Spring break means more than just fun and games

MARQUETTE — Spring break often means a lot of down time for school aged kids but, the YMCA in Marquette is working hard to make sure they don’t get bored.

The YMCA is hosting its Spring Break Camp this week. Kids from five to twelve can come from 7:30 to 5:30 while their parents are at work. There’s tons of fun activities to do, from arts and crafts, climbing in the kids gym, or going down the water slide.

“They’re loving every minute of it. There’s been kids all week that were scheduled to come only one day and then come back the following day and the following day and that’s a sign to me that they’re having a good time,” said Seth Hoopingarner, the Before & After School Program Director at the YMCA.

The camp combines lots of free play time and structured activties. However, its not all just fun and games.

“We also are trying more to incorporate some science activities in the afternoon and we’re working really hard to work on STEM programs and achievement gap programs for kids in the area,” added Hoopingarner, “So it’s fun but it’s also that we’re trying to get some educational pieces into it as well,”

The camp continues on Friday. Don’t worry if you missed out on the fun this year, though. Hoopingarner says there’s a summer camp starting June 9th that runs until school starts again in the fall.