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The freedom of summer is inching upon us and I can already feel my shoulders relax a bit. The kids can sleep in. They can stay up later. Vacations have been planned.

And summer camps have been chosen!

As a kid, I attended several Girl Scout camps and I loved this experience. While I was singing campfire songs, learning to make soap, and making new friends, I was gathering up important life lessons that still inform me today.

I want this experience for my kids, too. I am not ready to send them to overnight camp (yes, I know), but we have so many options in our area for awesome experiences throughout the summer.

My son is attending two camps. A week-long day camp at Camp Abe Lincoln and a week at Quad City Magic Camp for Kids

Magic camp is new for our family this year. The camp runs from June 25 – June 29 at The Fun Co. in Moline, IL from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and is limited to 25 kids.

Local magician T.J. Regal is the instructor. If you have attended any local kid-friendly event, then you have probably watched T.J. perform. When I chatted with him on the phone about camp, he was in between an afternoon show and heading to a high school after prom. He shared that the kids will also tour a real magic shop – and while this seems simple I know that my child will love it.

The cost to attend is $99 and there is a performance for family and friends on the last day.

I see an opportunity for my son to build some confidence by learning a new trick and then performing it for others – and I can already hear his laughter as he shows Grandma and Grandpa.

Magic Camp also includes a lesson in balloon animals. My child loves to build and create things, and I think he will enjoy this lesson (and then I subsequently will have balloon animals all over my house).

As a child, I loved summer break. I loved riding my bike to the library and gathering too many books to read. I loved going to the pool or the park. Summer was a chance to make my own decisions about how to spend my time. We will have those weeks this summer as well, but I also want the freedom of summer to bring new experiences.  Summer camp will allow him to be away from the watchful eye of his parents in a safe, learning environment, and I am looking forward to my first balloon animal.

I can’t wait to share the magic of summer with my kids.

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