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5 Ways to Save on Summer Camp

By ActivityHero Staff

Tip 1: Look for summer camp discounts

Smart shoppers on ActivityHero save over 30% by combining early bird, multi-session and sibling discounts. The most popular way to get instant savings is the early bird discount.

But in 2021, there may not be as many discounts available because in-person camps are generally going to be smaller group sizes and the camps have to spend money on more equipment, PPE, hand sanitizer, nightly cleanings, etc. So if you see a discount, grab it!

After April, you may not find as many early registration discounts, but sibling and multiple week camp discounts are often still available. The average family saves 12% with multiple week discounts and 6% with sibling discounts.

Tip 2: Balance specialty camps and recreational camps

If you’ve been shopping for camps, you have probably seen a wide price range. Some specialty camps, such as programming or horseback riding, are priced higher because the equipment or instructors are more costly. A week of rock climbing or paddle boarding camp at Avid4 Adventure is over $650.

While you may want to splurge on a few specialty camps, recreational sports and day camps can cost a lot less. Camps held at the local park or school soccer field don’t have as much expenses to cover. For example, a week of soccer camp at Challenger Soccer Camp starts around $127.

Your child might be interested in many types of activities, so mixing in a few different camps can keep your average cost lower.

Tip 3: Consider one day sessions

Sending kids to camp for a day or two at a time can be a great way to break up the monotony of summer, or to supplement your other child care arrangements. Kids still get to experience all the fun of camp, but you’re only paying for the days you need. CD’s Kids Art Studio and Growfit Sports Camps are examples of camps that offers this type of flexibility. (And if it’s a very popular camp, we recommend registering as early as you can to make sure you secure your spot.)

Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp offers value pricing instead of camp discounts
Wizbots Robotics Summer Camp

Tip 4: Find “value priced” camps

Some camps, like Wizbots, a robotics camp in the San Francisco Bay Area, believe in “providing a quality program at the best value price,” and don’t offer any additional camp discounts. These programs might have every day lower prices, or they may offer longer hours or extended care at no extra charge.

What’s considered to be a low price varies by region. In the SF Bay Area, a full day camp that is $350 or less per week catches parents’ attention.

Tip 5: Apply for scholarships and financial aid

Your family may also be able to get assistance from camp scholarships or financial aid. ActivityHero’s scholarship program makes it easy for families to apply once and be eligible for several camp scholarships. You can also contact camps directly to ask if they offer financial assistance.

Bonus: Tell a friend

Many camps offer a referral bonus when you invite a friend to camp. On ActivityHero, you can earn $15 for each friend referred, and your friends save money too!

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Valentine’s Day Classes and Camps for Kids

Celebrate Valentine’s Day at home with art, yoga, baking, and more! These are some of our favorite Valentine-themed online classes and camps for kids.

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Valentine's DIY Activities for Kids

SATURDAY SCIENCE: Valentine’s Science

Join this online workshop and experiment with candy chemistry! Create a sugar density gradient and make a Skittles liquid rainbow, and of course, make Valentine’s oobleck. Registration includes a Valentine’s Science Kit with all the materials to follow along in this live, hands-on class.

Galileoscope telescope kit for the holiday break

Valentine Painting Art Lesson

Sketch and paint a Valentine’s Day masterpiece in this online class! Learn how to draw with step by step instructions from a live teacher. The class will begin with basic shape recognition during the sketching phase and will then move on to coloring and basic shading techniques.

Science Workshop for Valentine's Day

Valentine’s Day Science Workshop

Join this FREE workshop for crafts, science projects, games, and guest speakers. At Hypothesis Haven Science Club’s 2nd Annual HeART of Science event,  kids will learn about the hardest-working muscle in the body (the heart) and how to keep it healthy and strong! They will also learn about new treatments and discoveries that doctors and scientists are working on to help people with heart disease.

Valentine's Day Cooking Classes for Kids

Valentine’s Day Cookie Class

Join this Valentine’s Day cookie-baking class and spread some love in the kitchen! The price includes a shipment of gourmet cookie mix, a new silicon mat, sprinkles, and some surprises. You will learn how to make hand-cut sugar cookies, roll out the dough, bake, decorate with chocolate, royal icing, and sprinkles. 

Valentine's Crafts & Classes for Kids

Valentines Day Pop-Up Cards!

Make your very own Valentine’s Day pop-up card in this interactive online class!  Pick a special person to make your card for and design something unique and fun just for them. Learn about sign language and how to say “I love you” with your hand as you engage in fun arts and crafts.

Valentine's Clay Sculpting Art Lesson for Kids

Valentine Clay Sculpting Art Lesson

Learn how to sculpt with step-by-step guidance from a live art instructor! The class will begin with ball shapes during the preparation phase and will then move on to color and basic sculpting techniques. Kids of all skill levels can use clay or playdough to sculpt cute Valentine’s Day animals.

Valentine Family Craft Workshop

Pop up card – Family Workshop

This Valentine’s Workshop is a sweet activity for the whole family! The Materials Kit has supplies for 4 guests in the same household. You’ll learn how to make these amazing Pop Up Valentine Cards that you can personalize. A heartfelt gift for friends, grandparents, and teachers. The kids-only workshop is also an option here.

Valentine's Day Yoga for Kids - Practicing Self Love

Valentine’s Day Family Yoga

Focus on self-love with this gentle and relaxing yoga! Follow along in this accessible, live class to center your body and mind. The gentle flow will end with a guided meditation, focusing on love.

