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Arts & Humanities Camps

Let your child explore their creativity in exciting classes from drawing to painting and glitter! All fun and games for summer time.

Drawing & Painting

Zentangle: The Art Of Doodling & Patterns

Doodling & patterns don’t have to stay hidden in your sketchbook! Try Zentangles, where you learn to doodle successfully in a relaxing & meditative style. Here participants will gain a sense of calm while also learning doodling techniques that will help them focus outside the classroom.

2nd – 6th Grade
June 14th – 17th • 11:00am – Noon
Meyer Center
Full Privilege Members: $35 • Basic Members: $42 • Non-Members: $52

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How To Draw Animals

Have you ever wanted to draw your favorite animal, but it just never turned out how you wanted it to? With this program, learn the skills it takes to draw animal bodies along with tips and tricks on how to draw the face with accuracy. No previous knowledge needed!

1st – 3rd Grade
July 12th – 15th • 9:15 – 10:15am

4th – 8th Grade
July 12th – 15th • 10:30 – 11:30am

Meyer Center
Full Members: $30 • Basic Members: $36 • Non-Members: $45

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Other Arts

Messy Art Camp

If you like making messes, then this camp is for you! Slimy messes, squishy messes and even colorful messes will most definitely be made during this week when we use a variety of art
tools and natural materials to create artwork. Test out paint, shaving cream and more! Please bring a change of clothes for after messy camp each day! Swimsuits & paint shirts are encouraged.

K – 5th Grade
July 5th – 8th • 9:00 – 10:30am
July 5th – 8th • 11:00am – 12:30pm
July 26th – 29th • 9:00 – 10:30am
Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $70 • Basic Members: $85 • Non-Members: $105

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Fantasy Art

Unicorns! Dragons! Mermaids! Oh my! This camp offers arts & crafts for the fairytale lover in all of us. Make unique artwork in a variety of media focused on your favorite fantasy creatures while we learn about the folklore that introduced us to them.

2nd – 6th Grade
June 14th – 17th • 9:00 – 10:45am
Meyer Center
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $64 • Non-Members: $80

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Origami

No scissors or glue needed! Come explore the art of paper folding and learn how to make nearly anything.

1st – 8th Grade
June 21st – 24th • 1:15 – 2:30pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $64 • Non-Members: $80

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3D Art

Learn techniques and create using various mediums and elements. From clay to cardboard, there’s no limit to what we can make!

2nd – 8th Grade
June 28th – July 1st • 9:00 – 10:00am
Meyer Center
Full Members: $40 • Basic Members: $48 • Non-Members: $60

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Space Crafts

If you like to talk about NASA and space travel, this is the camp for you. Learn about different space crafts as you create space themed crafts of your own.

K – 2nd Grade
June 14th – 17th • 11:45am – 12:45pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $40 • Basic Members: $48 • Non-Members: $60

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Glitter Camp

Make it sparkle in this camp where we make and create it all with a dash of glitter! All projects will include our love of glitter. Camp is outside, please remember to dress accordingly.

K – 1st Grade
June 28th – July 1st • 10:45 – 11:45am

2nd – 3rd Grade
June 28th – July 1st • 9:15 – 10:15am

Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $47 • Basic Members: $56 • Non-Members: $61

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Knitting Camp

Learn to knit, picking up a few tips on the way, using your fingers as well as knitting needles. Experience the satisfaction of making your own simple knitted projects. Use your new skills to make more difficult projects at home. Price includes one pair of knitting needles for each student.

4th – 8th Grade
June 7th – 10th • 1:30 – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $42 • Basic Members: $50 • Non-Members: $63

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Fun Fashion

Make it unique, make it great! We’ll focus of making wearable fashion from different items; t-shirts, jewelry, accessories and more!

2nd – 8th Grade
July 12th – 15th • 1:00 – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $65 • Basic Members: $78 • Non-Members: $97

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Costume Design

In this camp you will design costumes for characters, real or imaginary, and render detailed drawings. You will decide style and color and choose fabric swatches to go along with your conceptualizations just like an actual costume designer.

