Summer vacation is here, and if you have your children are normally in school, and you don’t have aunties who can help, you may be scrambling right now to find full time childcare. Below are two options for Maui full time summer camps:
PALS (Play and Learn Sessions) is ran by the Department of Parks and Recreations and runs for six weeks during the summer school break and is Monday through Friday 7am-5pm. It is for children age 5-12 years, and is affordable at $84 for the whole session, but unfortunately if you didn’t sign up by May 3rd you are out of luck, unless you live in Hana. They do this every public school break, so at least you have the heads up for next time, if you missed the boat. For more info you can check out www.co.maui.us/PALS
The YMCA summer program does not fill up, as they will just hire more staff members to accommodate… yeah for those in need. The camps are available to members and non-members. They have camps running every week in June and July. They have a campsite at their Kahului location (Camp Moana) and one at Kihei School (Camp Nalu). They are open between 7:30am – 5:30pm and the day consist of games, art projects, swim time, snacks, field activities, quiet inside games, movie and clean up. Lunch can also be provided upon request. The cost of a regular week is $60 members, $120 non-members. Specialty camps are also offered which include, swim camp (ages 4-13, $79 member: $152 non-member), Soccer Camp (ages 4-13, $95 member: $190 non-member) and Basketball Camp (ages 4-13, $95 member: $190 non-member). There are more specialty camps for older children, which include cooking, gardening and archery. Children in the specialty camps partake in the activity for two hours in the morning and then go back to the regular camp activities. You need to sign up the Friday before the week of the camp. If you are going to enroll your child for more than two weeks it may be worth your while enrolling your child as a YMCA member (if they are not already) for $25 (then $19 for the first month and thereafter).
The camp is 50% off for members (you can always cancel your membership if you give them 30 days notice). Check out the website www.mauiymca.org for more information (hopefully it is updated), but I would call them at 242-9007 to get the latest lowdown.
Image Credit: Maui Family YMCA