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7 Tips To Prepare For Summer Dance Camp for Kids

Posted by Brittany White on May 23, 2016 3:11:52 PM

 

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Summer dance camps are one of the best parts about being on summer break for many kids! However, we know it might be the first time you and your kids are separated during summer vacation. We also understand that summer camp might be a new experience and that it might make both dancers and parents a bit uneasy. So we’ve compiled a few tips and tricks to help put your mind at ease and to get you and your little one prepared for a fun-filled summer at camp!

1) Have A Positive Attitude

The most important part about making yourself and your camper more comfortable with summer camp is to have a positive attitude! If you don’t think camp will be a positive experience for your child, neither will he/she. Remain positive, give him/her a pep up talk in the morning if the nerves kick in. You can also offer words of encouragement and remind your camper of how much fun camp is! For young campers, reminding them that attending camp is definitely something for “big boys” and “big girls” will also make a huge difference. So turn that frown upside down and head to camp with a positive mindset!

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2) Share Your Own Camp Experiences!

Did you go to camp as a child? If you did, don’t forget to show your dancer pictures of yourself from when you were a camper! Explain to them how much fun you had, how many friends you made, your favorite summer camp memories, and all the neat things you learned! Your summer camp tips will excite your children for their own camp and while easing their nerves!

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3) Head To Camp With A Friend!

Having one of your child’s friends attend summer camp with your child will comfort your camper because they will know someone as soon as they arrive to camp! Not only will this strengthen your child’s current friendship because of these new and fun experiences, but it will reduce your child’s anxiety significantly! (especially if your child is shy!) Having a camp buddy will help your child venture out of his/her comfort zone and help add new kids into their friendship circle!

4) Learn About The Camp!

Learning about the camp in advance will most likely ease your nerves! Go online and research the names and faces of the camp staff. You can also get a better idea of what to expect by reviewing camp videos, brochures, etc. which can all be found on the website of the summer camp your child is attending. Reading over camp safety policies or reviewing safety with the camp provider will definitely make you and your child feel a lot better if you’re nervous about the big day! 

 

 

5) Packing For Camp!

We know that as a parent you might feel obligated to pack every single thing you can think of. But don’t worry, you really don’t need to pack too much! An extra change of clothes in a bag is always handy (just to be safe in case of accidents). Don’t forget to pack healthy snacks such as fruits and veggies for breaks (nothing too sugary!). Water bottles are a must, you can even bring one reusable bottle so your child only has to carry one bottle. It’ll also make their bag a bit lighter. A list of emergency contacts is important for your child to leave with the camp providers just in case of an emergency. Lastly, be sure to label everything with your child’s first and last name just in case he/she loses any of their belongings!

6) Stay Composed!

Resisting the urge to tell your child over and over how much you will miss him/her will make summer camp a lot easier for you and your child. When you constantly tell them that you will miss them, it increases the risk of separation anxiety, especially when you’re saying your goodbyes. Instead, recognize that it is just a few hours a day, and your child will be having so much fun so there won’t be time to get homesick! Give your child a hug and a kiss and send them on their way!

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7) Give Yourself Extra Time On Check-In Day!

Draw-an-Old-Fashioned-Alarm-Clock-Step-15.jpgUnderstand that the first day of summer camp can be a bit hectic, so allow yourself plenty of extra
time to get checked in. Make sure you arrive early to talk to the camp staff, get your child checked in, take pictures, and say your goodbyes for the day. You won’t regret giving yourself plenty of time to get all of these things done without feeling rushed!

 

Local dance studios offer a variety of summer options. These summer dance camps offer music and creative movement classes, choreography, and teach kids different dance styles such as hip-hop, tap, and ballet! Start your research and be sure to get registered early because camps fill up fast! For more information and tips for summer dance camps, check out the Ultimate Guide To Prepare Your Dancer For Summer Dance Camps linked down below or leave any comments/questions down below! Secure a spot in the perfect dance summer camp for your child today!

 

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Things To Do With Kids in Chicago!

