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Big business in keeping kids busy

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Once upon a time, backyard basketball and cartwheels in the yard were enough when you were a kid.

Now, it's a faster paced childhood.

So fast, for the Moran family, basketball is just one of many camps.

"You definitely have to be very organized with three children," Melissa Moran says.

There's also tennis, dance, baseball, and don't forget Ashley's favorite: horseback riding camp.

"Now she wants her dad to buy her a horse. That's not going to happen," Melissa laughed.

It's expensive enough to go to camp for a week, but multiply that by 20 camps, and you're looking at more than $5,000.

"It's definitely going to cost some money to schedule the camps," says Christie O'Sullivan. She works from home, but doesn't want to leave her two boys

occupied with lonely Legos.

"Camp is actually beneficial for them, because they do get a lot out of it. They go on field trips," she says.

It's a routine worth paying for, but Christie says she's found inexpensive alternatives, too, like church camp.

"You definitely want them to still be able to get up in the morning and go do something," Christie says.

Registration takes months of planning.

"I think the biggest challenge is getting them all in different camps sometimes," Melissa says.

"It really is good to get a jump on things in March or April," Christie said.

Transportation takes a lot of coordinating as well.

"We'll get on the email chain. We'll figure out what child likes basketball and kind of group together and do carpool," Melissa said.

They are magical moms finding a way to be three places at once, setting up a summertime slam dunk for their kids -- because all work and no play could run down the entire family.

"I just think it's a good balance for them to be active, to have some family time, to have some downtime as well," Melissa said.


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