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Summertime is three glorious months of freedom. Every student looks forward to it. It's a chance to sleep in, to go on a vacation with your family, to relax and slow down the pace. Perhaps your child enjoys summer reading or is enthusiastic to discover a new interest altogether. But the summer of 2020 looked vastly different with precautions we needed to observe during the COVID-19 pandemic. We have had to make hard decisions as parents whether to shelter our kids or maintain some level of normalcy in these unprecedented times. With due diligence and an abundance of prayer, we do what we believe is best for them.

As a full-time working parent, I've had to make childcare arrangements throughout the summer. I researched and coordinated activities that will keep my children occupied in the daytime, maximizing the opportunity to experience various fields of interest that stimulate social intelligence and creativity.

Being relatively new to the Frisco area, I scoured the internet for summer offerings for countless hours over many weeks. Whenever we drive around for errands, I always keep my eyes peeled for establishments that offer summer programs. It was a concerted effort as I have had to reshuffle things around when I get cancellation notices due to the pandemic.

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I was mindful to observe the heightened safety measures these camps have put in place. There were temperature check-ins, and washing of hands or applying hand sanitizer immediately as the campers arrived. The building only permitted the campers and staff inside. Most were locked for public use to control the number of people and maintain social distancing. They conducted brief interviews using a health questionnaire that checked for symptoms or exposure. It appeased us somehow that they were all proactive in handling the situation as diligently and as best they could.

From one parent to another, I'm sharing this compiled resource to offer information to benefit parents in the area. I am not affiliated with these businesses and did not receive compensation from recommending these. It was simply stemming from a good experience we've had with them. So if you are new to the area and need to find extracurricular activities for your children, you can start off with this list. Maybe you are curious to see what's available so you can crunch out the numbers for your family budget. When school's out and work is still on, you need to plan out care schedule during the summertime. This is for you!

Here are ten engaging summer camps in Frisco & Plano, TX:

Make Expression

Make Expression 
Website: [https://makeexpression.com/camps/]
Theme: Art
Address: 2995 Preston Road Suite 1535 Frisco, TX 75034
Telephone No.: 214-494-8375
Schedule: Half-day, 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $225 per week

Taste Buds Kitchen

Taste Buds Kitchen
Website: [https://tastebudskitchen.com/plano/kids-cooking-camps/]
Theme: Cooking
Address: 7200 Independence Pkwy Suite 238 Plano, TX 75025
Telephone: 214-504-2293
Schedule: Half-day, 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $245 per week

WOGA

WOGA Gymnastics
Website: [https://www.woga.net/summer-camp/]
Theme: Gymnastics
Address: 5936 Nancy Jane Lane Frisco, TX 75035
Telephone No.: 972-712-9642
Schedule: Half Day, 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday
(Full day camp also available)
Price point: $175 per week

Sci-Tech Discovery Center
Website: [https://mindstretchingfun.org/stem-camp-1st-2nd-graders/]
Theme: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Address: 8004 N Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034
Telephone No.: 972-546-3050
Schedule: Full Day, 7 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $325 per week

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Bricks 4 Kidz
No website found, only an online profile [https://us.bricks4kidznow.com]
Theme: STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics)
Location: iCream
9250 Dallas Pkwy, Frisco, TX 75034
Telephone No.: 214-784-0687
Schedule: Half-day, 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $205 per week

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KidVenture
Website: [https://kidventure.com/plano-summer-camp/]
Theme: Team Dynamics, Active Play
Location: Frisco Athletic Center
5828 Nancy Jane Ln, Frisco, TX 75035
Telephone No.: 214-303-9789
Schedule: Full day, 7.5 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $259 per week + $35 registration fee

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KJ Dance

KJ Dance
Website: [http://kjdance.com]
Theme: Dance
Address: 4017 Preston Road #546 Plano, TX 75093
Telephone No.: 972-473-4017
Schedule: Half-day, 3 hours per day, Monday to Thursday
Price point: $150 per week

Lakes Tennis Academy

Lakes Tennis Academy
Website: [https://www.lakestennis.com]
Theme: Tennis
Address: 4000 Legacy Frisco, TX 75034
Tel. No.: 972-668-5253
Schedule: Full day, 8 hours per day, Monday to Thursday
(Half-day camp also available)
Price point: $360 per week

MINT

Music Institute of North Texas
Website: [https://www.musicinstitutent.com/summer-camps]
Theme: Music
Address: 4747 Ohio Drive Frisco, TX 75035
Telephone No.: 972-668-6600
Schedule: Half Day, 2.5 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $240 per week

North Texas Performing Arts

North Texas Performing Arts
Website: [https://northtexasperformingarts.org/camps/#ArtDrama]
Theme: Theatre
Address: 6500 Preston Road, Suite 101 Frisco, TX 75034
Telephone No.: 972-422-2575
Schedule: Half-day, 3 hours per day, Monday to Friday
Price point: $225 per week

I certainly hope we don't have to deal with COVID-19 concerns anymore come next summer season. But these worked out for us during the pandemic. It was admirable to see how businesses adapt to changing conditions and market demands. We're happy to have tried out these places, which we'll return to. They did a phenomenal job - all things considered. I hope you find one that suits your children's interests and needs. Maybe we’ll see you in one of these places sometime!

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Shiela Bernardo is an advocate for up-skilling in the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) field, as a self-taught computer programmer who started out in the US job market as a part-time massage therapist. She is now working as a Vice President of a Fortune 100 financial institution. Shiela is currently taking up Global Leadership Executive MBA in Business Analytics at the University of Texas at Dallas. She perpetually seeks to demystify how to keep the house clean with two active young daughters while working out her personal goals.  She looks out for opportunities to live a missional, purposeful life in the backdrop of ordinary daily experiences.  She blogs about family, faith, and finances in her spare time. She lives in Frisco, TX with her family. ♥

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