At Barefoot Kids our mission is simple. We create a space for children to immerse themselves in imagination, unlocking the awesome power of learning through play.
A place where electronics are not invited and magic will come alive.
We believe in childhood.
Our summer camp is small by design, surrounding kids with a warm hometown atmosphere. This special environment helps children slow down, make new friends, develop their inner voice, and invent space that is truly their own. Let's return our kids to a simpler time when childhood reigned supreme.
imagination is freedom
Let them play!
Play is vital for healthy development in children of ALL ages. Unfortunately, adult-directed and designed activities, although well intentioned, has come at a great cost to child development. Deterioration of flexibility, the fluidity of thought, problem-solving, negotiation and navigation have all robbed children of the experiences they need to succeed, often in the name of excellence.
Why the messy play?
Developing senses through sensory activities are a component of Barefoot Kids. Children interpret and express almost exclusively through the physical body. Encouraging kids to not worry so much, letting the stress go about "keeping clean" while nurturing healthy absorption of imagination and fun. Cleaning up then becomes part of the fun, allowing them to feel they are getting to participate in something really special too!
Play is often talked about as if it were a relief from serious learning. But for children play is serious learning. Play is really the work of childhood. -Fred Rogers
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