K.D. asks from Collegeville, PA on June 06, 2008
Suggestions for "Camps" in the Collegeville Area
Any suggestions for activities or mini summer camps for my 2 boys (ages 2 and 5)? I don't want to send them 5 days a week for a full day...but perhaps a 2 or 3 days for a half-day. I'm currently a stay at home mom...but I am having a tough time having the energy to entertain them everyday. And...I think they need to be around kids their own age. I frequently have playdates with other moms and their kids. I just wanted some additional suggestions on more structured activites. We have "done" a local daycare...which was ok...but I don't have any desire to send the kids back there. Maybe we will just join the spring valley Ymca and spend our days at the pool :)
A.D. answers from Philadelphia on June 07, 2008
Hi K. D,
Spring Valley may be your best bet for mini-camps in addition to the pool. Most of the camps that I'm familiar with start with elementary age children. I'm in Lower Providence Twp and they have a few 1 wk camps for pre-school age children. You don't have to be a resident, but they do cost more for non-residents. Which township or borough are you in? You can check your local area.
B. answers from Philadelphia on June 07, 2008
This may be a little far, but there is a great camp near Pottstown called Green Valleys. They have a website with all the summer camp info. Actually it may only work for your 5 year old, but it was sooo great. Its all about nature, outdoors, hiking etc. The kids love it.
L.M. answers from Philadelphia on June 07, 2008
Not sure what you will find for a 2 year old. But the CCV on Yeagar Road has camp this coming week and the following week with opening too, but they have to be 3 years old. This week is Space camp, last week was Dino camp and the following week is Bug camp. My 4 year old loved Dino camp so he is also going to go to Space camp. It is 5 days a week, 9 am - 12:30, so they stay for lunch. It is $95 per camp. They also have a free camp July 16-18th, which is going to be really good. You can see them here. www.moviechurch.com HTH
K.S. answers from Philadelphia on June 06, 2008
I would check with your township or other townships near you. I know mine (Worcester Twp) offers a couple different camps that are a week long and usually from 9 - 12. But I'm not sure of availability for your 2 yr old. I think the kids might need to be potty trained, not sure? But I'm sure that Spring Valley YMCA has camp too! I would definitely check it out! Good luck, I can relate, I have 18 month, 3 yr & 6 yr and I'm not too sure how I'm going to survive the summer, they have SO MUCH ENERGY!
L.W. answers from Philadelphia on June 09, 2008
Hi, K. - we just moved from Collegeville to Limerick and are members of the Spring Valley Y. The Y is a nice one, although they tend to have some problems during the summer months with pool etiquette (parents letting their kids in the pool without swim diapers on, etc.), but I was up there yesterday and it seems like they may be starting to get a handle on that. Also, I believe there is a swim club called 9 Oaks which is pretty nice and not that expensive. You might want to try the Upper Providence Township website - they have day camp activities which are pretty cheap and seem to be really nice and I don't think you have to be tied down to going all 5 days. Otherwise, unfortunately, most summer camps want payment for the whole week because they need to hire staff based on the number of kids. Hope this helps a little bit.