Outdoor Children's Camps Goodyear AZ

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Phoenix Children's Academy Private Preschool
(888) 646-4756
17670 West Elliot Road
Goodyear, AZ
Hours
Mon-Fri 6am-6:30pm
Cost
Varies by age; call for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Schools

Young Rembrandts
(480) 980-1895
Young Rembrandts West Phoenix
Phoenix, AZ
Cost
Varies; see website
Ages
12-Mar
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors

Cerreta Candy Company
(623) 930-1000
5345 W. Glendale Avenue
Glendale, AZ
Hours
Mon-Sat 8am-6pm
Cost
Free
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Stores

Phoenix Children's Academy Private Preschool
(623) 201-2480
15562 North Reems Road
Surprise, AZ
Hours
Mon-Fri 6am-6:30pm
Cost
Varies by age; call for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Schools

Pump It Up
(623) 572-0090
14131 North Rio Vista Boulevard,Suite 5
Peoria, AZ
Hours
See website for Pop-In Playtimes, class schedules, special events, and party hours
Cost
Prices vary by location for Pop-In Playtimes, classes, and parties; contact location for details
Ages
10-Feb
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Foxx Piano Studio
(623) 692-8593
Estrella Parkway and Yuma
Goodyear, AZ
Hours
Please contact Foxx Piano Studio for availability.
Cost
Moderate
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

Ape Index Rock Climbing Gym
(623) 242-9164
9700 N. 91st Avenue,Suite 118
Peoria, AZ
Hours
Mon-Fri 3pm-10pm; Sat & Sun 10am-7pm
Cost
Day pass $10-$12; See website for other options
Ages
17-May
Services Available
Camps, Indoors, Stores

Banat Soccer Club
(602) 565-8536
Glendale, AZ
Cost
Varies; call for fees
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Phoenix Children's Academy Private Preschool
(623) 376-2344
7629 West Thunderbird Road
Peoria, AZ
Hours
Mon-Fri 6am-6:30pm
Cost
Varies by age; call for details
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Schools

Hubbard Family Swim School
(602) 971-4044
8402 W. Thunderbird Road,Suite B103
Peoria, AZ
Hours
Wed & Thu 9am-7:30pm; Mon, Tue & Fri 3pm-7:30pm; Sat 8am-12:30n. Call for available class times.
Cost
From $75/month (discounts for siblings)
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Indoors, Leagues & Teams

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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