Daycare can be quite a challenge when school-aged children have a day off from school that does not match up with Mom and Dad's days off. Bladium Sports and Fitness club (located in the Stapleton area) provides a fun and convenient solution to this dilemma. Following the Denver Public Schools calendar, the Bladium offers half-day and all-day camps for kids ages 4-12. The camps run from 9a-1pm or 9a-5pm and they also offer an early drop-off or late pick-up option.
My son is 4 years old and not in school yet, but I took advantage of a camp day to get a much-needed day to myself! I dropped my son off with his lunch and water bottle in tow and was immediately greeted by a very enthusiastic staff person who put my son at ease immediately. They started the day with some craft time. There were about 15 or so children and they all looked pretty excited for their day-off fun ahead. I received a copy of the camp schedule so I could see what the plan was for the day and then I was off to run errands.
When I picked my son up around 5, he did not want to leave. He reported making 2 new friends, playing kickball and Capture the Flag and hopping around in the Jumpy House. He also showed me a variety of creative art projects he had completed and told me he got to eat luch upstairs with his new friends. As we were leaving, he asked when he could come back again. The best part was, later that night, my son actually asked to go to bed early because he was so tired from his exciting day. Bonus for me!
Overall, we found this to be a great daycare option where kids get exercise, work together and have opportunities to be creative all day long. And at $49 for a whole day, the price is definitely right. The next set of camps are scheduled for Spring Break at the end of March, but if you want to check out Bladium and all the programs they offer, they are hosting a free KidsFest from 11am-2pm on Saturday, March 14th. For more info and a schedule of the School Days Off Camps, please visit:
http://www.bladium.com/SportFitnessActi ... ityCode=16