News and Tribune

December 27, 2013

A vacation from vacation in New Albany

YMCA gives students activities over holiday break

By JEROD CLAPP
jerod.clapp@newsandtribune.com

NEW ALBANY — School’s out, but if students are bored at home for a few more days, it’s fun to stay at the YMCA.

In Floyd County, the YMCA of Southern Indiana gave children a chance to hang out with each other and participate in different activities with its winter break camp.

Nic Gleitz, 12, Floyd Knobs, said he got some cool gifts for Christmas, but sometimes, nothing beats playing with other children.

“I get to interact with other kids instead of sitting around and playing video games all the time,” Gleitz said. “There’s so many things to do. They help keep us exercising and active and give us really fun activities to do.”

Debbie Hopfensperger, school age coordinator at the Y, said they try to offer a variety of activities for students. Through next week, they’ll let children use the pool, make some arts and crafts, take them on field trips and just let them play.

“We try to stay away from the electronics as much as possible,” Hopfensperger said. “But they have a chance to interact with other children or do things and go places that they might not have otherwise.”

Earlier this week, students got to go to Bass Pro Shops in Clarksville to get a picture with Santa Claus, but they’ll also go to Mr. Gatti’s Gattiland next week for food, rides and games.

Gleitz said he likes having the chance to swim in an indoor pool when it’s cold outside and he had fun at the Bass Pro Shops.

She said parents and children don’t have to have a membership to participate, but members do get a slightly discounted rate for their children. But even without the discount, Hopfensperger said their rates are comparable to daycare for a week or so.

Along with that, she said the field trips are included with the price, so parents don’t have to send children with extra money.

She said along with the safe environment, it gives parents some peace of mind with what their children are doing with their time off from school.

“It’s a needed service,” Hopfensperger said. “We still have parents that need to work and some parents don’t want their kids sitting around the house. They like to give them something to do.”

ANOTHER CHANCE

• Another school break camp is on the way with spring break. Look for details at the end of January or the beginning of February at ymcasi.org