HWS Campus

Discovery's Playground

Program’s Description

Mission Statement

To provide children with interdisciplinary academic enrichment opportunities that enable children to experience discovery and creativity in ways that enhance their inquisitiveness, curiosity and confidence in a positive and safe environment.

Program Goals

  • Promote interest in learning beyond the traditional academic school day
  • Create learning environments that foster creativity and inquiry
  • Provide students with opportunities to laugh, play and have fun
  • Connect participating students to the educational, cultural and personal resources at the Colleges
  • Create relevant and real-world learning experiences that reflect the interests and talents of participating students
  • Create a supportive environment that helps students develop positive social and academic habits and skills

Participating children in grades K-6 will play, explore and learn through a variety of activities designed to complement the school curriculum in a setting that is fun, engaging, and builds self-esteem. Each day includes time for a snack, recreation and play, homework assistance, and enrichment activities. Enrichment activities will involve interdisciplinary explorations of science, the arts (theater, visual arts, dance and music), mathematics, literature, environmental studies, and other disciplines.

General Schedule

Discovery’s Playground will be offered five days a week, three hours per day. Every effort will be made to follow the local public school calendar with regards to when the afterschool program is offered. The program begins September 5th and will continue until June 20th.

Daily Schedule

2:30pm – 3:00pm Arrival via bus / Snack time
3:00pm – 3:30pm Free play time / Group games
3:30pm – 4:15pm Homework period / Review school day
4:15pm – 5:15pm Enrichment time
5:15pm – 5:30pm Pick-up by parents


Linda Welle, Associate Director
Linda Welle has taught grades 2-7 over a 34-year period and retired in June, 2011 from the Canandaigua City School District. She is duly certified in the areas of elementary and special education. She has missed working with children, which has brought her to Discovery’s Playground. Linda is married to her husband, Steve, a researcher at the University of Rochester, and has two grown children, Kevin and Megan.

Amanda Shaw, Lead Counselor
Amanda graduated from William Smith College in May of 2011 with a major in Environmental Studies. She is the Associate Director for the Environmental Studies Summer Youth Institute (ESSYI), an environmental studies summer camp for high school students. Amanda has always loved working with kids in various capacities.

Lauren Foe
Katie Hastings
Devon O'Brian


The program is on a sliding scale based upon the number of days of participation, as well as number of family members that attend. Please see the list below for the rates and weekly charges.

1 day = $15 ($15 per day)
2 days = $30 ($15 per day)
3 days = $42 ($14 per day)
4 days = $52 ($13 per day)
5 days = $60 ($12 per day)


More Info

Registration Forms

Discovery’s Playground is open to children in grades K-6. We will ask that all children attend the full day of the program, which means they will begin at 2:45-3:00 and can be picked up at any time between 5:15 and 5:30.

Visit the Discovery's Playground website


Conferences & Events
Hobart and William Smith Colleges
Mailing address:
300 Pulteney Street

Office address:
Harris House
678 South Main Street
Geneva, NY 14456

Phone: (315) 781-3103
Fax: (315) 781-4325
Email: events@hws.edu

Advisory Board

  • Erica Cooney-Connor, Conferences & Events
  • Nan Arens, Geoscience Department
  • Scott Ikle, Athletics (Sailing Coach)
  • Julie Kingery, Psychology
  • Derek Lustig, IT Services
  • Tabatha Spinner, Human Resources
  • Cadence Whittier, Dance Department