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Hundreds Come to Super Camp Fair for Fun and Info

MetroKids 12th Annual Super Camp Fair drew nearly 50 camps and four times as many parents and kids.



Crafts and science experiments were all part of the entertainment for kids at the MetroKids 12th Annual Super Camp Fair Sunday, January 26, 2020, at the Plymouth Meeting Mall.

More than 250 parents and kids came to the Plymouth Meeting Mall Sunday for MetroKids 12th Annual Super Camp Fair.

With nearly 50 camps in attendance, many providing activities for kids and opportunities for their parents to win scholarships or discounts, families had plenty to do and learn. As parents met with camp representatives, kids were entertained by live demonstrations, science experiments, hand-on activities and chances to win prizes.

Science Explorers, one of several camps at the fair with a science and tech focus, helped kids learn about changes in matter by mixing two liquids to create their own colorful foam monsters. Lavner Camps brought robots that kids maneuvered across the mall floor with a control pad.   

Even before they started to tour the fair, the first 100 families who registered in advance received a stuffed goodie bag from MetroKids, which included toys, treats and surprises. Many camps also gave away their own gift totes with camp merchandise and small toys. Others held raffles where kids could win prizes or a free week of camp.

Camps of all kinds

There was a wide variety of camps for families to explore including arts, sports, foreign languages, STEM and zoology. And parents could choose among half-day, full-day, overnight and residential options suitable for all ages, from the youngest campers to their teen siblings.

While many parents fondly recall their summers at camp, the experience continues to evolve for each new generation. “It’s been 20 years since we’ve started up Phillies camp, so as the players change, so do our approaches and activities we offer,” said a representative from Phillies Baseball Academy Summer Camps, one of several sports-themed camps at the mall on Sunday.

Many parents could be seen taking notes as they met with camp representatives and decided on one or several camps for their children. Their options ranged from one week nearby to camps that offered an opportunity to travel the world. Camp Speers YMCA, for example, offered a month of international travel for 10- to 16-year-old campers. “Kids are able to explore their passions outside the US with a 4-week trip to Spain,” said a Camp Speers representative.

If you missed the camp fair or want to explore a camp you saw there further, you can use our online Comprehensive Guide to Camps to research individual camps as well as learn how to find a camp that's a good fit, along with tips on how your child can get the most out of summer camp. 

Hayley Banks is a MetroKids intern from Drexel University.

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