The transition to Motherhood, whether you are a new Mom or getting ready to add a new baby to your family, is a life-changing event. Making time to explore your community with your little one is important, so that you both feel like a part of the village where you are growing up. Luckily, Asheville has a variety of options for the youngest among us. From rainy day indoor activities to sunny summer fun, it’s easy to find fun things to do with kids in Asheville.
For babies under 2, there are Mother Goose Times held at each of the Buncombe County Libraries, almost every day of the week. To enhance your baby’s musical appreciation, try Kindermusik or Music Together—infant classes are available at multiple venues in Western North Carolina. To get baby ready to swim, many levels of infant and toddler swim classes are continuously held at the YWCA on South French Broad. Also, be sure to check out an amazing one-stop-shop for infants and toddlers in Asheville, The Tree House. They host an amazing array of Waldorf-inspired toys, an indoor playground, Mommy and Me yoga, Mama-time groups hosted by Fourth Trimester, and drop-in childcare.
With your infants in tow, toddlers in Asheville can enjoy a variety of fun activities as well! Drop in for a little Gym time at Mighty-Mites classes at Phoenix Gym on Coxe Ave, or enroll at the Little Gym for more structured gymnastics routine. To encourage the little sports players, try Playball Classes, currently held Sundays at the Asheville JCC. For an educational good time, don’t forget The Health Adventure in the Biltmore Square Mall, which features an educational toddler area, classes and events. Stay-at-home parents of preschoolers can sign up for Play and Learn Sessions at Asheville City Preschool. These sessions feature pre-literacy skills through song, puppets, and hands-on activities. For the young music-lover, classes are held at Joyful Noise Community Art Center, Asheville Art Center, Kindermusik, or Music Together.
On that perfectly sunny summer day, stop by Splashville in front of city hall for a run through the sprinkler and a picnic in the park. Pack Square Park now hosts some beautiful shade trees and places to sit while your toddler waddles through the water fountains downtown. A day trip to the WNC Nature Center is another fantastic activity for a summer day. Featuring over 60 species of native animals and a petting zoo, the Center welcomes over 100,000 visitors annually. Buncombe County swimming pools feature two sessions of swim lessons for 3 and 4 year olds in June and July, and many of the Asheville public pools feature a graduated shallow end for the littlest swimmers.
As you see, the Asheville Area has a plethora of kid friendly and baby-friendly activities for your little beans to enjoy. So get out there and have some fun!
For a monthly list of Not-To-Be-Missed Family Friendly Activities in Asheville and much much more, visit http://ashevillefamilyresource.com
Joanie Peditto is a mom to 3 awesome boys and creator of http://ashevillefamilyresource.com. You can reach her at [email protected]