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Fill Your Family’s Summer Needs at the Microsoft Store #SmartHappensHere

by TerriAnn
Microsoft Store tour feat. YouthSpark summer camps and discounts for grads #SmartHappensHere

Summer is here, and I’m already running out of ideas and funds for what to do with my daughter. If only I lived closer to a Microsoft store. Why, you might ask? Mostly because of the FREE YouthSpark Summer Camps program. Last week I had the chance to visit the Microsoft store in San Francisco, CA (there are oodles of locations across the country though) as part of a sponsored campaign. I was surprised by what I found on my tour of the store.

Microsoft Store tour feat. YouthSpark summer camps and discounts for grads #SmartHappensHere

Microsoft Store YouthSpark Summer Camps

In the middle section of the store, the morning Summer Camp was in. Whoa—those kids looked so engaged! Even during their short break, some couldn’t wait to head back to their seat to get back to their coding project.

Microsoft Store tour feat. YouthSpark summer camps and discounts for grads #SmartHappensHere

YouthSpark Summer Camps run each week through summer, Monday through Thursday. Participants can choose coding, photography, or movie making. The morning group is made up of kids ages 8—10 while kids ages 11—13 get their two-hour session in the afternoon. No previous knowledge or experience is needed as the campers will learn everything they need to know in the class itself. Oh, and they get a fun camp shirt to wear. Parents get their own mini 1/2-hour training session so they’ll have a better idea of what their kids are learning and to stay “in the loop” with the current technology. Unfortunately, parents do not get a fun camp shirt to wear.

Microsoft Store Products, Services, Training

The Microsoft Store itself is a treasure trove of techie goodness. From three areas to play family-friendly games on the new Xbox One, the preview station for upcoming items like the Surface Pro 3, the massive inventory of Microsoft products, and even the Perceptive Pixel screen just outside the store, everyone in the family is sure to find something to grab their attention. Reservations for one-on-one training are available but walk-ins are always welcome. Enough staff is generally kept on-hand so the longest a walk-in will have to wait to be helped is 5—10 minutes. Not bad at all.

Microsoft Store tour feat. YouthSpark summer camps and discounts for grads #SmartHappensHere

Then there are the store specials. Who doesn’t love a good discount?! Right now, there some fab PC offers for grads including $100 toward the purchase of a PC $599 or more. Oh, and did you know that all teachers and students always save 10% at the Microsoft store? That’s a nice few dollars saved on each purchase.

Microsoft Store tour feat. YouthSpark summer camps and discounts for grads #SmartHappensHere

Find your local store to see what camps, classes, and specials are being offered.

Microsoft logo @MicrosoftStore #smarthappenshere

So whether you are looking for FREE summer activities for the kids, some Personal Training with your Microsoft device, or to fill the need for a new smartphone, tablet, laptop, PC, or video game, you might want to head to the Microsoft store. There you’ll find the products you need and helpful customer service to get the most out of them. Just be careful around all the shiny new products. I walked out with a HUGE urge to pick up an Xbox One and a Kinect and to put in a pre-order of the upcoming Surface Pro 3! Looks like I have some saving up to do 🙂

Microsoft Store tour feat. YouthSpark summer camps and discounts for grads #SmartHappensHere

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This blog post is part of a paid SocialMoms and Microsoft blogging program. The opinions and ideas expressed here are my own.

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Robin (Masshole Mommy) June 19, 2014 - 8:38 am

I wonder if we have a MS store around here. It sounds like more of an experience than a store.

Jenn June 19, 2014 - 11:03 am

I feel so behind with technology and gadgets. We don’t own a tablet or a gaming system. Need to get on that!

Anne - Mommy Has to Work June 19, 2014 - 11:09 am

Summer camp at mircrosoft? How cool!

Felicia June 19, 2014 - 12:28 pm

This is super cool! I woudl’ve loved something like this when I was little.. oh who am I kidding… I would love it now!

Melissa June 19, 2014 - 12:36 pm

I love that they are doing this! I can’t wait until my son is older to participate.

Angie | Big Bear's Wife June 19, 2014 - 12:36 pm

I’ve never been in a Microsoft Store, I didn’t even know they had Microsoft Stores haha. I need to find one!

Chris June 19, 2014 - 1:21 pm

I did not know that offer camps there haha wow. There’s a list that I found some activities and other fun things for the kids, you should give it a look!

Lori June 19, 2014 - 1:21 pm

I love technology! That looks like such a fun store!

Brandy June 19, 2014 - 1:34 pm

They have a few around here, about two hours away from me they will be having some of these camps. They sound great, and I love that they are offering them free.

