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KidSPOT is a hands-on creative learning center for children aged 2-12. We are open every Saturday free of charge to kids accompanied by their parents, or other responsible adult. The Center is a destination for area children where they can look forward to interacting with a variety of stimulating activities that expand their horizons.

Located right next door to the RiverArts galleries, KidSPOT invites children to play, create and explore the arts and sciences. Kids participate in activities that incorporate visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, music, science and technology. KidSPOT also serves as a venue for special creativity events, RiverARTSCamp and workshops for kids.

We rely on the kindness and generosity of local businesses and families to help keep us going!

Join the KidSPOT Kids Club!

KidSPOT is staffed every week by a dedicated group of volunteers. Our helpers have a love of the arts and enjoy sharing that with the children that come to our center.  Rebecca Heriz-Smith serves as KidSPOT Coordinator. She is a mom and entrepreneur and was a KidSPOT volunteer before taking the helm. She brings loads of creativity, a love of the arts, and incredible energy to KidSPOT.

We are always looking for good people to serve as volunteers in our free play sessions, developing activities and curricula, and to teach workshops. Please call RiverArts at 410- 778-6300 or email our coordinator at kidspotchestertown@gmail.com if you would like to volunteer.  Middle and high school students are welcome to volunteer and may receive community service credit for their participation.

An  Advisory Board is also working hard to make sure that the standards concerning KidSPOT programming are of the highest caliber. Members of this board include  RiverArts’ Board Member Raven Bishop, Les Palmer, Mary Ann Herron, Rebecca Heriz -Smith, Elizabeth Healy, Penny Block, Brittany and Nathan Shroyer, and Andy Goddard.

Mary Ann Herron, art teacher at Radcliffe Creek School and formerly, at Kent School, is the lead teacher for the summer camps. For more information about RiverArts summer camps, please visit our Summer Camp page.

We rely on the kindness and generosity of local businesses and families to help keep us going! Art supplies are greatly appreciated, and having local businesses sponsor us help pay the bills.  If you’d like to donate art supplies, below is a list of things we go through quickly.

WISH LIST

Mod Podge (http://amzn.to/1OCShhv)
Elmer’s glue (white or clear)
Glitter glue
Sponge craft brushes (http://amzn.to/1Rw7VRR)
Construction paper
Poster Board
Pom poms (especially the super tiny ones)
Pipe Cleaners (especially rainbow colors)

Paint  (bottles of tempura… it’s amazing how fast we go through it!)

Our Founders

A generous donation by Andy and Leslie Price enabled RiverArts to rent the space next door to their galleries to create the creativity center, and a grant by the Hedgelawn Foundation helped to furnish it. Volunteers did much of the renovation under the leadership of member Mike Heffron. Zane Carter created the renovation design, Andy Hock donated all the electrical work, Brian Cole of Cole-Diamond donated the equipment and labor to scrape the glue off the concrete, and many members put in hours of  work to complete the renovation. Local writer and illustrator team, Matthew Swanson and Robbi Behr, designed the winning name and logo.

Support KidSPOT

We need your help to make KidSPOT a success. KidSPOT is funded entirely by donations. Your contribution will help us meet $16,000 in annual operating costs.



 
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