Big changes coming to MIT FamilyNet

Starting Wednesday April 4th MIT FamilyNet is moving to Big Tent, a complete, one-stop-shop online community. Through online services provided by BigTent (, our group will have many of the same features as FamilyNet (but fewer bugs), such as our own buy/sell/trade board, reviews, file and photo sharing, forums, and other features that will help us make connections both online and offline.

We are making this switch to BigTent for two key reasons: to make sure we have sustainable technology supporting our group now and in the future, and to bring spouses&partners@mit and FamilyNet members into one online community. BigTent has a very strict privacy policy and does not sell, rent or give user information to ANY third parties.

How it works: All members will receive an email invitation from MIT FamilyNet/BigTent on Wednesday April 4th. Simply follow the easy instructions in the invitation. Our goal is to have all online activities completely transferred to BigTent by April 11th.

If you had a babysitting profile on MIT FamilyNet and you are still interested in babysitting for MIT families, please contact me directly about getting your information onto the Big Tent site.

If you have any questions about this switch, please contact Jennifer Recklet Tassi at or 617-253-1614. For more information about BigTent, go to

We look forward to welcoming you to MIT FamilyNet’s new online group destination soon!


Toddler yoga at Eastgate

What: Caretaker/Toddler Yoga Class for ages 1-3 (walkers) at MIT
Where: Eastgate Penthouse
Frequency: 7 classes total: every Wednesday between April 11th to May 23rd
When: Wednesday from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm
Cost: $56 for the 7 classes
Info: Toddler Yoga will be on Wednesdays from 6:00pm-7:00pm! We will learn child-friendly yoga poses, songs, breathing exercises and calming techniques that can be used at home. Also, yogis will learn about CIRCUS YOGA (juggling, walking of balance beams, etc.)!
RSVP: Send an email to Remi Ham. There is room for up to 20 toddlers, so please let us know as soon as possible if you would like a place.

Boston Babywearers at MIT - April 11

April 11, 2012 10:00a–12:00p

Baby Wearers carry their babies around in fabric carriers, providing a safe and hands-free way of transporting infants. At this gathering, members guide parents through informal demonstrations of a variety of carriers. Licensed babywearing experts assist in the proper ways to use a sling, wrap or pouch. Members also bring a lending library so that people can try out different carriers before buying - it's free! (Please bring cash or check for 50% deposit, refunded upon return of carrier.) Significant others, older kids, prospective parents and all those interested in babywearing are welcome at all events. You can find out more at

We are beginning a new format for our meetings and will now focus on a discussion topic each month, instead of our usual BW101 talk. Please check our website to see the theme for the meeting you are attending. Don't worry, if you are new to BW or have a specific question outside our discussion topic, we are still happy to help. We will also have our BW101 presentation available online and to watch on screen during the meeting for those interested.

New Schedule for meetings:
9:45-10 am Return borrowed carriers
10 am Meeting begins with Leaders Introductions
10-11 am Q&A/trying out with small groups for each style of carrier (as we usually do)
11-11:30 am Discussion/Presentation on month's topic
11:30-12 pm Library check outs, continued discussion and Q&A as needed

For more information:
Contact Jennifer Recklet Tassi

MIT Kids Clothing & Toy Exchange - April 19

April 19, 2012 10:00a–1:00p
32-TSMC Lobby Stata Center 1st floor

The MIT community is invited to participate in our seasonal clothing and toy exchange. Please bring your clean, gently used kids clothing, outerwear, or shoes and toys for children ages 0-5. Items will be organized by gender and size so you can quickly find what you need for your growing little ones. DROP-OFF will be from 10 - 11. EXCHANGE will start at 11. You do not need to bring clothes to participate. A few volunteers are needed to assist in setting up and organizing clothes. Please email if you are interested or have questions.

This event is co-sponsored with Choose to Reuse, a monthly event organized by Working Green Committee, Sustainability@MIT, and the Department of Facilities. Every third Thursday, share stuff you don't need any more. Bring reusable items between 8:00 and 11:00 AM to the big white lobby in the Stata Center at the corner of Main and Vassar Streets. Pick up starts at 11:00 AM and continues until 1:00 PM. All leftover items are donated or recycled.

Cambridge Center for Families - Upcoming programs for March and April 2012

The Center for Families offers many programs and activities for families of children ages 0-8 living in Cambridge.
All are free and open to the public. Some require that you sign-up in advance due to limited space.

Here are some highlights of events going on for March/April:

** Music for Parents and their Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers - Tuesday, March 13, from 10-11am, The Gately Youth Center (behind Peabody School)
Come with your Toddlers & Pre-Schoolers and learn with Vicky, a music specialist, about musical activities that help in your child’s development. All languages are welcome!
Please register with Christine Doucet in order to participate to this workshop or 617-349-3003

** It’s time to sign up for Spring Community Playgroups!
--What are Cambridge Community Playgroups?
Cambridge Community Playgroups are 8 week playgroups for children, moms, dads, or caregivers to attend together. Playgroups provide activities that help children learn and experience being part of a group. There are two Tiny Tots groups for children 15-23 months, and four groups for children 2-5 years.
--How do I sign up?
Just fill out the form that is attached and return it by Friday, March 16 as space is limited. Groups start April 2nd!
You can email it to: Jessi Smolow at
You can mail it to: Center for Families, c/o DHSP, 51 Inman St., Cambridge, MA 02139.
You can fax it to 617-349-6386. **If you fax it, please call Jessi at 617-349-6327 or e-mail to make sure it was received.
You can give it to anyone at the Center for Families at 70 Rindge Ave., or drop it off at the front desk of the Child Care Resource Center at 130 Bishop Allen Drive.

