September 5, 2018 – (Key West, FL). Key West Art & Historical Society’s Parent & Me Fort Adventures for children happens every Tuesday and Thursday through May 

Registration is open for this fall’s Parent & Me Fort Adventures at Fort East Martello, an education program offered by Key West Art & Historical Society that celebrates hands-on, inquiry-based learning while inviting children and parents to explore the Fort and its artifacts, dioramas, and immersive exhibits.

Led by educator Linda Stolze, each class focuses on a specific theme that includes art, science, math, building, and a playful group circle that promotes creativity, sensory exploration, and problem solving.  Children can also enjoy the Imagination Playground, water play, and story time in the spectacular setting of the Martello tower.

“We do fun, messy crafts while learning about the letter of the week by incorporating reading stories and using manipulatives focused on the letter of the week,” Stolze says. “We also provide opportunities to just play and socialize outside while enjoying the 150-year-old fort and its surroundings.”

Stolze received her BS from Murray State University in Kentucky with a degree in PR and Equine Science, was certified for Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) and TESOL (Teachers of English to Speakers of Other Languages) at UCLA, and then received her teaching credentials in Special Education, K-12 from California State University at Northridge. She and her family moved to Key West in 2016, and she currently substitute teaches and is the PTO President of Sigsbee Charter School, where her sons attend.

“I look forward to working with parents and guardians on to develop interesting ways to engage their little ones,” she says. “I’m so excited to start my new job and meet the new families and welcome back the existing ones.”

Parent & Me Fort Adventures are open to children aged 0-5 and run from 10:00AM to 11:30AM on Tuesdays and Thursdays through May and is $5 per family. For more information visit kwahs.org/education/parentandmefortadventures or call Adele Williams at 305.295.6616 extension 115. Your museums.  Your community.  It takes an island.  

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Left to right, Samantha Solla, 3.5, Kylene Callaghan, 1.5, and Abigail Kuhn, 3, examine flowers held by educator Linda Stolze at Tuesday’s Parent & Me Fort Adventure class at Fort East Martello. The day’s activities included exploration of letters, including their shapes, sounds, and relationships to words and objects. The Key West Art & Historical Society program takes place at the Fort every Tuesday and Thursday from 10:00AM to 11:30AM through May.