SEATTLE -- We may be weeks away from summer, but now is the time to enroll your children in summer camps.
Camps are no longer the traditional brown bag lunch and arts and crafts. Kids of all ages can choose any kind of activity, like sports, science, math and language immersion.
"We are so fortunate to live in this area where we have so many choices. But it can be overwhelming," said Elisa Murray, Out and About Editor of ParentMap.
Murray offers tips for parents. First, talk to your child, find out what he or she is interested in.
"It could be fencing, Lego's or overnight camps. Just make sure your kid is on board," Murray said. "Also, ask other parents what they recommend. And finally, use the internet to search put the best choice."
Summer camps can range in price, from a few hundred dollars for a straightforward camp to hundreds of dollars for the more in depth, specialty camps. Murray said about 90 percent of all camps offer scholarships and financial aid.
"You can also get early bird discounts and sibling discounts. The key is signing up as early as possible to take advantage of them," Murray said.
If you get started now, parents and kids can look forward to a fun summer.