Nature Play with Kay Programs
Spring 2024

Free Trial Classes!  Try Tinkergarten or Tinkering with Nature for Free!
Families new to Nature Play with Kay may attend one week of a season class as a free trial.
Scroll down to learn more about each class, or click the buttons below to register for a Free Trial class.  

Tinkergarten Free Trial Classes
Ages 18 months-6 years with parent or caregiver

Wednesday, April 17 at 11:30am

Tinkering with Nature Free Trial Classes
Ages 7-10, drop off class*
Tuesday, April 16 at 11:00am

Tinkergarten: Creativity Season
Ages 18 months-6 years along with a parent or caregiver
9 week class offered on Wednesdays at 11:30am, April 10-June 5, $180 first child/$135 additional siblings.
Pro-rated pricing available for fewer sessions.  Pricing chart listed on our Home page.

In these one-hour weekly outdoor classes, we guide families through songs, movement, exploration, and purposeful play while kids develop the habits that form a foundation for lasting Creativity.  We'll activate our imaginations as we practice the building blocks of creativity (blending, bending, and breaking), divergent thinking, and expressing our ideas and feelings through art, music, and movement.  

Our Creativity classes help kids explore and strengthen their natural creativity. Lessons are designed to help kids develop creative mindsets and strategies that they can use throughout their lives to invent new things, solve problems, express their ideas and feelings, and nurture relationships.  We'll do all of this in the most creative studio of all — Nature!

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

Unit 1 Building Blocks of Creativity:
Week 1, Wednesday, April 10: Breaking and Making
Week 2, Wednesday, April 17: Blend It with Mud
Week 3, Wednesday, April 24: Weaving Together
Unit 2 Creative Thinking:
Week 4,Wednesday, May 1: It's Not A...
Week 5, Wednesday, May 8: Bear Hike Obstacle Course
Week 6, Wednesday, May 15: Water Works
Unit 3 Creative Expression:
Week 7, Wednesday, May 22: Catching Colors
Week 8, Wednesday, May 29: Clay Creations
Week 9, Wednesday, June 5: Earth Parade

In the event of a class cancellation for weather or illness, the season may extend until June 12th

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

Tinkering with Nature: Creativity
Ages 7-10, drop off class*
9 week class offered on Tuesdays at 11:00am and Wednesdays at 4:30pm from April 9-June 5
First Child: $180, Each Additional Sibling: $135
In the event of a cancellation for weather or illness, the season may extend until June 11th.  
Pro-rated pricing available for fewer sessions.  Pricing chart listed on our Home page.

In each one-hour outdoor class session, our Big Kids will activate their imaginations as we practice the building blocks of creativity (blending, bending, and breaking), divergent thinking, and expressing our ideas and feelings through art, music, and movement.  Class sessions incorporate scavenger hunts, code breaking, and teamwork challenges while kids explore the process of creativity.

A Big Kid version of the Tinkergarten Creativity curriculum, the classes are designed to help kids strengthen their natural creativity, develop creative mindsets and strategies that they can use throughout their lives to invent new things, solve problems, express their ideas and feelings, and nurture relationships.  We'll do all of this in the most creative studio of all — Nature!

Unit 1 Building Blocks of Creativity:
Week 1, Tuesday, April 9: Breaking and Making
Week 2, Tuesday, April 16: Blend It with Mud
Week 3, Tuesday, April 23: Weaving Together
Unit 2 Creative Thinking:
Week 4, Tuesday, April 30: It's Not A...
Week 5, Tuesday, May 7: Bear Hike Obstacle Course
Week 6, Tuesday, May 14: Water Works
Unit 3 Creative Expression:
Week 7, Tuesday, May 21: Catching Colors
Week 8, Tuesday, May 28: Clay Creations
Week 9, Tuesday, June 4: Earth Parade

*Although this is a drop-off program, parents are welcome to stay and observe.  A limited number of parent volunteer spots may be 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.

April Vacation Program
Tinkering with Nature: Creativity

Monday, Tuesday, & Wednesday, April 15-17, 1:00-4:00pm

First Child: $180, Each Additional Sibling: $135
Single Day: First Child: $60, Each Additional Sibling: $45
Ages 7-10, drop off class*

April vacation program is 3 days, for 3 hours each day.  We'll cover two Creativity lessons per day, with extra play time for each lesson and a snack time in the middle of class.  Kids should bring a snack from home.   

Session 1, Monday, April 15: Building Blocks of Creativity: Breaking, Blending, and Bending
Session 2, Tuesday, April 16: Creative Thinking: Bear Hike Obstacle Course & Water Works
Session 3, Wednesday, April 17: Creative Expression: Catching Colors & Clay Creations

Ben's Truck Time Playgroup
Geared for ages 2-4 years along with a parent or caregiver, but all truck-loving kids are welcome.  
Thursday, May 2nd, 11:00am-12:00pm

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 over 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

Winter 2024

Tinkergarten Animal Superheroes Winter Season
Ages 18 months-6 years along with a parent or caregiver
8 week class offered on Wednesdays at 11:30am, Jan 24-Mar 27, $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!

Tinkering with Nature: Animal Superheroes

Ages 7-10, drop off class*

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.  

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

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.