Summer is rapidly approaching in Florida, and we all know what that means; time to start planning for childcare for those months when school is out. With this comes the usual obstacles, wait lists, choosing safe and enriching programs, and seeking the most affordable option. 

A few options available to Lealman residents include the following:

YMCA @ Lealman Exchange

Ages: 5-12 

Cost $160 a week

Pinellas Athletic League


6th-12th $500 (scholarships available) 

Summer Bridge Program 

High School

Cost: Free

Transportation available

Creative Pinellas

Ages: Vary

Cost: Grants available for Pinellas County Residents

St. Petersburg Parks & Recreation

Ages: Elementary

Cost: Varies, ELC eligible

Summer recreation programs provide a range of benefits for young people, including the opportunity to stay active, socialize with peers, and learn new skills.

According to experts in child development, such programs offer numerous advantages for children’s physical health. Summer camps and other recreational activities provide children with opportunities to engage in physical activities such as swimming, hiking, and sports, which can improve their physical fitness, coordination, and overall health.

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