May 2018

This Summer … Go With the Flow

Author: Kitty Bartell

Stretching ahead are the heady days of summer. For parents and children, these are the days spanning the distance from the end of one school year to the beginning of the next—ostensibly, days without tests or group projects, or alarms, or tight schedules. This year, in the spirit of capturing the rapt attention of the children, and keeping stress to a minimum for the parents, make this the summer where your family finds a sense of flow. Finding flow may sound a bit like hippy-dippy-trippy, under-achieving, mumbo-jumbo, but just consider giving it a chance.

The idea is to take the summer off … it is called summer vacation, after all. Taking the summer off does not mean there are no activities or camps or sports or trips; it means under-scheduling and reserving time for spontaneity, because where there is spontaneity, there is flow. And just what is flow? It is the headspace where whatever you are doing or thinking feels absolutely right, leaving you energized, rather than depleted. It leaves you wanting more, simply for the joy of it. It is not where you are accomplishing or achieving or winning, or where you are filling the days with goals and activities simply to fill time and space. It is your perfect fit in the moment.

Summer in the Lowcountry is burgeoning with ways to generate flow, and summer break is an ideal time to allow your children to disconnect from the shoulds, needs, and musts, and hone in on things that fill their buckets with passion, energy, and self-discovery. The benefit to young people finding their state of flow will extend far beyond today; it will last their lifetimes and will provide an ability to be resilient when times inevitably get tough. Learning to seek their state of flow as part of responding to the ups and downs of life will serve them well.

Resetting your family’s flow will require a mind shift. Summer will not be about filling space on the calendar. However, if done right, the days ahead will fill up anyway. It begins with understanding the difference between setting goals and creating a summer bucket list. Setting goals is what kids do throughout the school year, primarily highlighting what they do not have or what they are not. Goal setting is usually done to accomplish what they wouldn’t do if not for setting the goal. For example: I have never gotten straight As; this year the goal is to get straight As. I choose video games over reading a book every time; this year I am going to read a book a month. Last season I only made three goals; this season I am going to make 25 goals and be the team’s MVP.

This summer, the bucket list is the only goal. Ask the children to write down or tell you what they would put in their summer buckets—their wants, and wishes, and dreams—nothing smacking of self-improvement or earning shiny medals. Again, if done right, the self-improvement and shiny medals will come anyway, effortlessly, because the days will be filled with the space, time, and activities that spark imagination and fill them with passionate energy. Ask the following questions: 1) What would you do during your summer break if you could do anything? 2) What would you do with your time if nothing was scheduled for the day? 3) What would you do on a day with your family? With your friends? 4) What would you do with your day if we didn’t spend any money? 5) Where would you like to travel?

For this to work, parents must set aside expectations. Remember, this is not the summer to achieve or win or accomplish goals. Expect answers to the summer bucket list questions that include going to camp, playing sports, fishing, playing at the beach, traveling to the big city, and reading books anyway. Many of the activities and events would have been on the schedule in any case, except this summer, the kids’ activities and time without, will be selected by the kids themselves. Their answers will be windows into their young souls—what lights them up. And if they are encouraged to do the things that light them up, they will find the confidence, self-esteem, growth, and happiness that nearly every parent wishes for their children. This summer, however, the kids will liftoff like rockets when they realize their summer menu is filled with many of their favorite things, along with plenty of unscheduled time to allow their imagination to meet spontaneity.

It could take a full issue of this magazine to cover all the activities and events happening around the Lowcountry this summer, and of course, the kids won’t always know what’s available to them, which is where a web search or a little parental inspiration is helpful. Following is just a taste of the local fun:

• Enjoying a movie in a comfy lounger with above-average snacks and treats in the cool comfort of Cinemark Bluffton 12, where they are hosting their Summer Movie Clubhouse from June 6 to August 8.

• Getting up-close to the animals at Lawton Stables in Sea Pines with a trail ride, a pony ride, or a free visit to the petting farm.

• Dancing. Bluffton’s Alliance Dance Academy is moving into their new studio, beautifully equipped for summer classes, workshops, and camps.

• Swimming, joining a team, or signing up for some lessons.

• Putt-putt golfing and gaming. Adventure Cove on Hilton Head Island is a super-cool combo of outdoor putting courses, with indoor games, and a snack bar focused on the yummy side of summer.

Allowing children to be spontaneous gives them a direct pipeline to their inner flow, and when they find one or two or three things that transport them to a place of joy and energy, you’ve achieved something special. Actually, this summer just may be a little bit about achievement. Let go, sit back, and watch where your children go. Go with the flow … and here’s your shiny medal.

