As I mentioned last week, I had the pleasure of previewing the Chautauqua Institution a couple of weeks ago. You may have picked up from the post that culture, arts, religion, and academics play a large part in the experience. Knowing that many of my readers are moms, I would like to give you 10 reasons to consider Chautauqua for a family getaway:
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1. Your kids can safely ride their bikes, play outside, take a walk, etc. Chautauqua is very friendly and fellow vacationers have everyone's best interest in mind. It is a great way for kids to explore the great outdoors and learn how to have good old fashion fun...you know the kind that existed before video games were invented.
2. There is a Family Entertainment Series which designates certain events as family-friendly and entertaining to children. As an example, Michael Harrison, a talented ventriloquist, puppeteer, and comedian will be there the first week of the season. He was a semi-finalist in 2008 on America’s Got Talent. He has headlined for many cruise lines, including 8 years with Disney Cruise Line.
3. The Boys' and Girls' Club offers a varied recreational day camp program for ages 7–15 including swimming, kayaking, sailing, field games, nature study and arts experiences.
4. Children's School, a developmental preschool for youth ages 3 to 5, includes a wide range of social, recreational and educational activities. Weekly themes often incorporate other Chautauqua programs in the areas of music, drama and art.
5. Group One is a program designed for children who will enter first grade in the fall. Serving as a transition between Children's School and the Boys' and Girls' Club, this special full-day program (9 a.m.–noon and 2 p.m.–4 p.m.) is held Monday–Friday and uses the Sheldon Hall of Education facilities in the morning and the Boys' and Girls' Club facilities in the afternoon. The program includes active play, arts activities, swimming instruction and waterfront activities, nature programs, and special events.
6. Kids love swimming and there are four public swimming beaches within the grounds to include a Children's Beach.
7. There is a Youth Activity Center (aka YAC) for preteens and teens. My kids and I got to see the YAC and it is a great place for older children to hang out with friends and play games.
8. There is a youth sports program that provides organized but informal sports opportunities for teens and clinics for younger youths.
9. Your child can learn how to sail! That's right, there is a summer-long curriculum of sailing courses for ages 8 and up.
10. There is a Young Readers Program that helps get younger ones engaged in and excited about reading.
I will be writing more about Chautauqua throughout the summer and really encourage you to check out the website to learn more.
I was provided with a complimentary stay in Chautauqua and have the opportunity to stay again if I drive the most traffic to their site. Please visit the Chautauqua Institution site and see this wonderful place for yourself!