Celebrating New Beginning's at January's Play Day

For January’s Play Day at the Canyon Lake Library, we partnered with The Home Depot for a special DIY workshop enabled children to work on their fine-motor skills by building and painting their own wooden planters. In addition, all 40 children received their own tomato plant donated by Kid’s Gardening Center as well as a hands-on introduction to gardening and how to care for their new plant.

The Lab in Lake Elsinore was also on hand to volunteer their time and Canyon Lake’s Culpepper Flooring donated hammers to be used at the event.

Story time kept the theme going with a special reading of “Zetta the Poinsettia

” by author Alma Hammond. A tale of a poinsettia questioning her role and place in the world after the holiday season.

"It’s always great when the children get to leave with something they can be proud of”, stated Nzingha Newton, owner of Kid’s Gardening Center. “Our six week classes teach children how to grow veggies from seed to harvest and by the end of the course, they have their own garden they grew themselves”.

She goes on to emphasize her primary goal is to empower children and families with the knowledge of how to grow their own fruits and vegetables.

Her vision resonated with those in attendance.

“This is fantastic because it’s hands on & actually lets him be outside and learn how fruits and veggies grow! My favorite part was watching his hands in the soil and plant his tomato plant. So awesome!”, said parent Christina Magnan, She goes on stating her son loves being outdoors and cooking with her in the kitchen.

“This is so cool!”, gushed Canyon Lake resident Chelsea Bueker.

Lake Elsinore resident Tara Bartz, 40, concurred “Today has been a blast!” Bartz attends most of the events provided by Mentoring Tiny Human’s including Play Day.

“Typhanie [Sharfner] works so hard to put together events that encourage learning through play. I love that she’s 100 percent inclusive, and genuinely cares about everyone at the event. The raffle giveaways are an awesome bonus too!”

Play Day is a monthly event, hosted in conjunction with the Canyon Lake Library and the Friend’s of the Library. Usually held the last Monday of the month, it is a unique free-form event welcoming all children of all abilities and their parents and caregivers.

While each Play Day is different, there is usually a craft, story time, and activity. There is also a sensory area, toys, and giveaways.

“We really strive to create events that are all-inclusive, educational, and fun”, said Typhanie Sharfner, owner of Mentoring Tiny Human’s. “Each Play Day is unique; we work hand-in-hand with Friends of the Library, community partners, author’s, and businesses to provide one of a kind experiences that facilitates socialization and opportunities for families of all kinds to share experiences and create a memory”.

“We are so excited to offer such a unique event [in Play Day] to the community and today is no exception!”, said Amanda McLaughlin, Branch Manager for Canyon Lake Library. “We had a vision for this event. During the planning stages we were all excited with what it was becoming, however, it exceeded our expectations”.

Sharfner agreed.

“We planted more than seeds here today”.

The library’s next Play Day is on February 24th.

For more information on partnering with Mentoring Tiny Human’s for future events email

For more information on Kid's Gardening Center, their current classes, or to book a class visit them at or at The Lab in Lake Elsinore.

"Zetta the Poinsettia" by Alma Hammond can be found on Amazon or through

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