Thursday, December 16, 2010

Smarty Pants Mama Invention!

Sometimes you see a product that you think, well yeah...I should have thought of that! Well this is one of them. Created by a parent for parents, I give you: The Toy Saver!

For more info, visit

Monday, December 13, 2010

Music Together Free Demos

Music Together Music and Movement Program (newborns through 5 years old) are holding some FREE DEMOS in the following locations. For more details about the Music Together program and their upcoming winter semester, go to
RSVPs are required for these demos. Call 203.691.9759 to reserve, or email

Hamden Whitneyville Library
125 Carleton St, Hamden, CT
Fri, Dec 17th at 10:30am
call 203.691.9759 to RSVP

JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT
Sun, Dec 19th- 10am
call 203.691.9759 to RSVP

North Branford
Atwater Library
1720 Foxon Road, North Branford, CT
Mon, Dec 20th at 10:30am
call 203.691.9759 to RSVP

Wednesday, September 1, 2010

$15 Shirts At Sandbox Threads!

Don't miss the back-to-school sale at one of our favorite online kids' stores, Sandbox Threads!

Part II

of the KidHaven interview with Music Together.

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

KidHaven Chats With Music Together

If it isn't obvious, New Haven Kids is a HUGE fan of Music Together, and it appears our fellow New Haven Mom/Blogger KidHaven is too! Check out her interview with Liz from Music Together HERE.

It's just part 1 of their interview, so please check back tomorrow for part 2. I must say, part 1 is very informative...I'm curious to see where else they'll take this discussion.

And don't forget! Music Together free demos are beginning this week in various locations. Click Here to see the complete list.

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

Home Depot Kids Workshops

This is old news to most of you, but worth the reminder!

The first Saturday of every month, your local Home Depot hosts a Kids Workshop for ages 5-12.

The Home Depot's Kids Workshops offer useful projects including the creation of toolboxes, fire trucks and mail organizers, as well as more educational projects, such as a window birdhouse, bughouse or Declaration of Independence frame kit.

The workshops teach children do-it-yourself skills and tool safety, while at the same time helping to instill a sense of accomplishment. Additionally, this fun time allows for quality one-on-one time between adults and children.

In addition to the newly constructed project kit, each child receives a kid-sized orange apron, similar to The Home Depot associates' aprons, and an achievement pin.

For more info, visit their website.

Monday, August 23, 2010

Free Music Together Classes!

Come and join us for a free demonstration class!

Please RSVP to 203-691-9759 or e-mail if you wish to attend.

Each semester demo classes will be held for families who wish to preview a class. Whether you’re coming to Music Together for the first time, or you want to return with your new little ones, demos are held approximately 2 to 3 weeks prior to the next semester. Moms, Dad’s, grandparents, and nannies are welcome to attend our demos and our classes. Just come prepared to participate, and to have fun making music and dancing with your child!

Upcoming Free Demonstration classes~

The Unitarian Church
700 Hartford Turnpike, Hamden, CT
Thurs, Sept 2nd at 10am
(Please note this address has been corrected from the previous post)
North Madison
The North Madison Congregational Church
1271 Durham Road, Madison, CT
Fri, Sept 1oth- 10am
JCC of Greater New Haven
360 Amity Road, Woodbridge, CT
Sat Sept 11th- 10am
Blend - a creative space for kids
1120 Main Street, Branford
Sat, Sept 11th at 10am

Thursday, August 19, 2010

It's County Fair Time!

What could be better than a county fair? When I was a kid, we waited all summer for those funnel cakes and rides! (Perhaps not in that order).

To find the dates for all the Connecticut county fairs, CLICK HERE! Many are this weekend!

What's Going On This Weekend?

August 20-21 - Milford
Milford Oyster Festival. Enjoy the sights, sounds, tastes and history of Milford. Entertainment for children and music fans, harbor canoe and kayak races, over 200 arts and crafts vendors from around the country, a classic car show and food offered by local non-profit civic organizations. Free Admission. Fri. 5:30-9:30 PM, Sat. 10 AM - 6 PM (203) 878-5363

August 20 - 22 - Wolcott
Wolcott Country Fair, 24 Todd Road. Animals, arts and crafts, food, rides, entertainment and more. Visit the website for details. (203) 879-5466

August 21 - Essex
Arts & Crafts Fair on the Town Green, Main St. Juried show with more than 50 exhibitors, food gazebo with homemade items. 10 AM-4 PM. Free. (860) 434-0751

August 21- Trumbull
Westfield Trumbull’s Back to School Bash at Westfield Trumbull 5065 Main St. Celebrate the beginning of the upcoming school year with Westfield Trumbull as we host our ‘Back to School Bash.’ The biggest end of summer party will take place August 21st between 10am and 6pm on the upper level outside of Lord & Taylor. This free event will feature multiple movie viewings, fashion shows, arts and crafts, Radio Disney family challenge, a retailer marketplace and more. 10 AM to 6 PM Free. 203-372-4500

August 21-22 - Guilford
What's a Baffle? Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St. Find out and see it down for the first time in decades. Admission Fee. 10 AM-4 PM (203) 453-2457

August 22- Guilford
Wellness Fair. The Guilford Parks and Recreation Department is sponsoring a Wellness Fair on the Guilford Green. 4:30-6:30 PM. Free. (203) 453-8068

August 22 - Guilford
Concerts on the Green sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Featuring Lennon Live - A John Lennon Tribute. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Free. 6:30-8 PM. (203) 453-8068

Thursday, August 12, 2010

What's Going On This Weekend?

