Children's Program

During Traditional Song, Celtic and Old-Time Music & Dance Weeks we offer a full-day program for children ages 6-12, whose parents are participating in the Swannanoa Gathering taught by Children's Program Coordinator Melissa Hyman. Remember, space is limited. Children must have turned 6 by July 1st to participate. No exceptions please. Program activities are scheduled during class periods, and parents are responsible for their children at all other times. Those bringing children should indicate so on their registration form. Children under 12 may stay in a room with two adults, at least one of whom is a registered student, at no charge, other than the cost of meals. The accompanying adult should provide each child's bedding (mattress, sheets, blankets, pillow), and both adults must request the arrangement. In the case of a single adult with child(ren), they will be housed together and charged an additional single room fee for the week as long as space permits. Evening childcare for ages 3-12 will be provided at no additional cost.

Programs for 2017-TBD

At the end of the week, parents will get to hear us sing and see the crafts we've made, at our big performance at the Student Showcase. As a special treat, we will be visited throughout the week by wandering musicians and artists (Gathering Staff) who will perform just for our kids. We will, of course, continue our beloved traditions of shaving cream hairdos, movie night, crazy contests and the Gathering Scavenger Hunt. Hop into our time machine for the journey of a lifetime!! There will be a $30 art/craft materials fee for this class, payable to Melissa Hyman, the Children's Program Coordinator, on arrival.

A typical day includes a lot of arts & crafts, games, swimming, jokes, snacks, silliness AND singing, singing, singing AND music class. Melissa hires a dedicated music teacher to come in after lunch each day and she performs with the children at the end of the week in the student showcase. There will also be visitations from Gathering staff each day, sort of like mini-concerts, just for the kids!