Free new programs at The Children’s Playhouse: Brains and Babies and Special Families

We are happy to give you information about two new programs starting this week at The Children’s Playhouse.  These free 10 week playgroups will be offered at The Children’s Playhouse and will be facilitated by experts on psychology and development. Enrollment is free but limited to 12 children per group. These groups are supported by a grant from Smart Start through the Children’s Council of Watauga County.


Brains and Babies


Session I: 9-10 am Wednesdays November 2February 1 (10 meetings. Skip Nov 23, Dec 21 & 28)

Session II:  9-10 am Wednesdays February 8-April 26 (10 meetings. Skip March 15 & April 19)

Learn about the amazing changes going on inside your child’s brain during the first two years of life and fun games you can play that will support your child’s development! 

Taught by Dr. Robyn Kondrad.  FREE! For kids aged 0-22 months and their parents or relative caregivers.

Space is limited.  Make friends and earn a high quality  toy for your child when you attend five meetings and at the end. Call 828-263-0011 to sign up.


Special Families


Two 10 week sessions will be offered beginning in January, 2017.  

Facilitated by Dr. Rebekah Cummings, this playgroup for kids under five with identified special needs.

Supported by a grant from Smart Start and the Children’s Council of Watauga County.

Call 828-263-0011 to sign up.

Nominations Accepted: Children’s Playhouse Great Friend to Families

Great Friend to Families

Now in its seventh year, the Great Friend to Families award is given annually by The Children’s Playhouse to recognize sustained contributions by individuals to the well-being of young children and their families in the High Country area.

They accept nominations in four categories: the Helping Hands, the Helping Hearts, and a new category for 2015, the Young Hearts (nominees aged 17 or younger).

• Helping Hands awards celebrate professionals who over the course of their careers have shown extraordinary dedication to improving the lives of children and families.

• Helping Hearts awards recognize individuals who have touched the lives of children and families through generous philanthropy and/or outstanding volunteerism.

• Young Hearts awards spotlights the helpers of the future, young people aged 17 or younger who have already made significant efforts outside their own family to help children and families in the High Country.

How the winners will be honored:

The Children’s Playhouse will honor award winners in each category at the luncheon on Saturday, March 21st and overall winners in each category will be further recognized as the 2015 Great Friends to Families.

The adult Great Friends to Families award-winners (one Helping Hand, one Helping Heart) will be announced at the luncheon and will be presented with a pieces of local art and $200 each to donate to the High Country nonprofit of their choice. The overall Young Heart winner will receive a gift certificate and $100 to donate to the charity of their choice. All nominees will receive individual recognition at the luncheon.

How to nominate your “Hometown Hero”:

All nominations must be submitted Monday, March 9th. The award-winners will be selected by an outside committee of distinguished local leaders. Click here to submit your nomination.

All nominations must include full contact information for the nominee and nominator, a one page nomination statement, and the names and contact information for at least 3 people outside the nominee’s family who support the nomination.