April Vacation Camp
Making plans for the upcoming April school vacation week? Blithewold Mansion, Gardens & Arboretum is offering a fun-filled week of camp during April Vacation. Enroll your child for the full week, one day, or even a few half days! No child will want to miss an opportunity to play with friends and explore Blithewold’s daffodil wonderland. Camp staff will encourage children to get involved in active outdoor spring play such as nature hikes, trips to the gardens and frog pond, as well indoor activities such as exploring the Mansion, putting on plays, and taking part in games and spring arts and crafts. Each day has a new theme that will combine indoor and outdoor (weather permitting) activities.
Magical Mystical Monday – April 15
Campers will be encouraged to bring a wild imagination to camp today, as it will be filled with forts and fairies, wizards and science experiments, magic and surprises! Campers will get to create their very own herbal potions, write their own fairy tales and even get to create fairy or gnome houses in the gardens.
History Detectives Tuesday – April 16
During this fun and educational day, campers will have the opportunity to explore Blithewold Mansion, Gardens and Arboretum from top to bottom! We will become history detectives, investigating the past and uncovering the facts. Through fun activities
and hands-on projects, students will learn what life was like 100 years ago.
Green Thumbs Wednesday – April 17
Today we will celebrate the spring garden, get dirty and have fun! Young green thumbs will be introduced to the art and science of horticulture through nature craft projects, working with plants, and a visit to the greenhouse.
Theatrical Thursday – April 18
This exciting day is devoted to the exploration of your imagination. The day will be filled with the creation of an original production, costumes, acting lessons and more! At pick-up time, campers will be proud to present our fabulous “play in a day.”
Earth Day Celebration! – April 19
Join us for a very special camp Earth Day Celebration! Today campers will celebrate by planting a tree that will grow at Blithewold for years to come! The activities, games and face painting.
To register for an individual day, click the link above for the day your child will be attending.
To register for day/half days, call our registrar at 401-253-2707 x21
Weekly Prices: Member Weekly $140, Non-Member Weekly $160
Day/Half-Day Prices: Member Day $35, Non-Member Day $45, Half day $25 (go to the half specific days to register for day/half days)
Sunday, February 14
Valentine Teddy Bear Tea
Sunday, February 14
Winter Concert Series at Blithewold
Monday, February 15
- Friday, February 19
Camp Sequoia February Vacation Camp
Monday, February 15
Daisy Doll Tea Party
Sunday, February 21
The Chef's Table Dinner Series: with Eli's Kitchen Chef Eli Dunn
Sunday, March 06
Mother Goose at Blithewold- Presented by Island Moving Co.
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