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School Vacation Day Survival Guide

Updated 9/11/2015

The Darien public schools are closed on Monday, September 14th for Rosh Hashanah. While we look forward to celebrating the new year with apples and honey, we are also quietly panicking about how we’re going to keep our kids busy for the day. Here are the options we’re exploring:

1) Vacation Camp at the Darien YMCA is a wonderful thing for kids from pre-school through Grade 5.  Pre-schoolers have a half-day option (9 am – 1 pm) or can stay all day with the big kids (9am – 4 pm) and there are extended care options available both before and after. Kids will get to swim, do arts and crafts, play games, and spend some time in the gym.

2) Pump It Up in Norwalk has a camp for kids ages 4-12. Campers will do a craft with Miss Melissa and then jump around to their hearts’ content from 9:30 am to noon. This camp is a bargain if you need only partial coverage for the day: $16 in advance or $21 at the door (space permitting).

3) Overtime Athletics is offering a one-day camp at SoNo Field House for kids ages 5 to 13. This camp runs from 9 am to 4:00 pm and includes all manner of sports in the incredible SoNo Field House facility. And at $35 per child, it’s a bargain.

4) Finally, if you’re not in need of a drop off option, there are many activities to do together, from a little pottery painting at Hands on Pottery (open from 11 am – 5:00 pm), to the Fall Break Out Day at the Stamford Nature Center (11 am – 3 pm), to apple picking (see some of our favorite spots by clicking here–but note that Beardley’s Cider Mill is only open on the weekend).

Enjoy the day!

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