Nicole DelTorto (alumni 1999-2011) attended Kidstock! during her entire childhood before working as an adult in the art room with Olive for 2 summers. She graduated from Matignon High School and currently lives in Saugus, MA. She holds a Bachelors in Communications with a concentration in theater from Curry College. On the theater board of Curry College, she served as Publicity Director, Assistant General Manager, and General Manger. Currently, Nicole is the Assistant Director at Kindercare Learning Centers in Downtown Crossing where she is certified as a Child Development Associate (CDA) and is working towards being Director Certified in MA.
What is your fondest Kidstock memory?
My favorite Kidstock! memory is honestly, everything. It was a massive part of my life and it truly made me who I am today. It gave me the courage to pursue theater in college, it gave me the confidence to show up, audition, and feel accepted regardless of who I was or where I came from. The friends I made at Kidstock! as a six year old are still my friends today and I will always be thankful for that.
Did you do any other camps/programs in the area other than Kidstock?
Kidstock! was my one and only!
What do you currently do for work? If you aren't working, what are you currently doing in life? Are you a student?
Currently, I work for Kindercare Learning centers in Stoneham, Ma where I am a Program Specialist. (Editor's note: Since Nicole completed this interview, she became the Assistant Director at Kindercare's Downtown Crossing Location. Congratulations, Nicole!)
In what ways do you find that you have to be creative in order to be successful?
When working with children, I am forced to be creative every day. Whether it's enhancing curriculum or teaching my music and cooking class, I am always finding ways to create the best experience for the children.
Any skills you feel Kidstock! helped you get started with?
Kidstock! gave me the confidence I needed to go out into the real world and know that someone, somewhere, in some place would accept me for the quirky, creative and fun person that I am today.
Any notable accomplishments that have happened since you've left Kidstock?
I won the “Actors Guild” award during the theater competition in high school. At Curry College, I won the spirit of Curry Theater Award during my senior year. I played Ms. Boyle in the Mousetrap as a freshmen. I played Adelaide in Guys and Dolls during my sophomore year and Senior year, I played Lucinda in Into The Woods. I was also involved in many student written black box productions.
Anything else you'd like to add?
Kidstock! was the best thing about my childhood, I will never forget all of the memories I had with friends and counselors. It truly made me who I am today. I still have every Kidstock songs stuck in my head on a daily basis. It sure was " an awesome place to be!"
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.