Summer at Courtyard

Our Learning Enrichment Program for Kids

Summer at Courtyard is a partnership between QVNA, The Courtyard Residents Council, Southwark Development Corporation, Better Tomorrows and The Michaels Organization.  This is our seventh year of providing free summer enrichment programming to children from Queen Village, made possible through the contribution of time by volunteers and the generosity of our sponsors and donors.

Volunteering is easy as 1-2-3!

As a volunteer, you can participate just one time, daily, or for any combination of days, times, and activities. Here’s what volunteers need to know and how to sign up.

How the program works:

This six-week program runs Monday through Thursday at the Courtyard Community Room, 1021 S. 4th Street. Actual dates will be published as soon as they are confirmed.

Summer at Courtyard provides a balance between art, music, structured exercise and field trips — but we are most proud of our daily morning reading program, developed to combat the summer slide. Partnering with the Free Library of Philadelphia our library is curated to include appropriate reading materials for each level of comprehension.

Program Calendar

Our Program Calendar gives a snapshot of the entire 6 weeks. It’s always up-to-date** so refer to it often: click here.

Each day starts at 8:15am with breakfast.  A typical week during our 2021 program included the following:

  • Monday: Reading program, Claymobile lesson, afternoon visit to Shot Tower Rec center for gymnasium, playground and splash-ground fun.
  • Tuesday: Reading program then off to the First Tee for golf instruction at FDR Park in South Philadelphia (transportation provided).
  • Wednesday: Reading program, Musicopia music lesson and afternoon visit to Shot Tower Rec center for gymnasium, playground and splash-ground fun.
  • Thursday: Reading program then a Field Trip (transportation provided).

** the Program Calendar, once it is published, reflects changes to these general activity categories.