Summer camps for Milan kids

Milan city hall has announced that some 20,000 summer camp places will be available this summer for kids on school holidays.

The €1-million plan to help working parents manage their children during the long summer break will also keep fees at the same level as last year, said education councillor Francesco Cappelli.  “It’s an important step to provide concrete suport to families during the summer holidays.  In these times of economic crisis, we’ve made an effort to keep fees from rising.  The municipal services will cost much less than private ones, and will even be free for families on minimum incomes.”

Pre-school kids will have 5,000 places available from 1 to 26 July, while 41 primary schools with suitable outdoor areas will offer 4,500 places from 13 June to 26 July; two of these will be equipped to welcome disabled children.  Then there will be 6,500 slots for “weekly campus” themed activities covering sport, art, nature and more, for six- to 14-year-olds, operating from 17 June to 26 July and from 26 August to 6 September.  And another 4,000 places will be available in holiday homes at the seaside or in the mountains.

Two open days, on 13 April and 5 May, will give parents a chance to see what activities are on offer and to meet the organisers, while their kids sample the activites in the play areas.

The city administrators’ programme also includes film shows, plays and visits to parks, and a fund for support of the city’s oratories, a traditional source of help for working parents in Italy, which provide activities for some 20,000 Milan kids every summer.

A website will soon be available for choosing the activity and signing up for a place, Cappelli said.

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