Valentine's Day Celebration with Curious Mind Academy

Valentine’s Day Celebration

Celebrate Valentine’s Day with Curious Mind Academy! Join this virtual party for 90 minutes of fun. Play themed games, enjoy some Valentine’s Day trivia, and top it all off by making a special treat, chocolate brownie mug cake. 

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Kids Activities for Presidents Day

Searching for kids activities to do during Presidents Day break? Try these on-demand kids activities, which are great for any downtime during the break. Here are some of our favorite DIY activities and printables for school holidays.

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Art history lesson - kids activities for Presidents Day

Art History – Hiawatha

In this 60-minute video, learn about an important historical leader, Hiawatha. Follow along in drawing this colorful portrait while learning historical information, color pencil technique, and shading.

Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. 

On-Demand Yoga for kids

Beginners Yoga Class

In this video, Ms. Priscilla presents this fun class for kids of all ages which is designed as an introduction to the practice of yoga.  Class is slower paced and focused on developing clear and safe alignment in foundational poses. Come to learn, play, and maybe even break a sweat in a supportive environment.  

Get your pottery badge for Girl Scouts

Pottery Kit

Explore the history of clay art and become a clay artist yourself!

The Ship & Make Kit includes air dry clay, a ceramic tile, tools, acrylic paints, and a pottery badge! This 30-minute YouTube instructional video will allow children/tweens to follow along and pause when they need more time. This video was recorded to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout Pottery Badge, but fun for all to participate! 

Learn at Home Challenger Virtual Soccer for Kids

Learn Soccer At Home

Players will be able to access 6 different videos through your account once registration is complete, covering age-appropriate sessions designed to work on ball mastery, skills, tricks and moves. This is balanced with a fun and educational approach which implements our Champions of Characters philosophy.

The wider world of soccer is important to us too, and we profile a different country every time- this bundle is focused on the USA.

Kids Activities for Presidents Day or any school breaks

Create Flappy Bird Using Scratch

In this video, Hannah from Codemoji.com will show you how to create a flappy bird-like game using Scratch. Code your own game, learn Scratch functions, and build a foundation in programming skills and critical thinking.

DIY Kids activities - make a Starfinder

Build a Star Finder

Follow this video and printout tutorial to build your own Starfinder, a version of an ancient model of the sky.

Build your own Starfinder, and it will show you how the sky looks at any hour of any night of the year! All you have to do is “program” the Starfinder with the date and time you want.

Chef Michelle Minori - Top Chef Season 16

Make Flat Bread Pizza with a Celebrity Chef

Grab your ingredients and join Chef Michelle Minori as she leads your family through the process of making flatbread pizza in this fun-filled cooking adventure! Together, you will learn how to make the flatbread dough, chop toppings, make a dressing and more. Chef Michelle will teach you new techniques and share a little bit about how to make this recipe your own. 

Anime Manga Workshop with Young Rembrandts

Anime Manga Workshop

Follow along with these videos of an Anime Manga workshop and your student will learn to draw our favorite Japanese style art. This five day workshop includes ten on-demand videos with over 10 hours of drawing and coloring direction taught by Young Rembrandts founder and CEO, Bette Fetter. Draw at your own pace! Students can pause and rewind each lesson as needed.

Rainbow Cake Baking on-demand DIY baking video for Kids

Rainbow Cake Baking

Follow this on-demand video to bake a delicious and eye-catching rainbow cake. Fun for the whole family, all on your own time! Join Active Art and Science for more hands-on activities you can do on your own.

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Summer Camp Fairs in 2021

Camp Fairs are a unique opportunity to meet summer camp directors and ask questions before you register. It’s a great way to discover new camps and plan a summer your kids will love.

By ActivityHero Team

2021 Summer Camp for Kids

In the digital age, you may wonder what the value is in attending a camp fair, when online resources like ActivityHero can give you information about a wide variety of camps, including parent reviews. 

At ActivityHero, our data shows that families are optimistic for a summer filled with fun, safe activities. However, there are still a lot of pending questions around in-person camps for kids in 2021. 

The 2021 Camp Fair is an opportunity for parents to learn more about in-person kids camps for spring or summer 2021 in specific local areas, all from the convenience of home.

Each Camp Fair will be live-streamed online and camp providers will have an opportunity to highlight what’s special about their curriculum, counselors and why families love it! Parents are encouraged to ask questions to learn important information about camp group sizes, cancellation policies, activities, and more.

Our advice? Attend a fair with an open mind and as long as the camp is age appropriate for your child, listen to what the staff has to say. You might discover the benefits of attending a girls-only camp, an overnight experience, or another activity that you hadn’t considered before.

There are other benefits too! Camp Fairs are free for families to attend, and most fairs have exclusive discounts and exciting giveaways, like the opportunity to win a free week of camp!

2021 Camp Fairs

Bay Area CA Camp Fair
Saturday, March 20th
     – Peninsula / South Bay at 10am PT
     – East Bay at 11am PT
     – San Francisco / Marin at 1pm PT

RSVP to Win a Free Week of Camp >>
Register to be an exhibitor at the Bay Area Camp Fair >>

Houston TX Camp Fair
Saturday, March 27th
     – Central Houston at 10am CT
     – Sugar Land / Katy at 11am CT

RSVP to Win a Free Week of Camp >>
Register to be an exhibitor at the Houston Camp Fair here >>

Dallas TX Camp Guide
Posted on our blog and distributed by email to parents.

RSVP to Win a Free Week of Camp >>
Register to be an exhibitor in the Dallas Camp Guide >>

Orange County CA Camp Fair
Posted on our blog and distributed by email to parents.

