Ymca kids playing at camp

By: Jocelyn Houston

Ever heard that phrase “life’s a marathon, not a sprint?” Sure, it’s sound advice, but do you think the person who penned the saying was juggling a packed family calendar?
It’s easy to feel like you’ve fallen into a marathon-long sprint of managing piano lessons, carpools, sports, homework, and oh yeah, that full-time job you’re managing. And while I don’t have the secret to running your household like a well-oiled machine (everyone mom is bound to forget those swim diapers at swim lessons at least once – it’s a rite of passage!), there are ways to help keep your sanity and find your rhythm.
 
February is like a post-holiday honeymoon phase. The only holiday you have is Valentine’s Day, which is chocolate-covered so it’s actually feels like a holiday to even the parents. You’ve finally gotten a hang of the semester and activities, it’s not too incredibly cold anymore…life is alright in February! So here’s my little secret. This is the time to plan your summer and where your kids are going to camp.
 
Hear me out. Pick up the YMCA Summer Camp Guide at your Y, or online, sit down with your kiddos and shop through all the camps, ranging from horseback riding, STEM-focused engineering, specialty camps like mindfulness, fairytales, and even babysitting certification, and map out your summer. Registration opens February 5, and that’s not to invade your post-holiday honeymoon, but to help you enjoy your spring. Once you have your summer planned, you can carry on with your spring and not have to sprint to get a last seat in a popular camp.
 
Many camps offer discounts if you register soon enough in advance, too. All YMCA of Greater Omaha locations host a Summer Camp Open House March 17, from 10:00am-12:00pm, where you can fill out all the paperwork, ask questions and save on the registration fee. And with activities for the kids, you can bring them along and keep on rolling with your errands run.
 
With camps for kids from preschool to high school, the Y is your go-to for affordable, fun, and high-quality camps!
 
Now let’s plan ahead and get camp checked off that never-ending to-do list!
 
The YMCA of Greater Omaha has nine locations and offers summer day camp for kindergarten-twelve years, Camp Platte for ages 6-15, specialty camps for ages 5-14, STEM camps for kindergarten-fifth grade, preschool camp, and teen leadership camps. Registration for 2018 YMCA summer camps opens February 5th. Find the guide online at metroymca.org/camp or in any YMCA location. YMCA Summer Camps received First Place in 2018 by Omaha Magazine’s Best of Omaha.