4th – 8th Grade
June 7th – 10th • 1:00 – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $65 • Basic Members: $78 • Non-Members: $97

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Enchanted Forest

Imagine a place with magical trees and plants with fanciful creatures hiding or living among them. Now, imagine being a part of that place. In this camp, you will be a part of your own enchanted forest by playing movement games to act out the things that live there. You will also create your own miniature version of your enchanted forest in a diorama using many different fun crafting materials. Add a short poem or story to your diorama that describes your magical place to others. Bring your imagination!

K – 2nd Grade
July 12th – 15th • 12:45 – 1:45pm
July 12th – 15th • 2:00 – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $64 • Non-Members: $80

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Art Academy Hacks

Have you ever made a piece of art but it didn’t turn out just right? In this camp, we will be learning lots of simple tricks in a variety of materials like drawing, painting, chalk, and oils that will turn your simple artwork into masterpieces!

2nd – 5th Grade
July 27th – 30th • 9:00 – 11:00am
Meyer Center
Members: $59 • Non-Members: $74

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Don't Eat The Art!

Use your imagination to create fun, textured crafts using raw oats, beans, pasta and more! There will be a different theme to inspire you each day of camp. This camp will take place OUTSIDE.

K – 2nd Grade
June 7th – 10th • 9:00 – 10:00am
Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $40 • Basic Members: $48 • Non-Members: $60

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Fairy Garden Camp

While our neighborhood fairies are hard at work directing the bees and the butterflies, we will be hard at work creating beautiful garden homes, benches, bridges & other magical fairy garden decorations from natural resources & oven-baked clay. Come build your own garden, fit to impress the fairy queen herself!

K – 1st Grade
June 21st – 24th • 10:45 – 11:45am
Meyer Center (Outside)
Members: $53 • Non-Members: $68

2nd – 4th Grade
June 21st – 24th • 9:15 – 10:30am
Meyer Center (Outside)
Members: $65 • Non-Members: $80

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Flower Power

How many different ways can you think of to make a flower? In this camp, you will make flowers out of different materials each day.
You might even like to make a vase for some
of your flowers. You will explore your options using paper, pipe cleaners, beads and more.
On the last day of camp, you will plant your very own flower seeds in a pot that you will decorate and take home. Take care of your seeds and watch them grow!

K – 2nd Grade
July 26th – 29th • 10:30 – 11:30am

3rd – 5th Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 2:00 – 3:00pm

Meyer Center
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $64 • Non-Members: $79

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Stars & Stripes

Celebrate the 4th of July with the crafts and fun wearables you make in this camp. Learn some trivia about the holiday as you get your red, white and blue on!

Kindergarten
June 28th – July 1st • 12:45 – 1:45pm

1st – 2nd Grade
June 28th – July 1st • 2:00 – 3:00pm

Meyer Center
Full Members: $40 • Basic Members: $48
Non-Members: $60

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Slime Time

Come join us to create your own slime! Mix ‘n’ match. You can go from basic slime to flashy
customization. Squish and squeeze your way to colorful, textured slime using glitter, beads and more.

K – 1st Grade
June 7th – 10th • 10:15 – 11:15am

2nd – 5th Grade
June 7th – 10th • 11:30am – 12:30pm

Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $40 • Basic Members: $48 • Non-Members: $60

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Edwardsville Arts Center

Classes meet Tuesday – Thursday from 9:00 – 11:45am, in the EHS classrooms (D120 & D160). The fee is $80 per class for members & $90 for non-members.

Please arrive at the Meyer Center by 8:30AM as the bus will leave promptly at 8:45AM. If the camper misses the bus, they will need to be dropped off at the Edwardsville High School. You may also drop your camper off at EHS.

The YMCA & Edwardsville Arts Center have partnered for many summers to offer fine art classes in the EHS art studio classrooms. Students will have access to ceramic throwing wheels, canvas painting, fiber arts & sculpture! Classes are taught by two local artists and art educators. Sarah Willig teaches elementary art in the Edwardsville School District & Jenna Smith teaches elementary school in Belleville. Our art classes focus on creating, but we also engage in gallery visits, building artist habits & art discussions.