RSVP to Win a Free Week of Camp >>
Register to be an exhibitor in the Orange County Camp Guide >>

Los Angeles CA Camp Fair
Posted on our blog and distributed by email to parents.

RSVP to Win a Free Week of Camp >>
Register to be an exhibitor in the LA County Camp Guide >>

More Camp Fairs

The American Camp Association has a list of camp fairs throughout the US.

More Information

Contact us for more information or to host a camp fair at your school.

If you can’t make it to one of these fairs, check out ActivityHero for the latest summer camp schedules and reviews.

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10 Amazing Discounts for ActivityHero Families in LA

Did you know that you can access MemberDeals discounts to your favorite amusement parks, zoos, and other popular destinations as a free benefit of being part of the ActivityHero community?

Find great, money-saving deals at you and your kids’ favorite outdoor locations across Southern California for now and all year long.

  1. Six Flags Magic Mountain

This “Thrill Capital of the World” features over 100 rides and attractions that will satisfy the whole family! Within this 260-acre theme park, Six Flags contains 19 thrilling and exhilarating roller coasters that your kids will greatly enjoy. From smaller toddlers to thrill-seeking teenagers, Six Flags offers a number of rides to everyone’s liking. (See discounted price.)

  1. Disneyland

At the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, your kids can enjoy the characters and environments from their favorite childhood stories. They can meet their favorite princesses and villains, go on adventures with the stars of their most-watched movies, and explore fascinating attractions like “It’s a Small World” and “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Children of all ages will be entertained at the “Happiest Place on Earth!” (See discounted price.)

  1. Los Angeles Dodgers

With tickets to watch the splendid Los Angeles Dodgers, your kids can cheer for their favorite team in an exciting and electrifying atmosphere! Fans of all ages can enjoy the perks at this magnificent Dodger Stadium that features great outdoors seating and delicious food to enjoy during the game. This spirited venue brings people to their feet and gives them gripping games and exhilarating plays. (See discounted price.)

  1. Los Angeles Angels

At the Angel Stadium of Anaheim, fans can enjoy thrilling games, delicious concessions, and great merchandise from their favorite team! This exhilarating game is a great experience for fans of all ages as they get a chance to make wonderful memories with their family. The modern Angel Stadium has splendid outdoor seating where your kids can watch the game they love in an exciting environment. (See discounted price.)

  1. Aquarium of the Pacific

At the Aquarium of the Pacific, get a chance to view the wonders of the largest ocean in the world. With over 100 exhibits, you and your family can explore the fascinating underwater world with the animals and creatures you love! Featured exhibitions include the June Keyes Penguin Habitat, the Shark Lagoon, the Lorikeet Forest, and more. (See discounted price.)

  1. Six Flags Hurricane Harbor

This exciting water park is the perfect place for adventure-loving kids! Six Flags Hurricane Harbor features exciting and heart-pumping water slides for your thrill-seeking kids and calmer lazy rivers and family-friendly rides for you and your toddlers. Kids of all ages can enjoy the several rides here as well as the delicious food while making wonderful memories with their family. (See discounted price.)

  1. Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens

Discover over 1,400 animals at the immersive and lush habitats at the Los Angeles Zoo and Botanical Gardens! Your kids can learn about the fascinating wonders of wildlife by visiting the wide variety of animals at this zoo. Los Angeles Zoo also features exhibits like Elephants of Asia, Rainforest of the Americas, and the Lair. (See discounted price.)

  1. Knott’s Berry Farm

This small family farm has now grown into a world famous theme park and is the perfect place to visit with your family! With several rides and attractions, everyone can find an activity for them at Knott’s Berry Farm. From water rides and thrilling roller coasters to family-friendly activities, Knott’s Berry Farm has something for every member of your family. (See discounted price.)

  1. Urban Adventure Quest: Los Angeles

This scavenger hunt that takes you through LA is perfect for puzzle and adventure-loving families! Starting at the Los Angeles Public Library, this adventure helps you discover and learn about the historic downtown Los Angeles. This walking tour of the city is a great way to experience the outdoor life of LA! (See discounted price.)

  1. Warner Bros Studio Tour

Warner Bros. Studio Tour Hollywood gets you closer to the entertainment you love. The Studio Tour gives guests a revealing look behind the camera at how Hollywood magic is made. From Friends to Harry Potter and Wonder Woman, fans get to see the real sets and soundstages where the greatest names in entertainment made history as they touch, tour and explore the iconic 110-acre studio. (See discounted price.)

Explore more locations and deals outside of Southern California!

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Kids On-Demand Activities for Holiday Break

On-demand classes and activities for your child are great for any downtime during the holiday break. Whether traveling or staying at home, these activities will keep your kids busy and having fun. Here are some of our favorite on-demand activities for the holidays.

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On-Demand Music for holiday break

Jingle Bells Piano Lesson

In this fun-filled lesson, your child will learn how to play Jingle Bells on the piano with KidzKeys, just in time for the holidays! The KidzKeys On-Demand Lessons give students in K through 3rd Grade an opportunity to explore and express their own creativity. Your child will love Ms. Emily’s fun and encouraging teaching style.

On-Demand Crafts for Holiday break

Polar Bear Crafts

Create a cute polar bear with cotton balls and complete a fun polar bear research project with Lakeshore Learning’s on-demand crafts for kids. Check out more of their winter themed crafts here.

