December @  KidsPlay

December @ KidsPlay

The "Art" of Giving
We all have special gifts to share with others.

December printable calendar  
December printable flyer
Winter Break printable flyer - World Celebrations

Openings and Closings: 

Open late: Friday, December 15 - Open until 7 pm

Closed: Monday, December 25
Open: Tuesday, December 26 

Closing at 2 pm: Sunday, December 24 & Sunday, December 31

Big Ideas of the Week

November 29 to December 3: Special Gifts
December 6 to 10: What motivates an artist?
December 13 to 17: What is sculpture?
December 20 to 24: What is a fiber artist?
December 26 to 31: World Celebrations - Gifts, Lights, Food, Games, and Music!

Author Study: Jan Brett

As a child Jan Brett spent hours reading and drawing with hopes of one day becoming an illustrator… she now has over forty million books in print! Her best-known titles include, The Mitten, The Hat, and Gingerbread Baby. This month come and explore Jan Brett’s fun, colorful, and detailed stories of both animal and human culture ranging from Scandinavian to African! Share stories with your favorite child, guided by the rich, intricate borders illustrations on almost every page.

Special Events

What is an Artist?
December 7 @ 10:30 am

Join us as we welcome special guest, Judith McElhone, Executive Director of The Five Points Gallery. We are connecting with The Five Points Gallery and the University of Hartford Launchpad Program to provide children and caregivers the chance to be artists! Judy will share her knowledge, fun, and enthusiasm while exploring line and color. Also, we will learn more about The Five Points Gallery located right around the corner from KidsPlay!

Nutcracker Maker Space Challenge
December 9 & 10 starting at 11 am

Join us for a  Maker Space Challenge as our friends at the Warner Theatre and The Nutmeg Ballet prepare for a magical afternoon performance of the Nutcracker Ballet. On Saturday, we will be treated to a special Step into a Story with Humphry as he shares the story of the Nutcracker with us as only Humphry can do.

Make it, Take it, Gingerbread Houses
December 15 @ 4, 5, or 6 pm

Enjoy a creative, hands-on holiday tradition at KidsPlay! Our team will guide your family as you build and decorate your own unique Gingerbread House to take home. Please register for your preferred time of 4 pm, 5 pm, or 6 pm. Admission plus a $3 material fee per house. Space is limited, please register early by phone, online, or in person at the Museum.

World Celebrations
Winter Break - December 26 to December 30

Celebrations around the world have things in common. Each day during winter break  we will explore one special part of how people around the world celebrate. The week culminates with our annual New Year’s Eve Countdown to Noon!

Countdown to Noon

December 31 - 10 am to 2 pm

Our annual Countdown to Noon Balloon Drop has become one of KidsPlay’s favorite events of the year! Join us for activities, crafts, and noise makers for your kids to welcome in 2018 but without the late night. Balloons Drop at noon!

Child and Caregiver Weekly Programs


10:30 am Wonder of Science
Let’s be Curious and explore the wonders of our amazing world with special guests and hands-on activities.

12 pm Cuentos en Acción
Los niños y los cuidadores se participan en la diversión interactiva usando historias, canciones, y poemas como inspiración.


9:30 am Caregiver Circle
Meet, relax, and share while children engage in playful learning experiences in our program room.

  • Dec. 7: The importance of art to children's development
  • Dec. 14: Getting dirty: a child's right to play
  • Dec. 21: Are you an artist? Bring something to share.

10:30 am Kids on Stage
Hop on the Stage for dramatic play inspired by animals real and pretend!

11 am Story and More!
Activities and stories to go with our special programs this month.

2 pm Keep on Reading
Reading is important and fun! Early literacy support, 20 minutes sessions. Please preregister.


10:30 am Messy Art Studio
Using your imagination and our Big Idea of the Week, make messy creations using a variety of art mediums.

3 pm Tales with Humphry
Humphry loves to read! Do you? Books are magical adventures and the key to future reading success.


11 am Join us for Step into a Story or Tales with Humphry in the Literacy Treehouse Story Nest.

CFLC Resource Library 

Just a sample of what the Resource Library has to offer:

Book & Audio

Pete the Cat Saves Christmas

The Night Before Christmas

Jig Saw Jones, The Case of the Christmas Snowman


The Polar Express

The Grinch Who Stole Christmas ( Original and New Version)

Muppets Christmas Movie

Max and Ruby, A Merry Bunny Christmas


Stick Man

An Orange for Frankie

It's Christmas David!

Christmas Miracle

Christmas From Heaven, The Candy Bomber Story

Tree of Cranes


Payment Types Accepted - Cash, Check, and all major credit cards

Languages at KidsPlay - English, Spanish and Sign Language

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