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The Summer Shuffle

April 23rd, 2018

The Summer Shuffle

That’s what summer feels like to many moms; the summer shuffle. I’m already hard at work figuring out our summer plans. Where will Gabby go each week, who will pick her up, where will she go afterwards? Planning summer schedules can be overwhelming so hopefully this newsletter on local summer camps will help reduce the stress of your summer shuffle.

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Summer Fun in the City! Gainesville Parks & Recreation

These day camps are great because they are typically all day and they are inexpensive! These camps are called Horizon Day Camp, Discovery Day Camp and Camp Kazoo Day Camp. They have sports and specialty day camps that are half-day camps and look like a ton of fun! They have a chef camp, arcade camp, vet camp and even an adrenaline camp to name a few. Residents of Gainesville City get a discount too. Check it out!

Choose your Adventure, J.A. Walters Family YMCA

The camps at the YMCA are all-day camps as well and have a different theme every week; including: Wild Adventure, Y Wars, Stars & Stripes, Lights, Camera, Action! And YMCA’s Got Talent. They are also very reasonable in cost and YMCA members receive a discount. What I like about the YMCA camps is there are camps available for kids up to the 10th grade! This is a great way for older kids to meet new people and have something fun to do while you’re at work.

School Break Adventures, Camp Elachee

If your children enjoy the outdoors this is the camp for them! This is a great and fun camp with nature walks, animal viewing and water-play. Elachee is a half-day camp but does have early morning hours and afternoon hours you can sign up for to make it easier for working parents. Every week is a different theme and they also have middle-school camps available as well. They have a water week, wilderness survival, wet & wild and a space week. It’s a lot of fun!

Pet P.A.L.S, Humane Society of Northeast Georgia

I can’t wait until next year when Gabby is old enough to attend this camp. She just misses the birthdate deadline by about two weeks. This looks like so much fun! There are four weeks they offer camp: June 11-15 and July 9-13 for kids ages 7-9 and June 18-22 and July 16-20 for ages 10-12. It’s almost a full day from 9:00 to 3:00, but they do offer before/after care for kids that need to be dropped off before 9:00 or picked up after 3:00. Please check it out!

Imagination Unleashed, Quinlan Visual Arts

The Quinlan Art Summer Camp is a lot of fun and allows kids to use their imagination! These camps are typically half day, but they have a clay-camp option that allows the kids to stay later in the afternoon. They have eight-weeks of camps and you get a discount if you are a member of the Quinlan or you schedule 2 weeks or more for one summer. It looks like a lot of fun!

Summer Programs, Lakeview Academy

The Lakeview camps are open to children throughout the community and they have several weeks of different themes including, cheerleading camp, hiking camp, Lego camp and many more. For the month of June, they have all-day camp from 8:30 to 5:00 and the kids will have fun doing nature hikes, playing outdoor games, fun with robotics and computer time. The half-day programs are from 8:30 to 12:30 and are offered to kids from ages 4 on up. Check it out!

I hope you have a wonderful summer and I hope there’s some beach time between your summer shuffle. If you have a camp that I missed that I should feature, please let me know and I’ll be sure to add them to our Facebook page.

Thank you for reading!

Christina Jones


Financial Planner

Partner, Windsor Wealth

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