Spring is here!

Spring is here!  Which means that summer is not too far behind it.  Have you decided on your children’s summer plans?  If not, consider attending one of our Spring Events.

  • Open Houses for children of all ages, Sunday April 13, 10 am -12 noon and Saturday May 3, 11 am – 2 pm that day.  Participate in lots of fun Riverbend activities, meet our counselors, and get a tour of our camp site.  RSVP required.  A parent must accompany children.
  • “The Saturday Club” just for young children ages 3-6 (currently in nursery school or kindergarten).  A structured program of games, songs, crafts, cooking, nature, music and more, led by our amazing Riverbend counselors.  9:30 -11:00 am, Saturday April 12.  Limited spaces available so RSVP required.  A parent must accompany child/children during the Club sessions.
  • None of these dates work for you?  We’ll be happy to schedule a private tour for your family most weekends or after school.  Contact us to schedule your visit.  Most tours last about 30 minutes.

Let’s face it.  The beginning of spring has not been very welcoming, and we all know the old adage that April showers bring May flowers.*  We thought it would be fun to give a few fun activities over the next few weeks that you can do inside, but will still remind you that warmer weather is right around the corner.

The first fun craft is to make Grass Heads!  They are simple to assemble and once they sprout, will provide loads of fun for kids of all ages.  And for the little ones, trimming the “hair” with safety scissors is a great way to practice those fine motor skills.

What you need:

  • knee highs or lengths of stockings, cut and tied on one end
  • clear cups or other container
  • grass seed
  • soil
  • decorations for the cup to make faces
  • glue

What you do:

Fill the bottom of the stocking with about 1 Tablespoon of grass seed.  Add soil until you get a good sized ball (or head).  Tie a knot at the open end so that it is all pretty firmly packed.  Decorate the cup to look like a face, or whatever your want!  Add the “head” to the cup so the seeds are on the top.  Add water.  You want it to be very damp, but not soaked or the seeds will drown.  Place it in a sunny window and water every other day or so.  The soil should remain damp.  The grass will start to sprout in about a week.  Trim the “hair” as needed.  Post your pictures to Instagram and tag or hastag #campriverbend so we can see your fun creatures.  

*If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?  Pilgrims!  


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