Frequently Asked Questions
Please call or e-mail questions anytime.
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.
Camp is Monday to Friday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Monday, June 28th to Friday, August 13th. There is no camp on Monday July 5th. Early drop off at 8:00 and late pick up until 5:30, no extra charge. Please click here to see “dates and rates.”
Campers are boys and girls ages 3 (campers must be toilet trained) through entering 9th grade.
Camp is a 7 week summer. Campers may attend 3, 4 or 7 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.
Our suggestion is to make your best guess and register now. We can accommodate schedule changes closer to camp, if necessary.
Yes, sessions can be changed through the spring. Just call our office and we will make the adjustment based on availability.
Lunch & Snack
Camp provides catered lunch for campers and counselors 5 days a week. This is included in tuition. Please click here to see the 2020 lunch menu. 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.
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.
Groups & Counselors
The typical group consists of 14– 18 campers.
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.
Specialists are adults with teaching and/or professional experience. Most of our specialists are coaches and/or teachers.
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
- Arts & Crafts
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.
Over 90% of our campers ride the bus to and from Camp.
Yes! There is no additional charge to ride the bus.
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.
Yes! We have specially selected and trained counselors riding the bus to and from Camp each day.
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.
Health Forms / Medications
Yes. A camp nurse is onsite all day. Our camp physician signs the nurses log weekly.
We accept any completed health form signed by your pediatrician. Health forms are valid for three years from date of last examination. Health forms must be on file PRIOR TO YOUR CHILD(REN)’S FIRST DAY OF CAMP. Blank health forms can be found on our website.
Yes. Medication to be dispensed by the camp nurse and/or stored in the nurse’s office must be in the original prescription bottle or box and must be accompanied by a doctor’s authorization signed by both the doctor and parent. This includes Epipens™. “Authorization for the Administration of Medication by Camp Personnel” forms are on our website and must be current within 12 months.