As a mom, you know how hard it is to keep your little ones happy and busy. This can be especially true during the winter, when it's often too chilly outside to play. Planning entertaining winter activities for your toddler or preschooler can help to ward off boredom and cabin fever during this long, cold season. If you live in the Winchester, Virginia, area you won't have any trouble finding age-appropriate things to do out of the house, but not too far away.
Take your toddler or preschooler to the Shenandoah Valley Discovery Museum for a day of indoor play in the winter. You'll find a user-friendly, hands-on interactive center with lots of fun learning possibilities. You can help your child create a work of art at the Art in the Making exhibit or explore the Moccasin Trail together. He will love all of the other exciting exhibits, like Ah-Haa!, Duck In, Raceways and Illusions. Your preschooler can participate in Wee Discoverers, where he can play with prisms and kites, experiment with water filtering techniques and take part in other learning activities that vary from week to week.
Spend a cold winter day snuggled up together reading some stories at the Handley Regional Library. There is a huge selection of children's book available for you and your little guy to choose from. Special programs and activities take place regularly at this library as well. Your toddler can go to Toddler Storytime on Thursday morning at 10:15. Then, immediately following is Preschool Storytime at 11 a.m. Another exciting program your son would love is PJ Storytime, which takes place on regularly scheduled evenings at 6:30. You can take him dressed up in his favorite fuzzy, warm pajamas and enjoy some stories and activities together.
Check out the programs offered for children through the Winchester Parks and Recreation department. Around the holidays, you can take your child to visit Santa in Old Town Winchester. Kids get to decorate a craft to take home and have cookies with Santa. You can go crazy with the camera and capture all of these special memories. The PB&J Club is for young children, ages 1 through 5. You can drop your little guy off to let him socialize with other kids his age, work on motor skills and have a blast playing, bouncing and jumping. Music Grows with You is a program for 2 through 4 year olds and a parent. Spend time together bouncing to music, playing simple instruments and dancing around the room acting silly. It will bring out the kid in you, and you will enjoy it as much as he will.
Go to Monkey Joe's to let your toddler or preschooler burn off some of his endless energy. This indoor play center is covered with wall-to-wall inflatables that include slides, jumps and tricky obstacle courses. Everything is suitable for kids 12 or younger, and there's even a separate toddler play area to keep the 3 and under crowd safe. Each play area is supervised by trained staff members to ensure everyone has an enjoyable time, without getting hurt. You can watch your child play or enjoy some down time in the adult area where there is comfy seating, Internet access and flat screen televisions. Face it, after being cooped up in the house with your rambunctious little man, you need a break.
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