Demitra Kallis (alumna & previous staff member) is a graduate of Austin Preparatory School and of Salem State University with a Bachelors of Science in Nursing. Having spent the past 6 years as a registered nurse, she currently works in an intensive care unit at Massachusetts General Hospital. She is working hard towards continuing education in hopes of earning her CCRN which will certify her as a critical care nurse for acute patients.
What is your fondest Kidstock memory?
I have so many great memories from Kidstock as a camper and an employee that it’s hard to choose! I started as camper at 5 years old and worked there until I was 21. I still say Kidstock! was my favorite job and I even know most of the songs still by heart! But if I had to choose, my fondest memory would be dressing up every Wacky-Wednesday!
Did you do any other camps/programs in the area other than Kidstock?
I mostly attended Kidstock as a child but I also remember attending the Boys and Girls Club and Camp Six Acres in Medford for a few weeks in the summer!
In what ways do you find that you have to be creative in order to be successful?
Even in the medical field there are always ways to be creative! Thinking outside of the box to diagnose and treat, and the ability to educate a patient and their families can take some serious creative thinking.
Any skills that you feel Kidstock! helped you get started with?
Spending most of my time growing up at Kidstock! (and Ballet Arts Centre) helped shape many aspects of my life! I learned to be patient, offer kindness and support for my peers, and be able to work together as a group to achieve our goals!
Any notable accomplishments that have happened since you've left Kidstock?
A few years ago, I won a contest on The Ellen Show! I went on a cross country road trip with 3 other winners and Jeannie! We went to 5 different states and surprised families with huge prizes. At the end of the trip, they flew my mom out to surprise me and even gave me a car! It’s a trip I’ll never forget!
Contributed by Sarajane Mullins
We all know the greater Boston area is bustling with things to do. It's easy to find a myriad of websites, organizations, & blogs that advise us on what to do and when to do it. Overwhelmed by event listings, email blasts, and thousands of programs, one could spend years researching how to spend quality time living life. But, what about when we just need a little inspiration? I set out in search of the best online landing spots to guide us back towards our own creative impulses.
1. Boston Children's Museum's 100 Ways to Play Collection
Exactly like it sounds, this is a list of 100 creative ways to play in everyday life. With ideas ranging from the whimsical to the physically challenging, parents and kids alike can be delighted by this imaginative compilation. Barely anything on this list costs anything at all and the list also includes links to learn new things- for free!
Creative Ideas: Save this list for a rainy, boring, or otherwise blue mood day. It's also a great resource to glance at for ideas on how to help kids develop a new interest or hobby.
2. Boston Central's Nature & Outdoors Section
Why we love it: By far the largest and most clearly organized list of the outdoors around greater Boston. It can be easy to forget the variety of outdoor landscapes that are easily accessible from the greater Boston area. This huge list helps navigate families by both location and price of activities. It includes horticulture, fruit farms, orchards, national parks, & more.
Creative Idea: Save this list to your device and set the goal of checking off 5 outdoor places this summer and 5 places this fall.
3. Boston Public Schools' Digital Library
This simple subpage on the Boston Public School's website entices kids to either Read a Book, Play an Educational Game, or Investigate with the click of a button. In the scary internet world, it's easy to forget that many of our safest and most trusted educational resources such as libraries and school systems have put their resources online in an accessible way. With 2 clicks, a student can start reading a digital copy of a book OR listen out loud to popular titles. The homework help section is a great place for kids (or parents!) who get lost in those take home problem solvers. Not just another place to stare at a screen, this website opens another world of learning with click.
Creative Ideas: Try resting your eyes by listening to a story at bedtime for a way to easily wind down together. Design a book hunt and challenge your kids to see if they can locate the site's digital stories in paper copy at your local library.