Baby Activity: Rhyme/Story Time at Your Local Library
When I saw the email invitation from my Mommy Group to attend the next Baby Rhyme Time at the Carlsbad Library, I thought to myself, Woohoo – another Rookie Moms Challenge to check off the list and a fun baby activity for Blake and me!
I’ve always thought that libraries offering story time for children/babies was a great idea, but also such a contradiction. When I think of a library, I think of peace and quiet and an old librarian shushing me into silence. Then I think of a story time with a bunch of babies and toddlers and I imagine complete (and loud) chaos. Nonetheless, I was eager to try it out and see for myself how this combo would work out. If anything, it would be an experience to remember!
Baby Rhyme Time
Of course we were running 5 minutes late (pretty much our M.O. these days) even though the Rookie Mom instructional post clearly told us to be on time – we tried, really we did!
When we first walked through the private doors of the Baby Rhyme Time class (aha! they keep the chaos in its own separate room – it all makes sense now) at the Carlsbad Library, the instructor finished the song she was in the middle of singing and then very warmly welcomed us and asked for Blake’s name. A couple of other moms and babies trickled in behind us and she would ask for each baby’s name as they entered. I had my doubts about her remembering every single baby’s name but lo and behold as we were leaving she said, “Great to meet you Blake” – wow, this woman is good.
The room had a big play mat in the middle and all of the moms/dads/babies sat around the play mat facing the instructor and singing along to the nursery rhymes – some old familiar ones and some new fun ones. The babies loved it – including Blake who let out a big loud giggle during the “Popcorn” song (a new one for me).
It was such a fun and welcoming environment and the instructor was so sweet and good with all of the babies. After the 30 minute Rhyme Time class, she brought out a bunch of toys and all of the toddlers and babies played on the big mat for another 15 minutes or so. All in all a very fun, interactive class to attend with your baby.
The Carlsbad Library offers the following class times:
- Baby Rhyme Time (Birth – 18 months) Tuesdays at 10AM & 11AM
- Toddler Time (18-36 months) Mondays at 10AM & 11AM
- Movers & Shakers (18 months and up) Fridays at 10AM
- Preschool Story time (3 – 5 years) Wednesdays & Thursdays at 10:30AM
- Saturday Stories (all ages) Saturdays at 11AM
All classes are free!