Early Childhood

Mondays, September 10th to October 15th (No group 10/8)
Multi-age group, 5 weeks $40.00
Group A: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. full – wait list only
Group B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Your little one can bring the magic of Author/Illustrator Eric Carle favorites to life, such as “The Very Hungry Caterpillar” and “Brown Bear, Brown Bear”, with a creative craft and messy sensory activity all based on a new book each week!  We will also make time for a healthy snack and plenty of time for free play. Facilitated by Miss Melanie.
September 10:  The Very Hungry Caterpillar
September 17: Mister Seahorse
September 24: The Grouchy Lady Bug
October 1: Brown Bear, Brown Bear
October 15: A Home for Hermit Crab
Mondays, October 22nd – December 3rd (no group 11/19) 
Multi-age group, 6 weeks $48.00
Group A: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  full – wait list only
Group B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Each week we will set up three stations for the children to explore.  A messy sensory bin, a fine motor activity and a fun craft to bring home.  Little ones will be encouraged to explore each station at their own pace along with their caregiver’s encouragement.  We will also make time for a healthy snack and plenty of free play.  Facilitated by Miss Melanie
October 22:  Fall Foliage
October 29:  Pumpkins
November 5:  Corn
November 12: Thanksgiving
November 26:  Woodland Animals
December 3: Hot Cocoa

Tuesdays 9:45-10:45 a.m.
Ages: around 12 months up to age 2
Bring the magic of nursery rhymes to life with this playgroup for 1-2ish year olds. Sing and dance along to your favorite nursery rhymes with scarves and shaky eggs, then explore messy sensory play based on the theme of the week. Leave the mess to us, as your child explores their sensory world and interacts with other children. We will also make time for a healthy snack and free play. Facilitated by Miss Alyssa.

  • Session l: September 4th-October 9th 6 weeks $48.00 full – wait list only
    September 4: Wheels on the Bus
    September 11: Mr. Sun
    September 18: Apples & Bananas
    September 25: Baby Beluga
    October 2: 5 Little Pumpkins
    October 9: Old MacDonald Had a Farm

  • Session ll: October 16th – Dec.4th (No group Nov. 20th) 7 weeks $56.00 – full – wait list only
    October 16: Humpty Dumpty
    October 23: Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star
    October 30: Itsy Bitsy Spider
    November 6: I’m a Little Teapot
    November 13: Hickory Dickory Dock
    November 27: 5 Little Ducks
    December 4: Mary Had a Little Lamb

Tuesdays 11:00 a.m. to 11:45 a.m.
Sept. 4th – Oct. 9th 6 weeks Free
Oct. 16th – Dec. 4th (No group 11/20) 7 weeks Free
For new and expecting moms and parents of children up to 12 months. This group is casual, comfortable, and informative. Weekly topics of interest are based on the diversity of your own questions and concerns commonly found during the first year of parenting. Meeting in the child friendly atmosphere of Mimi’s Place a LYSB. Join anytime.  Facilitated by Miss Alyssa.

Wednesdays 9:30 – 10:15 a.m.
Session I Sept. 5th – Oct. 10th 6 weeks $48.00
Session II Oct. 17th – Dec. 5th (No group 11/21) 7 weeks $56.00
Ages 2.5 and up
Our movement playgroup for children and their parents/caregivers introduce movement by incorporating singing, musical instruments, and games, all to your favorite children’s music. Full participation of the adult with the child supports bonding, modeling, language, and movement development through great fun and play. Facilitated by Miss Melanie.

Wednesdays, 10:15 -11:30 a.m.
Ages 2.5 and up
Children will learn how to create a themed project every week by designing, crafting, and expressing themselves through their work of art to bring home. Parents and caregivers are encouraged to join in on the fun. Some projects are messy and may require some adult assistance. All materials will be provided. We will also make time for a healthy snack and free play. Facilitated by Miss Alyssa.

