Wisdom begins in wonder...
Discovering the wonders of our world, each child needs time to play, to explore and to share with actions and words. Sharing the wonders of our wonder-full world with children is a gift of wisdom for them and for us. Seeing the world through the eyes of a child, the weeks of January and winter are filled with discovery and a child's sense of wonder. Come and enjoy together!
Openings and Closings:
Extended Winter Hours Start Wednesday, January 10! (1/2 price admission after 4 pm)
- Wednesdays 10 am to 6 pm
- Thursdays 10 am to 6 pm
- Fridays 10 am to 6 pm
- Saturdays and Sundays 10 am to 4 pm
Open: Monday, January 15 for Martin Luther King Jr. Day - 10 am - 4 pm
Big Ideas of the Week
January 1 to 7: The wonder-full earth
January 8 to 14: Let's wonder about the seasons
January 15 to 21: Let's wonder about magnets
January 22 to 28: Let's wonder about garbage: what happens to the garbage?
January 29 to February 4: Let's wonder about bridges
Author Study: Ezra Jack Keats
Ezra Jack Keats was an American writer and illustrator of children’s books. Most famously known for his book, The Snow Day, which won him the 1963 Caldecott Medal. Ezra’s work was the first to really introduce multiculturalism into mainstream 20th century American children’s literature.
Eating Smart•Being Active®
Starting Wednesday, January 17, @ 4:30 pm
KidsPlay is partnering with University of Saint Joseph and the CT Department of Public Health for this special eight week program. The goal of this program is to educate families on how to live a healthier lifestyle. Each week will highlight a different topic with fun activities, tools, and lessons to correlate! **Preregistration required**
Tone Down Thursday
Starting Thursday, January 11, 4 pm - 6 pm
KidsPlay is bringing back sensory friendly museum time. All are welcome!
Family Game Time!
Starting Friday, January 12, 4 pm - 6 pm
Friday evening is game time! While the museum is open for free play, we will also be offering a wide variety of games for a fun way for families to bond and unwind after the week.
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. 27: Sharing different cultures with children
- Jan. 1: How to tell your children you think the world of them: praise vs. encouragement.
- Jan. 8: Share children's book, My Mother Hates Me in January Helping children understand adult mood swings and handling adult mood swings in front of our children; how to avoid the winter doldrums?
- Jan. 15: Push and pull: what to do about sibling rivalry and conflict?
- Jan. 22: Helping your children build bridges to other generations and extended family.
- Jan. 29: Safe touches: Susan B. Anthony program
10:30 am Kids on Stage
Hop on the Stage for dramatic play inspired by the wonders of our world!
11 am Story and More!
Activities and stories to go with our special programs this month.
4 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.
2 pm Maker Space Challenge
11 am Stories with Sally
Join Sally as she bring books to life and takes your imagination on a wild ride!