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Housatonic Child Care Center cools off

LAKEVILLE — The children and staff of the Housatonic Child Care Center took a trip to the town Grove on Wednesday, July 20.The 15 preschoolers and 14 infants and toddlers started the day by going for a swim and playing in the sand. Later, they climbed the hill to play in the playground and had a picnic lunch in the shade in front of the senior center.Staff member Jenn Crane said the trip to the Grove provided the children with “a different environment to play in.” The children, who range in age from 1 to 5, are all comfortable in the water. The group had already been to the Grove once this summer, and at the child-care center they are fond of playing and splashing in sprinklers.In addition to visiting the Grove, the preschoolers have recently gone miniature golfing at the Caddie Shack in North Canaan and to the Sharon Audubon to look at animals and explore trails. Next week, they will go to the Institute for American Indian Studies in Washington, Conn. In early August, the entire center will have a family day at the zoo in Pittsfield, Mass.But for Finn Harney of Millerton, the trip to the Grove was the best of the summer. In addition to swimming, he spent time playing in the sand. “I like digging holes and making sand castles,” he said.

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