Kids just wanna have fun|[04/23/08]

Published 12:00 am Wednesday, April 23, 2008

From staff reports

Camps, horses, dancing among summer programs

A number of activities are being organized to get children off the couch and out of the house this summer. They range from swimming and horseback riding to theater and arts. A sampling of this summer’s offerings:

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Vicksburg Boys and Girls Club Day Camp — Ages 5-15; begins June 2; games, arts and crafts, academic tutoring; location, Vicksburg Junior High; free; Billy Foster, 601-415-9424.

YMCA’s Warner-Tully Camps — Mini Camp: ages 6-8, June 13-15, July 11-13, $75 for YMCA members, $90 for nonmembers; weeklong camp: ages 7-13, June 15, June 22, July 13, July 20, $285; Herb Wilkinson or Casey Custer, 601-638-1071;

YMCA Day Camp — Locations: Verbeck on Oak Ridge, Raworth on Halls Ferry; ages 6-12; weekdays May 26-Aug. 1, 7 a.m.-6 p.m.; $70 per week for YMCA members, $90 per week for nonmembers; Herb Wilkinson or Casey Custer, 601-638-1071;

Jackson Street Community Center Day Camp — June 2-25, 8:30 a.m.-3 p.m.; arts, crafts, exercise; free; registration required; space limited; 601-634-4514.

Silver Creek Equestrian Club Day Camp — Ages 6 and older; all summer; beginner riding lessons, hayrides, more; 601-638-8988.

Rainbow Farms Riding Lessons — Day camps and riding lessons; 8 a.m.-noon, Monday-Saturday; registration required; costs vary; www.rainbowfarms- or 601-638-8372.


Vicksburg City Pool Swimming Lesson — Registration: 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 14, 5-7 p.m. May 15, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. May 16, 10 a.m.-12 p.m. May 17; Lessons: June 2-13, June 23-July 4, July 14-25; ages 5 and older; $10 per session; Cathy Mitchell, 601-634-4516; pool opens May 24.

Bowmar Baptist Sports Camp — Grades K-6; 5:30 p.m.-8:15 p.m. June 2-6; basketball, baseball, soccer, cheerleading, softball, golf, Bible study; free; registration required; 601-636-2596

Vicksburg Boys and Girls Club Sports and Camp — Noon-5 p.m. June 2-30; free; Billy Foster, 601-415-9492.

Clear Creek Summer Gold Camp — Open to youths of all ages, abilities; June 9-13, June 23-27, July 7-11, July 28-Aug. 1; $80; includes gifts, prizes, refreshments, pizza party; registration required; Chris Rutherford, 601-638-9395.

Pee-Wee Workout — Open play session; 4-5:30 p.m. Thursdays; $6; 601-636-1878.

Theater, dance and arts

Vicksburg Theatre Guild’s Fairy Tale Theatre — June 26-29; four plays produced and performed by young directors, actors and actresses; Mike Calnan. 601-636-0471;

Southern Cultural Heritage Center Summer Classes — Weeklong, half-day art and music classes; dates, times, fees TBA; registration required; 601-638-7282.

Debra Franco Preparatory School of Dance Dancecamps — June 4-8: new 3- and 4-year-olds, Cinderella theme, 9-11 a.m.; June 11-15: new 4- and 5-year-olds, princess theme, 9 a.m.-noon; June 11-15: new 6- and 7-year-olds, Swan Lake theme, 1-4 p.m.; June 18-22: advanced ages 8-10, Don Quixote theme, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.; June 25-29: intermediate 4- and 5-year-olds, Nutcracker theme, 9 a.m.-noon; June 25-29: intermediate 6- and 7-year-olds, pageant theme, 1-5 p.m.; July 2-6: new 3- and 4-year-olds, ballerina theme, 9-11 a.m.; for fee information, call 601-638-7282.


Vicksburg Boys and Girls Job-Ready — To prepare youths to enter the work force; date, time TBA; free; Billy Foster, 601-415-9424.

Vicksburg-Warren County Public Library Summer Reading Program — June 3-20; preschoolers-first grade: 10:30 a.m. Tuesdays and Wednesdays; second-sixth grade: 10:30 a.m. Thursdays; theme, Catch a Reading Bug; free; registration required; Lottie Walker, 601-636-6411.