ENFIELD-Afterschool Adventures, six-week specialty activities designed for kids in grades K-5, are coming to all Enfield elementary schools in February. Enrollment is now open at
www.erfcinc.org. The Afterschool Adventures catalog, including fee and registration information, is available at www.erfcinc.org/afterschool-adventures.
Claire Hall, Executive Director of ERfC, said Afterschool Adventures offer a variety of enrichment and recreational activities that keep kids challenged and engaged. “Afterschool Adventures will begin right after school—in their school.”
Hall said over 2,000 Enfield parents were surveyed by ERfC in October 2018 to learn more about what parents and their children want in out-of-school time activities.
Hall said, “We are listening to parents and what they want for their children. They want activities where they don’t have to leave work to transport their children to other locations. Many parents do not have the ability to end their work day at 3:00 pm.”
“What we know for sure from the survey is that parents want small-group, short-term opportunities for their kids in a safe and familiar environment,” said Hall. Every activity will have a 1:10 adult to child ratio.
The winter schedule of activities will include two choices for every school. Sessions will run from February 5th through March 21st from the end of the school day until 5:00 pm on a Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday. Snow dates have also been built into the calendar.
Each activity is led by a professional instructor from Enfield or surrounding communities. Hall said these specialty activities are designed to give kids an opportunity to try something new, or expand on something they already know and enjoy.
Tennis will be taught by tennis professional and owner of the Enfield Tennis Club, Michael Myers; vocalist and theatre instructor from Asnuntuck College, Kathryn Pepe, will lead a chorus group; hands-on cooking programs will be led by Chris Rinaldi, owner of Kidchen Capable; and registered dietitian, Katie Shepherd from Windsor, will be the instructor of Food Explorers.
Other activities will include Arts & Crafts with Darci McHenry, owner of TeachArt2Me from West Hartford; Stop Motion Movie Making taught by UMass and ERfC
Digital Media Instructor, Evan Goodchild; Scrapbooking Memories instructed by former Creative Memories instructor, Leslie Lawlor; Peacebuilding Games held by Ryan Obedzinski, ERfC Outreach Manager; and KidZ Sports will be instructed by local sports instructors.
Afterschool Adventures are fee-based activities open to all children, including children who are home-schooled, in private schools, or from surrounding communities
ERfC, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, has been providing out-of-school time activities for children and families since 1994. ERfC also operates Before & After School programs in the schools, in partnership with Enfield Public Schools, for students in grades K-8.
If you have an activity idea or you would like to teach a future Afterschool Adventure, please call Josh at 860-253-9935 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.