Palmetto Parent May 2012 : Page 10

Featuring camps every week during the summer -weekly and daily Mud Clubs on Thursday afternoons. Camps are for ages 3 years up to teenagers. site includes printable journal pages so older children can stay busy by recording memo-ries of the trip. And it’s OK to get that special memento before you leave home. “Especially if you are going to a place that might be souvenir intensive, buy ahead of time,” Garcia said. “I can surprise my child in the hotel with a T-shirt I buy in advance or a bag full of inexpensive souvenirs that I know they’ll like. They are from the trip and have those memories, but it helps.” Who says summer vacation means you have to hit the road? If a summer vacation isn’t in the cards for your family this year, consider other options. Traveling at off-peak times can result in great deals on hotels and much smaller crowds at popular family destinations, Garcia said. “Take advantage of other times, not the typical Christmas-Easter-summer vacation times,” she said. But beware: the welcome mat gets rolled up in the form of shorter hours and closed attractions at some destinations. Off-season is also the time when hotels and theme parks schedule refurbishments,. Call ahead and ask specific questions to head off disap-pointment. Once you’ve chosen your accom-modations, check the Internet to see what restaurants are on-site or nearby. “In any location, decide how many meals you will eat out,” Garcia said. “Bring snacks. Know what’s in the area. We have menus online, but you can do that in many loca-tions.” Find out more The Internet is full of resources for family vacation planning. Here are links to two mentioned in this article: n n 5520 5 Check the calendar Themes include: The Rain Forest now we’re cooking mirror, mirror On the Wall Glass, Glass, Glass Going Green Jewelry & Fashion down on the Farm Fancy nancy & the Pirates Artists Week Prices range from $70 -$160 for the week and $15 for Thursday afternoon Mud Club. There is a $25 deposit to reserve your space. If someone in your family has food allergies or special dietary needs, call ahead and ask questions or speak to a chef when you arrive. Picky eaters will benefit from an online menu peek and a few extra snacks from home. With an in-room refrigerator and mi-crowave, options abound. Bring food from home for light meals or make a quick stop at a nearby grocery store to reduce costs and provide familiar food for tired kids — and their parents. Pack travel essentials with every member of the group in mind. “Include travel documents, travel insurance information and a first aid kit that includes headache, pain, allergy, cold/cough and stomach medicines, bandages and antibacterial cream,” Schretter said. “Include the phone numbers of your doc-tor, dentist and medical insurance company. Check passport and visa requirements several months in advance to make sure you’re all set. In addition, if your children are bringing a friend along, bring along a notarized letter from their parents authorizing travel and medical treatment if necessary.” And don’t forget to notify your credit card company of your travel plans so your card’s activity in another city won’t appear suspicious. ] 7 Accept the unexpected For more information head to our web site 3101 Millwood Avenue Columbia, South Carolina 29205 803-771-8080 6 Eat well educational tools to provide interventions (K5-Adult) that address the foundational issues causing diffi culties with learning... 8807 Two Notch Rd, Suite J | Columbia, SC 29223 WHY DOES MY CHILD STRUGGLE WITH ACADEMICS? HOW can my child learn HOW to learn? BEYOND TUTORING , Discovery Program of SC utilizes 803-419-0126 10 Palmetto Parent 3709 May 2012

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