After a silent winter and spring, the rock-climbing wall and go-kart track are waiting impatiently for summer to arrive, eager for the influx of laughter and ebullient burst of life that comes with it. The empty cabins and sports fields spread across Camp Cottontail’s 200-acre land share the sentiment, as they’ve been locked in this cycle of yearning for summer since the camp’s construction in 1958. The sprawling camp finally comes alive once flocks of young campers take over, orchestrating a symphony of sounds of kids splashing into the pool, giggling over arts and crafts, and singing around a crackling bonfire as night unfolds around them. Following in the footsteps of generations of campers before them, the kids spend each balmy summer day immersed in well-planned daily programs comprised of high-energy activities.
A past camper whose influence is felt throughout the camp is Lynn Pedroza, who assumed ownership of Cottontail in 2009. Having spent every summer since 1984 as a staff member, Lynn bought the camp with the sole intent of upholding the previous owners’ dedication to granting campers the best summer possible. Her commitment to the camp’s tradition of excellence is reflected in her meticulously selected staff of counselors and instructors, all of whom undergo extensive background checks and are certified in CPR and first aid. The staffers take campers under their wings, teaching them new skills such as how to shoot an arrow or how to save a friendship with a meaningful lanyard bracelet. Optional offsite activities and special trips bolster the camp experience. While daily schedules are determined by each camper, the camp comes together for beloved events including Skit Night, Counselor Dress-Up, and the camp dance.
Working with the notion that pretend play is a crucial aspect of how children learn, develop ideas about the world, and determine who they're voting for, Pint Size Kids equips its early learning and play center with developmentally appropriate toys for open play sessions. At curriculum-based classes, children up to aged 6 can boost their imaginations as they practice music, art, or learn basic Spanish skills. Baby sign-language classes help infants and toddlers express words and concepts—such as “mommy” and “hungry”—through American Sign Language.
My Gym, which currently has more than 200 international locations, began more than 20 years ago as a structured place for children to safely play, acquire new skills, and romp off a sugar buzz. All classes are organized according to age level—starting as young as 6 months—and designed to incorporate the latest physiological and psychological research. Tiny Tykes gets babies moving with help from their parents, Mighty Mites teaches toddlers self-reliance and beginning sports skills, and Champions, a class for kids aged 6 to 9, emphasizes the importance of using teamwork to master more complex sports skills and achieve group goals such as building a human pyramid to reach the cookie jar. My Gym's energetic instructors are experts at using music, dance, and gymnastics to build youngsters' strength and self-esteem while stimulating their giggle-plexes. The noncompetitive environment fosters creativity, and hands-on activities boost children's learning retention and fun quotient. My Gym also welcomes parents to come, relax and have fun, keeping a kids-music-free atmosphere.
A pioneering modern indoor play center, Pamper & Play's unique setup both delights children and gives parents a few moments of peace and tranquility. The space features an indoor play area for kids and a parents? lounge stocked with complimentary coffee, tea, spa water, and magazines. There?s also plush seating for maximum relaxation. CPR-certified staff members oversee the play area, where kids aged 6 months to 7 years can bounce around in a ball pit, play dress-up, or read storybooks. All supervised playtime also includes music and crafts, and kids of all ages can drop by the center for open play.
Pamper & Play also hosts children?s parties that include a space rental and two hosts. Customers can upgrade events, such as the Teacups and Tiaras party, with extras including face painting and fresh flowers.
Emma's Children is a one-stop shop for all your parenting questions & needs. We offer private in-home, phone and Skype consultations and parenting classes. Our mission is to help parents navigate through the confusion and provide the key ingredients, necessary tools and confidence to help you be the best parent you can be!
At Esteem Pre-School, the curriculum isn't confining—instead, it's flexible, designed to promote a strong sense of self as it prepares kids for school. Inspired by to the Reggio Emilia approach, it encourages kids to pursue their own interests. A team of nurturing teachers help kids along the way, catering to different learning styles and snapping photos for posterity.