Downtown summer camps compiled in one simple pamphlet

May 8, 2015

Playformance's summer camp allows kids to get their exercise through play.

Playformance’s summer camp allows kids to get their exercise through play.

by Simon Brimmer

Sure, it would be nice if every parent who works Downtown could take two months off for the summer to spend time with the kids while they’re out of school. Alas, most parents have to work, and many of them might be wondering exactly what options are available for the children while they’re on the job.

How about summer camp?

Don’t know where the summer camps are? The Downtown Tucson Partnership is here to help.

“For the second year in a row, we have put together a brochure of all the camps Downtown,” said Downtown Tucson Partnership Operations and Events Manager Brandi Haga-Blackman. “It can be really difficult Googling Tucson camps and trying to find one list.”

Your kids can take a seat behind the mike with KXCI's summer camp.

Your kids can take a seat behind the mike with KXCI’s summer camp.

That’s where the pamphlet comes in handy.

“This one is for all of Downtown, all the way down to 22nd Street and up to Sixth Street and along the streetcar line,” said Haga-Blackman. “It’s an easy way for parents, especially ones that work Downtown, to enjoy more time with their kids, bring them Downtown with them in the morning, drop them off, go to work, pick them up and go for picnics or visit Downtown restaurants for lunch, and enjoy the day. It’s a great way to get kids Downtown.”

But you’re a parent on the go, and you have a lot of work to do. It’s not easy stopping at the offices of the Downtown Tucson Partnership and snagging one of the pamphlets on the fly. Good news. They’re all over the place.

“Pamphlets are available at coffee shops, restaurants, Himmel Library, Whole Foods, Bookmans, Rocks and Ropes, Food Conspiracy, a couple libraries, Hotel Congress and other locations,” said Haga-Blackman.

City High is partnering with StartUp Tucson on a STEM camp.

City High is partnering with StartUp Tucson on a STEM camp.

And online here.

If you need to scroll it from the main page at DowntownTucson.org, it’s under the live/work banner and entitled, fittingly, Summer Camps in the City.

Naturally, the summer camp window coincides with the long school break. In this case, camps in the Downtown area run from June 1 to July 31. The pamphlet outlines specific schedules and locations and contact information to help parents narrow down what options might fit them best.

“It was really well received,” Haga-Blackman said of last year’s initial rollout. “The businesses love it, and the parents think it’s great. The point is to help people get into the mode that Downtown is for everyone. It’s a nice way for parents to connect with their kids too.”

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