Summer Programs

POP UP PLAYGROUPS

Pineapple Slime
Friday, July 8, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages 3 and up, $5

Waterplay – Giant Unicorn Sprinkler, Unicorn Bowling and more
Monday, July 11, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages 1.5 and up, $5

Waterplay – Splishy Splashy Ice Cream Fun
Friday, July 22, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages 1.5 and up, $5

Waterplay – Serpents and Muddy Dogs
Wednesday, July 27, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages 1.5 and up, $5

Water and Ice – A variety of frozen fun
Friday, August 5, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ages 1.5 and up, $5

WILDCAT EXPLORERS

June 20 to June 30, 9:00 to 10:30 a.m.

Ages 2 and up, $8/family per date

We will meet at a different nearby trail for a time to explore the nature around us.  We will practice hiking in a group, following trail markers, practice responsibility and respect with our natural surroundings, sing songs, observe and explore together.  Please bring waterbottle, sunscreen, bug spary and wear shoes good for hiking in the woods.
Monday, June 20 – South Champlain Open Space (end of Meetinghouse Lane, Old Lyme)
Tuesday, June 21 – Watch Rock Preserve (Joel Road, Old Lyme)
Wednesday, June 22 – Hatchetts Hill Preserve (29-1 Hatchetts Hill Rd, Old Lyme)
Friday, June 24 – Lohmann-Buck-Twining Preserve (7 Riverview Dr, Old Lyme)
Monday, June 27 – Mile Creek Preserve (191 Mile Creek Road, Old Lyme)
Tuesday, June 28 – Rocky Neck Trails (275 W. Main Street, Niantic)
Wednesday, June 29 – Hartman Park (Gungy Road, Lyme)
Thursday, June 30 – Ferry Landing State Park (398 Ferry Road, Old Lyme)

BEACH DANCES

Tuesdays, June 28 to August 9, 7:00 to 9:00 p.m.

For Middle Schoolers at White Sands Beach

At White Sands Beach for middle schoolers in Lyme and Old Lyme. $5/admission – music, food, fun, friends!!
Weather permitting, please check our website or facebook page for possible cancellations due to weather by 5:00 p.m. on Dance nights. LYSB requires a one-time registration for the beach dances.

CHILL OUT at LYSB

June 27 to July 28 (Monday through Thursday, 2:00 to 5:00, after Park & Rec camp)

Chill out at LYSB after park and rec!  Children will be escorted from park and rec day camp to the LYSB where they can hang out with their friends, play basketball, watch movies, games, art and crafts and much more.  Snacks will be provided.   Fee: $225 per child for the five week session. (you must register for all five weeks).  NOTE: THIS PROGRAM WILL NOT RUN DURING WEEK #6 of PARK & REC CAMP.  WEEKS 1 to 5 ONLY. NOTE: THIS PROGRAM RUNS MON-THURS AND IS NOT HELD ON FRIDAYS. No program on July 4th. Space is very limited. Registration opens on Monday, April 4th at 9:00 a.m.

FAIRY FUN

Tuesdays and Thursdays, June 21, 23, 28 & 30, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ages PK to 4th grade, $8/date
Register for one or all four!

Fairies love Lyme/Old Lyme and we love them!  Let’s get creative and make some fairy themed crafts to help make our homes a fairy friendly place.  Each session we will make a fairy themed craft to take home and enjoy.
June 21 – Fairy Doors with popsicle sticks
June 23 – Fairy Lantern made in a mason jar
June 28 – Fairy Tower with terra cotta planters
June 30 – Flower Fairies made with clothespins

BABIES GROUP

Tuesdays, June 28 to August 16, 1:00 to 2:00 p.m., free

For new and expecting parents of children up to 12 months. This group is casual, comfortable, and informative. Meet other parents of babies.  We will cover weekly topics of interest based on your own questions and concerns commonly found during the first year of parenting. Meeting in the child friendly atmosphere of Mimi’s Place a LYSB. Join anytime.

ACTING UP!

Tuesdays & Thursdays, July 5, 7, 19, 21, 26 & 28, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.
(no class 7/12 or 7/19)

Middle School students are invited to learn about the fun of improv with LOLHS alumnus Jacob Olsen! We’ll begin with theatre basics and understanding how improv differs from other kinds of performing arts. Classes will then focus on building confidence both on and off the stage, learning different kinds of improv games, and culminate in a show for friends & family.  Fee $25 includes t-shirt.

run like a girl

Wednesdays, June 29 to August 17, 8:30 to 10:30 a.m.

For girls entering grades 3-6
Join us for a summer of running while building self-esteem, inspiration, goal setting, leadership, courage, and more! Coached by Alli Behnke, MSW (and fellow runner!), with LOLHS mentors.
Fee: $30 Out of Towners, Free for LOL residents and donations welcome.  Includes tshirt and supplies.

