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Camps offer Masters Week activities

Posted: April 2, 2013 - 11:07pm

While some people will use spring break as a chance to get out of town, others, including Sandy Black of Martinez, will be at work. For them, Masters Week camps can provide an alternative to child care for children out of school.

“Another option versus day care is good,” said Black, a massage therapist at Serenity Day Spa and the mom of Kylee, 7, and Zayne, 4. “I didn’t know there were camps during spring break.”

Several camps are available Monday through April 12.

Artsy Me doesn’t have full-day activities planned, but the art projects Cricket Willis has planned can alleviate spring break doldrums.

“The entire week is a busy one for adults, too,” said Willis. “It’s something different.”

Artsy Me offers a 90-minute activity each day during spring break. Classes include mosaics and ceramics. The camp will meet from 10:30 a.m. to noon and costs $25.

Black said she has this year covered for child care, but next year she will keep the camp option in mind.

“I would definitely use it,” she said.

Here is a sampling of spring break activities available in the area.

Inside Columbia County:

• Artsy Me: 10:30 a.m. to noon, Ages: First grade and up. Different art project each day. Camp is limited to 10 children per day. Cost is $25 per day. Artsy Me, 4275 Washington Road, Evans. (706) 432-6396.

• Basketball camp: The Micah Lancaster “I’m Possible” Elite Skills Basketball Camp. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Monday-April 11. Ages: Fourth-12th grade. Augusta Christian Schools, 313 Baston Road, Martinez. www.micahlancaster.com.

• Bricks 4 Kidz: Full-day and half-day options are available. Bricks 4 Kidz programming focuses on math, science and technology using Legos. The spring break camp will give children a taste of what is offered during summer camp. 4115 Old Petersburg Road. (706) 513-5789.

• Family Y: 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ages: 5-12. Spring break camp available at several area locations, including the Wilson Family Y, North Augusta branch, Aiken branch and Marshall branch. The Marshall branch camp will be held at the Augusta Jewish Community Center. $75-$120; (706) 364-3269.

• Gymnastics Gold: Camp will include gymnastics, contests, crafts and games. Different themes each day. 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday-April 12. Early and late drop-off available. Ages 4-13. $36 per day or $115 for the week for members or $46 per day, $140 for the week for nonmembers. Bring sack lunch. Gymnastics Gold, 124 Cedar Lane, Martinez. (706) 650-2111.

• Haydens Gymnastics: Camp will include gymnastics, games and crafts. Full- and half-day camps. Full day: 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., half day: 7:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. or 12:30 to 5:30 p.m.Cost: $45 per day or $155 for the week for full day. Half-day $35. (706) 868-0608.

Outside Columbia County:

• Aiken Center for the Arts: Full- and half-day camps available. Ages: 7-older. Theme is “See the U.S.A.” Activities focus on art projects reflecting different states. $40 per day for half days (9 a.m. to noon or 1-4 p.m.) $60 per day for full days (9 a.m. to 4 p.m.), $200 per week for half days, $300/week for full days. Aiken Center for the Arts, 122 Laurens St. S.W. (803) 641-9094.

• Newman Tennis Center: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $150. Newman Tennis Center, 3103 Wrightsboro Road, Augusta. (706) 821-1600.

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