Athens GA Summer Camps for Kids

The best of the best! Summer Camps in and Around Athens, GA

Alice DePass Studio of Dance
706-769-1177
www.depassstudioofdance.com

Athens Academy Summer Camps and Summer Programs
706-549-9225
www.athensacademy.org

Athens First United Methodist Weekday Preschool
SUMMER CAMPS for preschool aged children.Visit athensfirstumc.org/weekdaypreschool/ for registration information. Contact:Laura Lowery, Assistant Director [email protected]
Borders ATA Black Belt Academy
706-548-2178 
www.bordersata.com
Canopy Studio, Inc.
706-549-8501
canopystudio.org/classes/camps/
Champions for Children
706-546-9446
champsforchildren.com
Chick Music
706-546-8742 
www.chickmusic.net
Jeff Wallace Georgia Tennis Camp
706-542-7995
 
Math Mind Workshop
New Moon Summer Adventure Camp
Travels to different locations throughout Georgia and South Carolina. Activities include hiking,swimming,boating,ropes course, trips to museums, farms, zoos and much more! 
Contact Cindy Jones at 706-310-0013 to register.
Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation (OCAF)
706-769-4565
www.ocaf.com
Oconee Youth School of Performance
For more information or to download a form, please go to oconeeyouth.com or email us at [email protected]
Prince Avenue Christian School
678-753-3000 
www.princeave.org
SUMMER AT PRINCE Sports and Fine Arts Camps for Kids at Prince Avenue Christian School. Baseball, Basketball, Cheerleading, Football, Softball, Twirling, Volleyball, Elementary Art, Elementary Musical Theatre, Middle & High School Musical Theatre. Cost and dates vary by camp.
Rush Athens
706-548-4470 
rushathens.com/#summercamp
If you’re 6-13, love trampolines, dodgeball, competing, climbing, flipping and food, we know where you need to be!
UGA Speech and Hearing Clinic
706-542-4598
coe.uga.edu/shc
UGA Volleyball Camp
Lizzy Stemke Volleyball Camps at the University of Georgia
www.lizzystemkevolleyballcamps.com 
706-542-4788
WinShape Camps for Communities 
www.winshapecamps.org
WinShape Camps for Communities is a day camp that provides a professionally trained staff to execute a fun and meaningful camp for completed K-6th graders. Whether your kids like soccer or science, there is something for everyone. The camp combines sports, recreation, arts, Bible study, and worship into one unforgettable week. Camp held at Prince Avenue Baptist Campus.
YMCA Camp Kelley Day Camp: 
706-543-6596
www.athensymca.org
Camp Kelley is a very active day camp offering a wide range of activities including swimming, archery, arts & crafts, dance, team sports and games. For a full day of summercamp fun and to make friends and memories that last a lifetime, sign up for Camp Kelley at the Y! We offer nine themed weeks with special events and traditional camp programs.
ZoomWorks Photography Camp
706-227-3777
zoom-works.com

 

Athens Clarke County Leisure Services
Visit online for a complete listing and description of camps and registration information.athensclarkecounty.com/camps

General Camps

  • • Art Camps at Lyndon House (613-3623). Ages 4-11
  • • East Athens Summer Day Camp: Mission Impossible (613-3593). Ages 6-12
  • • Lay Park Summer Day Camp: Space Heroes (613-3596). Ages 6-12
  • • Memorial Park Day Camp: Game Show Mania! (613-3580). Ages 6-12
  • • Rocksprings Summer Day Camp: Minion Mayhem (613-3602). Ages 6-12
  • • Parkview Summer Day Camp: Space Jam All Stars (613-3602). Ages 6-12
  • • Sandy Creek Day Camp (613-3615). Ages 7-12
  • • Zoo Camp (613-3580). Ages 7-12
  • • Health Matters Camp (613-3589). Ages 9-14

 