Posted by Brittany White on May 5, 2016 3:13:55 PM

Thinking about having a family day out? Luckily for you, you’re in one of the best cities in America! There are so many different kids activities in Chicago! Chicago is the home to many hidden gems. So sit back, relax, and keep on reading to learn more about things to do with kids in Chicago.

1) The Bean

We have to start off with a classic! If you’re looking for things to do with kids in Chicago and you haven’t visited the Bean, you must go see it! The Bean is located in Millennium Park which is in the Loop area! Kids will love to see their reflections on this enormous stainless steel sculpture! It’s one of the best kids activities in Chicago because it is such a unique and fun experience! Another cool thing about the Bean is that it’s open everyday of the year, rain or shine! It’s also open all day long, so don’t sweat about going to see the Bean at a certain time of day. The Bean is one of the things that makes Chicago so special. You won’t find a giant bean in the middle of a city anywhere else!

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2) The Navy Pier

Another idea for things to do with kids in Chicago is to go to the Navy Pier and watch the new live action Jungle Book movie, or any other kids movie, at the Navy Pier IMAX theatre! This is one of Chicago’s most famous kid-friendly spots. If that doesn’t work for your family, another idea is to take your kids to the Chicago Children’s museum. If you’re interested in stopping by the museum, don’t forget to take advantage of Target Free Night. Every Thursday from 5-8pm all entries into the museum are free! You can also save some cash by visiting the museum the first Sunday of every month to get free entries for anyone fifteen and under!

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3) Bobby’s Tike Hike

If you’re in the mood for an afternoon adventure, Bobby’s Tike Hike is a must! This cycling adventure is a bike tour geared especially for little ones. You can find Bobby’s Tike Hike on the North Side in Streeterville. Your kids will love this because they can explore a hidden garden, pet the Lincoln Park Zoo animals, toss coins into a wishing fountain, and rub Abe Lincoln’s foot! If you’re interested in this activity, make sure you reserve your tour online for a 10% discount! Currently, the prices for this adventure are $33 for adults and $16.50 for kids! And don’t forget to bring your camera to capture all those unforgettable memories, this is one of the best kids activities in Chicago!

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4) Washington Library Center

Do your little ones prefer to be inside and read some awesome books? Well, we have the perfect activity idea! Visit the Washington Library Center! It holds the largest collection of children’s books in the city! This awesome children’s library is called the Thomas Hughes Children’s Library and it is located on the second floor of the Washington Library Center! This beautiful library is located in the Loop and is the perfect fun and cozy environment, especially during the cold Chicago winter! This option is also easy on your wallet because it’s free! You can also enjoy free WiFi internet services while you’re in the library!

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5) Dance To EvOLvE

If you’re looking for a fun activity for your kids, we have just the activity in mind! Here at Dance To EvOLvE we offer kids dance classes in Chicago with styles ranging from tap, ballet, and hip hop at convenient locations all around Chicago. Currently, we offer classes at the Loop, Evanston, Lakeview, North Center, Bucktown/Lincoln Park, and West Loop! Our kids dance classes in Chicago are the perfect fit for families looking to enroll their kids in a fun activity but also need an affordable option. If this sounds like a fun activity for your kids, you can schedule a risk-free trial on our website! Another idea is to check out our summer dance camps for kids ages 3-7 for a super fun summertime activity for kids! If you are interested in our summer dance camps, get the most bang for your buck and register for multiple camps! If you do, receive 15% rebate! Dance To EvOLvE kids dance classes in Chicago are the perfect option for families who want a year round activity and an activity that can even evolve with busy schedules and crazy Chicago weather!

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 Whether we find you at the children’s library or at one of our dance classes, there’s a reason why people from all over the world come to see Chicago, Illinois! Take advantage of all the kids activities this amazing city has to offer. Encourage family bonding time rather than sitting your kids in front of TV, computers, and iPads. And now that summertime is approaching, there’s so many opportunities to take advantage of the awesome weather! So what are you waiting for? It’s time to start exploring our beautiful city Chicago!

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