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Camp for Moms: Games, workshops, trapeze on Long Island

Melanie Weingarten of Plainview, Jessica Solinsky of Plainview,

Melanie Weingarten of Plainview, Jessica Solinsky of Plainview, Patricia Wolfson of Plainview and Alexis Breinberg of Dix Hills demonstrate a bouncing platform at Driftwood Day Camp in Melville on July 19, 2016. They're preparing for Camp Mom, a day when moms get to experience the camp's activities. Credit: Driftwood Day Camp

No kids. No husbands. Just moms.

That’s the hook for the first Camp Mom day at Driftwood Day Camp in Melville, where any mom from across Long Island can play on the trapeze, go to arts and crafts and, says organizer Patricia Ribiero Wolfson, “really feel like kids again.”

“We’re taking over Driftwood, specifically to rediscover that inner fun and incorporate that into motherhood,” says Wolfson, who has teamed up with the camp to offer the rain-or-shine, all-day, open-to-the-public event on Saturday, July 30. The day’s itinerary also includes three hourlong workshops. “The whole purpose of the day is stress relief, so I wanted to give the moms some tools they could take home,” says Wolfson, 41, a Plainview mom who has three children, ages 8, 6 and 3.


Camp Mom begins with a bagel breakfast followed by an introduction, icebreaker games and jumping on the camp inflatables. “I think it’s nice to have some bonding time with other moms,” Wolfson says. Then comes the first workshop, which is called “Parent Anger Management: Become the Calmer Parent You Want to Be.”

After lunch will be the second workshop, about finding happiness every day, called “Live Your Best Life.” That’s followed by making bracelets in arts and crafts. The third workshop will be “Mindful Moments and Natural Stress Relief for Moms,” followed a choice of trapeze, the Magic Carpet Ride inner-tube slide and other camp options.

“I kind of created a day that I would like for myself,” says Wolfson, a life coach who owns a company called Jump Start for Change and works during the summer teaching in Driftwood’s camp TV studio.


Lina Silva, 41, of Woodbury owns a cleaning company and has two daughters, ages 6 and 8, who are campers at Driftwood. She says they always come home so excited about their camp day, and she’s always joking with other moms that she would love to be a camper there for even one day. So when she heard that that would be possible, she signed right up. She says she is hoping she’ll work up enough nerve to try the trapeze. “Spike the coffee and maybe I’ll be able to do it,” she jokes. “I’m sure it will be so fun to feel like you’re young again.”

Lindsey Pearson owns a Manhattan-based company called Do You Mind(Fully)? and is scheduled to lead the “Mindful Moments” workshop. She says she’ll be offering the moms practical meditations they can use in real situations at home. “It’s not about sitting on a couch for 20 minutes that you don’t have,” Pearson says. “It’s ‘How can I use this as my child is melting down, as I am melting down?’ The workshop will focus on mindfulness to better handle tantrums and respond better in high-stress situations and create a more balanced, cohesive, loving home.”

Driftwood owner Mike Wagenberg says he’s considered for years offering something on the camp grounds for parents, so he was happy to give Camp Mom a try. “I thought it was interesting; I thought it would be a great experience for the moms,” Wagenberg says. “This is something we’re going to try out this year, and see how it goes. ”

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