Holidays ‘Fit for a Kid’

holidays-fit-for-a-kidIn the 941, there are myriad camps and programs to help keep your kids active and moving during both the Thanksgiving and Christmas holiday breaks. Plus, many folks are working during the holiday breaks and in the case of the winter break for local schools, that break is long; both Manatee and Sarasota county school children have an 11-school day winter break, so local programs and camps are a win-win: kids will be super active and are not at home without you. Score!

Fall Thanksgiving Break

Nathan Benderson Park

Thanksgiving Aquatic Camp, Nov. 21 – 23, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 10 to 18. Camp activities include kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, rowing, boater’s education, powerboat driving (ages 14+), and RC sail-boating. Visit NathanBendersonPark.org, email Programs@Sanca.Us or call 941-358-7275.

Manatee County YMCA (All branches; Bradenton, LWR and Parrish)

Fall Break Camp, Nov. 21-23, as early as 7 a.m. until as late as 6 p.m. Kindergarten age to 5th grade. Camp includes athletics, games, crafts and more. Visit ManateeYmca.org or call 941-792-7484.

Sarasota YMCA

Fall/Thanksgiving Break, Nov. 23 and Nov. 25 from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. for ages 5 to 14. Kids can expect to play sports and games and do lots of cool arts & crafts, at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch, 8301 Potter Park Dr., Sarasota. Visit SarasotaYmca. org for more information.

Mystical Dance Company

For all of November, it’s ‘Bring a Friend’ month where the first class of dance is free. Owner and teacher Nicole Calabrese says the idea is to allow people from age 2 to adult who have never taken dance to be welcomed. “Why sit when you can become fit and dance,” she says. For more information, visit MysticalDanceCompany.com or call 941-809-0054.

NXT Generation Turkey Day Field Day

Ok, it’s not a camp, but this looks awesome. The inaugural Turkey Day Field Day will be held Nov. 23 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Definition Fit in downtown Sarasota. The field day is for kids from four to 15 and includes a ‘Downtown Turkey Trot,’ yoga and meditation at Marina Jacks, a ‘Gratitude is Attitude’ discussion, an ISO dynamic Fitness Class, healthy snacks, and a ‘personal gratitude journal,’ all presented by Coaches Dani and Chase. There are not many spaces left, so check with Coach Dani Williams at DaniNxtGeneration@gmail.com.

Winter Christmas Break

Nathan Benderson Park

Holiday Aquatic Camp, (3 sessions) Dec. 19-22, Dec. 27-30 and Jan. 3-6, 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Ages 10 to 18. Camp activities include kayaking, stand up paddle-boarding, rowing, boater’s education, powerboat driving (ages 14+), and RC sail-boating. Visit NathanBendersonPark.org, email Programs@Sanca.Us or call 941-358-7275.

Manatee County YMCA (Bradenton and LWR branches only)

Winter/Christmas Break Camp, Dec. 26-30 and Jan. 2-6, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Ages K-5th grade. Activities include sports, games, swimming, crafts and more. Campers must bring lunch, two snacks, plenty to drink and a swim suit and a towel to swim (when weather permits). Visit ManateeYmca.org or call 941-792-7484

Sarasota YMCA

Winter Break Camp has two sessions: Dec. 19-23; 7:30 a.m. to as late as 5:30 p.m. except 12/23 where camp ends at 12 noon. The second session is Dec. 26-Dec. 30 (Dec. 30 from 7:30 a.m. until 12 noon) otherwise all days are 7:30 until as late as 5:30 p.m. Winter Break Camp is for kids from 5 to 11 (K-5) and is held at Frank G. Berlin, Sr. Branch, 1075 South Euclid Ave., Sarasota. Activities include sports, games, arts & crafts, STEM, and field trips may be available. An afternoon snack is provided but campers should being a bag lunch. Visit SarasotaYmca.org or call 941-952- 9533, ext. 201.

Sarasota YMCA Winter Break Sports Camp

The Y’s Winter Break Sports Camp is Dec. 19-23, Dec. 26-30 and Monday, Jan. 2, 2017. The Sports Camp will be held at the Evalyn Sadlier Jones Branch, 8301 Potter Park Drive, in Sarasota. For more information on the Sports Camp visit SarasotaYmca.org or call 941-952-9533.

Funtastics Gym

Two Winter Break sessions slated; Dec. 19-23, (with extended before and after care available) and Dec. 26-30. Each camp includes cheerleading, tumbling, gymnastics, crafts, games and more. There are discounts for siblings. For more information visit Funtastics.com or call 941-925-9895.