The call of the wild is like a call from an elderly grandparent: though you can’t quite make out what’s being said, you feel better about yourself when you answer. Pick up nature's phone with today's Groupon: for $75, you get five days of summer camp at Adventures Unlimited (a $155 value).
During weekly summer camps, Adventures Unlimited campers aged 2–12 exercise imaginations as well as limbs with energetic activities centered on phantasmagorical themes and topics. Tots trundle off for all-day sessions from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. on weekdays, freeing parents to participate in adult-oriented fun, such as working or writing essays about brussels sprouts. Campers wield whisks with impunity during Munch-A-Bunch week’s cooking-themed activities, while Stars, Mars, and Space Cars week allows aspiring astronauts to travel the universe while making it home each night in time for supper. Art projects, games, music, and sports pack the schedule, preventing boredom from so much as tickling the little toe. Campers aged 5 and older also participate in field trips related to the week’s focus.
During each session, staff divides campers into teams, which allows mini humans to consort with colleagues who have witnessed a similar number of sunrises. In order to earn their tribe-leader badges, staff members must ace criminal background checks, complete certification in first aid/CPR, and recite the names of every Pokémon from memory. Adventures Unlimited manages morning and afternoon munchies with nutritious snacks, but parents provide sack lunches for their offspring. Some activities, such as swim lessons, may have additional fees.
At Adventures Unlimited, infants to 12-year-olds develop their love of learning through hands-on exploration in a safe environment, overseen by a team of first-aid- and CPR-certified caretakers. The center combines a park-like outdoor play area, ideal for aspiring tag-players and botanists alike, with an onsite trove of dress-up clothes to aid children as they become pirates or tiara-wearing pirates. Adventures Unlimited also fuels fun with snacks throughout the day, though children are responsible for bringing their own sack lunches.
Age-targeted activities abound throughout the year, with story time for infants and toddlers, after-school activities and transportation to local elementary schools for school-age children, and a pre-school for 3- and 4-year-olds with semi-structured art, science, math, and language classes. A registered private kindergarten pampers 5-year-olds with attention before transitioning them seamlessly into local public schools. During the summer months, the center’s camp hinges on weekly themes that can transform participants into chefs or educate them on Oregon’s history of hiding gold in its rivers and children's ears.
669 Vista Ave. SE
Salem, Oregon 97302