While international travel has slowed during this time, Spark will be bringing the world to your child!  This summer, we will be offering 4 exciting weeks of outdoor classes that will examine life in focused parts of the globe.  In addition to learning about these cultures, we will be fully immersed in an outdoor learning environment and will have many opportunities to work creatively with the natural elements found in Prospect Park.     

In order to ensure that as many beloved returning families as well as new families can participate in our program, we’re currently limiting each family’s sign up to a maximum of two weeks. 

Dates and Rates

WEEK 1: SOUTH EAST ASIA
June 28–July 2
WEEK 2: NORTH EAST ASIA
July 5-9
WEEK 3: NORTHERN EUROPE
July 19-23
WEEK 4: SAHARAN AFRICA
July 26-30
Important Program Points

Price: $475 per week
Hours: 9am-2pm 
Ages: 5-10
Group size: 12 children and 2 teachers
Location: Prospect Park, close to the Picnic House.  Exact location TBD

WEEK 1: SOUTH EAST ASIA

June 28-July 2
During our South East Asian travels, our group will be exploring the arts, music, traditions, landscapes and architecture of Indonesia and Cambodia.  We will be working on Cambodian and Indonesian crafts throughout the week and will discover important historic sites such as Borobudur temple and Angkor Wat.

WEEK 2: NORTH EAST ASIA

July 5-9
During our North East Asian travels, we will have opportunities to try our hands at folk art projects of Korea and China.  In addition, our session will dive into the history, traditions, landscapes and architecture of these two countries.  

WEEK 3: NORTHERN EUROPE

July 19-23

During our Northern Europe travels, we will be making our way to Finland and Norway to discover old world crafts and architectural wonders such as the stave church and sod roofs.  While we will be learning about ancient traditions in the region, we will also identify modern ways in which Finland and Norway are leading in sustainability efforts.  

WEEK 4: SAHARAN AFRICA

July 26-30

North Africa is home to the Sahara, the largest hot desert in the world, just a few hundred miles away from the Mediterranean Sea. We’ll learn about some of the vastly different traditions, arts and lifestyles of North Africans living in the desert, in cities, and on the coast.

Important Program Points

Weather

Since all programming will be taking place outdoors, we will be monitoring weather closely each day.  If by 7:30pm, prolonged rain is predicted for the following morning, we will cancel programming for that morning.  In the event that short periods of light rain are expected, we will be taking shelter under rain tarps. Refunds will not be issued for classes cancelled as a result of weather conditions.

Bathrooms

Because of COVID conditions and the high traffic of summer programs anticipated during the months of June and July at the Picnic House bathroom, we will be limiting use of public facilities as much as possible, as they bring our community into contact with high-touch areas. In addition, we will be moving freely through the park and may not always have immediate access to a bathroom. We therefore ask that families only sign up for our program if they feel comfortable with their children using an outdoor bathroom alternative. We will be using the OXO potty with replacement lining bags and will ensure that children have privacy.  Please reach out with any questions.  

COVID Safety

Please read our COVID safety guidelines to see how we will be handling COVID safety protocols this summer.

Questions?
Email us at info@sparkartsbk.org!

Image Attributions

Taoist monastery at the top of Wudang Mountains in China – Seth Kramer, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Norse HelmetNTNU Vitenskapsmuseet, CC BY 2.0, via Wikimedia Commons

Detail of a petroglyph depicting a bubalus anticus, eponymous of the Bubalus Period of Saharan rock art. Located at Tin Taghirt on the Tassili n’Ajjer in southern Algeria. Linus Wolf, CC BY-SA 3.0 via WikiMedia Commons

A narrow alley in the Kasbah of Algiers with its fountain. Yves Jalabert, CC BY-SA 2.0 , via Wikimedia Commons