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The antidote for social distance? Digital connection. Stay tuned for more programs you can attend from home.


Digital Program: Food Explorers Baking Class for Kids!

Saturday, January 16, 10 AM via Zoom

Cinnamon Rolls

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade Cinnamon Rolls! This yeast free recipe means you’ll have Cinnamon Rolls in no time. You’ll learn how to make the dough, roll it and slice into the perfect rolls. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

Self raising flour (5 cups for full recipe), white sugar, cinnamon, milk ( 2.5 cups), butter ( 1 stick), powdered sugar and optional vanilla. This recipe can easily be cut in half to make approx. 8 rolls. You will need a rolling pin."
 
This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.
 
Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!
 
Please register HERE.

Digital Program: DPNC presents Life Under the Ice for Kids!

Friday, January 22, 4 PM via Zoom

A great program for families!Despite freezing temperatures, it is very busy under the ice of a frozen pond. Discover how animals like fish, frogs, turtles and beavers survive life under the ice in their frozen habitat! Meet reptiles and amphibians who stay warm in the Nature Center all winter long. 

A great program for families!

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Movin' and Groovin' Program for Kids ages 4 - 8!

Saturday, January 23, 10 AM via Zoom

Join us for this fun, energetic and interactive children’s program for kids ages 4 - 8!

  • Children will come away with nutrition knowledge that is science-based and a mindset that nutrition and physical activity are FUN!

  • Physical activity and music will be integrated into the presentation.

  • Good nutrition and physical activity are essential for children to maximize their full academic potential, reach their physical and mental capabilities, and achieve lifelong health and well- being!

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Christine's Critters

Friday, January 29, 4 PM via Zoom

Join us virtually to meet some amazing animal abassadors and learn their stories! 

Learn about and meet birds of prey and reptiles with Christine Peyreigne, founder of Christine’s Critters, Inc. Christine’s foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) and is dedicated to the rescue and rehabilitation of birds of prey and reptiles.

Christine’s Critters takes in injured and/or orphaned hawks, owls, falcons, and eagles and after rehabilitation, whenever possible, returns them to the wild for a second chance at life. For those birds of prey that are unable to return to the wild due to their injuries, Christine finds them permanent homes at nature centers to become educational ambassadors.

Great program for families!

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents an Art Workshop for Kids!

Saturday, January 30, 3 PM via Zoom

Sophia Gipstein, Education Associate from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum will lead kids in a art workshop inspired by Eshter Mahlangu! You can learn more about the museum's exhibition here.

Grab and Go Art kits will be provided for the first 12 families who register. The kits will be available for pick-up at the Library two days before the art workshop. 

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: DPNC presents Animal Tracking Program for Kids!

Friday, February 5, 4 PM via Zoom

Animal tracks tell the stories of the wild. Winter snow and mud are ideal conditions for spotting tracks. Learn to identify the tracks of local wildlife and how to interpret the stories they tell. (Meet an owl who leaves tell tale tracks behind from a hunt)! A great program for families!

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Cool-ology: Car Racing Physics Lab for Kids!

Saturday, February 6, 10 AM via Zoom

Car Racing Physics Lab

Discover the laws of science that make cars move! Participants will investigate forces and motion, gravity, friction, momentum, Newton's Laws of Motion, simple machines, and more during this fast paced program.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

COOL-OLOGY®: ONLINE Car Racing Physics Lab Supply List 

Please register HERE.

 

Digital Program: Food Explorers Cooking Class for Kids!

Saturday, February 6, 3 PM via Zoom

 
Homemade Fettuccine

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade pasta for your family! You’ll learn how to mix, knead, roll and cut your own fettuccine without needing a pasta machine! Using just a rolling pin and some muscles, you’ll have perfect pasta in no time. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe

2 eggs, AP flour, olive oil, salt and your choice of sauce and side. This class will be conducted using Zoom.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.
 
Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!
 
Please register HERE.

Digital Program: Learn to Draw: A Drawing Workshop for Kids!

Friday, February 12, 4 PM via Zoom

Join Award winning National Syndicated Cartoonist and humorous illustrator Rick Stromoski for this fun, drawing workshop.

This workshop focuses on  drawing human expression, gender and age differences and how by just changing a line here or there, one can create completely different characters and expressions. I  also devote some time to drawing different animals and how using the same approach , you can create many different kinds of animals.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. For kids in the 3rd to 7th grade.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Food Explorers: Baking Class for Kids!

Saturday, February 13, 11 AM via Zoom

Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make homemade Chocolate Fudge Pop Tarts! You’ll learn how to make pastry dough from scratch, a chocolate fudge filling and delicious glaze to drizzle on top.

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

Cocoa powder, chocolate chips, butter, AP flour, sugar, 1 egg, confectioners sugar and whole milk OR heavy cream (about 1/2 cup). You will need a rolling pin.
 
