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"90% of brain development happens in the first 5 years of life."
POp-UP ART CLASSEs (Ages 2 & UP)
Do you have a budding artist in your household? During our pop-up art classes run by an actual artist, children learn by exploring through their 5 senses during our open-ended sensory and semi-structured art activities! Children are free to dig, paint, stamp, squeeze, pour, mold, and pound their way through projects. They will explore a variety of non-toxic materials and use their imagination. Each class children will create art inspired by great artists ranging from Matisse to Kandinsky. This class is also perfect for developing fine motor skills, listening skills, and more. We look forward to seeing their masterpieces! *Open play included! RSVP REQUIRED TO email@example.com
Dates & Stories:
Wednesday 1/2 11:30-12:15 PM - Ice Skates with Laces
Wednesday 2/6 11:30-12:15 PM - Jim Dine Sandpaper Hearts
Wednesday 3/6 11:30-12:15 PM - Kandinsky Concentric Circles
Intro to Jewelry making (2 1/2 AND UP)
Come design your own bling! Our Intro to Jewelry Making class is perfect for your first-time beader or a child that's on their millionth project! The instructor will guide them through the process of making their very own necklace or bracelet. We will string over-sized beads, pasta, recycled materials, and more to create our baubles! Your child will walk away with one-of-a-kind pieces and love for a new hobby. *Open play is included!
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ACTING WORKSHOP SERIES FOR KIDS (3-7 YEAR OLDS)
Join Emily Vorp of Stage a Story for a creative drama workshop perfect for our littlest actors. During the workshop kids will listen to a story, play drama games related to the story, make a simple prop or costume piece to help them tell the story, and will finally act out the story. We cannot wait to see their Oscar-worthy performances! *Open play included!
Dates & Times:
Sunday 1/20 9:15-10 AM - Abiyoyo
Friday 2/8 11-11:45 AM - The Lion and the Mouse (About Friendship)
Saturday 3/30 9:30-10:15 AM - Stone Soup
MUSIC TOGETHER® (ALL AGES)
Celebrate your child's inner musician, support their development and make new friends along the way! We’ll sing, dance, and play a variety of rhythm instruments with you and your baby, toddler or preschooler, and give you all the tools you need to continue the fun at home. Tuition for all classes includes CDs, illustrated songbook and access to bonus music, videos and activities on Music Together’s Family Zone. Music Together is brought to Princeton Playspace by the Music Together Princeton Lab School. *Discounted Open Play $10/Child instead of $15/Child! For schedules, teacher bios and registration information click below:
Days/Times: Tuesdays with Mary Ellen Assue 9:30-10:15 AM & 10:30-11:15 AM (1/8-3/12); Saturdays with Joyce Kay 9:15-10:00 AM & 10:15-11 AM (1/12-3/16)
Little scientists STEM CLASS (4 and up)
With our children growing up in the 21st century, it is never too early to introduce how to make things and talk about how things work. Our budding scientists and engineers will work on skills such as increasing their vocabulary, critical thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving through hands-on activities. Children will have the opportunity to build and innovate while learning about various topics. They will use their imagination and creativity while creating urban structures, toy catapults, chemical reactions, mini vehicles made with gears, and more! Our team goes to the annual Maker Studio Fair every year to bring our children up-to-date child-friendly engineering and science projects! *Open play included!
Days/Times: COMING BACK SOON!
Instructor: Junior STEM
Little Zookeepers (2.5 And Up)
Roar! Tweet Tweet! Woof Woof! Meow! Is your child an animal lover? We'll bring the zoo to you! Animal experts will bring new animals every week that your child will get to learn about, care for, and of course pet! The class will also intertwine an animal themed storytime, sensory activity, art, movement, and other hands-on activities! Join us for this once in a lifetime experience! *Open play included!
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INTRO TO CHESS (4 AND UP)
Students are introduced to the world of chess. Students learn piece movement, board files/ranks, and notation. Our students develop their minds while learning how to apply different strategies for the opening, middle, and end game. They acquire skills sets they can apply to all aspects of their lives for years to come. All this just by playing chess with new and old friends. Chess is FUN! *Open play included!
