The Children’s Playhouse: a Local Gem for Children and Families!

Thanks to Kathy Parham and Anna Lynch for getting me this information about the Children’s Playhouse, a creative learning space for families. The Playhouse is located at 400 Tracy Circle in Boone. Visit for more information

Shop Stick Boy and support The Children’s Playhouse on St. Patrick’s Day, March 17!

Enjoy some special Shamrock cookies and cupcakes or any of the other wonderful bread, treats, coffee, or smoothies at Stick Boy on Monday, March 17th and owners Carson and Mindy Coatney will donate a portion of the day’s proceeds to The Children’s Playhouse, the High Country’s only nonprofit children’s museum and play space


Programs for Parents and Caregivers

As part of its mission to support parents, The Children’s Playhouse provides parenting classes and workshops as well as a large lending library of resource books and toys. Babysitting is provided during longer classes. All Parent programs are free to parents or caregivers.

Family support services at The Playhouse are supported in part by funding from the Children’s Council of Watauga County. Beginning in July 2008, the Children’s Council will no longer fund these services; The Children’s Playhouse is currently seeking support from the Watauga County commissioners to continue them.

“Parenting with Love and Logic” 6-8 pm, Tuesdays March 18th-April 22. Taught by Roberta Yates, this six week class teaches practical strategies for raising responsible kids who are fun to be around. Babysitting provided for up to 12 children. Free, but registration required.

Snack Attack! 10:15 Wednesday, March 19th. Learn creative, fun, and easy snack recipes that encourage kids to eat fruit and vegetables. Snacks will be peanut-free and dairy-free options will be available. A limited supply of recipe books and food bags will be given away. The program will be implemented by Nicole Lamonica, an Appalachian State University student as a community event project for her Community Nutrition class.

Learn Infant & Child CPR. 3-5 pm, Wednesday, April 23. Learn a valuable skill to protect your children. Taught by Lindsey Stovall from the Birthing Center Education office at Watauga Medical Center, this class will cover CPR for both infants and children. Class limited to eight adults. Babysitting provided but advance registration required. Free.

Breastfeeding Q&A. 10:30 Thursday, May 8th and Friday, May 9th. Bring your questions and concerns about nursing to this talk with a lactation educator.

Your Child’s Development. 10:30 Thursday, June 19th. Do you have questions about how your child is developing? If you need help, where do you turn? Delores Wilder, of Watauga County Schools and the Local Inter-agency Coordinating Council (LICC), will be available to answer questions about your child’s development and the resources available to families in our community.


Programs for Kids

The Children’s Playhouse offers lively, affordable music classes for preschoolers and fun, “On the Spot” workshops for kids. Call 828-263-0011 to register.

Musikgarten Classes All Musikgarten classes are taught by certified instructor Alison Moser and employ developmentally appropriate songs, games, movement and instruments.

“Family Music for Babies” (newborn to 18 months) Spring Session I: 9:30-10:00 Fridays, February 15-March 21. Spring Session II: 9:30-10:00 Fridays, May 2-June 6. $36 for members/$48 for nonmembers.

“Cycle of Seasons” (ages 3-5). Session I: 9:30-10:10 Thursdays, (Tuesday) March 4, 13, 20, April 3, 10, &17. Session II: 9:30-10:10 Thursdays, May 1-June 5. Fee for 6 week, 40 minute class is $48 for members/$60 for nonmembers.

“Family Music for Toddlers” (18 months-age 2). 9:00-9:30 Thursdays, May 1-June 5. $36 for members/$48 for nonmembers


On the Spot Programs

From sing-alongs to story hours our “On the Spot” programs offer drop-in fun that is free to members or with paid admission to The Children’s Playhouse.

Sing-along with Mr. Jack. 10:30 Thursday, March 20th. Mr. Jack, a retired music teacher, will share childhood favorites on the piano, guitar, and violin!

Sparkling Storytimes with Mrs B. 10:30 Wednesday, April 9 & Thursday, May 15. Children’s librarian Carol Bollini returns with a fun-filled story time for kids two and up.

Pet Paws with Friends for Life. 10:30 Thursday, April 10. Come pet a calm adult dog and learn about responsible pet ownership from the group Friends for Life. Free to members or with paid admission to The Playhouse.

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