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It's Mom and Dad's turn to go to summer camp at Usdan

The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing

The Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts in Wheatley Heights is offering courses such as musical theater, organic gardening and pottery to grownups. Photo Credit: Usdan

It's Mom and Dad's turn to head to summer day camp on Friday, when the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts, 185 Colonial Springs Rd.,  Wheatley Heights, holds its 11th annual “Usdan University” for grownups.

The day begins at 9 a.m. with morning classes, including organic gardening and cooking; digital photography; painting; potter’s wheel ceramics; Broadway jazz dance, and musical theater performance.

That’s followed by a lunch catered by Panera Bread, and a concert in the on-site, 1,000-seat McKinley Ampitheater. Afternoon recreation can include chorus, nature walk, archery or a campus tour. Everyone earns a “diploma” at the end of the day.

An optional swim in Usdan’s Olympic-size pools ends the program, from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m.

Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts is in its 47th season. Alumni include actress Natalie Portman and singer Mariah Carey.

Usdan University is $65 per person or $100 for two including lunch. For more info, call 631-643-7900 or visit usdan.com.

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