ALTON — The YWCA is offering full-day holiday camp for school-age children that promises a fun and event-filled vacation.
This Department of Children and Family Services-licensed program for children from kindergarten through sixth grade will include field trips, world record attempts, giant building spaces, movie-making, winter survival training and more.
The camp offers personalized care for children that promotes self-directed play and study, group games and active play, projects to reinforce math, science and reading skills. Among these regular activities, children will be able to choose craft projects, healthy treats preparation and baking, and play opportunities.
“We want to be sure all children who attend have the opportunity to experience the winter delights that should be the right of every child,” program manager Cindi Blackford said.
According to the YWCA, the gym will be transformed into a giant playground during the day. Early in the break, children will have access to bounce houses and have an opportunity to improve jump rope, hopscotch and slackline skills. Then, at the wheels and wings rodeo, children will be able to try out their bikes, remote-control vehicles and flying toys with adult supervision. Children also will be able to make a few world record attempts, including the first trial for the world’s largest paper eagle. As something new this year, the camp is featuring the box city project. The YWCA is reaching out to area businesses for their clean, used cardboard boxes so young builders can repurpose them as art and buildings of their own design.
If the weather cooperates, children will spend time exploring outside. Children will learn about and hopefully meet the area’s most famous wild winter visitors — bald eagles and trumpeter swans. If temperatures are above freezing, participants will play outside each day, especially if there is snow. Children will learn winter safety and survival skills as well as some new tricks for snow sculpting.
Dates for the camp are Dec. 22-24, 26, 29-31 and Jan. 2. Families can choose to come one day or all eight. Hours of care are available from 6:30 a.m. through 6 p.m. Breakfast, lunch and snacks are provided along with take-home crafts.
This program is licensed by the state of Illinois and CHASI-eligible. Spaces are limited and registration is required by Dec. 18. Program requires a minimum registration for daily operation over break and calendar is subject to change based on enrollment. For information about the proposed calendar, visit https://www.facebook.com/altonywca. To enroll or for more information regarding prices and registration, call the YWCA of Alton at (618) 465-7774 or visit in person at 304 E. Third St., Alton, between 11 a.m. and 6 p.m.
The YWCA will post finalized schedule and winter hours for open gym play for families on Dec. 18.