As the school year winds down, what better way to spend the holidays than at summer camp, where kids can explore their potential with a variety of English activities?
For budding Botticellis
Boasting culturally enriching tours and workshops in some of Italy’s most picturesque cities, Arte al Sole is perfect for families traveling in Italy, offering themed camps for kids aged 6 to 13+ in July. The focus is on Renaissance Florence, Ancient Rome, Medieval Lucca and Etruscan Umbria at Soccer al Sole. Held in a Florentine palazzo garden, our young art and history enthusiasts will explore Renaissance people and places that made the period great, with visits to museums, piazzas and palazzi, plus a cooking class, inspiring campers to create in more ways than one. This year, kids will craft their own Florentine marbled paper, too. Guided by professional art docents, the program echoes traditional apprenticeships that made Florence the heart of the Renaissance. Parents are invited to participate in private tours, cooking classes and wine tastings, while their children learn about Italy’s rich history.
WHERE? Palazzo San Niccolò, Oltrarno
WHEN? July 1-5 / 9.30am-3pm
HOW MUCH? 525 euro for a full week or 125 euro for a day
For sports stars
Kindergarten’s Summer Camp Donoratico – 100% Immersive English Experience will take place in weekly shifts along the Tuscan coast from June 16 to July 6, 2019 for children aged between 8 and 12. This fun-filled residential camp at Marina di Castagneto Carducci’s Paradù Tuscany Ecoresort consists of mornings playing in the pine groves and learning at creative workshops as well as themed activities (Camp’s Got Talent; Discovery Space; Greek Greatness) with the school’s native English teachers. The active afternoons will keep your kids occupied with time spent in the pool and in the sea, in addition to plenty of sports (think beach volleyball, tennis, basketball and soccer) with English instructors from Bimbi in Movimento.
WHERE? Paradù Tuscany Ecoresort, Marina di Castagneto Carducci
WHEN? June 16-22, 23-29 + June 30-July 6
HOW MUCH? 730 euro for a week (Sunday to Saturday) + 20 euro insurance per week, all inclusive / Siblings discount: 40 euro off the total for the two registrations / Discount for more than one week: 30 euro off for the second week and 40 off for the third. EcoResort Paradu offers 15% discount for Kindergarten families. Book through the website www.paraduresort.com and enter the reserved FAM15 discount code in the field indicated with “Do you have a coupon / discount code?” The discount will be valid and active throughout the summer season 2019, not combinable with other discounts and subject to availability.
QUESTIONS? Call Matteo Cioffi 347 8617282 or Silvia Maci 349 3674202
For future polymaths
A long-time proponent of student-centered learning, The International School of Florence continues its mission even into the summer months, with a fully English-language camp for children aged 3 to 11. The ISF Summer Camp promises exploration, creativity and a hands-on approach to learning on the beautiful and protected Junior School campus in the hills of Florence. The enthusiastic team of teachers and camp counselors looks forward to giving your child a memorable day-camp experience. Students ages 3 to 11 will be placed in age-based groups and will experience a variety of learning activities throughout the day, including science, art, drama, music, cooking, forestry, outdoor activities and lots of fun! With so much to do and explore, each day will be a unique and engaging experience.
WHERE? Via del Carota, 23, Bagno a Ripoli (Florence)
WHEN? June 24-28, July 1-5, 8-12
HOW MUCH? 390 euro per week, includes daily snack + lunch and a t-shirt. Transportation available daily from piazza Ferrucci at an additional cost.
QUESTIONS? Contact Tanya Bruckner | 055 2001515 | email@example.com
For horse lovers
For more than 20 years, Camp Canadian Island (CCI) has offered children and teens an unforgettable summer experience in the heart of Florence and Tuscany at large. With day camp and sleepover options in three locations throughout the region (download the brochure), Canadian Island has options galore for children aged from 3 to 16. CCI Junior Camp: Al Trebbio, near Fiesole, offers a wide range of sports, music, theater and art classes, English and Italian language immersion, organic lunches prepared on site and an opportunity to make lasting friendships. With a stable on the premises, horseback riding is a favorite at this camp, along with soccer and swimming.
WHERE? Al Trebbio, Fiesole. Day Camps at Trebbio, Fiesole and Prato, Overnight Camps at Agroturism Le Valli, La Capitana, and Pian di Fiume
WHEN? June 10-14, 17-21, 24-28; July 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26
HOW MUCH? 380 euro per week. 260 euro for siblings. Includes Italian or English lesson (as requested), didactic materials, organic lunches and snacks, and insurance.
QUESTIONS? 055 677567 | firstname.lastname@example.org
For language learners
“Powerful English” is the slogan used by the British Institutes Firenze, so empower your young ones this summer. Children between 6 and 13 years can enjoy English study play in creative workshops, theatre and excursions based on the AKTIVE (Acquiring Knowledge Through InnoVative English) learning method. Fun and education are blended as an initial approach to English through dialogue, communication, experiences and emotions at the “G. Matteotti” primary school, in the Rifredi area, and La Villetta in Sesto Fiorentino. Native English teachers are on hand for this entertaining summer camp.
WHERE? “G. Matteotti” primary school, in the Rifredi area + La Villetta in Sesto Fiorentino
WHEN? June 17-21, 24-28; July 1-5, 8-12, 15-19, 22-26; July 29-August 2
HOW MUCH? 190 euro from Monday to Friday 9am-4pm. Includes educational materials, lunch, English study play, and one excursion during weeklong programs in July. 10% discount for anyone enrolled in Junior Academy courses in 2019-20. 10%-20% discount also for anyone enrolled in more than one week, even if not consecutive.
QUESTIONS? 055/5270426 or 366/4448152; email email@example.com
Farm, Space, Ocean, Music and Travel
MyTata Inglese is offering week-long summer camps at the beautiful Fattoria di Maiano for kids ranging from 4-15 years old. By SINGING songs, MAKING crafts, and PLAYING games in English, the children LEARN, and have fun while doing so! Throughout the week children will be reviewing and learning verbs in the past, present, and future tenses as well as vocabulary based on the theme of the day – Farm, Space, Ocean, Music and Travel. Yes, each day will have a different theme and new adventures! Separated into three age groups, kids will be practicing simple phrases as often as possible in order to improve their accent and self-confidence. The more they speak, the more fun it is for everyone! Of course, the activities will be adapted to the children’s level of English.
WHERE? Fattoria di Maiano, Fiesole
WHEN? 24-28 June, 1-5 July, 9-13 September (9:00-16:00)
HOW MUCH? €250 per week (30% discount for siblings)