On-demand printables for holiday break and kids sudoku sheets for free

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

On-Demand Art Class for Holiday break

Holiday Wreath Art Lesson

Ms. Kristin from AB Fine Art Studio takes you step-by-step in a video that shows you how to draw and paint this beautiful holiday wreath!  You can purchase their December Art Box that has absolutely everything you need to create this holiday painting at home.

On-demand art classes for kids with young rembrandt.

How to Draw a Holiday Puppy

This 60 minute video by Young Rembrandts walks you through drawing an adorable holiday puppy. Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities.

Making the perfect pie shell on-demand for kids

Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this free video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  Have fun in the kitchen while making a delicious dessert for the holidays!

Learn inkscape by making a winter holiday card for kids

Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Galileoscope telescope kit for the holiday break

Galileoscope Telescope Kit for the Holidays

This on-demand activity includes a telescope kit and video instruction, where an expert astronomer and telescope builder will walk you through the process of assembling the telescope. Then, begin exploring the universe like Galileo did over 400 years ago and see the wonders of the winter sky!

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Best Free On-Demand Activities: Printables and DIY for Kids

On-demand classes and activities for your child are a great option when you need an activity at any time of day. ActivityHero provides a wide variety of on-demand content that can be used at any time, free of any cost! Here are our favorite free, on-demand options.

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On-Demand Art - Learn to draw funny llamas!

Pixar in a Box: The Computer Science Behind Movies

What’s your favorite movie – Cars, Frozen, or maybe The Avengers? Did you know that computer technology is behind the making of all of your favorite movies? This video shows children exciting state-of-the-art technologies and how they are applied in the real world!

On-Demand Art Classes for Kids - Learn to Draw a Great White Shark with watercolor and colored pencils on ActivityHero

Nutrition: Let’s Make a Stir Fry

This class will focus on (1) a review of the basics of nutrition, and (2) how to use the five food groups to create a healthy, well rounded, delicious meal. Some of the student activities will include (1) preparing their own individual menu for a stir-fry (2) watching Dr. Mary cook a nutritious stir-fry, and (3) several choices of posters to create.

Draw your own home alone battle plan. Free on-demand from Stanford Library Map Collections

How to Make a Solar Oven

Have fun baking a dessert with your kids and learn some science at the same time with this DIY Solar Oven by Beau Coffron, in partnership with Home Depot. All you need is an old pizza box and a handful of tools and materials. In just a few easy steps, you’ll have created an innovative solar oven!

On-Demand Art Class with Young Rembrandts

Hour of Code – Learn JavaScript

Learn how to code with Javascript in Classroom Antics’ easy-to-use web interface and self-guided lessons. Progress through fun online coding activities at your own pace. Complete up to 9 lessons (one hour each). Lessons feature fun projects such as creating an facetracker, eclipse simulation, greeting card, snapchat filter, community map and more!

Learn inkscape by drawing a winter holiday card. On-demand art classes for kids.

Free French Class for Kids!

Join Madame Barbara from Springs French Music Lingua for a fun introductory class and learn the Itsy Bitsy Spider in French.  This is a 22-minute previously recorded live online class.  Download the coloring page for additional reinforcement of the French vocabulary.

Peter Max Art with Young Rembrandts

Music Reading Tutorial with KidzKeys!

Ms. Emily will show students how to read the musical staff and place colorful stickers on your piano or keyboard (Printable Download Included!).

Peter Max Art with Young Rembrandts

Making the Perfect Pie Shell

In this FREE video you’ll learn how to make the perfect pie shell.  You’ll learn how to create pie dough and then how best to roll out out and form it into a pie pan.  This lesson is for a pie shell for sweet pies.  The method can be used for quiche and tart shells by changing just a few ingredients.

Learn Inkscape By Making a Winter Holiday Card

In this on-demand class you will learn the basics of Inkscape while creating your very own winter theme card.  We’ll learn how to create a basic winter scene, including how to make some basic evergreen trees, snow flakes, and form a snow man. You can print and use the card you create as a holiday card, or a card to bring in some winter time cheer.

Draw your own home alone battle plan. Free on-demand from Stanford Library Map Collections

Free Winter Coloring and Sudoku Sheets

Choose from a collection of free Winter and Holiday themed coloring sheets and Sudoku printables! These are great for long car rides or for the whole family to enjoy.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids Activities

Are you searching for a fun and creative gift for a kid in your life? Our Gift Guide goes beyond gift cards and gaming systems to give you ideas on kids activities that can still be gift-wrapped!

Whether you are shopping for your child, a niece/nephew or family friend – we’ve rounded up our top gifts for 2020. Can’t decide? Gift an ActivityHero gift card for in-person camps, online classes, or on-demand activities!

Gift Guide for Kids

KidzKeys Holiday Package by FunClubs

Jump into a fun musical experience in our 6-week group piano class and receive your very own Mini-CASIO Keyboard! Students join our inspiring teachers LIVE in Online Classrooms where they learn to read music, play fun songs, and express their creativity.

Find online music classes & camps for kids>>
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30 Day All Access Pass for Unlimited Young Art Lessons + Art Kit

Perfect for your kids who love to explore their creative side through a variety of art mediums. Inspiring instructor-led classes and access to video library for on-demand content at anytime. Learners will choose from a range of lessons including sketching, painting, sculpture, crafts, culinary and digital art.

Find online art classes & camps for kids>>
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Sony KOOV Kit + Camp Program

The Sony KOOV™ Camp Program is designed to be used in a variety of learning environments – whether it’s an existing robotics/coding camp, international competition or at home for enrichment activities involving design. The KOOV Kits provide kids a learning tool that is out-of-the-box ready and includes curriculum for repeated and continued growth.

