Camp Kinhaven is an extension of Kinhaven School, a parent-governed independent preschool located in the heart of Arlington’s Ballston-Virginia Square neighborhood, combining the staff, environment, and philosophy of Kinhaven School with a healthy dose of good old-fashioned summertime fun!
Kinhaven's summer day camp serves children ages 2 1/2 - 5 years old. It will run from June 15 through August 14, 2020, from 9:00 am to 1:00 pm, or 9:00am - 3:00pm. The program is held Monday through Friday each week.
Each session at Camp Kinhaven features a theme around which age-appropriate experiences are planned, both outdoors and in the various learning centers of the classroom. The session dates and themes are: Construction Junction Session I; June 15 - July 2, 2020 (No camp on July 3) Put on your hard hat to enter the construction zone. With traditional building materials, re-purposed supplies, and confectionery creations campers will design marshmallow buildings, gum drop domes, paper tube castles and towering skyscrapers. Older campers will use the woodworking table to take their structures from concept to reality.
Down on the Farm Session II; July 6- July 24, 2020 Summertime is the right time to go down on the farm. Making butter, growing sprouts, and practicing animal care will be highpoints of your child’s session, which culminates with a visit from Old McDonald and his farm animals.
Go for the Gold Session III, July 27- August 14, 2020 From the chitons and laurel wreaths of ancient Greece to classic athletic events plus a few creative preschool versions, the Tokyo Olympic Games inspire the fun of Session III. Campers will conduct a torch relay, participate in the parade of nations, and design their own medals, flags and more.
Afternoon Adventures Children can add an extra dose of fun, extending each day until 3:00pm. Summer Afternoon Adventures offer a mini-theme packed with hands-on activities centered around classic children’s books and authors. The afternoon includes activity, a brief rest, snack, and play.
Registration Registration forms will be processed in the order they are received. A registration fee and a non-refundable* deposit of $175 per session must be submitted with a registration form for each child. The registration fee is $25 per child for current Kinhaven families, and $40 per child for all others. The balance of the tuition is due no later than May 1. For children new to Kinhaven, an original birth certificate or passport must be presented at the Kinhaven office by May 1, 2020.
*If space is not available in the session(s) you selected, you will be notified and the deposit for the applicable session(s) will be returned to you. Deposits are not refundable for any other reason.
Children must be two and one-half years old by June 1. Children who are five years old must not yet have attended kindergarten.
Daily Activities Class Meetings: provide the framework for the day as children and teachers greet one another- often in song, discuss the topic of the day, and choose a primary area of work for the morning.
Work Time: encompasses a protracted period of play including individual and small group play devised by children as well as thematically relevant experiences designed by the teachers for small groups of children.
Meals: Children and teachers share a morning snack provided by Kinhaven. Each child brings a lunch from home. (Please be aware that refrigeration of lunches is not generally available.)
Outdoor Time: Each class will spend at least 30 minutes per day in a neighborhood playground, weather permitting. Utilizing local resources, nearly every classroom experience can be conducted outdoors, Playground play, group games, connections to nature, painting, building, gardening, and bubbles are among the limitless possibilities. In case of inclement weather, gross motor activities will be conducted in the first floor Parish Hall. Maury Park, located behind the Arlington Arts Center at the corner of Monroe and 8th St is our primary outdoor play space. Children and teachers will walk to and from Maury Park. Occasional visits to Oakland and Quincy Parks may be held without notice.
Resource Teachers: Kinhaven’s Support Teacher visits each classroom each day during work time to provide valuable support to the teaching team and children by decreasing the student-teacher ratio through small group activities and enrichment experiences.