BAKERSFIELD, Calif. — The Studio Bakersfield typically offers group and private classes for all ages to learn a fundamental life skill: sewing.
"We knew everyone in this community is looking for opportunities to get their kids out of the house, give their kids enrichment, allow socialization, but it had to be done in a controlled safe way," said Jocelyn Dimaya, co-owner the Studio Bakersfield.
During the summer, they planned to host a kids camp in their downtown Bakersfield space but as of Wednesday, they have had to move to a virtual model.
"We were supposed to have kids on Thursday and Friday, Monday and Tuesday and Thursday and Friday of next week but all of those are getting canceled and we are pivoting it all virtually now," said Amanda Shay, co-owner the Studio Bakersfield.
With limited summer camp options for parents, they're bringing the fun to you through virtual sewing classes.
"We have a 5-day camp where kids learn how to sew, they learn a straight stitch, a blanket stitch, a whip stitch, and the foundations of sewing," said Shay. "Before camp starts, all of our kids will get a little box that has everything they need in it they get needles, thread, pins, we deliver it before camp starts so they have everything they need."
While hosting a virtual sewing camp to kids has its challenges, it has also opened doors for expansion.
"I would say the best part about it is the accessibility people don't have to be in Bakersfield to experience our camps."
The virtual style has also allowed space for more campers. Interested parents, can still register their child through the studio's website or social media pages ahead of next week's camp session.