It just might be one of the most commonly heard refrains everywhere this summer: “Mom, we’re bored.” It certainly doesn’t have to be on the playlist of parents who live nearby because from summer ball games, to State Fair Community College’s Kid’s College, Camp Blue Sky, the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri, Sedalia Parks and Recreation activities, summer reading programs at Boonslick and the Sedalia Public Library and Vacation Bible Schools, there are a multitude of activities for kids of all ages to enjoy.   

Summer school programs for students in the Sedalia School District 200 began Monday. The district offers a number of programs for students at the elementary and high school levels.

The district will also host a number of specialized camps and programs for those students who chose to participate in activities like band, athletics, robotics and JROTC.

While many area schools are not offering summer school programs for their students, the learning opportunities don’t have to come to an end. Both State Fair Community College and the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri offer activities that focus on educational enrichment.   

“SFCC offers many exciting and fun opportunities for kids and youth this summer. From sports camps to Kids College to Summer Nights at the Daum, we have engaging activities for all ages,” SFCC President Dr. Joanna Anderson said. “SFCC knows the importance of providing lifelong learning classes for the communities we serve. I hope parents and grandparents will check out all that we offer for summer fun and learning at State Fair Community College – it’s all about community.”

Rocket science, art, acting, weaving, cooking, gardening, sewing, escape rooms, unicorns, jewelry design, puppet-making, music, tie-dye, Egyptian exploration and modern day ladyship are just some of the classes offered at SFCC’s eighth annual Kids College.

The program offers more than 50 four-day classes in June and July for students entering pre-kindergarten through 10th grade next fall, according to the college’s website. SFCC’s The LearningForce coordinates Kids College.

Classes will meet mornings or afternoons June 17-20, June 24-27, July 8-11, and July 15-18. Fees vary from $59 to $79 per class based on materials and equipment used. 

Roadrunner Career Exploration Courses are offered for students in grades 6-10, except for Hitting the Road class for grades 8-10. Career Exploration Courses will feature building trades, rocket science, computer building, health sciences, entrepreneurship, healthy cooking, and new driver preparation.

“Our Kids College program through The LearningForce serves more than 500 students each summer,” Anderson commented. “We offer age appropriate classes for preschoolers to high school sophomores and everyone in between. 

“The robust schedule features hands-on activities that let kids explore science concepts with animals, plants, rockets, and industrial technology plus have fun through music, puppetry, history, art and so much more,” she added. “I love having kids on campus, which is great exposure to the idea of going to college. We want every kid to think college is possible for them. Hopefully many of the students will want to be future Roadrunners.”   

For more information or to register, visit www.sfccmo.edu/the-learning-force/kids-college, call 660-530-5822 or email thelearningforce@sfccmo.edu.

Camp Blue Sky, a fine and performing arts day camp, is also hosted on the SFCC campus. It is open to students from preschool through sixth grade with an enrichment program for students in grades seven through nine. The camp is scheduled for July 29 to Aug. 2 with the theme “Across the Universe.” Enrollment fees range from $55 to $120. For more information or to apply, visit campblueskycom.wordpress.com.

For many children, the Boys & Girls Clubs of West Central Missouri is a great way to stay engaged throughout the summer.

“Boys & Girls Club’s Summer Program is a great alternative to kids staying at home this summer,” Communications Director Emily Schmidt said. “By offering hands-on learning activities, we make sure kids stay busy, both their minds and bodies.”

Schmidt provided a few highlights for this summer including robotics and coding, gardening for older members, adventure club, arts and crafts, plenty of outside playtime and, of course, swimming.

Parents can enroll their children by filling out a membership packet at Parkview Elementary or the Administration Office. Yearly membership fees are $10 and daily program fees are $10 per day for elementary and $5 per day for older members, which includes snack and lunch. Financial assistance is available for those who qualify, according to Schmidt. For more information, call 660-826-8331.

The Sedalia Parks and Recreation Department is featuring a number of special events this summer for children and adults. Water Wednesdays swimming trips for students in grades two through five provide the opportunity to travel to area aquatic facilities throughout June and July. Trips begin at 8 a.m. and return at 5 p.m. with lunch provided. The cost is $40 per trip. 

Tween Trips for students in grades six through eight are planned for Adventure Oasis, Skyzone and Pizza Street and the Main Event in Independence. 

A number of events at Liberty and Centennial pools are also planned including Dive-In Movies, Swimming Under the Stars and themed events. Pool admission for those 4 years and older is $4 per day. After 5 p.m. admission is half price. Passbook rates and season passes are also available. For more information about Parks and Rec activities, visit www.sedaliaparks.com. 

Parents can also check with Boonslick Regional Library and the Sedalia Public Library for special events and summer reading programs. Visiting the library and reading with a child is an activity that can foster a child’s desire to learn and is something older siblings can do with their younger brothers and sisters. For more information, visit sedalialibrary.com or www.boonslickregionallibrary.com/sedalia.

Education Reporter

Hope Lecchi is the education reporter for the Democrat, covering all things education in Sedalia and Pettis County, as well as providing general assignment and feature coverage. She can be reached at 660-530-0144.

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