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Little Chefs (2 And Up)
Chef's hat - check! Apron - check! Now get ready for a super fun hand-ons cooking experience. Our goal is to plant the seeds of healthy eating early on. Have your child expand their taste buds by creating easy, healthy, and yummy recipes every week. Emphasis will be placed on using your 5 senses to smell, touch, taste, look and listen during the culinary adventure. Children will learn a variety of skills including: kitchen safety, following directions, measuring, nutrition, and more. They will work as a team cooking, setting the table, serving, and cleaning up all while practicing their conversation and social skills! The menu for each class will use the freshest fruit and vegetables from local farms. *Open play included!
Days/Times: Fridays 3:30-4:15 AM (1/25-3/8 - NO CLASS 2/15)
Instructor: Elisa Sautter
LITTLE Gardeners (3 AND UP)
Does your child love to help you out in the yard? Well then this is the best class for them! Grab your shovel and let's get planting! During this class children will learn all about the beauty of Earth. They will be taught how to plant seeds, make terrariums, create birdhouses, and lots more. We'll of course learn about animals such as birds and bugs too! And to top it all off, children will get to go outside during a few classes to use their binoculars, describe what they see, and go on scavenger hunts (weather permitting). We give this class a big green thumbs up! *Open play is included!
Days/Times: COMING BACK SUMMER OF 2019!
Instructor: Annie Hopkins
Mommy & ME YOGA (6 WEEKS until crawling)
This is the best “first class” to take with your baby. We know it’s how hard it is to get back into shape, which is why we created a class to help strengthen your muscles and simultaneously get some much needed calm. Learn new and fun ways to move with your baby, encourage tummy time, and prepare for gross motor skills such as crawling! Plus this class includes open play before and/or after class - what better way for your little ones (and you!) to create new long-lasting friendships! *Open play is included!
Days/Times: COMING BACK SOON!
Instructor: Shannon Neely
AMAZING ATHLETES (18 Months-6 Years)
Amazing Athletes is a year-round developmental physical fitness program empowering children to reach developmental milestones at an individual pace. Their action-packed curriculum is endorsed by Early Childhood Expert, Bonnie Bruce who reviews each element of their program to ensure the Amazing Athletes get every possible advantage. Their programs show kids just how much fun fitness can be! During their 35 minute weekly classes, children learn the importance of patience, teamwork, and self-confidence in a non-competitive, learning-based environment that fosters a love of healthy living. Their excitement for structured physical activity promotes advancements and advantages that keep children on the path to personal well-being. *Discounted Open Play $10/Child instead of $15/Child!
Days/Times: Fridays 10-10:35 AM (1/25-3/1)
Price: $114 (Includes Annual Registration Fee & T-Shirt; 15% Sibling Discount)
Instructor: Amazing Athletes
SENSORY & FINE MOTOR SKILLS GROUP (3 AND UP)
This class is run by an occupational therapist and the perfect fit for a child that has sensory needs. We put emphasis on all the senses: touching, hearing, smelling, tasting, and seeing. Children will engage in sensory exploration activities such as making sensory bottles, ziploc painting, and sensory boxes. And the fun doesn't end there! The second part of class will focus on movement where your children will play group games and paired activities such as going through an obstacle course, engage in scooter races, wheelbarrow walks, etc. Our OT will also combine principles of yoga and Feldenkrais treatment to develop an enhanced awareness of movement and motor learning. It's a great way for your children to meet friends and socialize as well! *Open play included beforehand!
Days/Times: COMING AGAIN SOON!
Instructor: Lisa Caruso, Occupational Therapist
SOCCER SHOTS (2-3 & 3-5 YEARS OLD)
Soccer Shots is an engaging children's soccer program with a focus on character development. Their caring team positively impacts children’s lives on and off the field through best-in-class coaching, curriculum and communication. Soccer Shots coaches are the best-trained in the business. Their expert-approved curriculum is age-appropriate and aligns with NJ Early Learning Standards. In addition, they provide an exceptional customer experience and ongoing communication with parents. *Discounted Open Play $10/Child instead of $15/Child!
