Choose from Four Options
- $20 for two play dates at Hill Country for one child ($40 value)
- $40 for two play dates at Hill Country for two children ($80 value)
- $12 for two hoots and hollers play dates for one child ($24 value)
- $24 for two hoots and hollers play dates for two children ($48 value)
Hoots & Hollers is a program open to the community designed to be a safe, open-play space for kids to sing songs, hear stories, learn about animals, nature and each other! We know from experience how much of a relief it is to have a safe, affordable place to let kids run free or chill out - especially during yucky weather.
Tuesdays & Thursdays 10:00 AM to 12:00PM Kids Play Time at Hill Country is a collaboration betweenNY City Explorers and Hill Country BBQ + Market. This play date is designed by certified early childhood teachers that offers young learners structured access to a creative, preschool play environment with their caregiver’s guidance.
Led by a NY City Explorers Play Expert, the 2 hour play date offers explorers the opportunity to play and engage in a roster of fun. And to top this treat yourself to some finger licking good food and receive a 15% discount by mentioning NY City Explorers.
Daycare: Taking Your Child for the First Time
Starting daycare can be a difficult transition for both parent and child. Here are a few ways to help the whole family prepare.
Do a Dress Rehearsal: If possible, visit the daycare center ahead of time with your child, allowing them to explore the space and build up excitement for their new surroundings.
Establish a Routine: A new addition to your morning can mean everything from earlier wake-up times to new traffic patterns. Assume your new schedule in the days leading up to the big day to ensure that you’re not rushed, which can add unnecessary stress.
Describe the Day: Give your child a rundown of the day’s events so they’ll know what to expect—a small but significant gesture that’ll help them feel in control.
Leave Reminders of Home: To comfort your child in your absence, leave them with a familiar object such as a blanket, toy, or tome of the extended family’s history. Newborns will find particular solace in a shirt or blanket that carries their mother’s scent.
Keep Goodbyes Short and Sweet: Be affectionate, of course, but avoid long and involved declarations of love. At the same time, resist the urge to sneak out the back door, which will only damage the trust between you. Simply making it clear that you will be back—and delivering on that promise at the end of the day—is enough to comfort children’s anxiety.
Fake It ‘Til You Make It: As nervous as a child might be for the first day of daycare, parents are often on the edge of tears. That’s okay. Still, hold it together. Don’t underestimate your child’s ability to read your body language and tone of voice. Put on a happy face and maintain a confident attitude and your child will do the same—soon rushing into the playroom to make friends with every Lego guy.