Last year, Inhabitots took brought you along on the Great Green Playdate with our friends from Unplugged on a Rug. We loved their eco-friendly toys and the fun, educational atmosphere, so we’re super excited about Rug Bug, a program founded by Ofrit Peres, one of the brains behind Unplugged on a Rug. For the last two years, Rug Bug has offered a range of music and play classes in Brooklyn and Manhattan, and they recently unveiled a new CD and a new schedule of spring classes, plus they announced the creation of their own line of eco-friendly toys.
The musical CD Rug Bug Wind is the second produced by Rug Bug. Written and recorded by Peres and Rug Bug teacher Paulie Z (from The Z Brothers Band), the CD has a theme of “earthly elements.” A complimentary copy will be given to every family that registers for the spring semester of Rug Bug Music — the classes incorporate the music to get your little ones moving to the beat. Kids can bring out their inner musicians with Rug Bug’s fun recycled instruments like water bottle shakers, oatmeal box drums and rhythm sticks made from magazines. Drawing inspiration from these imaginative noisemakers, Rug Bug is creating a line of eco-friendly music toys that they hope to roll out in time for the 2011 holiday season.
While the Rug Bug Music classes are ideal for toddlers (6 months through preschool), the Rug Bug Play classes are perfect for infants and babies up to 8 months old. The play program helps tots develop their movement and social skills with fun games and eco-friendly toys.
Rug Bug is also developing special art and theater programs that they hope to start this year. All of their activities are designed for parents and children to do together to encourage parents to be creative and educational during playtime.
The new schedule of spring semester classes for Rug Bug Music and Rug Bug Play begin in April and May, respectively. They are hosted at three locations in New York City:
- Play — 33 Nassau Avenue, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
- FastTracKids — 60 Broadway, Williamsburg, Brooklyn, NY
- Birth Day Presence — 580 Broadway, Soho, New York, NY