Hi, I’m Sheylah Callen and I want to share some information that may be helpful for families as you plan your summer vacation.
In the heart of winter with cold snow all around we start looking forward to the summer, at least I do! We start planning and preparing for those long anticipated warmer days. Part of the preparation is sorting your vacation rental, making travel plans, or preparing for a very busy season of work and of course finding some fun activities for the kids. Having an active 5 year old myself I know how important it is to keep the kids busy. We have some amazing summer programs here on island. Some offer activities for children starting at age 4 and they run on a weekly basis. Everyone has a different price range, but most are around $300 for the week and up from there. I have some favorite camps that my son truly enjoys:
Felix Neck is great for your nature lover with programs starting at age four. http://www.massaudubon.org/get-outdoors/wildlife-sanctuaries/felix-neck/camp This camp has excellent counselors and is at the top of our list.
For your budding artist there is Featherstone Center for the Arts with Mrs. Lani http://www.featherstoneart.org/summer-art-camp .
If your child is 8 or older and lives on the water or wants to learn more about sailing or windsurfing then Sail MV is the place for them.. http://www.sailmv.com/online-registration.php
In addition I have heard tremendous reviews of the following camps for kids a bit older then mine, starting at 6 or 7 IMP theater camp with full and half day options http://www.imp4kids.com/education/Summer_Camp.html
Sense of Wonder includes a well rounded program helping children discover many different elements of the world around them. http://senseofwondercreations.org/summer-camp/
There are several farm camps where your child can learn about animals and how to care for them. One of my favorites is the Farm Institute http://www.farminstitute.org/summer-programs
There are some great family activities, which we’ve enjoyed and love to tell friends about such as cinema circus at the Chilmark Community Center. http://tmvff.org/cinemacircus/
Family Dance-O-Rama at Flatbreads is a good time http://www.flatbreadcompany.com/FlatbreadMarthasVinyard2010.html
and Island Cove Adventures has mini-golf, games and a climbing wall. http://islandcoveadventures.com/contact-us/
This is a small list of the summer happenings here on the Vineyard. Just a little something to get you started… Remember to leave yourself some time to get to the beach! Summer comes and goes so quickly and you simply must make time to soak up some sun (where sunscreen, of course) before the cold winter returns. I hope you all have an amazing summer!! I’ll see you at drop off or hopefully at the beach…Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions or for more fun activities for kids on the island. Sheylah