I know there are a lot events out there for kids- Yoga classes, Gymboree, sign language classes, Explorium, music classes, etc. But the thing they all have in common: they can get expensive. I’m not against spending money on quality programs for you and your child to attend, but if you are interested in doing several, it can get pricey!
So I recently checked out some library events and I was impressed! Jude and I packed up and went to the library for a Rainbow Sensory Playdate with some friends. And they were on their game!
Check out your public library’s website. If it’s hard to navigate, check Facebook! More and more public places have a Facebook page where they post events and information.
There were all sorts of stations for the kids to explore, no registration required, plenty of space to move around, and free! It was come-and-go style from 10am – noon, so it was meant to fit a lot of schedules and nap times. A lot of these stations can be easily replicated at home too, so it was nice to let Jude check out the different stations and see which ones he likes!
Lights Table: This looked like something I could make at home! It was Christmas lights inside a plastic storage bin turned upside down. There was clear plastic pieces of different colors to look through and Jude loved that! He stayed at this station on-and-off for maybe 5 minutes. We moved around a lot.
Sensory Pool: This one held his attention the longest and takes the cake for his favorite! He loved playing with the scarves, hiding under them, and playing hide-and-seek. He would snuggle down in the plastic pool and giggle. Man, his smile gets me every time!!
One of the stations I didn’t photograph was the colored rice station. There was a large bin of rice, all dyed different colors. It was like a sand pit of rice. Jude went to town with the cups and shovels provided. I think I might need to try this one at home for sure.
Have you found any good, even free, events around for your kids? Let me know of the resources you love!