Keep your little one happy with family activities near Westborough.

Activities for Children Near Westborough, MA

by Amy Sutton

Westborough, Massachusetts and the surrounding towns offer a wide variety of children's activities to residents and visitors. As the mom of a little one, you understand why that is so important. Little kids can get themselves into trouble and drive you crazy when they have too much free time on their hands. So keep your kids occupied and yourself sane by exploring activities in this Boston suburb.

1. Libraries

Head over to one of the local libraries for free, entertaining activities where you can act silly and have a fantastic time together. Westborough Public Library (westboroughlib.org) has story times for toddlers and preschoolers where they can enjoy stories of adventure, songs and crafts. Get down on your kid's level and get into each of the activities with them. The Northborough Free Library (northboroughlibrary.org) offers Yoga for the Young and Stuffed Animal Beastie Drawing! for preschoolers and parents. The Marlborough Public Library (no website; 35 West Main Street, Marlborough; (508) 624-6902) offers Preschool Pals with fun songs and exciting stories and Toddler Time with music, fingerplays and more.

2. Music Classes

Sign up your preschooler for a class at Robinson Music (karenamlaw.com) in Westborough. Kids on Keys will introduce your little one to the musical alphabet, counting, rhythms and more to help her develop a love for music. Your toddler or preschooler can join FasTrack Music at FasTracKids (fastrackids.com) in Westborough. This kids music program is a creative way to introduce your little ones to music, with singing, movement and more. Visit the Children's Room at the Jewish Family Service of Metrowest (bostonjcc.org) in Framingham, for an exciting program called Monkey See, Monkey Do. Your kiddos will learn from one another through singing, dancing and playing in a fun, safe environment.

3. Museum Or Zoo

Your little monsters will love learning at the Ecotarium (ecotarium.org) in Worcester, just a 20-minute drive away from Westborough. This museum has enough activities to keep the entire family happy and busy all day with three floors of child-friendly hands-on science and nature exhibits.The Preschool Discovery Area is a play space created with little bodies in mind, with a giant ferret cube and climbing structures. Head over to Mendon, about 26 minutes from Westborough, and spend a day at Southwick's Zoo (southwickszoo.com). Your little ones will squeal with delight when they get to take a ride on a real pony or go round and round on the carousel. Get up close with the giraffes at Giraffe Encounters or visit Parakeet Landing to feed and watch the beautiful parakeets and cockatiels.

4. Gymnastics And Dance

If your little ones need an activity that is more physical to help burn some energy and keep them from bouncing off the walls, sign them up for a gymnastics or dance class. Massachusetts Gymnastics Center (massgymnastics.com) in Westborough offers Preschool and Tumble Tot Programs. Kids work on balance, coordination, tumbling and building self-esteem, and classes have a new theme each week, like circus, numbers, letters or nature. In Marlborough, your kids can take a gymnastics class at Jean's Gymnastics (jeansgymnastics.com). Classes are available for children 18 months and up. If your little princess is more into dance, check out the dance classes at Westboro Dance Academy (westborodanceacademy.com). Your preschooler can take a class that combines basic tap, ballet and acrobatics.

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