** Join us now on Facebook and Twitter!
-- Friend us on Facebook!

March Newcomer's Almanac

The March edition of the Newcomer’s Almanac (a newsletter for newcomers to the United States) is now available to be downloaded from the ISchO website: Topics include St. Patrick's Day, Summer Camps, and Americans' Weight Problem.

LEX Language Project : ISO host families - March OPEN CLUB invitation

Hello MIT families!

LEX Language Project is currently looking for local families to host our Japanese visitors during their Golden Week holidays (April 28th – May 5th). These visitors are either families or single persons and they are all members from the LEX program in Japan. The role of the host family is to share their day to day activities with our visitors and share in the exchange of cultures and languages. This is a great chance for you and your family to experience the benefits of an international exchange program and make lifelong friendships! So come join us and become a host family today!


LEX Language Project would like also to invite the MIT community to attend our next monthly OPEN CLUB meeting on Tuesday March 6th from 9:45 to 11:00AM.

Join in this non-traditional multilingual language learning club and familiarize your family with the rhythms and sounds of multiple languages. We have immersion-style activities such as games, song and dance. The club incorporates languages such as Spanish, German, French, English, Japanese, Korean and Mandarin…

LEX clubs are appropriate for people of all ages and provide a fun and supportive environment for parents and children to learn new languages together.

If you are interested in learning more about LEX programs or to visit a Tuesday morning club, feel free to contact us at 617-617-354-1140 or email to
You can also visit our website

Tuesday morning doesn’t work with your schedule? Feel free to join us at one of our other clubs held throughout the same week:
Tuesday March 6th, 6:30-8PM
Saturday March 3rd, 11AM-12:30PM

All clubs are held at our main office located on 90 Sherman Street in North Cambridge.

- Nathalie
LEX America / Language Research Foundation
90 Sherman Street
Cambridge, MA 02140
Tel. 617 354-1140
Fax. 617 354-1150

MIT Playgroup Co-op : registration open for spring semester

If you are looking for a fun time for your toddler, please consider the MIT Co-op, which will meet on campus, at the Eastgate Penthouse, on Mondays from 9:15 to 11:30 am. This is a great time to have a structured, yet incredibly fun time with your little ones.

Our schedule typically involves:
Circle time (Singing, dancing, and story time)
Nutritious Snacks
Group Play
Clean up time
Good Bye Song

The suggested age range is 15 months (comfortably walking) – 3 years old. Admission is $25 per semester, which covers supply fees.
Our first co-op gathering will occur on March 5, 2012. Please express your interest by February 24, 2012, as our enrollment limit is 15 children.

To enroll your toddler or for further questions, email:

Winter break Drop-in Playtime at Kids' Coop Cambridge

Looking for a fun indoor activity for your toddler or preschooler during the February vacation week? Kids' Cooperative Cambridge is
hosting two drop-in playgroups and open house during the February vacation week. We'd love to have you come and play with us and
learn more about our program.

When: 9:30am to 11:30am, Tuesday February 21st & Thursday February 23rd, 2012
Where: 52 Russell Street in Cambridge (Urban Promise, Church of the Nazarene)

Come spend a fun-filled morning with us right in Davis Square! Enjoy crafts, live music, and a place to get the sillies out! The drop-in
playgroup is open to kids ages 1 to 4 years with a caregiver.
- Sing-along
- Crafts
- Group activities
- Healthy snacks
Hope to see you there!

A suggested donation of $5/family will support the Kids' Coop Cambridge. Based in Davis Square, the Kids' Cooperative
Cambridge is a 100% parent-run cooperative playgroup for children aged 18 months to 4 years old that includes free imaginative play, music and stories, snack,
art/craft time and gross motor time. The Coop provides parents and caregivers an informal forum for sharing ideas on parenting young children, time to interact
with and meet other adults, as well as "kid free" personal time each week.

For more information, visit our website :
If you have any questions, please contact:

Lantern Festival Party

Monday, Feb.27th, 7PM to 9PM*

Lobdell, Student Center 2nd Floor (W20-208)*
Event website**: ***

**Lantern and other artistic decorations; Cultural Chinese music;****
**All kinds of traditional Chinese cuisine;****
**Riddles (both Chinese and English versions) on lanterns with little prizes;****
**Traditional Chinese crafts.****

Registration will be open at 8:01PM, Tuesday, Feb.7th*
Please register at:****
MIT certificate required.****

Sponsored by ARCADE.

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