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Early Childhood

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MONDAYS

SIMPLE SCIENCE FOR PRESCHOOLERS
Mondays, April 22 to May 20, 5 weeks, $40
Session A: 10:30 – 11:45 a.m. (for youngers 2ish) – full, wait list only
Session B: 12:30 – 1:45 p.m. (for olders 3ish)
Ages 2 and up
Be prepared to be amazed! Each class will feature a different cool, crazy colorful experiment.  Miss Sarah will briefly explain the science behind the project.  We all also share a thematic story and snack.  All participants will receive instructions to repeat these fun activities at home using supplies probably already in your cupboard.
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SUMMER BABIES
Mondays, June 10 to July 8, 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon, 6 weeks, Free
Ages 0-2ish
Open forum for parents and children to gather
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TUESDAYS

TODDLER TIME – full, wait list only
Tuesdays, April 23 to May 28, 9:30 – 10:30 a.m., 6 weeks, $48
Ages 1 to 3 years
Join us for special time with your toddler as we sing and dance along to silly songs, then explore messy sensory play based on the theme of the week.  Leave the mess at LYSB, as your child explores their sensory world and interacts with other children.  We will also make time for a snack and plenty of free play.  Facilitated by Miss Alyssa.
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SAFARI PLAYGROUP
One Day: Tuesday, June 4, 2019, 9:30-10:30, a.m., free
Multi age
Explore the grounds of LYSB while going on an animal hunt.   
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PAINTING EN PLEIN AIR PLAYGROUP
One Day: Tuesday, June 11, 9:30-10:30, Free
Multi age
An Old Lyme tradition to inspire your tiniest artist.
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IT’S THEATRE TIME
Tuesdays, June 18 to July 9, 10:00-10:30 a.m., 4 weeks, $20
Ages 3-6 years 
Judy Potter will enchant this group with a story, guitar music, and songs.  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. 
June 18: The Very Hungry Caterpillar
June 25: Harry, The Dirty Dog
July 2: Too Much Noise
July 9: Goldilocks and The Three Bears
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WANDERING AND WONDERING
Six family events to explore our beautiful region.  Register for one or all six!
June 11 to July 16, 4:00 p.m., Free  
Each week families will meet up at a different park or preserve for a short, low impact hike through a variety of habitats. Your guide, Sarah, will bring her vast knowledge of field biology to supplement your experience. We can all get to know the beautiful places we call home by stopping, looking, and wondering. Many of the sites have additional trails, supplemental activities and picnic areas available for those wishing to spend some extra time out in nature with their families. Please bring your own water bottle and bug spray. Rain dates for these hikes will be the following Thursday with exception of 7/18. 
June 11:  Chatfield Hollow State Park, Killingworth 
June 18:  Watch Rock and/or DEP dock, Old Lyme – full, wait list only
June 25:  Hammonasset State Park, Madison
July 2:  Lohmann’s Preserve, Old Lyme – full, wait list only
July 9:  Bluff Point State Park, Groton – full, wait list only
July 16:  Hoffman-Matthresser-DeGerenday Preserve, Old Lyme – full, wait list only
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WEDNESDAYS

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 V: April 24 to May 29, 6 weeks $48.

    April 24: Tin Can Planters
    May 1: Stained Glass Pasta
    May 8: Mother’s Day Tulip Towels
    May 15: Paper Spinners
    May 22: Dream Catchers
    May 29: Paint Filled Eggs Canvas Painting
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SENSORY EXPLORATION & FREE PLAY GROUP
Wednesdays June 5 & 12, 4:00 – 6:00 p.m., Free
Multi Ages
Open forum for parents and children to gather, explore fun sensory items and play.
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ARTS & CRAFTS DAYS 
Wednesdays, June 19 to July 17, 9:30-10:30 a.m., 5 weeks, $25
Ages 1ish – 6 years
Need a break from the summer sun? Join us Wednesdays mornings for a relaxed arts & crafty morning. Each week there will be sensory play and a child-led craft based on the theme of the week. We will also make time for free play.
June 19: Ice Cream Cone
June 26: Bubbles  full, wait list only
July 3: Red, White, and Blue 
July 10: Ocean
July 17: Luau – full, wait list only
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BACKYARD BASH
Wednesdays June 19 to July 17, 3:30-5:30 p.m., 5 weeks $25
Ages 1ish-6 years 
Get on those bathing suits and join us out behind Mimi’s Place for some water fun and playground play. We will have water stations for the kids to explore, music playing, and time to burn some energy. Leave dinner to us to finish off the evening. 
June 19: Pool Party-Pizza – full, wait list only
June 26: Camp LYSB- S’mores & Chicken/fries  – full wait list only
July 3: Backyard BBQ-Hot dogs & burgers
July 10: Luau- Tropical fruit and pasta – full, wait list only
July 17: Ice Cream Social ~ Please bring your own picnic dinner. We will provide the Ice Cream – full, wait list only
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THURSDAYS

BABIES GROUP
Session IV:  Thursdays, February 14th – March 21st, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (no group 2/21), 5 weeks Free
Session V: Thursdays, March 28th – June 6th, 10:30-11:30 a.m. (no group 4/18), 10 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 Anne Fuller.|
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SENSORY FARM VISIT AT LYSB – full, wait list only
Thursday, July 11, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., free
Ages 1 and up
The Waterford Country School will join us at LYSB with their Mobile Farm offering some hands on fun while children observe, learn, and touch around 8-10 animals.  Stay, play, and picnic after the farm visit. Bring your own bagged lunch.
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ROCKIN’ WITH PETE THE CAT FAMILY CONCERT
Thursday, July 18, 6:00 p.m., free
at Old Lyme Town Hall, 52 Lyme Street 
Al Decant, known as the “Singing Principal” will treat us to a spirited performance packed with toe tapping music, great stories, and heaps of audience participation that celebrate the reading experience for children of all ages. A special appearance by Pete the Cat will also be included.  This program is free but please register. Space is limited.
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FRIDAYS

POSITIVE PRESCHOOL FUN – full, wait list only
One day: Friday, April 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m., free
Ages 2.5 and up
Join us for this free preview of our newest group starting later in April, with Miss Annie
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POSITIVE PRESCHOOLERS PLAYGROUP
Fridays, April 26 to June 7, 9:30 – 10:45 a.m., 7 weeks, $50
Ages 2.5 and up
Play, learn, and have lots of fun at 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. Snack provided. Facilitated by Miss Annie.
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EXPLODING WATERMELONS – full, wait list only
Friday June 14, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Free
Multi age group
A yummy Volcanic experience!
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MAKE MUSIC DAY PLAYGROUP – full, wait list only
Friday, June 21, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Free
Multi age group.
Children will make and play musical instruments in celebration of Make Music Day in Old Lyme!  More info at www.oldlymeartsdistrict.com
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INFANT & BABY MASSAGE

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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.

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.