Mom’s Morning In is a fun-filled activity program, always with an engaging performer or activity, perfect for toddlers and preschool-age children and their parents/caregivers. Bring any or all of your children (we welcome infants)!
For the 2014-2015 school year this program will run every month, always on a Friday morning at 10:00am. We meet at the DCA, with the exception of field trips, and reservations are not required. In the event of inclement weather, the DCA follows the Darien School schedule.
All events are $10 per child (excludes Easter Egg Hunt and Halloween Parade). A snack and juice is provided.
Mom’s Morning In activities run from September to May each year.
Mom’s Morning In upcoming activities, Sept 2014 – May 2015
JEFFREY FRIEDBERG “THE BOSSY FROG”
Certified music therapist and New York State licensed creative arts therapist Jeffrey Friedberg designed his playful songs to inspire children to learn as they learn best – through experiential activities and movement. Themes of shows include movement and physical fitness, making friends and nature. Jeffrey also leads the Bossy Frog Band, whose album – “The Bossy Frog” – was named “Best Album for Young Children” by the Children’s Music Web. Since then the band has recorded 7 albums of music for children. In addition, Jeffrey has recorded “Be A Friend: 16 songs to for building social skills,” co-written with Jed Baker Ph.D. Jeffrey plays the guitar and harmonica, playing hip, fun, and upbeat music that will certainly get your little ones (and maybe you) hopping!
Watch him perform with his band through this link.
ANNUAL HALLOWEEN PARADE WITH AMAZING ANDY
Our parade is a colorful tradition! Dress up your little ones and bring a bag for trick or treating at the doors of local merchants along the way to Tilley Pond. Then join us for snacks and a special show with our favorite magician “The Amazing Andy.” His magical talents will amaze you and your child, and his wonderful antics, humor and sleight of hand will keep even the youngest magic enthusiasts entertained. Meet at the parking lot next to the Darien Fire Station opposite Post Corner. Special price: $5 per child.
Read more about Amazing Andy through this link.
Les brings his songs to life with his rubbery storyteller’s face, elastic voice, guitar pyrotechnics, chameleon wit and joy. Les, an award-winning recording artist, professional singer/songwriter/guitarist/family entertainer, has won a four Parent’s Choice Awards, two NAPPA-National Association of Parenting Publications Awards and The American Library Association. Notable Recording and can most recently be heard on the GRAMMY winning compilation CD, “All About Bullies Big and Small.” “The New York Times” writes that Les plays “songs to make you laugh and think. His audience laughed, giggled, chuckled and smiled…their heads bobbed…it was like magic!” Les’ delightful selection of original music entertains all ages. Les really is more!!
Learn more about Les Julian through this link.
ANNUAL HOLIDAY PARTY WITH SANTA!
Ho ho ho, it’s time to get into the holiday spirit! Of course the highlight of the show will be our visit with Santa (mom, remember to bring your camera!). The morning is kept extra festive with a holiday movie, coloring sheets and crayons, holiday cookies and juice. Join us for some holiday cheer!
Jill uses her Master’s Degree in Education, years of teaching experience and super-creative mind to create original, imaginative, zany puppet shows. She created her puppets out of upcycled and recycled materials; they’re furry and silly and adorable – and they make the kids laugh. During her shows, this singing, dancing and ukulele playing mom brings children and adults on a creative and uplifting informative journey. Come join us as we get silly with Jilly and her puppets!
See a short performance by Jilly (and Heschie her puppet) through this link.
Tom’s music is all about the joys of being a kid from the perspective of someone who loved being a kid and still considers himself a big kid! His music is intended to get children moving, singing, feeling confident, and having lots of good old-fashioned fun! “Parenting Magazine” writes: “Weber’s sunny tone sets the perfect mood for those odes to the everyday things a little one encounters, from the alphabet to yucky sandwiches.” Bring your youngsters to clap their hands and stomp their feet to Tom’s original beat!
See Tom perform in a video through this link.
This founder of JAM (Junior Art & Music) writes, illustrates and performs for our children while raising her own. As a former elementary school teacher and art educator, Dre’s experiences with children resonate through her lyrics and music. After began her music career as a writer and illustrator, and after fine tuning her monkey noises, she began her solo career in 2003. Four CDs and two holiday singles later, Dre has received three “Parents’ Choice Awards,” was chosen as a finalist by “The John Lennon Songwriting Awards,” and selected as a “2014 IMA Nominee.” She has been heard on “The Today Show,” “Martha Stewart Living” and “Captain Jellybean Radio,” and has been recognized as a “Mom of Reinvention.” Bring your little one for this fun-filled morning of kindierock!
View Dre Towey performing “Goggles” through this video link.
||April 3rd (Good Friday)
EASTER EGG HUNT
Gather your Easter baskets and come out for an Easter Egg Hunt on the front lawn of the DCA! This annual event is the best way for your little ones to get into the spirit of the holiday, and to meet many new friends. Please come early as the Easter Egg Hunt starts at 10:00am sharp and takes only a few minutes. A special appearance by the Easter Bunny makes this a wonderful morning so make sure to bring your camera. Special price: $10 per car.
FIELD TRIP TO NOROTON FIRE STATION
Meet our courageous tour firefighters! Kids get to climb on the trucks, watch the ladders go up, ring the bell and see all of the fire equipment. Fireman Warren will answer questions about the fire trucks and the firehouse, and give junior firemen a fire hat of their very own! Meet at the fire station on the Post Road (across from St. Luke’s Church).
Click for a map to the station.