Toddler Play Group: for one & two year olds
Apr
24
to Jul 31

Toddler Play Group: for one & two year olds

Wednesdays 10:00-11:30 am (no play group May 22nd or June 19)

This Play Group was designed for the the unique abilities and developmental needs of one and two year olds!

Held in our intimate, quiet setting; toys and activities will be appropriately aimed at one and two year olds and their growing vocabulary, social skills, and fine-motor development. The first hour and fifteen minutes will be spent in open play where children can choose toys, there will also be purposefully chosen activities to encourage socialization and communication among kids and between kids and adults. This Play Group ends with a circle time with songs, games, finger plays, and stories. A healthy snack will also be provided. To make the most out of each play group. toddlers must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Led By: Rebecca Nguyen, Masters in Early Childhood Education

Cost: 5 visits for $60; 10 visits for $120 or drop-in rate of $15

Picnic has been the first time she’s participated in a group setting without crying 70% of the time, and since starting to regularly attend, we’ve re-signed up for a few classes she previously sobbed through and has been thriving -tear free! We can’t thank you enough.
— mom of play group toddler
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Postnatal Yoga
May
17
to Jul 19

Postnatal Yoga

This Postnatal Yoga Class will occur every 1st and 3rd Friday of the month. Upcoming dates: May 17, June 7, June 21, July 5, July 19

Postnatal Yoga is a style of yoga that addresses the physical, mental and emotional challenges of being a new mother, as well as the aftermath of pregnancy. Classes specifically concentrate on rebuilding core strength by focusing on restoring Diastasis Recti (Abdominal Separation) and pelvic floor health; releasing tension in the upper and lower body by incorporating both active and passive poses synced with mindful breath. Classes also address common issues and concerns that may arise in this new chapter of life.  

Some benefits of Postnatal Yoga include:              

• Strengthening your core and pelvic floor

• Addressing your posture

• Restoring and nourishing the internal organs

• Relieving back pain

• Calming the nervous system

• Boosting the immune system

• And of course, making new mom friends           

*This class is suitable for any postpartum stage. Moms are welcome to bring their babies and toddlers to class.

Led by Eurika Jankauskaite, she is a Registered Yoga Teacher through Yoga Alliance. She holds certifications in both Prenatal/Postnatal and Restorative Yoga. Eurika’s teaching style is based on Classical Hatha with a fusion of contemporary branches to best serve the body and mind of today’s modern world. For Eurika, it is important to approach yoga by practicing it in a non-competitive space and create an environment where it can be practiced safely. Inside her classroom the space is used to empower and inspire all to take responsibility for their own physical and mental health through the practice of yoga. She strongly believes that yoga is in everybody and yoga is for everybody. Yoga is a very powerful gateway to one’s personal transformation and it will embrace you no matter where you are at on your personal journey.

Cost: $15/class (registration required)


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Sign + Play: 8-Week Fall Session
Apr
13
to Jun 15

Sign + Play: 8-Week Fall Session

For babies 6 - 18 months
8-Week Session
Saturdays, April 13 - June 15 (skipping 4/20 & 5/11)
11:00-11:45

Sign language is easy to learn and can give you a glimpse into what your baby is thinking and what they need. Learn simple, easy-to-do gestures and help your little one communicate with you. Sign language can build family bonds and jump start language and learning. Each class is built around a unique theme that includes circle time with Ms. Wendy and her signing bear. Signs are introduced while playing games, singing songs and finger plays, exploring toys and story time. Each class includes at home materials with strategies, tips, book and song ideas to continue the fun and learning at home. Ages: 6 months and up. Class will run for 8 sessions for 45 minutes. (Class may be cancelled if minimum sign-up of 5 families is not met.) Fee: $180 per child (materials included).

Led by Wendy Auffant, Speech Language Pathologist  

Cost: $180

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Potty Training Class: Out of Diapers
Apr
6
10:30 AM10:30

Potty Training Class: Out of Diapers

Thinking of potty training your toddler?

Let Sarah Grover of Oh Crap! Potty Training help you set your child up for success. Oh Crap! Potty Training has made it possible for tens of thousands of kids to get Out of Diapers!

In this one-time 90 minute class you will learn:

  • Best Age Window to Potty Train

  • 4 Common Myths of Potty Training

  • How to Ditch the Diapers

This is not another 3-day miracle method! 

Taught by Sarah Grover, a certified potty training consultant and educator. She is passionate about fostering independence in young children. Sarah has worked with hundreds of clients helping get their children out of diapers and on with the business of childhood!

Cost: $25/family

Read more about Oh Crap! Potty Training at www.ohcrappottytrainingchicago.com

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Summer Toddler Play Group
May
30
to Aug 29

Summer Toddler Play Group

This Play Group is for your Toddler Aged Little Ones!

**No play group July 4th for the holiday! See you on the 11th.

In the summer months, we spend most of our days outside enjoying the beautiful weather. Be sure to reserve one day to come to Picnic and play inside in the cool air.

