Upcoming After School Classes:

SEPTEMBER 16 - DECEMBER 15, 2019

Register now!

(See current spring semester after school classes here)

About our Full Week After School Program: Our Fall 2019 after school program includes experiential and immersive classes in creative writing, movement, landscape design, fashion, comic arts, woodworking and sculpture, obstacle course adventures, urban gardening and more. The cost for the fall semester Full Week program is discounted to $1,450. Sliding-scale fees and full scholarships are available to families who qualify, and weekly or monthly payment plans are available to all. Contact us for an application.

Free daily transportation is available directly from the MC Smith School, Hudson Junior High School and Promise Neighborhood, and returning to locations in Hudson, Greenport, Claverack and Stottville. Please contact us if your child will need transportation to and from our after school programs.

Dates: Please note that no classes will be held on: October 14 (Indigenous Peoples Day), November 11 (Veterans Day); and November 27-29 (Thanksgiving). An end-of-semester expo with all participants and families will be held on Sunday, December 15. See our online events calendar here.


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WORLD OF GAMES

Mondays, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Sep 16 - Dec 15 | Ages 8 - 14
Hilarious game shows and play from around the world. With Sharece Johnson and Pamela Badila.
Welcome to the World of Games: a special weekly workshop hosted by Sharece and Mrs. Badila, combining play and theater. We’ll host our own group game shows like Family Feud, Jeopardy, Minute-to-WinIt, and the Price is Right. What do our games teach us about who we are? What games do children play in China, Jamaica, Kenya, Hawaii, Italy and Mexico? We’ll learn games from places around the world, exploring history and culture. We’ll play games that are competitive and ones that aren’t, games that are hilarious, serious, historical, profound, silly and fun.

Class fee: $375. Class fee includes materials and a daily healthy snack. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.


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MOVEMENT WRITING CLUB

Tuesdays, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Sep 17 - Dec 15 | Ages 8 - 14
Stretch, jump, write, repeat: telling stories with our bodies and words. With Rebecca Posner.
Do you have days when you’re overflowing with ideas and inspiration - and other days when you feel stuck, tight, or closed off?  Does your body feel different as your emotions change? How do you move through writers block? This afterschool class combines movement and writing to explore the stories, characters, and imaginative worlds that live inside of our minds and our bodies. We’ll use dance, theater, yoga, movement, games and somatics to explore our memories, emotions, and imaginations, and to inspire our creative writing and storytelling. Each class we’ll explore a new way of expressing ourselves, producing stories, poems, or movement performances to show the world what’s inside us.

Class fee: $450. Class fee includes materials and a daily healthy snack. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.


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LANDSCAPE DESIGN

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Sep 18 - Oct 30 | Ages 8 - 14
Designing our dream parks, secret gardens, hidden tunnels and more. With Emily Carpenter and Kristen Jones.
Do you have a favorite place to go outside? A favorite path, park, or playground? A favorite forest, cave, or farm? What makes different outdoor environments beautiful or unpleasant, fun or boring, welcoming or unwelcoming? In this class, we’ll get our hands busy and dirty as we design and build different outdoor environments, collaborating with professional landscapers and landscape architects. We’ll take field trips to different places, seeing what features of outdoor environments we like, love, and can’t stand. We’ll learn about where rain water goes when it falls, and where different plants and trees grow. With the new Kite’s Nest property as our main site and inspiration, we’ll design and draw our own dream playscapes: outdoor places where kids can explore, dig, climb and play. Then we’ll work with Kite’s Nest’s team of landscape architects to share our dreams, and bring them to life. Maybe we’ll build our own outdoor fort, a hide-and-seek tunnel, a napping hammock, or garden art...

Class fee: $250. Class fee includes materials and a daily healthy snack. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.


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SUPERHERO STYLES

Wednesdays, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Nov 6 - Dec 15 | Ages 8 - 14
From comics to costumes: illustrating, stitching, and constructing our alter egos. With Ngonda Badila.
Do you have a superhero alter ego? Have you ever dreamed of having super powers. If you were a superhero, what would your signature costume look like? In this class we’ll share stories about some of our funniest, most awkward, and proudest moments in life. We’ll use these stories to create alter egos and secret identities for ourselves, and then we’ll engage a range of artistic mediums -- drawing and illustration, visual storytelling, fashion design and costume-making -- to bring our alter egos to life. We’ll create comic books and graphic art to develop our characters’ powers and personalities, and to tell their stories. Then we’ll help our characters leap off the page, as we design and construct real-world capes, costumes, prints, props and logos. This class will draw its inspiration from the worlds of comic books, cosplay, fan art, and fashion design.

