Kids beat the heat with cool programs at Boys & Girls Club

By Lucy Norton
Sentinel & Enterprise
July 24, 2016

At the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster, members are more than halfway through the six-week Summer Blast program, and are having a great time doing all sorts of activities. Even though they are four weeks in, the kids haven’t slowed down one bit.


The Sprouts, members ages 5-7, had lots of fun this past week with activities like Summer Brain Gain, which helps keep their minds and imaginations active over the summer, and dance with Miss Kim. There was plenty of giggling as the kids worked together to play parachute games and come up with dances. They also cooled down with water games and kiddie pools the day the Juniors were at the lake. It was a great afternoon.

The Juniors, who are 8-12 years old, have busy schedules as well. There are many STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) programs to keep them busy and learning, like Code Academy and Scratch, where they can learn and use programming skills,, Math Jeopardy, and DIY Volcanoes, where members build a homemade volcano and learn about real ones in the process. 3D Printing is popular on the Club’s new 3D printing lab — so far, the kids have printed lots of things that they’ll take home later this summer, including a cartoon cat figurine, a life-size hand, some angel wings and Minecraft mining tools.


The Juniors don’t spend all day inside though — nature walks around the Doyle Conservation area are popular activities, while Art in the Garden and sports programs like Youth Goals Soccer, German Baseball, Double Dutch and Archery always have plenty of kids. There are also art and cooking programs available, with members making salsa, cookies and other tasty treats in Kids in the Kitchen. Art programs like Kids and Clay, Drama, Camp Crafts, Make your Own Carnival and Tie Dye Fun let kids exercise their creativity and imaginations.

The club also had a special visitor this week — Leominster Mayor Dean Mazzarella stopped by to talk to the Juniors about respect and what it’s like to be mayor. The kids had a great time visiting with him and learning more about him and what he does!

The staff cannot wait to see everyone again next week! They are also excited to see some new faces. If you would like to be one of those new faces, you can find more information by visiting the club website,, or just stop in to learn more. The Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster is located at 365 Lindell Ave. in Leominster.

The summer is halfway over, but it’s not too late to come out and have some fun with the Boys & Girls Club of Fitchburg and Leominster!