Early Childhood


Mondays, February 25
to March 25 – NEW!! Make up snow date on Monday, April 1.
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 – full, add your name to the wait list
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.

One day: Monday, April 8, 10:00 – 11:00 a.m., free
Ages: around 1
Join us for a special spring sensory group with Miss Arleen.

Mondays, April 22 to May 20, 10:30 – 11:45 a.m., 5 weeks, $40
Ages 2.5 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.


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 IV: March 5th – April 2nd, 5 weeks $40 – full, add your name to the wait list
    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

One day: Tuesday, April 9th, 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon
All ages, open group with no facilitator.  Drop in and play!

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.


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 


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 IV: February 27 to April 3, 6 weeks $48.
    February 27: Masquerade 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
  • 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

Ages 3 and up
Has your preschooler stopped napping? Please join us for afternoon play, learning and lots of fun during the cold winter months at LYSB’s 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 II: Wednesdays, 1:15-2:30 p.m., February 13th – March 20th (no group 2/20) 5 weeks $40
    Feb. 13th Kindness & Caring
    Feb. 27th Perseverance
    Mar. 6th   Manners
    Mar. 13th Empathy
    Mar. 20th Helping Others

One day: Wednesday, April 10, 10:15-11:00, free
Ages 2.5 and up
Spring fun at LYSB with Miss Arleen!


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.|


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 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

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

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.





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.

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.