Held in our intimate, kid-focused, quiet setting; toys and activities will be appropriately aimed at toddler aged children and their growing vocabulary, social skills, and fine-motor development. While the first hour will be spent in open play where children can choose toys, there will also be purposefully chosen activities to encourage socialization and communication among kids and between kids and their caregiver. This Play Group ends with a circle time with songs, games, finger plays, and stories. A healthy snack will also be available. 

*To make the most out of every play group, each toddler must be accompanied by an adult caregiver.

Led by Rebecca Nguyen, M.Ed in Early Childhood Education

Cost: $50/5-group pass; $100/10-group pass or $12/drop-in

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Toddler Play Group I: for One Year Olds
Apr
2
to May 21

Toddler Play Group I: for One Year Olds

Mondays, 10:00-11:30 am

Looking for something for you and your toddler that is just right for him or her? Then you should sign up for Picnic's Toddler Play Group!

Play Group is held in our intimate, quiet setting where toys and activities are purposefully chosen with one-year olds in mind. Join your toddler as he/she plays with blocks, sand, play-doh, finger paints, hide and find games, and other activities organized by Rebecca, an early childhood teacher. We will end each play group with a story and song circle time. A healthy snack will also be available. To make the most out of each play group, toddlers must be accompanied by a parent or caregiver.

Led By: Rebecca Nguyen, Masters in Early Childhood Education

Cost: 5 visits for $50; 10 visits for $100 or drop-in rate of $12

*Pre-Registration Required  

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Zumbini Demo Class
Feb
19
10:00 AM10:00

Zumbini Demo Class

Join Margaret O'Sullivan for this fun and energetic demo class. Learn what Zumbini is all about and then sign up for her 6-week class if you love it!

"Created by Zumba and BabyFirst, Zumbini is early childhood education program that uses original music and movement to promote cognitive, social, fine/gross motor skill, and emotional development for children ages 0-5, all while creating the ultimate bonding experience for families. Join us for 45 minutes of toe-tapping, head bopping, hip swinging, drum banging, bell ringing, scarf waving, stick clicking, egg shaking fun!"

Margaret O'Sullivan is a mother of a 3.5 year old and toddler twins. She taught for 15 years in Chicago up until the twins were born. She now loves teaching Zumbini. The best part is the upbeat original music and silly dance moves. Everyone leaves smiling! 

 

**Demo Class is full! Please join us for our upcoming 6-week course starting in March! See below.

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WeeGroove Toddler Music and Movement Class
Sep
23
to Nov 11

WeeGroove Toddler Music and Movement Class

WeeGroove Music and Movement

Saturdays, 10:00-10:30 am

WeeGroove Music and Movement is a fun introduction to the basics of music. Children will dance, sing, play games and explore instruments. At WeeGroove, we believe music can be used to teach many things. In this class your child will explore rhythm and music theory. He/she will have opportunities to practice social-emotional skills, improve large and small motor skills, learn basic math skills, and build strong vocabulary. This will be accomplished in a group, while giving parents and children the opportunity to bond and explore music together.  Mostly, we have tons of fun. Class is 30 minutes long, but the doors will open for 15 minutes of open play prior to the start of class.

Taught by: Elisa Lutz

Elisa Lutz is the owner of WeeGroove. She has been working in early childhood education since 2005 and has been teaching early childhood music since 2012. Elisa developed the WeeGroove curriculum and currently teaches around 300 children a week at 10 different preschools and daycares through out Chicago. 

Cost: $110 for 8-week session or $15 drop-in fee

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Toddler Talk & Play
Sep
10
to Oct 8

Toddler Talk & Play

For toddlers 15 months - 3 years
8 week class
Saturdays, September 10 - October 29
10:15-11:00

Ready to get your toddler communicating? Communication includes language understanding and verbal expression. Toddler Talk + Play will inspire your little one's communication skills through fun, engaging activities that help them understand new concepts & words as well as learn to say them. Parents and caregivers will learn simple yet powerful strategies for helping their child communicate during play. Each class is built around a unique theme that includes circle time with Miss Wendy and her bear leading high energy songs, finger plays, movement and games to keep your toddler learning and moving. Come talk and play with your child!

Led by Wendy Auffant, Speech Language Pathologist  

Cost: $160  (payment due at time of registration to secure your spot)

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Boogie-Woogie-Baby: A Creative Movement Dance Class For Infants & Toddlers
Aug
18
to Sep 8

Boogie-Woogie-Baby: A Creative Movement Dance Class For Infants & Toddlers

Upcoming 4-week session:

Thursdays, August 18 - September 8
11:00am - 11:45am 

Come dance & play in this 45 minutes class for babies! Experience uninterrupted quality time with your little one as we explore dance concepts using a variety of props, instruments and music.  As we learn dances set to your favorite nursery rhymes and songs (and some new ones too!), you'll encourage a love for movement in your baby, learn ways to turn your home into a movement playground, strengthen your bond by dancing together, and meet new friends as we dance together as a class. Focused on creativity and fun, this class will include a range of energy levels, taking quiet times to warm up, rest, and cool down interspersed with exciting dance activities. Let’s dance together! Please bring a blanket for your little one.

Led by Jennifer Guglielmi, BA in Dance
Cost: $16 one-day drop-in class
$60 - 4-class pack

 

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