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Aim for the Stars
(402) 554-4999
6001 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE
Cost
$135-$160
Ages
16-Sep
Services Available
Camps

A.V. Sorensen Community Center
(402) 444-5596
4808 Cass Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Mon-Thur 8:30 am - 8:30 pm Friday 8:30 am - 5:00 pm Saturday 8:30 am - 12:00 pm
Cost
$
Ages
3And Up
Services Available
Camps, Childcare, Classes, Leagues & Teams

Stephen Oliver's Mile High Karate
(402) 596-1051
4834 South 97th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Visit the website for current schedule information
Cost
Visit the website for program details
Ages
4And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes

KinderCare
(402) 493-0555
10625 Birch Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:30am-6pm
Cost
Prices vary with programs. See website for details and locations.
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Sylvan Learning Centers
(420) 334-9449
2730 South 140th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Mon-Thu 9am-8:30pm; Fri 9am-4pm; Sat 9am-2pm
Cost
Varies by hours of instruction and number of subjects.
Ages
17-Apr
Services Available
Camps, Classes, Kids Resources

Pump It Up
(402) 932-7867
960 South 72nd Street
Omaha, NE
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, Indoors, Kids Resources

That Pottery Place
(402) 392-1166
7828 Dodge Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Tue-Fri 11am-7:30pm (paint until 9pm); Sat 10am-5pm; Sun 12n-4pm
Cost
Moderate
Ages
All Ages
Services Available
Camps, Classes

KinderCare
(402) 339-6270
5624 South 96th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Mon-Fri 6:15am-6pm
Cost
Prices vary with programs. See website for details and locations.
Ages
0-12
Services Available
Camps, Childcare

Camp Shakespeare
(402) 554-3072
2500 California Plaza,UNO Campus
Omaha, NE
Cost
$175
Ages
8And Up
Services Available
Camps

STARS Dance Academy
(402) 934-1553
2915 S. 108th Street
Omaha, NE
Hours
Check website for class schedule.
Ages
2And Up
Services Available
Camps, Classes, 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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