Friday, April 4, 2014

Local Community Centers - Our Saving Grace!

The rainy days this week inspired me to think about an easy place to go to when the weather has us locked up inside. The local community center. Click Here to find a complete listing in the Seattle Area. In West Seattle we are lucky to have several centers within our city limits. 4 out of the 5 have a great Toddler Open Gym, while all 5 of them have different activities for Preschoolers throughout the school year.

So Here it is

The Top 5 Reasons I love the Community Centers:

  1. They are inexpensive; $3 per child.
  2. They are in a closed environment: Generally adults are only allowed in the Toddler Play Gyms when accompanied by a child.  Having 2 children in one open space can be daunting, but the community centers are set up in a way that allows a caretaker to scan the whole room and see everything. This is great when one child wants to play in the floor and the other with the toys across the gym. 
  3. It is a great way to meet other Nannies and Moms. Often there are regulars at the community centers, this is a great way to connect and meet up with friends. 
  4. This is place you can stop in for a half hour or two hours. The flexibility is amazing. When most children's activities in the area can cost anywhere from $5 - $20 it is nice to have a place that we can go and not feel like we need to stay long hours to get our monies worth.
  5. There is almost always one happening, every day of the week. 
And this is just for the Toddler Gym Hours. Community Centers have dance classes, sports, arts and crafts, and all other types of events for all ages. These are all great ways to get involved and meet people in your neighborhood. With the coming of summer pools will begin opening too!

Community Centers within the West Seattle Area:

Toddler (5ys and under) Play Gym Hours: $3.00
Monday, Wednesday, Friday
1:00pm - 4:00pm
Toddler (5ys and under) Play Gym Hours: $3.00
10:00am - 1:00pm
Toddler (5ys and under) Play Gym Hours: $3.00
10:00am - 2:00pm
Toddler (5ys and under) Play Gym Hours: $3.00
10:00am - 1:00pm
All of these Community Centers offer different programs for Preschoolers, click here to locate a PDF with all West Seattle Winter Programs.

Where ever you live, small town, big city, or suburbia check around for local community centers, schools, and churches to see what type of play gyms they have in your area. 

Overall we have fun on the days we decide to go. They are a great place to let Bear run out his energy and meet up with a few friends. Bear, Bug, and I have not personally checked out all of these Community Centers so we would love your feed back on which ones you like best and why. 

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