Neighborhood Day Camp

Not quite sure if you want to send your kids off to camp this year? Show your kids how much fun you can be and organize your own simple day camp.

Rotate: Personal day camps work best if you can collaborate with a few other parents and rotate the days. This way, you get to have a few days of freedom while your kids are having a great time!

Keep it small: Have six campers at the most, unless you have a helper. Otherwise, things can get crazy.

Make a theme: Have a theme for the whole week or a theme for each day. These can range anywhere from western to outdoorsy to tropical. Have the kids dress according to the theme - this will make playtime even more fun.

Activity: Pick an activity that goes along with your theme. Cowboys can play with stick horses (brooms) and compete in a rodeo. Explorers should take a hike and keep their eyes peeled for exotic animals. Islanders can spend a relaxing day at the public pool.

Snacks: Adventurers always work up appetites! Serve something fun like "worms and mud," a.k.a. gummi worms and chocolate pudding, or "ants on a log" - celery stick filled with peanut butter and sprinkled with raisins.

Crafts: Build simple picture frames with popsicle sticks, make wind socks from construction paper and streamers, or decorate simple rubber flip-flops by painting or wrapping colored string around the straps.

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