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If you're sick of listening to your child say, "I'm bored," all summer, the Treasure Valley YMCA has launched a solution. Pick up the Get Up, Get Out, Get Going youth summer program guide at the downtown, West Boise, Caldwell or Homecourt YMCA and read up on more than 125 classes and camps offered for preschoolers all the way up to teenagers.

And they're not necessarily the classes you'd expect. They go way beyond climbing classes, swim lessons, mountain biking camp and Y-Ball. Kids can partake in weeklong camps focused on stop-motion film (check with your kid's school to see if it's offered), improv comedy camp (Y-member price: $144, nonmember price: $216) and Legomania ($108/$162).

The YMCA now offers camps dedicated to STEM Education through Engineering and Robots, stopping "summer learning loss" and teaching kids about chemical, civil, electrical and mechanical engineering.

Half-day camps include Simple Machines, Journey into Space, Battle Bots, Amusement Park, City Scape, Go Green and more ($108/$162).

For the young, future writers of Boise Weekly, kids ages 7-15 can experience a week of Author's Camp, writing and illustrating their own short stories, and ending the class with a printed and bound book of their own ($42/$68). Or, future homeowners can play in the dirt and learn a thing or two about growing food in the Community Learning Garden through Garden Camp ($38/$59).

The Y also offers weeklong camps at their facility by Horsethief Reservoir near Cascade, letting kids explore the outdoors through canoeing, archery, talent shows, rope courses and campfires ($406/$514).

The Y offers classes and camps from $5 to $515, but financial aid is available. Whether it's Jedi Training Day Camp ($50/$75), scuba dive camp (call for more info) or kayak lessons (see Play, Page 38), don't give your kids any excuse to sit around and watch TV this summer.