MUSIC & MOVEMENT

June dates, 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Ages 2 to 5, older siblings welcome $8/date
Register for one or all four!

Music and Movement is an engaging class experience outside at LYSB.  We will sing, play instruments, move our bodies, practice movement with equipment, and dance!  This class will be outside so dress appropriately for the weather and bring your water bottle.
Monday, June 20 – If You’re Happy and You Know It, Freeze dance, drums, silly feet, parachute, and dancing with ribbons
Wednesday, June 22 – Slippery Fish, rhythm sticks, stretching and dancing with pom poms
Friday, June 24 – Wheels on the Bus, boom wackers, hula hoops, obstacle course, and dancing with scarves.
Monday, June 27 – Two Little Butterflies, triangles, jump sacks, parachute, and dancing with fans.

OUTDOOR STUDIO DRAWING & PAINTING FOR TEENS

Tuesdays: July 5, 12, 19, 26, 1:00 to 3:00 p.m.
Thursdays: July 7, 14, 21, 28, 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.

This program is part of the Lymes Creative Arts Initiative

Location: Various around Old Lyme and Lyme
Ages: Grades 6-12 (Beginners to those preparing college portfolios)
Instructor: Artist and Teacher Kristen Thornton
Join Kristen for a relaxed en plein air style class. We will meet at a new location each week to draw and paint with the medium of your choice. Get more experience with your favorite medium or try something new while being guided how to use the materials to make a finished piece. You may pick any combination of the  eight dates/times available. We will be meeting at locations such as the DEEP Ferry Landing State Park, Studio 80+ Sculpture Grounds, and other scenic areas around Lyme and Old Lyme. A backup location for rainy days will be announced. Advanced registration required.  Supplies are not included and a supplies list wll be provided in advance. Fee $25.

SUMMER POTTERY WORKSHOP

Session I: Tuesday, July 5 to August 2, 6:00 to 8:00 p.m.
Session II: Thursdays, July 7 to August 4, 6:00-8:00 p.m. – FULL

This program is part of the Lymes’ Creative Arts Initiative

For grades 6 to 12.  Five weeks workshop. Making your own pottery from start to finish working both on and off the wheel.  Classes include demonstrations by Potter Wayne Kirk and lots of hands-on time to play with the clay.  Fee includes the clay, glazes and firing fees with the use of potters wheels, benches and all tools you need.  Classes are held in Walt’s Studio located in the basement of the First Congregational Church of Old Lyme.  Space is limited. Fee: $25.

BINGO ON THE BEACH

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Wednesday, July 13, 6:00-8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, August 10, 6:00-8:00 p.m.

At White Sands Beach
This is a free event. Bring your own picnic, beach chairs and blankets and get ready for some good ol’ fashioned family fun. Open to all Lyme / Old Lyme families.
Registration not required.

TENNIS PALS

Monday, July 11 to Friday, July 15, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.

For youth and young adults with physical, cognitive, and/or developmental challenges, ages 8 and up, Fee: $25, scholarships available.
The mission of Tennis PALS Foundation is to introduce the physical, mental, and social benefits of tennis to youth and young adults with special needs including physical, cognitive, and/or developmental challenges. Tennis PALS provides a fun, supportive, and adaptive environment. We will do our best to make the game adaptable for people with any challenge. We meet at the Lyme-Old Lyme High School tennis courts with local tennis pros and student volunteers. All equipment will be provided by Tennis PALS. For more info visit www.tennispals.org

SUMMER SENSORY PLAYGROUP

Wednesdays July 13, 20, & Aug 3, 10:00 to 11:00 a.m.

Ages 2 and up, $8/date
A variety of sensory experiences for your child to explore.

TURTLES at LYSB

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Tuesday, July 19, 5:30 p.m.

Did you know that Connecticut is home to 12 species of turtles? Our friends from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center will be at LYSB for this fun interactive program.  Families can come and learn more about these unique animals, their amazing adaptations while seeing them up close and in person! Bring a lawn chair or blanket.   $10 per family.

SITTER SAFETY CLASS

Mondays, July 11, 18 & 25, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

An intense sitter safety and training course appropriate for babysitters, big brothers and sisters, and children staying home alone for the first time. This course touches on a variety of safety skills such as basic first aid, fire safety, and 911 skills. Fee is $50 and includes supplies, snacks, and guest speakers.

CPR FOR BABYSITTERS

Friday, July 22, 12:00 to 2:00 p.m.

Add this valuable class to your LYSB babysitter’s course and learn how to save a life! Learn CPR and how to clear a blocked airway in children and infants. Parents want to hire babysitters who know CPR and can help kids who are choking. Instructors will teach you everything you need to know to provide lifesaving care during a cardiac or choking emergency in this class. Class cost is $55 and awards a Certificate of Completion. Scholarships available.

LYSB NIGHT AT THE YARD GOATS

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Thursday, July 28, 7:00 p.m.

