"The Wonderland Bucket list"

 

Hello sweet folks

The summer is once again right around the corner, and I bet we are all very excited about warmer weather, pool days, farmers market trips, and lot's of delicious local ice cream; I know we are very excited at Wonderland to start our super fun annual summer camp program.

....And do we have a super cool summer planned for our sweet kiddos, or what! This summer we really wanted to be creative with our format and give our little campers a chance to be a part of the planning process. We came up with a "bucket list" concept, each day the kids will get a chance to choose a topic, activity, or concept out of a bucket and will learn, play and explore their choices! Choices will include many activities such as hula hoop class, yoga, dancing, cooking, nature walks, art projects, science projects...We will also have a regular lemonade stand day, as well as an allocated full "water" day by age group.

Most of our older friends are, sadly, leaving to embark upon the next part of their educational journey! We would love the opportunity to get to spend some more time with them and give them a very fun summer and a “see you later, hopefully at our next camp” with our friends and teachers!

A closer look into some of our philosophies:

Some kids play easily with others, some walk intrepidly into adventure, while others may fear the unfamiliar. At Wonderland Arts every kid matters. Each kiddo is different, and we absolutely love that. Every Wonderland camp classroom provides a unique environment of kindness, respect, and learning.

Amongst having our unique daily rotation concept, this summer Wonderland will embark upon a camp environment that also fosters locality, the organic process, and a DIY mentality; which we will heavily focus on in our teaching and exploration methods. We will navigate through what it is like to live green and what the creation process looks like for everyday items such as: soap making, growing an organic garden, cooking with lots of incredibly delicious locally harvested ingredients to open children's eyes to the wonders and possibilities of the natural world and their own potential.

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Our mission is to expose our kiddos to where their food comes from, what the process of creating materials of self care looks like. Through creative play and exploration, children develop a connection with the land and an appreciation for creating; and all around being creative. Children learn by example; we want them to be inspired by our camp to support local and choose a healthy, creative and imaginative lifestyle.

A few things you will surely see throughout the entirety of the summer include:

OUR GIVING GARDEN Making & planting beds, adding compost, watering, weeding, harvesting, eating and observing. The children will help with maintaining and truly taking the ownership from start to finish; we will also use most of our plant life and fruits/veggies in our projects and snacks to be able to enjoy the fruits of their labors, if you will!

ARTS & CRAFTS Learning to make through objects found in nature, such as nature journals, vegetable stamps, mobiles and collages with found objects. Chicken feathers, rocks, leaves, flowers, sticks, sheep wool and honey comb are often favorite art and craft project materials.

STORIES & SONGS Enjoy and relax during the heat of the day with Mr. Diego and his incredibly fun and interactive stories and music class!

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Extra fun to do's:

• Sensory Play

• Imaginative Play

• Arts & Crafts

• Gardening & cooking

• Nature Exploration

• Music

• Gym

• Dance

• Sports

• Splash & Play

• Science

With the close guidance of our staff, children develop a deeper sense of community through shared work in the Garden, our music lessons, by making arts & crafts using natural fibers, and of course through a lot of indoor and outdoor play, and stories. For this camp we do not have weekly themes, we have daily themes; so please pick which ever, or all of the weeks you would like to enroll your camper! Here at Wonderland I would consider us a big family, and a very interactive and incredible community; so come join us in this beautiful and enchantingly fun summer!

What to Bring to Kids' Camp:

lunch Monday – Thursday (snack is provided), on Friday’s we will continue our weekly pizza Friday.

Sunscreen (spray, preferred)

Extra work/play clothes (and an extra pair of clothing for yoga)

Towel and water clothes/bathing suit

closed toe shoes, or enclosed sandals (no flip flops!)

For our youngers friends, diaper and wipes, creams if applicable

Very important: please label ALL of your kids belongings before bringing them in for the summer.