August 12, 14, 15 - Old Saybrook
Connecticut Free Shakespeare - "Twelfth Night" Performance. Town Hall Green. Join us for a night under the stars with moonstruck lovers, mismatched couples, secret passions, hidden identities, practical jokes, wacky sword fights, comic revenge, and a happily ever after! Everyone is welcome, and admission is free! 8 PM (203) 393-3213

August 14 - Norwalk
2:30 PM - 3:30 PM Arabic Music, Dance and Culture at Stepping Stones!
Join Karim Nagi-Mohammed as he illustrates Arabic culture through musical instruments like the Buzuq and performs exciting music and dance.

August 14 - Essex
Family Maritime Festival. Connecticut River Museum, Steamboat Dock, 67 Main Street. Learn how to rope, caulk a ship and participate in maritime games. Tour a historic schooner and be entertained by maritime music. Free. 1-4 PM for festival activities, 5-7 PM for concert. (860) 767-8269

August 14 - Middlefield
Peach Fest at Lyman Orchards, Rte. 147 & Rte. 157. Celebrate peach season with a host of fun-family activities! Enjoy fresh baked Peach Pies in the Apple Barrel, live music on the deck with Bus13, a local Connecticut rock band that continues to draw big crowds, featuring the musical talents of guitarist and vocalist Todd Daniels. Fun activities include contests and prizes, horse drawn wagon rides with Foxglove Farm, pony rides for kids, and more! Free. 11 AM-9 PM. (860) 669-5735

August 14 – Windsor Locks
Space & Aviation Day. Bradley International Airport & New England Air Museum (36 Perimeter Rd.) and Bradley Air National Guard Base, 100 Nicholson Rd., East Granby. Featuring static aircraft displays, live demonstrations, space exploration activities, music, entertainment, games, contests, Space Race 5K and more. Free. (203) 772-0522

August 14 -15 – Mystic
Mystic Outdoor Art Festival in Historic Downtown Mystic. Celebrating over 50 years, the Mystic Outdoor Art Festival is the oldest festival of its kind in the northeast. Over 300 artists and craftsmen display and sell their wares along the streets of Historic Downtown Mystic. Enjoy the Children’s Art Park where children can participate in art themed activities, and a Future Artists Pavilion featuring the artwork of local students. 10 AM – 6 PM. Free. (860) 572-9578

August 14 - 15- Sharon
Sharon Audubon Festival, Sharon Audubon Center- 325 Cornwall Bridge Road (Route 4) The Sharon Audubon Festival features two days of various nature programs and hikes for kids and adults, live animal presentations, musical performances, vendors, food and more. 9:30 AM-5:30 PM. $7 adults, $5 kids 12 and under (860) 364-0520

August 15 - Norwalk
11:00 AM - 4:00 PM Stepping Stones Museum Community Block Party
Enjoy free museum admission, special performances, fun activities and Touch-A-Truck!

August 15 - Bridgeport
Teddy Bear Fest at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave. Bring your favorite teddy bear friend to the Zoo! This “beary” fun day also will feature children’s crafts and storytelling focusing on Bear Awareness and the facts about real bears. FREE admission for children under age 12 who bring their teddy bear to the “Teddy Bear Clinic” and are accompanied by a paying adult. Noon- 3 PM. (203) 394-6565

August 15 - Brooklyn
Sundae Social at Creamery Brook Bison Farm, 19 Purvis Road. Build your own sundae with New England ice cream. Take an evening ride to see the bison. Free ice cream cup and spoon for all paid participants 12 years and under. 5:30 PM. $10. (860) 779-0837

August 15 - Guilford
Concerts on the Green sponsored by the Parks and Recreation Department. Featuring Liberation – A Chicago Tribute. Bring a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music. Free. 6:30-8 PM. (203) 453-8068

August 15 - Madison
Dr. YaYa’s Gumbo Party. Evenings on the Green. These are free concerts for all to enjoy. Please refrain from bringing alcohol with you as it is not allowed under our agreement for use of the Green by the First Congregational Church of Madison. Come on down and sit on a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music! 6 – 8 PM Free. (203) 245-5623

August 15 - Middlebury
Dance Day at Quassy Amusement Park, Rte. 64. From jazz to tap, and some elaborate group routines. Entertainment from all age groups at the Lakeside Theatre stage. Program: noon-6 PM. (203) 758-2913

August 15 - Old Saybrook
"A Step Back in Time" – A Celebration of Saybrook Colony's 375th Anniversary,1698 Bushnell Farm, Boston Post Rd. Family fun featuring games, tours, demonstrations, hay rides, plow pull, barn-raising, historical characters in period costume, storytelling, fife and drum corps, weavers, spinners; refreshments available. Adults $10, children free. Noon – 4 PM. (860) 395-1635

CT Dance Force Open House and Registration Dates

Registration for new and returning students for our 2010-2011 dance season will be held on the following days:

Wednesday & Thursday August 25th & 26th-6:30-8:30pm
Saturday August 28th- 10:00am-2:00pm

Wednesday & Thursday September 1st & 2nd- 6:30-8:30pm
Saturday September 4th- 10:00am-2:00pm

We offer dance classes to students ages 18 months through adult. Professional staff teach ballet, pointe, tap, jazz, hip hop and creative movement. Age appropriate, movement, music and costumes. Flexible and fun adult dance program!

