With the start of a new year, we are also starting a new tradition here at Out and About Mom. At the end of each month, we will do a quick wrap-up to give you a summary of all the places we’ve been. Hopefully it becomes a quick and easy reference guide to help you plan your next adventure.
We have been rather busy this month trying to find indoor entertainment for our wee ones. Our running theme has generally been libraries, indoor gyms and children’s museums with a few odds and ends thrown in there. Visiting all of these places has certainly kept us and our kids (most importantly) entertained.
Yay for entertainment!
Here is where we have been:
West Hartford: The twins and I gave you an inside peek at the fun baby class at Noah Webster library that is currently running every Wednesday from 11:30 – 12:15. Now that the twins have turned 1, though, we have graduated to the toddler class that runs the same day from 10:15 – 11:00. This class is the same structure as the baby class but the kids have different toys to play with and there is a lot more running and crawling going on.
Avon: We then continued our library tour at the Avon Library. This facility is currently undergoing a $9 million renovation and part of that includes a refurbishment of the children’s section. There are plenty of toys, books, activity tables and puppets to keep your kids entertained and I can’t wait to check out some of their classes.
INDOOR GYMS/CHILDREN’S MUSEUMS
Glastonbury: This month, Shawna was on a mission to try to burn off some of the one-year-old energy that little Boo was storing up. Her first stop was My Gym in Glastonbury and it turned out to be a great success.
Middletown: The energy burning and one-year-old exploration continued at Kidcity in Middletown. From the Toddler Sea Cave to train sets, mazes and gardens, there seemed like plenty of opportunities to keep the kids entertained.
Norwalk: Last, but not least in this category was the Stepping Stones Museum in Norwalk. Tot Town kept my two fully entertained, but that was only a small part of this wonderful museum.
Simsbury: It may not seem like an outdoor park would be a smart post for January, but can you believe how warm it has been (who thinks global warming isn’t real?) With the 50 degree weather we are expecting tomorrow, Rotary Park would be a perfect outing for most families.
Glastonbury: Shawna kicked off our new “Tiny Diner Series” this month with a visit to Plan B in Glastonbury. Who knew you could enjoy a delicious burger with your little one in tow.
Manchester: Shawna stumbled upon this store that seemed to provide entertainment for the young and old alike. Trains, trains, more trains and doll houses filled the Time Machine hobby shop.
So that is our January roundup. We are gearing up for a fun February with more indoor activities to explore. We are always looking for ideas on places to visit, though. If you know of somewhere you think we should check out, either leave a comment below or email us directly at firstname.lastname@example.org.