I want to tell folks in the Minneapolis/St. Paul area about a wonderful extra-curricular opportunity for kids. In the Company of Kids Creative Arts Center has a variety of programs for children of all ages to experience the fun, social environment, brought by the performing arts. Artistic Director, Bonnie Kaye, has been in business in the performing arts field for over 38 years offering classes for all ages in an array of the arts. There are classes throughout the school-year and summer camps offered throughout the Twin Cities area, including Burnsville, Maple Grove, and Woodbury in the fall of 2012. Bonnie has put together a phenomenal staff of highly gifted teachers. In the Company of Kids still remains the first social skills theater, dance arts center providing a wonderful safe environment for all children to experience the arts.
I personally became interested in this organizations efforts five years ago when In the Company of Kids began expanding their programming to include specialized accommodations and teaching methods for children on the autism spectrum and those with various other cognitive and physical challenges. Staff believes that finding the gifts and strengths in each and every child through the arts, music, dance and puppetry – places the focus on ability rather than disability.
I invite you to check out their website at: http://cokartscenter.com. They are taking registrations for Summer Camps right now! Summer camps run Mondays-Thursdays, both full and half day options. IN FACT…… my friend Bonnie is giving away one free ½ day summer camp 4-day session to one of my blog followers! To be entered in this contest, please COMMENT back to this blog post below about why you are interested in this fun, social day-camp experience for your child, or a family you work with as an educator. Comments will be accepted between 2/19/2012 – 3/1/2012. All comments posted will remain private to myself as the blog moderator. The WINNER will be notified by the email associated with your comment within a week after the close of the contest!
What a wonderful opportunity to give a gift to a student you have worked with this year, or to your own child!