This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.
 
Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!
 
Please register HERE.

Digital Program: Nappy's Puppets presents a Shadow Puppet Workshop for Kids!

Friday, February 19, 4 PM via Zoom

Nappy's Puppets will lead a shadow puppet workshop where kids choose, make and perform their own shadow puppets. That is they can perform with their own shadow puppets, if they watch a YouTube video and make a box shadow screen before the workshop. Or they can use flash lights to project their shadows on the wall. Ages 5 and up.
 
Temples for screen and shadows can be found on Nappy's Puppets website. Take a peek.
 
This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.
 
Please register HERE.

Digital Program: Lyman Allyn Art Museum presents an Art Workshop for Kids!

Saturday, February 20, 3 PM via Zoom

Sophia Gipstein, Education Associate from the Lyman Allyn Art Museum will lead kids in an Bessie Coleman inspired 3D airplane art project! 

Grab and Go Art kits will be provided for the first 12 families who register. The kits will be available for pick-up at the Library two days before the art workshop.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Cool-ology LEGO STEAM Challenge for Kids!

Friday, February 26, 4 PM via Zoom

LEGO Tower Challenge: Children compete to design and build the tallest Lego tower. Extension: Create an ‘earthquake shake device’ to test towers for stability.

Hidden LEGO Man: Participants test various types of paper to reveal a hidden lego man

LEGO Boat Engineering: Participants design, engineer, and test boats that really float and hold weight

COOL-OLOGY ONLINE LEGO STEAM ChALLENGE Supply List coming soon!

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Rockabye Beats presents a Music Program for Preschoolers and their Families!

Saturday, February 27, 10 AM via Zoom

Rockabye Beats is a music program for you and your child. It is learning through music, dancing, and fun. Marcos and Shon inspire your kids (and you!) to sing, dance, move, ask questions, learn about instruments, meet new characters, learn a little Spanish and play while at the same time introducing  musical ideas such as melody, rhythm, tempo, and pitch. Come dance, sing, and get a little loco with Rockabye Beats! Great for preschoolers and their families!

This is an online event. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Cool-ology: Seed STEAM Lab for Kids!

Saturday, March 6, 10 AM via Zoom

STEAM Seed Challenge

Participants investigate the science of SEEDS. We dissect and examine a bean seed, explore how seeds disperse, and engineer our very own seeds movers!

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

COOL-OLOGY®: ONLINE Seed STEAM Lab Supply List 

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Food Explorers Baking Class for Kids!

Saturday, March 13, 10 AM via Zoom

Maple Scones

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Maple Scones! Katie was born in England, and grew up eating scones of all different kinds. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You’ll need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

Flour, baking powder, butter (1 stick), cinnamon, 2 eggs, maple syrup, powdered sugar, brown sugar, half & half OR milk and optional vanilla. No special equipment necessary, but a cheese grater may make an appearance."
 
This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.
 
Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!
 
Please register HERE.

Digital Program: Cool-ology: Mindful Physics for Kids!

Saturday, April 3, 10 AM via Zoom

Mindful Physics

Using Mindfulness and Newton's Laws of Physics as a guide, participants will explore energy, motion, space, and time. Art and science come together in this class, as participants investigate the physics of movement and dance.

This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program.

COOL-OLOGY®: ONLINE Mindful Physics Supply List 

Please register HERE.


Digital Program: Food Explorers Cooking Class for Kids!

Saturday, April 10, 3 PM via Zoom

Homemade Pizza

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make the quickest homemade Pizza of your life! In just one hour you’ll make your own pizza dough and have pizza for your whole family. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

Sugar (1 TBSP), active dry yeast, olive oil, flour, salt and your choice of pizza toppings (sauce, cheese, veggies, meats, etc).
 
This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.
 
Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!
 
Please register HERE.

Digital Program: Food Explorers Cooking Class for Kids!

Saturday, May 1, 3 PM via Zoom

Homemade Tortillas and Guacamole

Join Katie Shepherd, Registered Dietitian from Food Explorers to make Homemade Tortillas with Guacamole! That’s right, you’ll learn how to make Tortillas from scratch. You’ll mix, knead, roll and cook the tortillas just in time for an afternoon snack. 

Exploring food encourages children to learn through sensory experiences, hands-on activities and working together to create delicious results.

Food Explorers provides children with the knowledge to make healthy choices for themselves. By combining nutrition education with cooking and hands-on food exploration, you'll have a Food Explorer in no time!

You will need the following ingredients for this recipe: 

 AP flour, water, olive oil, salt, 1 avocado & 1 lime. You will also need either a cast iron skillet or a medium sized non-stick frying pan.”
 
This is an online program. Registration is required to attend this program. You will receive a Zoom invitation the morning of the program. Families with children ages 7 and up.
 
Generously funded by the Groton Education Foundation!
 
Please register HERE.