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December 2018

Playdate Pals: Wee Evergreens

Wednesday, December 12, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Playdate Pals

This program is designed to build sensory awareness, to build motor skills and to encourage social interaction among little ones. Each Playdate Pals begins with learning stations. We come together for a short program about  our winter nature theme, which may include a story, song, activity and a short hike. (ages 18 – 42 months with adult companion)

Playdate Pals: Wee Evergreens

Wednesday, December 12, 3:30 p.m.-4:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Playdate Pals

This program is designed to build sensory awareness, to build motor skills and to encourage social interaction among little ones. Each Playdate Pals begins with learning stations. We come together for a short program about our winter nature theme, which may include a story, song, activity and a short hike. (ages 18 – 42 months with adult companion)

Preschool Nature Series: What Lives in a Forest?

Thursday, December 13, 9:30 a.m.-10:30 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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preschool boy looking at acorn

This month we will learn about all the living things we can find in a forest! After exploring the forest, participants will make a forest shoebox habitat to take home. Please be prepared for some time outdoors. (ages 3 – 5 with adult companion)

Creative Kids Corner

Thursday, December 13, 2:00 p.m.-3:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Creative Kids Corner

This drop-off program features games, a story, and a craft all revolving around a fun seasonal theme. Children are encouraged to wear old clothes. (ages 4 – 5)

Thursdays, December 13, January 10 & February 14

Park Quest

Thursday, December 13, 4:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m.
Beechwood Springs Park,
1141 Quiet Brook Trail
Dayton, OH 45458 United States
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Your Park District has 50 parks! Park Quest is a way to see a few new parks each season while enjoying games and challenges with other children. Get children active after school this winter! Registration includes all three Thursday dates (Beechwood Springs on 12/13, Village South on 1/10, Old Lane on 2/14). (ages 6 – 10)

Gingerbread Parks Decorating Party

Thursday, December 13, 6:00 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Mother and children at Gingerbreak Parks Party

Some people build gingerbread houses. We build gingerbread parks! All materials provided for this family program. (ages 6 and up)

Creative Kids Corner

Friday, December 14, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Creative Kids Corner

This drop-off program features games, a story, and a craft all revolving around a fun seasonal theme. Children are encouraged to wear old clothes. (ages 4 – 5)

Fridays, December 14, January 11 & February 15

Luminary Walk

Friday, December 14, 6:30 p.m.-8:30 p.m.
Forest Field Park,
2100 E. Centerville Station Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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luminary

Enjoy a one-mile candlelit stroll. (There is a shorter path if you prefer to skip the one-mile walk.) Warm up by the fire outside, and stop inside for music by the Hithergreen Strummers. Assist Helping Hands of Dayton make get well cards for children. Participants are encouraged to bring travel-sized toiletry items to donate to Helping Hands of Dayton. A rain date is scheduled for Saturday, December 15.

Preschool Nature Series: What Lives in a Forest?

Saturday, December 15, 1:00 p.m.-2:00 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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preschool boy looking at acorn

This month we will learn about all the living things we can find in a forest! After exploring the forest, participants will make a forest shoebox habitat to take home. Please be prepared for some time outdoors. (ages 3 – 5 with adult companion)

Solstice Sunrise Hike

Friday, December 21, 7:45 a.m.-9:00 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Take advantage of every ray of sunlight as the northern hemisphere prepares for the fewest hours of daylight and the first day of winter! Meet staff before daybreak (sunrise is at 7:54 a.m.) to experience the beauty of the first day of winter as the sun welcomes the new season over the prairies of Bill Yeck Park. We’ll take a hike on the paths around the park and talk about facts and folklore surrounding the winter solstice.

Geology Rocks!

Saturday, December 22, 1:00 p.m.-2:30 p.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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Geology is all around us! We will learn how different types of rocks are formed, break geodes and search for rocks.

January 2019

Arctic Explorations Camp

Wednesday, January 2 2019, 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
Grant Park,
501 Normandy Ridge Rd.
Centerville, OH United States
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Winter Woods Day Camp

A three-day camp experience to keep your children active while school is out! Campers will explore Grant Park for all things winter! Children will warm up in the nature buildings with games, crafts and nature programs. All campers will receive a t-shirt. Bring a sled on snowy days! Before and after care available. (ages 6 – 12)

MusicMania

Saturday, January 5 2019, 10:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Bill Yeck Park, Smith House,
2230 E. Centerville Station Road
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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MusicMania

We’re teaming up with McCutcheon Music for an energetic musical experience! Children will play and engage with a wide variety of musical instruments! At the end of the series, each child will take home a musical instrument. (ages 6 – 9)

Saturdays, January 5 – 26

Tai Chi for Wellness

Saturday, January 5 2019, 10:30 a.m.-11:30 a.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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An introduction to Tai Chi and Qigong (Chi Kung) principles and form through Tai Chi Easy™ — a form created by Roger Jahnke, O.M.D. — to make Tai Chi accessible and fun for everyone. Tai Chi is great for stress relief, improving coordination and balance, facilitates cardiac rehab, lowers blood pressure and helps maintain strong bones. (ages 18 and up)

Saturdays, January 5 – February 23

Children’s Yoga Series

Saturday, January 5 2019, 12:00 p.m.-1:00 p.m.
Grant Park, Kennard Nature Nook,
6588 McEwen Rd.
Centerville, OH 45459 United States
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children's yoga

Your child will stretch, balance and strengthen the body while learning yoga poses from certified Color Me Yoga Instructor, Megan Pooler. A blend of nature and exercise, children will learn about winter nature topics with hands-on activities in the first part of each class and finish with a quieter yoga session in the second part of the class. All equipment provided. (ages 5 – 8)

Saturdays, January 5 – 26