“I like that we go on excursions and its better than just staying home and sitting down on the couch,” said Hunter Chock who will be attending Kapunahala Summer Fun.
Hunter enjoys being outdoors with his friends.
“We go paddling to Coconut Island and Chinaman’s Hat and we go to the beach and Ice Palace,” said Chock.
This is the first time Hoku Chang will be attending Ben Parker summer fun.
His mother shopped around before signing Hoku up.
“I heard a lot about the summer fun program I heard that its really good program the kids have activities all day and just in comparison to other programs that are out there its one of the more affordable,” said Cheryl Chang, parent.
For the six week program the city requires a registration fee of $25 and then each program can offer an activity fee up to $75 to cover costs for field trips.
That adds up to $100 per child, and could be less depending on how much the activity fee is which is optional.
Because summer fun is from 8:30 to two in the afternoon, morning care and afternoon care is provided by non-profit organizations for a separate fee.
“Lot more reasonable than the private companies you can’t really go wrong with less than $100 for 6 weeks of summer fun,” said Errin Sanford, parent.
Mother of five, Errin Sanford who works full-time says her 6 year-old special needs son loves the program.
But she wishes the program would run longer.
“They get out of school on the 24th they don’t start til the 12th and then they finish a week before school that’s not too bad it’s the time in between,” said Sanford.
The city says because summer fun is held at schools. The school staff needs enough time to shut down when school ends and reopen when school begins.
“A six week program is something that we’re able to do with the budget that we have if we did have to do anymore than that we would have to raise the summer fun fee,” said Toni Robinson, Department of Parks & Recreation director.
Registration for summer fun at Leeward and Windward Oahu sites continues next Monday and Tuesday afternoon.
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