Summer Options for Kids in and Around Bedford: Has Your Family Made its Plans Yet?

Three programs that deserve your attention as you’re making summer plans for your family

Compiled by The Bedford Citizen

A cold and rainy April afternoon seems an optimistic time to look ahead to summer programs for all ages, and there are several to consider. Bedford Recreation Department, College for Kids on the Bedford Campus at Middlesex Community College, and the Youth Public Safety Academy sponsored by Sheriff Peter Koutoujian’s office.

The Bedford Recreation Department

The Bedford Recreation Department’s Spring/Summer brochure offers special events (including the Town’s Summer Concert Series) along with Adult and Youth Programming.

Click to read the Recreation Department’s 2017 Summer brochure online

Youth programs range from Spring and Fall Soccer, through vacation programming, science and enrichment programs, summer sports programs for youth and adults, Summer Adventures camp, and performing arts (aka junior Summer Stock for Bedford kids going into grades 4 to 9 and ). Online registration is available by clicking

A separate brochure outlining the offerings at Springs Brook Park is in the works and is expected to reach residents within the next two weeks.

College for Kids at Middlesex Community College

College for Kids summer programs offer one-, two- and three-week summer programs for children ages 8 to 15 that run July 10 through Aug. 18, on the Bedford and Lowell campuses.

College for Kids offers fun and engaging summer programs to provide children with unique opportunities to explore careers, learn new skills, meet new friends, and boost self-confidence. Programs are taught by public-school teachers or by professionals who are experts in their field.

Click to read the 2017 College for Kids brochure

Most College for Kids programs run Monday through Thursday, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. This year, programs explore film production, aviation, computer coding, writing, science, veterinary medicine, technology, culinary arts, fashion design, Minecraft, web design, LegoMindstorms, fitness, and more.

For the complete MCC College for Kids schedule and registration information, visit or call 1-800-818-3434.

Sheriff’s Department Youth Public Safety Academy

Middlesex Sheriff Peter J. Koutoujian has announced applications are now available for youngsters wishing to participate in the 2017 Youth Public Safety Academy (YPSA). Now in its 18th year, YPSA provides a safe, educational, low-cost summer camp option for Middlesex County youth.  For the first time, the camp will now be open to children ages 8-12.

YPSA is comprised of six, one-week camps beginning on July 10.  Transportation and lunch are provided and a graduation ceremony is held each Friday in Chelmsford. To learn more about the YPSA program and fill out an online application, please visit

“Each year, YPSA is one of the best programs we are able to offer,” said Sheriff Koutoujian.  “Thanks to our incredible staff and all our partners in law enforcement and the fire services, YPSA is an exciting opportunity for youngsters to learn valuable public safety lessons in a fun-filled environment.”


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