10-revised

Early Childhood

PICTURES WITH SANTA
Saturday, December 1, 10-12
At Old Lyme Town Hall
Come see Santa and have your picture taken.  Write a letter to the North Pole. Voluntary donations to the Youth Advisory Council Scholarship.

GINGERBREAD HOUSE FAMILY WORKSHOP
Sunday, December 9, 12:30-2:30 p.m.
An annual tradition at LYSB.  We’ll supply all the ingredients, you bring your camera and leave the mess with us!.  Fee $10 per participant.  Space is limited. 
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BABYSITTING DAY|
Saturday, December 15th 9:00 a.m.- 1:00 p.m.
Do you have last minute holiday errands to run? Children of all ages will be entertained by members of the LYSB Youth Advisory Council. Cost is $20 and includes lunch, crafts, games, snacks, movies and fun. 
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CRAFTY KIDS
Mondays, January 7th – February 11th (no group 1/21)
Multi-age group, 5 weeks $40
Group A: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.  – full, add your name to the waitlist
Group B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Bring your tiny artist to LYSB for some fun winter activities.  We will sing, create winter themed art, have a snack and have plenty of time for free play.  
January 7th: Melted Snowman
January 14th:  Puffy Polar Bear
January 28th:  Winter Bubble Wrap Tree
February 4th:  Shivery Snow Paint
February 11th:  Valentine’s Day Art
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BUSY BAGS PLAYGROUP
Mondays, February 24 to March 25

Multi-age group, 5 weeks, $40.
Group A: 9:15 a.m. – 10:30 a.m. full, add your name to the wait list
Group B: 10:45 a.m. – 12:00 noon
What is a busy bag? A busy bag is a small container with activities inside that your child can play with all by himself. Going to a restaurant, waiting in a doctor’s office, or a long drive in the car can be tough with a little one.  Come to our Busy Bag playgroup where each week we will create a new bag that you can throw in your purse for those times when your toddler needs a distraction. At the busy bag playgroup the kids can help put the bags together or even play with them, plus a healthy snack and plenty of free time to play will be included.  With Miss Melanie.
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NURSERY RHYMES COME TO LIFE PLAYGROUP 
Tuesdays 9:30-10:30 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 III: January 8th – Feb. 26th (No group 2/19) 7 weeks $56.
    January 8: London Bridge
    January 15: Muffin Man
    January 22: BINGO
    January 29: Three Blind Mice
    February 5: Baa Baa Black Sheep
    February: 12: Down By the Bay
    February 26: Grand Old Duke of York
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  • Session IV: March 5th – April 2nd, 5 weeks $40
    March: 5: She’ll Be Coming Round the Mountain
    March 12: Speckled Frog
    March 19: If You’re Happy and You Know It
    March 26: You are My Sunshine
    April 2: Row Row Row Your Boat
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BABIES GROUP
Session III: Thursdays, January 10th – February 7th, 10:30-11:30 a.m.  5 weeks Free
Session IV:  Thursdays, February 14th – March 21st, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (no group 2/21) 5 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 Arleen.|
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MUSIC & MOVEMENT PLAYGROUP
Se
ssion III: Tuesdays, Jan. 8th – Feb. 26th, 10:45 – 11:30 a.m. (no group 2/19), 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.
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IT’S THEATERTIME
Wednesdays, February 27th to April 10th, 9:30 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Ages 3-5
February 27th – April 10th, 7 weeks, $30
Judy Potter will enchant this group with a story, guitar music, and songs. The children will be encouraged to act out the story they have just heard. Audience participation, pretend play, and music make this a very special interactive group for you and your child. For more information on Judy’s programs please go to http://itstheatretime.com 
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MAKE IT & TAKE IT PLAYGROUP
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 III: January 9th – February 13th  6 weeks $48.
    January 9: Snow Dough
    January 16: Snowflakes
    January 23: Winter Ribbon Wands
    January 30: Heart Sun Catchers
    February 6: DIY Friendship Valentine’s
    February 13: Fluffy Slime
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  • Session IV: February 27th – April 3rd   6 weeks $48.
    February 27: Mascaraed Masks
    March 6: Popsicle Stick Picture Frames
    March 13: Rainbow Noodle Necklaces
    March 20: DIY Kites
    March 27: Kindness Rocks
    April 3: Easter Egg Banners
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ACTIVE AFTERNOONERS
Thursdays, 1:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.
Ages 3 and up
Has your preschooler stopped napping? Please join us Thursday afternoons for play, learning and lots of fun during the cold winter months at the cozy Mimi’s Place! Entertaining books and engaging activities will be used to explore valuable social/emotional skills for preschool and beyond. Lots of time for free play and a healthy snack will be provided. Facilitated by Miss Annie

  • Session I: January 10th – February 7th, 5 weeks $40.
    Jan. 10th All About Me
    Jan. 17th Celebrating Differences
    Jan. 24th Feelings
    Jan. 31st Mindfulness
    Feb. 7th   Friendship
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  • Session II: February 14th – March 21st (no group 2/21) 5 weeks $40
    Feb. 14th Kindness & Caring
    Feb. 28th Perseverance
    Mar. 7th   Manners
    Mar. 14th Empathy
    Mar. 21st Helping Others
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SENSORY PLAYGROUP
Fridays, 9:00-10:15 a.m.
Ages 1 & 2
A playgroup dedicated to new discoveries for your little one. Children will explore their five senses while playing with friendly baby safe ingredients. Circle time, free play, and snack included. Facilitated by Miss Arleen.

  • Session I: January 11th – February 8th, 5 weeks $40
    Jan. 11th Snap Crackle Pop Play
    Jan. 18th Sensory Bottles
    Jan. 25th Pool Noodle Race Track
    Feb. 1st Indoor Snow Play
    Feb.8th Valentine Craft
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  • Session II: March 1st – April 5th, 6 weeks $48
    March 1st Teddy Bear Picnic
    March 8th Finger Painting
    March 15th Rainbows
    March 22nd  Spring Fun
    March 29th Homemade Glue 101
    April 5th  Seeds
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INFANT & BABY MASSAGE
Spring dates tba
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.

OPEN PLAYGROUPS
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.

STROLLER STRIDES
 
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.