In hemming and hawing and figuring out which camp to do, I had just found out that Downtown Day Camp now has a waiting list! We have narrowed it down to two camps: New Country Day and Downtown Day Camp, keeping my fingers crossed that they’ll still let campers in. Only in New York City would a camp have a waiting list!
The reason that we’ve narrowed it down to those two, and decided to let Little Red go off the list is because of the time and money cost factors. The Hubby and I both work full-time, and for some reason, camps here in new york city think that we are all Europeans and take the month of august off so we can spend it at our beach house. Well, I’m neither European nor have a beach house. Most camps end in July which leaves the working parents left high and dry. Plus, we’d like to stay downtown-ish and it needs to be reasonably priced. The other factors that need to come into play are: my daughter needs to have friends at the camp, for me, there needs to be air conditioned facilities (the summers in nyc are brutal!!), and there needs to be swimming facilities (she MUST learn how to swim!)
Little Red goes from the end of june through the end of july and runs about $2940. It still leaves me with the month of august with nothing for my 5 3/4 year old. The indoor facilities are air conditioned and they have access to a ton of playgrounds and go swimming at the 14th street y’s heated pool. They get there via an air conditioned bus.
New Country Day is actually in “the country”. ok, its in staten island, but there are trees, and a lake and most of the activities take place outdoors on the grass. New Country Day has a “full summer” session which goes from the end of june through august 21st which is perfect for us. For the full summer? It’s $3700 for a non Y member. The only bad thing is its good thing: it’s in “the country”.
All activities take place outside. What if its brutally hot? What will O do? What about water? She’s not much of a swimmer, but they do go swimming twice a day, which will hopefully get her swimming, but NO air conditioning at all? the hubby feels that this will be good for her: to get her out in nature and doing things that she wouldn’t normally do, like make a teepee out of twigs and make s’mores over a fireplace. I’m torn.
Downtown Day Camp is in the city. And its near our apartment. It, too, has a full summer session for $3745. Again, very competitive with the others. The good thing about it is its downfall: it is too familiar (we think) for O. Is familiarity a good thing or a bad thing for an almost-6 year old? Or should we get her out experiencing new environments? It does have air conditioning, they have access to a pool, and its near our apartment. And another thing it has: a waiting list.
only in new york, folks.
….to be continued!