Sports Camps

  • • Camp-a-looza Gymnastics Day Camps at Bishop Park (613-3589). Ages 6-12
  • • Kidventures Gymnastics Mini-Camps at Bishop Park (613-3589). Ages 3-6
  • • Southeast Clarke Park (613-3589, ext. 222):
  • • Challenger Sports Soccer Camp at Southeast Clarke Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 3-4
  • • Camp II: Mini Soccer Camp. Ages 4-6
  • • Camp III: Half Day Soccer Camp. Ages 6-16
  • • Camp IV: Full Day Soccer Camp. Ages 8-16
  • • Skate Camp (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 7-12
  • • Sports Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 6-12
  • • Sportstime Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 4-5
  • • Tennis Camp: Swinging and Swimming (613-3991). Ages 7-16
  • • Tennis Camp at the Athens-Clarke County Tennis Center (613-3991). Ages 7-16
  • • Triathlon Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 8-12
  • • Cheerleading Camp at Bishop Park (613-3589, ext. 222). Ages 6-12

 

Teen Camps

  • • Art Camp: Masterpiece Portrait for Teens at Lyndon House (613-3623). Ages 12+
  • • Art Camp: The Way Things Move – Stop Motion Video for Teens at Lyndon House (613-3623). Ages 12+
  • • Sandy Creek Teen Camp (613-3615). Ages 13-15
  • • Teens in Action at Sandy Creek Nature Center (613-3620, ext. 2). Ages 13-15

 

Theatre Camps

  • • Musical Theatre Performance Camp: The Elves and the Shoemaker Musical at Quinn Hall (613-3628). Ages 8-12
  • • Theatre Performance Camp: The Brothers Grimm Out of Order at Morton Theatre (613-3628). Ages 8-12
 
And More: 
 
Good Dirt - http://gooddirt.net/summer-camps/



Athens Clarke County Leisure Services - http://www.athensclarkecounty.com/6553/Summer-Explorers



Active Climbing Summer Camp - http://www.activeclimbing.com/active-indoor-climbing-summer-camp/



McPhaul Summer Camps - http://www.fcs.uga.edu/hdfs/research-child-development-lab/1

Best Places for Camping with Kids

Camping with Kids - Best locations! (Mountains, Beaches, etc.) in and around Athens GA 
Article on 50 best campgrounds in North Georgia with descriptions!

Camping-Near-AthensGA

  1. Mountains- North Georgia/surrounding
    1. Dockery Lake
    2. Jacks Creek Campground
    3. Fort Yargo- close state park (40 minutes from Athens)
    4. Lake Winfield Scott (on a lake, next to trails)
    5. Black Rock Mountain State Park
    6. Cloudland Canyon
    7. Victoria Bryant State Park (40 minutes from Athens)
    8. Raven Cliffs (sites on creek)
    9. Wildcat Creek
      1. Forest Service site
      2. Toilets only
      3. Sites right on creek
      4. Not usually crowded
      5. http://www.fs.usda.gov/recarea/conf/recreation/ohv/recarea/?recid=10504&actid=29
    10. Desoto Falls
      1. Near a creek
      2. Shady
      3. Good for hot weather
  2. Beach Camping- South Carolina
    1. Edisto Beach State park (Edisto Island, SC)
      1. Sites can be right on the other sides of sand dunes 
      2. Can hear ocean from tents
    2. Hunting Island State Park, SC
      1. Beautiful
      2. Fills up fast
    3. Huntington Beach state Park
      1. Great park, fills up fast
  3. Beach Camping- Georgia
    1. St. simon’s Island (no specific recommendations)
    2. Jekyll Island- primitive tent sites- about a mile from beach
      1. Many amenities on island-
      2. Developed campground
      3. Campsites near bird sanctuary feel more remote
      4. Close to driftwood beach
    3. Cumberland Island National Seashore
      1. Has Sea Camp which is developed campground- fills up very, very fast (like six months ahead of time)
      2. Have to take a ferry over to it, which is fun
      3. Wild horses
      4. Beautiful sties
      5. Backcountry sites are more available, but the actual site arrangement is first come, first served and some are 3 miles from ferry. 
  4. Beach Camping- Florida
    1. Gulf Shores/Orange Beach, AL (beautiful)
      1. Johnson Beach
    2. Panama City
      1. St. Joseph’s Peninsula st. park
        1. Primitive Camping a short walk in
      2. Folly Beach
      3. Mexico Beach
      4. Cap San Blas (has camping)
    3. Henderson Beach State Park (Destin, FL)
      1. 2 miles of private beach
      2. very nice facilities
    4. topsail Hill Preserve State Park
      1. http://floridastateparks.reserveamerica.com/camping/topsail-hill-preserve-state-park-gregory-e-moore-rv-resort/r/campgroundDetails.do?contractCode=FL&parkId=281250
    5. Long Key (Florida keys)
      1. https://www.floridastateparks.org/park/Long-Key

