Summer Programs in the Fox Cities 2013

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When a reader contacted me about summer programs for school-age kids in the area, I thought, that’s a great idea! But to be honest, I had no idea what was offered in the area since my oldest is only 4. So where did I go to find the information? YOU, the readers of Go Valley Kids! Thank you to everyone who contributed their ideas on the Facebook page.

With snow still covering the ground and temperatures in the teens, it’s hard to imagine what a Wisconsin summer feels like. But believe it or not, many organizations are registering for their summer programs for the 2013 season. In fact, the very-popular YMCA is starting registration on January 7 for many locations. The following is a list of summer programs in the area. When applicable, I have included feedback from readers who have posted on the Facebook page. Please follow the links to find more information regarding the programs.


  • Operation Recreation – Neenah Park and Recreation.

    Housed on the Neenah Brigade, this is an all-day program that is flexible. Participants only have to register a week ahead of time, so you don’t have to pay for time you don’t need to use. This is what a mom has to say, ” We love it! They spend most of the day outside. 1 day a week they go to the library, 1 day the neenah pool, and 1 day a field trip. The staff is great, they keep the kids busy all day.” For more information, please go to their website.

  • Playground Program – Appleton Parks and Recreation.

    Are you looking for a healthy, interactive and enjoyable summer for your child? Youth ages 7-15 are welcome to participate in sports, games, special events, bus trips, crafts and much more throughout the summer. A complete calendar of events will be posted online when available and will be distributed during the first week of playgrounds. Participants are welcome to attend on a drop-in basis.

    Two enthusiastic playground leaders are waiting for you at each playground site! They will organize daily events to keep the summer fun and interesting. There are special events planned during the summer. These include the A Night at the Oscars/Ice Cream Social, Mead Pool Play Day/Splash n’ Dash Swim Meet, Playground Fair, Breakfast in the Park, Dodgeball Tournament and much, much more!! Visit your local playground site for further details.

    DATES: June 13-August 9 (No Playgrounds July 4 and July 5)
    DAYS/HOURS: Monday-Thursday, 9:00-Noon & 1:00-4:00 p.m.
    FEE: FREE with additional charges for bus trips and special events.
    MORE INFORMATION: See website.

  • Sonsational Summer  – TCCES (Twin City Catholic Educational System)

    All day summer camp offered for ages 5-12. Held at St. Gabes in Neenah, they offer field trips, pools, parks, science experiments, baking and cooking. From a reader, “Lots of fun kids and certified teachers!” See more information at their website.

  • Boys and Girls Club – Summer Camp

    Summer camps offered at various sites for ages 6-12. They offer art, reading, music and day camps at an approximate cost of $40.00/week. From a reader, “My daughter goes to the Boys and girls club and loves it!” Please see their website for more information.

  • YMCA – Summer Camp

    The YMCA offers various programs at all of their locations throughout the Fox Cities. They offer many flexible options depending on your needs. From a reader, “My daughter goes to Camp Shoic through the YMCA and loves it. They go on field trips every week, have fishing, archery, arts and crafts, sports, an awesome play ground, and go swimming at the Appleton YMCA twice a week.” They register early and fill up fast. Please see their website for more information.

  • Salvation Army – Summer Camp

    The Salvation Army Children’s Learning Center located at 130 E. North St. P.O. Box 1605 Appleton, WI 54912-1605  offers a summer camp. Please see their website for more information.



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