Del Mar offers various summer programs for the children

To many, summer means a break from school for their kids and even themselves. The hottest season of the year is usually filled with plans and can be a fun time for the whole family. But for some, work doesn’t end and life stays as busy as ever. But rather than leaving your kids on the couch this summer, consider enrolling them in one of many programs Del Mar College has in place for children.

Starting May 2, for $50, your students’ Social Security number and their report card for the year, you can begin enrolling your child in Del Mar’s Vikings Kids Camp. There will be three sessions of Viking Kids Camp, starting June 6, June 20 and July 5, giving kids ample time to join and take advantage of the plentiful classes offered. A break from school doesn’t have to mean a break from learning, and this summer, in the DMC Center for Economic Development, any student from third to eighth grade can keep the ball rolling and stay mentally engaged and academically challenged. For more information, parents can contact Del Mar at

Del Mar will also be offering three sessions of swimming lessons for students from 6 years old (as of August 2016) to 12 years old in the Kinesiology Complex Aquatic Center. Starting May 2, for $50 and a birth certificate or Social Security card, students can sign up to receive eight 45-minute lessons at their level with an assigned instructor. Sessions begin on June 6, June 20 and July 11 and lessons can be at either 4:30 or 5:30 p.m. Not only do the lessons provide something to do, but knowing how to swim is a useful skill that students will carry with them for the rest of their lives. For more information, contact

High school string players who may be interested in playing in the DMC Chamber Orchestras’ annual summer concert on June 24 can register to rehearse and participate in the final event. At 7 p.m. on Thursdays from June 2-23, students can rehearse and be a part of a rich musical experience. For more information, contact Todd Ehle at

Band camp is also available, for middle and high school students from June 13-17. Students can continue to be involved in music during the summer and be around peers who share that passion. The students involved will be able to participate in numerous bands and ensembles, leading up to a final performance on June 17 in Richardson Performance Hall. Registration before June 1 is $175 and will then be raised to $200. Lunch for these days is included in the registration fee. Seniors registered to join Del Mar are invited to attend at no cost and All-State students are eligible to receive a $50 scholarship with verification. Students can stay on top of their musical studies while participating in fun and fulfilling activities. For more information, contact Abel Saldivar Ramirez at

Students from ninth to 12th grade interested in choral activities can join in the 2016 All- State Choir Camp, which takes place from June 27-30. Students will participate in choir rehearsals and be educated in sight-reading, vocal techniques and other skills related to choral singing. The camp is $225 ($185 before June 13). Students can not only be involved in the educational aspects that come with attending camp, but also a beach party, talent show, a dance, karaoke and more. Camp will take place in the Fine Arts Center Music Building. Optional musical packets are an additional $25. For more information, contact Dennis Richardson at

So with all these great options to enrich students during their long break from school, why not take advantage of the plentiful resources and opportunities provided?

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