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Month of the Young Child

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Each year in April, communities across the country celebrate the Week of the Young Child. Our community devotes an entire month, making April the Month of the Young Child. This is an opportunity to celebrate the spirit of young children while also supporting their families and care givers who dedicate their time and energy to support the healthy development of our future generations. There are many events and activities throughout the month, all free, for young children and their families.

Animals of Spring presented by Teaching Creatures
Monday, April 2; Two sessions: 9:30-10:15 and 10:30-11:15
Hilltop Montessori School, 99 Stafford Farm Hill Rd, Brattleboro
Come learn about what some special animals have been doing all winter, and what awaits them in warmth of the new season. Meet frogs, a rabbit and a hedgehog up close and celebrate the arrival of spring! Pre-registration required; call 802-257-0500 x102

Sing & Dance w/ Robin
Tuesday, April 3 from 10:30-11:30 KidsPLAYce, Brattleboro
Tuesdays, April 10, 17, 24, 10:30-11:30 Brooks Memorial Library
A fun, joy-filled hour for parents and children ages birth to 5. Sing, dance, and explore rhythm instruments in an enriching and bonding musical experience! Pre-registration is appreciated at Kidsplayce; call Rose at 802-254-5212.

Children’s Art Exhibit Opening Reception
Friday, April 6, 4:00
Moore Free Library, Newfane
Artwork by children at Timson Hill Preschool and NewBrook Elementary on display in the library’s Crowell Art Gallery throughout the month.

Moving to Music, Stories and Imagination
Saturday, April 7, 10:00-10:45
Oak Grove School, Brattleboro
Andy Davis will lead young children in activities that weave together music, storytelling, dance and song. Parents are welcome to participate with children or observe. Bring comfortable shoes. Please pre-register - call Jen at 802-254-3868 or email jenrice3868@gmail.com.

Kindred Spirits: New Life of Spring
Saturday, April 7, 10:00-11:30
Grafton Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd, Grafton
Learn about the explosion of life in the spring from small seeds to big babies and everything else in between. Build your own bird house to take home with you! RSVP by calling 802-843-2111

14th Annual Young Children’s Art Exhibit
Sunday, April 8, 10:00-Noon
River Garden, 157 Main St, Brattleboro
Come enjoy the work of our community’s youngest artists. Early childhood educators will be displaying their students’ artistic creations. Fun, hands-on activities, refreshments, face-painting and information on resources and services available for young children and their families will be available.

Building a Flourshing Community
Tuesday, April 10, 4:00-5:30
Winston Prouty Center, Holton Hall, 4th floor
How can we work together to build a strong and flourishing community? Come learn about the ways stressful events in our early years of development affect us in ways that last our entire lives. Then, talk together about how we can work as a community to
build our individual and collective resilience. There will be a presentation, discussion and light snacks with Amy Goldberg and Tracy Binet-Perrin.

Children's Creative Dance
Saturday, April 14, 9:30-10:00 (3-4 yr olds)
10:15-11:00 (5-6 yr olds)
Brattleboro School of Dance, 22 High St, Brattleboro (3rd floor)
Join us for a dance class which incorporates simple exercises and activities that draw on children's imagination and love of expressive movement. Contact info@brattleboroschoolofdance.com or 802-254-6884 with questions and to reserve a spot!

Family Fun Event
Saturday, April 14 from 10:00-12:00
Early Education Services, 130 Birge St, Brattleboro
Open to all- music, face painting, crafts, live animals from the Southern Vermont Natural History Museum, door prizes, free books, bag lunches and more!

Storybook Walk at Retreat Farm
Saturday, April 14, 1:00
Retreat Farm, 45 Farmhouse Sq, Brattleboro
Join outdoor educator, Cailyn Gans, for a storybook walk along the Little Lamb Loop trail! As we walk, children will search for the next page in the book to discover the story of a shepherd who shears his sheep and spins wool to make a brilliant red cloak. More info: info@retreatfarm.org or 802-490-2270

FREE Week at KidsPLAYce
Monday, April 16 – Friday, April 20, 10:00-2:00
20 Elliot St, Brattleboro
KidsPLAYce, an indoor play/activity center in downtown Brattleboro, will open its doors with free admission! More info: 802-254-5212

Parent Tot Open Gym
Monday, April 16 & Thursday, April 19 from 10:00-11:45
Gibson Aiken Center gym, 207 Main St, Brattleboro
Enjoy play in a big open space. Toy, blocks, playhouse, foam mats, balls and more provided. Children must be supervised. More info: Jessy at 802-254-5808

Welcoming Spring: Special Nature Programs & Earth Day
Monday, April 16 – Saturday, April 21, 10:00-2:00
Grafton Nature Museum, 186 Townshend Rd, Grafton
Join our environmental educators at 11am on Tues, Wed, Thurs, Fri, and Sat for a special hour long nature program that will be fun for all ages. Saturday will include a special Abenaki program in honor of Earth Day! Afterwards, delve into the museum then head outside to explore. Grab a trail map, try an exploration kit, or go on a scavenger hunt!

