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Hours

Mon-Fri: 2:00 PM - 6:00 PM
Wed: 1:00 PM - 6:00 PM

 
 

Staff-Led Programs

 

Kids on Track (KOT) Literacy Program - United Way

For children up to third grade, our Kids On Track program funded by United Way provides an hour of daily activities, including reading, writing, games and crafts to improve their literacy skills. This program is led by a certified teacher, our director Cathleen Deery.

Availability

Monday – Friday
3pm – 4pm

Grade Range

Kindergarten – 3rd

 

Structured Recreation

The Southside Community Center has a gymnasium on the first floor of the building, as well as the ability to use the Parley Coburn playground and fields. We also have a Computer Lab where kids can spend a half hour a day doing edcuational and recreational activities, a Maker Space full of materials for all kinds of arts and crafts activities, and we also use our main room for table games, as well as construction and creative toys and games. We always have at least one staff member with the kids in each category throughout our program time.

Availability

Monday – Friday
During Center Hours

Grade Range

All

 

Cooking and Nutrition w/ Brandy

Our cook and nutritionist Brandy leads weekly classes to teach kids nutrition and cooking skills. We've made pizza muffins, zucchini chips & fries, smoothies, banana bread, and so much more! Not only does this teach them the valuable skill of cooking, but it also teaches them to know what they're eating and the basics of nutrition.

Availability

Friday
3pm-4pm

Grade Range

All

 

Builders Club

One of our latest clubs, led by experienced staff handyman Kyle, is our Builders Club! Kids will learn basic carpentry and mechanic skills through wood projects, bicycle repair, and many more projects to come throughout the year. They'll also learn the basics of tools, as well as safety when handling them.

Availability

Monday
Time TBD

Grade Range

3rd and Up

 

Music Club

Another one of our newer clubs, led by local musician DeMoni, is our Music Club! Kids will learn how to read sheet music, as well as the basics of singing individually as well as together. As the club goes along, we may add instruments to the mix, teaching kids how to play, and maybe even writing their own songs!

Availability

Tuesday
Time TBD

Grade Range

3rd and Up

 

Computer Club

Computer Club is a club led by Alex, which meets weekly to do educational computer activities. The club has done avatar creation through the New York Zoos and Aquarium "Build Your Wild Self" web tool, stick figure animation through the free Pivot Animator, and explored the world of digital art through the Paint.NET program (free Adobe Photoshop alternative). We're teaching them to be digitally conscious, as well as using various programs and techniques to teach them basic computer skills.

Availability

Wednesday
1:30 PM - 2:30 PM

Grade Range

All

 

Community Partnerships

 

Tanglewood Nature Center

The Tanglewood Nature Center visits the Southside Community Center regularly, bringing along cool and interesting animals, including snakes, iguanas, porcupines, and many many, more. Kids can handle the animals while learning about them from the Tanglewood educator.

Availability

During Visits

Grade Range

All

 

STEAM Ahead Chemung

STEAM Ahead Chemung is a collaboration between the Southside Community Center and the Tanglewood Nature Center, Arnot Art Museum, Chemung County Historical Society, Community Arts of Elmira, Friends of the Chemung River Watershed, Corning Museum of Glass, the Science and Discovery Center, and several Elmira youth centers. This program includes visits to the Center as well as field trips to the participating organizations centered around a yearly theme.

Availability

Monthly

Grade Range

3rd and Up

 

Corning Museum of Glass Challenge

The Corning Museum of Glass hosts a group of children for a ten week science process program. The participating children explore and use the scientific method to meet an engineering challenge. They also have the opportunity to explore and use the resources of the museum. In 2018, they created scribble-bots, which are robots which independently create art!

Availability

During Visits

Grade Range

4th and Up

 

Cornell COOPERATIVE EXTENSION

Cornell Cooperative Extension educators visit the center to teach nutrition through cooking. They also have a gardening program, which children can participate in and plant, grow, harvest, and cook their own vegetables from the Center garden.

Availability

During Visits

Grade Range

All

 

Kids Farmers' Market - Food Bank of the Southern Tier

The Food Bank of the Southern Tier every month hosts a Kids Farmers' Market in the gymnasium of the Southside Community Center. Children are able to collect a selection of fruits and vegetables, learn about nutrition and bring home ingredients for cooking at home, all for free!

Availability

Last Thursday of every Month

Grade Range

All

 

Bookmobile - Chemung Library District

The Chemung Library District's brings around the ever-popular Bookmobile biweekly, bringing the joy of reading to the children of the Southside Community Center. Kids can check out books to read while at the Center, however if they have their own library card, they can check out books to take home!

Availability

Every other Friday

Grade Range

All

 

Field Trips - Chemung Youth Bureau

The Chemung Youth Bureau provides tickets and transportation to local cultural events, such as Clemens Center shows, First Arena events, as well as the Harris Hill swimming pool.

Availability

Several per Year

Grade Range

All