April @ KidsPlay

April @ KidsPlay

Look What's Hatching!

Something special is hatching at KidsPlay! This months theme of “Look What’s Hatching” allows children and families to discover the surprise and thrill of new things, whether it’s a new life or a new idea.

Our “Spring Break: Unplugged” offers an exciting challenge to look up from our screens and hatch our own ideas. What happens when we unplug? We have an opportunity to use our imaginations, try new things, take risks, and develop a sense of achievement. We’ll discover that there are lots of new and interesting stories, vocabulary, experiments, and creations to enjoy.

Whether it’s new life or new ideas, there will be lots of fun and interesting things hatching at KidsPlay this month!

View our  April Calendar!

Special Museum Hours:

Monday, Apr. 8 & 15: Open 10 am - 4 pm

Tuesday, Apr. 9 & 16: Open 10 am - 4 pm 

(Open everyday from April 3 to April 20!)

Sunday, Apr. 21: Museum Closed Happy Easter!

Big Ideas of the Week

Apr. 1 to Apr. 7: Look What's Hatching - Dinosaurs
Apr. 8 to Apr. 14: Spring Break Unplugged
Apr. 15 to Apr. 21: Spring Break Unplugged
Apr. 22 to Apr. 28: Look What's Hatching - Birds


Author Study: Emily Gravett

KidsPlay is excited to announce Emily Gravett as our Author of the Month! Her story, The Odd Egg, is our featured April Story Walk. It is a beautifully illustrated and cleverly formatted tale with a surprise ending that's bound to ruffle some feathers! It is also a great way to start our April learning adventure “Look What’s Hatching!”.

Emily Gravett, is known for her “endearing, beautifully drawn characters” and for the way, her writing “tickles the funny bone,” and touches the heart. Born in Brighton England, Emily left school at the age of 16 to travel Great Britain for the next 8 years. She spent eight years living in a big green bus with her partner and their daughter exploring all life had to offer. By 1997 she settled in Wales and realized she wanted more for herself as far as a professional career. While enrolled in art school, she won the Macmillan Prize for Illustration bringing her talent into the limelight ultimately bringing her a book deal. She is an awarding winning author that is playful, intelligent, and funny! Each of her books are unique and different from the last. Some of her works include Wolves, Orange Pear Apple Bear, Little Mouse’s Big Book of Fears, Monkey and Me, Spells, and many more!

Make sure to check out her fun and exciting website to learn more about Emily and her amazing books!

Storywalk:  The Odd Egg

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Special Events


Maker Lab - Dino Ice Eggs

Apr. 6 @ 12:30 pm

A dinosaur is trapped in its egg. Can you break the dinosaur out?

Read and Relax with Brady

Apr. 10 & 24

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.

Maker Lab - Lava Lamps

Apr. 13 @ 12:30 pm

Spring Break Unplugged!

Apr. 8 - Apr. 19

Break up the boredom (and screen time!) Join us for play, exploration, and discovery during Spring Break. Special activities and guests all week!


Monday, April 8 & 15 - Cookin' @ KP

Cooking gives children a sense of achievement
11 am Chop and Simmer Applesauce
1 pm The Science Behind Ice Cream
3 pm Little Red Riding Hood's Healthy Cookies
Pre-registration suggested


Tuesday, April 9 & 16 - Imagination Creation

Imagination is a building block of childhood and development. 11 am Magic Wands and Hats
1 pm Fairies and Fairy Houses
3 pm Become a Super Hero on Stage


Wednesday, April 10 & 17 - Ooey Gooey Day

Extended Hours 10 am - 6 pm
KidsPlay is getting down and dirty! Getting messy is a FUNdamental part of growing up. Let's bring it back to the basics!
11 am Sharpie Tie Dye
1 pm Finger Painting Masterpieces
3 pm Create a Bouncy Ball
4 pm LEGO Brick Volcanoes


Thursday, April 11 & 18 - Building Big

Let's encourage our children to take risks and build big.
11 am Giant Box Castle
1 pm LEGO building challenges


Friday, April 12 & 19 - Let's Get Movin'

CNN reports in the last 1.5 years children have spent 59% more time in front of screens. Take a break from the screens and get active at KidsPlay.
11 am Obstacle Course
1 pm Spoon Egg Race
3 pm Dance Party

Playing with Poetry

Apr. 18 @ 1 pm

Learn how poetry can make the ordinary, extraordinary! Read, Discuss, present, and try your hand at writing poems. Pre-registration is required.

Art Adventures

Apr. 18 @ 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 pre-register.

Family Friday - Eggstravaganza!

Apr. 19, 5 pm to 8 pm

The museum will be open for play from 10 am to 8 pm! Themed activities will take place from 5 - 8 pm. Join us for an evening full of “egg-cellent” activities! Scavenger hunt, crafts, games on stage, bunny hop dance party, and more!

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

Upcoming Family Fridays:

May 17 May is for Making
June 21 The Longest Day for Music and Play


Maker Lab - Yarn Chicks

Apr. 20 @ 12:30 pm

Join us to sew a Yarn Chick!

Maker Lab - Shoe Box Aquariums

Apr. 27 @ 12:30 pm

There are many different fish species hatching in the oceans every day. What kinds of fish can you add to your aquarium?


Child and Caregiver Weekly Programs

Wednesdays

10:30 am Mini Makers
Making and creating geared toward our younger ages

4:30 pm LEGO Club

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

Thursdays

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

  • Apr. 4: Helping children "hatch" out of the shy shell.
  • Apr. 11: Why should we unplug? How does screen time affect our children and families?
  • Apr. 18: Why should we unplug? How does screen time affect our children and families?
  • Apr. 25: Why swimming for children and families.

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.

12:30  pm STEM Club (Ages 5+)
Explore the world of science through collaborative problem solving and hands-on experiments!

Fridays

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?

Saturdays

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!

2:00 om - Spanish and English Bilingual Storytime

Los niños y loscuidadoresseparticipan en la diversión interactivausandohistorias, canciones, y poemas.
Children and their caregivers participate in interactive fun using stories, songs, and poems.

Sundays

12:30 pm STEM Club (Ages 5+)

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

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