If you're like me, you may still be dealing with plans for Spring Break and spring sports and spring schedules. But pick up the pace (that's my advice to myself) because it's summer camp sign-up time, never mind if actual summer is months away.
Some summer camps have started sign ups for summer 2014, and some will do so shortly. One camp my husband looked up -- an out-of-state, sleep-away camp that we, fortunately, weren't going to really consider -- was, as of last week, already was FULL for every session it offered. Despite its $700 per-week price tag.
The inexpensive day camps run by Orlando's recreation department sometime sell out quickly, too (registration for those starts April 5).
Summer camp can be lots of fun for kids (and both mind have done those wonderful, horizon-expanding things at various camps that they didn't have a chance to try during the school year). But in two-working-parent families it is often a necessity, too, as many of us don't have jobs that grant us 10 weeks off.
And that means planning, and earlier is usually better.
The Orlando Sentinel's camp guide was out Sunday. Many organizations have started sending fliers and emails about their camps, and there certainly is no shortage of options in Central Florida, at all sorts of price points and with all sorts of activities offered.
The YMCA, local museums, theater groups, dance studios and the Orlando Science Center offer camps, as does Rollins College (a family favorite), and all sorts of sports facilities. Art studios, public and private schools and scouting organizations often offer options, too.
The trick isn't so much finding camps, I've learned, but finding ones with offerings, schedules, locations, etc that meet your families' needs.
So get planning (and I will, too).
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