Summer plans?

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Thu, 03-22-2012 - 9:21am

The post below got me thinking-anyone else making summer plans-camps for kids or vacations?

Zeph will be on summer swim team (daily practice) and karate continues through the summer.

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Fri, 03-23-2012 - 2:15pm
We are thinking about going to Disney again this summer. The kids loved it last year and DH thinks this is the last year where they'll all really think it's magical.

We usually do a week or two for swim lessons. We also applied for a scholarship for zoo camp - with three kiddos it can be really expensive - so we'll see if that comes through.

Other than that we try to do the free things like summer reading programs and free days at the museums. Since we live in the mountains there are lots of places to go hiking and exploring. We'd also like to try geocaching this summer. I think they kids will like it...sort of like a treasure hunt.
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Sat, 03-24-2012 - 9:58am
Summer camps are so expensive it is crazy! In my area they easily run $250-$300 per week for 9-3. That's alot for enrichment. I hope the scholarhisp comes through for your kids.

Disney sounds like a great time. We haven't been in years (since Zeph was 4) and I would love to go back. I think that now that he is a tween it would be such a different expereince but still fun.

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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 8:57am

DH and I both work F/T, so day camp is a necessity rather than a luxury.

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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 1:24pm
Thanks! I think they tell everyone next month sometime. We got one the year before last, so I'm hoping they'll give us one again.

It seems like there's so much more to Disney now. And then there's Universal Studios too. I have a photo of me at about 13 years old at Disney with my younger cousin. I had that "oh-my-gosh-I-can't-believe-I'm-here-because-I'm-waaaay-too-cool-for-this" look on my face. LOL! We took DH's daughter when she was a tween though and we had a great time doing some of the "scarier" rides and at Universal too.
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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 1:28pm
That's great Gwen! I've always wanted my kids to be strong swimmers too. Growing up in Florida, I don't even remember learning to swim, I feel like I've always just known how to do it. And in those days my mom could send me and a friend to the pool in our complex without supervision (and not be hauled away by social services!) and we'd play all day.

We've done swim lessons for the kids each summer, but it gets pretty pricey, so they only do two weeks worth of lessons. They definitely feel more comfortable in the water, but are not swimming on their own yet. We really need to do more lessons and get to the pool consistently I think.
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Mon, 03-26-2012 - 8:43pm

So far I know that Nathaniel is going to the summer camp at my school that my sister is teaching about Greek Mythology, not sure if he is going to any of the other camps.

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 8:48am
Greek Mythology camp sounds cool!

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 10:21am

I"m a sahm and camps here aren't cheap - girl scout camp is $295 a week for day camp.

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 12:33pm

I just signed up for 2 summer half day camps. Since they are offered by a government funded facility who receives education grants, they are quite affordable.

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Tue, 03-27-2012 - 12:42pm

We joined the Y last summer and its good, for us unfortunately the free swim times don't mesh well with the schedule but on days I'm off I'll get Liam and take him. I don't drive so its hard in the winter, we live walking distance but its one thing for me to walk in the cold after a swim but for the boys its another story. I know they usually have sport camps through the city program seperate from the daily camp; don't know how they are price wise but many of Liam's friends do them but think sometimes the added expense is worth it for an hour of peice.

We are probably going to do storyland and santa's village. We did santa's village last year boys had a BALL. We skipped storyland but then when we went skiing in January while waiting for mom to get out of the rest room they discovered the flyers. Santa's village is about an hour from my parents place in NH but storyland a bit farther so we can't do the drive 2 and from twice and can't do 2 parks in 1 day so thinking of getting a package at a place for a few days mid week right after school gets out then spend the weekend for free at the condo. Figure its $100 at least a park anyway and what we would spend on gas and wear and tear on the car its worth it to spend the extra for a hotel for 2 nights plus its cheaper in June and seeing as the advertising city summer camp starting June 20th we i'm guess we are out either the 15th or 18th and hoping we got a week on most everyone else in the area so the parks will be less crowded. We went in August last year and it was pretty busy.

I was going to put the 3 year old in skating classes over the summer but now I think I will wait. He turns 4 in September so can do the learn to skate through hockey program and then he can learn in full pads. Sounds like it would be harder but falling is cushier and its actually cheaper. Depending on camp we decide on sending Liam we may do swim lessons too. The little one cries everyweek when I go to my water aroebics (he wants in the pool SO bad) but baseball starts soon so depending on Liam's schedule that may wait for the summer.

Usually my sitter takes 2 weeks off in august kind of sucks since are vacation has to run around hers and she takes 4 weeks total and we just don't have enough time to take a week off together as a family so usually its an overlap I take a week and a few days that cross over DH week off but this year she is only taking 1 off since her DD is getting married but its the same week Liam will start back up school so we can't go anywhere which is why we were planning on june anyway.

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