Spring is finally upon us, and there’s nothing my tribe and I love more than to spend every waking moment outdoors. The kids are already starting to talk about summer break and are literally counting the days till the last day of school. As much as I enjoy having everyone schedule free, by week two of summer vacation my kiddos are ready for some organized activities. The kids have two months off school in the summertime, but work doesn’t stop for the rest of us. Yes, I run my own business and I may have a flexible schedule, but I am certainly not able to lounge around in my swimsuit all day. There are only so many beach days or park picnics we can do before we all crave a little structure.
The burning question…how do we solve our issue of all the extra time kids have in summertime? The answer: Camp. For most parents who work full-time jobs, summer camp is essential. And even if you take the summer off, it is important to keep your kids stimulated throughout the summer months so they are ready for activities when they head back-to-school.
In the past I have cobbled together a bunch of different activities to keep everyone busy and also prepped for school, but with three kids this can be a bit of a headache, especially in the summer when I want to take a break from the hectic school-year schedule planning. Sometimes just picking one camp that offers an assortment of stimulating activities and sports is the way to go.
I just recently discovered ESF Summer Camps at Riverdale Country School in Bronx, NY and know this is my best option this summer. ESF lets parents choose from 1 to 9 weeks and accepts kids from ages 3 to 15! The Summer Camp is located at Riverdale Country School’s 27-acre campus. Your children are close to home but feel like they are in the country (buses are available at different pick-up points throughout NYC). The camp also offers extended hours for working parents, so they can start as early as 8:00 AM and stay until 6:00 PM. The kids get healthy snacks, optional lunch and even towel service at the pool!
What’s great about ESF is that you can customize your child’s summer camp experience with over 60 activities to participate in. ESF offers award-winning camp experiences with their Day and Senior Camps. For young athletes, there’s SportsLab, Powered by Under Armour, where campers gain the benefits of playing multiple sports daily and learn how to move better, faster, stronger, and longer with the help of Under Armour’s Methodology. There is also Specialty Major and Technology Camps for kids as young as kindergarten and up, where campers can focus on an area of interest that they are passionate about. Some of the new exciting programs are Gourmet Camper: A Taste of Italy, Indie Game Developer in Roblox®, Flight School Drone Expeditions and Who Dunnit, in partnership with The Franklin Institute. Their best-in-class programming includes curriculum focusing on your child’s academic, social and character development throughout the summer. Investing in a quality summer camp is so important because it enriches your child’s life and boosts their confidence.
If you are already stressing out about what to do about summer camp, I urge you to look into ESF Summer Camps at Riverdale Country School. ESF will be having an event at Greenwich Academy on April 30th about SportsLab, Powered by Under Armour, that aims to get children involved in multiple sports, rather than the year-round one sport specialization! Rather than cobble together a bunch of different activities, you can get all of those things in one place at ESF. ESF is running a special through April 26th, for every new family that enrolls in 2 or more weeks will get $100 off!
For more information and to RSVP for the Open House, go to esfcamps.com/riverdale. Questions? Give them a call at (718) 432-1013