Supported Virtual Playgroups

Kidzu’s supported playgroups will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays 9AM – 10AM for 10 weeks, from April 7 – June 9 for Orange County caregivers and children ages birth – 3 years old.


Registration is REQUIRED and is on a rolling basis. While attendance at all sessions is encouraged, it is not required! Information on how to access the Zoom room will be sent to the email indicated in registration.

Join Kidzu for Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Play Groups! Kidzu’s Nest is the only Orange County Affiliate hosting Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Supported Playgroups for children ages birth – 3 and their caregivers. These FREE, VIRTUAL playgroups will provide Orange County infants, toddlers, and their caregivers the chance to network and learn from each other and early childhood experts.

First ten registrants will receive a FREE educational toy mailed to your home!

Each playgroup will consist of

    • Inclusive learning environment with both free and guided play time
    • Focus on caregiver and child health and wellness
    • Integration of STEM and early literacy learning experiences into daily routines and activities
    • Connecting with other local caregivers
    • Special topics based on group interests
    • Nutrition education and shared food prep and meal/snack time

Click here to view and print the English
and Spanish promotional flyers!

Supported Virtual Playgroups

Kidzu’s supported playgroups will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays 9AM – 10AM for 10 weeks, from April 7 – June 9 for Orange County caregivers and children ages birth – 3 years old.


Registration is REQUIRED and is on a rolling basis. While attendance at all sessions is encouraged, it is not required! Information on how to access the Zoom room will be sent to the email indicated in registration.

Join Kidzu for Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Play Groups! Kidzu’s Nest is the only Orange County Affiliate hosting Kaleidoscope Play and Learn Supported Playgroups for children ages birth – 3 and their caregivers. These FREE, VIRTUAL playgroups will provide Orange County infants, toddlers, and their caregivers the chance to network and learn from each other and early childhood experts.

First ten registrants will receive a FREE educational toy mailed to your home!

Each playgroup will consist of

    • Inclusive learning environment with both free and guided play time
    • Focus on caregiver and child health and wellness
    • Integration of STEM and early literacy learning experiences into daily routines and activities
    • Connecting with other local caregivers
    • Special topics based on group interests
    • Nutrition education and shared food prep and meal/snack time

Click here to view and print the English
and Spanish promotional flyers!

Our Partners

Building The Nest: Kidzu’s Early Learning Environment

Kidzu Children’s Museum has enabled thousands of children across North Carolina to access critical early childhood educational experiences within the museum and through community outreach. Now we seek to harness our experiences and collaborate with our academic and early learning colleagues to create The Nest, an early learning lab designed specifically for infants and toddlers ages 0-3. The Nest will galvanize the excellence in informal learning that Kidzu provides with the rigorous research and academic excellence of our university partners and the expertise of educators rooted in the Reggio-Emilia developmental philosophy of learning, to create an environment and accompanying programs, activities and resources that nurture critical healthy brain development, and encourage curiosity, discovery, and confidence in Kidzu’s very youngest learners. 

The Kidzu staff has compiled valuable resources for our youngest learners and their caregivers! We will continually update these resources, so check back regularly. Know of any resources we missed? Email info@kidzuchildrensmuseum.org with resources that we should include!

15 Best Board Books for Babies: This reading list ranks the top 15 board books recommended by experts to help caregivers determine what books are appropriate to read to babies and beneficial for their development.

Scholastic: 20 Ways to Boost Baby Brain Power: This Scholastic blog post provides 20 ways that caregivers can boost their baby’s brain power, targeted at ages birth to 2 years old. It also provides books and/or toys to enrich the activities.

Zero to Three: Play Activities: Zero to Three provides multiple learning activities in categories like action orientated, quiet play, building thinking skills, building senses, building language skills for infants ages birth -12 month old. Available in English and Spanish.

StoryBlocks: StoryBlocks is a collection of videos designed to help caregivers learn songs, rhymes, and fingerplays appropriate for babies and toddlers. Videos are available in English, Spanish, American Sign Language, Vietnamese, Amharic, Arabic, French, Italian, and Russian. 

