Drop-in family storytime at the Whitby Library (Rossland Branch)

Depending on the local library branch that you visit in Durham, drop-in storytime programs can get chaotic due to their popularity. Some babies do well in social and busy environments, but for those that prefer a more quiet and intimate group experience, a smaller location like the Whitby Library on Rossland Road may be a better fit.

The area where storytime at the Whitby library, Rossland Branch, takes place

Family Storytime is held in the back corner of this branch in the children’s book section, where parents and caregivers can sit with their little one on the mat to listen to stories read by one of the librarians. Librarians will read stories from the library collection and have parents and children interact by answering questions about illustrations. After a book is read, any children that are willing are encouraged to join in with singing songs or playing activities like rolling a ball to other members in the group.

Drop-in Family Storytime is held at the Whitby Library, Rossland Branch (701 Rossland Road East, Whitby) on Fridays from 10.30-11am. This program will continue weekly from now until Friday, December 12th. Registration is not required. Children and babies of all ages are welcome.

Cost: Free.

 

To find out more, visit the Whitby Library event page for details.

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Take the family on a train ride with Santa

If you’re looking for something to do outdoors with bub this season, you might want to check out the Santa Train this November and December.

Santa will come around to sit with each child, entertain families and distribute small gifts. Each ride lasts for an hour and follows the historic York-Durham railway line. This is great for any of you that like to experience the local history or for those of you that would enjoy the local scenery.

A cartoon graphic for the Santa Train

 

The ride begins and ends at the Uxbridge Heritage Station (19 Railway Street, Uxbridge). All rides take place on weekends in November and December with trains departing at 11am, 1pm and 3pm. A snack bar is available and the train comes equipped with a washroom. Tickets can be pre-ordered online on the York-Durham Heritage Railway website. Some railway cars have been said to be cold so be sure to bring along enough clothes to keep you warm.

Cost:  Infants under 1 not occupying a seat ride for free. Tickets for all other riders are $20 each (incl. tax).

 

pic via ydhr.ca

Get crafty at the Mad Hatters Tea Party

As every mom knows, the closer you get to the end of your mat leave, the more creative you have to be with entertaining your little one as they get more mobile and more interactive. Events like the Mad Hatter`s Tea Party are a great family event because there is lots of green space outdoors (to practice walking) and craft activities for kids of all ages. Even though my little guy is still not at the stage to make anything, he does enjoy the different textures and colours of paper so these are criteria enough for me to check out the event.

In addition to craft activities, this event will also include games, treats (hopefully a bake sale!) and photo opportunities.

Four paper flowers made from craft materials

The Mad Hatters Tea Party will be held Saturday, October 18th from 10am-3pm at the Dunbarton-Fairport United Church in Pickering.

Cost: Entry to the event is $5 per person. All proceeds go towards providing respite for families with children on the Autism Spectrum.

For more information, you can visit the Footprints 4 Autism website here.

 

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Swap newborn stories with moms at Babyville

Babyville is a support group run through the region of Durham health department for parents of babies aged between 0-6 months.

Babyville is a free program available to Durham Region residents

All groups are facilitated by a Durham Region Public Health Nurse which is a great opportunity to get reliable answers to a lot of “is it normal when… ” questions. The best part is, Babyville groups have strict rules about how group members treat each other. This includes a no judgement rule for any of the topics raised by attendees. I’ve now learned overcome any shyness pretty quickly in a group setting when question time rolls around, because most moms usually have the same questions that you might want to ask and this is a safe environment to do so.

The Babyville program consists of four weekly group sessions. To participate you must pre-register. Registrations can be made through the Durham Region Health Department at 1-800-841-2729 or 905-666-6241 ext. 3366

Cost: Free!

 

More information about the program is available on the Durham Region website with a Babyville pdf brochure available for download.

Find a local playground with an infant swing

In the past few weeks I’ve been taking my little one to try out the swing at the park. He’s long outgrown his baby swing that he loved when he was smaller, so I figured that trying out the infant-sized swings at my local park wasn’t too much of a stretch out of his comfort zone.

An infant swing

I’m able to fit my little guy into this swing comfortably but depending on the size of your baby, you can always add a rolled up receiving blanket around your little one to help make them more comfortable.

Many playgrounds around Durham have these type of infant sized swings installed, but from what I understand not all of them do. I found this great post written by a local mom that catalogues the top 10 infant and toddler friendly playgrounds in the Durham area if you want to do some pre-research to find the best park or even a new park to give this activity a try.

pic via babble.com