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Kids Guide to Summer Fun

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Don#t be fooled into thinking that your kids want to spend their summer vacation indulging in a little rest and relaxation. A trip to the neighborhood pool might be a great way to cool off for a day, but if your kids are on the prowl for something really cool to do this summer, take advantage of the many opportunities for fun # right here in Gwinnett County!

 

We#ve gathered some unique ideas that will have your kids trading their lazy days of summer for an action-packed adventure they#re sure to write about when school starts this fall.

Lights! Camera! Action!

Drama queens (or kings) will #break a leg# this summer as they learn the art of acting at The Actor#s Scene in Buford. Summer camps and workshops will teach kids script reading and the basic on-camera techniques for improv and monologue.

 

Kids will live the glamorous life as they make their own television commercials and play out scenes from films and television shows. A beginner-to-intermediate camp is being held July 12-23. More advanced starlets will work on characterization, cold reading, and audition techniques during camp July 26-30. Kids will perform for family and friends at the end of camp.

 

Aspiring movie stars should call 770-904-6646 or go online at www.theActorsScene.com to register.

 

Kids Rule!

Let your kids duke it out! Stone Mountain Park will debut their Treehouse Challenge on Memorial Day weekend. This kid#s adventure is an outdoor attraction with two dueling treehouses where boys and girls compete against the opposite gender for bragging rights.

 

Dozens of interactive activities and challenges await kids inside each three-story-high treehouse, while a giant scoreboard keeps track of points earned. This modern battle-of-the-sexes attraction will have kids roaring with laughter as the score board determines whether #Boys Rule# or #Girls Rule# depending on which side has accumulated more points.

 

Admission to the Treehouse Challenge is included in the park#s All Attractions Pass.

 

Tickle Their Funny Bone

Do your kids have the summertime blues? Laughter is the best medicine and it#s doled out in heavy doses at Kid Komedy, a Duluth-based comedy program that offers age-appropriate classes, workshops and summer camps.

 

Aspiring comedians ages 8-12 will learn to write jokes, perform stand-up comedy, and use their imaginations while playing with a variety of props! Teen improv camps are offered for kids 12-16.

 

Batter Up

Are your little sluggers getting sluggish sitting in front of the tube? Keep them active this summer by enrolling them in baseball or softball camps at Baserunners Batting Co. The Buford-based facility offers training for boys and girls ages 7-13 taught by college instructors in a fun atmosphere.

 

Camps will focus on batting techniques, pitching, fielding and strategy, as well as some history of the game. Relaxed lunches, snacks and baseball movies will round out the fun. If you want to be a hit with your kids, call Baserunners Batting Co. at 770-614-8444 or go to www.baserunners.com.

 

Each program ends with a graduation show live on stage. Keep your class clown happy this summer by calling Kid Komedy Camp at 770-887-9449 or going online at www.kidkomedy.com.

 

Whimisal Fun

 

Kids ages 5-12 will be swept away in a world of fantasy and make-believe at The Children#s

Arts Museum at the Hudgens Center for the Arts. Themed daycamps are ongoing from June 7-July 30 and feature beloved childhood stories: Peter Pan, Space Odyssey, Swiss Family Robinson and Jungle Book.

 

Kids will learn and work on theme-inspired artwork through p