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Amanda Heiser, 436th Force Support Squadron Youth Center child and youth program assistant, holds a fetal pig May 14, 2018, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Children enrolled at the Youth Center have the opportunity to dissect numerous specimens under the guidance of an instructor in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Amanda Heiser, 436th Force Support Squadron Youth Center child and youth program assistant, holds a fetal pig May 14, 2018, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Children enrolled at the Youth Center have the opportunity to dissect numerous specimens under the guidance of an instructor in the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math room. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Backgrounds and props that will be used in the “The Wizard of Oz” play are kept and worked on in the Drama room, May 14, 2018, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Children enrolled in the Before and After School Age program hold practice in this room and are scheduled to perform the play on May 31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

Backgrounds and props that will be used in the “The Wizard of Oz” play are kept and worked on in the Drama room, May 14, 2018, at the Youth Center on Dover Air Force Base, Del. Children enrolled in the Before and After School Age program hold practice in this room and are scheduled to perform the play on May 31. (U.S. Air Force photo by Roland Balik)

DOVER AIR FORCE BASE, Del. -- To parents of school-age children: if you’re stressing over trying to come up with ideas to keep your child or children occupied during the summer months, look no further than the Dover AFB Youth Center.

In less than three weeks the last day of school for most local students is scheduled for the first week in June and the unofficial start of summer vacation.

The Youth Center offers a wide variety of programs and scheduled activities starting with the first day of Summer Day Camp scheduled for June 11.

“We are expecting enrollment to be over 150 [children] for each week,” said Roxanne Lee, 436th Force Support Squadron Youth Center director of youth programs. “The cost of Summer Day Camp is based on total family income.”

The Summer Day Camp is an 11-week program, Monday through Friday from 6:15 a.m. to 5:45 p.m., through August 28. Also being offered are several free 4-H Club, Air Force and a creative art camps.

“We’re going to the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,” Lee said. “We’re also going swimming and bowling. We have plans to visit Rehoboth Beach and have a few other trips in the planning stages that will be announced at a later date.”

Scheduled free Air Force camps for children nine and up include archery camp, June 18-22; Missoula Children’s Theatre, July 16-20; cooking with Chef K, July 23-27; and science camp, August 13-17.

For those young troupers in the family, the Missoula Children’s Theatre, Missoula, Montana, is scheduled to instruct all those Kindergarten and up wishing to participate in this year’s production of “Gulliver’s Travels,” with auditions held July 13 and the play performance on July 17 in the Multi-purpose room.

“Children currently enrolled in the Before and After School Age Program have written and are scheduled to perform their own version of ‘The Wizard of Oz’ in a play on May 31,” said Bonnie McGill, 436th FSS Youth Center school age coordinator. “They wrote the script, practiced and made their own costumes.”

A popular event, Kids Understanding Deployment Operations, also known as KUDOS, is scheduled for August 9.

For more information and dates on programs offered at the Dover AFB Youth Center, call 677-6376, or go to http://www.doverafb436fss.com, and “like” them on Facebook at Dover AFB Youth Center.