5 Reasons We're Excited for Camp Next Week

Camp Create Play Explore starts next week! Important first day info. at the bottom of the post. And we wanted to let you know that we're looking forward to playing with a gaggle of preschoolers. Perhaps sound not so appealing to you? Well, here's why we're excited:

1. We will to take our time. As fellow parents, we know how hard it is to carve out unstructured, open-ended time with your kids. If headed to the park, it's usually for 45 minutes before dinner; oh, but wait, need to pick up some bread on the way home, so oops, only 30 minutes! There's almost always half an eye on the clock. This camp is all about embracing the open-ended 3 hours that we have together and being immersed in the moment (until 11:30 a.m. when it'll be time to start waddling back to the Rec. Center).

2. We will go with the flow. Related to #2, but importantly distinct. We do have plans, we've thought through everything and have some fun projects and games lined up. But we also plan to follow the interests and energy of the group, tuning in to their engagement and choices. We might spend half an hour pretending to be wolves. Or we might roll down the hill dozens of times. Who knows! It'll be fun to find out.

3. We'll be outside. There's tons of research on the benefits of being outside, none of which I'll go into here. Most of us already know this, and many of us get out regularly with our kids. The nice thing about this camp is that our default is to be outside, rather than inside.

4. We get to play. The reason we do what we do - use improv to teach playfulness and spontaneity in everyday life - is because we love it. Every kid (and parent) is different and brings a whole world of imagination and stories into our lives.

5. Your child is not ours. You know how kids behave differently with non-parents? So yes, your child is a JOY to be around. We just know it.

Camp Information here -- please read

Keren Gudeman

Minneapolis, Minnesota