With chill of winter encroaching, and the promise of more snow to come, children and parents alike are wondering what to do over winter break. The East Greenwich Parks and Recreation has given kids from grades 1-6 some fun options. They will be offering a February Vacation Program from the 22nd-25th of the month.
“We try to offer a fun program for kids who have time off and parents who need a safe place for them to go,” said Cathy Bradley, department director. “Kids come and have a great time and we keep them active.”
The vacation program helps to keep the kids active during the winter months when the television and other tempting entertainments inspire a more sedentary lifestyle. The camp runs for four full days, and children have the option of signing up for the entire day or just one activity.
The first day of camp begins on Tuesday where the children will have the chance to visit the Biomes Marine Center. The private aquarium and education center will give them opportunity to touch and interact with some of the mysteries under the sea in the Narragansett Bay and Atlantic Ocean. Later on, the youths are brought to Wickford Lanes to experience a fun afternoon of duckpin bowling. The game consists of smaller, lighter bowling balls accompanied with shorter, wider pins. The activity is traditionally found in and near Rhode Island, promising a great time for the children.
On Wednesday morning, POW Science will stop by the department to offer a workshop entitled “POW Towers.” The children will work together to design, engineer and create all morning, utilizing their critical thinking and teamwork skills to architect their own towers. During the afternoon hours, the youths will venture out to Narragansett Ocean Club for some roller skating.
On Thursday, the group will head up to the Audubon’s Environmental Education Center in Bristol to attend a whale workshop. Audubon provides a model of a whale almost large enough for the kids to walk inside. They will see experiments and participate in hands-on activities, learning about the parts of the whale, what they eat and other interesting facts. In the afternoon, the children will visit Aim High Gymnastics. They will split into small groups and have the opportunity to walk the balance beam, use the uneven bars and jump into the foam pit.
The last morning of the program, on Friday, will be spent at the RI Resource Recovery Center. The kids will see first-hand what happens to the trash and recyclables after it leaves their homes. The stunning experience will be sure to leave an impression. Later in the afternoon, a visit to the movie theatre to see Gnomeo and Juliet will finish out the week’s program.
Space is limited so don’t wait to sign up for the programs. Registration begins by February 2nd by mail, or can be hand delivered prior to that date. For more information, visit eastgreenwichri.com or call 401-886-8626, ext. 1.