By Michaela Gibson Morris/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – With screaming cups, indoor swimming and water gun firing ranges, HealthWorks! has a month full of summer day camps that will be anything but boring.
“With our camps, you have to expect the unexpected,” said Kathy Tucker of the Tupelo children’s health education center. “We take everyday things and turn them into projects and fun.”
The camps start today with Challenge of Champions, a full-day camp that features friendly face-offs and mind-bending competition for kids 8 to 12 years old.
“Everyone will go with a custom trophy,” Tucker said.
Throughout the month of July, nine different day camps will be offered. All the camps incorporate high energy fun, healthy snacks, physical activity and a craft.
“We have updated and revamped all of our camps,” Tucker said.
Full-day camps that run from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. are open to kids 8 to 12 years old. In addition to the Challenge of Champions, the tweens will be able to enjoy camps featuring science, solving a mystery and making their own commercial. The cost is $50.
For the 5- to 8-year-old set, half day camps from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. will give them the option of getting wet, jumping for joy or being super creative. Cost is $25. The half-day campers will have the option to stay and play until 3:30 p.m. for $15.
Preschoolers aren’t left out; 3- to 4-year-olds will be able to explore planes, trains and automobiles or move and groove with two camps that will run from 10 to 11:30 a.m. Parents will be welcome to join their camper or drop off at their discretion. The cost is $20.
The center also has extended its Fun, Fit Friday programming into the month of July. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. on July 12, 19 and 26, kids and their parents can join in a HealthWorks! program as part of the $5 general admission.
TO LEARN MORE, visit www.healthworkskidsms.org or call (662) 377-5437 for listings of Health-Works! summer camps. Preregistration is required.