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Indoor Parent Participation Playground

It's Play Time

Calling parents and caregivers with toddlers and preschoolers
Child running

Letting your children loose!

5 tips for helping them develop independence
Family tobogganing

7 Ways to Get Outdoors with Your Family this Winter Break

Lots of great North Shore ideas!
Mother and child playing in the snow

15 activities to help you Happy Better this holiday season

Beat back the holiday blues with movement
Lonsdale Preschool

Making New Friends at Lonsdale Preschool

Michelle learns about their caring, play-based approach
Woman painting

Mental Health & Wellness Tips for Quarantine and Beyond

25 tips from a leading psychologist
Woman

Arts in a Time of Home Isolation

Great links to arts and culture experiences and learning
Friends at a concert

Your Presence is the Best Present!

Ideas for gifts of shared experience
Tunes

Tunes for Tots at Centennial Theatre

Learning rhythm, making noise and having fun
Art kids

51 Ways the Arts Benefit Kids

From increased self esteem to creativity, the arts teach kids so much!

It's Play Time

The importance of both free and guided play

Young children develop optimally when they can engage regularly in both free play and guided play. In free play, children practice moving at their own pace and discover their own areas of interest. With guided play, they learn to listen, to share and interact with their peers. 

“Play is the highest form of research,” Albert Einstein once said. Pediatric studies agree, suggesting different forms of play contribute to every aspect of a child’s development to help them reach for their full potential. The many benefits include:

Making New Friends at Lonsdale Preschool

I hear giggles echoing down the stairway as I’m escorted through the hall up to the Lonsdale Licensed Preschool located above NVRC’s Memorial Gym on East 23rd Street.  I’m worried the children will become self-conscious when I enter the room, especially when they can’t see the smile behind my mask. The reality of COVID-19 means they don’t get many visitors.  I need not worry, they are so engrossed in activities they are completely oblivious to the strange woman chatting with their teacher.  

Mental Health & Wellness Tips for Quarantine and Beyond

  1. Stick to a routine.
    Go to sleep and wake up at a reasonable time, write a schedule that is varied and includes time for work as well as self-care.
  2. Dress for the social life you want, not the social life you have.
    Get showered and dressed in comfortable clothes, wash your face, brush your teeth. Take the time to do a bath or a facial. Put on some bright colors. It is amazing how our dress can impact our mood.
  3. Get out at least once a day, for at least thirty minutes.

Arts in a Time of Home Isolation

Sometimes, it’s a headache having to navigate through all the links and websites that pop up on your computer or phone minute by minute. They want your attention. They want to sell you this or that. As an artist and mom, I thought I’d offer a little help by putting together a list of internet links to materials and information that might be useful to you in different areas of the arts.

Your Presence is the Best Present!

Your presence is the best present
I’ve been struggling with holiday shopping this year. I can’t think of anything to get for my family and friends who seem to have everything they need. Indeed, most of us are so blessed to have so much. 
 
For me, the spirit of the Christmas season is connecting with those dearest to us, as well as showing compassion to our fellow man. 
 

Tunes for Tots at Centennial Theatre

Interactive introduction to music and dance for preschoolers
The Centennial Theatre is offering interactive musical mornings for preschool children and their caregivers through the Tunes for Tots series. 

The first session in the 2019/2020 series was on a Tuesday in October with Daniel the Drummer, who set up the room with percussion instruments from different parts of the world. He introduced the audience to cajon drums from Peru, claves from Cuba, and tamborim and caxixi (seeds in reeds) shakers from Brazil. 

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