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Fun of all sorts awaits Powell kids this summer

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For kids, summertime is a chance to relax, ride bikes and soak up the sun.

But in Powell, children can also give their imaginations a workout with summer programs such as Lego classes hosted by Columbus-based Bricks for Kids.

"We teach kids about creative science and engineering by playing with Legos," said Bricks for Kids owner Lisa Benton.

Children can enroll in week-long Lego camps, in which they'll be tasked with building unique Lego creations based on a new theme each day.

Registration is open for those camps and dozens of other options designed to help Powell youths stay active -- and maybe even learn a thing or two -- this summer.

Learning is the goal of several ACT preparation workshops set for July and August.

Teacher Brian Stewart said the classes will give high school students a leg up when studying to take the college entrance tests.

"When you're studying on your own, it's sometimes hard to step outside of yourself and see the way you're thinking through questions, and see some of the common errors you might have been making," Stewart said.

For young athletes, Powell has no shortage of summer sports programs.

Matt Zingery runs a range of sports camps, including the multisport Ball Camp, featuring football, basketball and soccer; and Sticks Camp, featuring hockey, lacrosse and golf.

Zingery said his wife's cheerleading camp is a highlight for girls.

"She teachers the fundamentals and dance routines, and at the end they have a show and presentation for the parents," he said.

Other sports programs, such as Sporties for Shorties, will introduce children ages 3-5 to a range of sports.

The Powell Parks and Recreation Department itself has a variety of fun opportunities for children lined up.

The city's summer camps include animal camp, science camp and Wild in the Woods outdoor survival camp.

In another program, aspiring bakers can learn to decorate cakes with classes at Bachmann's Cakes of Distinction in Powell.

Young dancers ages 3-6 can enroll in the Powell Petite Princess Camp to learn the basics of ballet and jazz dance.

Children can wear medieval costumes and participate in role-playing exercises in a program called King Arthur's Camelot.

For a full list of programming for summer 2013 or to register, visit cityofpowell.us.

Registration also can be completed at the Powell Municipal Building, 47 Hall St. Registration cannot be accepted over the phone or via email.

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