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Learn to Sew Project Kit by GreenArt Labs

Bring joy and creativity to your child, as they sew their way to confidence! This beginning sewing kit is a perfect holiday gift that will engage for days to come. And paired with our step-by-step video, children will have fun making 3 different sewing projects all by themselves!

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Find on-demand sewing projects>>

Pottery Kit + Class with Broadway Clay

The Ship & Make Kit from Broadway Clay includes air dry clay, a ceramic tile, tools, acrylic paints, and a pottery badge! The 30-minute YouTube instructional video will allow children/tweens to follow along and pause when they need more time. This video was recorded to meet the requirements for the Girl Scout Pottery Badge, but fun for all to participate! 

Find online art classes & camps for kids>>
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Sound Science Kit + Camp from Science Nature Labs

Kids will learn about concept the of sound, how sound travels, use equipment to measure sound, using tuning forks, make their own musical instrument. This sound kit comes with activities the whole family can do together, make a real musical instrument and do other fun activities involved.

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Chess Set + Classes from Yes For Chess

Chess brings people together. Share stories and spend time together this holiday season. Give your child the gift of chess! Sit down, play a game and plan your next move.

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Holiday Gift Guide for Kids - a guitar and online lessons

Guitar Holiday Package by Fun Clubs

Turn up the volume and rock out in our 6-week group guitar class with your very own 34″ Student Size Guitar! Students join our inspiring teachers LIVE in Online Classrooms where they learn new songs, develop new skills, and express their creativity.

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LEGO® gift set

LEGO® Fun-gineering Kit by the ROC Network for Learning

Fungineering keeps little ones busy learning through the holidays while having fun playing with stories and worlds that they build!  With our Supply Set, children spend hours building real-world models that move –  cars, merry-go-rounds, hand mixers, fire trucks and more, all on their own, or alongside our step-by-step Online or On-Demand classes.

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SoccerStars at Home Soccer Ball and Class Kit

Soccer Stars @ Home

Our Soccer Stars @HOME Virtual Classes will take soccer training to the next level. Through our digital classroom, children can see their teammates and work directly with their coach. Wrap up a soccer ball or training cones with the gift of these virtual classes for the perfect gift for your next little Messi or Morgan.

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How To Be A Sports Surgeon + Toy Kit by Little Medical School

This Little Medical School toy kit offers aspiring sports surgeons a wide variety of hands-on and educational activities. Children will learn about the bones in the hand using the hand decal and stickers, make their own skeleton with our bone stickers, learn how to care for a sprain and strain with our bandage, make a ball and socket joint and hinge joint and finish by completing Tommy John surgery on our surgery board. 

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Acoustical Class + Makey Makey Kit with Engineering for Kids of South Kern-Bakersfield

When your favorite song comes on the radio do you sit quietly or do you dance around and play the air drum solo? In Acoustical Engineering with Makey Makey, we will create our own interpretations of common musical instruments like bongo, piano, guitar, and create our very own dancing program. Great Christmas gift for 7yr – 11yrs old.

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Clay Ornament Kit + Virtual Class with Dragonfly Designs

Give the gift of creativity! Who doesn’t remember helping decorate the tree when they were growing up? Each ornament has a special meaning attached to it, especially the handmade ones. Students will learn how to make precious Clay Ornaments. Imagine their sense of pride when giving their loved ones a treasure that they made themselves.

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Holiday Gift Guide ActivityHero

ActivityHero Gift Card

The perfect gift for every child – from the Minecraft obsessed to the young artist or future chef! ActivityHero has all kinds of activities for kids, including in-person camps, online classes, and printable DIY activities on-demand.

  • Does your child love drawing? Include an ActivityHero gift card with art supplies to take an online art class!
  • For cooking enthusiasts, wrap up a special apron or cooking utensils with an ActivityHero gift card to pick out an online cooking or baking class!
  • Curious kids might enjoy a science kit and an ActivityHero gift card to experiment at an online STEM class!

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Best On-Demand Thanksgiving Activities

On-demand Thanksgiving activities keep kids busy and having fun from home. Kids can enjoy Thanksgiving games and projects on their own time during the holidays!

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite online Thanksgiving on-demand activities. On ActivityHero, you can also find in-person Thanksgiving camps or online Thanksgiving classes and camps for upcoming school breaks.

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Online Thanksgiving turkey crafts and art

Thanksgiving Art Classes & Crafts

A collection of Thanksgiving-themed kids and adult coloring sheets. Tag ActivityHero on social media or message us your completed drawing to be featured!

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LEGO® and Minecraft Classes for Thanksgiving Break

Thanksgiving Bingo Game – Free Printable

​​Want to keep your kids busy on Thanksgiving while they’re waiting for dinner? How about Thanksgiving Bingo to keep everyone entertained? (you might get some adults, too). This fun Thanksgiving-themed Bingo by Catch My Party can be played with the whole family!

Once you register, you will receive an email with a link to the game page.

LEGO® and Minecraft Classes for Thanksgiving Break

Paint “A Decorative Pumpkin”

Paint a pumpkin at home with a step-by-step, easy to follow instruction taught by a professional artist. This activity includes video and printables, and is up to 135 minutes art practice and fun!

