Stay, Play and Learn

  • Please check back later in August for information on our 2022-2023 Stay, Play & Learn program.
    Stay, Play and Learn is a wonderful gathering place for adults, and a fun place for young children to explore.  Children use big muscles on the climber, learn about spatial relationships as they build block towers or have fun creating with paint or clay in the art studio.  Imaginations are engaged in the play kitchen where a child can 'cook' dinner for mom or play dress-up with grandpa.  Social skills are enhanced as children practice taking turns with a favorite toy or the rocking horse.  Digging in the sand table with a friend is all kinds of fun for the senses.
    Our library provides a quiet corner to read one of our many children's books.  Helpful books on bedtime routine, temper tantrums, or fun family meals can be found there too.
    Stay, Play and Learn is also a place to make new friends. They might be from your own neighborhood or from anywhere in the big wide world. You will hear Russian, Mandarin, Spanish, French or many other languages given the rich ethnic diversity of our community.  
    Friendly staff and parent educators are on hand to help you feel welcome, introduce you to new friends, suggest a great parenting book or discuss any parenting questions you might have.  Parents and caregivers supervise their own children.  Each play session ends with clean up and special Family Center songs.
  • Stay, Play and Learn is available to all families with children birth to kindergarten entry. Residents and non-residents may register at any time for Stay, Play and Learn membership, which becomes active as soon as you enroll! Membership is open to all groups as described in admission policy. Additional benefits include use of Family Center library, invitations to special events, membership in our Parent Teacher Organization (PTO), and the invaluable bond of friendship.

  • Special Sessions  These are free outdoor sessions.

    Tuesday, April 26th, 10:00- 11:30

    Wednesday, May 4th, 10:00-11:30

    Tuesday, May 10th, 10:00-11:30

    Wednesday, May 18th, 10:00-11:30


    For adults and children birth - kindergarten entry


    Join our friendly staff including our facilitators and Family Center PAT parent educators for our free pop-up Stay, Play and Learn mornings. Park on the upper lot at the Gay Ave. campus (301 Gay Ave.) and join us on the upper playground, just outside the Stay, Play and Learn door.

    We’ll welcome you and introduce you to new friends. Parents and caregivers will supervise their own children. Each pop-up play session ends with clean up and songs.

    Children can run and jump, climb on our boulders, enjoy playing in our sandbox or sensory tables, or have fun creating with paint or clay. They’ll use their imagination in the mud kitchen to ‘cook’ dinner and practice taking turns on the swings and slides. Digging in the sand with a friend is all kinds of fun for the senses.

    All sessions are outside on our playground; no indoor play is available. Sessions may be canceled for inclement weather. 

    Safety Measures

    Stay home if you or your child are sick. Follow the District Health and Safety information located on the Clayton District website. Please review these directives carefully. We want to protect the health of everyone in our school. Our school nurse, Jodi Tomcheck, can be reached at 314-854-6900, for questions or concerns. 

    Currently, staff and students are not required to mask outdoors. However, anyone who enters the building must wear a mask. Please have a mask available. Indoor bathrooms will be accessible. 

    Hand sanitizer will be available.

    The Family Center staff members will follow cleaning procedures recommended by the CDC, using EPA-registered disinfectants. 

    Changes to safety protocols may be made as needed.


Last Modified on August 2, 2022