Animal Tea and Stories
Tuesday, April 17, 9:30-11:30
Brattleboro Food Co-op, 2 Main St, Brattleboro
Bring your favorite stuffed animal and dress up as an animal if you’d like! We’ll have a special tea party with homemade animal crackers, kid-friendly tea and animal stories!

Talk a Walk with Mrs. Cranberry
Wednesday, April 18, 3:30
Winston Prouty Center, Vermont Hall, 209 Austine Dr, Brattleboro
Discover the trails of the campus and meet our imaginary friends who live in the forest - like Mrs. Cranberry and Brother Cub and Sister Cub - along the way. Family-friendly hike led by Alfred Hughes, Jr. Snack provided. More info: 802-257-7852

Fun with Food at the Coop
Thursday, April 19, 9:30-11:30
Brattleboro Food Coop, 2 Main St, Brattleboro
We’ll transform the BFC Community Room into a center of sensory exploration with doughs of various kinds for kids to get their hands in, along with taste tests from every color of the rainbow. Stop in any time between 9:30 and 11:30!

Puppet Variety Show
Friday, April 20
10:00-10:30 toddlers, 10:45-11:30 preschoolers
Winston Prouty Center, Vermont Hall, 209 Austine Dr. Brattleboro
Bringing story time to the next level- Winston Prouty Center’s bookmobile librarian presents an engaging variety of storytelling techniques including shadow puppets, crankies, and more. Sharing her love of stories and art, Sueño delights young audiences with her simple productions and abundant enthusiasm.

Making Art with Found Materials
Saturday April 21, 10:00-12:00
River Gallery School of Art, 34 Main Street (sidewalk entrance)
Taught by Kay Curtis & Nancy Detra Children under 5 should be accompanied by an adult. Questions or to RSVP call Kay at 802-258-7470

Adventures with Super Bee at KidsPLAYce
Saturday, April 21, 11:15-11:45
20 Elliot St, Brattleboro
An inspiring, fun and interactive dance performance by Sobo Studios.

Wild Carrot Farm
Saturday, April 21, 9:00-11:00
511 Upper Dummerston Rd, Brattleboro
Families are invited to meet farm animals, go for a hay-ride, and plant seeds in your own pot to take home. The farm is located across from the Brattleboro Country club. More information: wildcarrotfarm@gmail.com

Adventures with Super Bee at KidsPLAYce
Saturday, April 21, 11:15-11:45
20 Elliot St, Brattleboro
An inspiring, fun and interactive dance performance by Sobo Studios.

Mother Up! Monthly Meet-Up
Corrected date/time: Monday, April 23, 5:30-7:30
KidsPLAYce, 20 Elliot St, Brattleboro
Mother Up! brings together families to talk about the tough realities of climate change and to participate in the just transition to a healthier and safer world. A simple vegetarian meal and childcare for ages 8 and under will be provided. Free and open to the public. Mother Up!: Families Rise Up for Climate Action is a project of 350Vermont. Contact: abby@350vt.org

Babes in the Woods
Wednesday, April 25 from 9:30-11:30am
Bonnyvale Environmental Education Center
1221 Bonnyvale Road, Brattleboro
Children ages 3-5 and their caregivers are invited to take a hike and enjoy the woods at BEEC. We will meet the trees and look for clues of who lives in or nearby them. We will use all of our senses to experience the wonders of the woods in early Spring. Pre-registration is required at www.beec.org or by calling 802-257-5785.

Cheshire Children’s Museum
Free with voucher
Friday, April 27 & Saturday, April 28, 10:00-5:00
Sunday, April 29, Noon-4:00
49 Emerald St, Keene, NH
A hands-on museum for children to explore, learn and Imagine a World of Possibilities. Vouchers for free entrance will be distributed at the Children’s Art Exhibit on April 8 and available at the Winston Prouty Centeror by calling 802-257-7852. More info: www.cheshirechildrensmuseum.org.

Peter Siegel Concert/Sing-Along
Saturday, April 28, 10:00-10:45
Timson Hill Preschool, Newfane, VT
Come join us for a fun concert/sing-along for families with young children.

Green Street Promise Community Pathway Opening Celebration
Saturday, April 28, 10:00-12:00
Green Street School
Art making! Kazoo parade! Ribbon cutting! Snack for all! Special showtime at 11:30! Rain or shine.

Teddy Bear Workshop
Saturday, April 28, 11:00
Whitingham Free Public Library
Kids can stuff their own teddy, decorate a shirt and receive a birth certificate for it. Snack included. Ages 3 and up. Must pre-register by April 14, 802-368-7506.

Month of the Young Child is sponsored by:
The Winston Prouty Center for Child and Family Development
Windham Early Childhood Educators Coop
Green Street Promise Community
Parent Express
Hilltop Montessori School
Early Education Services