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2020 Program Highlights

Movie Nights

Back by popular demand, we will continue to offer two Movie Nights per week: PG-rated movies on Mondays (ages 7-12) and G-rated movies on Wednesdays (ages 4-10). Due to capacity limits, admission is granted in the order registration is received. Parents MUST PREREGISTER children on their Registration Form or at the office by 4 PM the day of Movie Night. Maximum enrollment is 50 children. Walk-ins are not accepted. 

Storytelling with Photography — NEW!

Based on the foundations of storytelling, students will learn how to capture emotion and action in photos and translate that into a piece of artwork with meaning. Students will learn the basics of digital photography such as proper framing, balance, aspect ratio and focal length, and set out for adventures in photography. After capturing a set of images, students will print their photos and create a mixed-media piece that tells a story. Ages 11+ 

Toddlers & Tales — NEW! 

Developed with our youngest participants in mind, Toddlers and Tales is designed to introduce new stories and all-time favorites to toddlers in a fun, inclusive environment. Parents are invited to join but are not required. Ages 2-3

Starfish Program

Starfish for ages 4 and 5 is a weekly morning drop-off program designed for preschool age children. The program meets daily from 8:30 to 11:30 AM. A Starfish morning includes a 30-minute swim lesson, story time, nature time and a craft project.

This year we again offer the option to add on a tennis lesson, which would extend to 12:30 PM and includes walking to Edgcomb with KBIA staff to be picked up by a caregiver after the lesson.

The Starfish program is staffed at a 4-to-1 ratio to ensure appropriate supervision of children at all times. 

Mosaics — NEW!

Learn the ancient art of mosaic! In this class, students age 9 and older will design and create a tile out of a variety of mosaic components (beach glass, shells, driftwood, pebbles, etc).   

Kinetic Circus — NEW!

Inspired by Alexander Calder’s Circus, Kinetic Circus will guide students age 9 and older to create circus performers, animals, and vehicles from wire, cork and fabric. All these creations will have a place under a miniature “Big Top” designed to embrace ingenuity and imagination!  

Island and Seaside Exploration

Children will explore one or more of the islands in Stage Harbor, have time at the Cape Porpoise pier, and visit either the Wells Reserve at Laudholm or the Rachel Carson National Wildlife Refuge.  

Bookmaking — NEW!

Explore this hands-on technique and create your own sketchbook. Each student will create a unique book that can accommodate art, journaling, or scrapbooking. For ages 9 and older.   

Landscape Painting — NEW!

Paint the extraordinary landscape that surrounds KBIA. Students age 9 and older will embrace the art of painting with locally-inspired scenery.  

Jump in for our Swim Team

KBIA will again offer a Swim Team for ages 9 and older who want to compete against area swimmers. One-hour daily instruction will also help swimmers refine their strokes and help keep them in shape! Children under 9 may sign up with pool staff permission.

Come sail away!

Our ever popular sailing classes are geared toward specific age groups, ages 4 and up! We have listed these classes with age restrictions; however, please speak with us if you have any questions about what class is right for your child. Please remember that a personal floatation device (PFD) and closed-toe shoes are required for all waterfront classes.

Laser Sailing, Ages 10+

This class is designed for both sailors who have mastered the fundamentals of sailing and are ready for more independence, and for older novice sailors who are comfortable on the water and eager to jump into the sport. Instruction focuses on boat handling skills, including sail trim and boat speed, so that each participant can become proficient and confident in solo sailing. Both games and drills will be integrated into the class for guaranteed fun and learning. The class will sail in the cove and will also venture into the ocean when conditions allow. This is not racing class but would serve as a precursor to racing and a great stepping stone onto the race team. The Laser sailboat is meant for one person who weighs over 100 lbs and/or is 5 feet tall. As Topsails will be run concurrently, if, in the opinion of the staff, the student is more appropriate for the Topsails class, the child will be reassigned to that class. 

Sea Fleas, Ages 4-6

In row boats, with instructors, children are taught to be comfortable on the water. Class includes a visit to nearby Strawberry Island, where they pretend to be pirates in search of buried treasure!

Gollywobblers, Ages 7-8

This course focuses on teaching basic sailing skills and principles. the curriculum includes learning basic nautical terms, parts of the boat, rigging and unrigging, finding wind direction, learning to steer with a tiller, practicing tacking and jibing, water safety, and knot tying.

Topsails, Ages 9+

This course is designed for young sailors who may have some previous sailing experience. The curriculum allows sailors to further develop their understanding of sailing fundamentals, including rigging, boat handling, landing and departing the dock, points of sail, reading the weather, seamanship, water safety, basics of racing and sportsmanship. 