For more information please visit our website at, become a friend on Facebook or feel free to contact us!

CT Dance Force
1220 Whitney Avenue, Hamden, CT 06517
Kate Mai-Loretz, Artistic Managing Director
Kristopher Loretz, Assistant Director
(203) 671-9320 ~

Back To School Clothing Swap

The eco-friendly way to shop with The Painted Pomegranate at the JCC!

Sunday, August 22
10 am - 2 pm

Parents will bring children's lightly used clothes, shoes, hats and jackets to swap. (Please no undergarments).

Each item of clothing = 1 ticket
Parents will use their tickets to purchase clothing from each other!

Call to register today! (203) 387- 2522 x227
$10 registration fee

Monday, August 9, 2010

Lollipop Opera

Lollipop Opera offers a performance of Little Red Riding Hood
this coming Wednesday, August 11, at 10:00 am at Seven Angels Theatre in

And look out for The Frog Prince, coming October 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, 15 & 16!

Thursday, August 5, 2010

Music Together In Hamden!

Music Together is now offering classes in Hamden! Check out Musical Folk for more details.

And for more info on the Music Together program, visit our post from May '09!

To Do List


Every Saturday Night - Southington
For families with older children...pack of the family and go to the Southington Drive-In! Gates open at 6:00, movie starts at 9:00.

August 7, 14, 21, 28 - Middlebury
Quassy Amusement Park – Carload Nights! Located on Route 64. Everyone in the car gets an evening ride and "Saturation Station" pass for only $25 after 5 PM. Parking charge is included. Every Saturday through September 4. (203) 758-2913

August 2-15 – Middlebury
Kent Family Magic Circus at Quassy Amusement Park, Rte. 64. Fantastic family entertainment with magic, juggling, fire eating and more. Daily shows start at 1 PM. (203) 758-2913

August 10, 17, 24, 31 - New Haven“Sky Quest” - Family Planetarium Show. Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium, 355 Prospect St. Show consists of a 5-7 minute live show about tonight's sky followed by "Sky Quest", a show about star gazing. This show is particularly suitable for young children. There are only 50 seats in the planetarium theater, which are available on a "first-come, first-served" basis. All shows on Tuesday nights are free. 6-7 PM. (203) 285-8840

August 10, 17, 24, 31 - New Haven“Astronaut” - Family Planetarium Show. Leitner Family Observatory and Planetarium, 355 Prospect St. Planetarium show begins with a 10 minute live show about tonight's sky, followed by "Astronaut". Discover the perils that lurk in space as we subject 'Chad', our test astronaut, to everything that space has to throw at him, from zero gravity to gamma radiation. There are only 50 seats in the planetarium theater, which are available on a "first-come, first-served" basis. All shows on Tuesday nights are free. Two shows available. 7-8 PM and 8-9 PM. Telescopes are available for public observation at 9 PM weather permitting. (203) 285-8840

August 4-8 - Guilford
Shakespeare on the Shoreline – “Twelfth Night”. Guilford Town Green. This is the 9th season of 'theatre under the stars' as the Shoreline Arts Alliance presents CT Free Shakespeare in five nights of performances of "Twelfth Night" with equity cast and crew and under the direction of Ellen Lieberman. A special addition to the performance each night is the 'living intermission' where members of the cast engage and interact with the audience with continued entertainment and music. Bring blankets, chairs and picnic dinners and enjoy family entertainment on the beautiful, historic Guilford Green. No performance if raining. Free. 7:30 PM. (203) 453-3890

August 11, 18 – Waterbury
Museum Wednesday For Kids: The Art of Summer. Mattatuck Museum Arts & History Center, 144 West Main St. Youngsters ages five through eight years old will study the works of artists who painted the light and colors of summer in a variety of scenes. Students will create their own paintings based on their favorite summer places and activities. Classes will focus on different artists each week. Aileen Singleton and Carole Glazer will teach the classes. Ms. Singleton is an artist who teaches classes at Goldsmith’s Fine Art in Waterbury and at the Mattatuck Museum. Ms. Glazer has been is a commercial designer for over 20 years. Registration is required. $2 per child. 2-4 PM (203) 753-0381 ext 10

This Weekend Only...

August 5-7 - Ansonia
Festa! 2010 at Holy Rosary Church, Father Salemi Dr. Celebration of the Italian heritage with freshly prepared food, musical entertainment, rides for children, games, marketplace and more. Free. 5-11 PM. (203) 735-1787

August 5 - Clinton
NewAlliance Bank Summer Concert Series-The Convertibles. Vece Gazebo, Pierson School, Main Street, Clinton. Bring a blanket or lawn chair. Free. In the event of rain the concert will be canceled. 6:30 PM. (860) 669-3889

August 6 - Guilford
"The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk" performed by Connecticut Free Shakespeare. Jacobs Beach, Seaside Avenue. Connecticut Free Shakespeare is proud to present "The True Story of Jack and the Beanstalk," a play with music for children written by Bert Garskof. It is based on the classic and familiar story of Jack and the Beanstalk but has new twists and turns taking the audience on a magical new adventure. The cast is made up of the wonderful and talented Ensemble actors from our 2010 main stage production of "Twelfth Night." Original songs and incidental music have been written by Professor Louis Negri, faculty member of the Hamden Hall Country Day School. The story is action packed, fun and exciting for children of all ages. Admission is Free! 11:30 AM and 12:45 PM. or (203) 393-3213

