Here's a compilation of places so far.
I was told about it:
"People can go in and work (or play) on the computers, and use any
area they want. Most people don't though, they just come if they have
signed up for an enrichment class. After the class is done they
sometimes hang out for quite a while."
Open Connections (OC):
An educational resource center and learning community for young
people and their families
+ facilitates family-directed learning with an emphasis on life-based
curriculum, Real Work, multiple intelligences and a child-directed
+ provides programs for youth and their families
+ offers a collaborative, developmental approach for each individual
(No enforced content curriculum, grades, age-separated classrooms,
testing/punitive evaluations, etc.)
+ creates an environment for life-long learning
+ honors individual passions in the context of community
+ bridges the pathway from conventional schooling to
homeschooling/unschooling for those new to family-directed learning
The Hangout Learning Center, Inc.
The Hangout Learning Center is a community center designed just for
home school students and their families. With access to a great
outdoor space, two gymnasiums, an art center, computer lab, game
room, and play room, in addition to monthly classes, the Hangout can
be considered a recreation center, a home school support center, an
ongoing home school group and community center all wrapped up in one.
Students and their parents come away with group socialization that is
sometimes hard to find amongst home schoolers.
Northern Light Learning Center
Northern Light is a Cooperative Homesechool Learning Center located
in Ithaca, NY. To find out more about our program, please visit about
NLLC is off to a fantastic second year, with 70 member families
enjoying our new space, and a full schedule of classes of events!
NLLC is a place to learn new things, hang out with friends, share
your talents and interests with others, and make use of shared
learning resources. Our community-based learning center is a place to
connect with mentors, learn about the many resources our wider
community has to offer, and to give and get support from other
families who are also growing and learning together.
I was also told this by one of the members "This group has taken a
lot of effort by the part of the board members to get started....I am
sure that it is possible to do something simpler. The liability of
having our own space is a huge issue, as is supervision of kids in
relation to that, as well as how to distribute the work load more
Olympia Community Free School
It looks like they offer their center to all the community,
encouraging community learning and sharing. They have an office
space, resource library, workshop, and classroom. The staff are
Olympia is a community with amazing resources. There are folks here
with many diverse talents and skills to share. Too often however, a
lack of communication keeps us apart. The Free School is a synergy of
the diverse ideas, talents, skills and resources of community
members. We believe:
Learning occurs throughout our lifetimes and that the learning
process can become a constant source of renewal and growth. Everyone
is a teacher and everyone is a student. All people should have access
to education without money as an obstacle Providing learning
opportunities in a free, open and non-hierarchical environment
Community members had a great deal of knowledge to share, and that
Free School could offer a new learning experience in return.
The Free School works to facilitate this learning exchange as an
instrument for individuals who want to learn in an open environment.
We are a resource that provides free alternative educational
opportunities to people of all ages and backgrounds. The FreeSchool
also works for profound social change by serving as a model for
education in the future.
The Living School
The Living School is a democratic, learner-centered educational
environment that is community-based, experientially centered, and
focused on the creativity and intelligence inherent in each student.
We foster inquiry in each participant by allowing the school itself
to be a living experiment in learning.
We are a nonprofit educational corporation
Our Mission is to establish a trusting, supportive, and evolving
environment where children and adults can learn, guided by curiosity
and intrinsic motivation.
Broderick Recreation Center
Pinellas Park, FLhttp://www.pinellas-park.com/Departm...on/BrodCtr.asp
Overlooking the playground and basketball courts, the Broderick
Fitness Center offers a wide range of workout possibilities. Free
weights, treadmills, and targeted weight machines allow users to
adjust their workout to their individual needs.
Participants ages 16 and older pay nominal fees to access the Fitness
The Computer Room offers ten computer stations and two printers to
participants. Internet access and popular software applications are
available to perform a wide variety of activities. Educational game
software is available for younger users.