Parenting Science: The Benefits of Outdoor Play: This Parenting Science blog post shows caregivers the benefits of outdoor play. Physical, social, emotional, and intellectual development benefits of outdoor play are described and tips for how to effectively get these benefits are provided.

Penn State Extension: Teaching young children about diversity: Penn State Extension provides activities to teach young children about diversity and aid in appreciating differences. Recommended books and materials are provided. 

Learning is Everywhere: Activities to do with your Young Child: Each month Mary Hall creates a new version of this free listserv of activities families can do together in a variety of settings. Each issue always features specific examples for infants and for toddlers, along with suggested books to extend the learning and play.

Ready Rosie: Ready Rosie is a resource that contains articles and videos that help create quality home-learning environments. This resource is available in English and Spanish.

Teaching Strategies: Teaching Strategies is a resource meant to aid educators in every mode of instruction. Providing curriculum, assessments, professional development courses, and family engagements tools.

Reggio Children: At Home Resources: Reggio Children provides ideas for families to stay connected and learning while at home. This website provides activities involving everyday items and developmentally appropriate recipes and book ideas. 

Zero to Three: Zero to 3 is a website available to caregivers with children ages birth to 3 years old that provide resources on a variety of topics. Some include social skills, early development and well-being, early learning, and parenting.

Kids Development Co: Kids Development Co provides a wide variety of blog posts and articles on a variety of topics concerning child development. This includes physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development topics.

Teaching Strategies: Teaching Strategies is a resource meant to aid educators in every mode of instruction. Providing curriculum, assessments, professional development courses, and family engagements tools.

Parents as Teachers: Parent as Teachers provides resources to caregivers with children ages birth to kindergarten age during the COVID-19 Pandemic. These include COVID-19 resources, getting help with basic needs, and parenting during this unprecedented time. Available in both English and Spanish. 

STEM Experiences for Classrooms: This website provides examples of STEM experiences for the classroom setting for educators. Experiences are separated into categories such as infants & toddlers, early physics & engineering, early mathematics, and community.

Vroom: Vroom provides free science-based tips meant to help caregivers learn how to add learning to everyday activities like bath time, mealtime, etc. 

The Motor Story: The Motor Story provides resources on sensorimotor child development including physical, sensory, & visual activities as well as a blog for caregivers and teachers.

Infant and Toddler STEAM: Supporting Interdisciplinary Experiences with Our Youngest Learners: The National Association for the Education of Young Children discusses the importance of starting science, technology, engineering, arts, and mathematics (STEAM) learning with toddlers. This article explores what it looks like for children ages birth to 2 years old, provides support for engagement with STEAM, and the cognitive development related to STEAM learning.

Orange County Partnership for Young Children: Orange County Partnership for Young Children provide resources and programs to children (0-K) and their families in Orange County, NC. These include early care & education, child health & early intervention, family support, and community outreach & engagement.

Ready, Set, Baby: Breastfeeding Resources: Ready, Set Baby provides the most common myths and facts about breastfeeding and its benefits. This site contains many free resources to support breastfeeding mothers at all stages.

American Pregnancy Association: The American Pregnancy Association promotes healthy pregnancies by providing resources to inform expecting mothers at all stages of their pregnancy and during the baby’s first year of life. 

CPNow Foundation: Caregiver Wellbeing: This guide is specifically for parents or caregivers of children with disabilities and provides useful tips on how to balance caregiving and maintaining one’s self-care and wellbeing. Also, it provides methods on how to evaluate your own wellbeing and resources to use to promote self-care. 

Happy Family Organics, Caregiver Support: Happy Family Organics offers free real-time chat support for parents with board-certified psychiatrist, lactation consultants, and registered dietitian nutritionists. Topics include infant feeding, nutrition’s, and mental health advice. 

COMING SOON…

 

Weekly Chirps shedding light on everyday learning opportunities. Early literacy and STEM activities, tips, and tricks written by educators for early learners ages 0-3 years old and their caregivers.

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