  • Session I: Sept. 5th – Oct. 10th. 6 weeks $48.00
    September 5: Fairy/Dinosaur Gardens
    September 12: Tye Dye
    September 19: Bird Feeder
    September 26: Crayon Wall Hanging
    October 3: Wind Chimes
    October 10: Paint Your Own (Trick or Treat) Bag

  • Session ll: Oct.17th – Dec. 5th. (No group 11/21) 7 weeks $56.00
    October 17: Kaleidoscopes
    October 24: Fall Luminaries
    October 31: Make Your Own Crystals
    November 7: Glitter Slime
    November 14: Mosaic Pinch Pots/Magnets, part 1
    November 28: Mosaic Pinch Pots/Magnets, part 2
    December 5: Ornaments

Thursdays, 10:00 -11:30 a.m.
Ages 2 and up. 
Sprinkle a little fun at LYSB, a little day tripping to local parks, beaches, & businesses. Mix gently with giggles, smiles, crafts, snacks, and play. You will get a recipe for toddler adventures to be enjoyed at Mimi’s Place and at designated spots in Old Lyme. Facilitated by Miss Arleen.

  • Session I Sept. 6th – Oct. 11th 6 weeks $48.00
    Sept. 6th Friendship Day at LYSB – Friendship water bracelets.
    Sept. 13th Dino Dig at White Sands Beach – Meet at the beach 10:00 a.m.
    Sept. 20th Sun Art at LYSB
    Sept. 27th Studio 80 Sculpture Garden – Outside fun. Meet at LYSB and we will walk over together.
    Oct. 4th Fire Safety at LYSB
    Oct. 11th Town Woods Park – Jungle Play Dough Playgroup. Meet at the park 10:00 a.m.

  • Session II Oct. 18th – Dec. 6th (No group 11/22) 7 weeks $56.00
    Oct. 18th Dress Up Day at LYSB
    Oct. 25th Meet at LYSB
    Nov. 1st Rogers Lake – Sand Art. Meet at Rogers Lake 10:00 a.m.
    Nov. 8th Fall Fun at LYSB
    Nov. 15th Thanksgiving Play at LYSB
    Nov. 29th Cross Lane Park – Sun catchers. Meet at the Park 10 a.m.
    Dec. 6th Holiday Fun at LYSB

Fridays, Sept. 14th – Sept. 28th, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 3 weeks $20.00
Ages newborn and up to pre-crawling.
Learn to massage your baby with the help of our IAIM Certified Infant Massage Instructor. The strokes and of massage are easier to grasp when demonstrated by experienced instructors. Pressure, rate, rhythm, the length of the massage, respect, and bonding, why babies cry, baby’s body language, relaxation, and parent empowerment are some of the skills and topics you will learn.

Fridays, Oct. 12th – Dec. 7th (No group 11/23) 7 weeks
Enjoy the child friendly space of Mimi’s Place on your own.
Call Arleen to schedule & for details. 860-434-7208 x208.

Meet moms looking to exercise in a fun environment with their babies in tow. This group is for moms interested in the total body fitness classes offered by Stroller Strides. Taught by nationally certified fitness instructors specializing in pre and postnatal fitness all class are designed to be challenging for all fitness levels. Any level of exerciser is encouraged to join – Pregnant, newly pregnant and post-partum. Join us! Your first class is free! For more information about Stroller Strides visit: www.southeasternct.fit4mom.com

1-2-3 MAGIC; Effective Discipline for Children 2-12
Please call to schedule. 860-434-7208 x 208

This program is free and donations are accepted.
You MUST pre-register.
Childcare is available with advance registration $10/child.
Parents! Who’s in charge at your house??
A humorous look at parenting, a serious look at discipline.
In this workshop you will learn:
•How to control obnoxious behavior
•How to discipline without arguing, yelling or spanking.
•How to handle the 6 kinds of testing and manipulation.
•5 tactics for encouraging good behavior.
•What to do about bedtime, messy rooms, lying & chores.
•Homework, practicing and more.
•How to strengthen your relationship with your child
LYSB offers 1-2-3 Magic to help parents find solutions to the challenges of disciplining children ages 2-12. This program is based on the best-selling book by Thomas W. Phelan. Ph.D.  The group will be led by Arleen Sharp, LYSB Parent Educator.