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Posted: Tuesday, March 23, 2010 11:00 pm | Updated: 8:18 am, Thu Mar 24, 2011.

"School's out for summer!"

This may be the rallying cry of kids everywhere, but it's something that strikes fear into the hearts of working parents. The annual search for activities to keep the kids busy during the summer months is enough to make most moms and dads batty.

Fortunately, you can find a wealth of local resources on the web.

The Tucson Parks and Recreation department offers classes and programs all year long at a variety of locations across town. Everything from after-school groups to a fun summer class, the Tucson Parks and Rec has something for nearly everyone. Classes are organized by age group. Go to www.ci.tucson.az.us/parksandrec/programs.php to see what's available.

The Town of Oro Valley has a lot of great programs, too, and not just for the young ones. (Grown-up classes include everything from hiking to pilates to zumba.) Go to www.orovalleyaz.gov for details.

If you're looking for fun, one-time activities to do with your kids, go to www.dotucson.com and click on 'kids.' Search the calendar to see what's coming up.

Want Junior to pick up Russian this summer? Would you like your pre-schooler to learn Chinese? Then go to the Tucson Kids web site at http://tucsonkids.com. It has extensive links to summer language classes and activities for kids.

Finally, if you want your child to experience the rite of passage known as 'Camp,' there are a couple of sites you should check out. First there's Camps A to Z at www.campsatoz.com. Just fill in your criteria – age group, day or overnight camp, and focus, e.g., arts, theater, computers, science. The site breaks Arizona into four regions, northern Arizona (e.g., Flagstaff), southern Arizona, (e.g., Tucson), Scottsdale and East Valley, and Phoenix and West Valley. Once you've entered your search criteria, you're taken to a summary page with details on all the camps fitting your description.

Summer Day Camps at www.summer-daycamps.com is similar to Campsatoz.com, but it has a much larger database, covering camps located across the United States and Canada.

Happy hunting.

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