Darah has been out of “school” (which is a 10 hour/week Parent’s Day Out program) for 12 days now. I actually checked the calendar to make sure, because it feels like it has been at least 3 weeks! With every passing day, she seems to be waking up with even more energy, less patience and more needs. She is my love, but she is WEARING. ME. OUT.
If you are finding yourself in a similar situation and you have children who are pre-K through elementary school age, listen closely to what I’m about to tell you.
There is a very cool option this summer that you should consider. The national daycare company KinderCare is offering 12 weeks of themed summer camps, and you can sign up for as many as you like (until all the spaces fill up, at least). The themes sound so fun!
- Wilderness 101
- Dig Ancient Egypt
- Wild, Wild West
- Spectacular Sports
- Animal Antics
- Gross and Gooey Science
- Kids’ Kitchen
- Sports Smarts
- Art Expo
- Splish Splash!
- Feats of Science ™ K’NEX® Motion Machines
Darah isn’t quite old enough to participate in the theme weeks, but I’ll definitely be looking into them when she is. She’d be all about Dig Ancient Egypt…that kid logs some serious time in the sand box!
This is such an excellent opportunity for kids to meet other children, learn lots of cool new information, explore something really cool, and also burn a bit of their energy off in a safe and fun environment. Because let’s be real, even on my “awesome mom” days (which do happen on occasion) I can’t put together a whole day of themed activities. And a week’s worth? You must be joking! Summer camps provide a very meaningful experience for the kids and help them create really fun summer memories. No wonder such a large percentage of parents plan to send their kids to at least one every summer!
If you work outside the home and are in need of childcare, this is such a fun option. I REALLY like that you don’t have to sign up for all 12 weeks. This makes it easy to plan for vacations or other events without having to pay for daycare you aren’t using. So nice!
And for you moms and dads out there who are staying at home with the kiddos, I want to encourage you to think about at least trying out one week of KinderCare summer camp, not only because your kids are going to have a blast, but also because you could use the break! Since we can’t afford a traditional family vacation this year, Tim and I are planning on sending Darah to a week of KinderCare while we have a “staycation.” We’ll go to the movies (haven’t done that since she was born two years ago!), go out to lunch, read (!!), take naps (!!!) and still have our little girl home with us every evening. I actually get teary-eyed every time I think of it because we are so very VERY overdue for some quality time with each other. Using KinderCare for a week is a perfect way to make that happen. I didn’t realize that they offered such a flexible system, and I’m so thrilled to know it now.
Want to find your nearest KinderCare center? Just click on the link to find one! With over 1,600 locations across the nations, the odds are good that there’s a KinderCare close by, ready to serve your family.
Disclosure: KinderCare is providing a week of complimentary childcare in exchange for my honest opinion about their services, which I have provided.