Check out these activities for Babies and Toddlers in and around Plano
Motherhood can be so incredibly joyful, but it can also sometimes be challenging, and sometimes even boring for you and your little one. Even though you may be very busy breastfeeding, catching up on sleep or constantly changing diapers, you probably also want to get out of the house and do something “live a little.”
The good news is that you can! With small babies that are still easy to carry around often, you can get some “me time” in while the baby is sleeping in their carrier or you can take them out and find things to do with newborns. And for these or older ones, there are tons of activities for both of you to enjoy whenever you are ready and have fun.
So, check out these activities and let the good times begin.
Mommy and Me Classes
Consider activities that you can enjoy together, although you think the baby may not benefit much of these classes (they do sleep a lot). But still, you most likely will since you will be meeting other Moms who understand you better more than anyone else, and a new friendship may bloom. Just choose the activity that you enjoy!
Ages 4 months to 12yr old
At The Little Gym, they believe that kids should be able to act like kids, and fun environments are especially conducive to the kind of learning that prepares them for adventures. Go and have a fun-filled day with the whole family!
Ages 8 months to 7yr old
Play, imagine, learn, and celebrate at Dino Kidz, children’s indoor playground designed to keep the little ones safe and engaged.
Gymboree Play and Music
Ages 0 to 5yr old
Gymboree Play and music classes and programs are designed to incorporate new technology with classic learning techniques to engage young minds.
Ages from 6 weeks to 10yr old
They provide a variety of classes that will shape skills and help build children’s confidence to become active, healthy, social, and, most of all, happy kids.
Ages birth to 4yr old
Musikgarten is a Mommy & Me early childhood music and movement program, to help a child engage in musical play while developing musical aptitude at an early age. Little ones have the opportunity to explore and learn, all while having fun during Musikgarten activities!
Swim Schools always have great lessons
Places like Emler Swim School, Aqua Tots and Goldfish all have great lessons for Babies. One example, at Emler, is Bathtime Babies for Ages 2 to 5 months
Bathtime Babies is a FREE weekly program offered to parents of newborns, ages two to five months old. Parents are instructed on how to use their bath time at home with their babies for socialization, bonding, and introduction to the beautiful world of water.
Waterbabies Ages 6 to 35 months. They teach swimming in a warm and a loving environment with useful techniques, not just playtime in the water.
Stroller Strides is a total-body conditioning workout designed for moms with kids in tow. 60-minute workout with your baby to keep you healthy and happy. Mommies leave class feeling connected, successful, and energized! No more mama guilt!
CAPAX Fitness Personal Coaching
Whenever you are ready to get back into shape, check out Capax Fitness by Angelica Barquero, a Plano Mom (she has a one-year-old). Angelica will work one-on-one with you to help you learn how to balance having baby while getting back in shape. You work together to come up with strategies for nutrition and meal prep, workout schedules, and overcoming roadblocks. And yes – you get it all done with baby or toddler in tow.
Mom Meetup Groups
Seasoned or first-time Moms will benefit from joining mommy groups. They connect mothers from the same areas and those with similar parenting styles for play dates and moms’ nights out. You can find great advice, give and get support from other mommies, and make new friends.
Here are some of the Mom Clubs or groups around the area
Public Library Programs and Classes
The local Library makes an excellent destination for the whole family. It always provides engaging storytime sessions for infants, toddlers, and families, as well as other fun hands-on activities.
The Plano Public Library offers a variety of age-appropriate storytimes that teach early literacy and reading readiness skills for children. Check out your public library website to see scheduled events.
Parks and Recreation Centers
City of Plano and other nearby cities offers us beautiful parks, trails and recreation facilities that would help living a healthy lifestyle and have a quality life. It is a perfect place to clear your mind so you can focus on important things in life.
Fun, free and cheap ideas – fun for Toddlers
All little kids love trains. Head to the nearest DART Rail station, board at Downtown Plano or Parker Road station and ride the train to Downtown Dallas or head towards DFW airport. They love it and sometimes we will stop along the way for a bite to eat or just to go for a walk before heading back. DART passes are pretty affordable and we always have fun.
For the Vintage train experience, there’s Grapevine Vintage Railroad at a higher price. But we are big fans of the Farmers Branch Historical Park where our kids can climb onto what they both call the “real-life Little Red Caboose.” The Farmers Branch Historical Park is a museum on 27 acres. There are $3 tours and the park hosts many affordable and fun events, some free, throughout the year.
Be sure to update us on your favorite places! Let us know in the comments.