It is officially summer, which means kids are officially bored. Here are a few options in our neighborhood to keep the restless vacationers entertained:

Central Market’s Kid’s Camp will teach them the (age appropriate) skills to cook yummy dishes, including chicken saltimbocca, strawberry and cream semifreddo, lemon snowball cookies and herbed hush puppies. One class even teaches little chefs how to make a meal for the entire family, featuring heirloom tomato and grilled corn salad, smothered and covered steak, butter roasted herb potatoes and plum berry crisp. Classes are $40 per child per class.

If your kiddos are more of the adventurous type, take them to the Dallas Arboretum for a half or full day summer camp for kids ages 3-12. Campers create bughouses, go on a butterfly safari and build giant spider webs at Creature Feature, or they can plant magic beans and explore the underwater world with the Little Mermaid at Happily Ever After. The camps are taking place during select weeks throughout the summer, so check the website for dates.

Or, take them to The Children’s Center for Camp Scrambled Eggs, a summer day camp for creative music making. Kids ages 4 and up will form a band and present a mini-concert for their families at the end of the week. Every student will be able to play basic keyboard music when the camp is over. Next week, June 27-July 1, is the last week of camp.

Kidventure is also hosting summer camps for children ages 3-13. Weekly themes range from Western Cowboy Week to Space and Astronaut Week, but no matter the theme, campers will participate in art, science, athletics, theater and team-building activities.

Finally, try one of the summer camp programs of the Discover Center preschool at White Rock United Methodist Church.

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