LIVINGSTON, NJ - It may be winter with a forecast for snow for this week, but it is also time to start thinking about how one’s kids will be spending the summer. Those warm summer days full of children swimming, playing outside and going to day and sleep-away camps are just around the corner. And right now, camps are starting hold open houses and collect registrations. To ensure that camp slots don’t close up before one’s child can sign up, below is some information on upcoming open houses and camp fairs. 

Meadowbrook Country Daycamp to Hold Open House

Meadowbrook Country Day Camp will be having its first Winter Open House on Sunday, January 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where attendees will meet camp directors and the leadership team. Attendees will learn about camp programs and tour the facility. Call 908-876-3429 to pre-register or with any questions. Click HERE to see past summer camp photos on Facebook.

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Meadowbrook is an American Camp Association (ACA) accredited day camp, which is located on a 50-acre park-like setting in Long Valley, just outside of Chester. Meadowbrook’s traditional day camp programs are for children ages three-14. The camp provides door-to-door transportation on air-conditioned mini-buses to Morris County and parts of Essex, Union, Sussex, Warren, Hunterdon, Middlesex, and Somerset counties. The camp also offers extended hours from 7:30 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. One thing that is unique to Meadowbrook is that all tips are included in tuition, so there are no extra costs later on. And, Meadowbrook provides lunch each day for campers.

In addition, Meadowbrook offers a wide selection of athletics, creative arts, nature, and special events as well as climbing wall and high and low ropes courses complete with a 30-foot tall zip line. Swim instruction is offered every morning and general/free swim every afternoon in a 9,000 square-foot pool complex featuring three heated pools.

“This is a great way to get an introduction to Meadowbrook and for you and your children to tour camp,” said owner Jed Buck. “Come see our beautiful 50-acre facility and learn about our exciting program. Meet our on-site Owners/Directors and Large Leadership Team and bring friends.”

According to former Livingston High School grad, Roz Buck, who owns the camp with her husband Jed, “Now is the best time to begin thinking about your children’s plans for next summer. If you are considering day camp options for this summer, visiting camp now, before snow hits the ground, is a great way to see the Meadowbrook fun and excitement ‘in action’ and is a great way to do your camp research.”

“Meadowbrook’s goal is to create the best possible camp environment in which children can thrive,” added Jed. “Meadowbrook is a place where children have the opportunity to try new activities, take on new challenges, increase their self-esteem and grow in a safe, nurturing, fun environment. This is accomplished through a dynamic and creative program organized by a warm and caring professional staff.”

International Ivy Summer Enrichment Program to Hold Open Houses

The public is invited to a series of International Ivy (II) open houses throughout February to May, where attendees will tour facilities, speak with teachers, and have questions answered. Guests will enjoy activities including racing robots and playing Minecraft. Attendees will also see examples of work students from last year. Admission is free and while an RSVP is requested, one is not required. For a full list of open house events, click HERE.

“The International Ivy Summer Program is dedicated to providing fun and intellectually-stimulating classes to fuel young people's interest and creativity,” said Owner Lily Wong. “We offer classes in robotics, video game creation, computer programming, Minecraft, science, math, performing arts, film-making, animation, website design, graphic design, fashion design, industrial design, brain training, chess, fencing, golf and more. Come join us for a positive and nurturing summer experience.”

There are more than 50 classes to choose from at International Ivy. To learn more, click HERE.

Tamarack Day Camp to Hold Open House

Tamarack Day Camp, Open House Sunday, February 8, 11 a.m. -3 p.m., at 34 Park Avenue, Randolph, NJ 07869. Register by February 8, and get $400 off tuition into any program! To learn more, click HERE.

Livingston's SYLS to Hold Camp Open House

The SYLS camp open house will be Saturday, Jan. 31 from 1:00 p.m. to 3 p.m. at the Livingston Senior Community Center on Hillside Avenue. Attendees will receive 2015 camp information and meet the staff. 

Camp Fair to be Held at the Livingston Mall

There will also be a camp fair at the Livingston Mall on Sunday, Jan. 25, from 12 to 3 p.m. on the Upper Level in the Macy’s wing. Each family will receive a 50-plus page booklet providing details about the various camps available. In addition, guests will be treated to free giveaways and refreshments. For more information about the participating camps, click HERE  or click HERE for complete event details.

Sponsored by The American Camp Association of NY-NJ, the event will offer program and itinerary information for about 36 regional camps including day and sleep away opportunities, ranging from horseback riding to sports and adventure to camps that promote learning a language. Summer program directors will be on-site and will engage directly with visitors, helping them select their next summer experience.  

“This is a great opportunity for families who would like to get a jump start on planning and securing a spot for their child at a premier summer camp,” said Maria Gregorius, area director of marketing and business development for Livingston Mall. “With the help of the experienced program directors and wealth of information available, the Camp Fair will assist families as they leisurely make a decision about which experience best suits their children’s needs.”  

In addition, Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, will be having its first Winter Open House on Sunday, January 25, from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. where attendees will meet camp directors and the leadership team. Attendees will learn about camp programs and tour the facility. Call 908-876-3429 to pre-register or with any questions. To read more about Meadowbrook Country Day Camp, click HERE for a list of past TAP articles.