Millions of children are stuck at home this summer, so they’ll miss out on the sleep-away camp experience. No canoeing or arts and crafts. No talent shows or archery or hiking. Short-sheeting is still a possibility, though. Siblings can be cruel.
To fill the void, Goodby Silverstein & Partners and Comcast’s Xfinity created a free, virtual camp for kids: Camp Tonsafun. Hosted by Jade Catta-Preta of E!’s “The Soup,” short videos feature entertainers, celebrities and athletes as camp counselors, presenting classes on activities for kids ages 5 to 12. The episodes appear on Xfinity platforms including X1 and Flex and can be viewed on YouTube.
Xfinity customers can quickly access the classes on X1 and Flex when they say "summer camp" into the Xfinity Voice Remote. The program is part of Xfinity's summer guide comprising more than 2,000 hours of entertainment and also includes other programs like "Virtual Vacations," "For the Family" recommendations for a game or movie night and a "Summer Reading List," featuring a lineup of shows and films based on books.
Currently, kids can learn how to make a mango dessert with Carmen Aub, an actress from “El Señor de los Cielos” or an at-home obstacle course with Nate Burkhalter from “Exatlón Estados Unidos.” Future classes will include a Minions drawing lesson with Brad Ableson, co-director of “Minions: The Rise of Gru,” basketball drills with Trevon Jenifer from Team USA and ninja instructions from Jessie Graff from “American Ninja Warrior.”