Frequently Asked Questions

Here are some FAQs.  Please call or

e-mail with additional questions.

Is Playland the right camp for my child?

We are safe, fun, instructional, warm, loving, and nurturing.  Playland is owned/ directed by the Bloom family.  We are proud of our continuity of leadership and employ the most mature staff in order to meet every camper’s individual needs.  Our 18 acre facility was built and designed for summer camp.  We encourage you to arrange a tour of the facility and meet the directors.  We offer tours by appointment 7 days a week.

What are the dates for the 2018 Camp Season?

Camp is Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 25th to Friday, August 17th.  There is no camp on Wednesday July 4th.  Early drop off at 8:30 and late pick up until 5:00, no extra charge.  Please click here to see “dates and rates.”

What are the ages of campers?

Campers are boys and girls ages 3 (campers must be toilet trained) through entering 8th grade.

How many weeks should I sign my child up for?

The minimum enrollment is any 2 consecutive weeks.  Camp is an 8 week summer.  Most campers attend 4 to 8 weeks.  You may sign up now and switch weeks closer to camp.  Changes in weeks is easily accommodated until April 1st.  After April 1st changes depend on availability.

Do you have a visiting day?
You may visit any time you’d like.  We maintain an open visitation policy. We have visitor check-in security at the entrance to camp. You will be welcomed and introduced to staff. A camper is never released from campus without the direct consent of the directors. Camp Playland is a very secure campus.
Is lunch included in tuition?

Camp provides catered lunch for campers and counselors 5 days a week.  This is included in tuition.  A lunch menu will be published closer to the beginning of camp.  Playland is nut sensitive.  Anything we serve is nut free.  Division head counselors help serve lunch.  Every child will have a safe, healthy lunch.  We will accommodate health concerns, dietary concerns and the picky eater.

We will refrigerate all lunches brought from home.  Camp provides a choice of water, milk or chocolate milk every day at lunch.

Do you provide snacks?

Yes! Camp provides a morning snack for Pre-K and Kindergarten campers and an afternoon snack for the whole camp – typically a popsicle or an ice cream. Fruit and pretzels are always available.

How many campers will be in my child’s group?

The typical group consists of 14– 18 campers.

How many staff members will be in my child’s group?

One Senior Counselor (teacher or older college person) and up to four Junior Counselors (high school sophomore or older), depending on the age and size of the group. This team of counselors stays with your child’s group throughout the day and will participate with campers as they visit our talented team of specialists.

Who teaches the activities?

Specialists are adults with teaching and/or professional experience. Most of our specialists are coaches and/or teachers.

What do you do on rainy days?

Every group has a six-period rainy day schedule. Rainy days at camp are a lot of fun. On a rainy day, campers will be introduced to new activities and there is non-stop action. The full campus is utilized. Examples of rainy day activities are:

  • Lego Mania
  • Wacky Games!
  • Minute to Win It
  • Jumbo Jenga and Jumbo Connect Four
  • Activities in the Picnic Pavilion (games examples: Twister, Uno, Chess, Checkers, Trouble, Monopoly, Giant stack cups, mural painting, freeze dance)
  • Games in the Rink with the Athletic staff
  • Music
  • Karaoke
  • Gymnastics
  • Science
  • Dance
  • Arts & Crafts
Do you have Swim Instruction?

Every swim period is a combination of instruction and free swim. The pools are heated and designed for teaching. Playland campers are safe and comfortable in the water. Our Red Cross certified swim staff nurtures each child according to their ability. Both Playland counselors and campers take great pride in watching campers achieve success in the pool! From beginners to advanced swimmers, our staff will teach your child new skills and help them reach new levels of confidence. Our goal is to have every camper swimming independently by the end of the summer. Playland parents marvel at the strong swim progress their children make.

Transportation

What percentage of Campers ride the bus to Camp Playland?

Over 90% of our campers ride the bus to and from Camp.

Is transportation included in your tuition?

Yes! There is no additional charge to ride the bus.

Do you provide transportation in my town?

Bus transportation is door-to-door in New Canaan, Stamford, Pound Ridge, Bedford, Westport, Weston, Wilton, Southport, Norwalk, Rowayton, Darien, Greenwich, Old Greenwich, Riverside, and Cos Cob. Camp provides central pick-up in Fairfield, Bridgeport, Rye and other towns unless otherwise discussed between parent and camp director.

Is there supervision on the bus to and from camp?

Yes! We have specially selected and trained counselors riding the bus to and from Camp each day.

What is the average length of a bus ride?

Buses generally pick up between 8:30-9:00 am and arrive at Camp between 9:10-9:30. Buses depart from Camp promptly at 4 pm and drop off times range between 4:05-4:55 pm. All enrolled families will be provided with information on their child’s pick up and drop off times in early June.