School is out! Now what to do?

Textbooks and laptops have been closed up for the summer, and kids have been set free to enjoy a few weeks of fun in the sun.

But what to do with summer break? There are sports camps options from local rec centers and the YMCA, but some kids may want something a little different.

Local nonprofits and cultural organizations have activities to keep kids’ minds active and that might pique their interest in a future career path.

EdVenture offers camps for all ages and interests. (Photo provided)

EdVenture offers camps for all ages and interests. (Photo provided)

Check out these unique summertime options from around the Columbia area, and click the links for even more camp details:

1. On-campus with USC

Columbia’s Cooking!: culinary camps: 5-day camp, ages 8 to 18

Carolina Journalism Institute: 4-day camp, high school students

String Project Summer Camp: July 11-15, third grade through high school

Broadway at USC Musical Theater Workshop: July 30 through Aug. 6, ages 12 and older

Princess and Pirate Dance Camp: 5-day camp, boys and girls ages 4 to 7

Girls Go For IT Computer Camps: 5-day camp, middle school girls

2. Hands-on fun with EDDIE at EdVenture

Giggle Science: June 27 through July 1, ages 3 to 4

Storybook Smashup: July 18 through 22, ages 3 to 4

Robo-Fun: July 25 through 29, ages 5 to 7

Global Chef: June 27 through July 1 and Aug. 1 through 5, ages 8 to 10

Furniture Fever: June 27 through July 1, ages 11 to 12

3. Don’t forget about Summer Reading

Richland Library and Lexington County Library branches have summer reading programs for kids and adults. Prizes include Fireflies game tickets, water bottles and Visa gift cards.

4. Get creative with Columbia Museum of Art

Summer Daze: June 6 through 10, ages 4 to 7

Comic Creations: June 6 through 10, ages 8 to 12

Little Builders: June 13 through 17, ages 4 to 7

Digital Design: June 13 through 17, ages 8 to 12

Art of Glass: June 27 through July 1, ages 13 to 18

5. Dive deeper into art and film with The Nickelodeon

Stop-Motion Animation: June 20 through 24 (film screening: June 25), ages 8 to 12

High School Horror Film Camp: July 11 through 15 (film screening: July 16); ages 13 to 16

6. Go back in time with Historic Columbia

Past Adventures!: 5-day camp, ages 8 to 12

7. Hang with the Richland County Sheriff’s Department

Chess Camp: July 11 through July 21 and July 25 through Aug. 4; all ages

Crime Scene Investigation Camp: June 13 through June 23 and July 11 through July 21; 4th through 6th grade

Categories: Hometown, Lexington County, Local News, Richland County

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