It’s still winter, but the occasional 50-degree day reminds us spring is around the corner. And when summer strikes, you’ll need something to keep the kiddies busy.
It’s why Mommylibrium stopped me in my tracks while reading the day camp offerings here in Denver.
Lift Off with LEGO
Master Hip Hop
The latter? “Performance-based music camp for intermediate to advanced players. It will feature placement in a band setting, daily rehearsals with group instructions and an end-of-camp concert.”
Some of the local camp offerings touched my heart, like Shining Stars: A Class for Differently Abled Actors and Actresses. Others just made me giggle – Super Hero: Invoke Your Alter Ego Camp (including “cape making” and “dance tumbling” … insert your own “Batman and Robin” joke here).
The camp selections remind us of just how different childhood is today than when I was a lad. Never mind the tech improvements. Pong can’t hold a candle to Angry Birds. No, children now have so much more at their disposal. Parents, in turn, can draw upon decades of new information their parents lacked.
Are children better off as a result? Will my kids be part of a generation lucky enough to attend Led Zeppelin Camp? Will they be able to process complexities in a way I never could as a boy? Or, are all these bells and whistles mere distractions, not proof that we’re evolving as a society for the better?
What say you, fathers?