As a mom who spends most of her days playing with her son, I am always looking for activities to get us out of the house. I have loved our cozy slow days in the house during the winter but I am starting to get a little spring fever. To keep us from going stir crazy I find it helps to get out of the house a few times a week to interact with other parents and children. Here are some of the activities that Luke and I like to take part in, to stay happy and productive.
We attend the story time at our Corunna Library branch on Monday mornings at 10:30 a.m. This 1/2 hour story time runs in six week sessions and is engaging with a mix of stories, singing and play as we get to interact with some of the story props. This group is fairly small so the children each get to read their own copy of the focus book of the session. Check out the Lambton County Library Schedule to learn about the activities at your local branch. http://www.lclibrary.ca/index.php?option=com_wrapper&view=wrapper&Itemid=471
During the months we can’t swim at the beach, we have loved swimming at the Petrolia pool since Luke was 2 months old. The Oil Heritage District Community Centre has a beautiful pool for children that is heated, has a little slide, lots of floaty toys and a bin full of toys to play with in the pool. I especially love the floor to ceiling windows in the aquatics area at the OHDCC because even in the middle of winter it lets in the natural light which really lifts my mood. Check out the OHDCC pool schedule here http://www.ohdcc.com/pool-schedule.html. The OHDCC also has an open play in their gym on Tuesday mornings where children can run around and play with a variety of sporting equipment and trikes. This is great for burning off extra energy when you can’t get outside.
Drop In Centre
In Lambton County we have a few Ontario Early Years Centre Good Start Hubs (drop in centres) where we can take our preschool aged children to play with other kids. Our centre in Corunna is located in St Joseph’s school. There is so many great toys to play with, always new sensory tables, crafts and of course our friends. On Wednesday’s the public health nurse is available to weigh babies and talk to you about any concerns you may have. The staff at our centre are amazingly welcoming and being in this environment allows Luke and I to interact in new ways together and with others. You can check out different schedules and learn more about the programs on their website http://www.ourbeststart.ca/Lambton/Calendars/oeyc/Pages/default.aspx
Rhythm & Rhyme
Most Friday mornings you will find us at the Library on Christina Street for their Rhythm and Rhyme session. This group has a lot of kids which I think Luke really likes and makes it a little more engaging for him. During this 1/2 hour session we sing, dance, listen to stories and play instruments. Before we go home we always have a little more fun in the Library play area and pick up a few books to read for the next week. You can find out when the next session starts by contacting the Library branch or visiting the Lambton County Library Website.
The Book Keeper Story Time
The Book Keeper Book Store also hosts a story time on Friday mornings at 10:30am. This group is hosted by an excellent storyteller and the children are provided with a name tag, each time they attend they get a new sticker on their personalized tag. The children’s book nook is a cozy spot to curl up on a cold day and enjoy some stories for 30 minutes.
There are many open skates available at various arenas across Lambton County. Getting out for a skate is a fun way to stay active in the winter, spend time with your family and friends and maybe meet some new friends in your community. We like to skate on Sundays at the Mooretown arena.
These are just a few of the fun programs provided by our various community centres that Luke and I take part in. I would love to know what activities you take part in to stay active and connected during the winter months, please comment below.