Haverty Hollow offers morning and afternoon playgroups for the younger set. Ages 3 – 5 will enjoy their choice of activity, from sand play to building play to organized outside and inside games plus free play in our playroom or outside on the multi-level playground.
If you’re interested in an afternoon program, you can sign up for pickup in the Haverty Hollow van from various area preschools.
Morning playgroups are available Tuesdays, Thursdays and Fridays, when we open at 9:15 a.m.
Afternoon Playgroups are available from 12:00-3:00 p.m. Monday – Friday. Please see our registration form for prices.
If you’ve never visited us, please call or stop by to see our original log cabin building situated on four acres of playground, a portion of Nancy Creek and walking trails, just off Northside Parkway and north of West Paces Ferry Road. Please check the Map/Directions page to plan your trip.
The sandbox on Haverty Hollow’s upper playground can be transformative. During free play, the preschoolers often use the shallow pans, plastic food containers and aluminum sieves to pretend-bake cakes or construct complete meals for their fellow “family” members. At activity time, Mr. John demonstrates some of the science behind volcanic action. The children mound the sand, Mr. John mixes the eruption elixir, and the next thing you know, pseudo-lava is bubbling up and over from the mouth of the volcano. Later on in the day, the After School children exercise their imagination by creating intricate forms of tunnels and underground passages. Everyone makes the sandbox their own during a typical day at Haverty Hollow.
We have lost our oldest pet at Haverty Hollow.
How many children over the years have heard me tell the story about why ChiChi came to live at Haverty Hollow?How I was at the small pet store located at Ansley Mall (before there were stores like Petco and Petsmart!) and I saw ChiChi for sale. I told the owners that I had raised chinchillas in my classroom when I was a teacher at Trinity School. The owners tried to talk me into buying him but I did not. Two weeks later I was back in the store and ChiChi was still there. He was too cute! I agreed to bring him to Haverty Hollow where he has lived for so many years. I do not remember what year he came and would love feedback from anyone who has memories of seeing ChiChi at Haverty Hollow.
He will certainly be missed!
ChiChi is buried in our Haverty Hollow pet graveyard.
Little ones and older children enjoyed making bunnymobiles as a special holiday activity during Easter Week 2017.
Each school year at Haverty Hollow, children in our After School Enrichment Program join in Friendship Club activities. Grouped by age, the children are engaged in activities designed to promote mutual understanding and respect and build a positive regard for one another and their wider community.
Towards the end of the school year, each Club agrees by voice vote on an activity they believe will serve a larger purpose.
Miss Lisa’s Club, made up of our Spring Quarter third, fourth and fifth graders, planned to donate money raised from a car wash at Haverty Hollow to the Defenders of Wildlife. Check out their Facebook posting of the Club’s letters accompanying their donation to the group. The FC members were able to give more than $100 to the organization that helps animals stay in their wild environments.
Harrison Leusink and Zara Jenkins display one of the many posters Miss Lisa’s group composed to advertise the Car Wash, 3:30 – 6pm, April 20.
Mr. John and Miss Molly joined the forces of our first- and second-grade Friendship Club members this Spring to repair and renovate Haverty Hollow’s Nature Hut. It’s used as a gathering place for our celebrated nature walks and science activities. Mr. John reports lots of cooperation, as “the children have really enjoyed working together” to clear the area around the Hut and line the path to it with stones. Mr. John cut and spliced bamboo the children helped install as new walls for the Hut. (Photo courtesy Denise Aldridge.)