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New 'Shelton Tot Time' Program Coming in Fall

The following press release comes from Jim Mastrony of the Shelton Parks & Recreation Department, offices located in the Shelton Community Center.

Time well spent together playing, creating, exercising and learning. Shelton Tot Time is a NEW child and me activity program located at the and is being offered through the City of Shelton Parks and Recreation Department and welcomes EVERYONE…our wonderful residents that make up Shelton and all our friends from the neighboring communities!

The activity program provides caregivers and young children enjoyable ways to make the most of the time they spend together, in a safe happy environment that enhances early learning, creative expression, socialization skills, and promotes well being. Each tot will be assisted by their caregiver for every activity, encouraging both to grow closer together while given the opportunity of interacting and socializing with others. Shelton Tot Time supplies the activity while you BOTH enjoy the FUN!

As an added bonus to the program, *Time To Give Back* is a portion of Shelton Tot Time that strives to teach the tots at an early age the benefits of giving to those in need. A simple kind gesture can go a long way! The goal is to incorporate different ways of having the tots help those around the community. 

Each term, a good cause will be selected and 100 percent of the proceeds raised will go to that charity. Please note that all are “no obligation” to donate events throughout the term, if those who opt not to donate they are still happily welcome to attend the activities and join in on the fun!

Shelton Tot Time has constructed a well rounded program inspired by the needs of the tots while supporting our small local businesses and charitable organizations at the same time. 

Program activity descriptions and activity calendar are located in the main lobby of the Shelton Community Center. The following are brief descriptions of activities Shelton Tot Time offers:

  • Arts & Crafts and Edible Art: Make and take projects.
  • Cardio Tots: Gym class lead by a professional instructor.
  • Bounce Time: Bounce houses in the gymnasium provided by CT Bounce House LLC
  • Silly Science: Educational projects and live animal encounters. 
  • Bingo! Bingo!: Bingo games and chances to win lots of prizes. 
  • Pool Time: Play time in the SCC pool. 
  • Seasonal Activities: Special themed activities, surprises and treats. 
  • Field Trips: A great time waiting while supporting our local businesses.
  • *Birthday Bash*: Entertainment provided by Have Nose Will Travel, treats & favors. Toy drive.
  • *Time To Give*: Arts & Crafts projects donated to local nursing homes. 
  • *Time For Tots*: A movie and treat pack provided. Ticket sale proceeds donated to good cause. 
  • *Time For Me*: A caregiver only event, raffles. Raffle sale proceeds donated to good cause.  

Shelton Tot Time currently has a Fall and Spring Term. The activity program offers morning and afternoon sessions that meet at least twice a week on Tuesdays and Thursdays. 

The classes are divided in two age groups, Tiny Tots for ages 2 – 4 and Kinder Tots for ages 5 – Kindergarten.

Each group has a morning or afternoon class option. Tiny Tots meet in the mornings at 10:00 – 10:30 a.m. or afternoons 2:30 – 3:00 p.m.

Kinder Tots meet in the mornings at 9:15 – 9:45 a.m. or afternoons 1:45 – 2:15 p.m.

The upcoming Fall term will be the official grand opening of Shelton Tot Time and will begin on September 13, 2012. 

Each term consists of 22 total days of activities and the cost of the program is $220.00 per term. 

So What Is Included? Everything! Every activity, including a few field trips each term, make and takes, prizes, entertainment, treats, surprises, lots of smiles, laughs and good times! Every week lots of educational and activity worksheets will be distributed for the tots to enjoy at home. In addition, every tot will receive an art apron, and tote bag that is theirs to keep at the end of the term. 

Registration will take place beginning May 21, 2012 (until classes have been filled) at the Shelton Parks and Recreation office located at the Shelton Community Center, 41 Church Street. Registration forms, flyers, program descriptions and activity calendars can be found in the main lobby of the Shelton Community Center. Be sure to guarantee your spot and sign up early!  More info, updates and weekly activity announcements can be accessed by “liking” the Shelton Tot Time’s Facebook page.

For further questions, comments or suggestions to charities in need please feel free to contact Shelton Tot Time’s Founder and Program Director, Shauna (Laucella) Dumas at anytime via email at SheltonTotTime@aol.com, by phone (203) 650-1812 or on the Shelton Tot Time Facebook page!

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