School is back in session and that means it is back to routines. Yay!!!
I am the type of person who thrives on routines, having places to go and things to do makes my week fly by. Before my son started preschool I was left searching everywhere for activities we could do each week. I even went so far as to make a spreadsheet to keep us busy each day. To make this easy for other moms, I have rounded up a resource list to help.
Many local libraries are hosting in-person and/or virtual story times this Fall. Libraries are not only great for kids, but they offer a variety of adult programs as well. Cooking, sewing, language classes, and of course book clubs are just a few events that many libraries offer.
2. Clinton Early Childhood Resource Center (CECRC) Play School
CECRC is now offering virtual, outdoor, and indoor weekly programs for children and their caretakers from birth to 6 years old. The programs are funded through a grant from the Massachusetts Department of Early Education and Care and are offered with no cost, although they welcome donations. For more information visit CECRC or CECRC FB Page
3. MAEVE Parent Group
More than a moms’ group, MAEVE stands for Motherhood, Alliance, Equity, Village, and Empowerment. It is committed to helping the community and empowering all who mother. Working parents, stay-at-home parents, caretakers, etc are all welcome to join. Weekly playgroups, community service projects, parents’ night out, and holiday parties are all offered through this group. MAEVE is a national organization and has chapters in Massachusetts serving Clinton, Sterling, Lancaster, Bolton, Leominster, and Stoughton. Don’t worry if you live outside of these towns, anyone can join! Visit the MAEVE website to find out more.
With over 30 different regions in Massachusetts, MacaroniKID is a must-have resource for any parent. A full calendar of events appears in my inbox once a week and takes the guesswork out of planning our activities. Written by local editors, I find out about events in my town along with recommendations for a variety of things including a guide to live music, or the best ice cream places to try.
5. The Little Gym
With five locations across Massachusetts, The Little Gym offers parent-child classes starting at four months and goes all the way up to age twelve. It is more than just gymnastic classes, they also offer sport classes, dance, karate, and school vacation camps.
If you are with a small human for many hours a day, hopefully this list provides you with the relief you need and adult conversations too. Enjoy exploring together and finding your community.