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Natural History Museum Launches Online Summer Camps For Kids

UPPER WEST SIDE, NY — With in-person summer camps and typical summer plans put on hold by the coronavirus pandemic, the American Museum of Natural History is stepping up to offer online programs for kids.

The historic museum on the Upper West Side of Manhattan recently launched a wide-range of thought-provoking online summer science camps for children between the second and ninth grade.

The online activities will include virtual hall visits, guest scientist talks, behind-the-scenes tours, and live-animal encounters. Additionally, there will be offline hands-on science projects, games, and crafts.

The camps will take place starting on July 27 and run until Sept. 2, ranging from $175 to $500 in price.

You can sign up for any of the online summer camps on the museum’s website.

Here are the different programs you can choose from:

Grades 2-3

Keys to the Kingdoms of Life

  • Session 1: Monday, July 27 — Friday,

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The Next Pandemic Hobby To Sellout This Summer

Transportation appears to have entered a time warp this summer. Everywhere we turn, groups are rattling around the city on boneshakers like Victorian dandies at the turn of the century or traveling the country by RV like a 1950s-style family. And now we’ve got another set of wheels to add to this nostalgic list — eight of them, to be exact. Yes, we’re talking about roller skates. These wheeled booties (commonly associated with grainy images of 1970s SoCal) were recently catapulted back into the public consciousness by the hottest of all the social networks: TikTok. 

But, don’t call it a comeback. Seriously. Prior to the subculture’s moment in the social-media sun, a diverse and inclusive roller skating culture flourished on rinks and in skate parks for decades (exemplified by present-day skaters like Courtney Shove). Refinery29 even profiled the all-female Moxi Skate Team back in 2016 — which eventually gave rise

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Summer Activities, Rules To Know About: Mayor

Written by Mayor Mary Marvin:

BRONXVILLE, NY — Given the time of year and the recent spate of incredibly warm weather, there is no denying that summer is truly here, making a column about summer activities truly apropos.

The Village tennis program is up and running. Applications may be printed off of the Village website and either mailed to Village Hall or delivered in person between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays. As the Covid crisis is still very much with us, all play must have an online booking and maximum play time is one hour 45 minutes to allow time for sanitizing. The bathrooms and water fountain remain closed and masks are required to be worn to and from the tennis courts. The Bronxville School track is also re-opened for exercise.

While we were unable to have a summer paddle program, we are opening up the Fall/Winter program early.

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Thousands of Baltimore teens to start summer jobs Monday in YouthWorks program upended by coronavirus pandemic

When Kalen Jones worked as a patient advocate last summer, his job was what you’d expect: visit with sick and injured people, ask about their experiences and witness the hustle and bustle of a hospital from behind the scenes.

The 16-year-old will report Monday for another summer’s duty, one of 4,500 teens in Baltimore’s YouthWorks program. But this year, he and the other young people will navigate the unpredictable terrain of work life in the coronavirus era.

Kalen, a rising junior at Baltimore Polytechnic Institute, said he does not know what to expect when he boots up his computer for his first remote shift at the University of Maryland Medical Center’s Midtown Campus.

“It has been a little complicated. But it is still a great opportunity I can take to prepare myself for the future,” said Kalen, who is thinking about a career as a surgeon.

While many cities, including

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The North Face Launching Free Program for Kids Missing Summer Camp This Year

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With summer camps closed throughout the U.S. due to the ongoing coronavirus crisis, The North Face has found a way to virtually bring the outdoors to kids everywhere.

This month will mark the debut of The North Face Summer Base Camp, a free two-week virtual summer camp with online and offline programming from several of the brand’s athlete ambassadors. The program features three interactive half-day activities per week, hosted by The North Face athletes, that will include a video tutorial and instruction on how to complete the activity.

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The goals of the camp, The North Face said, are to introduce kids and parents to exploration, offer education on a range of topics and hone the skills that could help kids become more curious.

