Your kiddos got you dreading those long cold and wet days cooped up inside? Your local library is the answer! I’m a little embarrassed to admit that I only recently discovered all of the amazing, FREE activities that the library has to offer because as a mama to two little boys, it has been a winter blues game changer.
Since it’s close to our home, the Taylorsville Library has quickly become one of our favorite hang out spots. Located at 4870 South 2700 West it is situated next to the Taylorsville Recreation Center (my 3 year old, Liam, literally mentions wanting to visit the currently closed outdoor pool every time we drive by. Bring on summer!) and Valley Regional Park. We are frequent visitors on Wednesdays and Thursdays when we can attend “Baby, Toddler and Me” (10:30 am on Wednesdays and Thursdays) and “Preschool Story time” (11:30 am on Thursdays and 1:30 pm on Tuesdays).
Liam and my 9 month old, Parker, love “Baby, Toddler and Me” time where we sing many fun and interactive songs. It’s the perfect way for little ones to work their wiggles and giggles out and I’ve found that it’s a great place to go with other mom friends and their little ones. Plus, we love singing the songs we’ve learned at home! “Baby, Toddler and Me” time also consists of a story which is read aloud and a play time with balls, blocks, tunnels and other great toys.
“Preschool Story Time” is perfect for my 3 year old. The kids are invited to sit on a decorative rug and listen to a story, they also incorporate music and crafts and each story time has something new and creative to offer. Liam has loved bringing home worksheets to work on, pretending to ‘pop’ like popcorn, building and racing sleds out of straws and tin foil and most recently experimenting with food coloring and soap in milk.
In addition, the Taylorsville Library also offers “Book to Movie Matinees” and “Family Matinees”. In March they’ll be showing the 1991 version of Beauty and the Beast and The Secret Life of Pets. Though a small amount of seating is available definitely bring pillows if you plan to attend. The Taylorsville library also offers activities for grade school aged children and for adults.
Of course we can’t forget about the books! Liam is always excited to use his very own library card to check out books to read together at home. The library also offers neat incentives for reading, most recently Liam and I read 12 books together, completed a chart, returned it to the library and Liam was able to pick out a prize. Which he loved!
We love that these fun activities are available to us for free and so close to home. Be sure to Check out a library near you and pick up a calendar of their weekly events. Dates and times of these various library branch events can also be found on the No-Bored-Kids calendar available here.
For events specific to the Taylorsville library (come join us!) check out their website.
About the Author: Kyra currently lives in Salt Lake City, with her husband and two little boys. She loves warm weather, good food and new adventures. Follow @kyrafree on Instagram for more about Kyra and for endless photos of her kiddos.
- Free parking at all branches except for the downtown Main Library, where parking can tricky. Check out this post here for more info.
- Be sure to pick up a free pamphlet/calendar at any library branch for a complete list of their events each month.
Library branches have a limited number of Community Exploration Cards available at the beginning of each month. These cards allow up to four individuals admittance to Discovery Gateway, Red Butte Garden and other interesting locations around the community. For more information regarding these cards scroll to the bottom of this post here.
Past Library posts here!
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