LEGO® and Minecraft Classes for Thanksgiving Break

Maple Glazed Pumpkin Muffins

Celebrate the season with Pumpkin Muffins! These yummy fall muffins will put a smile on your face. Kids will cook using all their senses, and together they’ll bake up something special to share. This class covers all the basics for beginner chefs, but it is filled with tips and kitchen hacks for any home cook to learn some new tricks! Kids will be able to make this recipe by themselves or bring the whole family to enjoy kitchen time together. Includes up to 75 minutes of video and printables.

LEGO® and Minecraft Classes for Thanksgiving Break

Hand Sew a Friendly Fox

Learn the running stitch, whip stitch, and blanket stitch as you make this friendly fox, then fill it with fluffy stuffing!

The fun doesn’t have to stop there—once you learn these sewing and pattern construction skills, you can make your own creations at home!

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On-Demand Art Class with Young Rembrandts

Draw Cartoon Monsters by Young Rembrandts

A new hands-on method of learning art! Specifically designed for K to 6th-grade students, every lesson is designed to give you an hour break and engage your child’s mind with fun, educational and creative activities. Perfect to enjoy over school breaks, rainy days, or whenever you need a fun, flexible activity to fit your schedule.

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Best In-Person Thanksgiving Camps in the San Francisco Bay Area

Whether you need to work for a few days or prep a turkey dinner, upcoming school breaks may have you searching for Thanksgiving camps and activities to keep your kids busy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite in-person Thanksgiving camps for kids – all locally in the SF Bay Area! ActivityHero also offers online and on-demand Thanksgiving activities that can be done at home.

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KidzToPros On-Campus Thanksgiving Camps

From popular STEM to sports and art programs, KidzToPros is offering fun 3-day camps to keep kids happy, healthy, and safe while they are on break from school. If on-site camps are not available near you, KidzToPros also offers a wide variety of online classes and camps for kids.

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Hiller Aviation Museum Thanksgiving Camp

Investigate the fastest, highest and biggest things in aerospace using realistic flight simulation, exploration of real aircraft, model aircraft construction and more. Aviation Camp is an immersive, hands-on aerospace adventure for campers ages 5-11. All programs are held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA.

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Chaparrel at Golden Gate Park Thanksgiving Horse Camp

The spirit of the West meets Silicon Valley at Chaparral Ranch. Surrounded by natural trails and open space preserves, the ranch overlooks stunning Bay views. Learn about horse care: grooming, feeding, bathing and even horse first aid! Saddle a horse, learn about tack, and even explore different styles of riding! For riding instruction campers are grouped based on experience and skill level.

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Shredder’s Thanksgiving Skateboarding Camp & Weekend Clinic

Shredders is designed for skateboarders of all skill levels to learn safety, skills and confidence. Award winning instructors lead students in skill development and youth empowerment.

Our shredder LOVED everyday as there was always something to learn. He liked that the instructors taught them new techniques, but also allowed time for lots of practice time, and each staff member was patient and supportive.

– Parent Review

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Thanksgiving Camp: Abstract Expressionist Painting

In this one-day painting camp, our artists will explore abstract forms and abstract techniques as they create their own abstract scrape painting. Our students will play with color combinations, experiment with layering, and create their own abstract movements and designs using paint. At the end of the day, everyone will take home an expressive and colorful masterpiece!

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Thanksgiving Basketball Camp

Our social distanced fundamental camp focus on all of the fundamentals of basketball evenly. Kids will be required to bring their own ball in order to minimize any sharing and our staff will handle the rest! Temperature checks will be conducted daily for all staff and participants, and there will be ample amount of hand sanitizer available upon arrival.

My 11-year old son really enjoyed this camp. The counselors were great and kept the kids active and engaged. The Director was really helpful and accommodating.

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Thanksgiving Minecraft & STEM In-Person Camp

Join us throughout Thanksgiving WEEK for an academically focused camp featuring Minecraft used for education in various subjects. Our camp will also include academic enrichment in various subjects including English language arts, math, and STEM subjects. Combining fun and learning, your child will be able to best comprehend information using a platform they love, allowing them to stay ahead in school.

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Best Online Thanksgiving Camps & Classes

Online Thanksgiving camps and classes are a good alternative to keep kids busy and having fun at home while you are working or finishing up your famous pumpkin pie.

We’ve rounded up some of our favorite online Thanksgiving camps for kids – art, crafts, coding, and more! On ActivityHero, you can also find in-person Thanksgiving camps or on-demand activities for upcoming school breaks.

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Thanksgiving Art Classes & Crafts with Young Art

Join crafty art classes with a fun, Thanksgiving theme – from toilet paper roll turkeys to clay sculpting and Pusheen illustrations. Or register for a Virtual Art Camp for 3 days of live instruction and access to the Young Art on-demand art library.

My son enjoyed this class very much. The teacher was wonderful with the children and the step by step instruction was very well done and easy for my son to follow. He was very proud of his artwork and is looking forward to taking more classes with Young Art.

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LEGO® and Minecraft Classes for Thanksgiving Break

LEGO®, Minecraft & Roblox Camps and Classes for Thanksgiving

KidzToPros: Create your own Minecraft adventures and games that you can share with your friends! Students think through how to make a playable activity, and learn conditionals and event triggering.

CodeRev offers drop-in classes or 1/2 day camps while school is out! Explore Roblox, Minecraft modding adventures, and more – taught by industry tested STEM and computer programming professionals.

TechKnowHow offers fun and enriching online Thanksgiving sessions featuring LEGO® Engineering, Minecraft Adventures, and Coding Classes with Scratch and Python. Kids learn to build within a Zoom small group, interacting with the teacher and each other, getting a chance to show what they build, and talk about their creations.