August 6-8 - North Branford
Potato & Corn Festival, Augur Farm - Rte. 22. Enjoy fresh fire-roasted potatoes and corn while listening to live bands; unique games, contests, business expo, carnival, farmer's market, classic car show, crafts and fireworks. Fri. 4-11 PM, Sat. 9 AM – 11 PM, Sun. 9 AM – 8 PM. Free. (203) 315-6017

August 7 – Norwalk
Two great events at Stepping Stones Museum!
Creative Kids Art! Create a craft project inspired by our Around the World destinations Egypt and Syria. 2:30 – 3:30.
Sound of Music Sing-A-Long! The smash-hit musical show that has been all around the world is now at Stepping Stones. For those of you not yet converted, Sing-A-Long Sound of Music is a screening of the classic Julie Andrews film musical, complete with subtitles so that the whole audience can sing along. Come dressed as your favorite character, participate in pre-movie activities and receive a free goodie-bag. So get those vocal chords warmed up, cut up those chintz curtains and hurry down for the perfect family night out. You don’t need to be a kid to attend – just young at heart! Rain or shine. Tickets $15 member/$20 non-member and $12 children ages 2-12. Reservations required. Space is limited. Register online at or call 203 899 0606, ext. 247. 7:00 – 11:00 pm.

August 7 - Bridgeport
Animal Enrichment Day at Connecticut's Beardsley Zoo, 1875 Noble Ave. Animal environmental enrichment helps keep animals active mentally and physically. Information available on ways people can enrich the lives of their pets at home. Noon-3 PM. Free with zoo admission. (203) 394-6565

August 7 - Fairfield
Family Builders for Single Parents & Kids - Annual Picnic First Baptist Church of Fairfield, 65 Church Hill Rd. Annual picnic! Come out for fun family event with outdoor games, hamburgers, hotdogs ... 1 PM Free. (203) 502-9362

August 7 – Guilford
Story Time & Scavenger Hunt at the Henry Whitfield State Museum, 248 Old Whitfield St. Enjoy reading of an historical tale or two and hunt for unique artifacts in the museum. Free. 10 AM – 4 PM. (203) 453-2457

August 7 – Milford
Great American Sand Sculpture Competition, Walnut Beach, East Broadway. Enjoy the day at the beach and watching the sand sculptures be created. 1-5 PM. Free. (203) 878-6647

August 7-8 - South Norwalk
SoNo Arts Celebration. Washington & North Main Sts. Outdoor celebration in a unique presentation of visual and performing arts in historic South Norwalk. Live music, juried fine art and craft show, children's art area, film festival and interactive activities. Sat. 10 AM-midnight, Sun. 11 AM-6 PM. Free. (203) 866-7916

August 8 - Madison
Taxmen – Rock. Evenings on the Green. These are free concerts for all to enjoy. Please refrain from bringing alcohol with you as it is not allowed under our agreement for use of the Green by the First Congregational Church of Madison. Come on down and sit on a blanket or lawn chair and enjoy the music! 6 – 8 PM Free. (203) 245-5623

Monday, August 2, 2010

Wilderness Survivors

The Painted Pomegranate Offers an Unforgettable Wilderness Survivors Summer Program for Kids

Looking for a summer experience your 8- 13-year-old children will never forget? The week-long Wilderness Survivors Camp, offered by the Painted Pomegranate, is the answer!

The Painted Pomegranate (The Pom), the Jewish Community Center of Greater New Haven’s (JCC) creative learning and play center, has planned a remarkable week of fantastic fun and learning that will take place on the JCC’s 40-acre campus at 360 Amity Road, Woodbridge. Children will learn how to make fire by rubbing sticks together, track foxes and coyotes, make survival shelters, learn how not to get lost and much more! All kids should be prepared to get dirty and have fun!

Wilderness Survivors Camp will run from August 16th-20th from 9:00am-3:00pm, and the cost is $350 per child. For more information, or to register, please call Daniela Balzano at 203-387-2522 x227.

New Haven Musician Sets Out to Bring His Dinosaur Music to the World Stage

NEW HAVEN – Local composer and orchestra manager for the Yale Symphony Orchestra, Brian Robinson, has been entertaining area toddlers and pre-school audiences for four years with his dinosaur-themed wind quintet, The Cretaceous Quintet. Now, with the help of a fund-raising website called Kickstarter, he is setting out to produce a professional recording, to be released digitally on iTunes and in CD formats.

The album, titled “Roar!”, will feature songs heard at the groups live performances at the Peabody Museum, including “It’s Not Easy to Dance with Deinonychus”, “The Alphabet of Dinosaurs”, and “Five Little Raptors”. New, never-before-heard songs will also be included. One, “Still Life with Torosaurus”, is inspired by the prominent statue outside the Peabody.

“This is a truly New Haven-borne venture” says Robinson. “I wrote our first songs on a whim for my son’s local nursery school [United Community Nursery School on Temple Street], and within two months we were playing at Dinosaur Days at the Peabody Museum. We’re in our fourth year of bringing dinosaur-themed joy to kids.”

