Summer Options for Kids in Central Wisconsin

By: Carrie Hutton
By: Carrie Hutton

As we near the last day of school some parents are just beginning to wade through the options for their kids.

One of the places we'll visit is the Royal Gaits stable in Athens. They're getting ready for their summer horse camp. The kids start by learning the basic like how to groom a horse and how to saddle a horse. By the end of a week-long resident camp, children are usually able to trot.

  • To register for one of the Royal Gaits four one-week sessions just call 715-748-3669 or 715-748-3209. Camps run June 15-21, June 22-28, July 13-19, July 20-26, Aug. 3-9 and Aug. 10-16. Royal Gaits is located at N3649 Spring Drive, Athens, WI 54411.

    Other options for kids in Central Wisconsin are as follows:

  • Central Wisconsin Children's Theatre in Wausau. Call Joelle Murray at 715-842-4416. There are four week-long camps this summer for all ages from 4-16. The productions planned this summer are "Beauty and the Beast" and "The Wizard of Oz".

  • YMCA Chicken Little Pre-School Camp runs from June 16-August 29th. The camp runs from 9:00AM to Noon but additional pre and post care is available for an extra fee. Call your local YMCA for details or visit

  • Camp Sturtevant is a YMCA day camp for kids ages 6-12. The camp runs from 7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. from June 16 -- Aug. 29. Camp is located off Northwestern Avenue on the Eau Claire River.

  • Boys and Girls Club has special summer programming. Contact the one closest to you.

  • For a list of American Camping Association accredited summer camps go online at or call 765-342-8456. Some nearby camps include Wisconsin Lions Camp in Rosholt, Camp Birchrock in Rhinelander, Camp Young Judaea in Waupaca, Helen Brachman in Almond, Clearwater Camp in Minocqua, Nicolet for Girls in Eagle River and Camp Timberlane for Boys in Woodruff.

  • Area daycares are offering summer programs including the Rib Mountain Montessori at 715-355-0908.

  • The Salvation Army also offers special summer programs. Contact your local chapter.

  • Marathon County Public Libraries have summer programming that includes special guests to perform at various branches. Programs for the younger set includes "Book Babies", "Tales for Twos" and "Preschool Storytimes". There's a reading based competition for teens from June 16 to July 25. All 8 public libraries in the County are involved. See for details.

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