Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Get wet, get wild, at the YMCA

Varied themes all summer

Express Staff Writer

Whether your child's fascination is robots, art, cooking or climbing, the Wood River YMCA offers dozens of activities well beyond its walls.

Summer programs run June 11 to Aug. 31. Programs include all-day camps, half -day climbing camps, swimming lessons, audio and video learning sessions and more.

All-day camps are grouped by themed weeks, from topics such as Robotic Revolution, Holiday Hoopla, Awesome Art and Wet N' Wild.

Day camps run from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday, and are split into groups of 5- to 7-year-olds and 8- to 11-year-olds. Pre-care begins at 8:30 a.m. and extends to 6 p.m.

Kids can learn the ropes at climbing camps offered in the mornings for ages 5-8 and 9-11 and the afternoons for ages 12-16. No climbing experience is necessary.

Outdoor rock climbing at Trail Creek is offered for kids ages 8 and up by Y and Sawtooth Mountain Guides. Participants don't need to have climbing experience.

Families and kids 12 and up can cool off on the river while rafting with the professionals from Payette River Company. Excursions are available in July and run from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

Enrichment camps will teach kids to make music, movies and animations. Sign up for Audio Architects or Video 101 camps, offered throughout July for kids aged 9-11 and 12-16.

Prices vary depending on activity, date of registration and member/non-member status. Needs-based scholarships are available upon request.

Drop-in spots are limited. Call ahead to ensure availability, at 727-9622. Or, register online:

Also available, and free with membership or day pass, are zumbatomic, kids yoga, tumbling and storytelling.

Back by popular demand is the Y "bouncy castle." It's free for everyone; no membership or day pass needed.

And, of course, it's the Y, so don't forget swim lessons!

See the YMCA schedule

The YMCA's full program for summer, including pricing, can be viewed at http://woodrivery Or, pick up a brochure at the Y on Saddle Road, or call 727-9622.

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