New Iberia mother Tikisha Gonsoulin was told by the city she could open a day camp at West End Park's community center for $600 a day, plus the cost of insurance, in accordance with state law.
Gonsoulin says she was planning to tutor campers in math and teach good eating habits, but has yet to raise enough money.
On Monday, New Iberia mother Krystal Boyance organized activities, including healthy eating instruction at the center for free. But, the city isn't calling it a camp.
"She's strictly going to be in there to assist the children with activities if that's what they would like to do. The other lady was serving food. She was charging for the children to come to the camp and actually calling it a camp. This is something that's open to the public. Anybody can come in and play in the game room," says Mayor Hilda Curry.
According to Boyance, 27 children singed up for activities on Monday, which included learning to make smoothies.
"Everything is sponsored. We have people in the community that want to come in someone gave S20 of games such as UNO cards dominos. We had some parents that registered their kids today, but actually came back and brought food and drinks," says Boyance.
The kids are registered. But, Mayor Curry says neither the city nor volunteers are responsible for the children.
"You don't need insurance policies. They're doing activities that they would do whether the volunteers were there or not," says Mayor Curry.
If you're interested in joining the activities at West End Park, it runs on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Center through August 1st.