Summer camps turn to alternative plans during rainy days


AUSTIN (KXAN) — It may be a rainy day across parts of Central Texas, but that’s not stopping several summer camps from proceeding as normal.

ATX Kids Club spent the day exploring the city of Austin. From a movie at an area theater to a touring the Harry Ransom Center at the University of Texas.

“I think parents are much more concerned about their kids getting wet than the kids are,” said Tammy Miller, executive director of ATX Kids Club. “The kids, I actually think, like the rain.”

Miller says the summer camp goes on rain or shine and she does plan an alternative schedule for rainy and scorching hot days. 

“We have all the libraries which are incredibly gracious and welcoming of our children,” said Miller. “[There are] tons of places that we can modify our schedule if we need to and get them indoors so that they’re safe from any inclement weather.”

However, unlike Miller, not every program has an option to escape the weather if needed as some programs revolve around being completely outdoors.

Programs like the city’s Summer Playgrounds Program had to close early at 1 p.m.

“I bring them mainly because I work part time and it’s an ideal situation where I can drop them off for a few hours and then pick them up when I am done,” said Elvira Lopez who stopped by Walnut Creek Park to pick up her grandchildren.

Lopez says she’s grateful for the free program but understands it can be hard for some parents who work full time.

“I am sure a lot of parents need the service,” she said. “[Some] don’t have the financial blessings to be able to put kids in camps and pay for them all the time.”

Now, Lopez’s grandchildren are just hoping for one thing. 

“Hopefully tomorrow will be a sunny day,” said Amaya, Lopez’s granddaughter. 

Summer Playgrounds Program will be closed on Wednesday. 

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