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‘Youth Programs’

Carolina for the Kids

December 26th, 2017


Tuesday January 2nd will be KidZone Carolina for the Kids Coin Collection Day – All KidZone kids (AM and PM) are encouraged to bring in any spare change they have and donate in the container Isabella will have in the KidZone. Let’s see how much money KidZone kids can raise in one day!

Please click here to go directly to the Go Fund Me page.

Carolina for the Kids Homepage

Winter Break Expectations

December 5th, 2017


Ahhhh! Winter Break is right around the corner! A reprieve from dragging everyone out of bed, throwing a bowl of cereal their way, rushing them out the door and praying you’ll make it on time. The same for the kids, too. When we think of Winter Break with our kids, we often wishfully think of blissful, sleeping-in mornings in our perfectly matched pajamas that turn into a smile-filled breakfast of warm, yummy French toast and perfect temperature coffee. Those beautiful mornings roll right into gorgeous afternoons of sunshine with just a bit of chill in the air. Kids are outside playing ever so nicely, Christmas music can be heard all day long, and cookies are being baked one after the other. Sounds amazing, right? Reality check. Most Winter Break days are NOT like that. Rather, something more like this.

The reality is that life is still life, even if we change our routine a bit. While we may have this picture perfect image in our mind, as parents we have to remember that our kids are still our kids even with the change in routine that Winter Break brings. Your 10 year old boy who didn’t want to get a haircut and only wants to wear pants with elastic waistbands will not magically wake up the first day of Winter Break ready to get his hair cut for all the holiday functions and be willing to try on, purchase, and freely wear a pair of pants that are a bit nicer for the ever important show off your family work party. So, moms and dads, give yourselves a break. Keep your expectations for Winter Break manageable and remember that your kids are kids and no matter how much we wish, plead, beg, cajole, bribe them to make Winter Break magical for us, it probably won’t happen, at least not the picture perfect way we imagine it. No worries though…..if you need a break from the disappointment of it all, just send them to Camp at Granite Falls! If not, be prepared to say this (or something similar) over and over and over again:

Thanksgiving Unplugged

November 21st, 2017

Whether you are traveling for Thanksgiving or staying home, there is always a lot to do to get ready for the big day! With so much to do it can be easy for us to let our kids slip into a technology induced coma during all the days off from school (some schools have the entire week of Thanksgiving off) while we get the packing done, bake the pies, prepare the food, clean up from it all, plan the shopping excursions, and, maybe, enjoy a few football games. Here are some ideas for some fun things your kids (and adults) can do during this busy week that don’t involve a screen.

Crafts or games that need materials purchased or rounded up in advance…

Popsicle Stick Turkeys – The Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club track out camp Thanksgiving week campers made these in 2016 and they were ADORABLE. So many options for each child to make their own.

Thanksgiving Minute to Win it Games – When you are with a crowd, you can’t go wrong with Minute to Win it Games! The silliness, simplicity, and short time for each activity are great for making memories.

A little advanced preparation needed….

Stuff the Turkey Game – Make two and it can be a Thanksgiving day version of corn hole.

Turkey Feather Hunt – If you’ve got older kids, get them involved in the hiding of the feather. Large group? Take it outside and hide them like Easter Eggs. Make teams and assign colors to add a competitive element to it.

Thanksgiving Photo Booth Props – Set up an area for fun Thanksgiving photos with these Thanksgiving photo booth props and let your selfie loving tweens go to town!

Turkey Tag – #7 on this list is sure to get your family and friends moving! Hilarity abounds as you try to maneuver out of each other’s way to avoid having your “feathers” taken.

Print, cut, and go….

Thanksgiving Mad Libs – Hilariously fun, unless you run into an abundance of “potty words” being used…might want to caution before playing.

Thanksgiving Bingo – Everyone loves playing Bingo! This particular one has 8 unique boards. To add a fun twist to it, use fall flavored M&M’s as markers and let the winner be the first to choose a piece of pie or cake!

Turkey Trivia – Boys vs. Girls? Millennials vs. Gen X? So many options here!

No materials needed…

Thanksgiving Dinner – Choose and leader. The leader points to a family member and says either “MEAT,” “VEGETABLE,” or “FRUIT.” The family member must come up with the name of something that fits the category before the leader counts to seven. No fair using a name more than once! If the family member does not respond before the leader gets to seven, he/she is out. The game continues until only one person remains. After a few rounds it can be hard to think of something that has not already been mentioned!

Whether you choose to do any of these activities or not, we wish you all a very Happy Thanksgiving and hope for time well spent with those you love.

Halloween in the KidZone

October 17th, 2017

The costumes……so much decision making and money all for a one night event.
The anticipation……having to wait ALL. DAY. LONG. for the big event.
The struggle……wanting to have your kids involved with as much possible fun stuff as he/she can but knowing you HAVE to give time to yourself to get a workout in because, let’s face it, once the kids are in bed, you are going to eat the good stuff. (Hello, Jimmy Kimmel!)
Traditional calendar teacher work day……no words needed.

