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Holiday Break Survival Guide

Holiday Break Survival Guide in Darien

 

Sometimes I just don’t have it in me to travel during the holidays. There are the obligatory family visits, of course, but then I think it would be nice for the whole family to sit around at home and relax without the bother of school and activities. And this lasts for about 30 minutes before the kids are complaining that they’re bored.

If this scenario sounds familiar to you, here are some suggestions to keep the kids occupied right here in Darien:

  • Darien Y Vacation Camp—This is the mack dadddy of vacation camp options. Meeting for two days on  Monday, December 29th and Tuesday, December 30th, this camp offers half-day options for pre-schoolers and full-day options for pre-schoolers through fifth graders. At the Y, the kids get to go swimming, do crafts, play outside, and just generally live it up. There is generally a field trip option for elementary students (check back here or with the Y for details). Sign up at the front desk of the Y.
  • The Little Gym—Kids need to work out their sillies while you run some overdue errands? The Little Gym’s holiday camp is just the thing for kids age 3 and up. Meeting from 9:15 to 12:15 on December 29th, 30th, 31st, and January 2nd, the Little Gym is sure to delight particularly kids of pre-school age. Call (203) 662-1235 to register.
  • Tutus and Tiaras Dance Camp—Perfect for the little ballerina in your house, this camp at the Darien School of Dance is geared for kids ages 4 to 6. The camp will meet on Tuesday and Wednesday, December 30 and 31, from 10am-12noon, and kids will enjoy a dance class as well as arts and crafts and other holiday fun. Contact Darien School of Dance director Brigita McLeod at dariendance@optimum.net or (203)912-4804.
  • JAM Junior Art and Music—Darien’s newest creative art space is hosting a Frozen JAM session on January 2nd from 1 – 3 pm for kids ages 3 and up. Kids will be making snow globes, snowmen, snowflakes while singing songs from the beloved film. Pre-registration required. $45 per child.
  • Darien Library—As always, our fabulous library has plenty of activities to keep the whole family busy, from the free screening of Planes: Fire and Rescue on December 26th at 1 pm (drop in) to the Friday Night Feature that everyone loves or loves to hate, Love Actually at 6:30 and 8:45 pm. On Tuesday, December 30th at 1 pm the library is hosting a Frozen Sing-a-Long extravaganza (which requires re-registration–right now there is a waitlist for this program).

If you’re interested in going a little further afield, there are also camp options available at Chelsea Piers and Kids U in Stamford, Tumble Jungle and Pump It Up in Norwalk, and New Canaan Nature Center and Let’s Dress Up in New Canaan to name a few.

Did we miss something? Let us know in the comments or email jacquie@allaboutdarien.com.

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