Video games, foosball, billiard and bumper pool tables encourage
friendly competition in the popular Game Room. Space is available to
play board games, puzzles, and relax between games.
The Arts + Crafts Room offers unlimited creative possibilities to
program enrolled participants.
Kitchen facilities adjoin the MultiPurpose Room which is used for
various classes, small meetings, and indoor play on rainy days.
Standard and Bankshot basketball courts, tennis courts, a ball field,
and playground equipment round out the offerings at Broderick
Recreation Center and Park.
A 1/4 mile paved Fitness Trail is popular with joggers, bikers, and
skaters. Covered pavilions attract families and groups for picnics
and outdoor gatherings.
Home Educators for Excellence
School-like, but maybe something to learn from them?
"We are a secular home school group that utilizes professional instructors and small class sizes to support your home school curriculum."
"family members that aren't in classes hang out and socialize. The parents often sit around and chat, knit or craft while their kids are in class. If kids aren't in class, they hang around together and read, do art stuff, look at Pokemon cards, play video games, run around outside, etc. "
Renting a home
"An online friend and her like-minded friends created a playgroup co-op. About 10 families rented a three bedroom house together, which they set up with different play areas for babies, toddlers, older kids. Each contributing shared toys. It has a fenced backyard and playset and they take turns, as an extended tribe providing childcare, to have a few hours off, or to stay and socializing. They can leave stuff there, have access to the kitchen, and can access it at all times. Eventually, there were so many families, they created morning playgroup and afternoon playgroup gatherings. But, it is another way to create an intentional community for your families."
Village Home Education Resource Center
"is a large (200 families?) group, and offers many classes (mostly pretty academic-focused), activities such as field trips and seasonal parties, and various optional homeschooling advising services. It is very popular, but didn't really have anything to offer my family. Like a couple folks said, we prefer to learn outside classes, no matter how small, friendly, and ungraded. I did get the impression that some families found a feeling of community there; it just didn't happen for us."
My idea for an Intergenerational Recreational Center
At minimum, a recreational space will have/be
- A room for scheduled and spontaneous activities and classes, plus a quiet space
- A larger space for socializing, spontaneous play, hanging out
- Intergenerational: age infant through senior citizen
- Open to the public, walk-ins and loitering encouraged
- Open 9 a.m. to 10 p.m.
- Gym with climbing & throwing things (foam cubes, mats & balls), plus floor hockey, etc.; also for community dances
- Basketball/volleyball court
- Billiard/Game Room with pool tables, ping pong tables, foosball
- Lounge with couches & tables (for playing cards/board games/puzzles, socializing)
- Arts & crafts room; with art supplies & creative volunteers
- Courtyard (car-free zone): green/grassy space for community gardening, picnicking, playing, sledding; plus a playground
- Stage (for concerts, speakers, playing)
- Community kitchen
Benefits of recreational center:
- Encourages sense of community
- Allows all generations to enjoy and learn from one another
- Promotes creative, spontaneous work and play among all the generations
- Fosters well-being via sense of belonging and contributing to all generations
- Creates free space during the _daytime_ hours (seniors, preschoolers, homeschoolers, night-shift workers, teens in the afternoons)
- Provides free space during the _evening_ (all ages--including school students, day-time workers, and families)
- Saves money and resources--All-in-one facility:
.....Minimizes need to drive often and far to participate in community and activities of interest; thus, minimizing carbon dioxide emissions and gasoline use
.....Minimizes maintenance, utility use, fossil fuels, carbon dioxide emissions, staff, supplies, etc. that several facilities would require
Here are a few links to some community centers for some ideas:http://www.kairosdance.org/
(Minneapolis intergenerational dance company)http://www.durangogov.org/resident/p...reccenter.htmlhttp://www.ymcarockies.org/page.php?code=17http://www.cityoftulsa.org/recreatio...CommCenter.asphttp://www.mapleridge.org/parks/faci...acilities.htmlhttp://www.carbusters.org/magazine/i...24&go=feature2