Children’s Program

During Traditional SongCeltic 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.



This year, we are exploring FAIRY TALES from around the world! Through arts, crafts, music and games, we will learn about the stories people have told for thousands of years to help explain this crazy world. Fire up your imaginations, because we will be learning about fairy tales – and creating our own – all week long! Bring your favorite books and toys if you’d like, to teach your fellow campers about the stories you love most. It’ll be another unforgettable summer of friendship, water balloon fights, scavenger hunts, songs and stories from every corner of the world… and we hope you’ll join us! With the help of our very talented music teacher Kevin Williams we will write our own original song, and perform for the whole Gathering at the student showcase on Friday. We’ll also have visits throughout the week from Gathering staff, who will teach and perform just for our kids, and continue our traditions of shaving cream hairdos, slip-n-slide madness, movie night, messy games, and other old favorites. If we have access to the Warren Wilson College pool this summer we’ll close out each busy day with an hour of free swim. Non-swimmers must be accompanied by a parent to join us in the pool. Even if the pool remains closed, please bring at least one swimsuit with you for cooling-down activities like running in the sprinkler. Get ready for a week of magic and imaginative mayhem with us!! There will be a $30 art/craft materials fee for this class, payable to Melissa 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!