Debbie Denny June 19, 2014 - 3:07 pm

Microsoft Summer Cam is a great idea. Wish we had one near here.

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? June 19, 2014 - 4:03 pm

I heard they just recently opened one in our area. I’ll have to look and see if they have camps!

Shell June 19, 2014 - 5:38 pm

Wow, I wish there was a Microsoft store near me. My 9 year old is into coding.

Jaime June 19, 2014 - 5:48 pm

This is such a great opportunity for kids! I hope they have something similar when my son is a little older.

Theresa June 19, 2014 - 6:56 pm

I wish we had a Microsoft store here! I didn’t know they did summer camps. My girls would LOVE to attend!

Paula @ Frosted Fingers June 19, 2014 - 7:00 pm

I wish there was a Microsoft store a little closer. The one by us is too far for me to drive the kids to a camp there every day.

Krissy Higgins June 19, 2014 - 7:01 pm

I have never been to a Microsoft Store. Sounds like a great place to be able to take my kids to camp while I roam the store and make my wish list. lol

Colleen June 19, 2014 - 8:05 pm

I have no idea if we have one here but it is a great idea and a way to compete with their competitors.

Jenn @ The Rebel Chick June 19, 2014 - 8:24 pm

The stores are so fun! If you need to know something they can help you out!

Christie June 19, 2014 - 8:40 pm

I love that Microsoft is offering these youth camps! They are learning advanced computer stuff so young!

Brett Martin June 19, 2014 - 9:18 pm

What a great camp. I LOVE Microsoft, and how they promote education in children and adults alike.

Kiwi June 19, 2014 - 9:43 pm

OMG I am so interested in the YouthSpark Camp for my nephew!! He is 9 and that would be so educational for him! I think he would love it I am gonna register him for a class ASAP!!

Carly from The Puzzled Palate June 19, 2014 - 11:07 pm

I am so behind on Microsoft software. I have been strictly using Apple products for a while now.

Kay Adeola June 20, 2014 - 12:24 am

That’s really good that that have this.I have not seen anything like this over here.

Melinda June 20, 2014 - 5:09 am

i wish i had known about this sooner. i couldn’t get my son into a class

Tracey June 20, 2014 - 5:22 am

What kid wouldn’t want to attend a class at Microsoft?! The store looks amazing.

Liz Mays June 20, 2014 - 6:09 am

I like the free activities for kids they offer. I’m also really in awe of that Surface 3!!!

StacieinAtlanta June 20, 2014 - 9:52 am

I really want that new Surface. It looks really looks pretty awesome.

krystalskitsch June 20, 2014 - 10:52 am

I need to see if theres one in my area! I feel like I could spend a whole day there!

Family Travel Blogger June 20, 2014 - 2:21 pm

Love that Microsoft offers those FREE programs for kids! Technology will be such a large part of their future.

Amanda - Growing Up Madison June 20, 2014 - 4:04 pm

My closest microsoft store is almost an hour away so I don’t go there. Those are some great deals they’re offering though.

Angela June 20, 2014 - 5:54 pm

Your store had such a great turnout for camp! I love that Microsoft is doing this program.

Kathy June 20, 2014 - 6:54 pm

I didn’t know they gave a teacher discount! Thanks for the info!

Tonia June 20, 2014 - 7:58 pm

This is an awesome program. It’s nice to see so many kids enrolled.

Virginia @thatbaldchick June 20, 2014 - 8:39 pm

My son would love summer program at Microsoft. What a neat way to keep kids engaged over the summer.

cam | bibs and baubles June 20, 2014 - 9:50 pm

I didn’t know they had stores. Very cool! I need to check them out!

Vanessa: thequeenofswag June 20, 2014 - 10:05 pm

Looks like a great store to visit. Glad they are around for Microsoft users.

Dawn June 21, 2014 - 8:11 am

The summer camps for kids sound like a lot of fun. I think we have one of these stores in the mall near us.

Marcie W. June 30, 2014 - 3:49 pm

This definitely looks genius and like something kids would love AND benefit from. I sure wish they had one in our neck of the woods.

HilLesha July 12, 2014 - 5:41 pm

Too bad there isn’t a Microsoft store in the small city that I live in. Maybe in Louisville, KY or Nashville, TN, which are both a couple hours away from me. 🙂

Penelope Guzman July 14, 2014 - 7:42 pm

Thank you for telling us about all of these details. Microsoft makes life a lot easier. I love that they offer so much for their customers.

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