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December Vacation Guide 2017


Thursday, November 30, 2017

Before you know it, your kiddos will be covered in wrapping paper & tinsel and out of school for a week (or two)! Often times we rely on school & activities as childcare while we are working, running errands, doing laundry, and accomplishing all of the other things we need to do in a day! Lucky for you, there are a number of drop-off programs available over the holidays that will give you at least a few hours (if not more) to check some things off of your to do list. Take a look at the "Vacation Camp" options below!

For other drop-in activities happening while school is out, go to the home page and select "drop-in" and any other important criteria (town, day, age) to populate a list of options. You can also check out our special events calendar for even more local fun! 

Vacation Day Camps



Tumble Jungle: December 22, 26, 27, 28, 29. 9am-12pm. $45/day or $205/5 days. Activities include trampoline, zip line, bounce houses, games, recreational sports, crafts, & more. Add on "Monkey Time" from 12pm-1pm for $15 (includes pizza)!

Pump It Up: December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29. Hours vary by day. $25/half day, $40/full day. Camp includes play time in our fun filled arenas, activities, arts & crafts, lunch, festive snacks and more.



Green Moon: December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29. Time, age, and price vary by activity. Visit the Green Moon website for more info. Come celebrate the best time of the year with us!



Stamford Museum & Nature Center: December 18 & 20. 9:30am-12pm. Members: $30/day, Non Members: $35. Ages 4-5. Not ready for winter break yet? Join us for a morning of nature play, live animals, crafts, and more! Our environmental educators will lead an exploration of winter trails, introduce children to some of our animal teachers, and share stories and crafts.

Chelsea Piers: December 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29; January 1, 2. 8:45am-11:45am. Members: $63/day, Non Members: $75/day. Ages 3-5 year olds. Little Athletes Gymnastics Camp supports each child's natural love of movement and exploration. A low camper-to-teacher ratio ensures personal attention and maximizes safety. Register here!

Great Play: December 18, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29. Times vary by day & age. $49/day (discount for multiple days). Ages 3-10. School is closed but Great Play is Open! Come once or come every day! Everyone loves a good party! This year our holiday camps are all themed and feel like a party! Each Camp includes some of the kids all-time favorite games and activities from our classes all with a themed twist. The themed Camps also include special contests (everyone will be a winner), themed prizes, giveaways, and more!

My Gym: December 23, 26, 27, 28, 29. Three hours of My Gym fun, games, and snack! Camp is perfect for children 2.5 and up. Members: $40/day, Non Members: $45/day.

Kids U: December 26, 27, 28, 29. 9:15am-12:15pm or 9:15am-2:15pm. Ages 3-9. $55/3 hours, $75/5 hours. Children will participate in gymnastics, cooking, science, lego, arts & crafts, sports, games and PlayQuad time. 



SplatterboxDecember 26, 27, 28, 29. 10am-1pm or 1:30pm-4:30pm. Ages 5-12+ (ask about "almost 5’s"). $60/day. Camp SplatterBox is so much fun! We will be creating amazing works of art, playing fun games, cooking up delicious snacks and treats, demonstrating super interesting science experiments and so much more.



Darien YMCA: December 27, 28, 29. 9am–1pm (pre-school only) or 9am-4pm (preschool to 5th grade). Extended care available: 8am-9am and/or 4pm-6:pm. 1/2 day Members: $60, Non-members: $70. Full day Members: $80, Non-members: $90. Extended Care: $10 per hour. Activities include swimming, crafts, outside play, gym, cooking, games and more. For more information, contact: Suzanne Richards at 203.655.8228 x1331 or

Darien Nature Center: December 18, 19, 20, 21. Ages 2-6. 9:30am-11:30am (2's only). 9:30am-1:30pm (3+). 2 days: $150-$160, 4 days: $300-$320. Join us for this special holiday vacation program. Fun, fun, fun! We will be creating special holiday crafts, baking special goodies, exploring on the trails, searching for signs of winter animals in our woods and visiting our collection of animals in our zoo room. Children will have great stories to tell about all of their discoveries! *Membership is required for all vacation programs.


New Canaan

New Canaan Nature CenterDecember 19, 20, 21. 9am-12pm. (Optional Lunch Bunch from 12pm–1pm). Come on down the hill and join other enthusiastic kids as our expert staff lead a variety of wintry adventures throughout our 40-acre preserve and celebrate the holiday season in true NCNC fashion as nature intended.

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