Outdoor Children's Camps Chanhassen MN

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Pepe Jon's Happy Feet
3360 Xanthus Lane
North Plymouth, MN
 
Chanhassen Dinner Theatre
(952) 934-1525
501 West 78th Street
Chanhassen, MN
Hours
Box office: Mon 9am-5pm; Tue-Thu 9am-7pm; Fri 9am-6pm; Sat 10am-6pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Cost
Dinner & Show, generally $34-$74. Call for youth, group, and discount rates.
Ages
5And Up
Services Available
Camps, Entertainment, Indoors, Tourist Spots

Camp Tanadoona
(651) 632-9180
3300 Tanadoona Drive
Excelsior, MN
Hours
See website for current offerings
Cost
Moderate
Ages
15-May
Services Available
Camps

School of Rock
(952) 934-7625
6585 Edenvale Boulevard, Suite 100B
Eden Prairie, MN
Hours
See website for current offerings
Cost
$290/month
Ages
17-Aug
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Kids Resources

Minnesota Landscape Arboretum
(952) 443-1400
3675 Arboretum Drive
Chaska, MN
Hours
Grounds: Daily, 8am to sunset (but no later than 8pm); Buildings: Daily, hours vary by season
Cost
Adults $9; Children under 16, free
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Entertainment, Tourist Spots

YMCA Camp Ihduhapi
(612) 822-2267
Loretto, MN
 
SouthShore Community Center
(952) 474-7635
5735 Country Club Road
Excelsior, MN
Hours
See website for current offerings
Cost
Varies
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Entertainment

Academy of Russian Ballet
(612) 501-9208
6520 Edenvale Boulevard, Suite 114
Eden Prairie, MN
Hours
See website for current offerings
Cost
Moderate
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

The Landing
(763) 694-7784
2187 East Highway 101
Shakopee, MN
Hours
Late May-Early Oct: Mon-Fri 10am-4pm; Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12n-5pm. Also open for special events and holidays.
Cost
Adults & Teens $8.50; Children (3-11) $7. Some special events cost more.
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Entertainment, Tourist Spots

Abrakadoodle - West Metro
(612) 605-8379
Eden Prairie, MN
Hours
See website for current offerings
Cost
Workshops: Expect to pay about $16/class
Ages
12-Feb
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Kids Resources

Great Big World

Spending time immersed in nature helps produce happy, well-adjusted kids.

By Violet Snow

April 2010

I like to play indoors better ‘cause that’s where all the electrical outlets are—a fourth-grader in San Diego, quoted in Last Child in the Woods (Workman Publishing Company, 2005), in which journalist Richard Louv introduced the concept of “nature deficit disorder” in children.

Freewheeling outdoor play, from building stick shelters to cloudgazing, that was once common for children is much less available to today’s youth—and Louv says they’re missing something vital. He blames influences such as the loss of green space, an obsession with safety, educational pressures and the fascination of electronic media.

Numerous studies show that problems such as obesity, depression and attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) improve when kids are exposed to nature. Cornell University researchers found that children with ready access to nature handled stress more successfully (Environment and Behavior 5/03). Scientists at the University of Southern California found that children who had park space within 500 meters of home tended to be less overweight (Association of Research Libraries conference, 4/09).

One recent University of Illinois study, involving children with ADHD, may help explain why interaction with nature is so important for all youngsters. It is based on attention restoration theory. Most of the time we use directed attention, which lets us focus on tasks but also fatigues with use. Involuntary attention is spontaneous and does not require effort. Natural settings often contain elements that engage involuntary attention, which allows directed attention to rest and recover.

In this study, children with ADHD took guided walks for 20 minutes through three different settings: a park, a quiet downtown area and a residential neighborhood. The youngsters’ capacity for concentration was tested after every walk; they scored higher after walking in the park than after the other outings (Journal of Attention Disorders 8/08).

Nature’s regenerative effects can be observed in all children, but they often need encouragement. The second edition of Last Child in the Woods (2008) lists 100 suggestions for connecting kids and nature, such as buying a truckload of dirt to play in; going for a family walk when the moon is full; buying field guides to birds, trees and flowers; planting a butterfly garden; and studying animal tracking.

Andrea Taylor, PhD, one of the University of Illinois researchers, believes that these study results offer clear implications for public policy. “We have to make nature accessible,” she says. “It’s not enough to have a massive park six blocks away. There should be small pockets of natural area near the home.

Louv’s book sparked the creation of a Children and Nature Network ( www.childrenandnature.org ) to promote awareness and push for legislation. Such calls for action are starting to bear f...

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