For 3 years, I’ve been picking my oldest son up from summer camp at the Gulf Coast Exploreum only to find a kid so happy, he’s smiling and jumping up and down and in the best mood ever. Asher started going to Exploreum camps the summer he was 6. We picked up the brochure while we were there one day (we’re members because the kids love to go year round) and he poured over the “menu” of offerings. He needed some help reading the descriptions, of course, but after we’d gone over them together, he got out a pen and circled all the camps he wanted to go to (almost every single one).
Asher had gone to summer camps in Atlanta before we moved to Mobile many times. He was never particularly jazzed when I picked him up. So imagine my surprise when I showed up to sign him out at the Exploreum that first day and then saw his smiling face running towards me at an all-out gallop, followed by jumping on me and telling me how much fun he’d had. And this has repeated every single day for 3 years.
You wanna talk about feeling no guilt whatsoever about sending your kid(s) to summer camp. This is it. They learn, it helps prevent the summer slide, but to them, it just seems like fun.
Unfortunately, I had to pick Asher up when he was 6 and 7 with his little brother in tow every day and Meyer’s sad little face was in stark contrast to Asher’s. He wanted to know when HE could go to Exploreum camp. In fact, he would never leave until we went to visit the giant Tyrannosaurus Rex head and “the beating heart.” (They have a giant beating heart in their Body exhibit that actually simulates a heart attack and both of my boys are entranced with it.)
This year, finally, Meyer is 4 and has been able to join the tradition for the first time, from circling the camps he wanted to attend to spending his days learning new things with new friends.
If you’re located in Mobile, AL, I can’t recommend Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center Summer Camps enough. They’re reasonably priced and here’s a tip – join the Exploreum as a member and each session of camp is $30 cheaper for you! Then you can take the kids to the Exploreum all year long when they say, “Mom, I’m boooooorrrrrrred!” or you just need to get them out of the house. It’s fun, interesting and air-conditioned. Did I mention air-conditioned? I find we go a LOT when it rains. And they never get bored. I have to drag mine out every time.
If you’re not located in Mobile, put the Exploreum on your must-list for when you visit. You’ll love Mobile, with its mossy oak-lined streets, its vibrant downtown area and all the wonderful things there are to do. If you don’t have a visit planned, put it on your travel bucket list. You might even want to follow my Mobile pinterest board.
Now get over to the Exploreum website where you can take a look at the remaining camps (different themes for each week for 4-5 year olds, 6-7 yos, 8-11 yos and 12-14 yos (which includes the exciting Airbus Flight Camp, where campers actually get to copilot with a professional pilot!). There are still so many awesome camps left, including the one Asher is looking forward to the most – The Art of Monster Science!
Go check ’em all out and sign up now. You won’t regret it, I promise. Both of mine will be there until they outgrow it at age 15!
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The post was sponsored by the Exploreum but as always, my opinions are my own.