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Summer camps reinvented

Summer is approaching, and kids will be done with school in no time. That means it’s time to start looking at summer camps. Gone are the days of choosing from solely traditional summer camp options like sports and outdoor activities—today, they can develop so many more interests and talents. For instance, bring out their inner comedian with a weeklong comedy camp, or please the tech-geek in them with a two-day drone camp. No matter what their interest, there is a summer camp for your budding little one.

Make ‘em laugh

ComedySportz hosts two Improv Camps for kids and teens who love to have a good laugh. Both groups will work in teams and at the end of the week, put on their very own showcase. Kids will learn improv games while teens gear up for their own improvised play. The Kids Camp is for students entering grades 6-8 and the Teen Camp is for students grades 9-12. Both are offered July 8-12 and August 5-9. Register by June 1 to get the $140 early bird price; otherwise it’s $170/week. (4476 Main St., Amherst)

Dabble in design

Frank Lloyd Wright’s Martin House is a national historic landmark where school-aged children have the opportunity to partake in a unique learning experience. Campers are exposed to the work of one of America’s greatest architects and educated on several themes of architecture, art, design and landscape through hands-on experiences. The camp is for students entering grades 3-8 during the weeks of July 8-12 and July 15-19. $215/week. (125 Jewett Parkway, Buffalo)

Code (and fly) drones

The Buffalo Museum of Science offers a plethora of options with their Discovery Camps each summer. The program to beat this year is their two-day drone camp. Campers age 10-15 will have the chance to code and fly drones through exciting obstacle courses and escape missions. The drone camp runs twice this summer: July 25-26 and August 22-23. $106/session. (1020 Humboldt Pkwy, Buffalo)

Invent the next big thing

Camp Invention is a STEM-focused summer camp that’s all about innovation and creativity. Led by local teachers, kids grades K-6 work in teams to invent their own new devices to stop evil supervillains using cardboard, duct tape and other resourceful materials. Students also build their own robots. $230/week. (Various locations)

Explore the animal kingdom

Animal lovers ages 5-12 become animal detectives during this weeklong exploration camp at the Buffalo Zoo. Students transform into scientists as they learn to track animals by their bones and footprints (and even poop!). Camps are held throughout the summer, but this themed program takes place July 22-26 and August 12-16. $210/week. (300 Parkside Ave., Buffalo)

Be a star

Academy of Theater Arts gives children the opportunity to be cast in a full-length musical production at the end of their two-week summer camp programs. Camp consists of various workshops covering voice, theater and dance training, and students work together on public speaking, problem-solving and team-building. Students also have the chance to work on creating their own musicals. Broadway at ATA, for kids 12 and up, takes place July 8-19 and students will be cast in a production of “Pippin.” Onstage at ATA, for students age 9-12, is July 22-August 2, with students being cast in a production of “Peter Pan Jr.” $450/two-week session. (4231 Transit Rd., Williamsville)

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