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Thanksgiving Cooking Classes for Kids - Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin Pie Cooking Class for Kids

Just in time for Thanksgiving, join Chef Cindy to learn how to make a classic pumpkin pie. Kids ages 9-14 will learn how to make a light and delicious crust and a perfectly creamy filling!

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Fun with Camp Sassafras

Thanksgiving Fun Camps

Camp Sassafras: Let’s turn off Youtube, put down the video game controller, and come together to learn, connect, laugh, meet new friends, join your best friends, and enjoy our free time together! 

Gobble ‘Til You Wobble with 7EDU: From writing gratitude letters to worksheets and art, 7EDU Impact Academy offers a wide range of fun activities with a Thanksgiving theme.

Curious Minds Academy: Learn some fun facts and trivia about our favorite turkey day.  Discover how the holiday really got started and learn how many of our favorite turkey day traditions got started (including why we even eat turkey on this day to begin with).

Art, Music & Giving Thanks with Family Karate: This 3 day Camp during Thanksgiving Break is a perfect time for your Pre-K through 2nd graders to have fun and get creative about showing their gratitude for all the love and goodness in their lives. 

Interactive Chess Camp with Chess King: Study the essential elements, acquire the proper  tools and play winning chess during this 3 day Thanksgiving Camp!  Learn the basics or train deep into advanced tactical and positional play. Chess for All Levels Beginner to Advanced Grades K-6.

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Best In-Person Thanksgiving Camps

Whether you need to work for a few days or prep a turkey dinner, upcoming school breaks may have you searching for Thanksgiving camps and activities to keep your kids busy. We’ve rounded up a few of our favorite in-person Thanksgiving camps for kids – from STEM to skateboarding! ActivityHero also offers online and on-demand Thanksgiving activities that can be done at home.

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KidzToPros On-Campus Thanksgiving Camps

From popular STEM to sports and art programs, KidzToPros is offering fun 3-day camps to keep kids happy, healthy, and safe while they are on break from school. If on-site camps are not available near you, KidzToPros also offers a wide variety of online classes and camps for kids.

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Hiller Aviation Museum Thanksgiving Camp

Investigate the fastest, highest and biggest things in aerospace using realistic flight simulation, exploration of real aircraft, model aircraft construction and more. Aviation Camp is an immersive, hands-on aerospace adventure for campers ages 5-11. All programs are held at the Hiller Aviation Museum in San Carlos, CA.

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Chaparrel at Golden Gate Park Thanksgiving Horse Camp

The spirit of the West meets Silicon Valley at Chaparral Ranch. Surrounded by natural trails and open space preserves, the ranch overlooks stunning Bay views. Learn about horse care: grooming, feeding, bathing and even horse first aid! Saddle a horse, learn about tack, and even explore different styles of riding! For riding instruction campers are grouped based on experience and skill level.

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Shredder’s Thanksgiving Skateboarding Camp & Weekend Clinic

Shredders is designed for skateboarders of all skill levels to learn safety, skills and confidence. Award winning instructors lead students in skill development and youth empowerment.

Our shredder LOVED everyday as there was always something to learn. He liked that the instructors taught them new techniques, but also allowed time for lots of practice time, and each staff member was patient and supportive.

– Parent Review
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Engineering for Kids of South Kern Thanksgiving STEM Camp

Engineering For Kids brings science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM), to kids in a fun and challenging way. For ages 8-14, 1/2 day or full day camps are available for school breaks. Thanksgiving themes are Robo-Sports and an Amazing Race Camp.

ATX Kids Club field trips and enrichment in the Austin Texas area for kids.

School Holiday Adventures with ATX Kids Club in Texas

ATX Kids Club has a mission to inspire inspire youth to fearlessly explore and become independent, self-confident individuals through educational and health-minded field trip adventures.

ATX kids club is my daughter’s favorite camp, she loves the daily trips and I love to give her the opportunity to discover all the aspects of the city in a safe atmosphere.

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Discover Science Center STEM enrichment classes

Discover Science Center Thanksgiving Camps for Kids

In this 3-Day Creature Camp by Discover Science Center, kids ages 5-8 will explore some of Earth’s habitats and the creatures that are adapted to these environments: rainforest, desert, and marine!

Discover Science Center is an informal science education enrichment lab whose purpose is to supplement the STEAM curriculum taught in K-12 schools and homeschool programs.

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Thanksgiving kids’ activities inspired by pumpkin spice






Get ready for Thanksgiving Week with these hands-on kids’ activities inspired by Pumpkin Spice and Thanksgiving turkeys.

Enjoy the smell of Pumpkin Spice and try one of these Thanksgiving project ideas with your kids. For a longer activity, find a 1/2 day or full day Thanksgiving camp or workshop.

What makes pumpkin spice smell so good? Betty Crocker‘s homemade recipe is combination of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice and cloves. Mix the spices together in a small bowl and let your senses take it all in.

Pumpkin slime

Kids love making and playing with slime and this recipe for pumpkin slime adds a Thanksgiving spin to it. Growing a Jeweled Rose has a simple recipe to make pumpkin slime that adds pumpkin spice to the glue and borax slime concoction.

Pumpkin slime from Growing a Jeweled Rose

Pumpkin pie spice play dough

Younger kids will enjoy this simple, homemade Pumpkin Pie Spice Play Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain. With just a few ingredients from your kitchen, you can make this pumpkin spice scented play dough with your kids.

