Make sure to register for the SOMAS summer program for children

SOUTH ORANGE / MAPLEWOOD, NJ — Catalogs are out and registration is under way for the South Orange-Maplewood Adult School’s children’s summer program.

The program offers more than 100 classes in creative arts, music, science and sports. Students get to choose their own classes; the day can be as long or short as you like, with five periods being the maximum. Whether you’re an artist, athlete, musician or bookworm, there is a class with your name on it. This summer the program will be located at South Orange Middle School. Students can expect to follow their custom-made schedule each day, be instructed by professional, experienced teachers and be assisted by teen counselors.

Specialty classes range from coding and a musical theater camp to TV production and developing wizarding skills. There is something for every child, including computers and science; knitting, sewing and crochet; fencing, yoga and ultimate Frisbee; painting, puppet-making and pottery; stained glass, mosaics and soap-making — and nearly everything in between.

The Summer Orchestra Academy provides ensemble lessons and individual mentoring for violin, viola and cello students entering grades three through eight. The Summer Band Academy provides ensemble lessons and individual mentoring for woodwind, brass and percussion students entering grades five through eight. Both academies culminate with a concert performance. The popular Suzuki violin program will be offered for students who have taken Suzuki violin lessons during the year and wish to continue to the next level.

Special science workshops include robotics and forensics. The off-site sports program offers fencing, track and field, soccer, gymnastics, basketball and girls volleyball.

Registrations are processed in the order they are received and parents are encouraged to enroll their children early in order to receive their first choice classes. The 2016 children’s summer program catalog has been mailed to every home in South Orange and Maplewood. It is also available online at For more information, call 973-378-7620.