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March 2024

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Upcoming Programs

Developmental Talk & Play

Communication is Key

Coming Up at the Family Center

Parenting Classes

  • Developmental Talk and Play
  • March 11 at 10 a.m., Families First, Portsmouth
  • Communication is Key
  • March 20 at 5:30 p.m., Virtual

Support Groups

  • Parents & Caregivers of Children with an Incarcerated Parent
  • March 25 at 7 p.m.

Family Morning Out Playgroups

  • Portsmouth
  • Wednesdays at 9:30 a.m., Families First
  • Babytime
  • Wednesdays at 10 a.m., Idlehurst School, Somersworth
  • Exeter
  • Thursdays at 9:30 a.m., Parks and Rec Building
  • Epping
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m., SAU Building
  • Somersworth
  • Fridays at 9:30 a.m., Idlehurst School

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

March 11, 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 March guest is Ellen Rislove, pediatric occupational therapist with Adaptive Pediatric Therapy. She is available to answer questions and give tips on positive behavior management and teaching self-help skills (putting on shoes, brushing hair/teeth, toilet training, and more!)

Developmental Talk & Play Details and Signup

Communication is Key

March 20, 5:30-7 p.m.


Communication is Key is returning in March. Join us for this popular program!

  • Practical and concrete strategies
  • Improve communication among family members of all ages
  • Build effective communication skills for when challenging situations arise
  • Led by Gina Genest, M.Ed., owner of The Mindful Zone, LLC.
Communication is Key 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.

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 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).

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

We want to hear from you!

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What programs or topics would you like to see in the future?
Positive Parenting Strategies
Parent Recharge
Kinship Support
Fatherhood Support

Child Care Volunteers Needed

What's Happening Around Town?

The Great Easter Egg Hunt

  • March 30 at 9:30 a.m.
  • Northwood, NH Athletic Fields
  • 3,000+ eggs!
  • Ages 12 and under

Adult Easter Egg Hunt

  • March 29 at 5 p.m.
  • Northwood, NH Athletic Fields
  • Ages 18+

Portsmouth Library welcomes families each Saturday at 9:30 a.m. for weekend storytime.

DIY Kids Workshops

Home Depot

  • March 2, 9-12 p.m.
  • Make your own butterfly house
  • Any local Home Depot location


  • March 16, 10-1 p.m.
  • Make your own bird feeder
  • Any local Lowes location
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