Kids Eat Free Athens GA

A list of restaurants with Kids Eat Free times in the Athens, GA Area
 
These deals are subject to change, so please call to be certain.
Monday
  • Your Pie  1591 South Lumpkin Street
  • Your Pie  350 East Broad Street
  • Your Pie  196 Alps Road Suite 3
  • Barbarito’s   1739 South Lumpkin Street
  • Barbarito’s   1880 Epps Bridge Parkway suite 103
  • Barbarito’s   2 S. Main Street  Watkinsville
  • Cici’s Pizza  Atlanta Hwy.
  • Subway  Watkinsville
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
  • Fatz  4115 Lexington Road (all day)
  • Pulaski Heights BBQ  675 Pulaski St.
  • Catch 22 Gastropub  1021 Parkway Boulevard (Epps Br.)
Tuesday
  • Keba  1860 Barnett Shoals Road
  • Mellow Mushroom  320 East Clayton Street #201
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
  • DePalma’s 401 E. Broad St. (one kid menu item)
  • Depalma’s  1965 Barnett Shoals Road (one kid menu item)
  • Tin Drum  196 Alps Road, Suite 4
  • Tacqueria Tsunami 1791 Oconee Connector
  • Catch 22 Gastropub  1021 Parkway Boulevard (Epps Br.)
  • IHOP  1061 Parkway Place (Epps Br.) 4-10pm
Wednesday
  • Fox’s Pizza  1850 Epps Bridge Parkway
  • Barbarito’s   259 East Clayton Street
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
 
 Thursday
  • Moe’s Southwestern Grill  1320 Baxter Street
  • Dominick’s Italian 1430 Capital Ave. Watkinsville
Friday
  • n/a
Saturday
  • Steak & Shake  2033 West Broad St. 2-4pm
Sunday
  • Buffalo’s Cafe  196 Alps Road suite 49
  • Hilltop Grille   2310 West Broad Street
  • Beef O’Brady’s  1860 Barnett Shoals Rd, 101
  • Dickey’s BBQ  Watkinsville
  • IHOP  1061 Parkway Place
  • Steak & Shake  2033 West Broad St. 2-4pm
 

Building a House – Blog 1 – What was I thinking?

Where do I start?

We found out we were pregnant late last year and realized that a family of 5 in a 3 bedroom house may be a little tight. We had options: we could finish our unfinished basement (giving us more square footage, but bedrooms on 3 different levels), we could sell our house and buy another house, or we could change nothing.

Then everything changed again. My amazing in-laws (who selflessly wanted their grandchildren 30 minutes closer to them ;-) ) offered up some family land that had been handed down through generations and created the opportunity to possibly build a home. Woah…. pregnant…. sell the house…. find a rental/temporary place to live…. and build a home? 2 moves, a baby, and home building? 4 different opportunities for the highest stress on our family possible. Why not?

So here we are. We’re building. At this exact moment, we’ve sold our house and moved into our rental, and the baby is due in the next few weeks. Financing is getting wrapped up and we are about to break ground.

My intention with this blog is to teach you the things I wish I had known before I got started. I’ve been a full-time, professional realtor in the Athens & Northeast Georgia area for about 8 years, and I’m still learning about the details in some parts of the real estate world. Custom home building threw me a few curve balls so far (and I’m sure it will throw more) and I’d like to share what I’ve learned to help you in the future.

