Admission costs are included in the camp fees, with the exception of Sesame Place. A calendar of activities is provided prior to the beginning of camp.
We swim 2 or 3 times a week at various sites including a pool on the Palisades, a lake in New Jersey and beaches around New York. Kim's Kids travels with their own lifeguards.
Surprisingly, there are many wonderful woods in and around NY to hike and explore. We try to hike once a week. We bring nets, find a pond, dig into the pond's mud and look for living things. We especially enjoy hills, rocks and fallen trees to climb on. We wander through forests looking for insects, their larva and egg casings that we might examine up close. Sometimes, we stumble upon wildlife, which is exciting, or a mulberry tree that offers us a freshly picked snack. It often feels as if we are in the middle of a verdant forest when in fact we are in the heart of urban New York.
New York City is replete with wonderful playgrounds. On this trip we travel to three different playgrounds to explore and test ourselves physically on the various climbers and structures. Getting soaked in the sprinklers is an integral part of this trip. We also take advantage of the many courts and fields to enjoy a game of baseball, basketball or soccer.
We walk across the Brooklyn Bridge, examining the construction and history of this great bridge and then treat ourselves to a well deserved lunch at a restaurant in Chinatown (included in the fee).
New York Aquarium:
This trip begins with viewing the wonderful fish and mammal exhibits followed by the dolphin and seal show. After lunch, a refreshing dip in the ocean finishes off another exciting day.
Besides viewing the wildlife at the zoo we treat ourselves to a few of the many attractions like the Congo Gorilla Forest, Bengali Express, Children's Zoo or the Butterfly Garden.
Rain requires us to be flexible and ready to change our plans. We save some of our indoor activities for these days like the Museum of Natural History, their IMAX movie or bowling. One of my favorite rainy day trips is to take a morning ride on the Staten Island Ferry and see a movie in the afternoon.
Heat Waves or Cold Waves and back-up plans:
We follow a schedule. However, weather can change our plans. We can't swim when it's cold and we can't hike when it's 95 degrees. We create back-up plans to deal with the vagaries of weather.
The children look forward all summer to our special trip to Sesame Place, in Langhorne, Pa. It is the highlight of the camp season. Sesame Place is a water park with rides designed to excite the children's imagination while encouraging them to test their physical limits. There is a huge spider web of ropes to climb, multiple water slides, a small wave pool and many other exciting activities. It is ideal for the ages of our children as well as the type of camp we run. Due to the extra distance, we extend the day, travel by coach buses and provide extra snacks. This is the only trip that requires an additional fee but the trip is optional.