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Help a Mom: Extracurricular activities for toddlers

Posted May 22, 2012
Updated May 23, 2012

Can you help this mom? She's looking for programs for her 22-month-old son.

Here's what she wrote:

I have been searching around to find an activity for my 22-month-old son to participate in on Saturday mornings or even the weekdays to give him something to do. Do you have any suggestions? 

She offered soccer and T-ball as examples. This particular mom lives in Fuquay-Varina, but is willing to travel 20 minutes for activities.

Do you have advice for this mom? What activities would you recommend for a 22-month-old? Please share your tips in the comments box below. (If you don't see the comments box below, you'll need to log in or sign up for a WRAL account. You can do that by going to the top of the page and clicking on either "log in" or "register").

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  • grantfamilysavings May 24, 2012

    Today (May 24th) starts a Living Social deal for four weeks of Kindermusik for only $30 in Cary!

  • Lovestosave May 23, 2012

    Dreamsports in Apex has lots of activities for little ones.

  • computer trainer May 23, 2012

    OK, if you are searching for interaction with other children, take him to the park and let him play with other children. Also liked the ideas from Mom2two.

  • Mom2two May 23, 2012

    A couple of tips:
    1. The NC Museum of Natural Sciences' Discovery Room. Lots of hands-on, unstructured play (afternoons only during the week to allow for school/preschool groups in the mornings. They also have storytime at 10:30a every weekday morning with live animals. The program changes every week.
    2. Ditto to the public library.
    3. Check Fuquay Parks and Rec, Garner Parks & Rec, and Cary or Holly Springs Parks and Rec. I know Garner has a nice selection of things for preschoolers.

    At this age, structure is not what a child needs. They need opportunities to explore and chances to interact with other children, but not be forced. By engaging in the unstructured opportunities, you will, by default, meet other parents of similar-age/temperment children that can turn into playdates at the park or other such activities. There is plenty of time for sports and classes when she is older.

  • MOM-2-A-and-M May 23, 2012

    As the mother of 5 year old twin boys and a 2.5 year old daughter, I don't think there is anything wrong with having children involved in outside activities. It is very important for children of all ages to interact with other children! They learn very important social skills, such as how to share. I'm sure this mother plays with her child already but wants to enrich his life with other learning experiences.

  • computer trainer May 23, 2012

    I am curious as to why a 22 year old needs extracurricular activities. Why not just play with him yourself? Enjoy him, play games that teach him things, but fun. Children grow up SO FAST.

  • kpeele May 23, 2012

    I don't know that you will find too many organized sports for children that young but there are lots of other activities.

    We like to go to toddler/preschool storytime at the Fuquay library on Thursday mornings.

    Porter's Produce Stand on Hwy 42 (abt 10 mins east of F-V) has a huge sandbox and toys for kids and my young boys enjoy playing there.

    Also Jumpin Jax at the 40/42 intersection has Mommy/Daddy and Me exercise classes scheduled at different times: http://jumpinjkids.com/mommy-me/

    You could also try a Gymboree or Little Gym class if you are looking for a physical activity that is structured.

    This would be a weekday activity and it wouldn't start until late summer but you could find a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group to join. That way you and your little guy can have fun with friends and most MOPS groups offer playdates also. http://www.mops.org

  • 301229 May 22, 2012

    The Grace Note in Raleigh - Diane Colin (owner) is a treasure, true musician and fantastic teacher - your child will love every minute and so will you! She is on Falls of Neuse in Raleigh and well worth the drive. She offers camps during the summer, a great opportunity to sample the quality programs she offers. All 4 of my children have been "students" from age 12 months through 8 years old, currently taking piano with The Grace Note.

  • nheadley00 May 22, 2012

    Tons of activities through Raleigh Parks & Rec at lots of different locations in Wake County. Pick up a Leisure Ledger @ any community center. My son has done several sports activities on Sat. mornings.

  • OIBKat May 22, 2012

    Kindermusik! Just search for a studio on Kindermusik.com.