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8 Play Zones

Physical

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Physical Play

Physical play allows children to use their energy and helps develop gross and fine motor skills and is beneficial to their health.

  • FENOM FITNESS

    - FENOM FITNESS will have you running and jumping through a variety of obstacle courses.
  • TOTAL FUSION

    - Get moving and dancing with Kid Zumba (12:15, 1:15, & 2:15).

Music

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Music & Dance Play

Music ignites all areas of child development: intellectual, social and emotional, motor, language, and overall literacy.

  • BACH TO ROCK

    - Instrument demo. Kids will get to play a variety of musical instruments throughout the day.
  • BAND - SONG FOR SEEDS

    - Come sing and dance with the popular SONGS FOR SEEDS band. (3 concerts throughout the day 11:45, 12:45 & 1:45).
  • DIY INSTRUMENT

    - Make your very own Kazoos
  • CHLOE

    - Resident library musical performer will join us for a sing along. (11:-11:30).
  • TOTAL FUSION

    - Kid Zumba (Get moving and dancing at 12:15, 1:15, & 2:15).

Creative

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Creative Play

Creative art can help children in all areas of development. Fostering creativity helps children develop mentally, socially, and emotionally.

  • A.I. FRIEDMAN

    - A.I. FRIEDMAN shows you the art of printmaking and how to use the sun to make your next masterpiece - solar prints.
  • BRICK KIDS

    - Brick Kids will build Dr. Seuss characters and various scenes out of Legos for the ultimate Dr. Seuss sculpture.
  • NORA'S OVENWORKS

    - Edible cookie art.
  • SEW HAPPY

    - A fun sewing project.

Science

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Science Play

Science builds on a child's natural curiosity about the world and teaches observation, comparison and problem solving.

  • LEARN'IQUE

    - Lava lamp experiment.
  • CURIOUS-ON-HUDSON

    - Beach Physics.
  • PEPSICO

  • STATIC ELECTRICITY BUTTERFLY EXPERIMENT

  • TORNADO IN A BOTTLE EXPERIMENT

Make Believe

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Make-Believe Play

Make-believe (or imaginative) play helps children explore the world. It also strengthens memory, logical reasoning, literacy and creativity.

  • MAGIC SCRATCH ANIMAL MASKS

    - Scratch designs for a colorful creature! The children will use their imagination and engage in make-believe play and become their favorite animal for the day. These playful masks will make imaginations run wild.
  • TAKE PHOTOS WITH FLAPPER THE OWL

    - The official mascot of the Children's Discovery Center.
  • ROLL AND MOVE WITH THE ZOO ANIMALS

    - Movement Game Kids roll dice, name the animal and move like the animal. Encourages all kinds of bending, crawling, hopping, and stretching. It also helps children build skills in listening, following directions, and building vocabulary.

Technology

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Technology Play

When children play with technology, they learn important skills that will give them an advantage in our digital world.

  • MACINSPIRES

    - Build with Cubelets (magnetic robotic blocks) to make an endless variety of robots with no programming and no wires.
  • MAGIC BOX PRODUCTIONS

    - Learn to work with sound effects.
  • MAKEY MAKEY

    - Use every day items to create a computer keyboard and play games.

Construction

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Construction Play

When children manipulate their environment to create things, it helps develop hand-eye coordination, fosters early literacy skills, and improves math and science skills.

  • BIG BLOCKS

    - Use your imagination to build towers and so much more with gigantic building blocks.
  • BUILD A GARDEN TOWER

    – Do you think plants can grow without soil? Library Resident Maker Danielle Colavito will show you how to grown your own plants!
  • CLAY ART CENTER

    - Back to School Sculpture. Kids will work on a giant clay sculpture with the theme being a back to school scene.
  • GEOBOARDS

    - Learn through hands on geometry practice - Use rubber bands to build everything from squares and octagons to spaceships and animals.

Sensory

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Sensory Play

Sensory play builds nerve connections in the brain's pathways, which lead to the child's ability to complete more complex learning tasks.

  • BUBBLE BUS

    - A Bubble Bus will be stopping by for a Bubble Extravaganza! Not only is bubble play an easy way to have fun with a child, it’s also a fun way to work on a host of developmental skills, such as: fine motor skills, hand-eye coordination, gross motor skills, language and cognitive skills.
  • PARENT PRACTICE

  • MORPH

    - A unique compound that can be molded, it can be made into a ball and bounced, it even floats and fluffs to 3 times its size. It encourages open-ended creative play with the endless things you can build and shape!
  • DUCK DERBY RACE

    - Kids will use a spray bottle to get their duck to the finish line. Not only is this activity great for fine motor skills it allows for scientific observations - does the spray or steady stream make the duck move faster? Does the duck sink or float?

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