One of the greatest reasons to live in Queens is the wonderful diversity of its residents. This true melting pot of people makes our borough one of the best places to experience the authentic flavor and culture of all who reside here.
WorldPlay, a program for school age children, designed to promote educational multiculturalism and celebrate and experience our cultural differences and similarities, has been providing children with wonderful, hands-on activities since 2009. Housed at P.S 101 in Forest Hills, WorldPlay offers a variety of programs and camps that bring culture and fun together as children explore and experience the traditions of people from around the globe — so many of which are alive in our own backyards. The program strives to give each child a true understanding and love for the various cuisines, holiday traditions, languages, music and art that every culture and country has to offer.
- Cultural Awareness for Teens (9th-12th grade) — Students are immersed in all aspects of a specific culture for ten months — includes a trip to the studied country to experience the society first-hand.
- After School Programs — Provides a structured and comfortable after school option for children from 3:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m. The program includes homework assistance, physical activity, cultural awareness, field trips and a pen-pal correspondence program. (scheduled to begin September 2011).
- Vacation Camps — Available for students Pre-K through 7th grade, from 8:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m. during the school spring and winter springs. Students will experience physical and cultural activities including yoga, karate, fencing and culinary lessons. Registration for the spring break session is available until April 17. Parents can sign children up for one day or the entire week.
- Summer Camp — In addition to experiencing the art, music and food of a particular country in this program, students will also take field trips to a variety of cultural institutions and museums including The Brooklyn Children’s Museum, Embassies, The Museum of Natural History and much more. (location TBD)
WorldPlay can also put together a variety of options for unique birthday parties and special events in or outside of your home.
Prior to opening WorldPlay, Founder and Executive Director, Kelli Herd, was an elementary school teacher in New York and Washington D.C. Her love for multicultural education lead her to the International Foundation for Education where she conducted numerous programs in West Africa, she was a Community Outreach Organizer in Pittsburgh, served as the Director of Development for the Bridge Street Development Corporation in New York and as the Associate Director of Institutional Relations for Literacy Partners in New York.
Ms. Herd’s goal is to expose children to the immensely diverse borough in which we live and gain a deep respect, understanding and admiration for all that each culture contributes to our world and our home.
For detailed information about all of these programs and to learn more about the organization visit world-play.org
By Jennie Abrams-Rosenberg