Summer Camps

Adventure Cove
Adventure Cove is home to two 18-hole miniature golf courses, ringed by lagoons, cool falling waters, hills, and caves. Each 18-hole course has a unique and challenging design. Whether you choose “Lost Lagoon” or “Paradise Falls,” families will enjoy the opportunity to watch the friendly Japanese Koi that reside in some of our ponds.

And Adventure Cove is home of the island’s only arcade! Come test your skills at Adventure Cove where there are a variety of games from the classics to the most interactive on the market. There is something for the whole family to enjoy! Collect tickets and redeem them for high-quality prizes. Choose from soft, plush toys, electronics or something from our collection of trademark items.

Alliance Dance
Join us August 6-10 for our Princess Camp. From 11 a.m.-4 p.m. each day, we will celebrate a different princess through crafts, reading, games, a Princess movie and dance! Our Sizzling Summer Session runs July 24-August 2 with classes in Creative Movement, Ballet, Tap and Tumbling for ages 2-8. Plus, a Cheer/Acro Workshop (July 30-Aug. 2) and a Hip Hip Workshop (August 6-9) for ages 6 and older. Registration is open and space is limited. For more details please visit, email us at or call (843) 757-8277.

Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
Take the Stage! Performing Arts Camp
Join us as we explore music, dance and drama in this one week camp. Students will work with professional artists and will be exposed to a variety of performing art forms in our Black Box Theatre and will create a mini showcase performance on Friday!
Session 1: Monday-Friday, June 11-15, AGES 6-13
Session 2: Monday-Friday, July 9-13, AGES 6-3
Tuition: $110

Mixed- Up Masterpieces Visual Arts Camp
In this one-week camp, students will study folk and fine art from all around the world that will inspire both traditional and unusual 2D and 3D masterpieces. A mini-showcase exhibit/reception will be held on Friday.
Session 1: Monday-Friday, June 11-15, AGES 6-13
Session 2: Monday-Friday, July 9-13, AGES 6-13
Tuition: $110

Kids ’N’ Clay Camp
Students will learn a variety of ceramic hand building techniques: including pinch, slab, coil, surface decoration, glazing, and more! 
Dates: June 18-21 & 29, AGES 7-12
Time: 10:00 a.m.-12:15 p.m.
Tuition: $115

Family Fun Workshop: Intro to 3-D Printing
This 2-hour exploration of 3-D printing will give you a new perspective on how to make anything you can imagine. You’ll learn all about 3-D printing technology including software, hardware, and design then have fun making your own 3-D printed Island Keepsake.
Date:  June 20 OR June 21
Ages:  7-adult (students under 10 must be accompanied by an adult)
Tuition: $25

One-Day 3D Printing Camp
Have you ever wanted to make a 3D model for Minecraft, gaming or an invention but didn’t know where to begin?  Bring a laptop to learn basic CAD modeling and learn about all the latest advancements in 3D design and printing. We will cover 3D scanning to create your own 3D selfie! (Bring a laptop).
Date: June 22, AGES 10-16
Tuition: $65

STEAM Camp Session 1: 3D Printing
Does your child love design technology and express interest in the “maker movement?” During this week-long STEAM camp, we will take a hands-on journey into the exciting technology of 3D Printing. A 3D printer works like an inkjet printer but instead of printing with ink on paper, it actually deposits material into a 3D shape of the design. Laying the basic foundations to understand and use this new technology, we start with concept development and will cover all facets of 3D printing from 3D scanning, 3D modeling, preparing files, and finally, the 3D printing process. Students will be presented with a mixed media “design challenge” that will result in a final project featuring this innovative technology. (Bring a laptop)
Dates: June 25-29, AGES 11-16
Tuition: $130

STEAM CAMP Session 2: Da Vinci Lab for Creative Arts and Sciences
Are you interested in inventing, painting, sculpting, engineering, and designing? Welcome to Da Vinci’s Lab for Creative Arts and Sciences. For one week you will have the opportunity to GET CREATIVE! We will explore how to use a variety of materials including 3D printing to make 2D and 3D masterpieces as we learn about the art and life of Leonardo DaVinci. Students will be challenged to solve problems in non-traditional ways to test their skills as only a modern day Da Vinci can.
Dates: June 25-29, AGES 7-12
Tuition: $130

