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Planning for Summer

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Just a couple weeks after packing up the Christmas decorations for the season, we start thinking of summer in our house: what to plant in the garden, where to hike, what indoor projects to get done now so summer weekends are open. It seems that we are not alone in our leap to summer planning; this is also the time of year that summer camp registrations begin to open.

Colorado is full of camps for every interest. If you are overwhelmed with where to start, our article “Choosing Kids’ Camps” is full of expert tips for picking the right camp for your child. “Ready for Overnight Camp?” will help you determine if this is the year to send your little one to a sleep-away camp and how to prepare them for the experience, including the inevitable homesickness. “Saddle Up” introduces the many benefits of enrolling kids in horse camp.

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Summer break is about more than just camp, though. It’s also a time for creative learning experiences. You may not realize it, but you can sneak a bundle of hidden educational activities into a small garden plot. “The Garden Classroom” explains how gardening, even just planting and tending seeds in pots, expands children’s knowledge of science, math, language, and teamwork, among other things.

This issue also includes a roundup of our favorite summer festivals, a list of summer reading programs, tips for navigating Disneyland, and more!

Happy Planning!

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