Drop-in Centres

So if you can’t get enough of my “what activities to do with a baby” posts 🙂 here’s another one for you: drop-in centres!

Drop-in centres are free indoor playrooms, usually located in community centres, where children play supervised by their parents. It’s sort of like daycare/kindergarten, too – only parents remain with their kids. There are lots of toys, books, craft supplies… they even provide snack, all for free.

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It’s an awesome option for moms staying at home with their kids – moms get a chance to talk to other adults and babies/kids get a chance to be around other little ones and play, sing, dance, read. It’s a lifesaver when the weather is bad and you have the cabin fever.

Timothy and I started going to the nearby drop-in fairly recently: I thought there was no point going there until Timothy started to crawl. In retrospect, I think I was wrong.

It’s not exactly like an indoor playground (with kids running around wildly) – there are structured activities, too: reading, dress-up – and circle time! Circle time is all about singing, like the early years baby centres. Singing is good for babies and toddlers.

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Of course, it’s more fun for a crawling baby – but there are toys for smallish babies AND there’s circle time and books.

I now go there as often as possible – it’s hectic there – which why I think it’s a good way to prepare Timothy for daycare.

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Unfortunately, there isn’t a good source for drop-ins; the best way to find one is through your local community centre or library.

Ours is open 4 days a week, including Saturday! You can send daddy-and-baby there and have some time to relax 🙂

Happy playing!

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