I know that those of you with young children are in the midst of trying to plan their summers. Be sure to explore all options! Harborlight has some pretty fantastic summer offerings for your child. Their Beverly campus is very conveniently located if you should find yourself commuting out of town over the summer weeks and just a short 15 minute drive from Gloucester.
If you are looking for exciting and varied summer options for Grades PK-7 please look through their catalogue of summer offerings.
Harborlight offers one-week sessions beginning July 3rd and ending August 25th for Grades 1-7 and two four-week session for PK-Kindergarten aged children.
Elementary aged children may Sign up for one week, or sign up for all eight!
Here are some of the descriptions for Children ages 3-5 and Grades 1-7.
Celebrate the 4th: Visit Trustees of the Reservations and Audubon properties to see “America the Beautiful.” Come back to campus for old-school picnic lunches on the lawn, BBQ, and yard games. Make patriotic t-shirts, crafts and recipes. Spend the week designing and decorating a patriotic float and take it on parade on Friday!
Ready, Set, Chef!: Take a journey in the life of a restaurateur. We will explore what it takes to create the concept of a restaurant and what the space and menu will look like. We will travel to different restaurants on and around the North Shore learning to cook, create, serve, and run a restaurant. Students will launch their own pop-up restaurant on Friday and will be open for business.
Marine Heritage: Explore Cape Ann’s rich marine heritage. Join the marine science crew aboard the Sea Station’s vessel Endeavor. Set sail on a lobster boat, visit touch tanks and learn about ocean life in a fun, hands-on learning environment.
Rock On!: Join the band and hone your music performance and ensemble skills in a creative and fun environment. Experiment with and learn about instruments from around the world. Improvise during a percussion circle, create through sound-painting activities, and learn to express yourself through music.
History Alive: Walk the streets that hummed with the actions of the revolution, puritans, accused witches, artists and writers. Be a Colonial! Learn how to make traditional colonial foods, try colonial crafts, games and visit some of the places made famous during the founding of the Massachusetts Bay Colony and the American Revolution. Be a part of history.
A Day at the Museum: Learn about the history of art through trips to some of the North Shore’s most intriguing museums. We’ll provide a sketchbook. You bring a bag lunch, water bottle and your imagination!
Biking and Hiking: Explore nature as we hike and bike the great outdoors! We’ll study wildlife, compete in nature scavenger hunts and enjoy geocaching activities while gaining greater appreciation for the natural world.
Break a Leg!: Let’s put on a show! Enjoy the rehearsal process while learning more about stage directions, improvisation and character development. On Friday, family and friends are invited to the performance!
Small Swell: Entering grades 4-8 . Catch a wave this summer! Learn balance, coordination, timing the waves, falling and getting back on the board in this fun, educational program that is ideal for children of all surfing abilities.
Art Walk: Stand in the footprints of famous maritime artists and see the harbor through their eyes. Create your own art inspired by the seascapes and working waterfront before you. Walk Gloucester’s “Harbor Walk”, complete a scavenger hunt challenge, and stop along the way to sketch, paint, and draw. Visit the Cape Ann Museum, snack by the water, and return to campus excited to continue the creative process in both the indoor and outdoor art studios.
Coast and Compass: Entering grades 4-7 . Enjoy some great summer adventures as we kayak, hike and hit the beach. The highlight of the week will be our legendary two-night trip to the Isle of Shoal’s Star Island where you can hike, play tennis, jump off the dock, roast marshmallows over an open fire, and learn the local lore of the island!
Authors’ Corner: Become an author and illustrator! Share your love of books with friends as we read, write and illustrate our own work. Learn the craft from guests who are professional authors and artists. Children will come home with a finished product of a picture book, poetry collection, play, or graphic novel.
I Survived!: Entering grades 3-7 . Ever wondered how to start a fire, build shelter, search for food, and stay safe in the wilderness? Learn some of the basic skills taught in the Army Ranger School program and then apply your knowledge as we rough-it during a two-night camping trip in New Hampshire.
Animal League: Come spend a week with Iris the therapy dog and her friends! We will wash, groom, train, walk and play with dogs! Meet a real dog trainer and learn a few tricks yourself. Bake healthy dog treats and learn about various breeds. Have a community “dog wash” and we will give all money earned to our local dog shelter when we visit there. Bring your dog or borrow one of ours for “Bring our Dogs Day” on Friday.
Game On!: Let’s play some games! Tennis, soccer, bowling and mini-golf are among the fun activities planned for this session.
And, as the standard Summer Session Day ends, children who wish to sign up for more hours will enjoy Get in the Game: 3:00 – 4:30 daily from 7/3-8/25
Get moving as we explore the wonderful nature of games and sportsmanship. Fine- tune the skills necessary to challenge yourself in a variety of mental games, beach and lawn games and physical challenges. In the circuit of games and strategies presented, many skills will be enhanced, strategies developed, and missions accomplished.