North Suburban Child and Family Resource Network

Family Programs 


Hello Baby, Now What?
Drop-in (Birth – 6 months)  
Mondays, January 4 to April 25 (no group January 18, February 15, April 18) 10:30 am – Noon,
Location: Melrose Church of the Nazarene, 2 Short Street, Melrose.

Join a play and learn group with your baby! We will talk, sing, share joys and challenges, and make new friends. Guest speakers are invited based on the interests of parents in the group. Feel free to come any time during the group. Have questions or topics you would like to see addressed? Feel free to call the office at 781-246-5187 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..
 

Pre-toddler Play:
   Drop-in. Fridays, January 15 to April 29 (No group February 19, March 25, April 22)
Location: Stoneham Boys & Girls Club, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham. Use door on right side of building.

Music, storytelling and developmental play activities will be enjoyed by you and your child. Learn about development, parenting strategies and related topics. Share experiences and information with other parents.
 
•  Creepin’ Crawlers: Ages 7-14 months, 10:30 – 11:15 am

•  Wobblin’ Walkers: Ages 15-23 months, 9:30 – 10:15 am


Terrific Toddlers
: Tuesdays, 9:15 – 10 am or 10:15 – 11 am
Session 1:        January 12 to February 23 (no class on February 16)          
Session 2:        March 8 to April 12
Location: Hallmark Health Medical Center, 30 New Crossing Road, Reading.

This six-week play and learn group is designed for parents or caregivers and children 2-3 years old to enjoy interacting with peers while learning literacy skills, singing songs and participating in activities and arts and crafts. Younger siblings, ages 8-23 months, may attend and should be registered along with the older child. Siblings 0-7 months must be in a front pack. Suggested donation of $30 per child, $45 for two or more, is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.
 
 
Alphabet Soup:   Wednesdays, 9:30 - 10:15 am or 10:30 - 11:15 am   
Session 1:        January 13 to February 24 (no class February 17)
Session 2:        March 9 to April 13
Location: Franklin Early Childhood Center, 16 Franklin Street, Melrose.

This six-week group is designed for parents or caregivers and their 2 - 4 year olds (Siblings 0-7 months only and must be in a front pack). The group will use reading, singing, crafts and play to learn the alphabet while developing pre-reading skills. Suggested donation of $30 per child, $45 for two or more, is optional and tax deductible. Registration required.


Storytime Fun: Drop-In
Join staff members from the Family Resource Network for 45 minutes of fun and learning. We gather to sing, do a craft, read a book, bring out the parachute, or have a parade. This is a great opportunity to meet old friends or come and make new friends. Registration is not required.


•  North Reading location: Flint Memorial Library, Activity Room, 147 Park Street, North Reading. Wednesdays, January 6, February 3, March 2 and April 6.

•  Lynnfield location: Lynnfield Public Library, 16 Summer Street, Lynnfield. Thursdays, January 14, February 11, March 10 and April 14.
 


Grandparents Raising Grandchildren In Harmony:
The North Suburban Child & Family Resource Network offers a support group for grandparents raising their grandchildren or other relatives raising a family member. The program meets twice a month from September through June. For additional information, call the office at 781-246-5187 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Movin’ & Groovin’:  
Ages 2 - 4 years old, Thursdays, 9:30 – 10:15 am
Join others for 45 minutes of stretching, shaking, and singing. This six-week group will get your heart pumping while building healthy bodies and brains. Suggested donation of $40 per child; $60 for two or more is optional and tax deductible.
Session 1:   January 14 – February 25  (No class February 18.)
Session 2:   March 10 – April 14 
Location:  Stoneham Boys & Girls Club, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham. 
Registration required.


Playful Paws & Curious Cubs

This program is sponsored by a generous donation from the National Coalition for Educational and Cultural Programs (NCECP). The Stone Zoo, in collaboration with the Family Resource Network and Stoneham Boys & Girls Club, will be offering 3 different four-week session. Each 45 minute class of open play and animal exploration will be held at the Stoneham Boys and Girls Club.

Sesson 1:   Count the Classes, January 13, 20, 27 and February 3
Session 2:  Amazing Adaptations, February 24, March 2, 9 and 16
Session 3:  Focus on Food, March 23, 30, April 6 and 13 

Playful Paws (ages 18 months - 3 years) and Curious Cubs (ages 3 & 4 years), will learn through looking, touching and movement. The possibilities are endless and may include storytimes, animal encounters, biofacts, simple crafts and more. Space is limited and advance registration is required through Zoo New England. Family Resource Network families should enter code “NSCFRN1” to be eligible for the member discount price. For more information and to register visit: http://www.zoonewengland.org/discover/families,-youth-and-teens/programs-for-families-and-young-children.

Saturday Play & Learn Group at the Stoneham Boys & Girls Club                          

Saturdays   Jan. 30; Feb 6; Feb 13; Feb 27; March 5; March 12; March 19 (Birth to 5 years)

Time: 9:30 – 11:00 a.m.    

