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What are your kids doing during spring break? West Linn Parks has camps still open.

COURTESY PHOTO  - There are many camps still available for spring break. Make a day of it and take advantage of the childcare available between morning and afternoon sessions. Mad Science is just one of the options.

Spring break camps are the perfect way for kids to stay active and start having fun outdoors or experimenting with science. If your child likes to invent, build, design or learn outdoors, West Linn Parks and Recreation has a camp for you. Following are some of the options:

School's Out — Let's Go Fishing! In this five-day camp we explore local fishing holes and lots of "angles" on fishing. Balancing teaching time with fishing fun, campers learn how to handle a rod and reel, tackle, cleaning fish, bait and primitive fishing methods. With luck we might even do a fish fry. Campers will enjoy a trip to the Mt. Hood Community College pond, weather and water level permitting. Bring your own pole or use one of ours. Lunch, snacks, waterproof shoes and raingear required for this adventure. For ages 7-14. Meets March 23 through 27, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mary S. Young Park. Cost is $204.

Wild Survival Spring Break Camps — Learn shelter and fire building, food and water acquisition, cordage, tracking and more in this wilderness and survival skills camp. Students gain leadership, preparedness, responsibility and communication skills through awesome team scenarios. Campers separated into age groups 6-9 and 9-13. Both camps meet March 23 through 27 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Mary S. Young Park. Cost is $315 per person.

Moving with Science — Join the Mad Scientists in a fun-filled exploration of how science keeps our world moving. Take a close-up look at a wide array of scientific disciplines including chemistry, biology, engineering, physics and optics. This camp is for ages 5-8 and meets March 23 through 27, 9 a.m. to noon at Sunset Firehall. Cost is $228.

Imagination Academy — Discover, create and play! All aboard the imagination train as your young scientist takes a journey around the world of science. Join the fun as we make our own inventions, learn to cast fossils in the domain of the dinosaurs, explore the vastness of space and create a comet, watch the pull of gravity with parachutes and feel the heaviness of the air pressure all around us. For ages 5-8, meets March 23 through 27 from 1-4 p.m. at Sunset Firehall. Cost is $228.

Creative Contraptions — Junior inventors go on a journey of discovery from the real-life inventions of DaVinci, Edison and the Wright brothers to Isaac Asimov's dreams of future inventions. With a little bit of ingenuity they'll construct catapults and forts and then lay siege, fabricate innovative flying contraptions, design their own gizmo prototypes and will even assemble a working light saber. For ages 8-12, meets March 23 through 27 from 9 a.m. to noon at Sunset Firehall. Cost is $238.

Biology & Chemistry Blast — Start this fast-paced tour of chemical reactions by examining the building blocks of the human body beginning with our cells. Next, we examine the role of our vital organs by making a body portrait. Finish the week with a bang by creating some amazing chemical reactions of our own. Make a lemon powered battery, find out how aspirin works and witness some frenetic fireworks. For ages 8-12, meets March 23 through 27 1-4 p.m. at Sunset Firehall. Cost is $238.

You can register children for more than one science camp. Childcare will be offered during the one-hour lunch break. Information on all of the programs offered by West Linn Parks & Recreation can be found at westlinoregon.gov/parksrec. You may register by internet, mail, or drop-off at City Hall, 22500 Salamo Road. Call 503-557-4700 for more information.

Dawn Kolb is a recreation coordinator for West Linn Parks and Recreation.


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