Beat the Heat With Summer Camp

For the kids who won’t quit, any place is more fun than being at home

The Las Vegas heat is unkind and unwavering, and you’d be hard-pressed to have a conversation about much else this summer. But what about the little ones? How will they fare? The school year is over, and the kids are getting restless. Fret not: This season there are plenty of summer camps to keep the youngsters occupied. Whether you’ve got a sports fanatic, scientist-in-training or outdoor explorer at home, here are some camps where they can  keep cool and busy while the temperatures soar.

Topgolf’s Summer Academy

Topgolf Summer Academy

Swing into summer with a five-week golf academy hosted by Topgolf beginning June 12 and ending July 14. Walk the walk and talk the talk by learning proper green habits, mastering the rules and learning how to chip. It’s time to move beyond the putt-putt and wedge mini Michelle Wie or Jack Nicklaus into this hands-on camp experience while it’s still available. In addition to golf instruction, a lifetime membership card, a Topgolf Summer Academy T-shirt, one junior golf glove, a Topgolf gift and a certificate of completion are included along with daily provided lunch. Monday through Friday, June 12–July 14, 9 a.m.–Noon, $224 per child per week, 4627 Koval Ln., ages 6–12 and 13–16, topgolf.com/us/las-vegas/

Art Classes for Kids

If you’ve got more of an artist than an aspiring athlete at home (or both, because Gen Z and Millennials can have it all), try painting, where the majority of the physical labor is limited to the cleanup. From now through July 21, Art Classes for Kids is hosting weekly art camps, teaching techniques such as drawing with pencil, sculpting plaster and watercolor painting as well as offering art history. (Sign up soon as classes are quickly selling out.) Art camp won’t stop the kids from drawing on the walls, but maybe a white orchid or a starry night might add a hint of bohemian to your modern living room. Monday–Friday, June 12–July 21, 8:30 a.m.–Noon or 1–4:30 p.m., locations in Downtown and Summerlin, prices vary, ages 5–12, artclassesforkids.com

Springs Preserve Camps

With weekly classes, there’s something for every kid at Springs Preserve. For the mini marine biologists and merkids, Under the Sea, July 10 to 14, is dedicated to the world below sea level. The camp is all things ocean, and is a great excuse to get the kids out of the pool.

If a dry climate is preferred, then Jurassic Preserve summer archaeological excavations take place July 17 through 21. For the tiny archaeologists who wish to find the bones of the great Tyrannosaurus Rex, this is their week. Kids work to unravel the mysteries of preserved dinosaur tracks in clay and cement by observing and re-creating the steps of an archaeological adventure.

Last up, kids can join the battle at Superheroes and Villains camp, July 24 to 28, where they learn the science behind the extraordinary abilities of their favorite superheroes. All the action of the thrilling movies without the threat of breaking the expensive vase on the coffee table—be ready to pick up an Avenger instead of your elementary schooler by the end of the week. Monday–Friday, June 12–August 11, 9 a.m.–4 p.m., $225 per child per week ($50 extra for after-hours care), ages 6–12, 333 S. Valley View Blvd., springspreserve.org/apps/event/details.cfml?id=446

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