Who are we kidding, there comes a point during the family vacation where you just want to step away from the family and spend some ALONE time without the kids. Maybe even without your spouse!
Well… summer holidays are around the corner (starting later this week on Maui), and for the next two months (June and July) there will be all sorts of day/week camps for kids on Maui. A few years ago we had a guest from South Korea who came for numerous weeks and enrolled her kids in a number of day camps so they would improve their English. What a great idea!
So where do you find out about camps? There is a quarterly publication, ‘Maui Family’ that lists a number of them. Keep in mind, some of these will fill fast as working parents on Maui book them for childcare.
Here are a few I’ve heard good things about (but we haven’t tried them, so I make no guarantees):
Pacific Whale Foundation Ocean Camp (single or multiple days)
Basketball Maui Camp (one week session)
Valley Isle Gymnastics Day Camps
Hope Chapel Sports & Drama Camp (one week session)
Maui Academy of Performing Arts (MAPA) Summer Camps
Maui Humane Society Animal Camps (single or multiple days)
Another alternative is to hire a babysitter to spend time at the condo, pool or even ocean with your kids (this depends a lot on your kids and your comfort level with your kids’ swimming skills and the nanny). A few of our traveling friends have been happy with nannies hired through The Nanny Connection and Happy Kids. While I haven’t used either of them personally, my friend Bonnie said this about Happy Kids: “We used Happy Kids on Maui for the 2 nights we went out for dinner and I would absolutely use them again. Our first nanny came by on our last day to say good-bye to the kids and the kids have both asked us to leave them with Yoli or Peggy when we go back.”