Fund-raising for the project will begin on July 1st, and end on August 25th. Brian hopes to raise $3,000 in that time through the innovative web fundraising platform, Kickstarter. In order to acquire pledges, Robinson is giving out digital and physical copies of the album to donors, as well as signed copies of original sheet music.

The most unique pledge gift, however, is the opportunity to appear on the album itself. For a $40 pledge, you or your child can “Roar” into a microphone, send Brian a copy of the recording, and that “Roar” will wind up on the album, complete with an album credit in the liner notes.


Sunday, August 1, 2010

Happy Birthday, Tantrum!

It was brought to my attention that Tantrum Salon just celebrated their one year birthday! Congrats, Tantrum!

I first brought my son to Tantrum just after they opened last year. We had such a great experience, I rushed home to post about how great they are. I've heard from many pleased parents who started bringing their kids to Tantrum following that post, so I thought I would help celebrate their big birthday by reminding you all about my visit. Click Here to read all about it!

Happy Birthday, Tantrum!

Music Together Fall Classes

Fall Registration for Music Together is in full swing! To view the fall schedule, click here and for more info on Music Together, see our review of this awesome program here.

Oh--and while we're on the subject, if you're interested in having a Music Together birthday party, email us at

Friday, July 16, 2010

Classes At The Painted Pomegranate

Check out the new summer classes at The Painted Pomegranate Creative Center for Children at the JCC in Woodbridge!

Mommy & Baby Support Group
Looking for information, encouragement and support?
July 14 – August 11, Wednesdays, 4:00 – 5:00 PM
Join us for a mommy and baby support group and meet other moms interested in breastfeeding as they begin the beautiful, but often times challenging experience of breastfeeding. Share your tips about how to feed a sleepy baby, positioning, latch/nipple care, newborn care, and adjusting to the “new normal” Open to all moms -- formula, no formula, co-sleeper, crib sleeper, sling wearer, and stroller pushers alike! Toddlers/siblings welcomed.

Led by Certified Lactation Counselor, Beth Brownstein CD CLC: To register or for more information call Beth at 203-389-3383.

Childbirth Preparation Classes
There is no single right way to give birth! Choose your path after hearing all options. Classes are offered in small group settings of three to five women and their partners. Small classes ensure your voice and questions will be heard. Classes are suitable for those planning to give birth with midwives or doctors, at a birth center, in a hospital, or at home.
Topics include:
Nutrition and exercise in Pregnancy
Stages of labor
Coping and relaxation techniques
Positions for Labor and Birth
How to be a good labor support person/role of the support person
Pain relief options: making informed choices
Postpartum care of Mom
Welcoming your newborn (newborn procedures & newborn care)
And so much more!
Five Evenings, Wednesdays 6:00 - 8:30 PM: July 14 – August 11
Classes are $250
To register or for more information call Beth at 203-389-3383.

Fun With Art Fundamentals, Ages: 8-12
Teacher: Rosemary Benivengia
Monday, July 12-Friday, July 16th, 4:15pm-6:15pm
$120member / $140non-member

Fun With Art Fundamentals will enable children to expand their art knowledge and explore variety of media and techniques. This class offers young artists an opportunity to develop observational and technical skills through an in-depth exploration of mixed media. They will discuss the 8 building blocks of design via drawing with pencil, charcoal, ink and pastels while exploring line, shape, value, perspective and proportion. Drawing assignments include the study of various artists and a composition of one of their works.

To register or for more information please contact Daniela Balzano at 203-387-2522 ext. 227

Celebrate the Wilderness, Ages 8-13
Monday, August 16th-Friday August 20th, 9:00am-3:00pm
Workshop $350member / $370non-member

We will be hiking on local trails, making eco-art, discussing wilderness survival techniques, and learning about local flora and fauna. Please make sure that your children are not dressed in their best?..exploring nature can be messy! Children should show up with a bagged lunch, and small snack.
To register or for more information please contact Daniela Balzano at 203-387-2522 ext. 227

Color, Form and Architecture, Ages: 12-16
Monday, July 26th-Friday, July 30th
$120member / $140non-member

Build models, scrap piece sculptures, and more. Your child will explore basic shapes in architecture and how they are reflected in buildings and other structures. From there, the student will begin experimenting with the transformation of those forms. Color and color theory will be discussed and applied to basic architectural concepts.

To register or for more information please contact Daniela Balzano at 203-387-2522 ext. 227

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

OWC Playgroup Tag Sale This Weekend!

Don't forget that the OneWorld Community Playgroup tag sale and bake sale is this Saturday!

Saturday, May 15, 2010 9am-2pm
Rain or Shine!

Baby Stuff - Kid Stuff - Parent Stuff
Clothing, Toys, Books, Videos + DVDs, Strollers + Other Gear, Housewares, MATERNITY WEAR, and MUCH MORE!

FUN ACTIVITIES FOR THE KIDDOS! Craft table, Storytelling, Family Yoga, Music Together Demo, Family Boot camp, Face painting, Open Playroom and an opportunity to meet members of OWC Playgroup!

RAFFLES! Music Together Classes (nearly $200 value), a Music Together Birthday Party ($150 value), Painted Pomegranate certificates, and local spa + salon certificates!

Here is a schedule of events:
9:00am -10:30am Face painting
9:45-10:30am Music Together class demo
10:30am - 11:00 Storytelling with George
11:00am - 11:30am - Yoga for kids (and parents!)
11:30am - 12:00am - Bootcamp with Christa for families! (wear sneakers!)

