Tuesday, March 11, 2014

March Newsletter: YOXO Unlimited Build Event -- Saturday, March 15

YOXO Unlimited Build EventFree Event Saturday, March 15 11am - 3pm

YOXO Made in MinnesotaThe only limit is your imagination! Dig into a huge bin of locally-made YOXO parts and see what you can create! Connect tubes, X, Y, and O connectors to create a animals, cars, rocket ships, flowers, or, of course, a giant robot. Pick the parts you need and start building!

Love your creation? You can buy it and take it home! Bulk YOXO parts will be for sale by weight.
Plus, meet the inventor! YOXO creator Jeff Freeland-Nelson (just back from SXSW Edu Conference) will be on hand with lots of ideas. And we'll be taking pictures that you can share with friends. This is a free event in the Peapods Community Room for all kids (and grownups) ages 3 and up. All we ask is that participants be accompanied by an adult.

Did we mention? YOXO is made right here in St. Paul!

Bunnies!Celebrate Spring!

Eco-Eggs Made in MinnesotaBunnies are here! And so is everything you need to create an eco-friendly Springtime & Easter. We have kids umbrellas, Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass kits, and even biodegradable eco-eggs, which are made in Minnesota. Watch for more Springy items arriving soon!

Upcoming Classes & Events in
Our New Community Room:

Pea in a Pod Baby & Toddler Yoga Peas In A Pod Baby Yoga + Toddler Yoga - Series of 4 Classes
April 3, 10, 17, 24 2:30pm (Babies) & 3:30pm (Toddlers)
Certified Yoga instructor Jessica Wittwer will lead Baby Yoga followed by Toddler Yoga on the Thursday afternoons in April. Parent/Caregiver & child will celebrate movement while developing flexibility, coordination, confidence and body awareness through basic yoga postures, songs and breathe. This session also provides an opportunity for you to engage in light-hearted exercise along with your child. See our event listings for details.  
Parenting Classes with Maureen CampionParenting Classes with Maureen Campion, the Marriage Geek
Positive Parenting Sunday March 16th 2:30-4 pm
Parenting as Equals Saturday April 5th 3-4:30 pm
We've loved subscribing to Maureen's Marriage Geek newsletter--she offers wonderful insights and actionable ideas that can be used in any relationship. These two classes will focus on improving interactions and discipline with our children ( Discover how to use "The Force" of relationship and connection rather than getting pulled into "The Dark Side" of control and power) and improving the parenting partnership. These classes are open to all types of parents and families.

Free Cloth Diaper ClassPeapods FREE Cloth Diaper Class
2nd and 4th Thursday of Every Month 6pm
Want to learn more about cloth diapers? Attend one of our FREE Cloth Diapering Class! Held one the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of every month, we'll teach you just about everything there is to know! No need to pre-register. See class listing for details.

Baby Handprint Tile EventBaby Handprint Tile Event  Back by Popular Demand!
April 19, 2014, 11am - 1pm
Just in time to create a Mother's Day present! Create your own heirloom memories in clay! The artists at Sweet Pea Imprints will imprint your child's hand or baby's feet on clay then fire the clay and create a beautiful keepsake to cherish for years to come.. See event listing for details.

Ensemble Music Together ClassEnsemble Music Together Classes
Monday or Tuesday Mornings Beginning March 24
Music Together Classes taught by Ensemble Music at Peapods! These 8 week baby classes (8 months and younger) and 10 week mixed age classes (birth-K) are renowned for getting kids excited about music! See our class listings for details. Registration will begin in early March.

Pregnancy 101 Class with BabyLovePregnancy 101 Class by BabyLove
April 3, 2014 6:30pm - 9pm
Join Lamaze childbirth educator Veronica Jacobson from BabyLove for evidence based information on early pregnancy discomforts and remedies; healthy pregnancy myths versus realities; differences between OBs, Midwives, and Family Med Doctors; and birth place options. See class listing for details.

MamaBebe Developmental PlaygroupMamaBebe Developmental Playgroup
The developmental playgroup is a 6 week course that meets 10:00am-11:30am on Fridays starting April 4.
You can nurture your child's well-being and natural intelligence through play and developmental movement, while being supported in your own development as a mother. Join instructor Catherine Burns and learn ways to comfort, such as infant massage, natural movement activities, and mindful parenting practices. Babies from two weeks to nine months (pre-crawlers) are welcome. See class listing for details.

Parenting Mojo: Transforming Challenging BehaviorParenting Mojo: Transforming Challenging Behavior
April 17, 6:30pm - 8:30pm
Tina Feigal, the Director of Family Engagement at Anu Family Services/Center for the Challenging Child, will teach you how to overcome arguments, tantrums, problems with peers, difficult mornings, and challenging transitions through powerful parenting techniques. See class listing for details

Please share these classes with friends or family who may be interested, too!

And, as always, here's some of our recent arrivals:
Grow Your Own Easter Basket Grass
Mudpuppy Shadow Puppets
Chewbeads for Kids
Woombie Air Sack Sleeper
Hape Happy Harp
Urban Fold City
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