6-revised

Early Childhood

MONDAYS

BABIES & ONES GROUP
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. 

  • Session III: February 3 – March 30, 10:00-11:00 a.m., (no group 2/17), free
    Ages – before and during the first year. Expectant moms welcome.
    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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  • Session IV: April 20 – May 18, 10:00-11:00 a.m., 5 weeks, $40
    Ages – 9 to 23 months 
    April 20: Babies and Ones
    April 27: Spring Crafting
    May 4: Noisy and Quiet
    May 11: Playdough
    May 18: Carrying, Pushing, Pulling
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INFANT/BABY MEET UP!
Monday, April 6th, 10:00-11:30 a.m.
For children up to 9 months old. Free
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TUESDAYS

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 IV: March 24 & 31 ~ 2 weeks $16
    March 24: Tie Dye
    March 31: Egg Drop Painting
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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 
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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HIPPITY HOP BUNNY PARTY
Tuesday, April 7th, 9:30-11:30 a.m., $10
Ages 1 and up                         
Hop on over for a fun morning of bunny and spring fun! We will have activity stations; sensory play, crafts, and gross motor in this playgroup. 
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SENSORY PLAY
April 21 to May 5, 9:15-10:15 a.m., 3 weeks, $30
Ages 1.5 and up
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.
April 21: Bubbles
April 28: Pond
May 5: Bugs
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CLAY DAYS 
Tuesdays, April 21 to May 5, 10:45-11:45 a.m., 3 weeks, $30
Ages 2.5 and up
Come create with us in this playgroup. Children will learn how to create clay projects by designing, crafting, and expressing themselves through their work of art to bring home. Parents/Caregivers are encouraged to join in on the fun. All materials will be provided. We will also make time for a snack and free play.
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WE LOVE COLORS
Tuesdays, May 12th and May 19th, 9:30-11:30 a.m., 2 weeks, $20 
Ages 1 and up
Join us for this two week session of color fun! We will have activity stations; sensory play, crafts, and gross motor in this playgroup. Come explore the wonder of colors with us!
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WEDNESDAYS

MUSIC & MOVEMENT PLAYGROUP
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: Wednesdays, February 26 to April 1, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 6 weeks, $48 
    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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  • Session V: Wednesdays, April 8 to May 20, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 6 weeks, $48
    April 8: Singing Little Peter Rabbit, tambourines, egg + spoon challenge, rolling, and scarf dance.
    April 22: Singing Mary had a Little Lamb, drums, parachute activities, and dancing with fans.
    April 29: Singing The Wheels on the Bus, Shakey eggs, hula hoop obstacle course, and umbrella dance.
    May 6: Singing Itsy Bitsy Little Spider, bells, big toss, stretching, and hula hoop dance.
    May 13: Singing If You’re Happy and You Know It, recorders, jump ropes, balancing, and dance ribbons.
    May 20: Singing 5 Little Fish, rhythm sticks, ball + cup, obstacle course, and pompom dance.
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STORYBOOK CHARACTERS COME TO LIFE
Wednesdays, March 4 to April 1, 11:00-12:15 ~ 5 weeks $40
Ages 2 and up.  Live out some favorite moments from our most beloved story books at playgroup.
March 4: Fancy Nancy Tea Party
March 11: Brett Woodland Animals
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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THURSDAYS

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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DINOSAUR DAYS
Thursdays, April 9 to May 21, 9:30-10:45 a.m., 6 weeks $48
Ages 2 and up.
Come play in the world of dinosaurs! Dinosaurs are intriguing and full of mystery. It is easy to get excited and curious with a dinosaur theme. We will start with free play, read a dinosaur story, make a craft, and have a snack.
April 9: Fossils
April 23: Dinosaur Eggs
April 30: What Do Dinosaurs Eat?
May 7: Dinosaur Dig
May 14: Dino Skeletons
May 21: Me as a Dinosaur
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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 II: February 28 to March 27, 9:30-10:45 a.m. ~ 5 weeks $40
    February 28: Thumbprint Cookies
    March 6: Pretzels 
    March 13: Brownie Buttons
    March 20: Fruit Pockets
    March 27: Doughnuts
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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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SPRING ART JAM
Fridays, April 24 to May 15, 9:30-10:45 a.m., Free
Ages 2 and up
A spring inspired outdoor playgroup that encourages your child to explore all Mother Nature’s spring offerings. Searching for bugs, flowers, materials to create with and more. Please come dressed for the weather and little bit of dirt. There will be mud! Completed projects could make great Mother’s Day gifts. We will meet in Mimi’s Place at LYSB for circle time and an introduction to our day.
April 24: Nature Paintbrushes
May 1: Rain Drums and Rain Painting
May 8: Sun Prints
May 15: Magically Colored Flowers and Leaf People
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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.

 

INFANT & BABY MASSAGE
dates tba
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.

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.