Summer plans, time to panic!
After 6 years of parenting you think I’d grow accustomed to being constantly reminded that I don’t have a fricken clue what I’m doing. The latest shock, in a long and unbroken string of things I wasn’t prepared for as a parent, was delivered just after Christmas by one of the city’s recreation centres. It came in the form of a glossy pamphlet announcing that SUMMER CAMP registration was opening January 2nd. That’s right, it’s apparently a requirement for us to now have our summer plans carved in stone by the beginning of January. Good bye airy-fairy, devil may care summer. So long unplanned days of playing hooky. See ya later…well, you get the point. Do people actually live like this? Do they like living like this? How do they live like this?
V’s in grade one now, so her (beloved) daycare no longer provides a summer program. I’ve always known this will leave 9 long weeks to be filled with care and activities. But in my mind (where it’s always sunshine and roses) I figured this would be a spring activity, not a 2 weeks into winter one. (And while I’d love to ditch my job every summer and hang with her, the reality is that if Bill and I want to spend any time together, we’ve got ourselves a wee bit of a shortfall.)
After crying on the shoulders of some co-workers, I’ve selected an outdoor day camp (1 week) and a swim camp (2 weeks) and I’m going to do my darndest to get them booked as soon as I can. Add these to the 3 weeks I can take this summer and we’re still left with…3. Three weeks I need to find care for V. Three weeks I really don’t want to get up at the buttcrack of dawn and drive her all over hell’s half acre (while most likely forgetting her lunch 2 of the 5 days).
Here’s what I’ve looked at so far:
YMCA – Hoping to get V in their day camp for a week
Camps Canada – Looking at their 2 week swim camp
Pottery playhouse – program looks awesome, V’s too young
Diefenbunker spy camp – She SO wants to do this, but again, too young.
Dovercourt Rec – wicked looking, but would be about an hour commute every morning and evening, so it’s tier two for the moment.
So I need help. I need advice, and I need recommendations. I’m looking for programs in the west to FAAAAR west of Ottawa for 6 year olds. I’m looking for programs you’ve loved. I’m not looking for sports camps, V’s just not down with that. Arts? Sure. Drama? WONDERFUL. Math or science? AWESOME. What have you loved? What have you hated? What should I know that I don’t yet?