The theme of week one is “Local Exploration,” with the focus on exploring and learning the

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Baltimore Nonprofit Offers Free Summer Camp With Music, Academics

BALTIMORE, MD — A nonprofit in Baltimore City is offering a tuition-free summer camp to kids whose parents have been affected by the coronavirus. To qualify, a parent has to be unemployed, have been furloughed or had a 50 percent reduction in work hours due to the pandemic.

Beyond the Natural Foundation, a nonprofit that empowers at-risk youth through music, is sponsoring the six-week camp, which is a hybrid of in-person and virtual programming.

Music producer and Beyond the Natural Foundation founder Robert Levine III will teach children the fundamentals of songwriting, beat making, music production, piano, drumming and vocal performance.

The camp will employ an online music production platform “so kids can access our music production and songwriting online and use any smart device,” Levine said. “They can have fun creating music 24/7 and collaborate with peers online and with instructors.”

In addition to music, participants will have dedicated

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National Geographic Family Summer Camp Is Open (from Your Computer)

With summer camps pretty much non-existent this year, parents are looking for new ways to keep their kids engaged for the next few months.

Luckily, National Geographic has stepped in and launched Nat Geo Family Camp. The eight-part program gives children the opportunity to enjoy a camp-like experience from the comfort of their own home. 

According to a press release, each week two activities will be released online that “help foster life skills” such as confidence, independence, teamwork, communication and leadership. 

Rachel Buccholz, editor in chief of Nat Geo Kids, recently spoke with ABC 7 Chicago about the goals of the project. “What we wanted to do was look at the experiences that kids were probably missing right now and figure out ways that they could do them at home,” she said during the interview. “For instance, they might be swimming in lakes and doing crafts, so we wanted to

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Despite precautions, summer camps have failed to keep out the coronavirus

As summer camps across the country debated whether and how to operate during the coronavirus pandemic this spring, Kanakuk Kamps, a prominent network of Christian sports camps in Missouri, announced its five overnight camps would open to over 20,000 kids starting May 30.

“Our full-time summer staff of 1,600 qualified individuals including 100 registered nurses and 60 volunteer doctors are hired and sitting on ready,” Joe White, who runs the camp with his wife Debbie-Jo, told families. “We are planning on being open all summer.”

On its website, the camp assured parents, “We are focused on taking all reasonable measures to prevent the spread of COVID-19 in our Kamps.”

But now even cautious hopes that COVID-19 might be kept outside Kanakuk Kamps’ gates have already been dashed. On July 1, parents were notified by email that one of the camps, known as K-2, was shutting down. The Stone County Health

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Sacramento summer camp for refugee children takes to Zoom to continue programming

There will be no opportunity to crowd into a pool or tour Capitol Park in downtown Sacramento this year for the participants of Camp Nefesh, a free Sacramento-area camp for refugee children ages 5 to 17.

As with other area summer camps, social distancing measures brought on by the pandemic have altered Camp Nefesh’s plans. Yet, while other camps have suspended their plans indefinitely or announced a reduction in the number of participants to conform with distancing standards, Camp Nefesh has made the transition online, expanding programming in the meanwhile. On Wednesday, Camp Nefesh began the first day of its third camp year via Zoom, with children now turning to greet their counselors not from a seat a few feet away at B’nai Israel Congregation, but from the other side of a screen.

Through the month of July, the predominantly teen volunteer-led camp will offer programming to almost 250 refugee

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Your options for holidays and weekends away in the UK this summer

New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder
New age: the old Trafford Park Hotel, west of Manchester: Simon Calder

As expected, the prime minister has said that hotels, B&Bs, caravan parks and campsites in England will be able to open from 4 July 2020. The “social-distancing” guidance has halved from two metres to one in England.

But Boris Johnson left out much of the detail. In addition, other UK nations have very different policies.

The key questions are answered here.

What are the rules at present?

At present the UK government says: “No person should stay overnight away from their own home for a holiday.”

A few very specific exemptions are granted:

  • People unable to return to their main residence.

  • “Those isolating themselves from others as required by law” (for example quarantinees, ie new arrivals from overseas who are required to self-isolate for 14 days).

  • “Any critical worker that is part of the effort to deal with

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