Each week is a new adventure at Kidsborough, with themes that cover everything from forensic science to Disney magic and kitchen chemistry. From June 27 to Aug. 26, Kidsborough’s summer program in Hopkinton offers kindergarteners through eighth-graders ample opportunities to actively explore the unknown.
“Trying something new, that’s what I want kids to take away from this summer program,” says Cori Lucius, Kidsborough’s Hopkinton site coordinator. “I want kids to be able to discover things that they’re excited about, get their hands dirty and learn different things that aren’t so cookie-cutter.”
Throughout the 10 themed weeks — with titles like Everything X-Files and Elementary, My Dear Watson — the summer program has four field trips planned. During “America’s Pastimes” week, the kids attend a Worcester Red Sox game and get to sit behind third plate. Other field trips include a visit to the Old Sturbridge Village during Primitive Pioneers week, a trip to the EcoTarium during Periodic Power week, and finally, all the Kidsborough sites will travel to the Fruit Street fields for the Kidsborough Olympics.
In addition to themed activity time, Lucius says the program incorporates a lot of outdoor activities, including walks to EMC Park, outdoor scavenger hunts and gardening. They also plan for quieter activities like reading alone or listening to stories read by staff or older students.
The way staff connects with kids is what sets Kidsborough apart, Lucius says. “They are so caring and really take time to know students,” she says. “Any program can pull plans from the internet, but for us, a big reason families stay is because of the relationships we have with them and their kids.”
Unlike as with bigger companies, Lucius says Kidsborough’s small size is a benefit because it contributes to a “family feel” and allows for staff to be nimble as they determine what works best for parents and students.
During the school year, Kidsborough offers before-school and after-school programming. In addition to its Hopkinton site at 34 Hayden Rowe Street, Kidsborough has locations in Canton, Medfield and Winchester.
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