At most summer camps, kids make friends, have adventures, and create memories that last a lifetime. But at Game Camp Nation, kids do all of that, and perhaps create the next Minecraft or Donkey Kong, which is infinitely cooler than any friendship bracelet. At this exciting and educational retreat, students between the ages of 9 and 17 learn STEM (that's Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) skills in weeklong camps where they master the ropes, codes, and mechanics of computer-game creation, and then play their newborn games competitively with other students. Game Camp Nation offers an array of camps to choose from. Here are some of the week-long choices currently available.
Game Design with Sploder: Kids make the transition from player to creator as they learn how to use the Sploder game engine, how to create art using Paint.NET, and how basic mechanics theory works (Ages 7–9)
Video Game Creation I Using Construct 2: Learn code logic, how to create art with Paint.NET, and how to import sound effects as well as complex mechanics theory to put puzzles in your game (Ages 10–12)
Video Game Creation II Using Construct 2: Learn even more complex code logic, how to create art using Adobe Photoshop, how to import unique sound effects, and learn object-oriented code logic to create complex puzzles in games using the multiple-inheritance principle that created Skynet and brought about the rise of the machines (Ages 13–17)
Minecraft Adventures: Kids master designing their own adventure maps and learn code logic and how to create resource packs for re-skinning objects and character (Ages 7–9)
Minecraft 3D Design: The next-level class teaches Minecrafters how to craft original 3D art assets for their adventure maps (Ages 10–12)
Video Game Creation with Java and Minecraft: Learn how to write code using Java, program “mods” for Minecraft, and teach game characters how to navigate a 3rd dimension (Ages 13–17)
Helmed by the not-for-profit Urban Mediamakers Association, the four day Urban Mediamakers Film Festival showcases independent features, shorts, documentaries, cartoons, and music videos from a wide swath of burgeoning artists. In addition to having their creations screened and judged, novice filmmakers can learn the ins and outs of modern media by participating in in-depth discussions and presentations led by guest speakers who have found success in the industry. Past presentations and workshops have covered topics such as turning independent books into films, building a brand through social media, and developing a compelling story that can invoke thought and positive change. Beyond the premiers and presentations, the film festival also hosts an awards party and Videopalooza, a showcase for youth films.
The first thing you notice about the Slingshot Entertainment complex is its size; the indoor fun center occupies a massive 130,000 square feet of space. The second thing you notice is that, despite all this room, the complex still seems to be bursting at the seams with fun and excitement. As you might guess, the center puts that size to good use; the cavernous space hosts everything from a track for all-electric go-karts to full-sized bowling lanes. There's even an indoor ninja-style obstacle course, where aspiring warriors test their balance and coordination. If all of this sounds overwhelming, don't worry:
there's plenty for every visitor regardless of age, including a separate go-kart track and a triple-level play area just for kids and an onsite bar and grille for patient (and thirsty) adults.
"Don't worry about how you play, just have fun." Parents cheer on kids with that advice all the time, but Kierre Jordan, the skill-development trainer at All Or Nothing Basketball LLC, will not. His basketball-training sessions are age and skill-level appropriate, but they're designed to push players beyond their limits and propel them to a professional level of athleticism. That's why he only invites serious players to sessions, including NBA players and other professionals. But that doesn't mean Kierre ignores the needs of beginners or banishes fun from the gym. He also meets novices where they're at with basics, such as dribbling and passing, and encourages them to attend group sessions where they can play among friends.
Martial arts at Dunwoody's Kaikudo Martial Arts Academy is a great workout that will leave you feeling Zen.
Check out the restaurant at this studio for a delicious meal.
Both the young and the young-at-heart will dig the family-oriented activities and atmosphere at this studio.
Combining self-defense techniques with high-intensity cardio, these kickboxing classes offer the ultimate full-body workout.
At this establishment, you can learn the basics of mixed martial arts in a safe and controlled environment.
Kaikudo Martial Arts Academy is located in a prime area for those who wish to park in lots.
If you're seeking a good golf course for beginners to become acquainted with the game, Swing Factory Golf in Atlanta is a great choice.
Parking is plentiful, so patrons can feel free to bring their vehicles.
If you're looking for a good way to blow off some steam, head over to Swing Factory Golf in Atlanta today and hit some balls on the golf course.