Optional: sunglasses, and or hat

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Fees and Schedule:

Registration Fee (one time only): $60

Part Day Schedule: 8:00am - 1:00pm

  • $230/week or $65.00/day

Full Day Schedule: 8:00am-5:30pm

  • $295/week or $80/day

Registration:

  • Please fill out a separate registration form for each camper.
  • Priority enrollment will be given to Wonderland and Indigo families, but there is plenty of space for the broader community.

Fees and Payment Schedule:

  • Completed emergency, medical, and pick-up information is REQUIRED before Summer camp begins!  Please fill this information out using the Indigo student information link, which is shared with Wonderland Arts, or request a paper form to submit.
  • Payment may be made by check, manual bank draft using tuitionexpress.com, or by automatic credit card draft.
  • Payments for Weeks 1-5 will be due on June 1st.  Payments for Weeks 6-10 will be due July 1st.

Late Registration & Waiting List:

  • If you have registered for a week that is full, we will contact you to see if you would like another week, or to be placed on a waiting list for your first choice.

Change of Schedule and Drop In Procedure and Fees:

  • If you need to change which week your child will be attending, you may do so, space permitting, for an additional $20 fee.
  • There is a $30 cancellation fee for each cancellation done after the Friday before the week cancelled.

Late Pick Up Policy:

If you are late picking up your child, you will be charged as follows:

  • First Time: $5.00 per each 5 minutes late per child
  • Second Time: $10 per each 5 minutes late per child
  • Third and Subsequent Times: $15 per each 5 minutes late per child

Pick Up Procedures:

  • All drop-offs and pick-ups will be at Wonderland.
  • Please sign out your child by noting the time and initials on the roster.

Emergencies:

Minor accidents occurring at camp receive the prompt and careful attention of staff members. In the event of illness, the family is notified at once and are responsible for making arrangements, within a reasonable amount of time, for the child to be taken home or to her/his physician. In cases of emergency, we will call 911 and parents will be notified immediately.

Do not leave an emergency message on the answering machine. Keep trying until you reach someone directly.

Note: It is VERY important that you let us know of any changes of contact information so that we may reach you in case of an emergency. 

Dismissal Authorizations:

Please make sure to submit a pick-up and emergency contact form to designate those friends/relatives with whom your child may travel.  You can request this form by e-mailing us at contact@wonderlandarts.net.  We will NOT release your child to anyone who is NOT on your dismissal list.  Temporary arrangements can be made on a signed and dated note to a staff member.

Health Policy:

For the protection of staff and children, please do not send a sick child to camp. If our staff determines that a child is too sick to continue to participate in activities, then the parents or emergency contacts are responsible for picking up their child from camp within a reasonable period of time, after being notified that the child is sick.

Before returning to Summer Camp:

  • The child must be free of fever, vomiting, or diarrhea for 24 hours without medication.
  • The child must remain at home until 24 hours have elapsed since the first dose of prescribed antibiotics.
  • The child must stay home until the results of a throat culture are known.

Medications:

If a child requires ANY medication during the day you will need to fill out a Permission to Administer Medication form in the summer camp office, and leave the form and medicine with your child’s teacher. ABSOLUTELY NO MEDICATIONS SHOULD BE PUT IN A CHILD’S LUNCH BOX.

Discipline Policy:

If inappropriate behavior or a conflict occurs:

  • Children are taught to be respectful towards themselves, toward others, and with their environment.
  • The instructor will guide the child(ren) through the process of taking care of their responsibilities, using calm, neutral, factual language, and quiet time apart if necessary.
  • If a conflict recurs, we will notify parents and work together toward a positive resolution.

If a child physically endangers him/herself or others:

  • The child will be removed from the situation and asked to shadow an instructor or be given quiet time apart.
  • Parents will be notified of the situation by the end of the day to work together toward a positive resolution.

Wonderland reserves the right to ask a camper not to return due to behavioral problems, and camp fees are forfeit.