Believe it or not, the vast majority of what pups learn during their lifetime comes not from obedience school but from the world around them. For many, this world is becoming increasingly limited to digital forms of information and entertainment from tablets, smart phones, online videos, and computer games.
Not that I’m totally dogging digital forms of information — I make a pretty good living at it. But before I make my contribution to the Internet’s vast digital archive, I spend a fair amount of time sniffing around one of the world’s largest and most diverse cultural resources in the world: Balboa Park.
With Balboa Park’s Summer Camp program, pups from all over San Diego County can experience new ways of learning, creating, discovering, problem solving, exploring, and playing that don’t involve constantly staring at TV monitors and touch screens. Over a dozen world-class cultural organizations present a wide range of topics and activities in full-day or half-day camp format that can be mixed and matched week to week over the course of the summer.
Just to give you an idea of what I’m barking about, here is just a small selection of possible camp activities in Balboa Park:
· An astronaut camp in a space station simulator at the Reuben H. Fleet Science Center
· Collecting natural objects in the Park to create walking sticks, animal masks, and more at the Spanish Village Art Center
· Experiencing traditional life in Japan through crafts, gardening, games, food, and other activities at the Japanese Friendship Garden
· Building rockets and launching hot air balloons at the San Diego Air & Space Museum
· Discovering and practicing the art of ballet with the San Diego Civic Youth Ballet
· Digging for artifacts and meeting archeologists at the San Diego Museum Man
Balboa Park Summer Camps are especially convenient for larger packs of finicky campers who need a variety of activities to hold their attention. Through a unique collaborative camp program, campers can spend the morning in one camp, enjoy a chaperoned lunch break in the Park, and then be escorted to a camp in another part of the Park.
The most popular camps are filling up quickly, so be sure to start contacting each institution separately to sign your pups up before it’s too late!