February @ KidsPlay!

February @ KidsPlay!

Around the World!

In February KidsPlay will be traveling the world through film, food, art, music, movement, and more. When we teach children about other cultures, it gives them a better understanding of the greatness of our world. Children form ideas about themselves and others at a very young age, so celebrating diversity and embracing one’s own culture is the foundation for acceptance.

View our February Calendar !

Big Ideas of the Week

Jan. 28 to Feb. 3: What's inside a recipe?
Feb. 4 to Feb. 10: Food around the world
Feb. 11 to Feb. 17: Art around the world
Feb. 18 to Feb. 24: Music and Movement around the world
Feb. 25 to Mar. 10: Animals around the world

Author Study: Jen Arena

Storywalk: Marta Big and Small

Jen Arena fell in love with books and reading when she was a young girl. She still can pinpoint exactly when it happened. Her family was taking a road trip to Georgia, and her mother said she could pick one book from the bookstore to read on the drive. Jen chose The Road to Oz, mostly because it had the most beautiful rainbow fairy on the cover. The cover art drew her in, but it was the wonderful story inside that made her a reader for life.

As a teenager, Jen worked at a children’s-only independent bookstore in Pennsylvania, and after graduating from college, she made her way to New York City, to work in children's book publishing. One of her first tasks as an editorial assistant was to write a board book adaptation of Jack and the Beanstalk. She’d never thought of herself as a writer, but her boss liked her way with words and continued to give her writing assignments. She found them just as interesting and challenging as the editorial work. Throughout her editorial career—at Putnam, Golden Books, and Random House—Jen took on other writing projects, but it was only after she left her full-time editorial job that she was able to concentrate on her writing.

One area she was particularly interested in was the Spanish language children’s book market, which at the time wasn’t a focus of the big publishing companies. Jen had married a man who was born in Argentina and grew up in a bilingual household. She loved listening to his family talk in both Spanish and English, switching back and forth between the two languages. It inspired her to begin learning Spanish in order to write for kids who belonged to bilingual families—and for any English-speaking parents who might want to learn Spanish themselves. Her first bilingual book was Besos for Baby, and she followed that up with Marta! Big and Small. A third bilingual book, Salsa Lullaby, is coming out this fall.

Jen Arena has written many books for kids, including Besos for Baby, 100 Snowmen, Lady Liberty’s Holiday, Marta! Big and Small, Sleep Tight, Snow White, and Salsa Lullaby. She now lives in Tampa, Florida with her husband Dario and their bossy black dog, Sirsha.

Special Events

Read and Relax with Brady

Feb. 13 & 27

11:30 am to 12 pm

Spend time with Heidi and her therapy dog, Brady, in our Literacy Tree House. Read a book or just spend some time getting to know Heidi and Brady.

Art Adventures

Feb. 21 @ 2 pm

Join executive director, Judy McElhone, from the Five Points Gallery on a visual literacy art adventure featuring a walking field trip to the gallery. Please preregister.

KidsPlay Children's Museum presents:


Saturday, February 16, 2019

Presenting... Kid Flicks, a touring program of the New York International Children’s Film Festival (NYICFF) at the Nancy Marine Studio Theatre of the Warner Theatre on Saturday, February 16, 2019.

Children and their families will explore new worlds without leaving the Northwest Corner! The Festival will includes 3 short film programs featuring audience favorite and award-winning short films from the 2018 New York International Children’s Film Festival, the nation’s largest film festival for kids and teens. These films encourage exploration, empathy, learning, and, of course, tons of fun!

Kid Flicks One gives a warm welcome to all budding cinephiles with this lively international lineup of fun. This program is curated for ages 3-7, the films in this program rely on music, color and clear narratives to tell stories either in English or without dialogue. Kick off the festivities with good hygiene and great dubstep in Party Mouth (USA), then let your hair—or, er fur—down and hang loose in I Want to Live in the Zoo (Russia). And, even if you get into a tangle, there will be someone to catch and cheer you on with the charming If You Fall (Canada). Recommended ages: 3-7, 52 min. in English, or with no dialogue. Showtimes 11:00 am and 5:30 p.m.

