Beginning Jan. 15, Stepping Stones Museum for Children will offer four Early Childhood Series Classes for preschool-age children and their caregivers. Stepping Stones understands the important role of play in developing and nurturing a child's love of lifelong learning. Its play-filled early childhood classes encourage creativity, exploration, discovery and self-expression with an array of hands-on activities.
These classes compliment a regular preschool program and they are ideal for children not enrolled in preschool. Two four-week sessions will be offered this winter, beginning the week of Jan. 14 and the week of Feb. 25.
Led by museum educators, these classes will allow children to have a ball while developing valuable motor, cognitive, language and social skills. Participation in these fun-filled art, music, dance and science programs will ignite your child's imagination. Class members are also encouraged to explore museum galleries before or after their class to enhance their experience. There is no additional charge for class members for this exploration of the museum.
Stepping Stones will host an open house for parents and children to learn more about the winter sessions of the Early Childhood Series Classes on Friday, Jan. 11 from 10:30 a.m. to noon. No reservation is necessary to attend and it is free with museum admission.
Winter Session 1 will be held from Jan. 15 through Feb. 8. After a two-week break to allow for the February school vacation weeks, Winter Session 2 will be held from Feb. 26 through March 22.
Winter Session Classes include:
Ages 1 -- 2.5 Years
How tall can you build? How high can you fly? With a variety of materials and a dash of imagination, kids will create castles, bridges, vehicles and structures of the future. Science Says is designed for children ages one to two-and-a-half years old. Classes are offered on Tuesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m., beginning Jan. 15.
Stepping into Senses
Ages 6 Months -- 2.5 Years
Help your children explore multi-sensory activities as they build language, motor and social skills. Each session includes music, movement, stories and hands-on activities. Geared to children ages six months to two-and-a-half years old, the class meets on Wednesdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m., beginning Jan. 16.
Move in Tune
Ages 2 -- 4 Years
Welcome to Tuneville, a place of melody, color and rhythm. Class members will explore the wonders of music through movement, singing and feeling the beat. Designed for children ages two to four years old, Move in Tune classes are offered on Thursdays from 10:15 to 11 a.m. beginning Jan. 17.
Ages 2 -- 4 Years
Experiment with a wide variety of artistic materials and methods including paint, sculpture, printing and collage. Children will explore shapes, colors, forms and patterns while learning about different modes of expression. Geared to children ages two to four years old, the class meets on Fridays from 10:15 to 11:15 am, beginning January 18.
The cost for each four-week session is $125 for museum members and $140 for non-members. Caregiver attendance is required at all classes. Registration is underway. For information or to register, call 203-899-0606, ext. 247 or visit www.steppingstonesmuseum.org/classes.