Kids Events & Programs

   
Art and Nature Series with Elissa
Tuesdays, February 15 - March 15 (5 week series)
4:30 – 6:00 PM
K - 2nd grade
$120 for the series.
Register. Required by February 8th.


Children will create works of art based on nature each week, with a mix of media and materials supplied. Juice provided. Snacks welcome. Masks required.
 
Elissa has been a professional gardener and is a Special Events Floral Artisan through her business Flowers by Elissa and for event venues including the Mohonk Mountain House. Elissa has been organizing and leading workshops throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for many years and had the pleasure of teaching children at Sunflower Arts Studios in Gardiner where she has lived for the past 16 years.


Art and Nature Series with Elissa
Thursdays, February 17 - March 17 (5 week series)
4:30 – 6:00 PM
3rd - 5th grade
$120 for the series.
Register. Required by February 10th.


Children will create works of art based on nature each week, with a mix of media and materials supplied. Juice provided. Snacks welcome. Masks required.
 
Elissa has been a professional gardener and is a Special Events Floral Artisan through her business Flowers by Elissa and for event venues including the Mohonk Mountain House. Elissa has been organizing and leading workshops throughout Westchester and the Hudson Valley for many years and had the pleasure of teaching children at Sunflower Arts Studios in Gardiner where she has lived for the past 16 years.


Books and Art Series with Carolyn
Saturday February 5, 11 - 12 PM
Ages: 4-6 years old
Register. Required by January 31

Celebrate Valentine's Day and step inside the picture books Love by Eric Carle and The Snowy Day by Ezra Keats and try some collaging techniques used by these favorite authors/illustrators.

Saturday, March 5, 11 - 12 PM
Register. Required by February 28.

Step inside the picture books Perfect Snow by Barbara Reid and Over in the Ocean in a Coral Reef by Marianne Berkes and make illustrations using clay.


Felting Series with Christine Adams
Ages: 10 to adult (6-9 year olds with adult supervision) 
Registration required by 24 hours before each class.
$10 includes all materials
Limited spaces available.

Needle felting is a fiber art that involves repeatedly stabbing a special needle into a piece of wool in order to stiffen and shape it into the desired form.

February 20 Part One (register): Learn to felt a penguin!

March 13 Part Two (register): Learn to felt a Gnome!

April 10 Part Three (register): Learn to felt a bunny!


SexSavvy Hudson Valley Presents:
How to Talk to Your Kids About Sexuality

A 3 part series for parents/caregivers of children 0-12 years old.
2/16, 2/23 & 3/2 from 7:30-9PM
Individual workshops $35 each. Full series: $95
Register for full series.
Registration required one week prior to each workshop or one week prior if attending all three. 

February 16th Part One (register): We will explore your values about sexuality, research about parent/caregiver communication about sexuality, and healthy child sexual development. Participants will learn about skills for communicating, as well as resources to support your conversations and continued learning.
 
February 23rd Part Two (register): In this workshop, we dive deeper into your values about sexuality, focusing on what you learned from your childhood and how it impacts communicating with your children. We will review talking tips from the previous workshop,and work in small groups to practice communication skills with scenarios. 
 
March 2 Part Three (register): Sexuality 101: Many of us did not learn much about sexuality from our families or school, which often impacts our confidence in communicating with our own children. In this workshop, we will learn more about the different parts of sexuality and how they are connected to who we are. We will review gender, sexual orientation,bodies & genitalia, cultural influences, and fantasies. We will ground our discussion in our understanding of these concepts and how they relate to our roles as parents/caregivers. 
 
Elizabeth Greenblatt (she/her) has been teaching about sexuality for over 25 years. After graduating with a specialized major in Human Sexuality from Ithaca College, Elizabeth continued working as a community health educator and education manager at Planned Parenthood in Northern California while earning her MPH. 
 
Susanrachel Condon, a.k.a. Birdie, graduated from the SUNY Brooklyn Midwifery Program in 1998 and has been an anatomy professor since 1991. She holds a BFA in Art Therapy, an MA in the History of Ideas and has studied birth counseling and counseling for pregnant survivors of sexual abuse. Birdie received her doctorate in midwifery at Jefferson University and is the owner of Midlife Midwife and co-owner of its sister practice River & Mountain Midwives, which provides maternity care and home birth services throughout the Mid-Hudson Valley.    

You can learn more at  https://www.sexsavvyhudsonvalley.com/

Small Group Guitar Lessons For Kids 5-7 Yrs.

Ages 5-7 
4-week series (Offered in March, April and May)
$85 per series
Space limited to 4 students per series

Wednesdays 4:30-5:00 PM
March 3/2, 3/9, 3/16 & 3/23 Register. Registration opens 2/2/22
April 4/6, 4/13, 4/20 & 4/27 Register. Registration opens 3/2/22
May 5/4, 5/11, 5/18 & 5/25 Register. Registration opens 4/6/2022

Small group guitar lessons with Amy Laber (Gardiner Library’s “Miss Amy”) for children 5-7 years old.

Beginner guitar lessons for young children with a gentle, playful approach. We will learn the parts of a guitar, how to tune strings, and explore basic musical concepts such as beat, rhythm and pitch. Students will approach learning simple melodies and chords.

Starting guitar lessons at an early age can help children to develop patience and self-confidence, improve coordination and concentration, learn a new skill, and make new friends!

Groups are limited to 4 students per each 4-week session.

Students are required to bring their own (1/2 sized) acoustic guitar, pick, tuner and small 3 ring binder to organize handouts.

Masks are required.
Registration for all 4 weeks is required.
Please email Amy at alaber@rcls.org with any questions.

Amy is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, early childhood music specialist, and children’s librarian. With over 20 years of experience making music with young children, her approach is patient, caring, encouraging and fun!