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Plan the Best Summer Ever for Your Child!

Summer is the time for kids to leave the classroom behind. A time to swim, play, and just have fun. But if you haven’t noticed it’s April and summer is right around the corner. Now’s the time to get started planning your child’s summer break. Applications are already being accepted for camps and other great programs across the state, with many filling up fast.  Here is a quick guide to help you get started planning your child’s best summer ever!

1. Check for the application Deadline.

Don’t wait until the last minute to apply for a summer program. The most popular programs fill up fast so apply early.

2. Know your dates.

Knowing when the 2018-2019 school year ends and when the 2019-2020 school year begins will help you decide how many weeks your child has for summer vacation. Summer programs can run one week or eight weeks. And you may need to sign up for several summer programs to keep your kid busy their entire vacation.

3. Research is Key.

It’s important to research and find the right program for your child. Whether it’s an art program, or sports, or academic classes, there are questions you should ask. Is there space availability? Do they provide lunch? When is drop-off? When is pick-up? Is there a dress code?

4. Choosing the right program.

Most importantly, decide what kind of summer program your child needs. Does she need to improve her math skills? Is he a budding veterinarian? A future track star? An outdoor enthusiast? These questions will help you decide which summer program is right for your child.

If your child has special needs such as a restrictive diet or daily medication intake, make sure to ask if the program can accommodate your child before you sign up. Almost all Hawaii schools, public and private, offer some kind of summer program. Below is a list of 13 popular summer programs you might be interested in that are not an associated part of any school.

Summer Programs

YMCA Summer Program – Various Venues across Hawaii ymcahonolulu.org
Hawaii Nature Center – SNAP Intersession Day Camp 2131 Makiki Heights Drive, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (808) 955-0100, http://hawaiinaturecenter.org/
Honolulu Zoo Camp Programs – 151 Kapahulu Ave, Honolulu, HI 96815 (808) 971-7171, honoluluzoo.org
Diamond Head Theatre: Musical Theatre Experience – 520 Makapu’u Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 (808) 733-0277, diamondtheatre.com
Ballet Hawaii Honolulu – 777 S. Hotel St., Ste 101, Honolulu, Hawaii 96813 808-521-8600, ballethawaii.org/
Boys & Girls Club of Hawaii – 1704 Waiola St., Honolulu, Hawaii 96826 (808) 942-5111, bgch.com
City & County of Honolulu Summer Fun – 1000 Uluohia St., Ste 309, Honolulu, Hawaii 96707 (808) 768-3020, honoluluparks.com
Lē’ahi Swim School – 630 Pana Place, Honolulu, Hawaii 96816 (808) 456-4506, leahiswimschool.com
‘Ohana Arts/UH Mānoa Department of Theatre and Dance – 1770 East-West Rd., Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 (866) 633-0430, ohanaarts.org
Play To Learn Tennis Program – 1888 Kalākaua Ave. #C109, Honolulu, Hawaii 96815 (808) 585-9530, trytennishawaii.com
Therapeutic Horsemanship of Hawai’i – (808) 342-9036, thhwaimanalo.org
UH Mānoa CRDG Summer Programs – 1776 University Ave. CMA 101, Honolulu, Hawaii 96822 808-956-8176
Waikīkī Aquarium Summer By The Sea Snorkle Camp – 2777 Kalākaua Ave., Honolulu, Hawaii 96821 808-223-8327, waikikiaquarium.org