Looking for a way to tire the kiddos out over the holidays? Need to get errands done? Look no further! Sign her up for an intensive swimming and art experience with the Holiday Swim and Arts Camp at Chicago Blue Dolphins!
Our camp will run from Tuesday January 2nd to Friday January 5th from 9:00am to 3:00pm for kids between ages 4-10 years. Please contact us to inquire about after care until 5:00pm.
We will break the kids up by age ranges, roughly 4-6 and 7-10, to keep the content and skill requirements appropriate for the age of your child.
We’ll include mid-session and end-of-session snacks for the kids each day; children should bring a lunch. The cost is $325 per child. Smiles and giggles included for no extra charge.
Register by December 3rd and get $25.00 off using discount code HOLIDAY17!
Part 1: Arts and Music
The first part of our Holiday Camp will be two classes that will allow your child to explore arts and music in an intensive way through the week. We are lucky to have two great art and music teachers from the Old Town School of Folk Music, Alisa Rosenthal and Corinne Mucha, helping us delivery some amazing art classes during the week. Both have been mainstays in the OTS’s children’s programming and at their summer art and music camps. We will adapt the the content of their classes for both younger and older kids.
Corinne’s class will be Comics and Illustration: Do you love books with pictures? How about making your own? In this class, students will invent brand new characters as they make drawings for original stories. Each student will leave class with a miniature illustrated book, or an original comic. Let’s have fun drawing together!
Alisa’s class will be Music, Songwriting, and Improv Games: We’ll show winter who’s boss by singing upbeat songs and playing fun improv games. Through global folk music and modern rock songs, we’ll warm up our vocal chords with singing techniques and songwriting basics. By the end of our mini-camp, kids will have more confidence and training with singing, have written original songs, and will be humming many brand new songs all the way to the pool!
Part 2: Swimming
Track 1: Learn-to-Swim Lessons and Free Time
For those children who are timid in the water or in the process of learning the basics, we’ll do an intensive learn-to-swim program during the week. We’ll work on water comfort, safety, and the basics of swimming on the front and back. Having lots of time in the pool during the week has proven an effective way of speeding up progress. The camp is a great way for your kiddo to get a head start on swimming for vacations and summer camps in 2017. As an added bonus, our positive, patient, and knowledgeable instructors will make it fun for your child and start her on a lifetime enjoyment of the water. Bonus!
Track 2: Stroke Improvement Lessons and Free Time
For those who have learned the four competitive strokes or are in the process of learning them, we’ll take a major step forward during the course of the week. We’ll spend one day on each of the four strokes (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, and butterfly) to make a major impact on the strokes. Using underwater and above water video and other technology at the Swim Studio, we can help your aspiring swimmer understand visually and kinesthetically what she needs to do to improve. This immersion format has proved to be effective and fun for the kids in prior holiday swim camp runs. By reducing the time between lessons, we can more easily move your child’s skill set forward.
Structure and Schedule
We’ll mix instruction with free time and games with purpose to help teach, review, and reinforce. The basic format for each day will be:
- 9:00-9:30 am — All-Camp Meeting
- 9:30-10:30am — Art/Music Class #1
- 10:30-10:45am — Break
- 10:45-11:45pm — Art/Music Class #2
- 11:45-12:45pm — Lunch and Decompression Break
- 12:45-2:45pm — Swim Lesson and Free Time
- 2:45-3:00 pm — Dry Off, Change, Snack, and Pick Up
Our Stroke Improvement track will have a little bit more instruction because the kids are used to working on the strokes.
Don’t worry about the cold weather! Our pool room is warm and our pool water is kept at a cozy 90 degrees. To keep the camp super fun (and to wear the kids out — shhhhhhh), we’ve included some free play time for the kids in the package. We’ll finish each pool session with toys, games, and, of course, our Endless Pool currents on turbo!