For a copy of the flyer, click here!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

Curious Jane

Curious Jane Kick-Off Celebration!
Saturday May 1st, 10am-5pm
@ the Brooklyn Flea in Brooklyn, New York

Samantha, Jen and the Curious Jane team will be at the Brooklyn Flea with demos, giveaways and a chance to win a free week at any Curious Jane NYC location! Register on the spot and receive a Curious Jane tote bag.

Curious Jane is a unique summer day camp which offers girls 6-12 the opportunity to explore science, design and engineering in a fun, creative environment. Our goal is to empower girls to be active, look at things in new ways and - above all - experiment! SIGN UP TODAY!

Click Here for more information, including locations and classes!

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

OneWorld Community Playgroup Tag Sale!

Click on the image to enlarge. More information to come!

Attention Homeschoolers!

You are cordially invited to attend Homeschool Day at the JCC in Woodbridge, CT. On Friday, May 21st from 10am-2pm we will be hosting a fun and interactive day of events and activities for homeschooled children(ages 5 and up), or parents who are interested in the possibilities of homeschooling.
We will be visited by various guests including The Connecticut Experiential Learning Center, guitar Instructor Tim Palmeiri, yoga teachers, face painters, and more! Your family will also be provided with a free day pass to the JCC, including the use of our amazing playscape, pool, basketball courts, racquetball courts, gym, and outdoor facilities.
The cost of this event is $5.00 per family.
For more information, or to reserve your space today, you may contact the Director of Family Services, Daniela Balzano at 203-387-2522 ext. 227, or via email @

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mom's Night Out

Calling all moms! Have you been looking for a night out with the girls? Then look no further, because it's Mom's Night Out in downtown New Haven.

On Thursday, May 6th, the Chapel and Broadway Merchant Associations will be inviting moms to New Haven for a FREE night of pampering, in store promotions, and restaurant details.

From 5pm to 8pm, participating stores will offer 20% off your favorite item (exclusions may apply) as well as fantastic in store demonstrations, such as chair massages, beauty consultations, spa scents, chocolate tastings, wine and cheese plates and much more!

After a fun filled night of shopping, visit one of New Haven's renowned restaurants for drink, appetizer, and entree specials.

Participants can register at 1020 Chapel Street (above Seychelles and Raggs) starting at 5pm where they will receive their exclusive "Mom's Night Out" T-shirt, participating store card, and entrerto win fabulous prize packages.

Click Here for participating stores and restaurants!

Bethesda Spring Fair and Tag Sale!

SPRING FAIR AND TAG SALE. Bethesda Nursery School will hold its annual spring fair and tag sale on Saturday, May 8, 2010 from 10 am – 2 pm (rain or shine). The tag sale begins at 9 am. This fantastic family event provides lots of fun and entertainment for kids and adults, including games, moon bounce, music, plant sale, bake sale, raffle and refreshments. Tickets must be purchased for activities.

All proceeds benefit the Bethesda Nursery School Scholarship Fund. Join the fun at the Bethesda Nursery School playground, 305 St. Ronan Street, New Haven.

Parking is available at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 450 Whitney Avenue, between Canner Street and Edwards Street.

11:00AM - The Cretaceous Quintet...ROAR!
11:45AM - The Suzuki Violin Studio of Laura Wright
12:30PM - Andy the Amazing Magician

Monday, April 26, 2010

This Tuesday At The Painted Pomegranate

We received the following email today from The Painted Pomegranate:

Greetings Parents,

We would like to formally invite you to a belated Earth Day get-together on Tuesday, April 27 between the hours of 8:45 am and 3:30 pm at the new Painted Pomegranate. We will be crafting in an earthy way, and making treasures for your children to cherish!

All parent's groups will be discounted, and will be able to participate for only $8 per family....for as many hours as you would like! We also have a fabulous playscape located on our lower level, so that your children can expend all of their energies!

The Painted Pomegranate is a new creative center for children. The Pomegranate allows parents (both members and non-members) to drop their children off in an experiential learning center where children can create in the art room, act on the stage, manipulate objects in the sensory tables, and become comfortable in the book nook. Classes including yoga for kids, Music Together, Music and Me, and theater, will run throughout the week. Afterschool activities for older children, fabulous birthday parties, and various parent and children workshops will also be offered.

We look forward to seeing you!

Daniela Balzano
Director of Family Services
The Painted Pomegranate
360 Amity Road

203-387-2522 ext 227

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Music Together Classes

We have added many new classes this semester
at Blend for kids in Branford
1020 Main Street, Branford, CT

Join us for a free introductory class this Thurs at 5:15 (April 15th)

RSVP: by calling 203.691.9759

Our 10 week Spring Semester starts this week

Classes offered at Blend on the following days

Tues 10am
Tues 11am
Thurs 5:15pm
Sat 10am
Sat 11am

Receive $20 off your registration when you mention that you saw this ad!
Classes also held in New Haven, Branford, Woodbridge, Madison
For information about classes and to register on line, please visit us at

Thomas Play Date!

Join your local Toys-R-Us for a play date with Thomas the Tank Engine.
Saturday, April 17th from 11am-1pm.
Enjoy storytime, coloring fun, Thomas trivia, special offers and free gifts.
To find a store new you, click here.

Thursday, April 1, 2010

What's Going On This Weekend?

