Children occupied by constructive afterschool activities are less likely to buy BB guns or hang out with dogs that buy children BB guns. Keep tots gainfully at play with today’s Groupon to Play 2 Grow. Choose from the following options:
- For $39, you get 4 parent-and-child play classes (an $80 value).
- For $69, you get 8 parent-and-child play classes (a $160 value).
- For $119, you get 16 parent-and-child play classes (up to a $312 value). <p>
Conceived by pediatric physical therapist Marc Castelo and certified educator Megan White, Play 2 Grow promotes a philosophy of child development through 50-minute playfests fueled by fun activities, stimulating toys, and parental encouragement. Caregivers unable to converse with their newborn through Morse code discover new ways to communicate with infants during Baby Spa classes, which involve intimate activities such as infant massage, baby signing, and sensory stimulation. Baby Spa divides its sessions between two age groups, the first of which are the pint-size growers—2 to 6 months old—who learn head and postural control and eye tracking. Explorers—7 to 12 months old—learn to interact with classmates as they master new methods of propelling themselves, such as diesel-fueled diapers.
Older tots tackle the caregiver-assisted challenges of SmartPlay, pediatrically designed to promote physical health while augmenting nascent social and cognitive skills. Cruisers—13 to 20 months old—test their newly developed walking skills and discover what boots were made for in rousing sing-alongs. Imagination-based activities engross multiple senses as climbers—20 months to 2 1/2 years old—interact with technological playthings, and flyers—2 1/2 to 3 1/2 years old—absorb essential schooling skills such as listening, taking direction, and kindness.
Play 2 Grow
A pediatric physical therapist, Marc Castelo has witnessed impact of play and therapeutic touch during his work with infants and in early child development. Recognizing that babies could benefit from massage just as much—if not more so—than adults, he created Play 2 Grow. At his child-care center, techniques such as loving touch and innovative play are a vehicle for improved growth and caregiver-child bonding. In that vein, he and program director Jenny Smith-Davids interweaves play, games, and socialization, all with an eye toward improving infants’ developmental capabilities and future cribbage skills. Parents are also welcome to take part in the learning process through “scaffolding,” during which they are active participants in family play activities.