Nature Play with Kay Programs
Winter 2024

Tinkering with Nature Animal Superheroes: New February Vacation Class Added!
Ages 7-10, drop off class*

Tinkering with Nature: Animal Superheroes

February Vacation Program: 2/19-2/21

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, 1:00-4:00pm

First Child: $120, Each Additional Sibling: $90

February vacation program is 3 days, for 3 hours each day.  We'll cover two Animal Superhero lessons per day, with extra play time for each lessonWe'll have snack time in the middle of class.  Warm herbal tea or hot cocoa will be provided.  Kids should bring a snack from home.   

Tinkering with Nature: Animal Superheroes
Priced per class session: $20 first child/$15 for additional siblings
Offered weekly on Tuesdays and Saturdays at 11:30am from January 30-March 12

In each one-hour outdoor class session, our Big Kids will explore and discover how different Animal Superheroes use persistence to survive and thrive in the winter.  The class sessions will incorporate scavenger hunts, code breaking, and teamwork challenges.  A Big Kid version of the Tinkergarten Persistence curriculum, the classes are designed to nurture kids’ ability to stick with something, meet challenges, and push ahead in order to reach our goals, learn, and grow. Each lesson is inspired by a different, persistent animal superhero.

*Although this is a drop-off program, parents are welcome to stay and observe.  A limited number of parent volunteer spots are available for adults who agree to stay and assist with the class.  Parent volunteers will be refunded $10 for each session they assist. 

Children who have been previously enrolled in a Tinkergarten season may join Tinkering with Nature at 6 years old.

Tinkergarten Animal Superheroes Winter Season: New Saturday Class Added!
Ages 18 months-6 years along with a parent or caregiver
8 week class offered on Wednesdays at 11:30am, Jan 24-Mar 20, $160 first child/$120 additional siblings
6 week class offered on Saturdays at 11:30am, Feb 3-Mar 9, $120 first child/$90 additional siblings

In these one-hour weekly outdoor classes, we guide families through songs, movement, exploration, and purposeful play as we learn about how different Animal Superheroes survive and thrive in the Winter. This Winter, our Tinkergarten curriculum focuses on Persistence, designed to nurture kids’ ability to stick with something, meet challenges, and push ahead in order to either reach our goals, learn, and grow. 

Persistence is the ability to identify a goal, then both push ahead and adapt as needed in pursuit of that goal. Kids are naturally persistent, and with well designed play experiences and our support, they can start to recognize persistence as a process they can repeat in all kinds of life and learning situations.

To kids, it's all pure fun! And, at the end of the series, they'll earn a one-of-a-kind Tinkergarten persistence badge—a big step towards earning all 8 of our Tinkergarten skill badges!

We have just added a Saturday Tinkergarten class, at the same time as Tinkering with Nature!  The Saturday Tinkergarten class will be taught by Cynthia Lopez, a trained Tinkergarten teacher and long-time Tinkergarten mom.  The Wednesday class is taught by Kay Milligan, a Tinkergarten teacher for over 4 years. 

In the event of a class cancellation for weather or illness, the season may extend until March 20th. 

NEW WINTER EXCLUSIVE LOWER PRICING! 
Pro-Rated Price Schedule:
8 weeks: $160 first child/$120 each sibling
7 weeks: $140 first child/$105 each sibling
6 weeks: $120 first child/$90 each sibling
5 weeks: $100 first child/$75 each sibling
4 weeks: $80 first child/$60 each sibling
3 weeks: $60 first child/$45 each sibling
2 weeks: $40 first child/$30 each sibling
1 week: $20 first child/$15 each sibling

New families may attend one week of a season class as a free trial. am 

Ben's Truck Time Playgroup
Geared for ages 2-4 years along with a parent or caregiver, but any truck-loving kid is welcome.  
Next session: Tuesday, January 23rd, 11:30am-12:30pm

Second-grader Ben, aficionado of all vehicles, will read a truck-themed picture book and share a few facts about the truck of the week, then the group will engage in toy truck free play.  Kay's son, Ben, has been in Tinkergarten for 5 years, is an excellent reader, and loves to share his truck knowledge with other children.  

Ben's Truck Time is $5 per session for the first child, or $10 per session for a family with two or more children.  The playgroup is held outside, and the kids will be playing in the dirt or snow.

Past Programs

Fall 2023

Tinkergarten Wellness Season, Weekly Class
Ages 18 months-8 years along with a parent or caregiver
9 week class offered on Wednesdays at 11:30am or 4:30pm from September 19-November 15
$200 first child/$150 for additional siblings, pro-rated based on the number of weeks registered 

In these one-hour weekly classes, we guide families through songs, movement, exploration, and purposeful play. This Fall, our curriculum focuses on Wellness — a combination of physical, mental and emotional health. It includes irresistible play activities that help kids develop strong bodies, minds and hearts!   

Summer 2023

Tinkergarten Communication Season, Weekly Class
Ages 18 months-8 years along with a parent or caregiver
One hour weekly class for 9 weeks, on Tuesdays at 11am or Wednesdays at 4pm, June 27-August 30
$200 first child/$150 for additional siblings, pro-rated based on the number of weeks registered 

In these one-hour weekly classes, we guide families through songs, movement, exploration, and purposeful play. This Summer, our curriculum focuses on Communication — the symphony of skills kids activate in order to receive communication from others, process that communication, and express back out their ideas. To make it extra joyful, we frame all of our lessons around a fun Camp Tinkergarten theme.  

Tinkergarten Big Kids Communication Camp
Ages 7-10, drop off class
$200 first child/$150 for additional siblings 

Our Tinkergarten Communication series, geared for kids 7-10 years old.  Tinkergarten Big Kids is a drop-off program that runs for three consecutive days, from 10am-1pm.  We’ll engage in play activities and games that help us learn about some of the many ways animals and humans communicate, as well as building our own communication skills. 

Although this is a drop-off program, parents are welcome to stay and observe.  A limited number of parent volunteer spots are available for adults who agree to stay and assist with the class.  Parent volunteers will be refunded $20 for each day they assist. 

Eco-Adventure: Finding God in Nature
Ages 7-10, drop off class
Wednesday-Friday, August 23-25, from 10am-12pm
$150 first child/$120 for additional siblings

In our Eco-Adventure, offered in conjunction with Rolling Ridge, children ages 7-10 will explore nature, play, sing songs, and make crafts, while learning ways we can find God in the natural world.  The Eco-Adventure is a drop-off program that runs Wednesday through Friday, August 23-25, from 10am-12pm.  

Although this is a drop-off program, parents are welcome to stay and observe.  A limited number of parent volunteer spots are available for adults who agree to stay and assist with the class.  Parent volunteers will be refunded $15 for each day they assist. 

Tinkergarten and Tinkering with Nature programs are secular. 

Eco-Adventure programs are faith-based, with a non-denominational Christian perspective.

All Nature Play with Kay programs are open to all who wish to attend.