Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn with Greenplay Northwest is a nature based playgroup for children ages 0-6 and their family, friend, and neighbor caregivers. Together we explore nature, sing songs, share stories and learn through outdoor exploration and play. We provide a healthy carrot or apple snack, and enjoy our outdoor classroom rain or shine!
This program is designed to be an introduction to open-ended nature play with our facilitators acting as mentors, supporting caregivers as they experience the power of nature with their children. Caregiver participation is required.
Typically, we meet on Wednesdays from 1:30pm – 3pm at Royal Arch Park in Maple Valley, WA (please see our calendar for scheduled closures). This is a free drop-in program, no registration is required however we do ask that you review and sign a copy of our COVID waiver before attending.
As affiliates of the Kaleidoscope Play and Learn model, our group is led by trained facilitators who guide children and their caregivers through a variety of developmental activities that promote early learning, and is inclusive of all young children, languages, and cultures.
Here is our current seasonal Calendar:
You can find a preview of our COVID waiver here.
For more information, or if you are in need of special accommodation, transportation, or language interpretation for your family, please contact Emily Epperson, firstname.lastname@example.org, Play and Learn Program Lead.
AGES: 0-6. All are welcome!
DAYS: Wednesdays throughout the year (Please follow us on Facebook for closures or changes.)
LOCATION: 20821 Renton-Maple Valley Rd, Maple Valley WA. Signs will be posted.
WHAT TO BRING: We encourage caregivers and children to dress for the weather, in warm, waterproof layers. We will get dirty and wet, so a change of clothes for afterwards is helpful. Rain gear and boots are also available to borrow on site.
About Kaleidoscope Play & Learn
Kaleidoscope Play & Learn developed out of Child Care Resources’ work to support Family, Friend and Neighbor (FNN) caregivers – grandparents, aunts, uncles, older siblings, family friends and neighbors who take care of the young children in our communities.
The program is based on widely recognized and accepted theories and best practices in the fields of child development; early learning; parent education; Family, Friend and Neighbor care; community development; and cultural competence. In 2013, it was designated as a Promising Practice by the University of Washington.