BABIES and Preschool - Spring/Summer 2019

Registration for Spring and Summer 2019 opens at 8:00 p.m. Tuesday, March 5.  Click here for online registration and registration policies.

CHILDREN'S Garden Playgroup (0 – 5 years)

Crafts, education, games, garden sampling, bug hunts and more. Bring your children and enthusiasm and be ready to have fun!
Coordinator: TBA
Minimum number of participants for playgroup to run: 10
Ottawa Children’s Garden, Main and Clegg
July 9 - August 27 (7 weeks), no program August 20
Tuesday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
July 11 - August 29 (7 weeks), no program August 22
Thursday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.

HUSH-A-BYE Babies® (1 - 12 months)

Participate with your baby in an interactive and fun program that focuses on teaching parents the traditions of oral language games and songs. Experience the power and pleasure of knowing a pocketful of rhymes and songs that you can recite anywhere and anytime.
Learn how to use rhymes and songs effectively as a parenting tool to calm, distract and engage your baby during challenging times. The tools taught now will be with you forever to use and evolve as your child grows from a baby into a toddler.
Develop a lovely collection of songs for dancing and singing together. Enjoy a repertoire of lullabies to cuddle to and comfort your baby with.
Discover the delight and magic that comes from sharing rhymes and songs with your baby.
Refreshments included.
Instructor: Alice Davidson has worked for 25 years with parents/caregivers and their children. Over the years she has worked in a variety of roles in nursery schools, playgroups and community agencies. Most recently she coordinated and facilitated the Ottawa Parent Child Mother Goose Program. She brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Hush-a-Bye Babies® program. Alice is married, a mother of three adult children and a proud grandmother of two precious granddaughters
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
March 7 - April 18 (7 weeks), registration is currently open for this session
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
April 25 - June 13 (7 weeks), no program May 16
Thursday, 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

MUSIC Together (0 - 4 years)

Songs, chants, movement, and instrument play are all key to this fun, non-performance-oriented musical experience! Developmentally appropriate for children and easy for parents and caregivers regardless of their own musical ability.The mixed-age family music class is the essential Music Together® class, one that a child can attend from birth to kindergarten and through nine song collections. Grouping children of a variety of ages fosters natural, family-style learning. Younger children enjoy watching and imitating older ones; older children learn by leading younger ones; and adults are happy because the children in their family can go to class together. Each child can participate at his or her own level in singing, moving, chanting, listening, watching or exploring musical instruments. Any caregivers—parents, grandparents, nannies—can bring the children. The whole family is welcome and encouraged to participate in this fun and important family music experience.
Instructor: Jesse Kahat-Taillon is excited to be returning to teaching Music Together® in Ottawa after a brief hiatus. Jesse has a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre with a music minor from the University of Northern Colorado, and has been a registered Music Together center director and teacher since 2011. Her passion for creativity and expression shines when she is teaching her Music Together® classes and she wants all families to enjoy making music and memories together.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 6 families.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 13 - June 22 (10 weeks), no program June 8
Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

Saturday, 10:30 - 11:15 a.m. - CANCELLED!
$160 including materials, siblings $85, siblings under 9 months are free

COOPERATIVE Playgroup (0 – 3 years)

Parents and caregivers organize the activities in this playgroup, while CAG provides toys, craft materials and coffee. Kids are able to explore wonderful toys while you enjoy getting to know your neighbours. It’s good for you and good for them! This casual playgroup is priced for flexibility and invites you to come and go as you please and as suits your schedule.
Minimum number of participants for playgroup to run: 8
Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent
April 2 - June 11 (11 weeks),
Tuesday, 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
$30 for each child attending, siblings under 12 months of age are free and are not required to register.


A get-together for parents who are home on parental/maternity leave. Baby can come too, and the coffee will be on! Get to know other new parents in the neighbourhood.
Coordinator: Megan Shoemaker
Minimum number of families for program to run: 10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 1 - May 27 (7 weeks), no program April 22 and May 20
Monday, 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. This is a free program sponsored by CAG.

FUNdamentals of Ballet (3 - 4 years)

Come learn the fundamental elements of ballet! We will focus on: creative movement partnered with musicality, exercises to engage your young one in concepts such as coordination, and activities to help them further absorb the material learned in class. By the end of the session, we hope your little one will be excited about the art of dance and creative movement, all while having tons of fun!
Instructor:  Emily Walker began dancing at just three years old and is now a student in the Canterbury High School Dance Program, pursuing a certification in dance. She has completed numerous Royal Academy of Dance ballet exams and looks to share her enthusiasm for dance by creating an interactive and fun environment.
Minimum number of participants for the program to run: 6
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 4 - May 9  (6 weeks)

Thursday, 5:30 - 6:15 p.m.


COMMUNITY Playgroup (0 - 5 years) - summer session cancelled

The community playgroup is the perfect opportunity for your little one(s) to play and socialize. Sessions start with free play, followed by activities such as crafts, circle time and ride on toys. This playgroup has traditionally been a very popular place for parents and caregivers in the neighbourhood connect, have a coffee and chat. Kids love the different toys, the social interaction and the activities. Activities are organized by the program coordinator; parents and caregivers are asked to assist.
Coordinator: Megan Shoemaker
Minimum number of participants for playgroup to run:10
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
April 5 - June 21 (11 weeks), no program April 19
Friday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$48 first child, siblings $33, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
Summer Coordinator: TBD
July 3 - August 14 (7 weeks), 
Wednesday, 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$30 first child, siblings $15, siblings under 12 months of age are free.

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