Mini Program (2-3 year olds)
Soccer Shots Mini is a high-energy program introducing children to fundamental soccer principles, such as using your feet, dribbling, and the basic rules of the game. Through fun games, songs, and positive reinforcement, children will begin to experience the joy of playing soccer and being active.
Days/Times: Sundays 10:15-10:45 AM (1/13-3/3)
Classic Program (3-5 year olds)
Using creative and imaginative games, weekly sessions focus on basic soccer skills like dribbling, passing, and shooting. They also highlight a positive character trait each session, such as respect, teamwork, and appreciation. Soccer Shots Classic will expose your child to the fun of soccer and provide the foundation needed to get started in the sport.
Days/Times: Sundays 10:45-11:30 AM (1/13-3/3)
PICKY EATERS PLAYGROUP (18 Months and up)
Have no fear! Dani Stein, a speech pathologist with years of feeding experience, is here! Your kids will begin exploring different types of food through sensory activities, art, and more to experience new tastes, textures, tints, and temperatures. Our goal is to make mealtime a positive experience and increase the variety of foods your child eats to get the necessary nutrients. The class will be tailored to each child’s needs. Once signed up parents/caregivers will be asked to fill out a mealtime questionnaire. *Open play is included before and/or after class!
Days/Times: COMING BACK AGAIN SOON!
Instructor: Dani Stein, M.S., CCC-SLP
LitTLE LEARNERS PRESCHOOL PREP (18 Months – 3)
Looking for a gentle separation program for your child before preschool begins? Drop your child off at our amazing preschool prep program! With the presence of our certified teachers, we work closely with your family to achieve separation success. Parents are welcome to wait in our cafe area or run errands. Using a structured preschool-like routine, we create engaging lessons that are sensory based, open-ended, age-appropriate, and child-driven. Overall, our program is Montessori, Waldorf, and Reggio Emilio inspired. Our goal is to encourage independence, language, and social skills in the most natural way possible keeping in mind unique learning styles. Class starts off with exploration of books and toys, followed by circle time and a themed lesson, open-ended art stations and sensory play, music and movement, wrap-up, and lastly a healthy snack (included) plus open play. Families are welcome to stay for open play afterwards! To sign up email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Days/Times: Mondays & Wednesdays 10-12 PM - 9/12-6/10 (Snow Day 6/12)
NO SCHOOL ON THE FOLLOWING DATES: 9/19 (Yom Kippur), 10/8 (Columbus Day), 11/21 (Thanksgiving), 12/24 & 12/26 (Winter Break), 1/21 (MLK Day), 2/18 (President's Day), 4/22 & 4/24 (Spring Break), 5/27 (Memorial Day)
LITTLE Tigers enrichment program (3.5-5)
Encourage language, curiosity, creative thinking and build self-confidence in your preschooler through literacy games, number exploration, art, science exploration, play and more. Class starts off with exploration of books and toys, followed by circle time and a themed lesson, literacy, math, science and art stations, and sensory play. Activities encourage social growth and require cooperation and communication. A healthy snack is included and families are welcome to stay for open play afterwards! To sign up email email@example.com.
Days/Times: Thursdays 9:45-11:45 AM - 9/13-6/13
Lauren Caravano is happy to be launching the Little Learners Preschool Prep program at Princeton Playspace! She enjoys working with children and believes every child should be valued and treated with respect. An education should empower a person and help him or her make a positive contribution in our world. Lauren has a BA in Elementary Education and English. She has taught first, second, and fourth grades in South Brunswick, NJ before having her own children. She is the proud mother of two daughters, Adeline and Eliana. Lauren is also a Kids Yoga teacher and is excited to incorporate a bit of this into the program! Sharing in a child's development is such an important role and Lauren is happy to be a part of that for these "Little Learners".