A few things we will be going over:

  • How to pick your builder (Cost Plus vs Fixed Price)
  • How to pick your lender (Types of loans, qualifying, Construction to Perm Options)
  • Pick your plan
  • How to save costs when building, and where to negotiate
I’m sure we will add more to the list, but this is where we are starting since this is the foundation of building your custom home.
Want more information about building a home that’s not answered in these blogs? Reach out to me directly!

How to Pick Your Home Builder – Athens GA

There are a number of ways to pick your home builder. I personally recommend asking first for personal referrals first and foremost. You can go to friends and family members, local social media groups, or you can even reach out to your local Home Builder’s Association for a list of local builders.

What should you consider when picking a builder?

Your price range/budget – knowing your budget going in can be a strong determining factor in which builder you choose. If you’re trying to build an economy home for around $100,000 then the builder who builds custom homes in the $700+ price range may not be a great fit for you. This isn’t because they can’t build the home, it has to do with their contacts, their subs, and the budgets within which they can accomplish certain jobs. Feel free to discuss this with the builders you’re interviewing.

The style of home - I found out very quick that builders have their own style and specific types of “product” they offer. For some home builders, they specialize in Eco-friendly homes that may cost more per square foot, but have a lower cost of ownership over time. Some may specialize in certain styles or quality. Ask them to show you the types of homes they have built recently, and if there’s anything they can show you that’s a few years old.

Location - Understanding your location and the complexities that may coincide with local ordinances can help you prevent delays. The more a builder understands the local community, the easier they can predict timelines & the easier they can educate you in the process. Check with your local Home Builder’s Association – Click Here for the Athens Area Home Builder’s Association. 

References (recent and 5-10 years + ) – One of the most powerful sources of information is word of mouth. The more personal testimonials you can get from different people, the better you can feel about your builder. I would ask the builder for references, but I would also ask around your community. It’s important to talk to past clients AS WELL AS their suppliers and subs. Ask for these references and CALL. It’s important to know your builder is up to date on paying subs and suppliers on time. This is just to protect your investment, and to make sure you have a reputable builder.

Longevity in the field - Has your economy crashed lately? What did your builder do while the market was down? Personally? I wanted a builder who survived and thrived during that down market. It shows their strong leadership and their ability to run smart businesses and not over extend themselves. It also means they probably had their character and integrity challenged a few times along the way, and they made the right choice. Tough markets have a way of weeding out those who just ride the wave of success.

Their track record with staying on time and in budget - Let’s be real… there will be delays. Whether it’s bad weather, delays with permits, supplies being out of stock, someone getting sick etc. But to know that your builder sets realistic expectations could mean saved money and time when it comes to storage, moving and other expenses.

Their finances & insurance – Perhaps the MOST important criteria for choosing a builder is their financial solvency. Making sure they have the proper insurance and that they do not have any negative accounts or lawsuits against them could be your most important research. Ask for their references, and CALL them.

Pricing Style – There are 2 ways that builders create estimates for new construction. One is Fixed Price, the other is Cost Plus.

  • Fixed price is where the builder gives you an estimate and sticks to the estimated price no matter what the cost. The positive here is predictability. The negative is that the client does not have input or control on the quality of product or the profitability spread (a builder could choose to buy cheaper products to increase their profitability).
  • Cost Plus is when the builder takes the exact cost of building and adds their fee for managing the contract on top. What makes this scenario favorable is that the client knows exactly what quality of materials and labor is going into their construction – allows more client control of the bottom line. The negative is that when the client goes over budget… they are responsible for the difference.

Once you’ve picked a builder, the next step is to pick a plan & a lender. For me, picking the plan was one of the hardest things to do. See more HERE.

Thank you for following my blog, I hope that this information is helpful to you in your building process. Building a home in Athens or Northeast Georgia can be one of the most rewarding experiences – just be prepared to earn the reward :-)

Want more information about building a home that’s not answered in these blogs? Reach out to me directly!