If you’ve been reading this blog for a while, you know that my kids went to the Children’s Center of Austin until they started Kindergarten at Laura Bush this year, and I LOVE the school! Looking around for what to do with them over the summer, I was SO EXCITED to find out what an awesome program they’re offering. I was looking for something that didn’t have me driving all over town, but also didn’t have them just sitting around all day in a “day care” like setting. How lucky we are in Steiner to have such an amazing program within the neighborhood!!
This year, the theme is “Amazing Race – Around the World in 1o Weeks.” It’s open to children ages 5-12 and it kicks off June 10, ending Friday, August 16. There’s a pool on site, so they offer daily swim time as well as several field trips a week*, arts and crafts, science projects, cooking projects, and an athletic program. Everything is tied into the theme of the week so it’s educational as well. For example, India week features a Henna artist, Main Event trip, Visit to the Art Garage, Bollywood Dancers, etc … and France week takes kids to the Umlauf sculpture garden, the French Legislation Museum, the Austin Nature and Science center, crepe making with Adventure Cooks, and construction of an Eiffel Tower!
My other favorite things:
EVERYTHING is included – lunch, snacks, field trips, etc…
TADPOLES – an app you can download (or you can opt to receive emails) to receive pictures and videos of your children throughout the day
VACATION – If you go on vacation, tuition is refundable with 2 weeks notice.
INTERACTION – A lot of my kids’ friends from Steiner go to the Jester facility. They go on field trips with the other Children’s Center campuses so they will see their friends from the other schools.
*All field trips are tentative until schedule is finalized.