Issue: # 61June 2, 2014

"Spring is nature's way of saying, 'Let's party!'"

 - Robin Williams

Summer Campus Kids Program Begins Soon

Summer is a busy time for families, full of excitement and adventures. At the Children's Place, we celebrate the summer with our Campus Kids Program - 12 weeks of themed activities designed to keep children's minds and bodies active while they take a break from the traditional school program.


Campus Kids begins June 9 and runs through August 29, and welcomes children up to age nine. With themes ranging from Painter's Paradise, Storm Chasers, and Commotion in the Ocean, there is something for everyone! Parents have the flexibility to sign up for the entire summer, or for select weekly sessions.


For more information regarding the Campus Kids program, pick up a brochure from the lobby or inquire with a staff member. We hope you'll join us for some adventure and fun this summer!

Butterfly Release

Discovering Dinosaurs

This week we conclude our study of Balls and learn about dinosaurs with Miss Ali, one of our interns taking the lead. Students will dig up some dinosaur eggs in the sand pit outside and become paleontologists while finding dinosaur bones in our sensory table.


On Thursday, June 5, we are taking a field trip to the Student Rec Center here on campus. The staff will give us a tour and talk all about how  balls are used. We also have a guest speaker coming in to show us an exercise ball and how it is used. If any parents would like to join us for our Rec Center trip, please let Ali or Jenny know.


To reinforce the concepts your child is learning at school, read some picture books about balls or dinosaurs at home, talk with your child about what they would like to learn about dinosaurs, and ask them what kinds of things they might see at the Rec Center.


Focus Questions: "Who uses balls?" "What is a dinosaur?" "Who studies dinosaurs?"

Victoria found an inchworm!

Summer Safety 

With summer just around the corner, now is the perfect time to start thinking about seasonal safety issues. Being proactive about these issues will help keep your toddler safe and healthy during the warm summer months, and will make for a more enjoyable season for the entire family.


When taking children out to play, sunscreen is a must, as toddlers have very sensitive skin that may burn easily. Planning to spend time outdoors may also mean investing in insect repellent, which will help to reduce the number of bug bites your family may experience. Be sure to use repellents containing DEET sparingly on children, as it can be toxic to them.


Wearing light-colored clothing and staying hydrated are important factors to consider when heading outdoors this summer. Kids are more susceptible to heat illnesses than adults because their central nervous systems are not yet fully developed. Water activities may help keep children cool, but must always be closely supervised by an adult for safety purposes.


A day at the park is typically a toddler favorite, but parents may need to verify the safety of the playground before children play. Surfaces that are too hot can cause burns and broken equipment can lead to cuts or falls.


Summer should be a fun-filled season for families. Being aware of potential safety hazards before they strike will make the summer that much more enjoyable for children and adults alike.

Kids' Klassic, co-presented by Gazelle Sports 

Join us on Friday, June 13, at 6 p.m. for the Kids' Klassic, a 1K Fun Run and the Kids' Klassic 2K Fun Run- both events are open to kids 15 and under.


On-site registration and t-shirt pick-up is at the Maple St. YMCA from 4 - 5:30pm.

The starting line for this fun-filled family event is on Hudson St., right next to the Maple St. Kalamazoo Family YMCA. There will be tons of games, kids activities and FUN! Parents are encouraged to run with their kids for free. Strollers are welcome. The first 300 pre-registered entrants receive a Kids' Klassic t-shirt. Finisher prizes and snacks for all participants. Thanks to generous sponsorship support from Stryker, Gazelle Sports and Alpha Promotional Products, we are pleased to be able to provide this year's Kids' Klassic FREE of charge.


All participating kids must register via our Registration Page.


Phone: (269) 387-2277                                    
In This Issue
Summer Program Begins Soon
Kids Klassic
Important Dates
Important Dates 
Billing for 
June 2-13
Due June 3
  Late by June 13 
Preschool Field Trip to Student Rec Center
Thursday, June 6
Family Fun Night
Tuesday, June 24
6-7:30 p.m.

Now is the time to sign up for our great summer programs!


Summer programs

are available for toddlers, preschool and school-age children.


June 9-13

Painter's Paradise

Prepare to get messy this weeks we use unique painting techniques to create masterpieces.

June 16-20
Kids in the Kitchen
Let's get cooking during a week filled with kid-friendly food creations.
Heroes and Superheroes
Pick your superpower. We'll learn about what makes someone a hero and look at our inner superhero.