Parents of Preschoolers (POP) Drop-In:
PARENTS OF PRESCHOOLERS (POP) is a FREE community drop-in program for parents (or other family members) and their preschoolers held each Monday from 9-10:50am. After a long hiatus over COVID, we're excited to have POP return on Monday, Sept. 19th!
Most kids first react to our Children's Area in the basement with a "WOW!" as they're treated to a huge room full of interactive toys. There's lots of time for free play, but we also have a gym time, crafts, and music for your little ones. At POP we also provide your children with a snack that is contributed each week by families from our church and community. Children should have their own water bottle brought with them.
If you're looking for a play group for your child and would like to connect with other parents, you're going to want to make POP a regular part of your schedule!
How We Work:
POP is a "drop-in" program, not a "drop-off" program, so children must be supervised by their accompanying parent or family member while they attend. Caregivers of a single family group are welcome, but POP isn't a playgroup for daycare providers.
When you arrive, head downstairs to our Children's area where you can sign-in and include the number of children you've brought with you. We do this to keep track of numbers for fire/safety regulations.
When you sign in at POP, please put your child's name and your name (in brackets) on a sticker and place it on their back along with a name sticker on yourself so we can get to know you.
We also ask that parents complete the free POP registration form each September (or if it's their child's first time joining us). You can complete the form online here.
We have child changing areas located in our nursery just down the hall from our Children's Area. POP is a nursing friendly and peanut free environment.
Regular attendees are asked to contribute one of the weekly snacks for the kids if they are able to. (no popcorn or nut products- recommended cut fruits (apple, banana) and kid-friendly snacks (veggie straws, fishy crackers, cheese chunks, raisins etc..). If you would like to contribute to the kids snack, you can sign up for a date at the entrance desk.
NEW- We are no longer serving coffee/tea downstairs during POP. Our White Pine Cafe is open from 9-11:30am on Mondays in the church lobby, so you are welcome to purchase a coffee or tea there before joining us.
Our POP Schedule:
9-10am- Free play and craft table in Children's Area.
10-10:25am- Circle time (kids songs), freeze dance, and playing with beach balls in the gym (Evergreen Hall).
10:25-10:40am- Wash hands and then snack time for kids in our Children's Area.
10:40-10:50am- Clean up time! We encourage your little ones to help!
For more information about POP, contact Pastor Ben Spears at firstname.lastname@example.org.