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10 Benefits of Summer Camp

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Soak Up the FUN at Bay Area Summer Art Camp

We know you’re about to stare down a few months of open itinerary to fill (deep breath), and since a person can only handle so many visits to the trampoline park, Dragonfly Designs would love to help you pull this off! Our Bay Area Summer Art Camps are an artistic adventure offer all these amazing benefits for kids:

  1. Unplug from Technology
  2. Express Creativity
  3. Boost Confidence 
  4. Reduce Stress & Anxiety
  5. Meet New Friends
  6. Be Adventurous 
  7. Gain Independence
  8. Learn New Skills
  9. Increase Focus
  10. Make Lasting Memories.

The added bonus? No bug spray or tent pitching required. Your kids will have so much fun they won’t realize how much they are learning. And, you can feel good about the positive effects of engaging in artistic activities on a child physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Pablo Picasso once said: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.”

Imagine your kids just being kids – no pressure to perform, the freedom to use their imaginations and express themselves creatively, the self-confidence gained in making something they can take home, and making personal connections with their instructors and campmates. According to Romper, children benefit both socially and emotionally from a group setting because they “see everyone working together.” We’ve thoughtfully designed our camp themes to appeal to all interests and include active and friendship-building games to get everyone relaxed and ready to have a blast!

When you think back to when you were a kid on summer vacation, I bet images of leisurely days, staying up late, splashing in a pool, and (blissfully) not lifting a #2 pencil for three months come to mind! A good way to describe the feeling of summer is unscheduled freedom. These days, our kids can be on a pretty tight and hefty schedule. A full day of school followed by sports or extracurricular activities and then an evening of homework is pretty typical. Aside from this, children ages 8 – 15 can spend upwards of 6 – 9 hours looking at screens and devices. Every hour spent scrolling social media or watching TV is an hour not spent getting exercise, engaging in imaginative play, and socializing (in person!) with their family and friends.

A OnePoll/Groupon survey found that 58% of parents are stressed over how to keep their children entertained and occupied over break and worry about too much screen time. Gail Bell of ParentingPower also attributes some of that stress to the fear of children falling behind or not being “busy.” We tend to overschedule because we are afraid of no schedule! So, how can we still enjoy those coveted ‘lazy days of summer’ while obtaining meaningful experiences, connection, and creativity? Most experts recommend striking a balance. Go for a combination of downtime, scheduled activity that combines fun and learning, and physical movement/exercise.

There’s no better time than now to give your child an unforgettable camp experience! Click here to read about our camp programs and to register. 


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