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Soak Up the FUN! The Benefits of Summer Camp

Kids Summer Art Camp Bay Area

Kids Can Just Be Kids at Bay Area Summer Art Camp

The chilly winter weather can make us long for the warm rays of California sun! When you think back to when you were a kid on summer vacation, no doubt images of leisurely days, staying up late, splashing in a pool and (blissfully) not lifting a #2 pencil for three months come to mind! A good way to describe the feeling of summer is unscheduled freedom. These days, our kids can be on a pretty tight and hefty schedule. A full day of school followed by sports or extracurricular activities and then an evening of homework is pretty typical. Aside from this, children ages 8 – 15 can spend upwards of SIX to NINE hours looking at screens and devices. Every hour spent scrolling social media or watching tv is an hour not spent getting exercise, engaging in imaginative play, and socializing (in person!) with their family and friends.

A 2018 OnePoll/Groupon survey found 58% of parents are stressed over how to keep their children entertained and occupied over break and worry about too much screen time. Gail Bell of ParentingPower also attributes some of that stress to the fear of children falling behind or not being “busy.” We tend to overschedule because we are afraid of no schedule! So, how can we still enjoy those coveted ‘lazy days of summer’ while obtaining meaningful experiences, connection and creativity? Most experts recommend striking a balance. Go for a combination of downtime, scheduled activity that combines fun and learning, and physical movement/exercise.

We know you’re about to stare down a few months of open itinerary to fill  (deep breath) and since a person can only handle so many visits to the trampoline place, Dragonfly Designs would love to help you pull this off! Our weekly summer art camps are an artistic adventure, offering similar (if not more) benefits as a traditional camp:

– Unplug from Technology

– Express Creativity

– Boost Confidence 

– Reduce Stress & Anxiety

– Meet New Friends

– Be Adventurous 

– Gain Independence

– Learn New Skills

– Increase Focus

– Make Lasting Memories.

The added bonus? No bug spray or tent pitching required. Your kids will have so much fun they won’t realize how much they are learning. And, you can feel good about the positive effects that engaging in artistic activities has on a child physically, emotionally, socially, and cognitively. Pablo Picasso once said: “Art washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” Imagine your kids just being kids – no pressure to perform, the freedom to use their imaginations and express themselves creatively, the self-confidence gained in making something they can take home, and making personal connections with our caring, trained instructors and campmates. According to Romper, children benefit both socially and emotionally from a group setting because they “see everyone working together.” We’ve thoughtfully designed our camp themes to appeal to all interests and include yoga* and ice breaker games to get everyone relaxed and ready to have a blast! 

There’s no better time than now to give your child an unforgettable camp experience! Dragonfly Designs is celebrating our 15th anniversary this year. To thank you for being a part of our journey, we want to give you 10% off Summer Camp.* Use code summer10 at checkout. Click here to read about our camp programs and to register!

*Yoga currently offered at SSF and SF Glen Park locations (minimum of 8 participants per day needed). Code valid on purchase of one full week of camp at SSF Studio, SF Glen Park and SF Hayes Valley. 

Check out our super fun Summer Art Camps! From Art & Jewelry Making to Leatherworking & Metalsmithing, we have something to appeal to every child!

 

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Stacee Gillelen

Mother of four, artist, and founder of Dragonfly Designs. After my second daughter was born, I left my career in banking and fell in love with the art of jewelry making, and found that I just couldn’t stop spreading the joy of it to others.

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