Star Wars, Legos, and Stop Animation

I’m terrible at the whole camp scheduling thing.  There are camps that Darius will never attend since I simply refuse to have to plan our summer in February.  It seems a little ironic that the planner of this family refuses to plan.  But I will not buy into the hype that if I don’t get fork over hundreds of dollars months in advance that my son won’t have fun things to do in the summer.

Since Darius became “school age,” I found that our best source of fun camps (besides our beloved Camp Galileo) is our local Parks and Rec.  San Jose offers lots of fun and affordable camps with enrollment not opening until May!  I love that the camps are typically half-day with a variety offered in both the mornings and the afternoons.  With Darius on a summer swim league, all day camps are nearly impossible for us to schedule as swimming doesn’t end until after 10am.  And the cheapskate in me cannot pay for camp in which Darius isn’t attending 100% of the time.

This year, I hit the jackpot in terms of camps.  Darius attended his favorite Harry Potter Camp (legally called Wizards and Wands).  But we also were able to enroll in a Video Game Camp where the kids made their own video games and a Stop Animation Camp where kiods learned how to make movies using the technique.  With Darius’s old volcano from first grade refashioned into a mountain with cottonball snow in the background, his team made a little movie using their favorite Star Wars Lego Minifigures.  The result was the cutest little movie that seven year old Star Wars fanatics could come up with. 

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