Video: Palisades Poetry in the Park

Kids ages 4-7 perform original works as part of a cooperative day camp created by Pacific Palisades parents.

There were princesses, puppies and Star Wars characters at the last week. Young poets, ages 4-7, staged a reading of their original works for parents and friends.

The kids were from Pali Co-op Camp, which was started by Palisades parents who wanted a sense of community when it came to summer activities. They also wanted a camp that would be affordable as many of them are quite pricey. Although the group hires camp counselors, parents also share responsibility for the kids at the Pali Co-op Camp. It's an idea that helps keep costs down and allows kids to spend the day having fun, while learning.

"Each parent contributes their child and we share in hiring a fabulous camp counselor for the summer," said Terri Lyman, one of the parents who started Pali Co-op Camp. "We go house to house sharing our swimming pools and everything that the Palisades offers."

Each week of camp features a new theme. The week of the poetry performance, the kids had been working with Eric Morago, an author and poet, to try their hands at metaphors and similes.

If you've wondered what might happen if a toucan or a member of the royal family visited the Village Green, just ask a young poet from the Palisades.

  • For more information about Pali Co-op Camp, click here.

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