During the school year, many families fall into a more structured — though fairly jam-packed! — routine. So, when school is out for a holiday break or other expected (or unexpected) closure, it can leave parents scrambling to figure out child care and/or entertainment for their kids.
Life Time’s School-Break Camps are a solution for those times of need. “We like to say, ‘when school is out, Life Time is in,’” says Tori Limmel, kids curriculum manager at Life Time. Parents can bring their kids to Life Time on no-school days to be cared for and entertained with healthy activities.
Limmel shared more about this offering with us.
Life Time Editorial | What makes Life Time School-Break Camps different from other programs?
Tori Limmel | We are really thoughtful about the activities we offer during School-Break Camp days. We strive to keep kids active all day and plan various hands-on activities designed to spark campers’ interests and make the day away from school fun.
Children are given the opportunity to play and interact with others their own age and participate in activities that encourage building social skills and developing friendships. An important note is that there is no screen time — we encourage kids to be actively engaging with others throughout the day.
Life Time is also unique in the fact that we add camps throughout the year based on unexpected school closures (availability may vary by club), so we are able support families in times when parents are unable to plan ahead for child care.
LTE | Who can register for School-Break Camps at Life Time?
TL | We welcome all our junior Life Time members, which includes kids ages 5 to 12 years old (depending on the club, some start at age 4), to join us for School-Break Camps.
For planned school breaks, registration opens nine months in advance. All membership types can register at the same time. For last-minute school-closure days, you can register that same day.
Camps may be limited in space and number of registrants due to specific state licenses and building capacities.
LTE | What holidays and other days are School-Break Camps offered?
TL | Exact dates School-Break Camps vary by club location and corresponding school districts. However, most clubs offer camps for winter break, spring break, Martin Luther King Jr. Day, and President’s Day. Thanksgiving and other holiday camps are often offered but dependent on the specific club’s schedule.
School-Break Camps are also added to the schedule on additional days based on individual school district closures.
Check with your club for details on their specific School-Break Camp offerings.
LTE | What types of activities will my child engage in at School-Break Camps?
TL | Kids will participate in activities such as swimming, rock climbing, gym games, S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, math), team building, and arts and crafts. Swimming will involve swimming activities, but unlike Summer Camp, swim lessons are not offered during School-Break Camps.
LTE | What does a typical day look like for a school-break Camper?
TL | Each day, camps begin at 9 a.m. and end by 4 p.m., with optional before-camp and after-camp care. Before-camp care is from 7 to 9 a.m. and after-camp care is from 4 to 6 p.m.
The exact schedule and activities vary based on club locations, but this example schedule gives you an idea of what a School-Break Camp could look like for your child.
- 7–9 a.m.: Optional before care with choice activities
- 9–9:30 a.m.: Check in, morning meet-up, and ice breaker
- 9:30–9:45 a.m.: Warm-ups and warrior challenge
- 9:45–10 a.m.: Bathroom and water break
- 10–11:30 a.m.: Swimming
- 11:30–noon.: Lunch
- Noon–12:30 p.m.: Choice activities
- 12:30–1:30 p.m.: S.T.E.A.M.
- 1:30–2:30 p.m.: Arts and crafts
- 2:30–3:30 p.m.: Gym, sports, and fitness activities
- 3:30–4 p.m.: Camper challenge and team building
- 4 p.m.: Check out and after care begins
- 4–4:15 p.m.: Snack
- 4:15–4:30 p.m.: Counselor challenge and afternoon assembly
- 5–6 p.m.: Choice activities and check out
LTE | How can I find out more or register for School-Break Camps at Life Time?
TL | Members are able to register on my.lifetime.life or through the Life Time Digital app. If you’re using the app, click the “Kids and Families” tile, then click on “View Camps,” and select your desired day(s) of camp and your club location before following the prompted steps to complete registration.
If you prefer to register in person, you can do so by contacting the Kids Manager at your club.