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  • Wednesday, October 10, 2018 6:47 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Ready to weed out your books and toys in preparations for new holiday arrivals?  Or is it just time to pass along toys that your child has outgrown?  Cradles to Crayons provides children from birth through age 12, living in homeless or low-income situations, with the essential items they need to thrive – at home, at school and at play.  

    PoTs is accepting new or used *and in GOOD condition* books and developmental toys for babies and toddlers through January.  Toys must have all the pieces.  Items may be brought to a monthly Tot time, the Halloween Spooktacular, or our winter party in January.

    If you're looking to pass along other items (clothes, baby gear, diapers, etc), please consider giving to Mothers Helping Mothers in Malden.  You can contact Karen about donations (781-338-7607).  Donations can sometimes be picked up at your home if drop off would be difficult.

    Here are additional resources for passing along items you no longer need:

    Melrose Recycle Economy - https://www.facebook.com/groups/165561081032227/ 

    Reading Recycle Economy - https://www.facebook.com/groups/306497639938134/ 

    Wakefield Recycle economy - https://www.facebook.com/groups/1031877333582280/ 

  • Friday, February 16, 2018 9:47 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Playgroups will meet from March through June.  Members, please register (using the below links) by March 1st!

    Wednesdays 10am Playgroup (mixed ages)

    Fridays 9:30am Playgroup (mixed ages)

    Babies Playgroup (day and time will be determined by the group)


  • Wednesday, January 31, 2018 2:20 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Looking for something to do that is FREE, FUN, and FITNESS!  There are still openings for this Saturday’s Music and Movement with Kidzfun at the First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street, Melrose hosted by the North Suburban Family Network.   If interested please contact Kathy Harlow (KHarlow@hallmarkhealth.org; 781-246-5187) with the following information:

    Phone number and caregiver’s name:

    Child/ren’s name and age:

    Which session you would like to attend:

      

    Music & Movement with Kidzfun

    Saturday, February 3rd (Ages 2 - 5 years) Registration Required

    Location: First Congregational Church, 121 West Foster Street, Melrose

    Choose one of the following sessions:

    9:30-10:00 a.m.

    10:10-10:40 a.m.

    10:50-11:20 a.m.

    Each winter, Theresa McLennan of Kidzfun, brings her enthusiasm and bag of fun to share with the Family Resource Network families. If you have never seen her in action, you are in for a treat. Theresa will conduct a half hour program of music and movement that will

    This program is funded by a grant from the Melrose Arts Council, a local agency supported by the Massachusetts Cultural Council in collaboration with the Melrose Congregational Church.

     


  • Tuesday, January 30, 2018 2:56 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Melrose YMCA also announced their spring session offerings, including swim, soccer, track and field, basketball, ballet, garden and cooking classes for preschoolers.  They also offer pre and postnatal fitness classes.  Member registration begins February 5th; non-members on February 15th.


  • Tuesday, December 05, 2017 12:03 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    The Stoneham Rec Department announced their winter programs.  Highlights include a free basketball clinic for kids aged 3 and up on December 16th as well as mom fitness classes and indoor soccer for ages 12 months - 5 years.

    The Melrose YMCA also announced their winter session offerings, including swim, soccer, track and field, basketball, ballet, garden and cooking classes for preschoolers.  They also offer pre and postnatal fitness classes.

  • Thursday, November 09, 2017 9:21 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    In anticipation of very chilly weather tomorrow (November 10th), we are relocating our morning meetup from Drumlin Farm to Vinkari Safari in Woburn! Please join us at 9:45! Admission is $10 per child (infants under 7 months are free with a sibling). 

  • Wednesday, November 01, 2017 9:51 AM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    My favorite holiday, Thanksgiving, has arrived!  A special time to enjoy family and friends and celebrate the many blessings of our life, while avoiding much of the commercialization that accompanies so many of our other holidays.

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    As parents, we are constantly working towards raising polite and appreciative young people.  While many of us may focus on the use of "manner words" (aka please, thank you, you're welcome), it can be a struggle to develop a sense of gratitude in young children, particularly those who live in a society where their basic needs are met.

    Head over to our Facebook page to share ideas about how to instill that sense of gratitude in our tots.  We'd also love to hear about any of your thankfulness parenting wins!

  • Tuesday, August 29, 2017 8:46 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    Massachusetts is ripe (pun intended) with some wonderful farms for picking apples and other seasonal fruits.  Check out this guide for information on some local hot spots for apple picking.  

    Once you've got a few bushels, why not bake yourself a nice, sweet pie?  For an awesome homemade pie, try Grandma Ople's recipe.


  • Friday, August 11, 2017 12:44 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)
    Two playgroups are kicking off this fall - one on Wednesday mornings and one on Friday mornings.  Playgroups are groups of parents and toddlers who meet regularly for fun, friendship and community building.  We ask that all participants anticipate attending more than 50% of playgroup meetings.  After all, building relationships depends on the continuity of the group.  If you prefer a more drop-in style group, then we encourage you to check out our Tot Times and seasonal events.

    The Wednesday morning playgroup will begin on September 13thThe Friday morning playgroup will begin on September 15th.  

    If you are interested in joining either of these playgroups, please sign up via the links above.  Registration officially closes September 5th; late additions may be added if space allows.


  • Saturday, July 29, 2017 4:16 PM | Anonymous member (Administrator)

    America's National Waffle Day is August 24th.  The day is a commemoration of the day the first waffle iron was patented - so a perfect time to talk about inventions and patents with your kids and indulge in a hearty breakfast or tasty waffle dessert!

    Waffle Day

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