Location: Stoneham Boys & Girls Club, 15 Dale Court, Stoneham

Come and enjoy some creative play, crafts, music, stories and songs.  Drive down Dale Court; take a right and then a right into the fenced parking lot. Enter last door on the left.  Please do not bring a snack, no food is allowed. Feel free to bring a drink in cup with cover.  If the weather is bad, please call 781-246-5187 to see if we will be having drop in play.
NO  Registration Required

 

John Henry’s World of Magic                                                                                      

Tuesday, February 16      11:00 a.m. to 12 noon   (Ages 2 – 8 years)                          

Location: Flint Memorial Library, 147 Park Street, North Reading

John Henry is a professional magician who has been leaving family audiences laughing and mystified for over 25 years.  A former Scout leader, soccer coach, ski instructor and teacher, John Henry became a professional entertainer and never stopped teaching.  His years of experience working with children takes his presentation to another level and his magic show will leave the audience with a thoroughly entertaining and memorable learning experience. 

This program is funded by a grant from the North Reading Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with the Flint Memorial Library.
NO  Registration Required

 

Tom Knight Puppets                                                                                                    

Wednesday, February 17    4:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.  (Ages 2 – 8 years)
Location: Reading Senior Center, 49 Pleasant Street, Reading

Tom Knight Puppets is a vibrant collection of original songs and skits, each 3-5 minutes long; with variety enough to keep even the very youngest children, waiting to see what will happen next. While Tom sings to pre-recorded music tracks, puppets like Henry the Magician, the Little Elephant, Andy the Recycling Guy, and Allie the Alligator act out the stories of the songs. Besides the visual appeal, almost every segment has a part for the audience, including hand motions, singing along, or doing simple dance steps.

This program is funded by a grant from the Reading Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with the Reading Public Library and the Reading Senior Center.
NO  Registration Required

 

Family Concert with Karen K & The Jitterbugs                                                          

Saturday, February 27    10:00 – 11:00 a.m.     (Ages 2 – 8 years)                         

Location: Stoneham Theater, 395 Main Street, Stoneham                    Please no food or drink in the theater.

Bug Out! with Karen K in her imaginary backyard fort where she makes music with her friends, the Jitterbugs: Bumble (the bee who doesn’t like to sting); Stinky (loves playing outside, refuses baths), Hop (lots of energy, not a lot of self control); Slug Bug (needs a LOT of naps); and her best friend, Lightning (thinks he’s a super hero…Karen believes him). One of the most buzzed about bands for families and kids on the East Coast, Karen K & the Jitterbugs have received multiple national awards. 


This program is funded by a grant from the Stoneham Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with the Stoneham Theatre.
Registration Required

 

Fairy Tale Players – Goldilocks & The Three Bears                                                         

Saturday, April 9     11:00 a.m. to 12 noon    (Ages 2 - 8 years)                                                               

Location: The Savings Bank Theater, Wakefield High School, 60 Farm Street, Wakefield

Adult actors combine energetic storytelling, audience participation, improvisation and stagecraft education to introduce children to self-expression, dramatic play and the performing arts through the art of fairy tales. Children visit with the characters before the show and can share a joke or special talent during the show. Actors will be available to visit after the performance to facilitate theater games and interactive storytelling.


This program is funded by a grant from the Wakefield Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with the Wakefield Public Schools.
Registration Required

 

Big Joe the Storyteller: Pajamas and Bedtime Stories                                                     

Tuesday, April 19    6:30 p.m. to 7:15 p.m.     (Ages 2 – 8 years)
Location: First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street, Melrose

Kids, please come in your comfortable jammies and bring a favorite blanket to sit on. His name is Joe Pagliuca, but you can call him Big Joe! That was the name given to him by the preschoolers he taught, and it is the same name he now uses as a professional storyteller. Hailed as “One of the best in the business” by the Boston Globe, Big Joe has been delighting children and families for many years with his exciting storytelling show. With a huge collection of original and classic tales as well as a box filled with puppets, props, and surprises, Big Joe delights every crowd. 


This program is funded by a grant from the Melrose Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with the First Congregational Church.
Registration Required

 

Music & Movement with Kidzfun                                                                                   

Thursday, May 19th    10:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m.  (Ages 2 - 8 years)

Location: MarketStreet Lynnfield Green, 600 Market Street, Lynnfield

Kidzfun is a dynamic program for boys and girls who love to move and groove!! (or need a little encouragement to do so!)  Kidzfun classes are always geared towards the ages and skill levels of each group. The main goal is to encourage and nurture a love for physical activity which hopefully will continue through adulthood.  Through lively and upbeat music and movement activities, the kids learn and develop coordination and control, cooperation and a sense of fair play, acceptance and a sense of belonging, and are encouraged to show kindness and consideration to one another. Theresa McLennan has been teaching children for many years. She has her associates in Early Childhood Education and taught preschool for over 20 years.


This program is funded by a grant from the Lynnfield Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, in collaboration with MarketStreet Lynnfield.
NO  Registration Required

 

 

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