We're back from maternity leave! We're a New Haven family of four! And here's what's going on this weekend!

April 1-4 - Norwalk
NanoDays. Stepping Stones Museum for Children, Mathews Park, 303 West Avenue. Daily activities in nanoscale science and engineering. Check website for daily schedule. Last year, more than 150 NanoDays events were held throughout the country. 10am-5pm. Regular Museum admission applies. (203) 899-0606

April 2 - Mystic
Wild Egg Hunt. Denison Pequotsepos Nature Center, 109 Pequotsepos Rd. Animals have many unique ways to camouflage their eggs. Come see if the Nature Center staff is as good as they hide over 1,000 eggs on the trails. Children must be accompanied by an adult and bring a basket. 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Admission: $7. Pre-registration required. (860) 536-1216

April 3 - Brooklyn
Easter Egg Hunt at Creamery Brook Bison, 19 Purvis Rd. Take a wagon ride to see the bison, and then have fun looking for the Easter egg hunt and games. 1 pm $9.50. (860) 779-0837

April 3 – New Haven
"The Happy Prince" Long Wharf Theatre, 222 Sargent Dr. One of Oscar Wilde's best-loved fairy tales. It tells the story of a magnificent golden statue who, with the help of a kind young swallow, spreads goodwill throughout his kingdom. But as winter approaches, the swallow must decide whether to join his flock in Egypt or to risk his life by staying behind to help his new friend. A sense of theatrical magic and wonder abounds in this tale about charity, friendship, and hope, told with Wilde's trademark grace and wit. Admission is free, reservations suggested. Donations accepted. 11 am & 1 pm (203) 787-4282

April 3 - New Milford
Easter Family Fun. Hunt Hill Farm, 44 Upland Rd. Learn techniques of decorating and dyeing Easter eggs using all-natural dyes. Enjoy a warm cup of homemade soup. Easter egg hunt. Pre-registration. Noon-2 pm $10. (860) 355-0300

Painted Pomegranate

Come spend a morning at the new Painted Pomegranate located in the JCC in Woodbridge. Come and allow your children to explore our many stations including art, science, sensory, dress up and more! We also allow access to our 10 ft high playscape equipped with tunnels, slides, nets and gidgets and gadgets galore. Come for the fun!!! We are open from 8:45-3:30 Monday-Friday, and admission is $10 for families for up to two hours. For more information, you may reach us at 203-387-2522 extension 227 or via email at

Friday, March 26, 2010

Fix The Playground Gates At East Rock Park!

From a New Haven Mom:

The playground at East Rock Park (College Woods) is heavily used but for as long as I can remember, the latches at the two gates have never worked. This ain't good, folks. It's a safety issue for the kids who play there and a peace of mind issue for the parents of the kids. Well, finally an issue on the subject has been opened at See Click Fix. Please Click Here and then say "I want this fixed too!" to let this posting gain some momentum. Odds are good that with a certain critical mass, the damned fence will get fixed.

Sunday, February 28, 2010


Sorry it has been so long, CT parents! As I mentioned in my previous post about expecting another New Haven Kid, I have been spending all my free time resting up. Truth is, I thought I would have had this baby by now, but...I was wrong.

I hope in this prolonged absence, you've been looking through our archives and checking out the helpful links (to the right of this post)--especially KidHaven, which has begun to list weekend activities.

I hope to be back very soon!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Toddler To Do List

A friend of mine (and fellow blogger mom) made up a list of things to do with her toddler when she was pregnant with her second child. It was winter and she was constantly exhausted, and rather than putting on a movie every afternoon, she decided to do a little research. The result was this list. As I mentioned in my last post, I am also the winter...with a toddler. That's a sure recipe for boredom. I've referred to this list many a day and it has saved everyone in the house. And now, my friends...I share the list with you. Enjoy the warmth of your house and a fun afternoon with your toddler!

•Bake, bake, bake!
•Play with pizza dough/make pizza (rolling pin)
•Wrap old toys w/ lots of wrapping paper/ribbon
•Premade cookie dough/large sprinkles
•3 drops food coloring in bathtub
•Plant radishes/water them
•Meals of all one color foods
•Collect rocks/sticks/leaves. Make a collage
•Play hide and seek with stuffed animal. Hiding spots get progressively harder
•Make fake mailbox. Create letters for family members/toys, mail them, open box and deliver them
•Give (hard plastic) baby bath in large Tupperware. Have towel for baby
•Pretend cook rice. Measure, dump in bowl, stir, etc.
•Pretend to be a robot. Respond when nose is pushed, ear is pulled, arm is moved, etc. Respond same way to each action
•Play doctor with doll. First, parent be Dr./child be parent to doll. Go through a standard check up (weigh doll, heartbeat, check ears/eyes). Then let child be Dr.
•Set up fake grocery store. Go shopping with cart. Collect money, bag groceries, put them “away” on shelves of toy kitchen.
•Make objects with play dough. Explain objects
•Create ramp off of sofa/chair. Roll round objects down it (fruit, ball, toy cars). Let child pick objects. Explain round vs. flat/square.
•Feed dolls in toy high chair. Encourage child to talk to dolls. “Mmmm, that’s good, good job” etc. Use bibs during meals and washcloths after meals.
•After diaper change (lying down), say “where should I plant this kiss?....Ahhh, hand” (kiss hand). Ask again but let child answer or point. Name body part before kissing it.
•Sing “If you’re happy and you know it” but create different verses with new emotions (if you’re sad/shed a tear. If you’re angry/stomp your feet, sleepy/say nuh-nights etc)
•Make birdfeeder with pine cone, butter, oatmeal. Hang in tree by window
•Make caterpillar out of egg carton, pipe cleaners, paint
•Make puppets from paper plates and popsicle sticks, yarn for hair. Create happy/sad expressions.
•String multi-colored ziti or cereal on yarn to make necklaces and bracelets
•Make paper bag animal puppets with lunch size paper bags and construction paper
•Make blanket forts
•Create a “today’s weather” chart with a sun, clouds, rain clouds, wind etc. Discuss weather for the day and put applicable item on chart depending on weather for that day

