Monday, February 22, 2016

It is my February goal to finalize our plans for Smarty's summer break. Here is why we plan for summer break so early.
Start planning for your kids' summer break

How Much Vacation Time Can You Take?

We are not a family that plans out an entire year in advance, but we believe that a certain degree of organization allows us to have less stressful lives and also take advantage of special deals and opportunities reserved for early birds. We are also a dual income family, which means that neither of us can take an entire summer off and spend an entirely unstructured time with our child. Moreover, our experiences of summers past show that our child tends to fall into "summer slumber" when completely left to her own devices and not into "creative self-motivated learning" which many people envision to be happening during unstructured time. In other words, we are trying to balance structured and unstructured time during summer the same way we try to balance it every day.

Are You Going to Travel?

We love travel and our dual income allows us to go places. Still, we like to plan travel in advance when ticket prices might be somewhat cheaper. This summer, I plan to fly with Smarty to New Jersey to have her spend a couple of weeks with Babushka and Dedushka (i.e. grandparents). While she is enjoying being spoiled, my husband and I are going to meet up in Paris to celebrate our 10th wedding anniversary with a week in City of Love. Of course, all this requires advance planning and coordination, so we are making our reservations in February.
When I asked Smarty recently, what her favorite trip was so far, she said immediately, Family Camp! This comes from a child who went to Germany, Mexico, New York City, and several National Parks! Still, Smarty really enjoyed San Jose Family Camp last year, and we are going again this year. This family camp is widely popular, and we were online the moment it opened for reservations to snatch a spot. Smarty is also overjoyed that her best friend and his father are going to join us this year, so she can share this special time with a friend.

Do You Want Your Child to Learn a Special Skill?

We live in Silicon Valley where opportunities are endless for kids to hone their academic and non-academic skills over summer. So far we chose not to send Smarty to academic camps, but every year her husband takes 2 weeks off, so she can take swim classes in our local community pool. Both Smarty and her Papa enjoy these two weeks of water and sun, and it's exciting to see her becoming a stronger and more graceful swimmer every year. But, yet again, we were coming early to sign her up to ensure that she gets a spot in the weeks that we plan to allocate for this purpose.

Grab a Discount for a Favorite Camp!

Smarty has tried Camp Galileo first time when she was entering third grade. She loved it so much that she begged to go back for two weeks last summer and I wrote about our camp experiences last year in the post Does Your Kid Need a Summer Camp? She loves the structure of the camp where time is split between art classes, science classes, and outdoor fun activities. All activities are loosely based on the theme. She loved all four themes offered for summer 2016, but eventually she chose to do National Parks week and Galileo Makers: Toys week. My husband and I are especially excited about Toys week, since we were talking about making a pinball machine with her, but my husband was hesitant thinking that he would have to do all the work and Smarty will end up being an observer. Now she will have a chance to build her own pinball machine in Galileo Camp!
We registered Smarty already taking advantage of a great deal offered to Camp Galileo to early birds. Now you can do it too! By signing up now, you can lock into Galileo’s biggest savings of the year and get an exclusive discount of $40 off a week of Galileo Camp using code 2016BOLD. What’s more, if you register for camp by February 29th they can save an additional $25 per week at Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest or $12.50 per class ($25 off a full day) at Summer Camps @ The Tech. Early bird savings apply automatically to your camp purchase and can be combined with Galileo’s multi-session discount. Guarantee your spot—and your biggest savings—by February 29th and you can change your camp date or location through May 2 for absolutely no fee.

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shelah moss said...

We do have a lot of fun and awesome camps in our area. The kids have enjoyed going to Camp Galileo for years.

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

You really do need to plan early to get the best camps!

maryanne @ mama smiles said...

Also, the after school linky isn't showing up for me in this post.

Ticia said...

We plan ours super early as well, and it fills up amazingly fast when you have some events you duplicate every year.