5 Local Resources for Kids Activities

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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.

1. Libraries

 

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.

4. MacaroniKID

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.

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Brittany and her husband, Harry, met during their freshman year of college in Worcester and fell in love with Central Massachusetts. A lot of things changed quickly once they graduated from college. They were married in 2017, had their first child in 2018, recently bought their first house, and baby #2 is on the way. Having grown up in Connecticut and Maine the couple wanted to create a home in New England not far from their families. Brittany spent three years after college in her lifelong passion, teaching. She was a third-grade teacher and now implements her teacher mindset while staying home with her son. Brittany loves meeting moms in the area, taking her son on adventures outside, and exploring local parks and libraries. She believes resources for new moms are a must and she is excited to be a contributing writer for Central Mass Mom.

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