OAKLEY -- Need relief from kids complaining of boredom this summer? The city of Oakley has a solution with its annual raft of recreational classes starting this month.
For youngsters who enjoy shooting hoops, there are two weeklong basketball camps starting this month, one for those in grades K-2 and another for students in grades 3-8. The camps, which will be 9 a.m. to noon, start June 10 and the last one ends July 19. Participants will learn to dribble, pass and shoot as well as practice strategy and teamwork.
Young people who prefer swinging a racket might want to participate in one of the five weeklong tennis camps the city is offering ages 4 to 18 at Diamond Hills Sports Club.
Instruction is 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. starting with the first camp on June 10 and ending July 19.
Players, who will be grouped according to age and skill, will hone their technique in drills and by competing in inter-club matches and tournaments.
If your child is on his or her way to becoming the next George Lucas, consider Incrediflix Camp.
Kids ages 7 to 13 can sign up for one of two, three-day sessions: Green Screen Animation Camp from 8 a.m. to noon, July 1-3, and the Superhero Filmmaking Camp, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., July 1-3.
During the animation camp, youngsters will brainstorm ideas for storylines, create characters, choose a location, add voice-overs and film their movies with a green-screen backdrop.
The superhero camp will have participants decide what heroic powers they want to bestow on the characters they choose, after which they will write, act and direct their own adventure movies.
In addition to these options, the city will hold a drop-in camp during which kids ages 6 to 11 can play games, sports and dabble in arts and crafts. The fun starts June 17 and will be 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on weekdays.
LEGO lovers can play with the little plastic building blocks to their heart's content in one of two weeklong camps: June 17 to 21 for ages 6-10 and June 24-29 for ages 7-12.
The camps both will be from 9 a.m. to noon and early registration is recommended.
Youth CORE camp serves a dual purpose: Children work on community service projects as well as have fun on field trips and other activities. Open to students entering grades 6 — 11, the camp starts June 17 and runs 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Early registration is recommended. For more information, call 925-625-7042.
Other classes include sports from bocce ball to adult flag football, as well as urban jazz dance and karate.
For more information on any of these program, go to www.oakleyinfo.com or call 925-625-7041.
-- Rowena Coetsee