Afterschool Programs

Afterschool programs at the Hitchcock Center are all about getting kids outside to run, jump, climb, splash, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kid! Our programs seek to support free play and experimentation in the outdoors in a supportive environment at each child’s comfort level. We help foster creativity, nature skills, inquiry and friendships for ages 6-11 and spend our afternoons with hands-on projects, team building, exploring and connecting with nature. Develop your child’s confidence at afterschool!

Registration for Winter Children & Family programs opens on Friday, November 30, 2018. Registration for Spring opens Friday, February 8.
Click HERE to register for a program.
You can renew your membership here.

Did you know that your EBT card can be used to access membership and programs at the Hitchcock Center? Learn more about the EBT Card to Culture Program.

Non-refundable within a week of the program, all refunds incur a 10% administrative fee. These programs are part of a series and are not open as a drop-in classes. Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center. Limited to 10 participants. 

Nature Play Afterschool: Winter Session

Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm
with Aemelia Thompson
January 7 – March 18, 2019 (no class January 21 or February 18)
Age 6-9, Grades 1-3
Members: $205/Non-members $255

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm
with Jeff Mazur
January 9 – March 20, 2019 (no class February 20)
Extended Day: March 6, 1:30pm-5:30pm
Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
Members: $250/Non-members: $300

Just because it’s cold outside, doesn’t mean your kids need to stay inside to play. Have them join Hitchcock’s Nature Play Afterschool Program, which is designed to let kids be kids. Together we will run, jump, climb, invent, imagine, play and be a free-range kids all while developing self-confidence and learning valuable social skills. During Winter Nature Play, we make snow forts, sled, find animal tracks, play games in the dark and use our imagination as we explore the wooded trails and fields. Instructor Aemelia Thompson (Monday’s) and Jeff Mazur (Wednesdays) provides a safe structure for children to explore nature and encourages children to stretch their limits as they balance on logs, hold salamanders, or co-create new games with their peers. Limited to 10 participants.

Nature Play Afterschool: Spring Session — Note registration opens February 8

Mondays, 3:30-5:30pm
March 25 – June 12, 2019 (no class April 15 or May 27)
with Aemelia Thompson
Age 6-9, Grades 1-3
Members: $225/Non-members $270

Wednesdays, 3:30-5:30pm, Extended Days, 1:30pm-5:30pm
March 27 – June 12, 2019 (no class April 17), Extended Days: March 27, April 10, May 8
with Jeff Mazur
Ages 6-9, Grades 1-3
Members: $290/Non-members: $350

Girls into the Wild: Winter Session

with Katie Koerten
Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
January 3 – March 21 (no program February 21)
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Members: $300/Non-members: $330

Sometimes you just need to run, explore and play! That’s what we do at Girls into the Wild, and lots more. Girls into the Wild is designed to get girls outside, playing and engaging with nature in their own way. Instructor Katie Koerten strives to offer games and activities that each girl can participate in at her own comfort level, from climbing trees, to playing camouflage in the forest, to running and whooping wildly through fields. Even in winter we’ll spend the entirety of the afternoon outside so bring your warmest layers and come have some snowy fun! Families provide their own transportation to the Hitchcock Center. Limited to 10 participants.

Girls into the Wild: Spring Session —Note registration opens February 8

Thursdays, 3:30-5:30pm
March 28 – June 13 (no program April 18)
With Katie Koerten
Ages 8-11, Grades 3-5
Members: $300/Non-members: $330

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