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A long winter’s rest

January 4, 2017
Written by: Talia

The new year brings a lot of new adventures, but it also heralds the real beginning of the winter season.

The snowy weather, and long dark days make summer sunsets seem like an impossible dream… that inspired our Big Kids Club teachers to a line-up of classes to snuggle into:

Winter Dreaming 2017






Johanna Peters

Ehlssie Tecson

Sarah MacDonald

Isabel Socorro-Bravo

Talia Erickson

Introducing: The Big Kids Club Winter Dream Team

Our afternoon programs of play and learning feature group activities, monthly fieldtrips, social engagement, cooking, art, music, and more, for Big Kids of all ages. They all run from 1 – 4pm, every afternoon, but under the guidance of our creative educators, each has a unique (and beautiful) story to tell:

Johanna Peters presents: Arabian Nights

Johanna continues her crusade to bring worlds to life through story-telling, play, acting, and art, as she introduces the mysteries of the 1001 nights, with a singing tree, and a genie in a bottle. Monday’s are a magic carpet ride, with Johanna as our guide. You ain’t never seen a class like this. 😉

Ehlssie Tecson & the Winter Festival

Our recently-graduated Anthropology Major returns for her second season of culturally focused… parties! Ehlssie’s December exploration of the Philippines traditions was our most talked-about program, and her winter class stretches to cover the celebrations and festivals around the world.

We’re wishing her well on her first full-length class, as she learns to wish you prosperity and happiness in the year of the rooster! Gong Xi Fah Cai! (“gong zee fah chai”)

Munsch World, with Sarah MacDonald

Sarah loves Robert Munsch. She has all his books, and listens to his stories on tape. And she also loves maps. She’s a courageous captain, and this season, she and the Big Kids are chasing down one of Robert Munsch’s most infamous creatures: The Dark! There are clues all over town!

Sarah’s classes are all about adventure, team work, and accomplishment. Grab a flashlight, because she’s leading the kids to through Robert Munsch’s library, and to landmarks around the city, to recover the pieces of the missing dark.

Isabel Socorro-Bravo takes us Up There

You are about to fall in love with Dr. Scott Kelly, the NASA astronaut who spent a year in space, and shared it with the world through social media. Isabel introduces the Big Kids to this amazing man, and together, they journey from the known, to the unknown, and find their place in the universe… #yearinspace!

Good Night, Talia Erickson

When kids go to bed, the world continues outside their windows. It can’t be reached, because of bedtime, and it can be scary, because of… we don’t know why it’s scary! That’s the scariest part! But the moon smiles down…

With her help, Talia Erickson, and the Friday Big Kids will explore the light, darkness, creatures, and legends that the moon knows best. It’s a mystical journey through art and stories, science and the senses, and it happens from 1 – 4pm.

Winter Dreaming runs from Jan. 9 – Mar. 31, 2017.

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