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Every year, it is the same story. The summer vacation has just begun and you don’t know how to occupy your children. What is the best for your kids and isn’t it too late to plan activities for them? Don’t panic and follow the guide!
In the Grand Duchy of Luxembourg, a lot of workshops and camps will appeal to the more artistic or to the more sports enthusiasts and will allow you to keep your little ones busy outside family vacation or by Grandpa and Granny.
Art workshops are legion in the country. If your children are aged between 11 and 15 and want to master the art of theatre performance, they can attend workshops (in French or in Luxembourgish) at the Ecole de Théâtre in Luxembourg-Neudorf. Several art workshops in English, French, German and Luxembourgish for kids aged between 5 and 12 take place in the Grevenmacher Kultuhuef on different periods of the summer. At Pause-Art, children aged over 5 can participate in artistic workshops that will allow them to stimulate their creativity. Casino Luxembourg – Forum d’art contemporain offers a series of creative and amusing activities in French, English and German which aims to promote children’s interest in contemporary art and encourage them to complete their own artistic projects. In the same way, the European Circle of the Proliferation of Art (Cercle européen pour la Propagation des Arts – CEPA) organises each year its Summerakademie, a summer school with different art classes in French, German and Luxembourgish. The Luxembourg City’s National Museum of History and Art (Musée national d’histoire et d’art - MNHA) proposes thematic guided tours through the museum. Kids can also take circus lessons at Zaltimbanq’Zirkus. And if they are between 12 and 16 years old, they can even learn to make a short film at the National Audiovisual Centre in Dudelange.
Hockey, swimming, tennis, football, trampoline, karate, self-defence, gymnastics, dance, horse riding, fitness, badminton, etc.: sport workshops in Luxembourg cover almost all the sporting disciplines. Very often, these workshops combine sport with any other activities. For example, that is the case for the Little Gym Camps. These theme camps (Pirate Ship, Come into the Jungle, Princesses and Knights, etc.) propose a combination of physical fitness, fun, arts and special events. Each summer, the city of Luxembourg organises the S.d.S. Sport-Wochen. These sport camps are open to young people between 11 and 17, whether they are living in Luxembourg City or not. You can check here if places are still available.
If your kids cannot stand still, why not subscribe them to outdoor workshops? The BDK workshops (only in French) offer, in Belgium and Luxembourg (Bertrange), a lot of outdoor and indoor activities such as nature walk, adventure trails, outdoor games, Fort Boyard, Koh-Lanta, music and crafts. For more than 40 years, CAPEL (Centre d’Animation Pédagogique et de Loisirs) has been organising Aktioun Bambësch in Luxembourg City. These various outdoor activities are aimed at children aged between 5 and 12 and living in Luxembourg City. Participation is free but you need to subscribe your kids two months before the beginning of the activities. As at the time of publishing this article, it will be too late. But not if your children are aged between 13 and 17. In this case, you can subscribe them to Aktioun Jugend Aktiv. No prior registration is required.
Another option is to subscribe your children to language courses. Numerous bodies in the country organise linguistic camps coupled most of the time with sport, cultural or artistic activities.
Of course, the list above is not exhaustive. There a plenty of other activities. If you want to know more, the best solution is to inquire with your municipal administration. Each year, municipalities organise activities during summer holidays. You can also visit the website colonies.lu. It gives detailed information about all the holiday camps for children and young people in the Grand Duchy and abroad. And if you understand French, cast a glance at petitweb.lu site. You will find a vast choice of charged or free activities. The selection is very complete and regularly updated.
And what about scouting?
It can be a good idea to occupy your children. It may be too late for this summer but think about it for the next years. Two scouting federations are at your disposal in Luxembourg. They organise multiple activities focused on nature, group and sharing activities and offer nature camps during the school holidays. The Fédération Nationale des Eclaireurs du Luxembourg (FNEL) is a laic scout movement which includes the Robert Schuman French-speaking unit and the Telstar English-speaking unit. The Lëtzebuerger Guiden a Scouten is a movement of catholic scouting.
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