For many, spring break signals a road trip to the beach or a visit with family. But for others, staying home and just relaxing is what the week is all about.
"For the most part, we will be taking it easy," said Melissa Chesser, a teacher at Evans Middle School. Chesser said her family likely will take a day trip to Columbia to visit Riverbanks Zoo.
"Spring break is a time for me to catch up on cleaning, scrapbooking, reading and doing things with the girls," she said.
Carla Allen of Harlem said her two daughters will spend the week with their babysitter.
"They will just be hanging out with friends and family during spring break, just playing and having fun," she said of the girls, who are pupils at North Harlem Elementary.
Many parents who must work during the spring break week often are at odds over what to do with their school-age children. For them, week-long camps abound with plenty of opportunities to expand horizons while having fun.
The Family Y on Wheeler Road offers a Masters Camp for children ages 5-12 and 13-17.
The week-long event runs daily from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. and includes early drop-off and late pick-up opportunities at no additional charge. Cost is $100 for the week for Family Y members and $130 for the week for non-members.
To register for the camp, which is on a first-come, first-serve basis, call (706) 922-9622.
"It's a very traditional camp," said Matthew Whittaker, front desk shift manager at The Family Y. "It includes swimming, sports, games, songs, arts and crafts, and field trips."
Another week-long Masters camp is being offered by the Children's Musical Theatre Ensemble, located on Shartom Drive in Augusta. Directed by Mickey Lubeck, the camp is open to children ages 7-13 and runs daily from 10:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. and will culminate with a performance on Friday night. Tuition is $150. To register for the camp, call Lubeck at (706) 869-0089, or e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Additional camps and spring break events include:
- Jumpin' Party Zone will hold a Masters Week Camp from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. daily for children 4 and older. The camp includes activities ranging from jumping, karate, games, crafts, movies and more, and costs $125 for the first child and $75 for each additional sibling.
- Putt-Putt Golf & Games is offering unlimited golf, 20 game tokens, a game of laser tag and a slice of pizza and a drink for $12 per person.
- The Harlem Library will hold a story time 10:30-11:15 a.m. Tuesday. The Euchee Creek Library will hold a story time 10:30-11:15 a.m. Wednesday.
- Monkey Joe's will offer daily promotions, including Manic Monday, T-Shirt Tuesday and Thirsty Thursday.
- Adventure Crossing's 6,100-square-foot laser tag arena is now open for all ages. Cost is $13.99 for a half-hour of play.
- The Sunshine House, with two Columbia County locations -- one on N. Belair Road in Evans and the other on Fury's Ferry Road in Martinez -- will hold a spring break camp. The camp is for children ages 6-12 and runs daily with an early drop-off of 6:30 a.m. and a late pick-up of 6:30 p.m. The camp cost is $115. To register, call the North Belair Road location at (706) 860-8507 or the Furys Ferry Road office at (706) 860-2726.
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