Kids Flicks Two With a compelling range of styles and themes, Kid Flicks Two offers clever, thought-provoking films sure to inspire audiences ages 8+ to expand their horizons. In the Grand Prize award-winner Game (USA), AJ has the drive to excel but must push through obstacles to get there. Meanwhile, teamwork takes on different stripes when an odd couple of bears are forced to work together in the hilarious stop-motion short Poles Apart (UK). Plus, the CG-animated wonder Gokurōsama (France) bridges cultures and generations by showing us that even in an automated age, a little human touch can still work wonders.

Recommended ages: 8+, 79 min. Some films include English subtitles appropriate for the age group. Showtime 1:00 p.m.

¡Viva Kid Flicks! A Spanish-language program of animated, documentary, and live action films full of warmth, wit, and the cultural richness of our friends and neighbors to the south: Mexico. Drawn from the Festival’s annual Friends and Neighbors program spotlighting a different country every year, this lineup is co-curated with Mexico’s Morelia International Film Festival. These films are perfect for Spanish learners, speakers, and all seekers of fun, artistic, and enriching cultural experiences.

Recommended ages: 7+, 74 min. In Spanish with English subtitles, or with no dialogue. Showtime 3:30 pm

To review a synopsis and the origin of each short film within Kid Flicks One, Kid Flicks Two and Viva Kid Flicks!, please visit www.kidsplaymuseum.org.

Tickets are available for each individual program (Kid Flicks One, Kid Flicks Two and ¡Viva Kid Flicks!) for $10 per person ($7 members). Alternatively the Kid Flicks All Access Pass includes all four showings for $25/person ($18 members). All tickets to the film festival include free admission to KidsPlay Children’s Museum on the day of the event. More information and advance tickets are available at KidsPlay Children’s Museum (www.kidsplaymuseum.org)

Family Friday - Move and Groove!

Feb. 22, 5 pm to 8 pm

The museum will be open for play from 10 am to 8 pm! Join us as we move and groove to the beats of Susan Strand. Experience drumming to African rhythms in a classic drum circle 6 - 7 pm. Bring, borrow or build a rhythm instrument. 

Call (860) 618-7700 to pre-register!

Upcoming Family Fridays:

March 22 Earth and Space Explorers
April 19 EggStravaganza
May 17 May is for Making
June 21 The Longest Day for Music and Play

Child and Caregiver Weekly Programs


10:30 am Wonder of Science
Geared toward our youngest ages, explore the wonders of our world..

4:30 pm LEGO Club

Do you love LEGO Bricks? Come try new challenges, games and building with this childhood classic.


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

  • Jan. 31: Favorite children's recipes - what does your child like to eat? Come and share a favorite recipe or menu
  • Feb. 7: How to introduce your child to food from around the world - child-sized; what do children eat for breakfast around the world--sweet or savory?
  • Feb. 14: Children as artists: how do we encourage them and why is art important?Samples of art from around the world that children would enjoy creating.
  • Feb. 21: Children as musicians: how do we encourage them and why is music important? samples of children's music from around the world
  • Feb. 28: How to teach respect for animals: how do animals help us?

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.

1 pm STEM Club (Ages 5+)
Explore the world of science through collaborative problem solving and hands-on experiments!


10 am Music Playgroup
A fun and interactive experience focusing on teaching child development through music and movement activities.

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

12 pm Spanish and English Bilingual Storytime
Los niños y los cuidadores se participan en la diversión interactiva usando historias, canciones, y poemas.
Children and their caregivers participate in interactive fun using stories, songs, and poems.

3 pm Tales with Humphry
Humphry loves to read, do you?


11 am Tales with Humphry
Humphry loves to read, do you?

12:30 am Maker Lab - Experiments to get your gears turning! Join us in the Maker Space for science fun!


12:30 pm STEM Club (Ages 5+)

Explore the world of science through collaborative problem solving and hands-on experiments!



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Languages at KidsPlay - English, Spanish and Sign Language

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