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Where Learning Meets Fun


April 28, 2017

Kids may be counting down the number of days to the end of school, but the Kids Kollege staff are counting up to the number of days before summer classes begin June 5. Registration is now open for Kids Kollege, and returning students can expect to receive printed schedules in the mail the last week of May. The summer's schedule includes 183 classes over seven weeks and runs through the last week of July for students four to fifteen years of age.

This summer's theme is Where Learning Meets Fun, and classes address many life skills, enrichment and academic topics addressed in the school year - but all with an emphasis on summer fun.

This year's schedule is a blend of new classes, such as Jedi Cooking, Creative Comics and Japanese Cooking, with perennial favorites, such as Indoor Rock Climbing, Messy-Messy Art, Kamp Scrubs, Tie-Dye and Checkmate. Four to five year olds can explore Kindergarten Prep while eleven to fourteen years olds can gain babysitting skills. Other past favorites include A Week at Hogwarts, Geology Rocks, Crazy for Cupcakes, Anime, Summer Theatre Camp, Minecraft Designers, Games Galore and Lego Robotics.

Most classes run one week, so families can work around other summer plans or enroll out-of-town grandkids and cousins for a week of fun. Many classes are two hours for five days, with other options including morning care beginning at 7:45 a.m. and pick-up at 5 p.m. for working parents.

"Some students spend one week with us," explains Community Learning Center Director Liesl Dees, "Others enroll for all seven weeks, gaining new experiences and knowledge throughout the summer."

Now in its second year, Super Summer STEM Camp runs all seven weeks of Kids Kollege and students can enroll for just one week or all seven weeks, with new and exciting content material every week. With support from the Bayless Foundation, this camp blurs the lines between learning and fun in the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). This year's modules bring back some popular topics such as Explosions and Rad Rockets, as well as new subjects like Exciting Entomology and Space Landing Engineers.

Most classes for ages 4-11 meet from 1 to 2:50 p.m. and from 3:10 to 5 p.m. at the main campus, with trained staff guiding students between the classes. The schedule includes some free classes; most cost $39, with others ranging up to $149 for all day camps.

To view the full schedule, visit http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/kidskollege. Kids may be registered now at the Community Learning Center (Room 1911 in the West Classroom Complex), which is open Monday through Thursday 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A parent or guardian must sign a waiver and provide the child's Social Security number or a San Juan College ID number for registration. Returning students can register online, and staff encourages families to register early, as some classes will fill.

For more information, go to http://www.sanjuancollege.edu/kidskollege, or call the Community Learning Center at 505-566-3214.


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