Registration Open for The Red Barn's Summer Program!


2018 summer registration is now open for The Red Barn's Summer Program. 

The Red Barn Children's Center offers a recreational program which allows for freedom of choice and expression of individuality, as well as, opportunity to participate in group activities with children of similar age. With indoor and outdoor play, busy and quiet times, individual and group games; with learning to take turns, to play by the rules, to win or to lose, The Red Barn Children's Center's summer program is designed to give the children a sociable, enjoyable, learning experience, to balance the academic experiences of the school year. The program runs for 8 weeks starting in late June and the per day rate depends on your selection of morning, afternoons, or full days. Your child may attend any combination of days and/or weeks to meet your schedule however a minimum of two days for two weeks is required. 

Registration is on a first come, first serve basis - so don't delay!

Learn more and register here!

Available Schedules

Mornings only: 9:00am - 12:00pm

*Early care is available beginning at 8:00am

Afternoon only: 1:00pm - 4:00pm

Full days: 9:00am - 4:00pm

For ages 3.5 through 3rd grade

*By state regulation, children must be completely toilet trained to participate in the swim program. Children who are not toilet trained may attend the summer program, but will not be allowed to enter the pool. 

A typical summer day

Your child's day begins at 9:00 (or no earlier than 8:00 a.m. if using before care).  Activities start promptly at 9:10.  Your child's barn will either be going to the pool, the playground, heading outdoors to explore or play cooperative games, or will be beginning dramatic play and art time.  Each barn rotates through similar activities during the day and no group occupies the same space as another at the same time.   Each Barn plans their art and play activities around weekly themes.   In the past some of these themes for the preschool children have been movement based, such as over and under and up and down.  They have studied particular artists and/or various forms of art.  School-age themes have included the Olympics, landscapes and the Continents. Included in your tuition cost, a mid-morning and an afternoon snack are served to fuel the children through their activities.  

Little Barn children enjoy their lunch inside their air conditioned classroom.  Gray Barn children enjoy a picnic lunch outside on shaded picnic tables on the Wishing Wall Terrace.  Big Barn children also eat outside under the shade of our evergreen trees near the head of the exploring trails. 

A short rest time follows all lunches before the children return to the day's activities (rest time is required per state regulation).  Many of the afternoon activities mimic morning routines with some slight variation in time allowance or topic.   This allows those children only attending in the afternoon to experience many of the same activities as full day or morning only children while changing the routine just enough so the all day children maintain interest. 


  • Soccer

  • Kickball

  • Wiffle Ball

  • Puppet Shows

  • Cloud Gazing

  • Cooking

  • Process Based Art

  • LEGO and Block Play

  • Cars and Trucks

  • Dolls

  • Puzzles

  • Kitchen 

  • Songs

  • Marco Polo

  • Finger Plays

  • Jump Rope

  • Hand Games

  • Fort Building

  • Nature Appreciation and Preservation

  • Costume Parties

  • STEM and STEAM Guided Activities

  • Hiking

  • Gardening

  • Field Games

  • Paiting

  • Reading

  • Story Time

  • Swimming

  • Child Organized Carnival

  • Playground Activities

  • Obstacle Courses

  • Fairy House Making

  • Dramatic Play

  • Duck Duck Goose

  • Bird Watching

  • Picnic Lunches

  • Three-Legged Races

  • Nature Exploration

  • Gourmet Mud Pies

  • Bikes & Trikes

  • Basketball

  • Hula Hoops

  • Plus, much much more!


The children enjoy swimming and safety instruction and water games in our heated swimming pool, under the supervision of a Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor, a Red Cross-trained lifeguard and their classroom teachers who join them in the water to aid in instruction and supervision.

Our pool serves as another setting for children to not only learn to swim, but also to continue development in social and emotional areas.  Children are encouraged to be kind to others and play with their peers at the same time they are learning to swim.  Swim instruction starts with children becoming comfortable in the water and learning the safety rules in and around the pool.  Learning to swim offers children the opportunity to experience working towards and eventually achieving their goals.

Each child enters the program at different skill levels.  We develop an instruction plan that suits each child.  During the first week of your child's summer experience, the swim teacher and lifeguard work to observe and asses the skills that the child already possesses and move forward by encouraging other skills that the child seems ready to achieve.  We encourage competence of one’s self as opposed to competitiveness.  We remind children that everyone learns things at a different pace, and discourage titles such as the “best swimmer”.

To help children learn new skills, we find that incorporating games or silly sayings is useful.  We sometimes encourage children to be the teacher by helping other children with certain skills.  We also focus on success instead of failure by observing and recognizing skills that the child has already mastered.  We consider a skill mastered when a child can do something more than once.  We make an effort for the pool to be a place conducive to learning at the same time we are having fun.

Badges and certificates are given as children achieve certain skills, starting with the Red Barn Safety badge.  All children entering the program will earn this badge when they demonstrate pool safety around the pool.  f Additional badges are available matching up to Red Cross level 6 criteria.   

The pool measures 20' x 40' and is 2.5 feet deep in the shallow end and gently transitions to 5.5 feet at its deepest point.  The shallow end is separated from the deep by a floating line and children are not allowed in the deep end until they earn their level 1, aka Duck Badge.