10-revised

Early Childhood

MONDAYS

INFANT & BABY MASSAGE
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Ages newborn and up to pre-crawling.
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.

BABIES & ONES GROUP
Mondays, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m.
February 3 – March 30 (no group 2/17), free
Ages – before and during the first year. Expectant moms welcome.
Meeting in the child friendly atmosphere of Mimi’s Place at LYSB. Nursing moms and diaper changing always welcome!
Explore new ways to play with new friends. This group will be a gentle introduction to sitting in circle together and sharing activities with other children. Baby safe easy crafts and activities will be offered weekly.
February 3: Meet & Greet
February 10: Valentines Crafting
February 24: Circle Time & Songs
March 2: Clean Finger Paint
March 9: Small Parachute Fun
March 16: Ball Pit & Ball Play
March 23: Stacking
March 30: Sensory Play
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TUESDAYS

SENSORY PLAYGROUP
Tuesdays, 9:15 -10:15 a.m., Ages 1 and up.
Come explore fun (and sometimes messy) sensory play based on the theme of the week. Leave the mess to us, as your children explore their sensory world and interact with other children. We will also make time for a snack and free play.

  • Session III: January 14 – January 28 ~ 4 weeks $32
    January 14: Hot Cocoa
    January 21: Polar Bear
    January 28: Penguin
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MAKE IT & TAKE IT PLAYGROUP
Tuesdays, 10:45 -11:45 a.m. Ages 2.5 and up.
Come create with us in this playgroup for 2.5-5 year olds. 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/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 snack and free play.

  • Session III: January 14 – January 28 ~ 4 weeks $32
    January 14: Magnets/Mosaics
    January 21: Magnets/Mosaics continued
    January 28: Yogurt Bark
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  • Session IV: March 24 & 31 ~ 2 weeks $16
    March 24: Tie Dye
    March 31: Egg Drop Painting
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VALENTINE’S DAY WARM UP
Tuesday, February 4, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Free 
Ages 1 and up
Join us for a morning of Valentine’s fun! We will have activity stations; sensory play, crafts, and gross motor in this playgroup. Let’s celebrate together!
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WINTER WONDERLAND BASH
Tuesday, February 25, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Free 
Ages 1 and up.
Join us for a morning of Winter Wonderland fun! We will have activity stations; sensory play, crafts, and gross motor in this playgroup. Let’s celebrate together!
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BRING YOUR DOLL PLAY DATE 
Tuesday, March 3, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Free
Bring your very special companion for a morning of fun at LYSB! We will do a special craft project made especially for your doll, have a tea party and spend some time playing in Mimi’s Place. Come make special memories with us!
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TOY STORY DAY
Tuesday, March 10, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Free
To LYSB and beyond! Join us for a fun morning of Toy Story themed sensory and craft play that is sure to excite your Toy Story loving child. We will also make time for free play and a snack.
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ST. PATRICK’S DAY PLAY

Tuesday, March 17, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Free
Ages 1 and up
Join us for a morning of St. Patrick’s fun! We will have activity stations; sensory play, crafts, and gross motor in this playgroup. Let’s celebrate together!
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SPRING SENSORY FUN
Tuesday, March 24 & 31, 9:15-10:15 a.m. ~ 2 weeks $16.00
Ages 1 & up. Come explore fun (and sometimes messy) sensory play based on the theme of the week. Leave the mess to us, as your children explore their sensory world and interact with other children. We will also make time for a snack and free play.
Tuesday, March 24th
Tuesday, March 31st
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WEDNESDAYS

