With my husband home trying to get a construction business off the ground (anyone need a plumber or a new bathroom or kitchen?), we have an opportunity for the kids to participate in summer camps that weren’t previously an option. In summers past, we were both working so needed a full time summer daycare option. While this allowed the kids to swim, play games, and go on weekly fun trips – it did limit our choices for specialized summer camps.
This summer the kids will spend a large part of their time with their dad, but a full summer of being home all day will drive them – and him – batty. With that in mind, I’ve been looking into summer programs and have found a few I am really excited about.
Arvada Center Summer Camps - they offer a wide range of classes all year long including arts, dance, music and drama to name a few. My oldest is 9 and has a natural talent (insert drama queen), so we’ve signed her up for some acting classes. It is 2 hours a day, three days a week and will be a great break from home and family – plus it’s affordable and exposes her to new experiences. They have two plays being performed – Glee & The King and I. JoAnn from Casual Perfect highly recommends the classes they’ve taken there and another friend’s granddaughter is hooked and highly recommends them too.
CYT Denver 2011 Summer Camp – this was brought to my attention by Allan Morton on twitter this week. The classes are great because they last a week, go from 9 to 3 (a solid chunk of time), and are held all over the Denver area – so you can find a program convenient to your house. They are also very affordable (comparable to daycare) at $175 per week. The Dr Seuss program for 7 to 12 year old’s intrigues me, but my 7 year old said he wasn’t interested and I think we’ll be on vacation the week it is close to our house.
Colorado State University Extension 4-H Summer Day Camps – a brochure on these camps came home in our kids’ Friday folder from school. Unfortunately the 4-H Science Explorer’s Camp and the camps for soon to be 5th graders are already full, but our daughter is entering 4th grade and there are still openings in the Colorado Environmental Day Camps. The camp is extremely affordable at $155 per week with care covered from 7:30 to 4:30 each day for a week. There are also 3 locations in the Jefferson County area to help make it more convenient.
Biggest, Baddest Camp List by Mile High Mamas – via twitter (can you tell I get all my info from twitter these days?), the Children’s Hospital sent me a link to the jackpot of all summer camp lists. I should have known Mile High Mamas would have put this together considering what a great resource they are for all things Denver and kid related! The list is a little intimidating to me since it is so comprehensive, but I plan to spend some time sorting through and picking a few more things for my kids. I’m thinking the LaCrosse camp and maybe track or diving may round out our summer plans.
What are your kids doing this summer? How did you decide? If you have something to recommend, please share!