Theatre Camp ONE – Plays & Players
Make a cast of new friends during this fun-filled week! Campers will experience a mini-production and will not only be the cast, but will also be the production crew. Campers will learn how to write scripts, understand and develop characters, create sets, props, and design costumes.
Session 1: June 25-29, AGES 9-14

Theatre Camp TWO – Summer Shakespeare
Summer Shakespeare: Make a cast of new friends during this fun-filled week where we will dive into the world of the greatest playwright in history: William Shakespeare. Students will develop fundamental acting skills as they transform into Shakespeare’s characters through voice and movement work. On Friday we will perform for friends and family.
Session 2:  July 23-27, AGES 9-14
Tuition:  $210

STEAM Camp Session 3: Tinker Camp
Tinker Camp is an exciting and hands-on learning opportunity for youth, with a special emphasis on the STEAM curriculum areas (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Mathematics). During this fun-filled week campers will learn about concepts such as geometry, engineering, circuits, forces of motion, and simple machines, while creating projects that will have them eager to learn more.
Dates:  July 30- Aug 3, AGES 7-12
Tuition: $130

STEAM Camp Session 4: Star Wars Transformers – Cardboard Character Creation
During this camp student will learn to manipulate and engineer cardboard to build a static Transformers/Star Wars style model. Students will be challenged to incorporate multi-functional design elements into their sculptures that would represent both the vehicle mode and the robot mode in their prototype. Once they learn the physics of how materials can become stronger when they are bent, folded, laminated, etc. these sculptural techniques can apply to endless other projects
Dates:  July 30- Aug 3, AGES 10-16
Tuition: $130

For all Arts Center camps:
Arts Center of Coastal Carolina
14 Shelter Cove Lane
Hilton Head Island, SC 29928
Contact: Alana Adams
(843) 686-3945, x 205

Hilton Head Community Church
860 William Hilton Parkway, HHI – (843) 806-3399
(Mile Marker 9 at Fresh Market & Hargray Campus) ·

ADVENTURE WEEK at Hilton Head Island Community Church
AMPED: Live Fully Alive!
JULY 9-12, 9 a.m.-noon
Lunch is included. Ages 4 to rising 5th grade welcome.
FOUR ACTION PACKED mornings of fun, games and learning how much God loves us. Cost is $20 per child with a maximum of $50 per family.

More than just child care, LAVA 24 Fitness offers you and your child fun fitness- related activities, physical education as well as arts and crafts! Children between the ages of 3 and 12 are welcome to learn how to eat healthy and understand the benefits of being phsyically active. Each class is 50 minutes and we recommend attending 2-3 times per week, PLUS your first class is always FREE! Get ready to be a part of an amazing community of parents and children who support each other!

811 William Hilton Parkway, Hilton Head Island
For more information contact Taylor (General Manager) at or visit

Please call (843) 842-7645 to reserve your spot
Dates: July 2-27, 2018
Description: Children will enjoy supervised play time in the museum, fun activities and crafts pertaining to their week’s theme, educational activities that stimulate their senses during the summer, messy fun outside as well as air-conditioned play inside. (In the event of rain, extended pre-planned activities/crafts will take place inside)

Summer Camps: Weekly and Daily Pricing                           

  • Weekly: 8:30-11:30 a.m. /Monday-Friday                                       Member: $125; Non Member: $160                           
    - Week of July 2 (no camp on July 4) Member: $100; Non-Member: $128   
    - Week of July 16 (no camp on July 18,“Christmas in July event”) Member: $100; Non Member: $128                                              
  • Daily: 8:30-11:30 a.m.                                                        Member: $30; Member sibling: $20 Non-Member: $40; Non-member sibling: $30

Camp Details: Ages 3-10; Morning Camp is 8:30-11:30 a.m.
- Held Monday-Friday with the exception of the week of July 2 and July 16
- Children will be supervised according to a 1:5 ratio of coordinator to children.
- Everyone goes home with at least one completed project/craft at the end of the week.

Camp Guidelines
- The Sandbox will provide a mid-morning snack.
- All children attending camp must be potty trained and demonstrate full independence in the bathroom.
- Registration and full payment required to hold your camp spot.
- Cancellations made outside of 48 hours will receive full refund less $5 processing fee, within 48 hours will receive refund less 25 percent.

Themes 2018
- July 2-6: Sandbox Science Lab (4 days, no camp on July 4)
- July 9-13: Extreme S.T.E.A.M.
- July 16-20: Ocean Commotion (4 days, no camp on July 18)
- July 23-27: Space Odyssey

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