Ah! Summertime. Those long, lazy days, nothing for the kids to do but count the blades of grass, eat popsicles, and go completely insane with boredom by the end of vacation...whoa. Stop right there. Even the littlest little can get a bit stir crazy when preschool is out, and with the first day of spring upon us, the time is right for seeking out some summer boredom busters. While it may not be time for them to experience the freedom of sleepaway camp (if that's your thing) there are lots of excellent summer camp options for the smallest among us to get their adorable little feet wet when it comes to spending some quality time away from mom and dad this summer. If you're in central Connecticut, take a gander at these summer camp programs we've rounded up for you. You're sure to find something just right for your preschooler.
Independent Day School
Located 30 minutes from Hartford and New Haven, Independent Day School sprawls across 33 beautiful acres. For over 20 years they have been hosting children aged 3-6 for summer camp programming based around weekly themes. Some of the themes for 2017 include, When I Grow Up, Future Inventors, and Under the Sea.
115 Laurel Brook Road, Middlefield, CT 06455
Cheshire Nursery School
Children from age 3 to those who are rising second graders can attend two-week sessions at Cheshire Nursery School. In addition to their usual discovery-based academic curriculum (all teachers at Cheshire Nursery School hold either a Bachelor or Masters degree) kids participate in sports and outdoor activities.
200 Mansion Road, Cheshire CT 06410
For many, when they think camp they think YMCA. Meriden offers traditional camp programs at their Mountain Mist Day Camp. Kiddos aged 3-5 can join the Tee Pee Village where they will enjoy games, nature activities, arts and crafts, songs, and carefully supervised swim time in the shallow end of the camp pool. This program is for children who have not yet gone to elementary school.
576 High Hill Road, Meriden, CT 06450
Glastonbury Audubon Society, Glastonbury
If you've got a budding naturalist on your hands, check out the programming at Glastonbury Audubon. Their nature-based camp programs are available to kids as young as three. Audubon Society has been in the business of nature since before your grandparents were born. There's no better place to introduce your children to the natural wonders in our own backyard.
1361 Main Street, Glastonbury, CT 06033
The Goddard School, Multiple CT Locations
With programming for children aged 2 months to six years in several towns between Hartford and New Haven, you'd be hard-pressed not to find something that works for you. At the school's Farmington location, they will be going on a grand tour of the country this summer without leaving the grounds. Programs at Goddard School incorporate STEAM learning for hands-on, unique programming for every age.
6 Bridgewater Road, Farmington, CT 06032
US Sports Institute, Glastonbury
For your tiny athlete, consider a multisports camp. US Sports Institute runs programs in towns all over the country with locations throughout central CT. The Sports Squirt program is designed for kids aged 3-5 to introduce them to a variety of athletic pursuits.