S.Y.A.P. Frequently Asked Questions

What are the session dates for 2016?
Session I June 6 - 17
Session II June 20 - July 1
Session III July 11 - 22
Session IV July 25 - August 5

What time does the program start and end?
Children can be dropped off between 8:10 and 8:35am, and should be picked up between 4 and 4:15pm. 

What if I can’t pick my child/children up at 4:00pm?
We offer a Late Activity Program (4:00pm - 6:00pm) for an additional fee of $200/per session per child.

When can I register?
If you are Rice faculty, staff, or current Rice student, you may register early beginning Thursday, February 18, 2016. If you are Rice Alumni, you may register beginning Monday, February 22, 2016. If you are a family returning from 2015, you may register beginning Wednesday, February 24, 2016. If you are a community member, open registration begins Friday, February 26, 2016.

How can I register?
You may register ONLINE ONLY. No in-person registration will be accepted.

What is the online registration process?
Online registration is available to the public beginning February 26, 2016. To register online, visit recreation.rice.edu/syap. Please click on the Register Here button. Please do not copy and paste the link before February 26, 2016, the link will change for open registration. Please DO NOT HIT THE BACK BUTTON or it will make you start over. For technical assistance or help with password settings contact Liza Pedraza, 713-348-4058, prior to attempting registration on Thursday, February 18, 2016.

How much is each session?
Children of Rice Faculty & Staff: TBA
Children of Rice University Alumni: TBA
Children of non-Rice members: TBA

Do we have to pay for everything all at once?
There is a $250 NON-REFUNDABLE DEPOSIT REQUIRED AT TIME OF REGISTRATION FOR EACH SESSION PER CHILD. It will be applied to your total balance. All balances must be paid on or before Friday, April 22, 2016. You have the option to bring your payments in person to the office, mail to the Recreation Center or have the balance auto billed on Friday, April 22, 2016.

Which age group should I register my child/children for?
Your child's age at the beginning of each session will determine which age group he or she should be placed in.

Any attempt to place your child in an age group that does not match his or her age will result in an added charge of $40 to your account, and will result in the cancellation of your registration. 

What should my child bring?
Participants should dress in casual summer clothing and tennis/gym shoes (non-scuffing soles). Participants should not wear sandals or other open-toed shoes. Each child should bring a swimsuit, towel, sack lunch and water bottle daily. Please mark all personal items and avoid sending expensive or fragile items. Participants should not wear jewelry. Rice University and its employees will not be responsible for any items that are lost or stolen.

 Is the program "nut free"?
The Summer Youth Activity Program is not “nut free”. We sell products in our Concession Booth that contain nuts, and we do not prevent families from sending children to campus with lunches/snacks that might have nuts in them. However, we will provide reasonable accommodations to protect the well-being of a child who has nut-related allergies. If your child has a nut allergy, please contact us to discuss the degree of severity prior to enrolling him/her in our program.

My child will have a birthday in the middle of sessions, what age group should I register for?
Please contact the administration office for help with this particular issue, so that we might help you register for the correct group. Please note, the Recreation Center reserves the right to request proof of birth date.

Our summer plans have changed, what are my options?
Children may give their spots only to siblings or step-siblings. Registration is not transferable to anyone outside the immediate family. Children missing days for reasons other than medical will not be allowed to make up missed days. Split sessions are not available.

Contact Us

Questions about any of this? Don't hesitate to ask us!
Email SYAP@rice.edu or call our main office at 713-348-4058