BABIES and Preschool - Winter 2019

Programming for parents/caregivers to attend with their children...

Registration for Winter 2019 is open now. Click here for online registration and registration policies.

COMMUNITY Playgroup (0 - 5 years)

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

January 11 - March 22 (10 weeks), no program March 15
Friday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$44 first child, siblings $29, siblings under 12 months of age are free and not required to register.

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

January 8 - March 19 (10 weeks), no program March 12
Tuesday 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
$27 for each child attending, siblings under 12 months of age are free and are not required to register.

PARENT Time (0 – 3 years)

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
January 7 - January 21 (3 weeks), OR

February 25 - March 4 (2 weeks)
Monday 10:00 - 11:30 a.m.
FREE, pre-registration required. Program sponsored by CAG.


PEEKABOO/COUCOU! (0 – 3 years/0 - 3 ans)

Parents, caregivers and kids are invited to follow a bilingual program of rhymes, songs and games organized by an experienced coordinator.

Coordinator: Marina Lamont has worked as a bilingual children's librarian in Ottawa throughout her career. She has enjoyed delivering programs to preschoolers in English, French and bilingual settings merrily crossing over London Bridge to le pont d'Avignon and back again using puppets and a wealth of selected material for young children gathered from both cultures.
Minimum number of participants for program to run: 8

At Brantwood Park field house, 39 Onslow Crescent

Les parents, les aides familiaux et les enfants sont invités à participer à un programme bilingue de comptines, chansons et jeux animés par une coordonatrice avec des années d’expérience.

Coordonatrice: Marina Lamont a travaillé à titre de bibliothécaire jeunesse bilingue à Ottawa durant toute sa carrière. Elle a pris grand plaisir à animer des programmes pour tout-petits en anglais, français ou dans un cadre bilingue, franchissant joyeusement le pont d'Avignon pour rejoindre London Bridge à l'aide de marionnettes et d'une sélection de matériel pour la petite enfance tiré du patrimoine des deux cultures.
Pavillon du Parc Brantwood, 39 croissant Onslow

Nombre de participants requis pour offrir le programme : 8

January 10 - March 7 (9 weeks),
Thursday 9:30 – 11:30 a.m.
$39 first child, siblings $24, siblings under 12 months of age are free.
10 janvier – 7 mars (9 semaines),
Jeudi 9h30 à 11h30
$39 premier enfant, frère-soeur $24, frère-soeur de moins de 12 mois inscription gratuity

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

January 17 - February 28 (7 weeks),
Thursday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.
March 7 - April 18 (7 weeks),
Thursday 1:00 - 2:30 p.m.

MUSIC Together (0 - 4 years) - NEW class added!

Songs, chants, movement, and instrument play in 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 (0–5 years) and throughout all 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 the 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.
Minimum number of participants for course to run: 6 families
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 she 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.
Old Town Hall, 61 Main Street
January 19 - March 30 (10 weeks), no program February 16
Saturday, 9:30 - 10:15 a.m.

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

Class cancelled March 16 - Make-up Class April 6

Registration for Winter 2019 is open now. Click here for online registration and registration policies.

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