Q: My family just moved to this area from out of state and I don’t know anyone yet. I have two toddlers and I would love to meet some other parents with children the same age. Do you have any options?
A: With two little ones keeping you busy it can be hard to get out to meet other people. Your neighbors may be good sources of information, ask about play groups or moms groups, etc. One great local choice many people don’t know about, however, is Play Central. Play Central is a drop-in open play group run by The Family Center, a local non-profit organization.
The program began October 4 and runs every Wednesday and Thursday through May 31 from 9am-11am – for $5.00 per visit for the whole family. Parents/caregivers meet in the gym at Barnes Early Childhood Center. Play Central follows the Grosse Pointe Public School District calendar so holidays and snow days will be observed.
Children of all ages are welcome and as are all caregivers – moms, dads, grandparents, nannies, etc. The format is open, so you can let your child’s interests direct you. You will both enjoy having a large selection of toys that are new to you. We have bikes, a slide, a kitchen and grocery store for dramatic play, balls, big blocks, dolls, musical instruments, and so much more.
It’s a great opportunity for young children to run around and practice their burgeoning skills, and, of course, run off, or crawl off, some of that energy! Your child may even make a great new friend. Children will practice their social skills, and you can chat with other adults while playing with your child.•Play Central is a fun, flexible, and affordable program designed for young children and their caregivers. Visit familycenterweb.org/index.php/playcentral for a free visit coupon. Follow The Family Center on Facebook and Twitter to keep up-to-date on other programs.