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Last Year’s 2020 Summer Programs
LYSB Staff has developed fun summer programs, both in person and virtual, for children and families.  We are strictly limiting registration numbers in order to ensure physical distancing.  To learn about LYSB’s COVID protocols, please scroll to the bottom of this page.

LYSB is making it easy for you and your family to be a part of the biggest trend of the summer, Tie Dye!
$20 includes all the materials needed to create your own work of art, all from the comfort of your own back yard.  Each kit includes one beach towel, three color dyes, rubber bands, gloves, and a link to our special instructional video.  Send us pics of your tie dye.  Reserve your Tie Dye Kit and you can pick up at the LYSB office (59 Lyme Street, Old Lyme).  

Cook up some history with LYSB this summer!
July 15 to July 29, 2020, at your own speed
Johnnycakes, (or Jonnycakes, or Hoecakes) have almost as many names as there are different ways to eat them.  Each family will have two weeks between July 15th and 29th to create the LYSB Family Johnnycake Food Challenge in your own home and send photos of your masterpiece to lysb@lysb.org.  Special thanks to LYSB’s guest chef Jillian Simms for her help with this project.  For complete details, recipe, and video 

Thursday, July 30th, 2020, 3:00 p.m.
Price: $15 per person/includes all materials needed
Join Julie Garvin-Riggs, children’s educator at the Florence Griswold Museum, to create your own beach inspired masterpiece in the comfort of your own home. Materials can be picked up at the LYSB prior to the event. No experience required. This event is suitable for children (and parents) of all ages! 

Wednesday, August 5th, 2020, 6:30-8:00 p.m.
At White Sands Beach
This is a free event but pre-registration is required. Bring your own picnic, beach chairs and blankets and get ready for some good ol’ fashioned family fun. Social distancing measures will be taken on the beach, please sit 10 feet away from each family.  Registration is required for this event to limit attendance and ensure social distancing.

BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development) 
August 17 to August 21, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
For adventurous Lyme Old Lyme middle school boys to learn leadership, respect, listening and teamwork.  We will participate in activities such as ROPES, paddle boarding, Open Space Hike, and more adventures on Land and Sea. We will meet at a different location each day.  This program is outside therefore events could be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Space is limited. Fee: $65.  

Mondays: July 6, 13, 20, 27, 2020
Open to all Lyme-Old Lyme K-5th graders. Are your little ones looking for new and exciting things to do with Legos? Join LYSB’s weekly Lego Challenge.  Every Monday morning for the month of July we will post a Lego building challenge theme to our Facebook page. Kids will be asked to complete the build and submit a 30 second video describing and showing their build within 24 hours. Videos should be submitted to lysb@lysb.org.  Individual videos will be compiled into one larger video and posted onto the LYSB’s private Youtube page. A link will be mailed to each participating family.

Through July 27, 2020, at your own speed
LYSB is hosting a virtual sandcastle contest this summer, with a prize awarded to the most creative castle. Take your time to think and plan your sandcastle, submissions are due by July 27th. Sandcastles can be built on any beach you choose. Please send photo and a description of your castle to lysb@lysb.org by July 27th. All sandcastles will be judged by LYSB staff. Winning family will be announced July 31st and will receive a $50 gift certificate to Teddy’s Old Lyme Pizza.  

Through July 31, 2020, at your own speed
Summer is a great time to explore Lyme and Old Lyme and what better way to explore our beautiful area then competing in our Family Scavenger Hunt!  Post your photos of each item to LYSB’s Facebook page and use the hashtag #LYSBFAMILYSCAVENGERHUNT , or email them directly to lysb@lysb.org.  Complete as much of the hunt as you like. Each photo you submit that correctly answers a clue will give you a chance to win a $75 gift card to the Lyme-Old Lyme business of your choice. More entries = more chances.  Entries will be accepted through Friday, July 31st. Winner will be notified August 3rd.  For a printable list of scavenger hunt clues. 

Fridays, July 17 to August 7, 2020, mornings 
and Tuesdays, July 21 to August 18, evenings (private appointments)

LYSB is partnering with our friends at Project Paws, The Tim Buckley Project to provide opportunities for children grades K-5 to read to a therapy dog during private appointments.  Reading to a trained therapy dog can improve reading skills and confidence, and motivate children to read more at home.  It can also reduce the stress and anxiety some children feel when asked to read aloud in class.  This program will be held outside.  To learn more about Project Paws click here.  Register your child and LYSB will contact you to book your appointment time.  First come first served.


    Wednesday July 15th, 2020, 10:00 – 11:15 a.m., free, at LYSB
    Ages 1 and up 
    Stations will be set up on the grounds outside Mimi’s Place with a kit for each child to experience some wet summer fun. Bubbles will be flying as you arrive. Each child will be provided with the ingredients to make a bubble blowing snake craft to use at group and at home. Several volcanos will be available with volcano powder for each child to experience some home-made child friendly lava. A chilly collection of beautifully colored ice will be available for each child to paint.  Please consider bringing a change of clothes, bathing suit or towel to this group. Limited space. EACH CHILD MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY so we can keep counts for social distancing.

    Wednesday July 29th, 2020, 10:00-11:15 a.m., free, at LYSB
    Ages 2 and up
    Celebrate this age old “Lymes” tradition with your littlest artist. A variety of easels, various types of washable paint and brushes will be set up throughout the grounds of LYSB ready for each child to create their own masterpieces. Please dress your child appropriately or bring your own smock. Limited space. EACH CHILD MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY so we can keep counts for social distancing.

    Wednesday August 12th, 2020, 10:00-11:15 a.m., free, at LYSB
    Ages 1 and up
    Tubular Bells, Tin can drums, Paper Plate Tambourines and more. Each child will receive the supplies to create their own musical instrument with the help of an adult. The group will loosely join to form a musical parade. Our little musicians can celebrate their noisy fun with a Popsicle at the end of the parade. Limited space. EACH CHILD MUST REGISTER SEPARATELY so we can keep counts for social distancing.

GOLD ( Girls Outdoor Leadership Development)
Monday, July 13th to Friday, July 17th, 2020, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
For adventurous Lyme Old Lyme Middle school girls to spark their personal strength and confidence through a variety of outdoor activities and adventures.  We will meet in a different location each day.  This program is outside therefore events could be cancelled due to inclement weather.  Space is limited. Fee: $65.



COVID Protocols at LYSB
For LYSB’s in person programs, COVID19 protocols will be followed. All programs have limited space available to ensure our enrollment numbers allow for physical distancing to be followed. All surfaces are disinfected daily after each class. We ask all participants to wear masks (if over 2 years old) and follow the guidelines and any signs for distancing during the class, as directed by the instructor.
If you are anyone in your family has had any of the following symptoms DO NOT attend the class:
• Fever within the last 48 hours
• Shortness in breath or difficulty breathing
• Chills
• Sore throat
• Cough
• Been around someone who has COVID-19
If you have any questions or want to discuss our COVID19 protocols, please contact LYSB Director Mary Seidner at 860-434-7208 x202, mseidner@lysb.org