School’s out. Summer’s in. Our long warm days are filled with camp and family vacations. What’s up on the Net? Here’s an eclectic summer mix, including two virtual summer camps and a virtual road trip. But remember, it’s summer. Don’t forget to go outside and play.
Camp Yucky5 stars
The "yuckiest site on the Internet" is an eclectic mix of science and summer fun. You'll find dozens of summer-themed activities including directions for giving yourself a suntan tattoo and making a frozen hand-cube that floats a punch bowl. And don't worry, all the original gross and slimy stuff that made Yucky.com famous (learn about belches, scabs, vomit, worms and bugs) is still here. Teachers who yearn to be yucky will appreciate the curriculum guides for grades K through eight.
TheCase.com for Kids4 stars
Calling all amateur detectives and mystery lovers. Each month TheCase.com for Kids ("Mysteries to solve, scary stories, magic tricks, and contests") features a quick solve (the answer is just a click away), a mystery writing contest, and a mini mystery Solve-It contest. Monthly winners are rewarded with a mystery book. Nancy Drew enthusiasts have their own site (you'll find the link on the main page). And older readers (I'm talking high school and adult) can click on over to TheCase.com for even more mysterious fun.
Way Back Summer Vacation5 stars
What was summer vacation like years ago? And who invented summer camp? Climb aboard the Way Back wagon and learn the history of car camping (also known as gypsying), Miami Beach, and the first summer camps. My favorite click is the Road Trip, a coast-to-coast adventure (from Oak Bluffs, Massachusetts to Disneyland, California) with stops at twelve famous vacation spots.
Feldman, Barbara. "Summer on the Internet." Surfnetkids. Feldman Publishing. 14 Jul. 1999. Web. 28 Jul. 2014. <http://www.surfnetkids.com/resources/summernet/ >.
By Barbara J. Feldman. Originally published July 14, 1999. Last modified July 10, 2014.
The following links are either new discoveries or sites that didn't make it into my newspaper column because of space constraints. Enjoy!