Margo dreamed of being a teacher since she was a “Little Learner” herself! She has a degree in Elementary Education and Psychology from The College of New Jersey. Previously, she taught 3rdand 4th grade in the South Brunswick School District before her second child was born in 2014. Having her own young children inspired her to teach Early Childhood Education and she is excited to work with the Little Learners for the second year. She loves the wonder, imagination, excitement, and joy she witnesses in preschool-aged children and shares that same excitement and joy incorporating art, music, and movement into lessons! As a teacher, she understands children as individual learners with unique needs and abilities. She believes that children should feel safe and valued as members of the class community in order to grow socially, emotionally, and academically.
Kim Powers (substitute teacher)
Kim Powers is excited to be on the teaching team for Little Learners Preschool Prep. She completed her Undergraduate Degree in Elementary Education at Seton Hall University and completed her Masters in Special Education at Rider University. She holds certifications in Elementary Education and Special Education. Kim previously taught in the South Brunswick School District from March 2008 to 2014. She has taught Kindergarten and third grade. She was also a self-contained autism teacher. She believes in the unique abilities of each child and feels that these abilities should be used to help each of her students become the most successful versions of themselves. Learning should be fun and exciting with an educator who celebrates student strengths and encourages them to build upon their skills by creating an environment that is designed to facilitate independent learning and exploration.
Happy Hands: Learn Sign Language 6-week Session (0-5)
Michelle Croll, the owner of Happy Hands: Learn American Sign Language, will be teaching this fun and family-oriented class in basic ASL. She holds a minor in ASL from New York University and is certified to teach through “Signing Time,” a PBS children’s series known worldwide that was developed by, and stars, Rachel Coleman. Children – including babies – have the capacity to understand, learn, and communicate before they develop the ability to speak. Happy Hands promotes early communication by teaching how to use ASL in a wide variety of parent/child interactions. It not only empowers early communication, but also reduces stress and tantrums! Happy Hands classes are filled with songs, games, stories, and multi-sensory activities that utilize basic ASL vocabulary. Each class has a specific topic that targets the most important communication needs of parents and children. Themes include food and drink signs, potty training, bed and bath time, family signs, and more! *Open play included!
Days/Times: Fridays 11-11:45 AM (1/25-3/1)
Instructor: Michelle Croll
Little Talkers (10 MONTHS And Up)
A great “first class” to take with your little one run by the founder of Princeton Playspace & co-founder of Gift of Gab Resources, Alpin Rezvani, who is a speech-language pathologist. You and your child will learn tips and techniques on how to encourage language through singing, story time, structured play, sensory activities, and more! This class will also teach how to incorporate gestures and sign language into your daily life such as “more”, “eat”, “drink”, etc. The main purpose of this class is to help decrease your child's frustration and give them a voice so that they can make their needs known. *Open play is included before and/or after class!
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STORYTIME YOGA (ALL AGES)
Our mission is to provide a fun and positive experience that encourages the love of language and reading in all its forms. Our certified yoga instructor will incorporate yoga which as you know has profound benefits on our bodies, minds, and hearts, so why not start early! Our class is also designed to teach kids to stay healthy, use their imagination, and think positively - all valuable life skills they can use into adulthood. All of the exercises & breathing and meditation techniques will be child-appropriate. Crafts, movement, singing, dance, and puppetry will be also be incorporated into our storytime to expose them to the various layers literature. There will always be a language-based game at the end of each storytime to review concepts learned during a book. It's a great way to practice paying attention, following directions, developing pre-reading skills, and socializing. We believe that is it is never too early to read to your children, so join us for some stories at Princeton Playspace! *Open play is included before and/or after class!
