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Fun Activities for Children


During the planning stages of Growth Spurts, there was a great deal of time and thought spent on the design of the space and the materials put in it.  Using a variety of education backgrounds, we considered the different learning styles of each child and tried to capture a play space that would engage every type of learner. 


Ellen Darnieder - Founder

Ellen received her B.A. in Early Childhood Education from National Louis University in Evanston and worked for several years as a preschool teacher in Wilmette before leaving the classroom to become an “at home mom”. During her time at home she had the privilege of sharing her talents and love of teaching with Special Gifts Theatre in Winnetka, where she served as their Educational Manager for four years. Currently, Ellen is the Owner and Executive Director of the beloved Summer Stuff Day Camps, which have been nurturing the growth and development of young children for over 35 years!

Cindy Ulrich - Music

Musical Connections was created by Cindy Ulrich in 1995 serving preschool, kindergarten and elementary programs. This unique music enrichment program allows self-expression, builds confidence and is innately loved by children. During each experience, children are actively engaged in learning through the use of music, puppets, sign language and movement and motion. Cindy has a degree from Central Michigan University in Elementary Education as well as a degree in Special Education, specifically working with children with emotional and behavioral needs.





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