Keep your kiddos entertained this fall with these tips from Wendy Rouillard.
BACK TO SCHOOL AT THE BOYS & GIRLS CLUB
It’s back to school at the Boys & Girls Club, and they are ready with a great variety of after-school programs to get Nantucket students back in the swing of things. The Boys & Girls Club has wonderful digital platforms such as BookNook, Boddle and Powerhouse, a nationwide after-school program that focuses on homework and tutoring assistance. Kids can take advantage of this “Power Hour” at the Club or at home by using the interactive games and tools that help stimulate learning. Please show your support for the Club by visiting nantucketboysandgirlsclub.org and make a donation today.
CREATE AT BARNABY’S TOY & ART SHACK
Stop by Barnaby’s Toy & Art Shack at 12 Oak Street in downtown Nantucket for a variety of art classes for children ages two and up. Classes in September include Marimo Moss Aquascapes, Working with Clay, Beading Bonanza, Painting Madness and Macrame Bracelets. The doors are also always open to drop in and create works of art any time of day.
The toys here have been carefully selected to provide functionality, hands-on interactive play and entertainment. And don’t miss Barnaby’s Art Kits to Go! Please visit the full calendar of programs at barnabysnantucket.com. Call 508-680-1553 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. Be sure to follow @barnabystoyartshack.
THIS FALL WITH DREAMLAND THEATER
Join the Dreamland Stage Company this fall for its Musical Theatre Workshop. This exciting program is perfect for children ages 5-12. The workshop will include movement exercises, theater games, singing and improvisation, helping these Dreamland kids to develop the skills needed for the stage through concentration, communication, imagination and self-expression. Students will also develop vocal techniques and learn to move with versatility while exploring scenes and songs from Broadway musicals. The program will conclude with a final performance. Registration opens September 15th. For more information and to sign up, please visit nantucketdreamland.org. Also, be sure to visit @dreamlandstagecompany.
SEPTEMBER AT THE NHA’S WHALING MUSEUM
The NHA’s interactive play space is the perfect destination for families and will spark children’s imaginations as they play on the waterfront set which includes Sarg’s Curiosity Shop, the Harbormaster’s office and Tilton’s Scallop Shanty. Visitors can also enjoy the outdoor Discovery Park featuring a catboat, lighthouse and a bathymetric and topographic Nantucket map. To reserve your visit or to learn more about the Whaling Museum and its other historic properties, please visit NHA.org.
VISIT PEACHTREE KIDS THIS FALL
Peachtree Kids, located at 19 Main Street, has you covered for all your clothing essentials this fall from boots, sneakers, socks, rain gear, coats and more. They offer a perfect selection for children ages 0-12 years. Peachtree Kids is open seven days a week from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. or visit them online at peachtreekidsnantucket.com or call 508-228-8555. Be sure to follow them on Facebook and Instagram @peachtreekidsnantucket!
BACK-TO-SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE WITH AAN
Each year, A Safe Place on Nantucket donates school supplies for local families in need. This school year, the Artists Association of Nantucket is helping to support their efforts. Back-to-school supplies such as markers, paper, pencils, erasers and backpacks are needed. Supplies are welcomed at the Visual Arts Center, 24 Amelia Drive, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday-Friday. Help make this school year extra special for the Nantucket youth! Also, please visit nantucketarts.org to see a list of AAN’s fall programming or to show your support for the arts.