Little ones and older children enjoyed making bunnymobiles as a special holiday activity during Easter Week 2017.
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.
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.)
Once again, Haverty Hollow committed to donating 10% of its proceeds from Drop In care on January 18th in honor of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and the work that he did. This year, we had some 50 students with us for Drop In or extra hours which allowed us to donate $240.00 to the Ben Marion Institute for Social Justice. For more information on The Institute and their work, please visit their website at: http://www.benmarioninstitute.org .
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.
All the animal lovers at Haverty Hollow are excited to welcome our newest addition to the nature porch! Coco is a female chinchilla, about 7 years old, given to us by a former Haverty Hollow participant who fell in love with our other chinchilla, Chichi, years ago, and talked her parents into getting her one of her own. Now Coco needs more attention than the busy owner has been able to provide, and we are happy to take over that job! Coco is very friendly and looks forward to meeting the other animal lovers out there!