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Things to Do With a Toddler in Falls Church, Virginia

by Melinda Kedro

Toddlers are creatures in constant need of active play opportunities, high-energy outlets and room to move. Whether you reside in Falls Church, Va., or are simply visiting, be assured that the town offers ample activities for you to enjoy with your toddler. From parks to parent-toddler movement classes, a variety of options are available to help channel your toddler's active energy.

Parks

Falls Church is home to 12 city parks that offer access to playground equipment, picnic areas, walking trails, sporting event fields and grill areas. Lincoln Park offers playground equipment geared towards toddlers, is fenced in for safety and provides ample shade. City parks in Falls Church enforce a no-smoking law within 50 feet of playgrounds. Falls Church also hosts a farmer's market every Saturday, year round. You and your toddler may enjoy picking up some fresh produce from local growers and sampling homemade recipes prepared by regional chefs.

Indoor Play Time

Visit MoBu Kids, an indoor children's play facility, for open, free-play time with your toddler. Foam play equipment and gymnastics flooring are provided for physical activity and safety. Admission is $8 for one hour of free-play. You can also sign up for special classes with your toddler at MoBu Kids. Classes offered include music and movement, art and ballet for kids age 5 and under. The Little Gym is another indoor play area for children. Classes are structured based on age groups and provide opportunity for your toddler to develop his large motor, language, spatial and early socialization skills.

Community Centers

Acclimate your toddler to the wonderful world of water at the Providence RECenter. The heated indoor pool is equipped with a wading area appropriate for water play with a toddler, and swimming lessons are offered to children ages 3 and up. Or head to the Falls Church Community Center every Friday from 10 a.m. to noon for tot play time. Padded equipment, tunnels and riding toys are all provided for safe and active movement-based play with your toddler. Admission is $1, but always call ahead to ensure that tot play time is scheduled for that day.

Public Library

Toddlers love to be on the move, but it is also beneficial to immerse them in environments that offer calming, focused activities. The Falls Church Public Library typically organizes morning story times for toddlers and preschoolers twice a week. Toddlers can also participate in a craft activity afterwards that pertains to the story. The Falls Church Public Library also hosts puppet shows for toddlers and preschoolers. Check the library's monthly schedule to determine which events are being held on certain days.

About the Author

With more than 10 years experience in early childhood education, Melinda Kedro holds a Masters degree in education, teaching certification through the Association Montessori Internationale and is a licensed childcare provider through the Colorado Department of Human Services.

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