Opti Race Team, Ages 9+

This racing-focused class utilizes Optimist Class dinghies and will travel to select MIRC Regattas on Wednesdays. Transportation to and from MIRC regattas is done in parent vehicles. Parents are expected to help drive. 

Cruisin’ With a Crew, Ages 11+ — NEW! 

Children are invited on a journey to set sail on a larger boat. Teamwork and communication will be emphasized as the crew works together to sail along the Kennebunk coastline. New this year, this class is offered as either a two-day or one-day experience!

Race Team, Ages 11+

This racing-focused class utilizes our Laser and 420 sailboats and will travel to select MIRC Regattas on Wednesdays. Transportation to and from the MIRC Regattas is done in parent vehicles. Parents are expected to help drive.

Race Team 2, Ages 11+

Again this year, open by invitation only (please inquire if interested), our most experienced racers will train at KBIA and travel to competitive, often multi-day, off-site regattas. Parents are expected to help drive. This course requires a multi-week commitment.

NEW POLICY for Waterfront – Power Boating

In order to accommodate the large number of participants requesting Power Boating, this year we are limiting registrations to three weeks per child. When registering, we ask that possible participants rank their week choices on the registration form. We will accommodate up to three weeks of registrations, as available, and following that, children will be placed on a waitlist for the class. Starting June 1, children on the waitlist will begin filling any empty spaces in Power Boating that remain for the summer. When registering, please know that you will only be charged for a maximum of three weeks at the time of registration. If additional weeks become available then the office will contact you regarding further payment. 





Membership & Registration

Membership Letter

January 22, 2020

There are just five more months separating us from the 110th summer in KBIA’s history! How fast time seems to fly! It feels as if it was just yesterday that I began my new position as Executive Director of KBIA, back in November, yet, it seems that I have only blinked and here I am in the year 2020, writing to you about summer programming that is fast approaching!
I am truly thrilled to be back at KBIA. Growing up in Kennebunk, my first memories of the ocean are of Mother’s Beach and the playground, and just last summer it came full circle when my daughter had her first ocean experience playing in the waves at Mother’s Beach as well. My family’s experience echoes that of so many others that have made Kennebunk Beach a part of their own family traditions for generations. Standing amongst it all has been KBIA – a gathering place long before I knew it and will continue to be for many years to come. KBIA is a wonderful institution, dedicated to providing quality programming for youth and helping to preserve the Cove and its surroundings for all children and families who visit our campus.
There are some very exciting things in the works for the summer – we have purchased two new stand up paddleboards and plan to purchase new kayaks as well. Our Board president John Bauman has been managing a significant number of facilities and grounds improvements; things will be in wonderful shape come June! There will also be a few new classes, including a mixed media inspired writing course for ages 11+, and an afternoon storytime for toddlers! We are so excited for the Annual Day at the Beach 1K and 5K. Not only are we celebrating Maine’s 200th birthday this year but it is also the 110th anniversary of our beloved KBIA. Stay tuned for race updates this spring as we are planning our best race yet! Lastly, we will be using a texting system called OneCall this summer to notify you of any weather or class cancellations as soon as possible. Of course, more details on all these updates will be in the upcoming registration guide (available online on March 31).
In this 2020 season, I hope you will return to KBIA as a member and join me in embracing the spirit of inclusiveness and stewardship that epitomizes KBIA. Membership helps to support KBIA’s operations and remains an important part of our financial health and stability as a nonprofit organization. Our 2020 membership form can be found on our website here and is also attached to this email.
Membership is a vital part of our operations, but is still just one piece of the pie. If you are so moved, instead of asking you to join at a higher membership level, KBIA welcomes donations to some of our ongoing initiatives. As a community dedicated to our local community, we fundraise annually to support two main reserves – our facilities and scholarship funds. To remain a strong and safe institution, our seaside facilities need constant attention. Likewise, to honor our commitment to the local community, our scholarship fund provides the KBIA experience to local students who embody the KBIA spirit. A donation of any amount to either of these funds would help us to make a difference in the KBIA community and the Kennebunk community at large. Please visit the “How to Donate” section of our website to learn more.
As a member, I encourage you to reach out to me. I am new in this role, but I am eager and willing to speak with you. I hope that every day of the summer I will be given the opportunity to learn new stories from families about current and past KBIA experiences – with 110 years of operations, there must be thousands! I hope to see you at KBIA this summer!
Mimi Fox
Executive Director