SNOW AND ICE
Wednesdays, January 8 to February 12, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 6 weeks $48.00
Ages 2 and up.  Join us as we enhance our enjoyment of what the wonderland winter can inspire in us. Every session we will enjoy snow and ice-based activities in the cozy warmth of Mimi’s place and take our fun outside as the weather cooperates. Each week we will have free play, story time, a craft, and snack based on the snow and ice theme of that week.
January 8: Ice Cube Painting
January 15: Winter Tree Art
January 22: Winter Chemistry
January 29: Elsa’s Frozen Hands
February 5: Winter Paintings
February 12: Snow Globes
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MUSIC & MOVEMENT PLAYGROUP
Wednesdays, February 26 to April 1, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 6 weeks, $48 
Ages 2 and up. This group is full of activity! We will sing, dance, play instruments, challenge coordination, practice following directions, and get creative. There will also be time for free play and a fresh fruit snack.
Session IV:
February 26: Singing Little Green Frog, maracas, obstacle course, bouncy balls, and dance ribbons
March 4: Singing Two Little Butterflies, boom sticks, silly feet, stretching, and dancing with flowers
March 11: Singing Slippery Fish, kazoos, tossing balls into targets, parachute activities, and dance ribbons
March 18: Singing Little Peter Rabbit, tambourines, egg and spoon challenge, rolling, and dancing with scarves
March 25: Singing Mary had a Little Lamb, drums, parachute activities, and dancing with fans
April 1: Singing Clap Your Hands like This, rhythm sticks, rackets, twister, and dancing with pompoms
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STORYBOOK CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE
Wednesdays, February 26 to April 1, 11:00-12:15 ~ 6 weeks $48
Ages 2 and up.  Live out some favorite moments from our most beloved story books at playgroup.                                               
February 26: Brett Woodland Animals
March 4: Fancy Nancy Tea Party
March 11: Pete the Cat Jam Session
March 18: Dress Up and Make Believe with Olivia the Pig
March 25: Ladybug Girl Backyard Adventures
April 1: Mo Willems Book tba
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SCENTS AND SENSATIONS
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Ages 2 and up. Kids and their caregivers will explore their sense of smell (and sometimes taste and touch). All these fun explorations will end with a wonderful take home to use or gift. All scents will be naturally derived from plants or essential oils.
Evergreen cutting sachets
Spice grinding and blending (think mulled cider/wine when you get home)
Smoothing and invigorating sugar scrub
Herb cutting and blending (for a warm pot of soup)
Calming balm
Sinus opening bath salts

THURSDAYS

MUSIC & MOVEMENT PLAYGROUP
Thursdays, January 9 to February 13, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 6 weeks, $48
Ages 2 and up. This group is full of activity! We will sing, dance, play instruments, challenge coordination, practice following directions, and get creative. There will also be time for free play and a fresh fruit snack.
Session III:
January 9: Wheels on the Bus, shaky eggs, hula hoops, parachute activities, and dance ribbons
January 16: Itsy Bitsy Spider, bells, tossing to a target, stretching, and dancing with hula hoops
January 23: 5 Little Fishes, rhythm sticks, tossing a ball and cup, obstacle course, and dancing with pompoms
January 30: If You are Happy and You Know It, playing recorders, trying jump ropes, stretching, and scarves
February 6: Twinkle Twinkle Little Star, triangles with sticks, jump sacks, rackets, and boom sticks
February 13: Here is the Bee Hive, boom sticks, kicking to a target, parachute activities, and dance ribbons
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ABC GYMNASTICS FIELD TRIP
Thursday, February 6 at 1:00 p.m. OR
Thursday, February 13 at 11:30 a.m.
Meet at ABC Gymnastics in Niantic. Your children will enjoy one and a half hours of pure energy while exploring ABC.
A reduced fee of $8.00 per child, per day is available only through LYSB. Registration will close on January 22nd.
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OUTER SPACE PLAYGROUP
Thursdays, February 27 to April 2, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 6 weeks $48
Ages 2 and up. Let’s go to infinity and beyond! We will look up to the skies, learn, and explore about the world beyond our atmosphere. Each week we will have free play, story time, craft, and a snack based on the outer space theme for that week.
February 27: Sun
March 5: Moon
March 12: Orbits
March 19: Stars
March 26: Planets
April 2: Galaxy
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FRIDAYS

BUDDING BAKERS
Fridays, 9:30-10:45 a.m.
Ages 2 and up.  With Jill Simms
Warm up in the kitchen with us in this yummy introduction to the world of baking!  Each week little chefs will help create a new treat which they will eat or take home. While our projects bake, we’ll enjoy a story and activity to match the week’s recipe.  All materials will be provided. Note, group may run over depending on what’s cookin’!

  • Session I: Fridays, January 10 to February 7, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 5 weeks $40 – full, add your name to the wait list
    January 10: Cookies – Shortbread cutouts
    January 17:  Bread – Sun Bread
    January 24: Muffins – Carrot Muffins
    January 31: Pie – Apple Pie in a mason jar
    February 7: Cake – Chocolate cake
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  • Session II: February 28 to March 27, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 5 weeks $40
    Week 1 Cookies – Shortbread cutouts
    Week 2:  Bread – Sun Bread
    Week 3: Muffins – Carrot Muffins
    Week 4: Pie – Apple Pie in a mason jar
    Week 5: Cake – Chocolate cake
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VEGETABLE EXPLORERS DAY
Friday, April 3rd, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Free
Ages 2 and up. With Jill Simms.  Do you have a vegetable skeptic in your family? Come join us as we explore the wild world of veggies through story, crafts, and sensory play. Children will explore exposure to vegetables in a whimsical, low-pressure environment. We will also share a creative vegetable snack.
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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.