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April 2024

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Upcoming Programs

Developmental Talk & Play

Coming Up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Developmental Talk and Play
  • April 8 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Raising Healthy Eaters
  • April 16 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Organizing Your Day
  • April 29 at 9:30 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Kinship Family Night
  • May 3 at 4 p.m., Children's Museum of NH

Support Groups

  • Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent
  • April 29 at 7 p.m., Online

Family Morning Out Playgroups

  • Portsmouth
  • Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Families First
  • Babytime
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Idlehurst School, Somersworth
  • No group on April 24
  • Exeter
  • Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Parks and Rec Building
  • No group on April 25
  • Epping
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m., SAU Building
  • No group on April 19 or 26
  • Somersworth
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Idlehurst School
  • No group on April 26

All programs are free. For more about these programs, scroll down or see the Family Center calendar. Please be sure to check our Family Center calendar for cancellations before attending a program.

Family Center Calendar

Developmental Talk & Open Play

April 8, 10-11 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

Monthly on 2nd Mondays

Play, socialize, and learn. Join us for open play in our children's room.

Our April guest is Ellen Rislove, pediatric occupational therapist with Adaptive Pediatric Therapy. She is available to answer questions and give tips on sensory processing and regulation strategies!

Developmental Talk & Play Details & Signup

Raising Healthy Eaters

April 16, 10-11:30 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

Do you have a picky eater? Are family dinners stressful? Do you want to create healthy habits now that will last a lifetime?

  • Led by Misa Pignataro, owner of Misa’s Clean Kitchen
  • Learn about how to prevent or get through the picky-eating stage
  • End constant snacking
  • Enjoy dinners again
  • Everyone will walk away with new tools to add to your parenting toolbox that you can start using right away!
  • Laying a healthy foundation now while your kids are still young is key to creating healthy, happy adults
  • Free, with free child care!
Raising Healthy Eaters Details & Signup

Organizing Your Day

April 29, 9:30-11 a.m.

Families First, Portsmouth

  • Professional tips to organize your busy days
  • Practical, realistic solutions that work!
  • Led by Kimberly Martin, Certified Home Organizer and Owner of One by One Organizing
  • Free, with free child care!
Organizing Your Day Details & Signup


Ongoing | Weekly

Wednesdays 10-11:30 a.m.

  • A free weekly playgroup in Somersworth for babies 0-18 months and their caregivers.
  • Babytime is a fun morning out while socializing your little ones and chatting with other adults.
  • Held in the Families First classroom at Idlehurst Elementary School.

Babytime will not run during April vacation week (4/24).

Signup not required. Drop-in's welcome! Questions? Call our Family Center at (603) 422-8209.

Weekly Playgroups

Ongoing | Weekly

Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays 9:30-11 a.m. (Location Varies)

Join us for a fun morning out at playgroup!

  • Weekly in Portsmouth, Somersworth, Epping and Exeter.
  • Our playgroups are free. No signup is needed. Everyone is welcome.
  • Family Morning Out is for children 0-5 years, with their caregivers. Expect crafts, snacks, songs, and social development opportunities for your little one(s).

Epping, Exeter, and Somersworth will not run during April vacation week (4/25-26). Epping will not run April 19.

Please check our website Family Center Calendar or our Parents Connect Facebook page before attending to check for any changes or cancellations.

Coming Soon in May

Solar Eclipse Fun!

Cereal Box Solar Eclipse Glasses

Safely view the solar eclipse on April 8 using a cereal box!

Explaining the total solar eclipse to children (and understanding it yourself!)

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