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Sights on Summer : Reasons Why Final Bell Needn't Send Parents Into Panic


Ah, summertime. Long, lazy warm days full of sun, fun and, best of all, no school.

NO SCHOOL! Sheer music to the ears of anyone under the age of 17, but a potential, screaming three-alarm nightmare for parents with school-age kids.

From the instant that final school bell rings Wednesday afternoon, June 20, almost 100,000 elementary to high school students will be let loose on the streets of North County. Until that school bell sounds again in September, these kids will need to be supervised, entertained, occupied--sometimes even fed.

Trying to find a summer program that meets these requirements can send parents in circles.

Listed here are some ideas for entertaining and educating children during the summer. Besides the North County day camps and classes, a number of countywide activities are also listed.

Day Camps

Boys & Girls Club of Escondido

115 W. Woodward Ave.

(619) 746-3315

A variety of day-camp programs are offered to children entering grades K-8. Activities include arts and crafts, cooking, music, field trips, science, sports, movies and cookouts. Cost ranges from $70 to $110 per two-week session. Day camps are held June 25 through Aug. 31, and are closed July 4. The Boys & Girls Club also offers special-interest classes in gymnastics, karate and dance. Beginning in July, an outdoor adventure program called Peak Experience is offered to children entering grades 3-8. This includes overnight and week-long trips to various places in Southern California.

Boys & Girls Club of Oceanside

401 Country Club Lane

(619) 433-8920

Boys and girls ages 7-18 can participate in the various activities planned at the club. Summer session runs from June 25 to Sept. 7. Program includes swimming, field trips, games, contests and sports. The club is open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday-Friday. Annual membership is $10. There is an additional cost for field trips.

Fallbrook Community Center

341 Heald Lane

(619) 723-8838

Boys and girls ages 5-11 can participate in this day camp at the community center. Two-week sessions run from June 18 to Aug. 27. Program includes swimming, arts and crafts, sports, games, movies, cookouts, dramatics, nature study and field trips. Hours are 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. with extended hours at an additional cost. Cost is $125 a session. Special-interest classes in pre-ballet, tap dance, puppetry, gymnastics, art, reading and drawing are also offered throughout the summer at the center.

Santa Margarita Family YMCA

1450 E. Vista Way, Vista

(619) 758-0808

This YMCA serves Bonsall, Oceanside, Vista and Fallbrook. Children ages 6-12 can attend a three-day-a-week camp that includes sports, swimming, crafts and field trips to museums and parks. Cost is $55 for members and $63 for non-members per week. Boys and girls ages 10-15 can participate in a beachcombers camp that meets Monday-Friday. Activities include boogie boarding, surfing, volleyball, body surfing, ocean safety, beach ecology and oceanology. Cost is $60 for members and $69 for non-members per week. The Y also offers a back-yard swim program for children ages 6 months to 11 years. Cost is $25 for members and $30 for non-members per week. Overnighters and Saturday day trips are also offered for 6-12-year-olds in July and August.

The Palomar Family YMCA

1050 N. Broadway, Escondido

(619) 745-7490

Kids ages 6-12 can participate in two-week session day camps from June 25 to Aug. 31. Activities include drama, sports, science, arts & crafts, horses, hiking and swimming. Cost ranges from $100 to $145. Overnight camp-outs at Dixon Lake in Escondido are scheduled for July and August. The YMCA offers a counselor-in-training program for teens 14-16 interested in becoming a camp staff member. Special interest classes in gymnastics, dance, aquatics, ballet and tennis are also offered.

The Magdalena Ecke Family YMCA

200 Saxony Road, Encinitas

(619) 942-9622

Day camps for children ages 3-15 provide a child with arts and crafts, swimming, games, water sports, golfing, and surfing and oceanography for the older kids. Cost ranges from $115 to $145 per two-week session. The Y also offers various overnight trips in July and August. Special-interest classes include drama, sports, survival skills, tennis, skateboarding and gymnastics. The Y also has a year-round child-care program for children ages 2 1/2-5. Cost varies.

The Penasquitos Family YMCA

13173-7 Black Mt. Road,

Rancho Penasquitos

(619) 484-8788

Children ages 5-17 can participate in various day camps that include field trips, beach excursions, movies, arts and crafts and surfing. The camp runs in two-week sessions from June 25 to Aug. 31. Cost is $85 per week. Also available through this YMCA are ice-skating classes and back-yard swim lessons.

Vista Parks and Community Services

160 Recreation Drive

(619) 724-6121

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