BRATTLEBORO -- The Month of the Young Child provides an opportunity for our community to acknowledge the value of early learning and to show appreciation for those who promote children’s strengths through nurturing relationships and the cultivation of creative spirits. It’s a time to recognize the important work of families, educators and other individuals who are working to build better futures for all children.
Co-sponsors Building Bright Futures of Southeastern Vermont, Windham Child Care Association and the Early Childhood Educators’ Network of Southeastern Vermont, invite the community to a month of creative, inspiring, and fun activities for children and their families. Events include dance classes, puppet show, nature walks, musical performances, art exhibits, drama class, an Early Childhood Fair and much more.
All events are free and open to the public. Some have limited space and require pre-registration. For a full listing of events, visit www.windhamchildcare.org. For more information, contact Sarah DiNicola at firstname.lastname@example.org or 802-254-5332 x310.
-- Young Children’s Art Exhibit, Saturday, April 6, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Robert H. Gibson River Garden in Brattleboro: Early childhood educators will be displaying their students’ artistic creations.
-- Steve Leicach Drumming, Saturday, April 6, at 10:30 a.m. at Timson Hill Preschool in Williamsville: Steve will be drumming with world music instruments and dancing with the children. 802-348-6319.
-- Let’s Have a Costume Tea Party! hosted by Brattleboro Food Co-op, Tuesday, April 9, from 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., in the Brattleboro Food Co-op Community Room: Children (under age 6) and an accompanying adult are invited to stop by any time and wear their favorite costumes. There will be readings, arts and crafts, and some fun music, as well as delicious snacks and kid-friendly tea. Vicky, 802-246-2842.
-- Babes in the Woods, Wednesday, April 10, from 9:30 to 11 a.m. at the Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center: Children (ages 3 to 5) and their caregivers are invited to join naturalist Joan Carey for a morning hike to meet the trees and enjoy the woods. To register, call Joan Carey: 802-257-5785 or email@example.com
-- Creative Dance, Saturday, April 13, from 10:30 to 11 a.m. for 3 and 4 year olds and from 11:15 a.m. to noon for 5 and 6 year olds, at the Brattleboro School of Dance, Elliot Street: These classes are designed to help the young student explore and expand large motor movements. Children learn flexibility exercises and beginning concepts of music, with emphasis on creative movement and imagination. To register, leave message at 802- 254-6884.
-- Music for Little Ones: Rhythm, Rhyme and Movement with Stephen Coronella, Saturday, April 13, from 11 to 11:45 a.m. in the Putney Library Children’s Room: A combination of songs, stories and games performed with guitar, flutes, and hand drums for children ages newborn through age six. 802-387-4407.
-- Preschool Woods Walk, Saturday, April 13, starting at 11:30 a.m. (bring a lunch) at the Neighborhood Schoolhouse, 231 Western Ave, Brattleboro: Hike the trails with Preschool Teacher Molly Oglesby. Afterward share a brown bag lunch and play on the playground. 802-257-5544
-- The Lion & The Mouse and Other Tales Puppet Show, Sunday, April 14, starting at 4 p.m., at the Centre Congregational Church, 193 Main St., Brattleboro: With beautiful puppets and their signature hilarious style, the award winning Crabgrass Puppet Theatre presents tales from Africa, Asia and Europe that will inspire and enthrall children of all sizes. More info at www.crabgrasspuppets.com
-- Parent/Tot Open Gym, Monday, April 15, and Thursday, April 18, from 10 to 11:45 a.m. in the Gibson Aiken Center Gymnasium, Brattleboro: This informal play group meets twice a week. It is a wonderful way to connect with other families in the community while your child enjoys playing in a big open space. Toys include a playhouse, blocks, floor foam puzzles, little tike bikes, slides, mats, an assortment of balls and much more. Children must be supervised. Jessy at 802-254-5808.
-- Mommy & Me Dress-Up, Wednesday, April 17, 9 to 9:45 a.m. at New England Youth Theatre, Brattleboro: For tots age 1 to 5, plus a caregiver. This class invites parents to participate with their tots in storytelling, music, dance and expression. Share classic and fresh rhymes, songs, stories and games in a classroom where structure is mixed with free play. Register by calling 802-246-6398 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
-- Toddler Dance Party at Brooks Memorial Library, Friday, April 19, from 10:30 to 11:15 a.m. in the The Meeting Room: Shake, wiggle and bop to fun music, play with scarves and shakers, then finish off with a snack. Registration recommended at 802-254-5290 ext 110.
-- Super Bike and Fun Day, Friday, April 19, 10:30 a.m. to noon in Living Memorial Park, Brattleboro: Children bring their bikes for a fun morning of bike activities including a Bike Rodeo. Children must have a helmet to participate. The Brattleboro Police will provide safety information. The first 100 children will receive a free bike helmet courtesy of the Kiwanis Club. 802-254-5808.
-- Early Childhood Fair, Saturday, April 20, 10 a.m. to noon at the Brattleboro Retreat: Come spend time with area early childhood educators for activities that you can copy and do at home. Sponsored by the area Center Directors group and the Building Bright Futures Council of Southeastern Vermont, this fair is geared to families with young children. Area resources will also be there to inform us all of the bounty that we have for providers, children and families in our region.
-- Moovin’ and Groovin’ with the Spring Fairy Honoring the Earth, Saturday, April 20, with a concert at 3:30 p.m. and a dance at 4:30 p.m. at Equilibrium, 14 Elm St., Brattleboro: An interactive creative arts concert followed by Peaceable Village Family Dance. Props for play include scarves, instruments, beanie babies and books about dancing. Music by DJ SpiritChild (aka Su Eaton) will cover the spectrum of genre with family friendly, uplifting, fun, positive and empowering lyrics. Su Eaton, 617-623-3521.
-- Teaching Creatures with Rae Griffiths, Wednesday, April 24, with two sessions at 9:30 a.m. and 10:30 a.m., at the Hilltop Montessori School, Brattleboro: Story Stars is a unique storytime program for young children. It combines the reading of specially selected children’s books with the presentation of live animals, bringing the stories to life in a very special way. Many of the stories are multi-cultural, and all of them are fun and engaging, helping to foster a love of reading and of animals. Special animal guests for these presentations will be the African pygmy hedgehog and the domestic Dutch rabbit. Limited space/pre-registration required. Call 802-257-0500 ext. 102 to reserve a space.
-- Free day at KidsPLAYce, Saturday, April 27, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., Elliot Street, Brattleboro: KidsPLAYce, an indoor play/activity center in downtown Brattleboro, will open its doors with free admission. Discounts on memberships will also be available.802-254-5212.
-- Timson Hill Preschool Art Exhibit, ongoing, at the Crowell Art Gallery at Moore Free Library, Newfane. Auction & Celebration: Saturday, April 27 at the Williamsville Grange. During the month of April, The Timson Hill Preschoolers will be exhibiting their large 18-by-24 inch paintings at the Crowell Art Gallery which is located at the back of the Moore Free Library in Newfane. The library is open Tuesdays through Fridays from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Kathie at 802-348-6319.
-- Story and Snack with the Brattleboro Food Co-op, Fridays from 10:30 to 11 a.m., at KidsPLAYce, Elliot Street, Brattleboro: Story time begins at 10:30 and snack is offered shortly after. Vicky 802-246-2842
-- Children’s Story Exhibit, ongoing, at Brooks Memorial Library, Brattleboro: Come see the imaginative stories that our youngest students have created. These illustrated stories, told by children in early education programs in our community, will be on display in the Children’s Room for the month of April.