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Alliance offers 'Toddler Time' early arts exposure classes for kids 18-36 months

The Alliance for the Arts offers an early arts exposure class for children 18 months to 3 years of age. It's called "Toddler Time," and the next session of this popular class begins on Tuesday, April 29 from 9:---10:30 a.m.

Participating children will be treated to three sessions of creative art, music, story and playtime with Alliance youth instructor and Mini Michelangelos Summer Camp director Ms. Sue Hansen. Kids will explore, get messy (without you having to clean up!) and learn how different art media work. (Adult accompaniment is required.)

This class offers sensory-based learning combined with socialization and fun. Each session will also include a time for group music, story time, and play.

The New York Center for Arts Education notes that exposing children to art at an early age provides a number of benefits. Your kid learns to think creatively, with an open mind; to observe and describe and to analyze and interpret; to express feelings, with or without words. Your kid learns problem-solving and critical-thinking skills while simultaneously practicing dance, music, theater and art-making skills, as well as language and vocabulary of the arts. Your kid discovers that there is more than one right answer and that school can be fun and that playing can be learning.

By introducing your child to the arts at an early age, you give them the opportunity to learn how to collaborate with other children and with adult and introduce them to cultures from around the world. And because there is not just one right way to make art, every child can feel pride in his or her original artistic creations and build unparalleled self-confidence.

"Toddler Time" is just $30 for Alliance members or $40 for non-members. Register online or learn about other classes and Summer Arts Camp at

The Alliance for the Arts proudly supports artists and arts organizations in our area as the state designated Local Arts Agency for Lee County. The Alliance campus and galleries are open to the public from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday and from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. The Alliance galleries and campus are located at 10091 McGregor Boulevard, just south of Colonial Boulevard in Fort Myers.

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