We, in the KidZone, get it and are here to assist! Let us help you with it all– give that costume more than one use, nix the anticipation by providing a morning trick or treat session, solve the struggle by giving you what you need and the kids what they want, and take some of the teacher work day on a major kid holiday load off. Drop off your kids in the KidZone while you work out for trick or treating around the Club on Halloween day, Tuesday October 31. Along with trick or treating at 9:00, 10:00, and 11:00 we’ll have Halloween themed crafts, games, and stories for all plus the kids will decide which KidZone staff has the best costume of 2017. Don’t forget to have your child(ren) wear their costumes and bring their buckets/bags.

Nights Out for Parents

September 19th, 2017

As much as we love our children, we all know that we need time away from them to spend with our spouse, significant other, and/or friends. Here are some ideas for how you can spend your night on Friday October 13, 2017 while your kids (ages 2-13) are having a blast at Parents’ Night Out (PNO)

First and foremost, before noon on October 13, register your child for Parents’ Night Out. Spaces are limited so don’t delay!

Night Out Idea #1 – State Fair
5:30-5:40 Drop your child(ren) off at Parents’ Night Out at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club (GFSAC)
5:40-6:30 Drive to and park at the NC State Fair.
6:30-9:30 Eat, go on rides, play games, etc. at the NC State Fair.
9:30-10:00 Drive to GFSAC and pick up your happily exhausted, already in pajamas child(ren)

Night Out Idea #2 – Tribute Band
5:30-5:40 Drop your child(ren) off at Parents’ Night Out at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club (GFSAC)
5:40-6:30 Drive to and park at North Hills.
6:30-7:00 Grab some food from one of the local restaurants (to go)
7:00-9:30 Enjoy the music of Yachty by Nature at the Friday Night Tribute Series at North Hills while eating the food you grabbed from one of the local restaurants
9:30-10:00 Drive to GFSAC and pick up your happily exhausted, already in pajamas child(ren)


Night Out Idea #3 – High School Football
5:30-5:40 Drop your child(ren) off at Parents’ Night Out at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club (GFSAC)
5:40-6:40 Catch dinner at a local quick, but not fast food restaurant like the Wake Forest Burger Shop or Charlie’s Kabob
6:40-7:00 Drive to and park at Heritage or Rolesville High School
7:00-9:00 Cheer on one of the local high school football teams at a home game (Heritage High School or Rolesville High School) while reminiscing about your own high school days
9:00-9:45 Enjoy a post game sweet treat at Lumpy’s or Dairy Depot or a cold beverage at Gatehouse Tavern
9:45-10:00 Drive to GFSAC and pick up your happily exhausted, already in pajamas child(ren)

Night Out Idea #4 – Dinner and Art After Hours
5:30-5:40 Drop your child(ren) off at Parents’ Night Out at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Cl ub (GFSAC)
5:40-9:00 Treat yourself to a leisurely dinner at one of the local restaurants in downtown Wake Forest before, after, or in-between strolling up and down the streets during Art After Hours
9:00-9:45 Enjoy a cup of coffee and a board game or two at Wake Forest Coffee Company
9:45-10:00 Drive to GFSAC and pick up your happily exhausted, already in pajamas child(ren)

Although We’re Not Their Parents…..

August 15th, 2017

…we’ve come to know their looks, their smiles, their laughs, their tired signals, their I’m all done moments. We’ve played with them and cared for them since they were babies, sending them off to others for daycare and preschool, and eventually on to elementary school where we might be lucky enough to get them back for camp, special programs or after school hours. We’ve taught them to take turns, to clean up after themselves, to say goodbye to mom and dad, to use their words, to paint only on the object to be painted (not the table!), to use the potty, to make friends, and to talk to adults.

Although we’re not their parents we love them fiercely, look forward to their smiles, celebrate their first steps, join them in their laughter, and marvel at how much they’ve grown. Although we’re not their parents we sure are amazed by these kids we call ours in the KidZone!

GFSAC Track Out Camp

July 19th, 2017

G Going to camp in the
F Fall makes the goodbye to
S Summer
A Always more
C Comforting.

T – Trading in long, hot days for
R – Rapidly shorter and cooler ones,
A – Amusing games,
C – Crafts,
K – KidzFit, Kids Yoga, and Kids Dance Fitness Funk classes

O – Old friends and new
U – Unite for
T – Three weeks of themed fun

C – Combining water
A – And land activities,
M – Making memories, and
P – Playing at Main Street Park

2017 Fall Track Out Camp is on sale NOW. Register via Online Services.



Come out to our Poolside Benefit Bash this Friday!

June 20th, 2017


This Friday, June 23rd, we will be hosting a charity event from 5-8 pm benefiting head camp counselor Gabe Gonzalez’s fundraising goal for Camp Kesem. At the event, we will have a poolside DJ, Jam ice cream truck, and hot dogs and burger plates for sale with all proceeds benefiting Camp Kesem.  Additionally, camp counselors and other staff will be leading games, crafts, and activities to make it a fun-filled evening for all. We will also be selling raffle tickets, $5 for one or 6 for $25 for a host of amazing prizes such as a FREE week of camp, night of PNO, private swim lesson, birthday party, personal training with our fitness director, and much more!

