Barefoot Kids Main Program
Half day: 9am-1pm
Full day: 9am-3pm
(Daily drop in available both options)
Unique to our program is our foundation of learning through play, which reintroduces this important activity that has disappeared from our modern scheduled lives. Kids embrace every opportunity to explore the freedom as they organize scavenger hunts, races, inventions, plays or anything these little geniuses can dream up! We allow them a special time to be messy, creative, and just a little bit crazy, having the special summer fun that every kid should.
At Barefoot, no invention is too silly, and no question is dumb. We understand imagination and curiosity are the resources needed to prosper and persevere in our adult lives. Our fully outdoor program encourages the flexibility and fluidity of childrens natural thought process, while developing critical problem solving skills disappearing in our testing obsessed educational culture. This living, fluid outdoor curriculum integrates a vast array of subjects, weaving hands on lessons for the children in local history, wildlife, science, music, and arts, while being flexible to the children's individual needs in a holistic hometown environment. We are proud to promote, and happily place throughout our curriculum, the importance of protecting our local farming, our historic areas from development, and why family owned business are the life blood of local communities.
9am-9:30 Arrival & Games
Kids can warm up and make new friends easily
9:30- Craft/Art Block
Kids break into developmentally appropriate groups
All the kids together. Costumes provided and an acted storytime by children who choose to participate
10:45- Imagination/Play Block
Kids break into groups themselves depending on the activity they choose to create.
12pm - Lunch
All together. Storytelling games, silly stories.
1 pm-Half-day Pick up. Full day Backyard Block
Kids together or in groups depending on the activity
1:50- Messy Block
Kids all together, fun and madness begins
2:50- Clean up.
Kids will also pick up and ready personal items for parents.
3 pm- Pick up
Head out and enjoy the day!
Fun backyard tip:
Twister BFK Style
Take a twister mat and put shaving cream on green squares, chocolate pudding on red. Use whatever you have in the cabinet! Trust us!
We go there..and it's freaking awesome.
What are the travel days?
Every Wednesday we will offer an optional field trip for kids 6 yrs & up. The travel program will begin and run on only FULL DAY weeks.
$75 per day
covers all entrance fees, activities, treats & supplies
Bus departs 9:15 am- Returns 3 pm
WK2 June 24- Splish Splash Water Park
WK3 July 1 - Shelter Island Mashomack & Whales Tail
WK4 July 8- Marine Science & Beach Exploration Day
WK5 July 15 - The Clubhouse & Park Exploration
WK6 July 22 - Harbes Family FUN PARK
WK7 July 29 - Montauk Day (lighthouse, trails & Ice cream!)
WK8 Aug 7- Riverhead Atlantis Aquarium
WK9 Aug 14 - Marine Science & Beach exploration Day
We will do our best to honor the schedule, but the weather may be an issue. Our rescheduling policy is to move the event to another day in the same week if possible.
Block subjects may be rotated according to our kids, their needs, previous experiences, and activities. Counselors meet every morning, breaking into smaller teams before arrival. We make sure all our kids feel included,
We strive to create a truly personalized experience full of love and warmth. Our small-town neighborhood environment lends itself perfectly for this, and we've developed a program that we're proud to share!
Transportation available for FULL DAY students
Please select during registration.
Please be mindful when scheduling that we are an OUTDOOR camp. In the case of rain, we will be encouraging your children to play outdoors. We provide activities geared specifically to rainy activity.
If stronger weather is expected, we will cancel the day via text and email by 7:30 am. Parents, of course, will be able to reschedule the day at their convenience.
We have tons of sports and games too!
Tag* Spud*Capture the flag*Kickball*Soccer*Relay races*Steal the bacon*Sharks and minnows*Four square* Wiffle Ball*Frisbee*Stick Ball*..and many more!
PLUS visits by local sports groups
Mess Fest Block
Kids need to get messy. ITS GOOD FOR THEM.
Our messy block is the perfect time for Super Science Experiments, Ice Cream Slip & Slides, Foam parties, Jello Filled swim pools..the works. Sometimes we let them create their own inventions, it's their time to shine!
(Don't worry, we will clean them off)
Lemonade Stands: This is where where we get the kids to really explore old school afternoon activities. Lemonade stands need signs, making the products, and organizing the kids right? Picking a local charity, we send off a "random act of kindness" envelope of money, and the kids LOVE it.
Scavenger & Treasure Hunts: This is a huge hit, the kids must answer a set of questions to find the answer! The whole village gets involved when the kids run all over looking for mayo packets and various items!
Village walks & Explorations: Sometmes using old historical maps (Goonies anyone?), or maybe using a compass, we go out and about! Visiting the historical society, windmill, book annex, Fire Dept, get some ice cream from Gus at Candy Kitchen, the list goes on!