Class fee: $190. Class fee includes materials and a daily healthy snack. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.


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OBSTACLE COURSE ADVENTURES

Thursdays, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Sep 19 - Oct 31 | Ages 8 - 14
Tricky obstacles, team-building games and mind-bending challenges.. With Zebi Williams and Deja Beauford.
Join us, if you dare! Each week we’ll encounter surprise challenges, designed to stretch our minds and bodies. Maybe we’ll face a blindfold maze, a DIY escape room, a scavenger hunt, an endurance race, capture the flag or a super soaker water challenge. We’ll hone our skills by playing team-building games, developing our abilities to communicate, listen, and to work collaboratively as a team. Rather than focus on winning, our goal will be to build friendships, and to come home proud of our accomplishments, exhausted, and happy at the end of each day!

Class fee: $250. Class fee includes materials and a daily healthy snack. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.


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WOODSHOP FOR THE PEOPLE

Thursdays, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Nov 7 - Dec 15 | Ages 8 - 14
From the forests to our hands: an introduction to working with wood. With Alex Guerrero.
This class is a hands-on introduction to building with wood. We’ll start from the beginning - in our local forests - learning how trees grow and how to identify different lumber species. We'll explore the physiology of trees to understand the possibilities and limits of building, sculpting, and carving with wood. How have different tree species been used throughout history? What stories and folklore about trees and woodworking have been told? We'll journey to a woodmill to watch the machines that turn trees into lumber. Back at Kite's Nest we'll get busy in our woodshop, splitting some of our own stock. Together we'll envision our own future woodworking projects by learning to measure, mark, cut, drill, drive, nail, sand, fasten, join, bend, plane, and bevel. How can a familiarity with woodworking and carpentry help us be better community members and better environmental stewards?

Class fee: $190. Class fee includes materials and a daily healthy snack. Sliding-scale and full scholarships are available for qualifying families. Payment plans are available to all. Please request a tuition assistance application to determine your tuition amount or payment plan. Email hello@kitesnest.org or fill out this contact form to request an application or for any questions regarding registration.


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ROOTS & REBELS GARDEN CLUB

Fridays, Sep 20 - Nov 1, 3:30pm - 6:00pm | Ages 5-18
Get your hands dirty at the River City Garden! With Kristen Jones.
Join us every Friday afternoon to grow our own plants, make our own soil, tend to our own garden and eat our own food! Together we’ll plant and harvest vegetables, examining the insects and microbes in our healthy soil. We’ll cut flowers, draw and observe about what’s happening in our garden, and make art projects. Of course, we’ll take plenty of breaks to play games and eat snacks! Free! Donations welcome.


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SPACE 2.0

Fridays, Sep 20 - Dec 15, 4:00pm - 7:00pm | Ages 13+
A weekly space by and for teens. With Sharece Johnson.
Space 2.0 is a space for teenagers in Hudson to have as their own. We decide on our own activities and calendar. We go on regular field trips to see movies, hear speakers, and help out at community events. We cook and share meals, have cupcake challenges and cook-offs; we listen to and make music, produce our own Buzzfeed videos and GIFs, and throw dance parties. Space is a place for us to have honest and open conversations about what’s going on in the world and in our lives -- to get real about issues, and to gain the skills to be leaders in our lives and communities. Most important to us is our right to just be teens. If you’re interested in signing up, contact Sharece at sharece@kitesnest.org


SNEAK PEAK: WINTER/spring 2020


PUPPET TALK SHOW

A weekly talk show and news broadcast featuring human and puppet guests

MUSIC IMAGE STUDIO

A hands-on music production & video workshop for music lovers, songwriters and performers.

ARCHITECT STUDIO

Sketching ideas, drawing plans, and building models for the future.

OBSTACLE COURSE ADVENTURES

Tricky obstacles, team-building games and mind-bending challenges.

SPA SCIENCE

The magic and chemistry of making potions, lotions, medicines and more.

WILDERNESS SKILLS

Ouch! How to take care of yourself and have fun in the wild.

ROOTS & REBELS GARDEN CLUB

Get your hands dirty at the River City Garden!

SPACE 2.0

A weekly space by and for teens.