Programs for Parents & Their Little Ones


parentchild3With all the big kids back to school, what can little ones do to keep themselves busy all year long?

Luckily for these kiddos, Carmel Clay Parks & Recreation offers Parent/Child programs throughout the year. With age appropriate activities ranging from sports to music and more, tiny tots ages six and under can learn and explore with mom and dad invited to help lead the way.

Classes offered at the Monon Community Center and Founders Park with friendly CCPR instructors will allow kids to explore their imagination through interactive games, storytelling and more.

Knee-High Naturalist, a favorite for those in the class, does just that. The hour-long class keeps kids, mostly one and two-year-olds, moving so as to never get bored with just one activity.

The science-based class features monthly themes like “Let’s Go Exploring” and “Summer Babies.” CCPR instructor Karen LaMere likes to start class indoors with nature-themed crafts.

In one week of July’s “All About Water” class, kids created their own fish with bubbles drawings usingparentchild1 paint and crayons. The kids then got to go out to the Central Park lagoon and look for fish and ducks in their natural habitat, all the while practicing their best quacks and socializing with other kids their age.

Instructor Karen helped answer parents’ own nature questions along the way, all-the-while introducing kids to butterflies, flowers, feathers and more.

Other fun activities in Knee-High Naturalist allowed kids to paint on windows and learn about sunflowers, taking home their own sunflower seeds to watch grow.

Parents say they love the class, but based on giggles and smiles, kids love it even more.