Days/Times: Every Thursday 12-12:45 PM Winter Semester Begins 1/3
Price: Included in Open Play & Monthly/Yearly Membership
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Instructor: Lauren Caravano
SOCIAL SKILLS PLAYGROUP (3 AND UP)
Alpin Rezvani, founder of Princeton Playspace and speech pathologist who specializes in pragmatics, will run this exciting social skills group! Children will practice conversation strategies, forming and initiating friendships and relationships, feelings and empathy, emotion management, and improving self-confidence. The children will work together to create an art project, make a snack, play a game, and more! Instruction is tailored to each child’s needs. *Open play is included before and/or after class!
Days/Times: Tuesdays 4:30-5:15 PM (1/15-3/12 - NO CLASS 2/12)
Instructor: Alpin Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP
SOCIAL SKILLS TWEENS and Teens (8-12)
Social skills are the skills we use to communicate and interact with each other, both verbally and non-verbally. This program is all about practicing social skills in a peer group setting. We spend each week focusing on a different social skill and practicing these skills with our peers. The instructor targets the skills through fun and games. Skills learned include various building blocks to developing appropriate conversational skills such as greetings, listening, turn-taking, topic maintenance skiBlls and reading body language. Instruction is tailored to each child’s needs. *Open play is included before and/or after class!
Days/Times: COMING BACK AGAIN SOON!
Instructor: Alpin Rezvani, M.A., CCC-SLP
Vocational Skills Group (14 and up)
We view our community as a melting pot. Alpin Rezvani, co-founder of Princeton Playspace and speech pathologist, has always dreamt of incorporating all different types of learners in the workplace by focusing on their strengths. Within this program, young adults will get the chance to practice their vocational skills and contribute to their community by helping out at Princeton Playspace. We will work on listening during trainings, sustaining attention during tasks, social skills in the workplace, asking for help, following multiple step directions, and more! Our young adults will start off with structured activities, then move onto being closely shadowed by gradually fading assistance, and their end goal is independently performing workplace tasks. Our wish is to increase awareness and acceptance within the community simultaneously encouraging all individuals to reach their full potential!
Bilingual SPANISH PLAYGROUP (ALL AGES)
Hola amigos! Did you know that being bilingual has major benefits for children? It not only enhances cognitive skills and creativity, but also positively affects attention spans and literacy. Storytime run by a native Spanish speaker will include fun, singing, and crafts. There will be specific Spanish words targeted during each week. We believe that is it is never too early to expose your children to another language, so join us for bilingual Spanish Storytime at Princeton Playspace! *Open play is included before and/or after class!
Days/Times: Mondays 10-10:45 AM Winter Semester Starting 1/7
Instructor: Iris Melgar
Price: Included in Open Play & Monthly/Yearly Membership
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PRESCHOOL READERS (3-5)
At Preschool Readers, they understand that your child's brain is 90% developed by the time they turn five and that the knowledge they gain in the early years lay the neurological foundation for intellectual growth into adolescence and adulthood. With an understanding of the importance of this critical period, their Preschool Reading Specialists are committed to developing confidence and a passion for reading in your preschooler by maximizing their potential through in-home accelerated reading instruction. Using a variety of hands-on, multi-sensory, literacy-rich games and activities, their highly qualified Preschool Reading Specialist provides a truly engaging and FUN approach to learning to read, one that creates a lifetime of academic advantages and success! Students will be introduced to 12 sight words and take home 14 of their very own little readers!
Days/Times: Complimentary Meet & Greet Coming Thursday September 20th 4:30-5:30 PM! Click Here to register!
Instructor: Lisa Vodola, Founder of Preschool Readers
CAMP (3 and up)
Is it a day off from school or winter break? Need an activity for your child after school or did they have early dismissal? Do you wish you had a couple hours to run errands? Princeton Playspace is the best place to be! Your children can enjoy open play, snack time, story time as well as organized activities such as homework help, sports, cooking, art, and music. Registration is required one week in advance. We can also customize camps according to your children - just organize the group and we will handle all of the details!
BABYSITTING (3 AND UP)
Do you have a doctor's appointment? Need to go food shopping? Want to go to that gym class you've always been wanting to take? Princeton Playspace is here to save the day! We can assign you a babysitter for 1-3 hours. Registration is required one week in advance. Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org