In order to give our readers a real inside look at the Lola’s Lab camps, we thought you might like to see stories of some of the children and families who attend Lola’s camps.
Zoe H. began attending Lola’s Laboratory camps when she was just 4 years old, and she and her family have since developed a strong, long-lasting relationship with our camps. Zoe has attended both Lola’s Lab’s day programs and camps, her favorite being “Zoopossible,” which kids can attend this year from August 25th-29th.
Kim, Zoe’s mom, loves that all of the staff at Lola’s camps are energetic, diverse, and professionals in their field. Kim feels that Lola’s Lab camps have affected her daughter in a number of positive ways. Kim has noticed improvements in both Zoe’s creative writing and problem solving skills since attending Lola’s camps. She has also noticed that Zoe works much better with others and in groups since attending camp, and that she is much more willing to try new things.
One of Zoe’s favorite things about Lola’s Lab camps and one of the things that she feels sets Lola’s Lab camps apart from other camps is that the kid’s opinions are really valued. Lola’s Lab camps are structured as a sort of “choose your own adventure,” where Lola gives the kids some structure and then allows them to explore and create within that structure.
In order to set up the structure each day, Lola puts on a play for the kids every morning. Zoe actually named this as one of her favorite activities from camp. Lola uses the plays as a fun and creative way to give the kids some framework for each new day of camp, and every activity that day is connected to the play. Of the plays, Lola says, “Through the unfolding events in the story, the children are asked to express their own ideas and give solutions for specific challenges.
“One of my favorite camps was Toy Factory, a story I wrote about a town of craftspeople with some funny production problem. This scenario set up potential to explore cause and effect. There was a lot of learning about the town, about ourselves, and our shared values concerning the situation. Together, the kids offered ways to solve problems that relied on their own capabilities. Our story has twists and turns throughout and always end with the children saving the day through their incredible ideas and creations!”