Thursday, January 28, 2010

A NEW New Haven Kid

Some of you may be wondering why there seems to be some slacking going on here at New Haven Kids. Well, truth be told, I've been sleeping on the job...literally. See, there is a new New Haven Kid due to join the world any day now and this New Haven mom has been doing quite a bit of resting before that day arrives. I usually post during my son's nap, but now I nap when he naps!

Please don't give up on me! I vow to be better and hope to have a list of the weekend's events up today!

Cheers to a busy 2010--a year that is sure to bring more posts for the newborn age group!

Friday, January 15, 2010

Free 10-Week Prenatal Group

The Nurturing Families Network offers you an experience to learn about your child’s development in their earliest stages.

Where: Ora Mason Branch Library ▪ 260 Benham Hill Rd ▪ West Haven CT
When: Saturday/ February 6, 2010 – April 10, 2010
Time: 11:30 am – 1:30 pm

Call Ashley Lowe, Nurturing Families Network
Nurturing Connections/ Parenting Group Coordinator
For more information please call: (203) 859-6060

The Nurturing Families Network is a program offered by the Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut, with major funding provided by The Children’s Trust Fund and the support of individuals and corporations.

Visiting Nurse Association of South Central Connecticut•1 Long Wharf Dr New Haven CT 06511

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

Astrograss Concert!

Astrograss for Kids

Saturday January 30th, at 4pm
The First Presbyterian Church, Miller Hall
704 Whitney Ave, New Haven

Admission: $12 adults, $6 children, or $25 family rate

To reserve your seats, please call 203.691.9759

Click here to watch their "very cool" youtube video

We have a real treat for you! A bluegrass concert for children - coming to New Haven this January. If you have kids, grandkids are you're just a big kid yourself, you won't want to miss this family concert. "Astrograss for kids" is an interactive, exciting, educational bluegrass band who are based out of Brooklyn, NY and have been performing for audiences at venues across the country - venues such as, Greyfox Bluegrass festival, NY, South by South West Festival, TX, Appalachian Uprising bluegrass festival, OH, BB King's Blues club, and the Symphony Space, NY to name but a few. The band's self-titled debut album, released in 2005, showcases its unique sound: earthy, bluegrass-inspired yet decidedly un-twangy. Astrograss is equally passionate in its vocal harmonies and surging improvisations. In concert, Astrograss wows audiences with an eclectic yet solidly rooted mix of original material, choice covers ranging from Jimmy Webb to Guns n' Roses. This New York band’s second disc is full of upbeat, banjo- and fiddle-filled ditties that recall traditional Gaelic music. Be prepared to participate in this concert. Sure to be a fun time for the whole family.

"Astrograss lend stratospheric virtuosity to tunes ranging from Bill Monroe to Frank Zappa."
---Richard Gehr, The Village Voice (Dec. 22-28, 2004)

This event is sponsored by Musical Folk

Kid's Yoga Classes in CT

New Haven:
The 6-Week Series is for ages 4 to 12 years.
Wednesdays 4 - 5 PM
1/13, 1/20, 1/27, 2/3, 2/10, 2/17
$80/ 6-week session
9th Square Location, Downtown
Pre-registration required. There is a class size limit.
You can sign up for it at either one of the Fresh Yoga locations or online at .
The direct link to the series is
For even more information, visit
the schedule to this instructor's open classes is

Kids Yoga Classes at Blend
Monday evenings 5-5:45
ages 5-11
Thursday mornings 10:30-11
ages 2 1/2 - up


Kids Yoga Classes at Your Community Yoga Center
Thursday 4:30-5:30
ages 4-11

Jan 23-24 from 12-6
Your Community Yoga Center
Learn to teach yoga to kids!
12 hour teacher training with Lani Rosen-Gallagher
$300 + $25 materials fee
for parents, teachers, yogis and anyone who loves working with children!

10 for $10 Sale Starts Today!

Start the new year fresh by selling your spring and summer items at
Once Upon A Child!

It may still be chilly outside but we are already thinking spring. We are looking for your spring & summer apparel, shoes and much more!

We pay $$$ on the spot for all items we purchase!

10 For $10 Clearance Sale Starts Tuesday January 12, 2010.

Must buy ten or more fall/winter clearance apparel items and then each fall/ winter clearance item will be $1. Clearance items are marked with a star. Clearance outerwear will be 70% off regular price.


Once Upon A Child
Bristol 860-584-8131
Wethersfield 860-571-8773
Manchester 860-649-1577
Hamden 203-248-3981
Milford 203-876-7981
Buy. Sell. Repeat.