Staying in the house without adult conversation or social interaction isn't a picnic, so if you're in Omaha, the largest city in Nebraska and hub of the Omaha-Council Bluffs metropolitan area, you can find tons of activities during the week for toddlers and yourself.
1. Jewish Community Center of Omaha
The Jewish Community Center of Omaha (jewishomaha.org/jcc/) has activities during the week for all ages. Toddlers up to 2 years of age can take swimming classes with their parents and older toddlers can take Polliwogs class on Mondays for independent swim fun. There are also pre-dance and art classes for 2-year-olds and their parents. The community center also has weekday morning child care so parents can exercise in the fitness center.
2. My Gym
Classes at My Gym (my-gym.com) are fun for toddlers. The weekly classes focus on balancing, tumbling, hanging, jumping and other gross motor skills through songs, dances, puppet shows and special equipment. Classes are divided by age in months, with 14- to 22-month-olds in the Waddlers class, 23- to 30-month-olds in the Gymsters class and 30- to 39-month-olds in the Terrific Tots class. Parents participate in all of these classes with their toddlers. Not only do these classes get you out of the house, they let you meet other parents with kids the same age.
3. Little Musicians in Motion
Another way to get out of the house with a toddler in Omaha is to take a class at Little Musicians in Motion (littlemusiciansinmotion.com). These musical jamboree classes are for kids aged 4 months to 6 years with a parent or caregiver, which means that older or younger siblings can participate as well. Families will sing songs, play instruments and dance during each 45-minute class.
4. Story Times
Both Barnes & Noble Booksellers (store-locator.barnesandnoble.com/store/2662) and the Omaha Public Library (omahapubliclibrary.org/kidspot) have toddler story times during the week. Toddlers will hear age-appropriate stories, sing songs and learn creative movements during each half hour story time. Parents and caregivers will also be able to get books for themselves and the little ones.
While most toddlers aren't fans of shopping unless it's for toys, the mall can still work as an activity. The Oak View Mall (oakviewmall.com) and the Westroads Mall (westroadsmall.com) both have indoor play areas for when the weather is too bad for the playground or backyard. Toddlers and parents can also get snacks at the food court and do a little window shopping.
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