Toddlers are constantly on-the-go, so have a variety of activities available so they can use up some of that energy. If you live in or are visiting the Forest Hills, New York area, you will find an abundance of age-appropriate, fun and educational activities just waiting for you.
1. Music Together Class
Sign yourself and your toddler up for a Music Together Class at Mommy, Music & Me, Inc. (mommymusicandme.com). This class allows you to share the joy of music with your toddler while learning to sing and dance. You will participate right along with your toddler so that he can see how much fun music can be. Don't worry if you don't sound like a superstar; your little one won't care! He will love seeing mom singing and being silly. Classes meet weekly and include fingerplays, songs, rhymes, dancing and musical instruments, all within a playful, relaxed environmental ideal for your toddler.
2. Queens Library
Spend some time at the Queens Library (queenslibrary.org), Forest Hills branch, with your toddler reading stories and doing activities. Choose some silly books from the wide variety of books in the children's section or play in the Children's Library Discovery Center, with Discover Bugs: Insects, Discover Mirrors: Mirror Movement and many more science activities. Your little guy will love Toddler Storytime where he can listen to stories, sing silly songs and join in on fun games and activities. Best of all, this activity is free!
3. New York Hall of Science
Explore the New York Hall of Science (nysci.org) with your busy little toddler. With more than 450 interactive exhibits, you are both sure to have an exciting time. Go outside and play on the Science Playground, designed for all ages and abilities. You can learn about sound, motion, balance, sun, wind and water, all while playing and having fun. There is even a 30,000-square foot area made just for children under 6. Inside, you and your toddler can check out more than 22 hands-on exhibits designed for early learners at the Preschool Place. There is a puppet show area where the two of you can put on your own little show and a train table full of magnetized cars just waiting to be played with.
What better way can you spend a day outside than at a beautiful park? The Queens area has lots of beautiful parks to choose from. Choose one with a play area designed for toddlers. The Gantry State Park play area features ground covered in foam for safety and plenty of toddler play equipment. Juniper Valley Park has a toddler-only area with plenty to keep your toddler happy. The Playground for All Children is perfect on a hot summer day, with its sprinklers and running stream. Whichever park you choose, your toddler will be happy just getting to play outside.
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