Category Archives for Summer Camps

The Top 10 Brainy and Zany Benefits of PSL Chess

PSL Chess offers a rich variety of educational models, making chess learning accessible, inclusive and beneficial to students of all abilities. From individual and group study to friendly and competitive tournament play, they combine tactics and strategy with excitement and calm deliberation.
The game of chess, as taught in the PSL Chess program activates multiple bits of intelligence. They believe chess is more than a game, it’s a lifelong path to increased focus,  self-confidence, imagination and mental agility.
 benefits of chess

The Top 10 Brainy and Zany Benefits of PSL Chess:

1. SPORTSMANSHIP- Competition fosters interest and promotes mental alertness. In a positive environment, PSL Chess encourages learning through losing and sharing through winning,  enhancing the student’s ability to interact with people of all ages and abilities with respect and patience.
benefits of chess2.SELF CONFIDENCE – Chess forces one to make important decisions influenced by one’s own judgment,  building those mental muscles of independence and confidence.
3.PROBLEM-SOLVING SKILLS- A chess match requires fast thinking with constantly changing parameters,  a benefit that many studies have linked to higher scores on standardized testing.
4.POSITIVE RISK TAKING- The theme of risk and reward is a constant one in chess.Players have to weigh costs and benefits of every option and move in chess.  This concept has a prevalent connection in the everyday world of school and work and promotes accountability
5. SPARKS CREATIVITY- Playing chess helps unleash one’s originality.
6. PROMOTES BRAIN GROWTH- Games like chess that challenge the brain to stimulate the growth of dendrites. With more dendrites, neural communication within the brain becomes faster.
7. DISCIPLINE AND FOCUS – Students learn discipline, restraint, and patience through chess. It is a skill to be learned to sit still for one or more hours in silence over a chess board. This strength and ability have a necessary connection to many important areas of life.
8. NATURAL SCAFFOLDING- Chess naturally gets harder as you get better. You can always learn more, building precept on precept.
9. EMOTIONAL INTELLIGENCE- There is always remarkable improvement in students’ chess games when they can consider their opponent’s perspective. A key component of emotional intelligence is understanding the motive of others and it is strongly linked to success in other areas of life.
10. PROMOTES ETIQUETTE- Proper etiquette is a required component of good sportsmanship and overall enjoyment of the game in the PSL Chess program. Our students are taught to represent themselves and PSL Chess well, at all times.
Premiere Scholar League Chess is located in Plano. They offer camps and classes all summer. They also offer free lessons on Thursday nights at the Texas Pool! Follow them on Facebook for daily events and happenings.

VBS 2017

As we get closer you are probably making summer plans for kids. There are several churches around town that put on a great week of vacation bible school (VBS) for children ages 4 yrs through 5th grade. Older children can serve as volunteers and help out! VBS is a great option for parents because it’s very affordable and kids can learn a lot and have fun! Here are some ideas for VBS locations around Plano.

VBS options in Plano for 2017

June 2017

Christ Church of Plano: Monday, June 12 – Friday, June 16 9am-12 pm Theme: Maker Fun Factory

Custer Road United Methodist Plano Daytime VBS: June 26-30 from 9am – noon. and Evening VBS: June 25-29 from 6:15-8:30pm. Theme: Hero Central

Chase Oaks (Legacy Campus) VBX extreme June 12-15th 9am-noon

Faith Lutheran Church June 19-23rd 9am-noon Theme: Mighty Fortress

Christ United Methodist Church:  June 26th-29th 9:00 am – noon (four days) Theme: Fruit of the Spirit

St. Elizabeth Seton Plano   June 19-23, 9am-noon Theme: Maker Fun Factory

Prestonwood Baptist Church Monday, June 5 –8  Friday, June 9 ages 3yrs – 6th grade 9am-noon

Parkway Hills Baptist  June 12-16 9am-noon Theme: Galactic Starveyors (FREE)

Suncreek United Methodist (Allen) June 19th-23rd 9am-noon Theme: Maker Fun Factory

North Dallas Community Bible Curch June 26th-29th 6:30 pm- 8:30 pm, Sunday, June 25th (FREE) Family Fun day! 


July 2017

Hunter’s Glen Baptist Church July 10-14th 9am-noon (FREE for 4th grade and under!!) Theme: Galactic Starveyors

Messiah Lutheran Church July 10-14th (times not posted yet, registration opens in May) Theme: Maker Fun Factory

First Presbyterian Church of Plano July 17 -21  5pm to 8pm (registration to open June 1st on website) Free Dinner, Free VBS Theme: Hero Central

Grace Presbyterian Church  July 10th-14th. $25 a child. 9am-Noon

If you find something and would like it to be added please comment and let us know!

Hydrous Wake Park In Allen

Summer is getting close and now is the perfect time to starting thinking about your plans. Kids that love the water and want to try something different will love the Hydrous Wake Parks! There are 2 locations in North Dallas:  Allen, and Little Elm. It’s a fun and up and coming sport that is great for beginners!