All the Arts

If you aren’t sure which class you would like the most, All the Arts is a little sample of everything. Our projects will range from painting on canvas, sculpting with clay, drawing, fibers & sculpture.

K – 2nd • 3rd – 8th Grade
June 8th – 10th • July 27th – 29th
9:00 – 11:45am

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Clay

Students will enjoy learning handbuilding techniques such as pinch, coil and slab construction. Our campers will even get a turn on the potter’s wheel! Students will glaze their work the last day. Ceramic projects will need to be picked up two weeks after camp, once fired.

K – 2nd • 3rd – 8th Grade
June 15th – 17th
9:00 – 11:45am

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Drawing & Painting

Do you love to draw & paint? Students in this class will work to develop technical skills in figures, still lifes & landscapes. We will explore several different types of painting such as watercolor & acrylic on canvas & work with all different drawing tools.

K – 2nd • 3rd – 8th
June 22nd – 24th
9:00 – 11:45am

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Fiber Arts

Tie-dying, felting, sewing stuffed creatures & more! This class will be a fun new way for all ages to explore a medium that can be sculptural, functional & creative! If you are looking for a new type of art-making to explore, this class if for you!

K – 2nd • 3rd – 8th
June 29th – July 1st
9:00 – 11:45am

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Wheel Throwing

Our older campers will spend an intensive two days throwing on the potter’s wheel. Students will glaze all of their projects on the last day. We will be using earthenware clay with food-safe glazes. Ceramic projects will need to be picked up two weeks later once fired.

3rd – 8th Grade
July 6th – 8th
9:00 – 11:45am

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Handbuilt Ceramics & Wheel Throwing

This week will offer hand-built ceramics for our younger campers and wheel throwing for the older campers. K-2nd will enjoy learning hand-building techniques such as pinch, coil & slab construction. 3rd – 8th graders will have an intensive two days on the wheel. All students will use the third day for glazing their pieces. Ceramic projects will need to be picked up two weeks later, once fired.

K – 2nd • 3rd – 8th
July 13th – 15th
9:00 – 11:45am

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Sculpture

Do you love to build 3D Art? Sculpture week will explore small and large scale work using a variety of materials from trash sculpture and plaster, to clay and paper mache. If you love getting messy this is the class for you!

K – 2nd • 3rd – 8th
July 20th – 22nd
9:00 – 11:45am

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Science & Math

Mad Science: Secret Agent Lab

Ever dream of becoming a secret agent? We will start with the basics: From decoding messages to metal detectors and night vision, campers have the opportunity to check out spy tech equipment and take home lots of gadgets like spy glasses! Step into the shoes of a detective as you uncover the science involved in evidence gathering and analysis! Figure out the science of forensics in a hands-on look at crime scenes! Become a super spy and learn clever ways of performing tasks as we take a hands-on investigation of the science that spies use! PLEASE BRING A SNACK!

K – 2nd Grade
June 21st – 24th • 8:30 – 11:30am

K – 5th Grade
June 21st – 24th • Noon – 3:00pm

Meyer Center
Full Members: $162 • Basic Members: $194 • Non-Members: $243

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Mad Science: Red Hot Robots

Join us for a week of fun with amazing robots! Learn about the uses of robots in our world and spend time experimenting with super cool red hot robots. Experiment with sound sensing robots, line-tracking robots, and more! Discover the science of circuits and how robots use sensors to explore things around them. Use your skills to build your very own working robot to take home with you! If you would like more details on the class visit their website at madscience.org. This camp is a 5 day, 6 hour camp! PLEASE BRING A SACK LUNCH & A SNACK!!

2nd – 5th Grade
July 26th – 30th • 9:00am – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $285 • Basic Members: $342 • Non-Members: $427

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Architecture Adventure

Buildings, Bridges and Maps, Oh My! Join us for an architecture experience like no other. In this camp, we will design and create our own mini-buildings and build up a city of found objects all while learning about architects and artists from around the world.

