This past Tuesday, Jax, Hudson and I ventured out to the Ottawa Library for Toddler Time – excited to try it for the first time. I can’t believe it took us so long since I’ve been hearing about it since Jax was born and he’s now 3 ½ years old. I’ve been feeling a little cooped up lately and a little scared to venture out on my own with two rambunctious children who are now BOTH on the move, making me extremely paranoid to lose one! It was easy peasy to tour the town with Hudson in the stroller and just follow Jax around museums, but those times are now long gone! I’ve been trying to think of places where I can go with both boys and decided this could be a good idea!
It was packed with all sorts of moms, dads, grandparents and caregivers anxiously awaiting the songs, puppets and story time fun. The ages range from 17 to 35 months, but there are several programs that vary and some have all ages. The best part is that it’s FREE! This activity is a great way to socialize with other stay-at-home moms or moms on maternity leave.
They start out with some stories, then move to songs, puppet shows and end with the colourful parachute which is always a huge hit with the kids! The fun doesn’t end there! What child doesn’t love books…books on books on books. All the little ones ran to the kids’ section to look at all the books, games and puzzles, and play with each other. It was such a great experience that I highly recommend to other parents.
Even though we have TOO many books at home (which is, of course, not a bad thing) the wonderful thing about a library is picking out new ones to borrow. We will definitely be back next week. And they have so many other programs for kids such as Storytime, Mad Scientist’s Lab, Babytime, Lego Party, Zumba Party for Kids and MUCH more.
Also, did you know that you can get museum passes for a whole family to visit for free? We have most of the memberships anyways, but it’s good to know. They are on high demand and cannot be reserved.
FUN FACT: This particular Ottawa Library we visited was in the Beaverbrook area of Kanata. Jax had fun on the turtle sculptures – 13 concrete sculptures are located around this branch from local artist Christopher Griffin and apparently the project was inspired by the natural ecosystems of Kanata and its important local species.
I highly recommend their programming for kids, and you can find it all online at https://ottawa.bibliocommons.com. All the libraries have these programs so you can tour them all! I found the website slightly hard to navigate at first until I knew the names of the programs so please feel free to message me if you need some guidance.
Tell me, have you guys tried this? What are your thoughts? Any questions?
I would love to hear about your experiences!