Parents looking for children's learning programs should consider the Wisp Resort in Western Maryland. The mission of Wisp Kidz focuses on building confidence, teaching a life sport, and getting kids outdoors. Makes sense considering that lack of activity is an issue among children and childhood obesity is at an all-time high in the U.S.

Willy Wisp caters to children ages 3 - 7. Club Wisp is designed for the 8 to 14-year-old group. Full-day and half-day programs include lift tickets, ski or snowboard equipment rentals, and a lesson. Full- day sessions also include a lunch menu that varies between macaroni and cheese, spaghetti, and pizza for its main course.

Cost for the half-day session is $69 midweek and $99 on weekends. Sessions run 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon or 12:30 to 3 p.m. Weekends sessions are available only in the afternoon. A full-day program costs $89 midweek and $119 weekends. Holiday rates are $139. Two-day programs are available for $ 178 midweek, $199 weekends, and $219 holidays.

The Mini Riders and Mountain Rippers programs concentrate on snowboarding. Both are two-hour long lessons from 9:30 a.m. to 12 noon or from 12:30 to 3 p.m.  Mini riders is for children ages six and seven years old and Mountain Rippers targets children ages 8 - 12. Costs are $89 Monday to Friday; $109 Saturday and Sunday, and $119 holidays.

The Willy Wisp Child Care Drop In Center gives parents a chance to have their children attended to by professionals while they enjoy the snow. Half- and full-day programs are offered. The center's program inlcudes indoor and outdoor play. Minimum age is 2 years old. 

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