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Maureen Bloom Playdates

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

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If you are unfamiliar with Maureen Bloom Playdates, allow me to fill you in! Maureen Bloom Playdates (MBP) is about to celebrate its 25th year as one of Fairfield County's most loved children's programs. But don't let the name fool you; this at-home pre-pre-school (as we like to call it) is so much more than just a playdate for your little one. This innovative, socialization program helps ease the transition of your child’s first drop off by rotating among the children’s homes. Two trained instructors (all who are mothers themselves!) lead the sensory-rich curriculum that is child-centered, building upon the interest, abilities and inclinations of the children. To meet the teachers of MBP, click here

Keep reading to hear more about MBP and to find out how to save $100 when registering for the '18-'19 school year!

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How does Maureen Bloom Playdates work?

We are proud to say that we have MBP alumni in our household. So while the previous paragraph is the more "technical" description of the program, allow us to break it down for you on a personal level. First of all: we LOVED being a MBP family. Ms. M & Ms. C were the kindest, gentlest, sweetest, smartest ladies that we could have dreamed up for our 2 year old to explore the world with each week! You may organize you own MBP group with 6 friends, or register individually and your son or daughter is put into an appropriate MBP group with up to 6 other children (classes are generally 5-7 kids total). Each family is responsible for hosting the class at their home for 4 consecutive weeks. When it's your turn to host, all you have to do is provide a snack and the teachers do the rest! Although the host parents are always welcome, you are not required to be involved with the morning activities with the group. You are free to run errands as you would with any other traditional drop-off. And when you're not hosting, you drop off and pick up like you would anywhere else (except we think you get a much warmer welcome from the teachers at MBP than you do at some other schools!).

What sets Maureen Bloom Playdates apart?

Besides the logistical difference (home vs. school), there are some really special things that make MBP so unique. There is something so loving and nurturing about the teachers-- they are truly the best of the best. They are so invested in each and every little one, and you can feel the difference. Being in a home provides more freedom for field trips around the neighborhood or nature walks around the yard. When the host location rotates to a new home, there are new toys and activities for the children! MBP makes a huge effort to get your kiddos out in the fresh air no matter the season. Along with fun in the great outdoors, playdates are full of art projects, story time, cooking & baking, free play, and all the traditional educational focuses you would expect (depending on the group's age: colors, numbers, letters, shapes, etc). One of our favorite things is the detailed, weekly newsletter that the teachers send out to recap what the kids did that week (adorable pictures included)! We can't say enough great things about MBP. If you have any questions that have gone unanswered, please reach out to us here and we will be happy to help answer them!

The Logistics 

  • Ages: 18-24 months or 24-36 months
  • Towns: Darien, Greenwich (NEW!), New Canaan, Rowayton
  • Schedule: 1 (NEW!), 2, or 3 day options (depending on age & location)
  • Hours: 2-2.5 hours (depending on age & day)
  • To see full details about Maureen Bloom Playdates, including schedules, costs, and enrollment, click here!

Exclusive Promotion!

Register with a friend for a school year session in Darien, New Canaan, or Rowayton and you both SAVE $100! 
Details & Redemption:
  1. Offer expires August 1, 2018.
  2. Only families who have not yet signed up for the '18-'19 school year are eligible.
  3. To redeem the offer: when filling out the registration form online here, enter your friend's name and "Busy Little Bee promotion" under the "Please list any names of friends to be grouped with" field. If you have any issues, please reach out to Maureen Bloom here.
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