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Local ways your kids can have fun this summer

As the school year comes to a close this month, classes may be ending but that doesn’t mean your kids’ fun should. There are plenty of opportunities right here in South Cheatham for your kids to get out and make some memories this summer.


From camps to help children tune into nature to events at the library to encourage lots of reading, here are all the fun activities your kids can participate in this summer:


Summer Horse Days at BlackFriar Farm

Saddle up and get ready for fun days of horseback riding and games at BlackFriar Farm. Their camp is for ages 6 and up from June 3-7 and June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily. 


All skill levels are welcome to come and participate in the fun games and educational equestrian atmosphere, and join in fun arts and crafts activities. The cost is $400 per week and kids get to learn with trained horses and professionals as they grow their horse riding skills.


Sycamore Trails Art and Wilderness Camps

Sycamore Trails Nature School is offering two fun opportunities for kids ages 3-5. For three weeks in June they will be hosting a wilderness camp where, rain or shine, kids will get to build skills in nature and play fun games and activities. June 3-7; 10-14; and 17-21, camps will be open Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers who do the full day will pay $225 per week. Campers who want a half day (8 a.m. to noon) will pay $190. The wilderness camp only has 4 spaces left, so act fast! Contact jrichardskids@bellsouth.net.


The second camp will be an art camp in July that focuses on allowing kids to express themselves freely and let loose. The camp will be open July 1-5; 8-12; and 15-19 on Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Campers who do the full day will pay $225 per week. Campers who want a half day (8 a.m. to noon) will pay $190. The wilderness camp only has 2 spaces left, so act fast! Contact jrichardskids@bellsouth.net.


Maypop Forest School Summer Camp

Ages 4 through 8 are invited to Maypop Forest School on The Land in Kingston Springs for an eight week summer camp. Beginning June 3, camp will be held Monday through Friday, from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., until August 8 with a one week break from July 1 through 5.


Kids will be able to engage with the natural world around them and their peers with all sorts of fun activities ranging from puppet shows to hikes and so much more. The goal of the camp is both educational and fun, allowing children to explore and learn about nature through fun connections.


Kingston Springs Annual Fishing Rodeo

Down at the pond in Burns Park, on Saturday, June 8, the Town of Kingston Springs will be hosting its annual Fishing Rodeo. The time is still to be determined, but it’s sure to be a blast like every year prior.

Cheatham County Summer STEAM Institute

For the first time ever, Cheatham County schools will be hosting a STEAM camp for students entering grades 3 through 8 in the fall of 2024. The camp is free and will be from Monday, June 10 through Thursday, June 13 from 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.


The theme is “Mission to Mars,” and will include educational journey’s into robotics, rocketry, and interplanetary habitat development. The camp will take place at HMS for the county's southern cluster students. Registration is first-come, first-serve, and limited to the first 30 students in each grade band at each location.


Camp Sparrow Song 

Camp Sparrow Song is hosted at West Glow Farm in Kingston Springs and registration for the summer of 2024 is now open. The camp will take place June 10-14 and June 17-21 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and is for children who have just completed Kindergarten through grade 5. 


The price is $250 per week and kids will be able to learn about the importance of local agriculture and the environment while on a working farm. The camp encourages children to get away from a world fueled by technology and embrace the creek and rolling hills around West Glow Farm.


Pegram Church of Christ Vacation Bible School

PCOC is hosting their annual VBS on June 15 from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. The event is open to pre-K through 6th grade and will be held at the church building. 


The theme for this year is “God in Creation (and in Creators Like You)” and there is sure to be lots of fun activities and games for every child.


Pegram’s July 4th Celebration

The Town of Pegram’s 48th Annual Independence Day Celebration is on July 4, 2024! The day is sure to be fun and filled with fireworks, picnicking, and so many more classic activities.


Jam Camp at Fiddle & Pick

Fiddle & Pick is hosting its second annual jam camp for kids ages 8-13. This camp runs from July 8-11 from 9 a.m. to noon. Perfect for beginner to intermediate players. Kids will learn to jam together, try multiple instruments, learn about country, bluegrass, rock, blues and more, learn music history and even write their own songs. Tuition is $300 and a deposit of $50 is due by June 1 to reserve your spot. Email Erinn at erinn.peetlukes@gmail.com for inquires and to reserve your child’s spot.


Kingston Springs Parks and Recreation Summer Camp

Registration is now open for the Town of Kingston Springs’ annual Summer Camp, held at Burns Park. The first week will be from July 15–19 for ages 6 to 8 and will be held from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at a cost of $275. The second week – July 22-26 – will be for ages 9 to 12. from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. and will cost $325.


The camp is designed to be an introduction to the outdoors and offers activities such as hiking, plant and animal identification and fort building, among much more. In the event of thunderstorms, the camp will be moved into the Burns Park Activity Center for games and crafts.

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