Time to make your summer plans
That wonderful spring break we just had only made me yearn for summer. No schedules, no PTA meetings, no permission slips. But wait, no child care! How am I going to keep these kids safely entertained yet stimulated for 10 whole weeks?
Our marketing and advertising department put together this is list of 101 things to do with kids this summer. And the advertising dept. created this searchable database of summer camps that advertise with Tampabay.com. You plug in your age range and county and it gives you a list of camps.
But the very best database is other moms. It's from those moms that I learned you should wake up at 4 a.m. and park yourself at a St. Petersburg recreation center to sign up for the city's very affordable summer camp program. If you don't, you will likely be shut out because it fills up every year. (And once you are in you can sign up early for next year so the 4 a.m. wakeup call is only needed once)
It was also another mom who told me about TASCO, the city's Teen Arts, Sports & Cultural Opportunities program that offers a series of technology camps through the summer. Programs are open to 6-12, which is a very hard age to find summer programs for.
Another great suggestion from moms last year was to look for kids cooking camps, like this one at Young Chef's Academy in Brandon. They can be expensive because your cost also includes groceries but you don't have to cook dinner that week!
So what are your summer plans, Mommas? Whether you stay at home or work, there has to be some good tips to share about getting through the summer sane.
--Sharon Kennedy Wynne
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