Our first Mother/Daughter Nutcracker Tea took place in the stately DCA estate, decorated for the holidays. The delicious menu, provided by Palmer’s Catering, included gourmet tea sandwiches (such as smoked salmon & caper), mini pastries, holiday cookies and assorted teas. For the children, festive sandwich cut-outs and raspberry lemonade was served. Dancers from the Darien Arts Center entertained the audience with a performance of scenes from The Nutcracker.
This event was sold out.
Mom’s Morning In
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 2016-2017 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.
To receive monthly reminders of the next day’s activity, please complete the email subscription form through this link, and select at a minimum the “Children’s activities” option.
Mom’s Morning In calendar, Sept 2016 – May 2017
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 Pizza. Special price: $5 per child. Read more about Amazing Andy through this link.
Jilly 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.
ANNUAL CHRISTMAS PARTY WITH SANTA!
Join us for some holiday cheer, and to take the classic photos you enjoy every year.The highlight of the party will be your little one’s visit with Santa, set against the backdrop of a full-size Christmas tree nestled within our historic home. When there’s a line, adults will find plenty of chairs, and toddlers will have some little things to keep them occupied, including holiday cookies and juice.Click here to see pictures from this year’s Christmas party with Santa.
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 four Parent’s Choice Awards, two NAPPA-National Association of Parenting Publications Awards and The American Library Association Award and has a 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.
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.”
Amy began her career at the age of five in musical theater and from that moment on she never stopped singing, acting and dancing. When Amy became a mother, she began composing and performing children’s music and is well-known for her children’s CD series. She performs children’s concerts throughout the tri-state area and teaches workshops on creative movement and innovative music. Join her for a morning of singing and dancing!
|April 14th (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 a great way for children 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.
In the event of inclement weather, a cancellation of the egg hunt will be announced on our DCA website, e-blast, and voicemail greeting that morning.
FIELD TRIP TO NOROTON FIRE STATION
Meet our courageous town firefighters! Kids get to climb on the trucks, watch the ladders go up, ring the bell and see all of the fire equipment. Fireman Joe 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.