Hydrous wake parks first opened in Allen in September of 2011. They are very close to the Allen skateboard park and located near Allen High School. In the summer of 2013, they expanded and opened up the 2nd location in the city of Little Elm. The Little Elm location includes a great restaurant to try, Towers Tap House.

Summer Camp 2017: Summer camps are already beginning registration. There are many options to choose from including 1/2 day mornings or afternoons, all day camps, or single day session camps. They even have Saturday morning kids camp. Available at both Little Elm and Allen Station locations.

Hydrous Summer Camps are the perfect way to get your kids outdoors and active during the summer. What could be better than spending a week on the water learning how to wakeboard?!

  • Morning Camps (Full Week) Full Week Morning Camps are Monday-Friday / 8:30am – 11:30 am & are for ages 8 – 15. Campers will have full access to the park including both beginner and main cable systems. During our Morning Camps, the park is closed to the public and ran at slower speeds making it great for first-time riders and beginners. Hydrous’ Full Week Morning Camps max out at 25 participants so be sure to book early!

hydrous wake park in allen

  • Afternoon Camps (Full Week) Afternoon camps are great for riders that have already mastered the beginner training lakes! Our afternoon camps are Main Cable Only and riders will NOT have access to the beginner training systems. Hydrous is open to the public during our afternoon camps and is limited to 15 participants. Our afternoon camps are Monday – Friday / 1pm-4pm & are for ages 8 – 15.


  • All Day Camps Full Week Full Day camps are great for riders that have already mastered the beginner training lakes! Our Full Day camps are Main Cable Only and riders will NOT have access to the beginner training systems in the afternoon. Full Day camps are Monday – Friday / 1pm-4pm & are for ages 8 – 15. Lunch is NOT provided for Full Day campers. Participants must bring their own lunch.

hydrous wakboard park in allen

  • Single Morning Session Hydrous offers Single Morning Camp Sessions for those who are not able to attend a Full Week Session. Our Single Session Morning Camps are only available Wednesday, Thursday, & Friday / 8:30 am – 11:30 am & are for ages 8 – 15.

  • Saturday Morning Camps Saturday Morning Kids Camps are a single session and are perfect for the weekend warriors. Saturday Morning Camps are every Saturday starting the first weekend in May and run all the way through September. Camps are from 9:30 am – 11:30 am & are for ages 8 – 15. The park is closed to the public during this time and is ran at slower speeds making it perfect for first-time riders & beginners! Participants have full access to the park and can use both the beginner training lakes and the main cable system.

hydrous wake park in allen

Hydrous competed in Point Chase Nationals last August in Florida.  Many of the kids in the picture are past campers from Hydrous. Hydrous won third place in Traditional Cable last year. Many of the camp coaches also compete each year. This year’s local Points Chase competition will be held at both parks starting in June. Campers are encouraged to join the competitions. This year campers can compete in the camp division or beginners. Check out  or

Hydrous wake park in allen

Want a peek into Hydrous in Allen? Check out this video Dateline NBC took of the park recently.



Summer Camps 2017

Springtime is the time to start thinking about summer. I typically schedule our summers with a mix of Full weeks of Day Camps and a few days or even a Week of Family Time or Staycation (we all plan the week & become tourists in the Metroplex). I also plan vacations out of state or even overseas. How do you manage the summer for your family?

Most camps start registration in March, and some are offering early bird deals, so it’s time to research and come up with a plan. We have gathered the most popular questions moms ask before choosing Camps for their kids. Typically, they include:

What is different about your camp to others of the same kind?

What times and days/dates do you offer?

Do you supply snacks, drinks or lunch and if not, what should my child bring?

Where are your camps located?

Will my child be indoor or outdoor? (Texan heat can be a concern, as is a lack of fresh air!)

Who will be looking after my child? Are they licensed? Do they have CPR/First Aid Skills?

What age groups do you take?

What does a typical day look like?

Our Facebook group is full of moms swapping ideas, so here is a list of some of our favorites, by type:



Camp options including a focus on creativity & imagination and Becoming an Inventor and STEAM Education incorporating Science & an emphasis on Art!

Ages 6-8 and 9-12

Invention Kids camp:

6/26-6/29, 9am – 12, at Hunters Glen Baptist Church, 4001 Custer Rd, Plano

8/7 – 8/10, 9am – 12, at Christ United Methodist Church, 3101 Coit Rd, Plano

$150 per week.

Kaleidoscope Kids camp:

6/19-6/23, 9am – 12, at Sci-Tech Discovery Center, 8004 North Dallas Tollway, Frisco

7/24-7/28, 9am – 12, at Gideon Reading and Math Center, 6205 Coit Rd, Ste 164, Plano

$185 per week.


Special Offer for Plano Moms: Book by April 30th and receive $10 off each camp.

The Project Camp

A STEM Camp with a heavy focus on engineering & art. Project based learning on the engineering design process with presentation skills too!

