Summer Days At Mountain Laurel

Summer Days at Mountain Laurel offers children up to nine full weeks of fun and adventure in an enriching and nurturing environment.

Our experienced and enthusiastic instructors will bring outdoor wonder and play through activities such as crafts, building projects using natural materials, song, games, storytelling and water play. Rhythm and reverence will follow your child throughout the day. Fun and laughter, old friends and new — our aim is that your child will leave feeling fulfilled and supported.

We welcome participants between the ages of 3 – 11.
Caterpillars: Pre-K (Must be potty-trained)
Butterflies: Kindergarten
Coyotes: Grade School

Mountain Laurel Waldorf School
16 South Chestnut Street, New Paltz, NY

June 24 – August 23, 2024
Our 2024 Summer Program will run on a weekly basis. You may enroll your child for as many weeks as you’d like. We are also offering a daily rate this summer.

Monday – Friday
9:00 am – 3:00 pm
(We will be closed on Thursday, July 4th)

Weekly Rate
 – $425 per week if you register on or after March 2nd.

Daily Rate
 – $125 per day

Rhythm of the Day
Our MLWS Summer instructors create a fun and personalized program with Waldorf-inspired stories, games, music and crafts. The program may differ from week to week as they are personalized to the children attending. Each morning, children will be greeted by their instructor in their designated group space. As the children arrive, they play and enjoy fun arts and crafts. The children then all come together for Circle Time where they play fun learning games, learn new songs, and listen to inspiring stories. Throughout the day, the children enjoy outdoor summer fun activities including games, crafts, music, and outdoor adventures. The youngest children take some time after lunch to rejuvenate during a much-needed rest. The children end the day with play, popsicles, and more fun in the sun before being picked up.

Fun Fridays
Each Friday morning, the children are treated to a special presentation by the program staff. The presentation may be a puppet show, a song, a skit, a fun story, or anything else that is imagined by our amazing program staff!

At 2:30pm every Friday afternoon, families and caregivers are invited to join us for a Program Share. The children in each group are invited to share something about the fun they’ve experienced throughout the week. The children may share a song, a skit, or even just have some fun crafts on display for their families to see.

Laurel Love – NEW for 2024!
This year, the children and instructors are giving back to our New Paltz community. From coloring pictures for our friends at Woodland Pond, to helping clean up the Rail Trail, to baking bread for our New Paltz First Responders – the instructors and children are inspired to come up with fun projects and simple ideas to share love with our amazing friends and neighbors.

Summer National Days
The children and staff are invited to join us for some more fun in the sun each week as we celebrate Summer National Days. The instructors are invited to create games, activities, and crafts inspired by fun themes on these special days.

Week 1
Monday, June 24 – International Fairy Day
The day will be filled with the magic and wonder of fairies. Lessons, games, crafts, and stories of fairies will be shared throughout the day.

Thursday, June 27 – National Sunglasses Day
Everyone is invited to wear their favorite pair of fun sunglasses as we enjoy outdoor activities.

Week 2
Wednesday, July 3 – Celebration of Independence Day
(MLWS will be closed on Thursday, July 4.)
Everyone is invited to don their colorful red, white, and blue!

Week 3
Thursday, July 11 – National Blueberry Muffin Day
A special snack of blueberry muffins (and gluten-free blueberry muffins) will be available for all of the children and staff during snack time!

Week 4
Monday, July 15 – National Give Something Away Day
Laurel Love is celebrated as our instructors and children create fun projects to be given away to those we love in our community.

Thursday, July 18 – World Listening Day
This is an amazing day where the children take some time to sit quietly while they listen to the quiet sounds that nature makes. The children are inspired to listen to the wonder of the sounds of rain falling, wind blowing, crickets chirping, and birds singing. 

Week 5
Thursday, July 25 – National Thread the Needle Day
Children are taught different ways to thread a needle – sewing, fun games, and so much more!

Week 6
Friday, August 2 – National Ice Cream Sandwich Day
Mini ice cream sandwiches will be provided for all of the students during afternoon popsicle time!

Week 7
Friday, August 9 – National Book Lovers Day
Everyone is invited to bring in their favorite book to share. Instructors may share a special book reading with their groups during the day.

Week 8
Friday, August 16 – National Tell A Joke Day
Everyone is invited to bring in a fun joke to share.

Week 9
Thursday, August 22 – National Be An Angel Day
Laurel Love is celebrated as the children and instructors find creative ways to help others in our New Paltz community.

Sibling Discount
If you choose to enroll more than one of your children for any portion of our Summer Program, each sibling will receive a tuition discount of 10%.

Parents are responsible for transportation to and from camp.

Children bring their own snacks and lunch.

More information about our Summer Leads and Assistants will be available soon.

If you have questions about our Summer Program, please contact us at or call Sarah Losee at 845-255-0033.

As of June 2019, Ulster County Department of Health is requiring all campers to provide proof they have received the MMR (Measles, Mumps, Rubella) Vaccine or a valid medical exemption signed by a healthcare provider.

Cancellation and Refund Policy
Our Summer Program Cancellation and Refund Policy recognizes our investment in our valued staff, program design and planning, and the purchase of supplies before each week begins. Last-minute cancellations often prevent families on the waiting list from being able to enroll, as they often have made other plans. In such instances, we cannot necessarily recover our compensation and other expenses when you cancel.

Refunds on cancellations for registrations made on or before March 1st are as follows:

  • Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the first day of a program will receive a full refund less a non-refundable $100 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations within 30 days prior to the first day of a program will receive a 50% refund. 

Refunds on cancellations for registrations made after March 1st are as follows:

  • Cancellations 30 days or more prior to the first day of a program will receive a full refund less a non-refundable $50 administrative fee.
  • Cancellations within 30 days prior to the first day of a program will receive a 75% refund. 

Final payments and completed forms are due prior to the first day your child will be attending the Summer Program.