When your little darling is bouncing off the walls and getting herself into mischief at home, it's time for a change of scenery. If you're a mom in Woodbridge, the oldest township in New Jersey, you'll find a variety of entertaining activities in the nearby area to keep your munchkin busy and happy.
1. YMCA Activities
The YMCA branch at the Woodbridge Community Center (ymcaofmewsa.org) has a fantastic variety of activities for little ones. Attend the annual Tot Trot & Youth Fun Run where your toddler or preschooler can race with other little ones her age and help raise money for families in the community who are in need. Go to the Carnival in July, where your little one can play games and win prizes. Sign her up for Exploration Station, where she can play with play dough, blow bubbles, dabble in finger paint and make crafts with other kids her age.
Choose a class for your little man to keep him occupied. The Woodbridge Township Recreation Department (twp.woodbridge.nj.us) offers classes like Fall Crafts, Coloring Time, Just Dance and Preschool Fun. Try a music class with your little sweetie pie at Music Together Edison (musictogetheredison.com). The Mixed Ages class involves experimenting with musical instruments, singing, dancing and chanting. Sign your munchkin up for one of the preschool classes at Across the Floor (acrossthefloor.com) dance school. He can give the Preschool Ballet, Gymbees, Gymtykes or Tiny Tappers classes a try to see if he likes dance.
3. Indoor Activities
Are you stuck inside because it's a dreary, rainy day? Get out of the house and participate in an indoor activity like the preschool programs at the Woodbridge Public Library (woodbridge.lib.nj.us). Attend one of the storytimes for stories, songs and games or participate in the preschool craft program where your kiddo can express herself with craft projects with other little cuties. Take her to Kidsz Village (kidzvillage.com) where she can burn off some of that energy. She'll love crawling through the multi-level climbing structure with slides, tunnels and bridges. Your toddler can play safely in Guppies Toddler Town with activities to enhance fine motor skills or she can play pretend in the playhouse, complete with baby dolls, itty bitty strollers and a tot-sized bassinet.
4. Sports Programs
Check out the Weesports programs offered through The Club (theclub.org). Your toddler can take a Mommy (or Daddy) and Me class to work on gross motor skills through songs and finger play. Your 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 year old can participate in the Early Bird Sports Club, with you right there by his side cheering him on the whole way. This program teaches kiddos a bit about basketball, baseball and soccer with tot-sized equipment. Sign your toddler up for Mini Gym, where he will face entertaining challenges like rolling, jumping and tumbling. Your little tyke will improve his flexibility, strength and endurance through games and other engaging activities, like parachute and bubble time. He'll love this program!