Being a stay at home mom has many challenges with the challenge of finding something to do each day at the top of my list. Of course there is always something to do. There is laundry to put away, a dishwasher to empty, meals to prepare and floors to sweep. But in order to keep the little ones from watching endless hours of PBS Kids, I need to provide some sort of activity during the day to keep them (and me) engaged and entertained.
Sometimes those activities are as simple as making pretend food out of play dough at the kitchen table while other activities, like today’s trip to the downtown Central Library, give us a break from the routine and a chance to explore one of the many treasures this quaint city has to offer.
The second floor of the Central Library provides an extensive kids area for creative play and learning. Although the library offers many great programs, don’t just take your kids to the library for story time. Instead, take them when they can simply wander the quiet aisles filled with books, play educational games on the kid friendly computers, or enjoy the beautiful art in the first floor gallery.
After a lengthy stay on the second floor, we took the elevator to #4 where we spent some time choosing a few jazz CD’s to take home. By this time the boys already had their books and sat quietly in chairs reading their finds, while I had a few moments to relish my choices in the library’s extensive cookbook collection.
Although the library is located right in the heart of the city don’t be afraid to make the trip. Parking is easy to find (and free) in the parking garage behind the building. Take your parking ticket in and have it stamped before you leave. The first two hours are free.
Along with the café located on the first floor of the library, there are some great eateries just across the street. Sam’s Hot Dog Stand, Sunrise Bakery and Alfalfa’s are literally within steps of the front door and offer you the chance to turn a quick trip to the library into a great day downtown with the kids.