Join us for LYSB Family Night at the Yard Goats at Dunkin’ Donuts Park in Hartford. The Hartford Yard Goats are taking on the Red Sox affiliate, the Portland Sea Dogs.  Our group tickets are located in the Picnic Pavilion on the concourse level and include a 2.5 hour all you can eat buffet including hamburgers, hot dogs, bbq chicken, mac and cheese, pasta salad and more! Game starts at 7:00. Tickets are $40 per person. Limited tickets available, so book now. 

GOLD (Girls Outdoor Leadership Development)

August 1 to 5, 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. This program is outside therefore events could be cancelled due to inclement weather. Space is limited. Fee $120.

BOLD (Boys Outdoor Leadership Development)

• Session I: Mon, August 1 to Fri, August 5, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
• Session II: Mon, August 1 to Fri, August 5, 1:00-4:00 pm
  (Session II is for incoming high school freshmen only)
• Session III: Mon, August 15 to Fri, August 19, 9:00 am-12:00 pm
• Session IV: Mon, August 15 to Fri, August 19, 1:00-4:00 pm
  (Session IV is for incoming 5th graders only)

For adventurous Lyme Old Lyme 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.  Session I & 3 is for boys entering grades 6-8 only.  Session 2 is for incoming 9th graders only.  Session 4 is for incoming 5th graders only.
Fee: $120.

ENGINEERING CAMP

• AGES 5 to 8: Mon August 1 to Fri August 5, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. 
• AGES 9 and up: Mon August 8 to Fri August 12, 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Aspiring Engineers! Discover the marvelous and spectacular world of engineering through the hands-on, minds on summer camps offered by Engineering Imagination, LLC! In these exciting, educational summer camps, participants will use a variety of mediums such as LEGO, recycled materials, salvaged motors and gears, balsa wood, and more to explore the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) curriculum. Using the different mediums, participants will learn about and build projects such as hydroelectric waterwheels, model rockets, and scale bridges! With activities focused on green engineering, mechanical engineering, chemical engineering, and architecture, your child is sure to have a blast while learning along the way! Fee: $300. Scholarships available.

BIG TRUCK & VEHICLE FAIR!

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Wednesday, August 3, 2022, 5:00-7:00 p.m.

Behind LYSB on the middle school driveway. Spend the evening exploring vehicles of all kinds from dump trucks to fire trucks, construction vehicles and big rigs.  Music, Del’s Lemonade, and Fun!! Free and open to the public.

ARTS & CRAFTS IN THE AFTERNOON

Monday, August 15 to Friday, August 19, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Join your friends for a fun week of arts, crafts. games and outside time. Clay explorations, weaving, nature drawing, colorful painting and more!  With arts educator Claudia Mathison.  Entering grades 3 and up. Fee $175 includes all supplies.

HAMBURG FAIR SONGWRITING WORKSHOP

August 16, 17, 18, 10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at LYSB
August 20, 10:00 a.m. at the Hamburg Fair Stage

Join us to write the new Hamburg Fair Theme Song! Want to help create a brand-new song from scratch? Are you interested in performing on stage at the Hamburg Fair?

Steve Roslonek of SteveSongs, on air host of PBSKids Television, will be facilitating a unique program of songwriting and performing.  Students will explore several fundamental elements of songwriting and then help Steve write an original song.  They will also have the opportunity to perform that song along with other select numbers with Steve on the big stage at the Hamburg Fair.  No previous experience is necessary.
• Tuesday & Wednesday – Songwriting for Gr 3 and up at LYSB
• Thursday – Performance Prep for Gr K to 2, and Gr 3 and up at LYSB
• Saturday – Performance at Hamburg Fair for all kids
All kids will get a t-shirt.  Fee: $25

BIRDS OF PREY at LYSB

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Wednesday, August 17, 5:30 p.m.

For Families. WHOOOOO doesn’t love owls, hawks, and other birds of prey? Join the experts from Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center to learn all about these awe-inspiring creatures.  Learn some fun facts, hear a story and if you are lucky, you might even get to meet birds of prey!  $10 per family.

KINDERGARTEN MEET UPS

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Dates in August tba

Calling all incoming kindergarteners!!!! Come to Mile Creek and Lyme Schools to meet your new Principal, and see other families and friends. LYSB will have some fun activities on the school playground, stories with the Principal, and more. LYSB will host one date at each school. More info coming soon. (Note, we will not be visiting classrooms or meeting kindergarten teachers at this event)

READ WITH A THERAPY DOG

Summer dates/times TBA

Select up to three private 20  minute 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 a series of three 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 if possible, or inside in case of rain.  Bring your own reading materials, and a blanket or towel to sit on. To learn more about Project Paws click here.

ICE CREAM SOCIAL for 6th GRADERS

☼☼Family Event☼☼

Wednesday, August 24, time tba

After you visit LOL Middle School to see your classroom and teachers, stop by LYSB for ice cream, music, and friends! Parents and siblings welcome.

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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