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Pumpkin Pie Spiced Dough from Left Brain Craft Brain

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Pumpkin spice latte for kids (coffee-free)

With this simple recipe from Chelsea’s Messy Apron, pumpkin spice lattes aren’t just for grownups or coffee drinkers.

Kids Pumpkin Spice Latte from Chelseas Messy Apron

Turkey arts and crafts

A simple paper plate is the center of this Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning.

Turkey art from Lakeshore Learning

Thanksgiving camp

Full day or half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over Thanksgiving week. Many camps have special themes for Thanksgiving Camp.

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5 Fun Fall Activities






Get ready for falling leaves, cooler weather, and spooky surprises with these hands-on activities for kids.

Leaf piles and pumpkins and candy, oh my! Try one (or all) of these fall ideas with your kids. For a longer activity to keep kids engaged during school holidays, find online or in-person Fall Break camps and classes.

1. Glow-in-the-Dark Water

Nothing says “spooky” like things that glow in the dark. Take your Halloween party to the next level with this recipe from The Science Buddies on how to make glow in the dark water from two very basic items.

Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies
Glow in the dark water from Science Buddies

2. Design Your Halloween Costume

It’s not too early to start thinking about Fright Night! Skip the expensive, pre-made costumes this year and get creative. Try putting together your entire costume using household items and stuff you already own. Need some help or inspiration? Try a DIY Halloween costume design class or a face painting workshop!

Halloween Face Painting Workshop

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3. Play a Game!

With minimal setup and simple rules, this version of a Native American stick game by My Creative Life can be played by even the youngest members of your family.

Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life
Native American Stick Game from My Creative Life

4. Halloween Countdown Calendar

This countdown calendar project from Lakeshore Learning makes the wait a little easier and you can make it at home! Or download a Fall on-demand activity like pumpkin crafting to earn a Girl Scouts badge online, DIY Fall decorations, Halloween art, and more!

countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning
Countdown calendar from Lakeshore Learning

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5. Take a break, go to camp!

Thanksgiving Art Camp at Achievers
Thanksgiving Art Camp @ Achievers

Full day and half day camps can keep your kids engaged and busy over school holidays. Many even have special themes for their Fall Break Camps.

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4 Ways to Get Your Child Started with Coding






Computer programming isn’t just for college students and hackers. Here are four engaging ways to get your kids started with coding.

By Ashley Wang

It’s pretty clear by now that technology is a force to be reckoned with. Tech companies are ever-growing and demand for programmers has never been higher. Computers dominate our lives right now, and they will dominate the lives of our children, as well.

So it’s not unexpected that many parents are interested in coding for kids. But getting them started can be rather tricky, especially if you don’t have too much experience with programming, yourself. Here, we highlight four ways to introduce your child to code.

1. Scratch

Used by millions of children around the world, Scratch is considered by educators to be the gold standard for teaching beginner coders the basics of programming. The reason? It uses blocks-based grammar that has users drag and drop commands rather than typing code. Because Scratch doesn’t require learning any complicated programming languages, even eight-year-old kids can use it.

Using the website, you can create everything from short animations to simple games. It’s intuitive, logical, and familiarizes kids with the computational thinking behind programming without overwhelming them with abstract ideas.

And if you want to get your child started even earlier, say at five-years-old, ScratchJr is the perfect learning tool. It doesn’t even require the ability to read; instead, children only need to connect together icon-based blocks to animate their characters.

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2. Lego Robotics

Looking for a more hands-on experience for your child? Lego robotics might just be the perfect fit. Lego Mindstorms, a hardware-software platform produced by Lego for children aged 10 and up, combines the fun of Lego-building with the intellectual challenge of programming robots to walk, talk, and even think.

Calvin Grewal, a Palo Alto High School senior who interned at a startup as a web developer over the summer, thinks it’s especially great for keeping kids motivated because of the immediate results it lets them see.

“It’s a good way to make coding not so dry,” Grewal says. “Building a physical robot is definitely a lot more interesting, especially for younger kids.”

Grewal does, however, warn against having children learn robotics and coding without the proper assistance that is provided at robotics camps and classes.

“If you’re in high school then you may be able to study code on your own and be properly self-motivated,” Grewal says. “But for kids, camps are definitely better to help facilitate learning and engagement.”

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3. Game Design

Camps that teach video game design are another great option for children. Because if your kids can’t seem to peel their eyes away from their screens — be it iPads, laptops, or TV — then why not have them learn how to make a video game, themselves?

Grewal is a major proponent of game design camps, citing them as the reason for his initial interest in coding. He started over the summer in elementary school, where he was taught basic Python to develop a simple computer game. Because he was doing something he was already interested in, Grewal viewed learning something as complicated as coding as more of a fun activity rather than a school-related task.

Game design is also becoming a rapidly-growing industry. Especially with eSports on the rise, specialized software developers are needed now more than ever to help create the next bestselling video game.

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4. School or Online Clubs

For kids that love interacting with their peers, joining a school or online coding club may offer additional benefits. While programming is often viewed as an individual activity done in solidarity, clubs encourage students with like-minded interests in coding to help each other out with tips and advice. Students often find it beneficial to have others help them troubleshoot their issues.

“It’s a good way to talk with other people who are interested,” Grewal says. “You learn from other people, who then learn from you.”

However you plan to approach coding for kids, it’s important to always keep an open mind. Because no matter how much they may like legos or game design, it’s still possible that coding just isn’t the right activity for them. But starting by gauging your child’s interest with some of these tips wouldn’t hurt, and perhaps they might just become the next tech founder.

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