2nd – 6th Grade
July 5th – 8th • 1:30 – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $50 • Basic Members: $60 • Non-Members: $75

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Performing Arts

Dance Camp 1

Join in on the fun as you dance your way through the graceful style of ballet, the pizzazz of jazz and the energy of hip hop. Play some movement games and learn simple choreography in one of the styles of dance that you will be dipping your toes in during this camp. A portion of this camp will take place OUTSIDE.

K – 2nd Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 10:00 – 11:30am
Meyer Center
Full Members: $45 • Basic Members: $54 • Non-Members: $68

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Dance Camp 2

Come have fun learning different styles of dance with your friends. You will get a taste of ballet, jazz, modern and hip hop. You will have a chance to learn some simple choreography in one or more of these styles. Join us in movement games and express yourself through dance! Participants will be separated into two age groups. A portion of this camp will take place OUTSIDE.

3rd – 8th Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 9:00am – Noon
Meyer Center
Full Members: $75 • Basic Members: $90 • Non-Members: $112

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Junior Theatre Camp

Come learn the basics of theater as together we create a short fairy tale play. You will learn to express yourself while playing fun acting games and activities. This camp will take place OUTSIDE.

K – 2nd Grade
June 7th – 10th & June 14th – 17th • 10:30 – 11:30am
2 Week Camp!
Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $64 • Non-Members: $79

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Theatre Camp

Unleash your creative side in this two-week camp as we prepare our own short, one-act play.
Along the way you will learn about moving, speaking and expressing yourself on stage.
This camp will take place OUTSIDE.

3rd – 8th Grade
June 7th – 10th & June 14th – 17th • 9:30am – 12:30pm
2 Week Camp!
Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $175 • Basic Members: $210 • Non-Members: $262

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Mad Libs In Motion

Do you think mad libs are fun? Just wait until you act out your own hilarious mad libs created in this camp. You will have fun with acting games and activities as you take part in this mad lib madness.

3rd – 8th Grade
June 21st – 24th • 11:15am – 12:15pm
July 5th – 8th • 12:15 – 1:15pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $35 • Basic Members: $42 • Non-Members: $52

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Quick Wits & Skits

Do you want to be a playwright someday? In this camp you will learn ways to find ideas for writing your own skits. Practice quick thinking using simple prompts and building on them to create funny or thoughtful skits with your friends. Create a skit centered around a prop, a word or an idea. Use your newly found skills at home to write your own one-act play.

4th – 8th Grade
June 21st – 24th • 9:15 – 10:45am
June 28th – July 1st • 10:45am – 12:15pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $42 • Basic Members: $50
Non-Members: $63

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Themed Camps

My Doll & Me

Bring your favorite doll and have fun exploring other countries together while making crafts and playing games.

K – 3rd Grade
June 28th – July 1st • 9:00 – 10:15am
July 19th – 22nd • 12:30 – 1:45pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $50 • Basic Members: $60 • Non-Members: $75

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Video Game Crafts

Take some time away from the screens and join us as we create cool crafts based on our favorite video games. From Minecraft to Pokemon, we’ll make key-chains, hats and more! PLEASE NOTE THAT THIS CAMP IS INSPIRED BY VIDEO GAMES, BUT WILL NOT INCLUDE PLAYING VIDEO GAMES.

K – 2nd Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 2:00 – 3:00pm

3rd – 5th Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 11:00am – Noon

Meyer Center
Full Members: $35 • Basic Members: $42 • Non-Members: $52

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Jedi Training

A long time ago, in a galaxy far, far away, the Jedi started Star Wars week! Compete in friendly activities to gain knowledge & become a true Jedi that is one with the force. Trust the force as you play, craft & duel your way through the week. May the best Jedi win!

1st – 5th Grade
June 21st – 24th • 9:00 – 11:00am
July 5th – 8th • 9:00 – 11:00am
Meyer Center
Full Members: $76 • Basic Members: $91 • Non-Members: $114

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Lego Camp

Need some extra lego time? Just want to build and design? Come explore our large pile of Legos to craft something new and enjoy some activities. CLASS WILL NOT BE TAKING HOME LEGOS.

