Smooth Sailors

What is Smooth Sailors?

Smooth Sailorsis our K – 5 program and runs during school breaks and all through the summer.  Fantastic field trips include: hiking, berry picking, bowling, exploring Bellingham City Parks and roaming the wilds of Washington State Parks.  We also plan a variety of on–campus activities such as water wars, art shows, plays, music, academic challenges and leadership opportunities.  Your child will enjoy the close friendships they will build with our loving staff and the rest of the Smooth Sailors.

Activities and events take place from 9:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Children are expected to arrive no later than 9:30; otherwise it disrupts the flow of the program. Fieldtrip schedules may dictate that children arrive earlier or be picked up later. Field trips include bowling, berry picking, exploring at Birch Bay and other area parks.

Clubs are held on a weekly basis and offer a variety of experiences for your child. Children rotate their club participation every one to two weeks, so each child will enjoy many different clubs. Teachers plan clubs based on areas of knowledge and interest, along with children’s current interests. Past clubs have included but are not limited to soccer, cheerleading, baking, dance, photography, woodworking and science exploration.


Summer Break begins Thursday June 16th!


Smooth Sailors Daily Schedule at a Glance:

Hillcrest Kids opens at 7:00 a.m. and closes at 6:15 p.m. Here is what a “typical” day might look like during the Summer Smooth Sailors Program (Please note that each group has a slightly different schedule when it comes to field trips, Dress 4 Mess, Super J.A.M. and other special events):
7:00 – 7:55
Welcome friends and free play in Classroom 013, in the main building.


7:55 – 8:10
Breakfast is served to those who want to eat. Groups are dismissed to breakfast by age group and enjoy a mealtime with friends and teachers. Last plate goes out at 8:10 a.m. and kids can eat until 8:20 a.m.


8:30 – 9:30
Morning Free Time either in the Modular Classrooms (Kid’s Alley) or the small lawn adjacent to Kid’s Alley.


9:30 – 10:30
J.A.M. (Jesus and Me) Time in Kid’s Alley. Our morning devotional includes a short story, singing, group games, and prayer.


11:30 – 12:00
Club Time or Free Time. This is also time to apply/re-apply sunscreen.


12:00 – 12:40
Lunch schedules begin. Each group is scheduled a certain time to come and eat downstairs in the main dining area. We serve nutritious meals in an environment that encourages social interaction and learning good table manners. We also say a prayer together before each meal.


12:40 – 2:00
Outdoor Free Time then Quiet Time for sustained reading and rest.


2:00 – 4:00
Club Time, Field Trips, Surprise Activities, and a light Snack around 3:30 in the main building (or with your group on field trips).


4:00 – 6:00
Afternoon Free Time on campus or at Larrabee Elementary School’s playground. All groups will come to the main building at 6:00 and play in the Running Room until pick-up. Our doors close at 6:15 P.M.