I survived Spring Break 2012. No, I didn't just get back from a wild week in Cancun. I'm actually referring to surviving my children's spring break. Nine whole days of them, here, all day with me. Talking, begging, crying, fighting, cuddling, needing. Do they let me work? No. Do they mess up the house? Yes. Do they want me to do things with them and have fun with them? Yes.
And so do I, of course. I love being with my boys, but there is a price. I got nothing done, I couldn't get my hours in for work, my house is a wreck and there is no food in the house.
I was pondering this yesterday when I started having heart palpitations. Spring break is only nine days, but summer break is fast approaching. So, I started to count. There are 68 days left until school is out. Yes, moms of Marple Newtown, we have just 68 days until the kids are home with us for 81 days. Let me repeat, that's 81. I did the math.
Now, don't get me wrong, I love being with my kids and I enjoy trying to make every day count with them. But 81 days is serious. So, even though I had an empty house for the first time in nine days, and I should have been cleaning or grocery shopping, I instead turned to the Internet to start planning those 81 days.
I already knew about a few camps in the area, but my kids are growing up and have different interests this year. Luckily, we live in an area that has so many options. Between the traditional day camps to a plethera of educational summer programs, my kids can do anything they want this summer and I won't have to drive far, which is ideal considering the cost of gasoline.
I'm starting to breathe again. I can do this and so can you. Here is a list of what I found researching local summer camps and programs. Note that ESF and Camp Garrett are having open houses on April 14th.
Feel free to add additional programs to the comments section below.
Phillies Baseball Academy, Newtown Square: June 11-15. Unfortunately, Marple Newtown School District schools don't get out for summer until June 15th. However, they do have other dates and locations in the area.
Camp Garrett, Newtown Square: June 18-Aug. 31. This camp is for kids ages 5-15 and runs from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Monday through Friday. There is extended care available from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Check out their open house this week on April 14th.
MGOLF Junior Golf Camp, Newtown Square: Four sessions from June 18-21; July 16-19; August 6-9; August 27-30. Sessions are from 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.
The Little Gym, Newtown Square: Themed weekly camps starting June 18-Aug. 30.
Phillies Dance Camp at Springton Dance Academy, Newtown Square: June 18-22 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Aftercare available until 6 p.m.
MN Players Theater Camp, Swarthmore: Two sessions from June 25-29: "The stories of Hans Christian Andersen" and Aug. 20-24: "Greek Mythology." Camp hours are from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m and campers are from ages 8-15.
Kehler's Kids Fun Summer Day Camp, Broomall: You can choose between two-, three-, and five-day, half- or full-day camp. There is early and late pick-up available for an extra fee. Weekly camp sessions start June 18th and run through the end of August.
Marple Sports Arena Summer Day Camp, Broomall: For children ages 5-13. Camp is June 18-Aug. 31 from 8 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Weekly camps with before and aftercare available.
Marple Sports Arena Junior Camp, Broomall: For ages 3 and 4. Half- and full-day weekly camps from June 18-Aug. 31.
Summer at Episcopal Academy, Newtown Square: For ages K-12. Camp lasts from June 11-July 27. Tons of programs and activities available, including basketball and football camps as well as weekly programs such as Bridge for Beginners, Basketry, Jewelry Design, Swimming, Lego Robotics and much more.
Knights Sports Academy Baseball & Softball Camps, Newtown Square: Camp is from June 18-21 and located on the . This is an elementary and middle school baseball camp and softball camp.
Marple Newtown Recreation Summer Camps, Broomall: Education, cultural and sport weekly camps available. Registration opens May 1st. See attached flyers with camp information.
Delaware Valley Fencers Club Camp, Broomall: One week camp, all levels. Camp is from Aug. 13-17 for ages 8-12.
St. Pius X Summer Enrichment Sessions, Broomall: Camp is for the weeks of June 18, June 25, July 2, July 9, July 16 and July 30. The camp reaches out to children ages from preschool through 8th grade. Before and aftercare is available. There are many programs to choose from. They have anything from sports, education, crafts to dinosaur camp. See attached brochure.
All Ball Basketball Camp, Newtown Square & Broomall: Camp is for children in kindergarten to 8th grade and is from Monday through Thursday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The camp will be located at for the weeks of July 9 and July 23; and at for the week of July 16.
Marple Presbyterian Vacation Bible School, Broomall: The Vacation Bible School is from Aug. 20-24 at in Broomall.
First Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, Newtown Square: The Vacation Bible School is from June 18-22., 9 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the in Newtown Square.
Camp Treasure Island at Springton Lake Presbyterian, Newtown Square: Camp is from Aug. 6-10, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at in Newtown Square. In-person registration is on May 12th at 9 a.m.
Spruce Street Baptist Church Vacation Bible School, Newtown Square: The Vacation Bible School is from July 16-20, 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at in Newtown Square.
Creation Corner Summer Camp, Broomall: For children ages 2 and 3, camp will be held on June 4, 6, 8, 11, 13, 15, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For ages 3–7, camp will be held from June 4-15, 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Cub Scout Twilight Camp, Haverford: Camp will be held from July 30 to Aug. 3 at the Haverford Reserve.
From the Top Studio of Dance Summer Camp, Newtown Square: Camp weeks will be held from June 18-22; June 25-29; August 6-10; and August 13-17.