Jamaican Mommies by Shanoy Coombs: From Jamaica; for the world


Local summer programme for kids

Yayy its summer, school’s out and the fun truly begins..or not, especially not when you’re faced with troublesome tots and tweens and a bouncy baby in tow who’s busy exploring the world. So what do you do? How do you keep your little and not so little ones meaningfully occupied this summer?

Locally, there have been adverts for an interesting mix of fun summer activities that you can choose from, knowing your child is made all the better for it.

The Gleaner in particular has an extensive listing of upcoming events (published on a Friday) that is worth perusing. so here goes.

For all the ‘foreign’ Jamaican mommas, remember to enter the country’s area code (876) before the numbers listed and be sure to say you found out about them via Jamaicanmommies.blogspot.com.

1. Saturdays-Art and Craft for kids at Grosvenor Galleries, 1 Grosvenor Terrace, Kgn 8; Tel: 924-6684; 10:00 a.m.-12:00 noon, $1,000′

2. Gymnastics Summer camp at gym Liguanea, Old Hope Road, Kgn 6; Tel: 978-2197

3. Monday, June 6
Scottish Country Dancers of Jamaica presents its Summer Junior Dance Programme for youths eight yeras and older at Liguanea Club, New Kingston from 6:30 p.m to 8 pm. Cost $200 per night or $600 per week. Classes run until July 16

4. Monday, July 20
Tip Top Kids Wellness Summer Camp at Stella Maris, daily 8:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.$7000 per week, lunch included. Comp includes yoga (instructor trained in India), dance, aerobics, nutrition counselling,social etiuette, and lots more. the camp ends August 28.

5. Kid’s reading at Bookophilia, 92 Hope Rd, Kingston 6. Tel: 978-5248, email:events@bookophilia.com. 11 a.m to noon.

6. Teen Tone-Up at In Motion Dance and fitness Center, Shop #8, Villa Plaza, 24 constant Spring Rd, St. Andrew, Tel: 906-4612 for special times, $12,000 for six weeks.

7. UWI Summer Eco Camp July 6-31st, 2009 at Discovery Bay Marine Laboratory. Includes: Environmental Awareness, Swimming and snorkeling, Art and craft. field trips and has day and sleep over packages for ages 7-18 years. Tel: 973-2241, 973-2946

8. Edutech Summer Camp 2009: July 6-30 (Mon-Thurs, 8:30-2:30 p.m.)at the Constant Spring Golf Club, Ages 3-16, Register at Edutech Ltd, 10 Trafalgar Road. Contact: 978-5433, 927-5585, www.edutechsummer.com or email edutech.summercamp1@gmail.com

9. Cooking Classes for Teens: Ages 13-19, July 20-31, 10:00 a.m.-2:00 p.m. Contact Heather Little- White and Associates, 6 Windsor Avenue, Kingston 5 927-6845

10. Summer Art Experience: Ceramics, Photography, Paper Mache, Jewellery Making, Painting, Drawing- Ages 6 and up. July 6-August 27 (Mon-Thurs) Contact Sanaa Studios 977-4792, 822-7528.

11. Fearless Dance Summer Season Stretch Technique and Dance, Tuesdays-Saturdays, contact Cassandra 799-6444

Check out the Gleaner on Fridays for more detailed listing.

Nothing can stop the man with the right mental attitude from achieving his goal; nothing on earth can help the man with the wrong mental attitude.
Thomas Jefferson
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