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YWCA Darien/Norwalk Offers Toddler Programs, Children's Art Workshops

The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old King’s Highway North in Darien.
The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old King’s Highway North in Darien. Photo Credit: File

DARIEN, Conn. -- The YWCA of Darien/Norwalk are offering toddler programs and children's art workshops for the summer.

The Summer Fun program, which is a two-hour drop-off enrichment program, meets through August 2015. It is a summertime spin-off of the YW’s Toddler Time program, which runs during the school year from September through May.

The toddler programs consist of free-play, story and music time, an art project, outdoor play and snack in a caring, nurturing setting. Children will learn new songs, create fun works of art, play outside and make new friends in a class of up to eight students led by two enthusiastic and caring teachers. Families can enroll their toddlers for one, two or three days per week. To be eligible, children must turn 2 before the start of the program.

Registration forms are available by contacting the YW at (203) 655-2535 or emailing

Summer vacation arts and crafts workshop classes for children, ages 5 through 10 are on Monday through Thursday from Aug. 3 through Aug. 6. Classes will run from 9:30 a.m. to noon and children can be registered for any number of days each week. These ‘Use, Reuse, Recycle’ workshop classes will feature a project made with recycled materials each day including creating aquariums and board games from cereal boxes, trees from paper towel rolls, or piggy banks from plastic bottles.

Rowana Shepard, who has a Dutch College Degree in Art and has been teaching art for more than 15 years, will run the classes. Her experience includes teaching ceramics, sculpting, painting and recycled art at an after school program in New York City. The fee per class is $50 for YW members, $55 for non-members. Children should bring their own nut-free snacks. Spaces are limited; registration is online at .

For more information, please call (203) 655-2535. The YWCA Darien/Norwalk is located at 49 Old King’s Highway North in Darien.

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