If you walked down Park Avenue by the synagogue this summer, you may have thought a new pool club opened – but no- it’s the Kaplan Summer Camp sprinkler park!
Over 100 campers had fun cooling off during water play, stretching during movement class, exploring science projects, playing sports and games, running around during playground time and spending an entire week building with recycled materials and thinking of new ways to use them.
Stepping into our classrooms you may have found a beach, a circus, an undersea adventure, a Where the Wild Things mural or a bunch of monkeys from Caps for Sale! The fun and learning never stop.
Many of our campers are Kaplan regulars while others are newbies to our fun and nurturing Kaplan community.
The Kaplan Campers have had a great time acting out some of our favorite stories and performing shows for each other during the Creative Arts weeks.
The Dragonflies looked at Cloudy with A Chance of Meatballs and created their own land of Chewandswallow where all of the food falls from the sky. We made orange juice rain, clouds of waffles and blueberries, and giant pizzas that flew in from the northeast (with a healthy side of kale). Our story continued with a giant parachute pancake that landed on our heads.
The Fireflies, Crickets, and Butterflies explored the differences and similarities between bats and birds with Stellaluna. We did lots of flying and hanging upside down from our feet. We even made a giant nest from recycled paper and cardboard that held the entire group. The campers’ favorite part of the story was pretending to eat bugs and imagining how yucky that must be.
The Caterpillars had already read Don’t Let the Pigeon Drive the Bus in their classroom and had made pigeon puppets. We went a little deeper into the story by painting our own giant bus and individual steering wheels. We sang “The Wheels on the Bus” and drove our bus to the zoo, a farm, and the beach where danced like different animals and practiced our swimming (while popping lots of bubbles!).
Kaplan Summer Camp ran this summer from June 16th -August 1st . We were open from 8:00-6:00, Monday – Friday. If you are interested in having your child attend camp next summer, contact the Kaplan office in March 2015.