Children and Teens

Share Carleton with your family! Many class activities are planned with the whole family in mind, from scavenger hunts and field days to cookie decorating and campus tours. However, your children probably won’t put up with being shown off to your classmates all weekend, so check out our special activities especially for children and teens.

In addition to the popular Camp Carleton for children who have completed kindergarten to age 11 and a program for teens, children can enjoy the Reunion bouncy tent, inflatable slide, and miniature-golf course. Check out the Bald Spot area on Friday afternoon. Kids ages 12–17 who are registered for Reunion are welcome to participate in any of the scheduled Reunion activities. Additionally, there are teen program activities that are designed specifically for this age group on Friday and Saturday.

Toddlers and Infants - Wee Carls

A list of recommended babysitters will be available upon request from the Office of Alumni Relations, or 800-729-2586 or 507-222-4205. This list of Babysitters is compiled by Barb Howe, long-time director of the children’s program of babysitters who have been used by members in the Northfield community and have good experiences. It is your responsibility and at your discretion to interview or complete a background check on the list of potential babysitters.  Carleton College has not done any background checks or interviews with these individuals.  We encourage you to make reservations well in advance, as the sitters are usually booked prior to Reunion. It is your responsibility for making arrangements for payment (approximately $9/hour) and for transporting the sitter to and from campus.

We recommend talking to your classmates about arranging for group babysitting and encourage you to contact babysitters ASAP.

There are also facilities on campus for new moms, including changing stations and a lactation room.

Family Friendly Events in Northfield

A list of family friendly events can be found on the Reunion Schedule. In addition, there are many activities around Northfield to do with children and families.

  • Central Park, 421 4th St E. This park is adjacent to the Weitz Center of Creativity and across the street from Parish House. A large playground, swings and lots of green space makes this park a family favorite.
  • Northfield Library, 801 Washington St. The public library located next to Carleton has reopened after an expansive remodel including a redesigned children's area. The library offers many children's programs and events. Visit their schedule for times and program information.
  • Northfield Pool, 801 7th St E.The community pool features a separate toddler pool, zero-depth entry, a 50-meter section, diving board, a 1/2 court basketball court, a climbing wall, a concession stand and plenty of deck and grass space for everyone to enjoy.  Open swim is 11:30 A.M - 8:00 P.M.
  • Camp Carleton - Children's Program

Camp Carleton provides interesting and fun activities for children whom have completed kindergarten to age 11. Children must be entering 1st grade or older. The program is very popular and may fill before Reunion weekend. Walk-in registration will be available only if space permits. Click here for a schedule and more information.

Barb Howe has been the director of Camp Carleton since 1982. She has taught kindergarten, first grade, and Title One (supplemental reading and math). She served as the children’s arts coordinator at the Northfield Arts Guild and presently is the director and lead teacher at Open Door Nursery School in Northfield.

Teen Program

Teens ages 12–17 who are registered for Reunion are welcome to participate in any of the scheduled Reunion activities. Additionally, there are teen program activities on Friday and Saturday. Activities include a mix of art, music, games, movies, field trips, and visits to some favorite Carleton places. The activity schedule is still being finalized but may include a cooking program, climbing activity, or robotics lab. Check back for updates. Please use the special section on the registration form to register your teen. Click here for more information and a schedule of events.

Evan Howe is the director of the teen program. This will be Evan's sixth year as director of the Teen program.  Originally from Northfield, he currently teaches 8th grade and lives in San Francisco.  Evan is thrilled to be a part of the Teen Program again this year and has many fun activities to share from his experience as a middle school teacher.  

Bringing High Schoolers?

If you are bringing a high school student with you, you may wish to schedule an interview and tour via the Admissions website or call 800-995-CARL in advance to schedule an interview and tour. Due to limited time availability, interviews will only be available for students graduating high school in 2018.  Interviews may be scheduled for during Reunion starting May 1, 2017. 

The Carleton Admissions Office will be open on Friday of Reunion weekend from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. The office will be closed on Saturday but there will be a general information session that afternoon. Call the office to add your child to the mailing list to receive admissions publications.