tennis Academy starting in September. Great value, to boot. Junior Camp for three to eight year olds. Senior Camp for nine to 17 year-olds. Admission: From €80 for the four-day Junior Camp (with 10pc discount for Westwood members). n westwood.ie

>Surfdock Summer Camp

Water babies will relish the action at the Surfdock summer camp taking place at the windsurfing school in the Grand Canal Basin, Ringsend during June, July and August. Activities include Topper sailing, windsurfing, kayaking and SUP (stand-up paddle boarding).

The camp runs from 10am to 5pm, but supervision is available from 9am, making it ideal for parents working in the vicinity. For eight to 16 year-olds. Admission: €195 for five days (discounted rates for multiple children and weeks). n surfdock.ie

>VHI GAA Cul Camps

VHI Cul Camps run throughout the summer in all 32 counties and overseas. The emphasis is on sustaining involvement in Gaelic Games -- for both boys and girls -- and the camps include coaching in specific skills of the game and small sided games. On the last day of the camp a "blitz" will be organised to provide each child with an introduction to competitive games. For six to 13 year-olds. Admission: From €40 for five days. n vhiculcamps.gaa.ie

>Xtreme Summer Camps

The Xtreme outdoor adventure centre summer camp is just the ticket for adrenaline fiends. The camp incorporates team-based games, challenges and adventure experiences: think orienteering, archery, abseiling, climbing and zip lines. The half-day camps are running from two locations: Courtlough, Balbriggan, Co Dublin and Carton House, Maynooth, Co Dublin. For age seven and upwards. Admission: €95 for five half days. n xtreme.ie

>Glee Club Summer Camp

Glee clubs are mushrooming up all over, thanks to the success of the eponymous TV show. Now your little ones can partake in the all-singing, all-dancing experience in summer camps across the country. The emphasis isn't just on honing children's performance skills but, rather, on them letting loose and having fun. According to the organisers, "Glee Clubs celebrate diversity and accept children of all abilities and experience." For seven to 18 year olds. Admission: From €75. n gleesummer.com

>An Post FAI Summer Soccer School

The 2011 Summer Soccer School schedule kicks off on July 4, with action-packed camps taking place across Ireland.

The five-day camps are open to boys and girls of all levels. A typical day includes games, drills and activities with a panel of established coaches.

All participants receive Umbro FAI gear (jerseys can be personalised for €10 extra), football and backpack. Admission: €99 for the mainstream camp; €69 for the goalkeeper camp. For six to 14 year-olds. n summersoccerschools.ie

>The Dublin Rugby Academy

2011 marks the inaugural year of the Dublin Rugby Academy. The five-day camp takes place in Old Belvedere RFC throughout July and participants will acquire new skills through drills, games and challenges. All players will receive a gift pack of boot bag, drink bottle, mouth guard and ball.

The Mini Camp is for ages six to 10 and the Junior Camp is for 11 to 15 year olds. For application forms,call 085 147 404 or email thedublinrugbyacademy@gmail.com

>Pine Forest Arts and Crafts Camp

One of the longest established and best-loved summer camps in Dublin. The Pine Forest Art Centre at Glencullen, tucked away in the Dublin Mountains, combines spectacular forest scenery and arts and crafts courses. Activities include woodwork, beadwork, sculpture and watercolour painting, as well as forest trails where participants search out natural materials for their crafts. They also run a portfolio preparation course for college-bound students.

A private coach service with pick-ups across Dublin is available. For five to 16 year-olds, and those preparing portfolios for Leaving Certificate or third-level admission. Admission: Two weeks from €250, not including bus service. n pineforestartcentre.com

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