As a mom, you know how important it is to have go-to activities on hand when you need them. This is especially true on days when the kids are arguing, bouncing off the walls or getting into mischief. Thankfully, Northborough, with a population of 14,000 (as well as towns near Northborough), offer a variety of activities for toddlers and preschoolers. Although Massachusetts traffic can be heavy, plenty of kid-friendly points of interest are a few minutes away.
Visiting a library is an ideal activity any time of year, whether it’s sunny or rainy outside. Check out the Northborough Free Library (northboroughlibrary.org) to take part in activities, like “Morning Stories & Crafts,” where you and your little one can listen to stories and make a craft or “Lunch Time Stories”, where you can bring a sack lunch, and picnic on the floor while you listen to adventure stories. Both activities are perfect for your toddler or preschooler. You can also take your 3- to 5-year-old child to “Yoga for the Young”, where you can yoga together.
Do you have a little one interested in dance? This could be perfect for your little busy body to use up some of her (endless) energy and put it to good use. Dawn’s School of Dance (dawnsschoolofdance.com) in Northborough provides a caring, creative environment to help children improve physical, social and emotional skills while learning the art of dance. Preschool classes are offered on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons. Another place you can find dance classes for your munchkin is at the Elite Academy of Dance (elitedance-ma.com) in Shrewsbury, just 10 minutes away. Let your toddler or preschooler try classes to see which she likes the most. Choose from “TutTu Cute!”, “Twirl and Tumble”, “Tiny Tumbling”, “Preschool Dance” or “Tiny Tot Hip Hop.”
Zoos and Museums
Take your cutie pie to Southwick’s Zoo (southwickszoo.com) in Mendon, which is only a 29-minute drive from Northborough, for a good, wild time. This family friendly zoo has alligators, tigers, monkeys and llamas. Watch her face light up as she goes round and round on the carousel. Plan a visit to Tougas Family Farm (tougasfarm.com) in Northborough during fall. Play on the play yard and visit with pygmy goats, pot belly pigs and baby ducks. Make science fun at the Ecotarium (ecotarium.org), just 18 minutes away in Worcester. Your little one will love the Preschool Discovery Area, which is designed just for toddlers and preschoolers, with its climbing structure and ferret exhibit. Then, make the 24-minute drive to the Discovery Museums (discoverymuseums.org) in Acton where you can feel and act like a kid, with your little monster while making bubble walls or creating your own train track. Sign her up for a program like “Meet a Clown”, “Caring for Pets” or “Mud Pie Dinner.”
Parks and Recreation
The Northborough Recreation Department (northboroughrecreation.com) has plenty to offer kids. You can find seasonal programs like swim clubs, “Preschoolers Night Out!” and holiday parties. Children’s Open Playgroups are held for children, ages 1- to 6-years-old at the Town Hall and Rec Center. This is the perfect opportunity for your little one to interact with kids her age in a fun, safe environment. When the weather cooperates, get her outside for fresh air and sunshine at one of the local parks. Howard Street Park on Howard Street has a tot playground for little guys to run and play safely on. Assabet Park on South Street has a preschool playground, a picnic area and a splash pad to cool off on in the summer.