K – 2nd Grade
June 14th – 17th • 9:00 – 10:00am
July 5th – 8th • 9:30 – 10:30am

3rd – 5th Grade
June 14th – 17th • 10:30 – 11:30am
July 5th – 8th • 11:00am – Noon

Meyer Center
Full Members: $35 • Basic Members: $42 • Non-Members: $52

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Mini Monster Camp

Join us to talk about your favorite movie or comic monsters as you create a mini one of your own.
Decide where your monster would live and create a home out of various materials. Will it be a cave or a treehouse or something else? You decide.

K – 2nd Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 12:30 – 1:45pm

3rd – 5th Grade
July 12th – 15th • 10:45am – Noon

Meyer Center
Full Members: $62 • Basic Members: $74 • Non-Members: $93

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Trains, Planes & Automobiles

Would you like to travel on a train, or in a car, or on a plane? Where would you go? With imagination, you can travel to your favorite places or someplace you have never been, while you talk about ways to travel and make travel themed crafts in this camp. What would it be like to travel in a race car? What would your race car look like? How far can you fly a paper airplane? Come find out!

K – 2nd Grade
July 12th – 15th • 9:00 – 10:15am

3rd – 5th Grade
July 26th – 29th • 9:00 – 10:15am

Meyer Center
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $64 • Non-Members: $79

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The Hogwarts Express

You have just received your letter from Hogwarts School of Witchcraft & Wizardry! Hop on the train to join us for a week of Astronomy, Charms, Divination, Defense Against The Dark Arts & so much more! Be sorted into Gryffindor, Hufflepuff, Ravenclaw or Slytherin & compete in friendly challenges to win your house points. Create your house robes, banners & wizardry supplies while you become a student of magic in the classroom & on the Quidditch field!

1st – 4th Grade
June 14th – 17th • 1:15 – 3:00pm

1st – 8th Grade
June 7th – 10th • 1:15 – 3:00pm

Meyer Center
Full Members: $76 • Basic Members: $91 • Non-Members: $114

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Comic Book Camp

Superheros, Fantasy, Sci-fi is this your slice of
life? Learn about and create your own comics
as well as enjoy some crafts centered
around this exciting art!

3rd – 8th Grade
July 19th – 22nd • 9:15 – 10:45am
Meyer Center
Full Members: $40 • Basic Members: $48 • Non-Members: $60

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Minecraft Makers

Design! Build! Decorate! Experience Minecraft like you never have before with real life creations in the style of your favorite game! In this camp, we will be creating our own characters, designing elaborate buildings & sculptures in the style of the game & even learning some tips & tricks to use on your game at home!

NOTE: We will not be playing the game during camp, only creating in the the style of the game.

4th – 8th Grade
June 28th – July 1st • 1:00 – 3:00pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $59 • Basic Members: $71 • Non-Members: $88

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Humanities & More

Safe Sitter Camp

This nationally recognized, medically accurate, hands-on class gives CPR training & teaches kids how to handle emergencies such as injury management & choking rescue while caring for children. Learn the basics of child care through games, activities & role play. Course includes a Safe Sitters® tote bag starter kit & manual ($30 value). Class size limited. Bring a snack.

Ages 11 – 14
June 7th – 10th • 9:00am – 12:30pm
Meyer Center (Meet In The Lobby)
Full Members: $112 • Basic Members: $134 • Non-Members: $168

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Puppet Camp

Join us as we learn how to build a variety of
different puppets and put on a show!

3rd – 8th Grade
June 21st – 24th • 11:00am – 12:15pm
Meyer Center
Full Members: $53 • Basic Members: $63 • Non-Members: $79

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Water Works

Splash your way through a fun obstacle course of water activities and games, including water balloons, sprinklers and water pistols. What a great way to cool off! All equipment is supplied. Just bring yourself, sunscreen, swimwear, a towel & a change of clothes for afterwards. Please come to camp already wearing your swimsuit!

K-2nd Grade
July 12th – 15th • 9:00 – 10:30am
July 12th – 15th • 10:45am – 12:15pm

3rd-5th Grade
July 12th – 15th • 9:00 – 10:30am

Meyer Center (Outside)
Full Members: $42 • Basic Members: $50 • Non-Members: $63

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Edwardsville YMCA