Ages – entering 1st- 4th grade project ‘Bird Brains’ and incoming 4th-6th grade ‘Engineering Art Structures’

1 week only – July 17-21

Legacy Preparatory Charter Academy, 601 Accent Dr, Plano 75075

Kumon Plano Shepard

1501 Preston Rd, Ste #825, Plano

Consider 3pm-7pm tuition over the Summer!

Special for Plano Moms: 50% off Reading Registration


Main Event Entertainment, Plano

3941 Central Expy, Plano 75023

8:30am-1pm, ages 8-15

Bowling, Video games, laser tag battles & more

Lunch with entrée, drink and cookie

Up to 5 weeks availability this Summer!

Powerkids Sports and Fitness

19009 Preston Rd, Suite 208, Dallas 75252 (just South of George Bush Turnpike)

9am-2pm, ages 3+

Traditional sports, optional tumbling, yoga and acro yoga

$45 per day for 1st child, $40 for each additional child per day

Jun 12 – Aug 18

 Obstacle Warrior Kids

Inspired by the hit television show American Ninja Warrior, kids can challenge themselves on a variety of obstacles, in an indoor, cool environment! Dodgeball is an option too!

Dallas: 4610 McEwen Rd, Farmers Branch.

McKinney: 448 N. Custer Rd, Ste A, McKinney

Starting at $8 per hour, age 2-5, $10 per hour 5+

$4 for X-treme Zone Access for ages 12+

Jungle Joes

Open play in their indoor structure, games, creating crafts, playing sports, educational experiments and booktime!

Frisco: 7447 Hillcrest Rd #104, Frisco

For the week: 9am – 12, or 1pm-4pm $150

All day: 9am – 4pm $190

Special Offer for Plano Moms: Sign up before April 30th & get $15 off Camps or Punch Cards (not valid for 1 day drop offs)


School of Rock

1501 Preston Rd, Ste 550, Plano 75093

Spend your Summer learning music – workshops, clinic & private instruction. Learn the nuts and bolts of live performance, studio/band rehearsal, instruction & clinics with music professionals & lots of fun!

Mon-Thurs 9am – 3pm

Friday 9am-12noon, followed by a concert!

$439.20 (regularly $549)

June 5th – Aug 18th

Ages 7-17

Special Offer for Plano Moms: 20% off if you enroll before April 30th!

Studio 3 Dance

Park West Plaza, 2220 Coit Rd #440, Plano 75075

Dance classes for Age 18 months+ June 6-July 26th

Camp themes include Fairytale, Hip hop/Jazz, Broadway, Alice in Wonderland Ballet, Dance Intensive and Snow Queen Ballet

Half day mix and match Fairytale $35 each; Other camps full week, prices start at $175 per week

Ages 3+

Shine Performing Arts Studio

2999 W.15th Street, Plano 75075

ages 5-18

Half-day camps – one week

$100 per week (half the price of many drama camps in Plano). There are different camps for kids ages 5-18. Kids learn several scenes from a play/musical and play theater games, learn about improv, public speaking skills, self-confidence, and more.

For ages 8-18, Intensive major productions are performed (High School Musical 2 & Into the Woods). 2-week rehearsals from 9.00-3.00


Tom Muehlenbeck Center, Plano

age 3-12

Art lessons, games, music and more… Great themes like Yummy Art, Great Big Messy, Paws, Claws and Hooves and ArtBlast STEAM Camps!

9am-12noon, $155




Sports, Art, Science, Field Trips & more..

Camp Frisco – 5828 Nancy Jane Lane, Frisco 75035

Camp All Saints – 7777 Osage Plaza Pkwy, Dallas, TX 75252

Camp Preston Hollow @ORLS – 7611 Park Lane, Dallas 75225

Camp St. Patrick – 9535 Ferndale, Dallas 75238

Camp Kessler – 1215 Turner Ave, Dallas 75208

Ages 3-12

Main Camp 9-3.30, with early drop/late pick up


2787 Preston Rd, Ste 1190, Frisco 75034

Ages 6-12

Full-day camps: 2 hour rotations of STEM/Art/Chess/Music (Composing/Private lessons) with Kids’ yoga to enhance concentration

June 19-Aug 18

$625 per 2-week session, 9am-4pm

The Ark Preschool

Resurrection Lutheran Church, Plano 75075

Age 4 months-7 years.

3- or 4-day camps, Art, Games, Science, Literature, Campfire & more, ranging from The Great Outdoors, Trot, Zoom or Choo-Choo, Pirates Ahoy to Do you have a Cow and Let’s Pretend

3 day camps T/W/Th 9am-2pm $110

4 day camps M/T/W/Th 9am-2pm $140

RH Montessori

5221 Village Creek Dr, Plano 75093

Age 18 months-4th grade

Full time (7am-6.30) & Part time

Weekly themes include Lego’s, Let’s go to the Beach, Dino’s and More, Steam, When I grow up! Field trips for Elementary age – include Bowling, Roller Skating, Movies, ASI Gym and more.

Call to book 972-250-1406 or visit