transition week outdoor childcare


To aid families as we make this complicated transition,  Creative Connections co-teachers Alayha McNamara and Barret O’Brien are offering week of outdoor fun during this week before the planned Spring Break.  Our intention is to support working parents while keeping children outdoors in a small group setting. Every morning students will arrive to Briscoe Playground for free play, snacks, Kids Yoga, and outdoor games.  Snacks and lunch the kids bring from home will be enjoyed on under the shade of the  elm trees.  The afternoon will include Story Times, Moments of Mindfulness, Imagination Games, and Collaborative Craft Projects.  Hand washing every hour required and contact games will be limited.  Combined Alayha and Barret have over 20 years experience working with kids and see this complicated  as an opportunity for fun and enrichment. 

PREREGISTRATION REQUIRED                                    MAXIMUM STUDENTS: 12

DATES:  March 16-20                                                               AGES: 5 – 13

HOURS OFFERED: 8am-6pm                                                     HOURLY COST: $7/ hour

FULL DAY COSTS:  $40 for 8am-3pm, $55 for 8am-6pm          REGISTER: email



photo 2 2Alayha McNamara was head of the Access Department and coordinated accessibility worked at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival for over ten years.   She is co-lead teacher at Creative Connections, the cross-discipline enrichment program after-school housed at the First United Methodist.  She has studied and taught physical in Oregon, Seattle, Austria, Berlin and the Ukraine. In her hometown of Ashland, Alayha strives to bring international, interracial, and “inter-abled” people together through the neutral platforms of theater and education.




IMG_3495Barret O’Brien is an actor, writer, and educator from New Orleans. O’Brien is a graduate of the Yale School of Drama and has led youth empowerment workshops across the country including Yale University, Beargrass Retreat, Southern Rep’s Theater Apprentice Program, Southern Oregon University, University of Montana, and the City University of New York.   He’s currently on the theater faculty at SOU and a lead teacher at Creative Connections.  More on Creative Connections HERE.