Taking a dip in the pool during those oppressively hot summer months is a great way to cool off. But learning to swim and knowing what to do in a water emergency is more important than you might think. Drowning is the second most common cause of death from injuries among kids under the age of 14, according to kidshealth.org. Children who know how to swim are less likely to be victims of drowning. If you want your child to be equipped with the skills that might save his or her life or the life of someone else, then you can sign up for swimming lessons at Green Tree Tennis and Swim Lessons, Love to Swim and Tumble School, Martin Swim School or the YMCA of San Antonio to name a few.
While team sports opportunities are more plentiful during the school year, there are not always numerous during the summer months. This might be a great time to try something new with your athletic child. Something like martial arts could not only give them the chance to work out their muscles and learn a new skill, but research has showed that children who participate in martial arts have better self-control, patience and discipline. You could try this ancient art at any of these, and many other, locations: Pro Martial Arts Karate, Studio Martial Arts or Victory Martial Arts. And if your child wants an athletic challenge that makes them feel as though they’ve stepped into one of their video games, then try a fencing camp at Olympian Fencing Club. “When parents hear ‘playing with swords’ they think it’s a dangerous sport,” said club owner, Velizar Iliev said. “But it’s actually one of the safest sports.”
For Techy Kids
If your child would rather build their own video game than be a part of it, then they might enjoy some of the technology-based camps and opportunities in the area. With camps like Camp Invention, Bits Bytes & Bots Computer Adventures, and Venturelab, kids can learn the ins and outs of their favorite technological devices, discover the world of science, build robots and even create and promote their own product. “In our Startup camps, participants go through the steps of entrepreneurship—brainstorming, market research, building a prototype,” said Venturelab director of programs, Nick Honegger. “The final day of camp they have a pitch day and we bring in the parents, and the kids actually get to sell their products.”
For Kids Who Want to Jump
If you’d rather not commit to a camp experience or weeks-long classes, but you still want to give your child some summer fun, then consider taking them to one of the many jump places in town. Not only are they colorful, kid-friendly and light on the wallet, but they will also help your child expend some energy. Some of the jump places in the area include Altitude Trampoline Park, Pump it Up, Flipz and Thin Air Park.