During the lazy days of summer, kids who are on break from school take a mental vacation.

No school usually means no learning for nearly three months. In fact, a survey by the National Summer Learning Association says 66 percent of 500 teachers surveyed spend three to four weeks re-teaching students course material. And 24 percent of those teachers spend up to five to six weeks re-teaching material from the previous year. 

“We know that kids need to exercise their brains during the summer, just as they exercise other muscle groups,” said Dr. Joyce Sibbett, President of Dancing Moose Montessori School, in a recent press release. “A ten-week break without using specific muscles will definitely result in a certain amount of loss.” 

The remedy: Creative opportunities for kids to use their math, reading and writing skills over the summer.

And that’s exactly what Dancing Moose is offering. The school is offering summer camps for kids who are interested in science, acting, dance, music, sports, computers and just about anything else.

Summer day camps run a week at a time from mid-June through mid-August for ages 3–9.

Here are two of our favorites: 

LEGO: Extreme Expedition
Aug. 11–15, 12–3 p.m., ages 6–9, $125
This Bricks 4 Kidz camp allows kids to go on an extreme expedition adventure through LEGO construction. They will build LEGO airplanes, helicopters, cranes, jet skis, dump trucks, cyclones, earthquakes, tsunamis and more.
10993 S. River Front Parkway, South Jordan 

Gardening: Soil Wars
Aug. 4–8, 9–11:30 a.m., ages 3–5, $125, materials: $10
Kids will get all the dirt on soil microbes, nematodes and insects in this camp. Some of the bugs they’ll learn about include earthworms, centipedes, nematodes, beetles and slugs. Crafts and hands on activities.
4428 Links Dr., West Valley City

Note: Studies show kids enrolled in summer programs are often two years ahead of their peers by time they reach fifth grade.