A Letter from Lisa: September Edition

Hello Friends,

Here we go! Summer is over and it’s time to add back to school routines to the household schedule. Speaking from experience, it’s not always easy to be a working parent. After all, balancing a career and kids is not for the faint of heart. Between work and family, working parents might find it a near-impossibility to have time to breathe, much less do something special for themselves. It took me a long time to learn that if you want to avoid burnout, you absolutely have to take time for self-care, which includes taking time to play.

You can either carve out a special time for play, such as planning a visit to Explore & More with family and friends, finishing a crossword puzzle every night before bed or heading out for daily morning walks/runs. You can also decide to incorporate play into regular tasks that are already on your to-do list: like doodling while you’re on a conference call at work or singing and dancing in the shower or while you clean. Even 15 minutes a day can be enough to relax your body and mind and help you feel refreshed.

Although there are many joys in raising children, parents who need and/or want to work can face some serious obstacles. Some days, you’re going to have to give more to your job and the kids will eat a pepperoni pizza for dinner (and possibly the next morning for breakfast)—and that’s okay. Likewise, there will be times when your kids command your attention, and you’ll have to put your work—and your phone—down so you can enjoy these lovely creatures you’ve created. Like almost everything in life, eventually, it all balances out the way it’s supposed to. In order to assist with the “balancing act” and to support families seeking childcare and fun, yet educational experiences on designated school holidays and school break weeks, Explore & More has created all-new School Age Day Camp programs. Our programs are led by our professional Educators. We are a New York State Office of Child & Family Services licensed and regulated School Age Child Care program.

Thematic activities will spark creativity, imagination, and exploration as students venture throughout the museum to play and learn in the exhibits. Also, should the schools face challenges due to the pandemic, Explore & More is prepared to adapt their operations to accommodate remote and hybrid school age learning options so parents can continue working while children are learning. Registration is now open for the 22-23 school year and filling up quick!

Looking forward to seeing you at Explore & More soon,

Lisa Chrapowicz,
Director of Strategic & Community Initiatives