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The Things to Do With Toddlers in and around Marlboro, NJ

by Tiffany Barry

Marlboro, New Jersey is township made up of 32 square miles that include parks, dedicated open space, varied recreational activities and lots of shopping opportunities. Whether you're joining one of the community's year-round recreational activities, attending a parent-child class or spending the day at your local library, there's no shortage of toddler-friendly activities in the Marlboro area.

Classes

The Marlboro Swim Club offers its members mom-and-tot swim classes, as well as access to its outdoor kiddie pool designed for infants and toddlers, as it's only 1 1/2-feet deep at its deepest point. Just 4 miles away from Marlboro is The Little Gym of Morganville, which offers five different parent-child classes based on your child's age. Class activities focus on increasing physical strength, motor development, coordination and balance. The programs also introduce your toddler to colors, numbers, letters and basic problem solving skills. The age-appropriate curriculum helps you tot develop early independence and socialization skills.

Outdoor Activities

You can also head over to one of nine public parks in Marlboro that offer areas exclusively for young children. Tot lots -- playground areas designed exclusively for young children -- are available at Marlboro Country Park, Hawkins Road Park, Falson Park, Wicker Place Park, Marlin Estates Park, Nolan Road Park, the Municipal Complex, Recreation Way Park and the Union Hill Recreation Complex. Hawkins Road Park and Wicker Place Park also have sitting areas and open fields perfect for a lunch time picnic or story. Visiting a farmer's market near Marlboro is also a great way to enjoy the outdoors. These open-air markets offer fresh, locally grown produce. Bring your toddler with you to experience the sights, smells and tastes of fresh fruits and vegetables. Try some of the free samples that many vendors offer and take home some produce for later. A trip to the farmer's market is a perfect way to incorporate a healthy living philosophy into your own parenting style.

Library Story Time

Unwind with a trip to Marlboro's local public library. Not only are the weekly story times, crafts and special programs free, but they're also a wonderful opportunity to get out of the house when the weather is not conducive to outdoor adventures. There's a Baby Story Time for toddlers up to age 24 months that includes stories, finger plays and rhymes. There's also Toddler Story Time or Craft Time for kids ages 2 to 3. Or, you can attend Family Story Time, which offers stories for parents with children of all ages and a themed craft project after the story.

Attractions

Just over 30 miles away and only a 40-minute drive from Marlboro is the Staten Island Zoo. Walk through the zoo and visit the animals that call the Staten Island Zoo home. Your toddler can see lizards and snakes slithering in the reptile exhibit or visit the Kids' Korral where your toddler can pet animals in a barnyard setting. You can even download coloring pages to use at home from the zoo's website. A mere 19 miles separates you and your toddler from adventures at Six Flags Great Adventure and Safari in Jackson, New Jersey. Enjoy a variety of rides such as the Bugaboo ride where your toddler can ride around on a little bug vehicle or visit the Splashwater Oasis -- an entire water play area that you can enjoy with your toddler. Character-themed rides like the Bugs Bunny Camp Carousel and Taz's Tornado swing ride are also fun for the toddling set. The children's section has 14 rides with no height minimum geared toward toddlers. Aside from the rides, you can also drive in your own vehicle on the Safari Off Road Adventure trail to see animals like the bears, giraffes, elephants and kangaroos.

About the Author

Tiffany Barry is a freelance writer with a background in early childhood education. She has been in the childcare field for more than 10 years. Barry writes about education, parenting and motherhood.

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