Monday, April 22, 2013

Summer Camp - Fun But Cheap!

Here is a list of summer camps that I have found (or others have suggested) that won't break the bank, but will still give your kids a great time this summer!



Kids Culinary Camp is a free half-day summer camp that gets kids in the kitchen learning cooking in a way that’s hands-on and fun. Each day there’s a new recipe and campers work together measuring, chopping, stirring, and everything else to create a delicious lunch to enjoy with each other. They’ll be staying active with physical activities and fun nutrition lessons and art projects. By the end of the week each camper will have a cookbook they created so they can keep making healthy dishes at home!

  • Who: Rising 2nd-5th graders (no exceptions) - means completed 1st grade!
  • When: June 10- July 19, no camp the week of 4th of July
    • Monday-Friday 9:00am – noon, with a free lunch included!
  • Because of the popularity of camp in past years, each child may only attend ONE WEEK of camp to ensure that as many youth as possible have the opportunity to participate.
  • Where: This year camp will be held at First Grace Church (3401 Canal Street at Jefferson Davis Parkway) because the Southern Food & Beverage Museum’s new building is under construction.
  • Registration: Part 1 Opens Wednesday May 15th and is completed online at
For more information: contact Lucy at 504-569-0405 or

NOTE: My son went last year and LOVED IT!  He is a picky eater so he didn't like to eat everything they made, but he learned a lot and wants to go back this year!


Website for registration forms

COST: $80/week (June-first week of August available at different locations)
AGE: Kindergarten-8th grade
Time: 9-3 (no before or after care available)
NOTE: My daughter went to this camp (John Curtis location) last year and LOVED IT - the girls were a mix of ages and they performed/cheered for the parents on Friday - FREE Tshirt if you register before June 18th



COST: $115/week, $100 registration per family
AGES: PreK-6th grade

Camp Riverside is gearing up for a great summer.  We have been working hard to increase the quality of our camp staff and to make our daily programs better.  We hope you can join us!
Camp Riverside is a ministry of Riverside Church and is a summer day camp for kids who have completed PreK - 6th grade.  Camp runs from June 3rd - August 2nd (there will be an option for childcare 1 week prior to camp and 1 week following camp).  We have daily rotations that include Bible studies, music, crafts, games, drama, sports, recreation time, water play, and more.  We also take weekly field trips.   
Camp hours are 9AM-4PM with optional before and after care.  Before care is free for campers and aftercare will be $3 per hour per child.

Registration is currently open.  You can register online HERE.  If you prefer, you may register in person by stopping by our office (9220 Jefferson Hwy. in River Ridge) Monday through Friday between 8AM and 4PM.
If you have any questions regarding Camp Riverside, please email us at or call the church office at 504-737-2373.

LOCATION: Various playgrounds throughout Jeff Parish

COST: $300 for a 4 week session (which is $75/week)
AGE: 3-11
TIME: 9-3:30, before care FREE, after care available

Click here for more info (see page 5 of brochure)


Summer info is posted here

AGES: 3-12
FEE: $80/week (except July 4th is only $60)

There are also mini camps (1 week) that vary in fees and times.

As a side note, check out the Gymnastics ($40 for 2 1/2 months) or Karate ($55 for 3 1/2 months) - The Barbre Gym is located near Rivertown - it is a COOL facility (I went to the free self defense classes there for women only - HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!) but the gym equipment is nice  - I am def signing my kids up for the fall!   Non-Kenner residents welcome.



VBS is a great resource for the summer - especially since many are FREE or very low cost!  Most are half day (9-12 usually) but some are full day programs. 

 I  am working on updating my spreadsheet of all the VBS around Metairie/Kenner area - my kids have attended many of them over the years!

I can't figure out how to upload the file on the blog, but if you email or send a message thru the facebook pageI can send the excel spreadsheet list to you when it's complete!

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