News from the Beach
June 14, 2019
Summer Countdown

Who else is ready to get this summer started? We sure are! Read on for registration reminders, fun events, and important links. See you Opening Day!
Register Today!
Office Opens Monday, June 17
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Registration is open and we are really looking forward to seeing you all soon!
Just a reminder that registration is first come, first served, and classes are filling up! Have questions? We have answers! Call or visit our office during office hours, or shoot us an e-mail.  
Remember, class registrations must be requested in writing by fax, email or regular mail, or drop by when our office is open. Look for your confirmation, which will be an e-mailed Account Update sent after registration is processed – be sure to open the attached PDF to be certain of the classes your kids are registered in. Contact the office if you have questions.
We are now at the two week out point for withdrawing from Week 1 classes with only a $10 administration fee per class.  See page 26 of the Registration Guide for details.
Office Hours:
June 17 – August 16
Monday: 8 AM to 5 PM
Tuesday – Friday: 9 AM to 12 PM | 1 to 4 PM 
Strong Cottage, 262 Beach Ave, Kennebunk, ME
Phone: 207-967-2180
Fax: 207-510-8058
Mailing address: PO Box 707, Kennebunk, ME 04043
Important paperwork: 2019 Required Forms
*Hard copies of the 2019 Registration Guide are available through the office.

Week 1 at KBIA
We are waiving our membership fee during Week 1 (June 24 – 28), so now is a great time to check us out!
Children ages 2 and up may register for swimming, golf, sailing, kayaking, arts and nature courses (and so much more!) from June 24-28 and pay only the cost of the individual classes. Membership, which is open to the public, is otherwise required for Weeks 2-8. Children register by the week, and classes are offered a la carte or as a “bundle” for morning and/or afternoon sessions.
Family memberships include twice-daily open swims for children, weekly beach bonfire barbecues, and open sail/kayaks on most weekends. KBIA also hosts an annual Seaside Celebration for adult members to enjoy cocktails and appetizers by the cove – invite your friends and family to join in the fun!
Prepping for classes
Class Requirements
With so many classes to hop around to, it’s hard to remember what to bring!  Here’s a cheatsheet to help you when packing up for the busy day ahead: 
  • Golf: Collared shirt, sneakers and clubs, at least a wood, 6 or 7 iron, and a putter
  • Tennis: Tennis whites (each article of clothing is required to be 90% white, even hats!), tennis shoes (these can be any color), raquet
  • Waterfront Classes: Closed-toe water shoes and personal floatation device (PFD) – we have a limited supply but can’t guarantee a PFD in the correct size will always be available
  • Marine Biology: Closed-toe water shoes
  • Stand Up Paddle Boarding: Closed-toe water shoes and PFD (we have a limited supply but can’t guarantee a PFD in the correct size will always be available)
  • Island  and Seaside Exploration: Towel, hat, sweatshirt, a bag lunch, water, plus booster seat as needed; please wear water shoes or sneakers (not flip-flops) and a bathing suit; this class requires transportation in staff or parent vehicles 
For more detailed course descriptions to help you plan for each class activity, visit the KBIA website at
LAUNCH! Maritime Festival
Join in the fun!
Cove Walk – LAUNCH! Maritime Festival
Saturday, June 15th, 2-4 PM
A fun activity for the whole family, join us for our first Cove Walk of the season, on June 15th, 2 to 4 PM.  KBIA is part of the Kennebunk-Kennebunkport-Arundle Chamber of Commerce LAUNCH! Maritime Festival, celebrating the community’s rich maritime history.  Call 207-967-2180 for reservations.  $12 per family. 
For a more detailed schedule of all the festivities check out their webpage:
River Lights Boat Parade
Saturday, June 15, 9 PM
Get that boat out on the water and join the River Lights Boat Parade on the Kennebunk River as part of LAUNCH! weekend, June 12-16. This “River Lights” boat parade will start around 9 p.m. Saturday, June 15, and all boats decorated in festive lights are welcome. Sign up by calling The Chamber at (207) 967-0857 or email [email protected]Winners receive bragging rights and their name on the offical River Lights Boat Parade tacky trophy!

A Day at the Beach Road Race
KBIA 5k Road Race & 1k Fun Run
Sunday, July 7


Registration is open for our KBIA 5k/1k road race on Sunday, July 7th. First 150 to register by June 24th will receive a free race t-shirt!

The 1K  Fun Run will start at 8:30am, followed by the 5K Road Race at 9am. Both races start and finish by Mother’s Beach playground. 
This is a really fun event for the whole family – a beautiful, easy course by the seaside, medals for the fun run, and awards after the race.
All proceeds go to KBIA Scholarships – we thank you for your generosity! 
If you are looking to participate in another way, we are also looking for volunteers.  A fun way to get involved with a great fundraiser benefiting KBIA summer programs!
Please contact our Events Coordinator at [email protected]
Runners can REGISTER HERE– we will see you at the start line!


(207) 967-2180