child enrichment programs in Burlington, VT
Very Merry Theatre
The Very Merry Theatre began as a small summer camp in Charlotte and Burlington and has since grown to become a theater company for children that performs one-of-a-kind plays at schools and community centers across Northwest Vermont. Executive Director Don Wright, who had three boys attending Edmunds Elementary School at the time, was instrumental in getting these early productions off the ground. These productions set the foundation for the organization's creative potential and served as a stepping stone for the theater's growth. At Very Merry Theatre, we are passionate about promoting the growth of a vibrant community by providing children of all ages and backgrounds with the opportunity to practice theater. We believe that through the work and play that goes into creating theater, we are fostering literary and theater skills, self-confidence, and pride. Our commitment to this mission is evident in our annual productions at schools and community centers, our Travelling Theater Summer Camps, and our studio in Burlington’s Old North End Community Center.
Petra Cliffs Climbing Center & Mountaineering School
At Petra Cliffs, we are dedicated to providing an enjoyable, welcoming, and safe environment for all climbers. Our extensive indoor climbing facility is designed to appeal to climbers of every level, and our experienced instructors specialize in teaching classes and excursions both indoors and outdoors. Whether you’re a beginner or an experienced climber, Petra Cliffs is the perfect place to hone your skills and reach new heights! For those looking to get their children involved in climbing, Petra Cliffs has a youth program that begins at age five. We even welcome younger climbers for drop-in climbing or memberships. Group programs are also available with our Group Pricing or through a custom program. Our experienced instructors will not only make sure your kids have a great time, but that they stay safe while learning the ropes.
Leddy Park Arena
At the local skating rink, families can take advantage of a variety of skating times open to the public. Whether you’re a novice skater or a seasoned pro, you can sharpen your skills during stick and puck sessions. Bring your own stick, skates and helmet and you’re ready to go. If you’re looking for an activity for your group or party, the rink also offers private ice times for rental. Or, if you’d like to receive one-on-one instruction, private instruction time is available. So grab your skates and helmet and head to the skating rink for a fun and active day. Whether you’re playing a small game with friends or brushing up on your skills, you’re sure to have a great time on the ice.
Greater Burlington YMCA
At the Y, we believe that all children and families should have access to the resources and opportunities that help them reach their full potential. We are committed to creating an inclusive, welcoming environment where everyone feels respected and valued, regardless of ability, age, cultural background, ethnicity, faith, gender, gender identity, income, race, sex, or sexual orientation. We strive to build strong, thriving communities through the power of our collective efforts. With the generous support of donors, we are able to make a positive impact on the lives of countless children, families, and individuals in our community. We invite you to join us in our mission by donating today.
SOCAPA, the School of Creative and Performing Arts, is the perfect place for teens to explore their creative passions. With camps for ages 13 to 19, these students have the opportunity to make films, dance, and take fashion shoots in some of the world's most iconic locations. At SOCAPA, teens can combine their artistic expression with the fun of summer camp. From making films in Lake Champlain to hip-hop videos under the Brooklyn Bridge and fashion shoots in Venice Beach, students are sure to have an unforgettable summer. Come join the premier visual and performing arts summer camp and unleash your creative potential!
Lake Champlain Community Sailing Center
We are dedicated to fostering a culture of responsible use and long-term stewardship of the lake. The Community Sailing Center offers a variety of educational programs and activities for all ages, from guided tours to sailing lessons. Our primary goal is to promote a greater appreciation for the lake environment and its resources. We strive to educate our participants on the importance of respecting the lake and taking measures to protect it. We also offer recreational opportunities for the whole family to enjoy. From kayaking and canoeing to sailing and community sails, the Community Sailing Center offers a variety of ways to get out on the lake and have fun. We believe that by creating positive experiences on the lake we can foster a greater appreciation for the lake and its resources. At the Community Sailing Center, we are dedicated to encouraging and celebrating the responsible use and long term stewardship of Lake Champlain. We strive to provide educational and recreational opportunities for all members of our community, from guided tours to sailing lessons and recreational activities like kayaking and canoeing. Through these experiences, we hope to create a greater appreciation for the lake environment and its resources. With our continued efforts, we can ensure that Lake Champlain is a safe and enjoyable place for generations to come.