When I had kids, I rediscovered the library. After five years of college, the library came to mean a source of work and boredom. Now it is a resource in a whole different way and best of all it's free. One example is the activities for children 5 and under.
Infant/Toddler Lap-sits and Storytime.
Many local libraries have a baby storytime or infant/toddler lap-sit with music, stories, fingerplays, rhymes, bounces, and games for infants to age 2 with an adult. Make sure to get there on time, the singing is a blast, but can be over quickly. No reservations needed. Call ahead because some weeks are canceled or click HERE to see the calendar from the Central California Parent Magazine.
Big Creek 11am Mondays call 893-6614
Fig Garden 10am Fridays call 438-4071
Sanger (Preschoolers included) 10am Tuesdays call 875-2435
Visalia 10am Tuesdays call 713-2731
Woodward Park 10am and 10:45am Thursdays call 433-3135
Like the infant/toddler lapsits, storytime includes stories,crafts(depends), fingerplays, and music. For ages 3-5 with an adult. No reservations needed.Call ahead because some weeks are canceled or click HERE to see the calendar from the Central California Parent Magazine.
Auberry 10:30am Wednesdays call 855-8523
Clovis 11am Fridays call 299-9531
Fig Garden 10am and 1pm Wednesdays call 438-4071
Fresno Central 10am Fridays call 488-3195
Fowler Branch 11am Tuesdays call 834-3114
Gillis, Fresno 10:30am Tuesdays call 225-0140
Kingsburg 10:30am Wednesdays call 897-3710
Mendota 10am and 1:30pm Tuesdays call 655-3391
Riverdale 11am Mondays call 867-3381
San Joaquin 10am Wednesdays call 693-2171
Selma 10:30am Wednesdays call 896-3393
Sunnyside 9:30am Thursdays call 255-6594
Tulare 11:15am Fridays and 6:15pm Tuesdays call 685-2341
Visalia 10am Wednesdays. Incorporates yoga as well at 12pm Fridays call 713-2731
Woodward Park 10:30 and 11:30 Wednesdays call 433-3135
Since these activities are over within a half hour or so, you have time to browse movies and books, while gives your little ones a chance to choose as well. We don't have a TV (by choice), but a fresh kid's show or book is a welcome change.