Thursday, June 27, 2013

Summer Camp-It's Time To Get Your Build On!

Summer Camp Field Trip

Lowe's Monstrous Summer Build and Grow

“You can design and create, and build the most wonderful place in the world. But it takes people to make the dream a reality.”-Walt Disney

         Welcome to Summer Camp where each week you can get ideas that are easy to use, with little or no cost and can be accomplished with things found around your own house. It’s the perfect way to make the longs days of summer fun and create memories that will last long after summer is over. This week for Summer Camp we are off on a Field Trip to Lowe’s and their free weekly Build and Grow Clinic.

          Each week, the folks at Lowe’s open the doors to kids and put free clinics to children designed for 5 and older. During the month of June Lowe’s is celebrating Disney Pixar’s “Monster’s University” with a different Monstrous Project each weekend.  The young builders and their families are greeted to the site of a building area just for them. Both Lyssie and Hailey were thrilled to be given their official building aprons, safety goggles, hammers and of course, the reason why we were there, their Monster’s University Treasure Chest. 

          The step directions were easy to follow with 5-year-old Lyssie being able to complete her kit totally on her own and 3-year-old Hailey and her “I do it myself” can do attitude being able to build a majority of if on her own with very little help from Grandma or Uncle Zack.  Kids not only come out with a finished product in under an hour but sense of pride and accomplishment of just what they can do when given the opportunity. The Lowe’s staff was close by if help was needed and well trained in how to support, guide and encourage young children, and their parents and in this case, grandparents without taking away from the child’s overall experience.  Clinics are held Saturday mornings at 10:00 and Sunday afternoon at 2:00. Registration is easily done at the Lowe's Build and Grow website Lowe's Build and Grow. What memories will you build with your 
children today?

          In between your next Disney vacation and need some staycation ideas? Look no further than your own backyard.  Free and low cost opportunities are everywhere and are just waiting for you and your family.

Kids Bowl Free- Registered Kids can get TWO FREE games of bowling every day all summer long at participating bowling centers!

Regal Theatre Summer Movie Express - Not free but cheap. You can see two movies per week (Tues and Wed) at 10am for $1 each!

Barnes and Noble Summer Reading Program - Have your child read 8 books from the list and get a FREE book!

Barnes and Noble Online Storytime - No story time today at local library, just go online! Local Library Summer Reading Program – Check out your local library for summer reading programs and story time schedules.

Bank of America Free Museum Entrance – Get free general admission to participating museums, science centers, botanical gardens and more on the first full weekend of every month. Check list of participating locations near you.

Home Depot Workshops for Kids On the first Saturday of each month, Home Depot offers fun and useful projects like building toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, birdhouses, or any number of other cool projects.  

Microsoft Summer Camps – Introducing the Microsoft Store’s 2013 YouthSpark Summer Camps, where technology meets creativity for ages 8–13. These fill up SUPER fast so be sure to get signed up early!

Brunswick Bowling Summer Ball Pass – Students 18 and younger get one FREE game of bowling every day in June, July and August.

Michael’s Kid’s Club-Michael’s allows kids to explore their creativity while parents shop! $2 reserves 30 minutes of creativity. Sessions start every half hour from 10:30-11:30 am

Now your only decision is which one to do first. Have you taken your children on any of these fun “field trips”?  Have a great outing not listed here? Drop me a note at or leave a comment with your fun summer outings here. I'd  love to hear from you and perhaps feature you in an upcoming edition of Summer Camp!

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Gayle is a Disney Gal that loves churros for breakfast, still gets giddy with delight at the first sight of the “Disneyland next exit sign”, loves the overwhelming emotions and memories that come with each and every return to the Happiest Place on Earth and dreams of one day being the Captain of the Jungle Boat. To learn more about Gayle, click here


  1. We did the Monsters University Chest this past weekend as well, thanks to your recommendation :) Makena LOVED it and we will be back! Thanks for the activity list as well!!

  2. Great ideas Gayle! My kids always loved summer reading programs and Michael's weekly crafts. Ah for little ones again.

  3. Kelly just tuck the ideas away for a few years and when you're a Grammy you'll get to experience all over again!