Spring is right around the corner, and not a moment too soon after a rough winter. Until the weather warms up enough to take your little one to the park, here are a few quick solutions to cabin fever for parents and caregivers in suburban Philadelphia
Hit an Indoor Gym
At locations such as Romp and Roll in Willow Grove and Kehler’s Gymnastics Center in Broomall, babies, toddlers and preschoolers can get use that pent-up energy to either explore the open gym or participate in music, movement, gymnastics and art classes. Both locations also serve as a convenient location for kids’ birthday parties.
Visit the Please Touch Museum
It’s only a short drive from the suburbs to the Please Touch Museum in Fairmont Park, where youngsters can learn about everything from transportation to music to basic scientific principles. At the basement level are an Alice in Wonderland themed maze and a series of room where kiddos can pretend to be doctors, chefs, firefighters, and more. Visit the site to look for special events, such as a visit with Mother Goose or children’s concerts.
Enroll in a Fun Class
At places like the Creative Living Room in Swarthmore, children can have fun while learning skills in yoga, martial arts, music, dance and art. You may also find plenty of programs offered by your local YMCA, sometimes at a lower cost.
Check Out Your Local Library
Most libraries offer activities for children ranging from storytime to craft sessions, concerts and even LEGO clubs. Find your local library, along with the street address and website link, by checking out Pennsylvania’s public library site. If your library doesn’t list activities, call and ask for the children’s librarian to get the low-down.
Find a Playgroup
Even if you’re not the social type, it’s relatively easy to find a playgroup where parents and kids can get together and socialize. A great place to start is Meetup.com, where you can search for likeminded caregivers and join in on playdates held in interesting places around the five counties.