Camp Kesem is a non-profit organization that gives kids whose parents have or have had cancer a chance to attend a week long overnight camp and get a break from their oftentimes very tough home-life situations. At camp, the campers engage in a host of classic camp activities such as archery, boating, rock climbing, and of course s’mores and campfires. Camp Kesem gives these kids a chance to be linked with others going through a similar situation to form a community of love and support.

Camp Kesem is run entirely by student volunteers and as a counselor, it is their responsibility to raise at least $500, which keeps the cost of the campers to attend camp free. This will be Gabe’s second summer volunteering as a counselor with Camp Kesem UNC-Chapel Hill. Please come out for a fun-filled evening this Friday, June 23rd from 5 – 8 pm and support Gabe.  Raffle tickets can be bought at the event or at the front desk or you can donate directly to his fundraising page.

 Thank you for all your support!


Dash n’ Splash 2K17!

May 23rd, 2017


Timmy: “Moooommmmmm, can we go to the pool today?”
Mom (thinking to herself):  “Today?!?!? We leave for vacation at 0 dark hundred in the morning and he wants me to take him to the pool today???”


Kyle:  “Slam!” “Bang!” “Watch Out!” “You can’t get me!
Dad:  “I love that they are playing together, running around, and not on their devices but I’ve got a very important work call this afternoon. How will I ever be able to work from home this summer without forcing them to stare at a screen just so I can have some uninterrupted, quiet work time?”


Mom:  “Shhh….the baby just fell asleep. We need some quiet time in the house for the next hour or two.”
Laydon:  “Mom, you said having a baby brother would be fun but all we’ve been able to do every afternoon so far this summer is sit around being quiet. That’s not exactly what I call summer vacation.”


Mom:  “No, I don’t want to play Marco Polo again. No, I don’t want to go down the slide again. No, I don’t want to let you dunk me in the pool again. I sure wish she had someone to do all that with. I feel like I’ve been her only pool friend all week long. I’d like a little time to myself to just float around the river.”


Pre-Teen #1:  “Can we get this cereal?”
Pre-Teen #2: “No, it’s my turn to pick.”
Pre-Teen #1: “Yeah, but you know I will only eat non GMO, organic cereals and that, most definitely, isn’t.”
Pre-Teen #2: “Yeah, well, some of us just want a couple marshmallows in our cereal. Is that too much to ask for?”
Pre-Teen #1: “Let me tell you what that marshmallow filled cereal will do to you…..”
Mom“Is it fall yet? I miss going to the grocery store and not having to play referee.”


Any of this sound even a little familiar in the summer? If so, the Youth Programs department is here to help you with our new program – Dash n’ Splash: You dash, kids splash! We invite you to take some time for whatever it is you need while the Splash Squad of the Youth Programs department dive into an afternoon of pool festivities. The Dash n’ Splash program at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club is open to member children ages 4-12 years of age (all participants must be fully potty trained) and runs Monday-Friday 1:00-4:00 May 30-August 25, excluding Memorial Day and 4th of July. Registration will open the Friday before the start of each week and will be open, if there is space available, until 12:00 PM each day for that particular day. Please click here for more information and program guidelines.





GF4 Summer Camp – saving parents from “I’m Bored” every single day

April 25th, 2017

WCPSS traditional calendar students get out of school on June 9 and don’t return until August 28 — 11 whole weeks off from the routine and structure of school.  Preschoolers typically get out even earlier than that, leaving active 4 and young 5 year olds with a solid 12-13 weeks off from their weekly habits.

If you haven’t already thought about it, now is the time to seriously begin thinking about what all your kid is going to do this summer.  Unstructured play is incredibly high on the list of things that should happen in the summer but the world we live in and/or the restrictions put in place by the demands of adult life make that a less viable option.  That’s where the Camps at Granite Falls Swim and Athletic Club, particularly our GF4 Summer Camp, come in to help!

GF4 is short for Granite Falls Fitness, Fun and Friends, and just like the name suggests, our half-day and full-day summer camp sessions will be fitness, fun, and friendship focused.  Each week campers will enjoy a variety of fitness experiences, including special exercise classes such as Zumba Kids, KidzYoga, and KidzFit, and activities with friends – all centered around a fun weekly theme.  Every day will include swim lessons and recreational swim time as well!  At Granite Falls, we understand the need to let loose and have fun in the summer.  We enjoy getting messy, breaking into dance, crafting it up, and splashing as much as we can in our various pools.  The best of friendships are made at camp where campers feel relaxed, at ease, and able to let their genuine self out.  Campers can’t wait to come back and see their camp friends, especially those in year round schools who get the opportunity to come back to camp each season.  All of our counselors can tell you that camp friends often become BEST friends.

In fact, it is those friendships and the special, magical world of summer camp that brought one of longtime favorites, Mr. Gabe, back for his sixth camp season at GF4 Summer Camp.  He decided to enjoy one last summer with some of his favorite kids before starting his senior year at UNC this fall.  We are beyond lucky to have him with us once again.

GF4 half-day and full-day summer camps are for members and non-members ages 4 – 11. However, four year olds may only attend the half-day camps.  Register today and let us help your kids make fantastic memories this summer!